Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett players celebrate as Oliver Service scores a run against Blissfield on Saturday.
Posted Saturday, June 12, 2021
Division 3 No. 2-ranked Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett continued its Michigan High School Athletic Association baseball playoff run on Saturday, June 12, with a regional championship win over No. 6-ranked Blissfield and a quarterfinal win over Catholic High School League rival Riverview Gabriel Richard to advance to its eighth Final Four in the past 10 seasons.
Both games were held at Liggett.
Liggett advances to face No. 1-ranked Buchanan in the semifinals on Thursday, June 17, at 5:30 p.m., at Michigan State University in a Division 3 semifinal matchup. No. 5-ranked Richmond takes on Traverse City St. Francis in the other semifinal. The championship game is Saturday, June 19, at MSU.
Buchanan beat No. 7-ranked Pewamo-Westphalia 10-3 in its quarterfinal matchup on Saturday.
Against Blissfield in the regional final, the two teams were tied 0-0 heading into the top of the seventh inning.
Joey Randazzo drew a one-out walk for Liggett. Matthew Greene pushed Randazzo to second on a ground out. Oliver Service drew an intentional walk to put runners on first and second with two outs. Ryan Jones blasted a double to drive in both Randazzo and Service for the game’s only runs.
Kurt Barr then finished his complete-game shutout, getting the final three outs in the bottom of the inning.
Liggett beat Gabriel Richard 6-1 in the quarterfinal later in the day.
Liggett downed Detroit Cristo Rey 18-0 in three innings in the regional semifinal on June 9 and beat No. 3-ranked Detroit Edison Public School Academy Early College of Excellence 11-1 in five innings in the district final. The Knights have outscored playoff opponents 37-2.
Liggett was the Division 3 runner-up in 2019, falling to Homer. The 2020 season was cancelled due to the pandemic. Liggett won the Division 3 championship in 2016 and 2014 and the Division 4 title in 2013 and 2011, all under long-time head coach Dan Cimini. Liggett also won the Class D championship in 1979 under head coach Joe Haklin.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett's Joey Randazzo (7) heads to first base after drawing a seventh-inning walk against Blissfield on Saturday.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett's Oliver Service (13) celebrates after drawing an intentional walk in the seventh inning against Blissfield on Saturday.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett's Ryan Jones (24) blasts a double, driving in two runs in the seventh inning against Blissfield on Saturday.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett's Kurt Barr (16) pitches in the seventh inning against Blissfield on Saturday.