Second-ranked Portage Central defeated SMAC rival Lakeview 8-1 in the regional semifinal Wednesday at Gull Lake. Big home runs helped move the Mustangs to the regional championship for the first time since 2011.
After an early pitcher’s duel, Zach MacDonald changed the tone with a grand slam in the top of the third inning.
Zach MacDonald with a grand slam to left field, his fifteenth home run of the year. Mustangs lead BC Lakeview 4-0 in the bottom of the 3rd. pic.twitter.com/WeMVuS8Axu
— PC Mustang Baseball (@MustangsPC) June 9, 2021
The Spartans got a run back in the fourth, but PC extended the lead to 6-1 on a two-run Gavin Brasosky bomb to right. Around 7 p.m., thunder in the area forced a delay in the fifth inning.
The Mustang bats remained hot when play resumed with a two-run Ryan Dotson homer in the sixth. In the seventh, Brasosky smacked his second two-run dinger of the evening. Ultimately, it wouldn’t count toward the final official tally as more storms prevented the bottom of the seventh from being completed by Lakeview. The game is official as of the sixth inning.
Cody Stewart pitched the first 3.2 innings for PC, allowing two hits, one earned run and no walks with one strikeout. Following him, Dotson allowed no baserunners in relief and struck out three.
Joel Metzger had the lone run for Lakeview, who finishes a solid season with a 32-9 record.
Portage Central improves to 32-4 and will play at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek for Saturday’s regional championship at 12:30 p.m. against Detroit Catholic Central.