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Bloomfield Hills, Orchard Lake

Published May 29, 2013

Bats come to life in sixth inning as St. Mary's baseball team advances past Andover

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Pictured during a game two weeks ago, St. Mary's first baseman Julian Jones had a bases-clearing double Wednesday afternoon in a 4-0 victory against Andover.

PONTIAC — Better late than never.

That’s what Matt Petry was saying Wednesday afternoon following the opening round of the Division 2 baseball district.

Petry and his Orchard Lake St. Mary’s squad endured more than five scoreless innings in their pre-district against Bloomfield Hills Andover, but crossed the plate four times in the sixth inning and held on for a 4-0 victory.

“You’d like to score a little sooner,” Petry said with a laugh. “But we’ll take it. … It was a real good win, a real good game.”

In the bottom of the sixth, River Rymsha led off with a single for the Eaglets.

He was sacrificed to second base on a bunt, but both runners were safe following a throwing error. Two batters later, Julian Jones came up with the bases loaded and scored three on a double to left.

Jones eventually reached third base with one out, when Griffin Sheposh brought him home on a ground out.

Conor Bowers earned the win for St. Mary’s, going the distance on the mound while allowing four hits and striking out seven.

“I always like playing in the pre-district,” Petry added. "To face a team as good as Andover gets you rolling and gets the momentum going.”

St. Mary’s (21-15) moves on to face Bloomfield Hills Cranrbook-Kingswood in a 10 a.m. district semifinal Saturday at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

The winner faces either Prep, Country Day or Birmingham Lahser in a 3 p.m. final.

“Cranbrook has a great pitcher who can beat just about anyone in the state,” Petry said. “We have to be selective with him, find our pitch and drive it. It’s going to be tough, but it’s a game we can win.”

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