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MHSAA baseball championship schedule: What to know about changes because of weather

PEARL – The Mississippi High School Activities Association announced changes Wednesday for the state baseball championships at Trustmark Park.

On Wednesday, the opening games of the 6A and 4A series were postponed due to the unplayable field conditions after several weather delays. 

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Game 1 of the 2A series was called due to weather after five complete innings with Taylorsville winning over East Union 5-1. Game 2 is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, followed by the series opener for 4A (4 p.m.) and 6A (7 p.m.)

Taylorsville's team covers the field in tarp due to the rain during game one against East Union in the MHSAA State Baseball Championship at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss., Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

Saturday's slate of Game 3s was altered to accommodate the addition of Game 2s that were pushed back a day for 4A and 6A. The first qualifier will play at 1 p.m. if necessary, and if there's a second qualifier, that game would be at 10 a.m.

Game 2 of the 4A series between Sumrall and West Lauderdale is slated for 4 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Northwest Rankin and Madison Central at 7 p.m.

If a Game 3 is needed in 4A or 6A, they will play Sunday, and if classes 1A-5A go to Game 3, 6A would then be played Monday.

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Game times on Sunday will be dictated by the amount of potential Game 3s, according to MHSAA Director of Development and Communications Todd Kelly. 

Games would start at 2 p.m. if there are one or two Game 3s scheduled. The second game would then be played at 5 p.m.

The start times would move forward an hour if there were three championship-deciding games on Sunday - 1, 4 and 7 p.m. 



The MHSBCA, in collaboration with Coaches Insider, is excited to announce our first ever on-field coaching clinic.  This best-in-class event will be hosted at Livonia Franklin High School on Sunday, October 17.  We have secured indoor/outdoor facilities, so weather will not be an issue!  Coaches from any level are welcome to attend.  We look forward to sharing an exciting day of baseball with you and your coaching staff!

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NEW: Required Sportsmanship Courses
for Ejections/Disqualifications

Coaches Course – Teaching and Modeling Behavior
Players Course – Sportsmanship

MHSAA high school head coaches of a varsity sport must have a valid CPR Certification (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation).
More information on this CPR Certification can be found here. CPR Certification is tracked by the school athletic director, similar to the rules meeting-risk management course requirement for assistant and sub varsity coaches.  Athletic Directors must confirm (attest) each season through that both these requirements have been met. If a coaching requirement is not complete prior to the deadline, the school shall prohibit that coach  from coaching in that season's MHSAA tournament for the sport involved and shall not be present at the facility where the MHSAA tournament involving that coach's sports team is being held.

All individuals who have been designated by their school or district to serve as an assistant or subvarsity coach (paid or volunteer) at the high school level must complete the same rules/risk management meeting requirement as the high school head coach.

The deadlines for each MHSAA member high school athletic director to certify, while logged into, that all of its assistant and subvarsity coaches (paid and volunteer) have completed this requirement are below. The same deadline applies for certifying that head coaches have met the CPR Requirement:

  • Fall Sports - Sept. 16
  • Winter Sports - Dec. 9
  • Spring Sports - April 14

2021-22 Rules Meeting Dates and Coaches Requirements

Assistant and subvarsity coaches who have been registered in the MHSAA’s system with an up-to-date email address may log in to and complete the same required rules meeting, just as the varsity head coach must do. In the alternative, the school may direct or permit assistant and subvarsity coaches to complete the rules meeting requirement individually or in a group setting. Regardless of the method utilized, the administration of the school is responsible for attesting to the completion of the requirement by all sports team coaches by the deadlines listed above. Click the link above to see the MHSAA  Handbook Coaching Requirements Regulations (Reg. II, Section 3 (B & C) and Section 8  (B & C).

2019 MHSAA Baseball State Finals - STATE CHAMPS! Michigan

MHSAA boys baseball state finals: Kalamazoo Hackett wins first title in a rout

It was a day of lopsided MHSAA division championship finals Saturday at Michigan State’s McLane Stadium.

And the Division 4 title matchup was no different as Kalamazoo Hackett secured its first state baseball title in school history with a 9-2 win over Marine City Cardinal Mooney.

The day started with Grand Blanc upsetting Portage Central in D1 (8-3), Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett defeating Traverse City St. Francis in D3 (12-0) and Orchard Lake St. Mary's blanking Stevensville Lakeshore in D2 (9-0).

Meanwhile, the two D4 finalists were making their inaugural title game appearance. The Irish (31-9) followed the script as senior left-hander Sam Shea, who worked the first 5⅓ innings, and junior right-hander Brenden Collins teamed up on a four-hitter.

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“They’ve been spectacular, but they’ve been good all year,” said Hackett's first-year coach Smiley Verduzco. “To step up on this stage and to come through like that is very special.”

There were plenty of smiles for Hackett third baseman Stephen Kwapis, a Notre Dame signee who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

“I’ve been dreaming about this for more than four years, actually I’ve been dreaming it my whole life,” Kwapis said. “But to have it actually happen, it hasn’t hit me. It’s unreal. I can’t believe it’s happening. You can’t believe the brotherhood this team has. We all came together at the beginning of the year. I just knew, the way we played, I knew it could happen.”

For the 77-year-old Verduzco, the title has added meaning because it includes three generations. His son Steve is an assistant coach and his grandson Nick Verduzco is the starting shortstop.

“The team worked so hard, it’s all about the boys,” Smiley Verduzco said. “Through the grace of God, he helped them everywhere. Every step of the way this year, the good Lord is helping us. We beat them, but (Mooney) is a really good baseball team. To be able to do that is really special for us.”

Hackett scored twice in the top of the first as Steven Widger led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a Kwapis base hit.

Collins then reached safely on an infield throwing error. Kwapis, who took third on the play, scored on Shea’s sacrifice fly to put Hackett up 2-0.

The Irish added another run in the second on a Widger sacrifice fly scoring Eli Backman, who had led off the inning with a walk and eventually advanced to third.

In the top of the third, Mooney got on the board when Trent Rice scored on Blake Lutzky’s RBI groundout to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Hackett scored four more times in the bottom half of the inning to go up 7-1 on sacrifice flies by Eli Backman and Widger, along with an RBI bases-loaded walk to Alex Blasen and a wild pitch by Mooney reliever Nathan Super scored Isaac Backman.

The Cardinals loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the fourth, but Shea was able to get Anthony DiGiuseppe on an unassisted groundout to third base.

The Hackett lead increased to 8-1 in the bottom half thanks to a lead-off single by Kwapis, who took third on an errant pick-off throw to first before scoring on Isaac Backman’s single.

A single by Luc Julio followed by an infield error and an RBI groundout by Thomas Rice got a run back with only one out in the sixth for Mooney, but Collins limited the damage with a strikeout and a flyout to center.

Eli Backman’s RBI single made it 9-2 in the bottom of the sixth to completed the scoring as Collins closed it out in the top of the seventh.

An uncharacteristic four errors didn’t help the cause for Mooney (28-7), which ended its most successful season in school history.

“There were some mistakes by us, but then again who hits the most in these games wins,” Mooney fourth-year coach Mike Rice said. “Defense wins games, but gosh darn, (Hackett) just hit. That’s all we could do. Honestly, we believed in ourselves. It wasn’t one of those games where we took anybody lightly. We went after it. You look at the darn scoreboard — they were scoring every darn inning. No matter what we did to fight, it just didn’t work out.”

Orchard Lake St. Mary's players celebrate their 9-0 win against Stevenson Lakeshore in the MHSAA Division 2 title game Saturday, June 19, 2021, at McLane Stadium in East Lansing.

Orchard Lake St. Mary's repeats as Division 2 champs

Orchard Lake St. Mary's closed out arguably one of the most dominating seasons in MHSAA baseball history on Saturday by routing Stevensville Lakeshore, 9-0, in the Division 2 championship game at Michigan State’s McLane Stadium.

Ranked No. 3 nationally by Perfect Game, the Eaglets finished 43-1 while outscoring their seven postseason foes by a total of 78-6.

It was the fifth state title for the Eaglets, who also won it all in 2019.

OLSM, featuring nine Division I signees or commits, used a six-run fourth inning and the two-hit pitching of Jacksonville University signee Tommy Allman.

The right-hander, who finished 11-0, worked the first 6⅓ innings and struck out seven. He exited to applause iwhen he gave way to reliever Jack Keaser.

“Proud of my whole team the whole year, we battled and pulled it off,” Allman said. “I just wanted to keep going, but I’m glad we got Keaser in there. He deserved it, too. Everything was working. The adrenaline was good.”

Allman said the team’s chemistry is what makes this OLSM team unique.

“Best guys, best guys on the planet,” he said. “Just the bond everyone has. We’re all best friends.”

After being held scoreless through the first three innings by Lakeshore freshman starter Noah Chase, OLSM broke it open in the fourth on a lead-off walk by Alex Mooney (Duke), followed by a single from Ike Irish (Auburn).

Orchard Lake St. Mary's Ryan McKay reacts after a double against Stevenson Lakeshore in the MHSAA Division 2 title game Saturday, June 19, 2021, at McLane Stadium in East Lansing.

Jack Crighton was intentionally walked to load the bases, setting the stage for back-to-back two-run doubles by Nolan Schubart (Michigan) and Ryan MacKay.

Ciaran Caughey then scored on an error, and Mooney drove in another run on an infield single to make it 6-0.

The Eaglets added two more in the bottom of the sixth on Mooney’s two-run single scoring Ryan Mooney and Jake Dresselhouse. Irish then contributed an RBI single to make it a nine-run cushion.

The Eaglets also set a MHSAA finals record with 12 stolen bases, breaking the mark of nine set in 1989 by Colon.

Lakeshore coach Mark Nate, in his 16th season, knew his team had no margin of error if it was going to upset OLSM.

“The way it started was the game plan: Pitch them a little off-speed and hopefully they hit the ball where we’re at, and we did that the first three innings, and then we kind of lost our second and third pitch,” Nate said. “We walked Alex Mooney to start the fourth, and once we walked him, he stole the base. We lost the curveball, and the floodgates opened. With a team that is talented as that team is, you’ve got to play a perfect game. But make no mistake, that team was the best team, and they deserved to win.”

Matt Petry, in his 11th year at OLSM, opted to pull Allman in the seventh as an honor.

Orchard Lake St. Mary's Tommy Allman hugs teammates as leaves the game in the seventh inning in the MHSAA Division 2 title game Saturday, June 19, 2021, at McLane Stadium in East Lansing.

“The plan was kind of a split game amongst three guys, and Tommy was throwing so well, so when I went out there, and I was like, ‘Hey, I’ve wrestled with this decision letting you finish it or giving the ovation that you deserve,’ and I chose the ovation,” Petry said. “He came off and got a great ovation. He did a heckuva job.”

The last Michigan baseball champ to go undefeated was 38-0 Homer, the D3 champion in 2004. The Eaglets’ only blemish this season came on April 30 — a 2-1 loss to Saline — and they ended the season on a 22-game winning streak.

“Obviously we knew the talent we had and this was the ultimate goal,” Petry said. “I said before, we have three goals — to win the Catholic League regular season, the Catholic League tournament championship and the state championship, so we’ve always had this day in the back of our mind and were able to close it out today.

“This year’s team was outstanding, they were fun to be around all year, obviously very talented and we were able to win a state championship.”

Head coach Dan Cimini joins in the fun as Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett celebrates the 12-0 win against Traverse City St. Francis in the MHSAA Division 3 title game Saturday, June 19, 2021, at McLane Stadium in East Lansing.

Division 3: GPW University Liggett buries Traverse City St. Francis

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett has no peer when it comes to Division 3 baseball.

The 31-5 Knights — whose only losses this season came against Division 1 or 2 opponents — rolled to their sixth MHSAA championship with a 12-0 victory Saturday over Traverse City St. Francis.

It was Liggett’s first title since 2016 as winning pitcher Jack Jones, a Michigan State commit, allowed two hits over five innings in a game ended early because of the 10-run rule.

“I was just trying to stay mentally focused the whole time,” said Jones, a sophomore who improved to 9-1. “After the (rain) delay finished, I just went out there and made pitches. It will be my home field in a few years. It makes it a little more special for me and my team, and I’m so happy that we won.”

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett's Jack Jones pitches against Traverse City St. Francis in the MHSAA Division 3 title game Saturday, June 19, 2021, at McLane Stadium in East Lansing.

Liggett pounded out 11 hits in the victory. The Knights, runners-up in 2019, enjoyed three big innings, scoring three times in the second, five in the fourth and four in the fifth.

In the top of the second, Oliver Service singled and Ryan Jones walked. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a Jones two-run single. The rally continued when Reginald Sharpe laid a sacrifice bunt down the first-base line scoring Jones to make it 3-0.

After the inning, St. Francis made a pitching change, going from starter Judd LAwson to Jack Hitchens.

With one out in the top of the fourth, play was stopped because of rain. And after a 55-minute delay, Liggett tacked on five more runs, sending nine players to the plate.

Kurt Barr walked with one out and Jones was hit by a pitch. Preston Barr singled in a run and the second St. Francis error on a misplayed infield pop-up led to another run.

Jarren Purify followed with an RBI single, and Joseph Randazzo added a two-run double to make it 8-0.

Jones, a right-hander, retired the first 10 batters he faced before allowing back-to-back one-out singles to Hitchens and Charlie Peterson in the bottom of the fourth.

“(Jones) had a good slider, good curveball great changeup,” Liggett coach Dan Cimini said. “He pounded the strike zone today, kept us in it and gave us the opportunity to score runs. We didn’t get behind. I was worried about the rain a little bit, but when the rains came, we had a 3-0 lead and he warmed up really well when the rains came, and when he came back out, he was lights out.”

The onslaught continued in the fifth as Sharpe singled in a run, followed by a bases-loaded triple by Matthew Greene to make it a 12-0 advantage.

“Matthew Green is just a natural, great hitter and he’s been like that for us all year,” Cimini said. “The double (by Randazzo) is gigantic... and that triple was gigantic. "

St. Francis (28-10), the 2017 state runner-up, made four errors.

“They are just solid, 1-9,” St. Francis coach Tom Passinault said. “We didn’t play very well today, but so much of it is attributed to them. I told (Cimini), ‘You guys are just better.’ There’s no crime in losing to a team better than you.”

Passinault used three different pitchers, but couldn’t stem the Liggett offensive tide.

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett's Jarren Purify celebrates the 12-0 win against Traverse City St. Francis in the MHSAA Division 3 title game Saturday, June 19, 2021, at McLane Stadium in East Lansing.

“When we move our pitchers around, we’re not as good fielding the ball,” he said. “I think what happens sometimes with teenagers is just things kind of snowball. Mistakes kind of perpetuate themselves. We told them, big picture, that we had a good year.”

Liggett’s only losses this spring: Two each to Division 1's Grosse Pointe North and D2 champion Orchard Lake St. Mary, and one to Division 1's Warren De La Salle.

Would an underclassman-dominated Liggett team now be ready to move up a division and reclassify next season?

“I’ve always thought about it, but I said I’d never thought to do it unless we win it,” said Cimini, who is in his 17th season. “Because if we don’t win it, why would we want to move up? So that’s something we’ve got to think about with a smile on my face. But you can’t rest on your laurels. You can only be as good as you’re last at-bat and your last game. Our goal is to win the Catholic League and make a long run in the playoffs and get back to Michigan State.”

Division 1: Grand Blanc upsets Portage Central for fist title

They’ll have to make some more room in the trophy case at Grand Blanc High School.

On the heels of their first-ever state basketball championship in April, the Bobcats also made it a first in baseball, capturing the MHSAA Division 1 crown Saturday at Michigan State’s McLane Stadium with an 8-3 victory over error-plagued Portage Central.

Grand Blanc junior right-hander Nate Helms proved to be efficient on the mound, tossing six innings and scattering five hits for the Bobcats in their inaugural state finals appearance.

Grand Blanc celebrates its 8-3 win against Portage Central in the MHSAA Division 1 championship game Saturday, June 19, 2021, at McLane Stadium in East Lansing.

“I relied on my changeup, that was my go-to,” said Helms, who struck out six and walked one. “I like to go right at guys, I don’t like to pitch around, so that’s what was working for me and I was just doing my best to do outs.”

Grand Blanc (33-11) took advantage of a Portage Central infield error — one of the Mustangs’ six on the game — to start the top of the first as Nathan Fedelino’s bloop single to center scored Jonah Meleski for the first run. Hunter Ames then scampered home on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the first, A.J. Maxwell’s two-out sprawling grab in the left-field gap saved a run for the Bobcats and denied Portage Central (35-5) a possible big inning.

“I owe him (Maxwell) something. ... I don’t know, but A.J. has been a Godsend for us all year,” Helms said. “When he came in, I couldn’t thank him enough. He’s made a ton of plays for us this year. He’s been a clutch outfielder for sure.”

LSU recruit Luke Leto led off the bottom of the third with a one-out single, but strayed too far off first base and was doubled off by Meleski after a fly out to center field to end the inning.

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Portage Central shortstop Luke Leto throws against Midland Dow during the Division 1 state semifinal on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at McLane Stadium in East Lansing.

In the top of the fourth, Grand Blanc loaded the bases on back-to-back one-out singles by Fidelino and Dylan Bowen, followed by a bunt down the third base line that was ruled an error, but Dotson got out of the jam with a pop out and a deep field to left.

In the top of the fifth, Meleski led off with a single, stole second and scored after a throwing error to first by Dotson off a Maxwell bunt to make it 3-0. Notre Dame commit David Lally followed with an RBI single to left to give Grand Blanc a four-run cushion.

Still with no outs, Portage made a pitching change with Hunter Ames greeting Portage reliever Will Juday with an RBI single to put the Bobcats up 5-0. After a second wild pitch to move the runners up, a suicide squeeze bunt by Tim Welsh brought home another run, followed by pinch-hitter Connor Cooper’s bloop single to left increasing the margin to 7-0.

Portage continued its poor play during the six-run uprising when Jackson Williams’ slow roller slipped under the glove of Leto at short to make it 8-0.

“We haven’t played behind this entire tournament run,” Grand Blanc fifth-year coach Kevin Hubbs said. “Our kids only know how to play with a lead, so it really gets tough on other teams when we’re playing like that with a lead.”

Portage cut the deficit to 8-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Nick Ford’s high-bounding infield one-out single scored Leto from second base, followed by Tennessee signee Gavin Brasosky’s towering two-run homer to right field.

But Helms minimized the damage to get out of the inning with a line out to right and a strikeout.

“We just couldn’t figure him out,” Portage third-year coach Corey DeGroote said. “He didn’t have that much velocity, but he just kept us off enough that we were missing barrels. We put good swings against him but we couldn’t put anything together. Of all the pitchers that give us trouble it’s just right there, that medium speed with some off-speed stuff that you can’t get to. You have to tip your caps to them.”

Welsh, a lefty, moved over from first base for Helms and closed out the victory in the seventh with three strikeouts, as the Bobcats celebrated with a dogpile on the mound.

“Nate is the ultimate throwback pitcher, he changes speeds, he changes eye-level, he mixes his pitches well, he’s not an overpowering throw like our (David) Lally going to Notre Dame, but for baseball purists ... you love watching him throw,” Hubbs said.

Ironically, No. 2-ranked Portage Central had swept Grand Blanc in a regular season-ending doubleheader, but this time the Mustangs had trouble with the Bobcats’ small ball tactics.

“We try to simulate those situations in practice,” DeGroote said. “It was uncharacteristic of us to have those happen ... and that’s baseball. You put the ball in play it just happens.”

Meanwhile, Grand Blanc held up defensively making only one error.

“That’s been our M.O. most of the year and definitely through this playoff run for sure,” Hubbs said. “We’ve counted on several kids and today it was Nate Helms and our defense has just been stellar. We haven’t made an error in the last 10 or 12 games. That will keep us in any ballgame, and the last couple of games the bats have really come alive, too. They (Portage) are a tough ballclub and we were clicking on all cylinders.”

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