Bobcats to face Genesee Christian in regional baseball final

Whiteford will try and end the greatest season in Genesee Christian history Saturday.

The Soldiers are 16-12 and won their first-ever district crown Saturday, then won the first regional game in school history Wednesday when they beat Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 4-3 Wednesday.

Genesee tied the game in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth against Oakland Christian.

Whiteford is 22-9.

Adrian College is hosting two regional championship games. Whiteford plays at 10 a.m. against Genesee Christian. Lenawee Christian (14-7-1) will play Marine City Cardinal Mooney in the second game of the day. The winners meet in the Division 4 quarterfinal Saturday afternoon.

“We have all of our pitchers available,” Whiteford coach Terry Pant said. “I like how it is setting up for us.”

Cole Giesige leads Bobcat pitchers with seven wins on the season (7-2) and 90 strikeouts. Eric Parriett, who got the win in Wednesday’s 9-2 victory over Plymouth Christian, is 6-1 and Levi Hillard is 6-4. Hillard leads the Bobcats in hitting at .414 while Logan Tammerine has the team lead in home runs with five and Luke Rasor in RBIs with 36.

Cougar coach Tyler Reed said that both Brandon Scott and Ryan Tschirhart are both available to pitch. 

“We pulled (Scott) early so he could pitch Saturday,” Reed said. “We wanted him to throw in the first game.  With him on the mound, we’re not backing down, that’s for sure. We are confident with him out there. 

“Cardinal Mooney is extremely good. That will be a very good test of who we are. It will take a lot to beat them.” 

Cardinal Mooney was ranked second in the final Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association poll of the season. The No. 1 team, Beal City, lost in the regional semifinal Wednesday.

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