• Who: Fowlerville vs. DeWitt in a Diamond Classic semifinal
• Where: Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing
• When: At or a little after 7 p.m.
• Broadcast: On The Livingston Post about 10 minutes before game time
• Records: Fowlerville is 25-7-2, DeWitt 30-3-1
Fowlerville will be without coach Matt Hunt and starters Wyatt Thomas and Nate Leonard after all three were ejected in the first inning of Saturday’s district semifinal win. Hunt said Thomas was ejected for a hard slide at home plate but the Eaton Rapids catcher, whom Hunt said threw a punch, was not ejected. Hunt said while he was discussing that with the home plate umpire, the ump working the bases walked in and ejected him. Hunt did not say why Leonard was ejected. As a result, all three are out for both tonight’s game and all of Saturday’s regional tournament. As the coach, Hunt said he will not be allowed to be at the facility either for tonight’s game or on Saturday. Hunt did chuckle when it was pointed out he could listen to the game on The Livingston Post. “I think I will,” he said.
Who’s in charge
Assistants Tyler Castro, Jack Ropp and Ryan Balazy will run the team in Hunt’s absence.
The last time
Fowlerville and DeWitt met at the end of April, with DeWitt handing the Glads their first loss and the teams tying in the second game. They’ll also meet again in the regional semifinal on Saturday. That’s a situation no coach wants at this time of year. It’s part of the reason why Fowlerville and Howell played last week, to play a team from another division that each could not meet in the tournament.
The Gladiators will be shorthanded in the pitching department. Eric Fritz and Mitch Hubert won’t be available, and Thomas and Leonard are suspended. Keeping the powerful DeWitt attack at bay will be the challenge. The only Fowlerville pitcher with more than 10 innings pitched this season is J.T. Maybee. Fritz and Hubert will be available on Saturday. “The kids are excited,” Hunt said Sunday. “If we keep hitting the ball, anything can happen.”
The winner will take on either Grand Ledge or Holt, who play in the other semifinal at 5 p.m. Monday. They’ll meet on Wednesday at Lansing’s Municipal Park at 7 p.m.