• What: Lakes Conference baseball championship
• Who: Walled Lake Northern at Brighton
• Where: Brighton High School
• When: 4 p.m.
• Broadcast: 3:50 p.m. on The Livingston Post
• Records: Brighton is 21-3, Walled Lake Northern 20-7
• Forecast: Sunny, 70 degrees
The last time
Brighton won at home on April 24, 8-3. Cameron Tullar had two homers and five RBIs and Tommy Coughlin pitched a complete-game victory. The Bulldogs took a 5-0 lead after two innings and never looked back.
About the Knights
Walled Lake Northern finished tied with Lakeland for first in the KLAA North, but swept the Eagles in head-to-head meetings. They are led by Nick Powell, who is hitting .407 in the leadoff spot with team highs in doubles (12), steals (27), runs (31) and is second with 19 RBIs. As a team, the Knights are hitting .326 as a team. On the mound, Northern is led by Zack Northcott who is 5-1 with a save in 35 2/3 innings with three complete games, 35 strikeouts, a 2.35 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. A.J. Sterling (2-1, 1 CG, 29 strikesouts, 1.44 and 1.40) and Dale Barnhart (2-0, 0.63 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) lead a staff that has seen 14 players pitch this season.
Cameron Tullar (4-1, 58 strikeouts, 0.74 ERA, 0.84 WHIP) and Rudy Ramirez (6-0, 1.99, 0.98) are candidates to start for the Bulldogs. “We’ll see how their arms feel,” Brighton coach Charlie Christner said. “I haven’t seen them since Saturday morning, so we’ll see who feels better (today). It could be a combo of those two.”
Brighton has won 15 games in a row, including all six against the North. Coughlin (5-1, 2.04, 1.08) pitched in all six games. “He played a huge role for us in those games,” Christner said. “Didn’t drop a game to the other side.” Coughlin plays third when he’s not on the mound.
Brighton is in the Lakes Conference finals for the fifth time in six years after missing last year. “We played a doubleheader on Friday (a sweep of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep) to see if we had a letdown,” Christner said. “I was overall pleased with the effort on Friday. They’re ready to go. They know now they have another chance to win a championship and go from there.”