• Who: Brighton at Canton for the KLAA baseball title.
• Where: Canton High School.
• When: 4 p.m.
• Broadcast: At 3:50 p.m. on The Livingston Post. Click here!
• Gametime forecast: Sunny, 84 degrees.
• How they got there: Brighton beat Walled Lake Northern 11-0 for the Lakes Conference title; Canton beat Northville 2-1 for the Kensington Conference title.
• Last meeting: In the 2013 KLAA title game, which Canton won 2-0.
Knowing the foe
Canton is 26-5 this season; like Brighton (22-3), it won its division with a 14-2 record. “I know a little bit about them,” Brighton coach Charlie Christner said. “I know they’re well-coached, and we’ll have our hands full, for sure.” Part of that will be in bunting, where the Chiefs are proficient at testing opposing defenses with small ball. “They’ll definitely put the ball on the ground,” Christner said. “They’ll look for squeeze opportunities against us.”
Best defense? Strong offense
In Monday’s game, the Bulldogs kept Northern’s top two hitters off the bases and put up a five-spot in the third, effectively forcing the Knights to move away from any small-ball notions they might have had. “We felt if we could keep those guys off base, it would take away a lot of what they were trying to do in terms of trying to run and get guys in motion,” Christner said. “From what I’m hearing, it sounds like if we can keep their leadoff hitter off the bases or get a lead early, it will help us out with a lot of their approach at the plate.”
Something’s got to give
Both teams are carrying 16-game winning streaks into the contest.
“It was a good practice,” Christner said. “We went over some things theyu may do and try and take advantage of. We tried to tie up some loose ends.:
Lefthander Cameron Tullar (4-1, 0.74 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 58 strikeouts and four earned runs allowed in 38 innings) will get the start for Brighton. Rudy Ramirez (7-0, 1.72, 0.96), who pitched Monday’s game, could come on in relief.