• Who: Fowlerville vs. Howell baseball
• Where: Howell High School
• Time: 4:30 p.m.
• Broadcast: Begins at 4:20 p.m. on The Livingston Post
• Records: Fowlerville is 24-6-2, Howell is 25-9.
Fowlerville and Howell didn’t have pre-district games, so this is a chance for both teams to get some work in while in a competitive environment. “It’s a really good test,” Fowlerville coach Matt Hunt said. “You’ve got to see the best to be the best.” The teams won’t face each other in the tournament, which is another attraction.
A practice respite
One of the ironies of the high school baseball season is that teams play two or three times a week during the regular season, a pace that comes to a halt in the postseason. “Over the course of a year, you don’t have week-long delays,” Howell co-coach Mike Weatherly said. “This helps keep the kids in sync. We need to correct little things and go out and play.”
What they’ve done lately
Fowlerville won its quarterfinal in the Diamond Classic last Tuesday, beating Lakewood 9-0, then fell flat in a doubleheader sweep at Haslett. “It was the last day of school for the seniors,” Hunt said. “It sounds like an excuse, but hopefully we got the losses out of the way.” Howell won two out of three in an invitational at Flint over the weekend. The Highlanders lost Brandon Leon for the season after he was injured running into a fence on Friday, and Ty Weatherly threw a no-hitter in a win on Saturday.
Hunt was a standout shortstop at Howell, hitting a school-record .545 as a senior. “I’ve played in an alumni game, but it’s good to go back,” he said. “It’s good to be back there being part of a high school game again. We’re looking forward to it. We’re looking forward to getting our work in and getting ready for Saturday.
Howell will play Pinckney at Dexter in the second game of Saturday’s district semifinals at Dexter. Fowlerville will play Eaton Rapids in a Division 2 district at Jackson Northwest. Both games will be held on Saturday.