Howell’s baseball team needed some pluck to get into today’s KLAA championship game, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to knock off Salem on Tuesday.
Now, the Highlanders take on Plymouth at Novi this afternoon in a bid for the first title in the reconstituted KLAA.
The Highlanders (26-5), who won the Gold Division title, won a see-saw affair after Salem had tied it in the top of the seventh.
With one out, senior Ty Weatherly singled and stole second, then moved to third on Johnny Shields’ infield groundout.
Jack Rossbach then singled on a 1-1 pitch to score Weatherly.
“Our seniors really stepped up for us today,” Howell co-coach Jason Ladd said. “It’s nice to see the seniors stepping up as we get closer to the postseason.”
Another senior, Jake Falzone, got the win in relief. He had doubled and drove in two runs earlier in the game.
Weatherly, who has signed with Ball State, will likely get the start for Howell in today’s game at Novi.
“The kids get a chance to play on a turf infield, which is really nice,” Ladd said. “It’s a nice ballpark and a great facility. It’s somewhat close, so it doesn’t feel like you’re driving an hour, hour-and-a-half to get there.”
The KLAA softball championship will also be played at Novi today. Hartland, which beat Canton 9-3 on Tuesday, will take on Plymouth in that contest. The Wildcats beat Howell to get to the final on Tuesday, 9-1.