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BASEBALL: Mt. Pleasant rolls past Gull Lake and into D-2 title game behind stellar outing from Buczkowski

   | Jeff Dullack

State Champs! Sports Network

EAST LANSING – After losing in heartbreaking fashion last season in the division 2 quarterfinals a season ago, the 2014 season has been a redemption tour of sorts for Mt. Pleasant.

And now the Oilers are one win away from completing their redemption tour after they jumped out to an early lead and picked up a 7-1 win over Richland Gull Lake in the Division 2 state semifinals.

Mt. Pleasant now advances to the Division 2 state championship game for the first time since 2008, where the Oilers will face Richmond, which bested DeWitt, 2-1 in the first semifinal of the day on Thursday.

“That’s redemption,” Mt. Pleasant skipper Luke Epple said. “We thought we could be here pretty easily last year and we didn’t execute in the end, we didn’t throw strikes and one double up the alley on top of our mistakes and they paid for it last year. This year, we’ve played much better defense, our pitching has been strong just like last year and you’re seeing some of our young guys swing the bat and hit with men on.

The Oilers (31-8-1) got out to an early 2-0 lead