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Mt. Pleasant returns to D-2 Final for second straight year, St. Mary's also advances to state title game

Baseball   | Jeff Dullack

Mt. Pleasant returns to D-2 Final for second straight year, St. Mary's also advances to state title game

East Lansing – One year ago, Logan Buczkowski watched his brother, Hunter, pitch Mt. Pleasant into the Division 2 state championship game as a sophomore.

On Thursday afternoon, it was Logan’s turn to do the same.

Logan, now a sophomore pitcher for Mt. Pleasant, took the mound for the Oilers and led them to a second straight appearance in the state finals as Mt. Pleasant topped Adrian, 9-0.

After watching his brother from the stands a year ago, Buczkowski said he was excited for his chance and he enjoyed every second of Thursday’s game.

“It was exhilarating,” he said. “I loved it. Every moment, I cherished it.”

Mt. Pleasant will aim at the program’s second straight title on Saturday at 11:30 am where it will face Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

Out to an early 2-0 lead after two innings, Mt. Pleasant blew the game wide open in the third, behind RBI singles coming from Hunter Buczkowski and Noah Ingram and later in the inning, a run scored to push the lead to 5-0.

That would be all the run support that Logan Buczkowski would need as he was locked in for his final three innings of work as he finished the afternoon with six strikeouts and allowed just three hits in six innings of work, before Cameron Mitchell closed out the seventh.

“He threw well and he’s been throwing well,” said Mt. Pleasant coach Luke Epple of Buczkowski’s performance. “He was throwing strikes, getting ahead of hitters, changing speeds. I think when we got ahead of them early, it really helped there too. He walked a couple of guys, but he pitched well against the top hitters, he’s throwing well for a sophomore.”

An RBI bunt from Daniel Keller that would lead to a second run to score after an error followed by a sac fly from Ingram gave the Oilers an 8-0 lead before an RBI bloop single off the bat of Kalebb Perry ended the scoring at 9-0.