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Centreville, Muskegon Catholic Central to meet in final as both winning pitchers toss gems in Division 4 semifinals

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East Lansing – The game is simple, even in high school, when you have someone like Michael Kool on the mound.

Kool tossed a no-hitter on Tuesday and Centreville defeated Climax-Scotts 3-0 in a quarterfinal.

On Friday Kool had it going again as he retired the first 13 batters before surrendering a single to Owen Mills before settling for a two-hitter as Centreville got past Rudyard 2-1 in a Division 4 semifinal at McLane Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.

Centreville (29-1) will play Muskegon Catholic Central on Saturday at 5 p.m. Both teams are making their first final appearance.

Sophomore Devin Comes tossed a one-hitter as C.C. defeated Ubly 4-1 in the other semifinal. Cody Hutchison led off the game with a single for Ubly (22-8) and only four other batters reached base.

Kool, a junior right-hander, struck out 10 and walked two, both in the sixth inning. He said he was disappointed he gave up a hit but added the hitless streak had to end sometime.

“I just play baseball,” he said. “It’s not me. It’s the team. I felt good. This is the highlight of my career.

“We’re still making history for Centreville. We’re in the state final.”

Centreville took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when, with runners on the corners, Nick Kelley br