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Quarterfinal picks: North plays South as the two Grosse Pointe public schools meet for the first time in a quarterfinal

Baseball   | Tom Markowski

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Grosse Pointe – History will be made on Tuesday when Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South play in a Division 1 quarterfinal at Wayne State University at 1 p.m.

These rivals have played countless games, including six times this season, but this will be the first time they will play in a quarterfinal.

 The main reason why they’ve never played this late in the tournament is they usually meet in the districts. The previous 13 seasons North and South have been placed in the same district. South defeated North last season on its way to the state final.

They’ve met just once in the regionals and that was in 2006. North won that game and went on to win the school’s second baseball title.

South coach Dan Griesbaum said the fact that both teams won regional titles is a testament to the level of play in the area and in the Macomb Area Conference. South competed in the Red Division this season, North in the White.

South (31-11) defeated Allen Park, 5-0, in a regional semifinal then bested U-D Jesuit 5-2 in the final.  

Senior Andrew Fabry (9-1) tossed a four-hitter and struck out six in South’s victory over Allen Park. Will Norris gave up two hits in the victory over U-D. Both went all seven innings and neither walked a batter.

This is Griesbaum’s 32nd season and this is his eighth regional title but the first time his teams have won back-to-back. This is also the first time South reached the 30-victory plateau. Pick: North.  

 

Here are the other quarterfinal games with predictions.

 

Division 1

Flushing vs. Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills at Central Michigan, 1: Pick: Flushing.

Troy Athens vs. Hartland at Novi, 4: Pick: Hartland.

Portage Northern vs. Taylor Kennedy at Michigan, 4: Pick: Northern.

 

Division 2

Mount Pleasant vs. Birch Run at Central Michigan, 4: Pick: Mount Pleasant.

DeWitt vs. Adrian at Michigan, 6: Pick: DeWitt.

East Grand Rapids vs. Vicksburg at Hope College, 4: Pick: E. Grand Rapids.

Dearborn Divine Child vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s at Wayne State, 4: Pick: Divine Child.

 

Division 3

 Elkton-Pigeon- Bay Port vs. Shepherd at Saginaw Valley State, 2: Pick: Shepherd.

Jackson Lumen Christi vs. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central at Chelsea, 3: Pick: St. Mary CC

Buchanan vs. Lansing Catholic Central at Davenport University, 5: Pick: CC

Gladstone vs. Muskegon Oakridge at Traverse City West, noon: Pick: Oakridge.

 

Division 4

 

Climax-Scotts vs. Centreville at Bailey Park in Battle Creek, 4: Pick: Climax-Scotts.

Rudyard vs. Maple City Glen Lake at Traverse City West, 3: Pick: Rudyard.

Muskegon Catholic Central vs. Potterville at Calvin College, 5: Pick: CC

Novi Franklin Road Christian vs. Ubly at Flint Kearsely, 5: Pick: Ubly.