Michigan State champ must fight back after first loss in Little League region

WHITESTOWN, INDIANA – Grosse Pointe Farms-City showed they know how to fight a deficit while winning the Michigan State Championship.

She must now show – for the first time this season – that she knows how to bounce back from a defeat.

Farms-City opened the Little League baseball Great Lakes Regional with a 6-2 loss at the hands of Indiana State champion Hagerstown.

Farms-City returns right away at 7 p.m. Sunday, taking on Illinois State Champion Hinsdale in a playoff match at the Central Region Complex in Whitestown, Indiana. Farms-City won the district and state championships without losing a single game, but had to come from behind in two state tournament games.

This resilience should serve the stars well for the road ahead.

Farms-City suffered an unusual setback in regional debut, going eight walks while connecting on just three hits.

He trailed 6-0 in four innings before lifting his heels for a pair of fifth-inning runs. Ethan Morgan and Henry Getz reached by mistake and Tommy Brennan was hit by a pitch to charge the bases. Henry Danielewicz came through in the clutch with a two-run single to put his team on the board.

Farms-City had a few base runners in the sixth, but couldn’t cut the 6-2 deficit any further.

The Michigan champions also earned a brace from Dylan Phillips and a single from Jack Babcock in the game played under the lights and broadcast live on ESPN-Plus.

Hagerstown, who plays at 7 p.m. Monday against the Kentucky or Ohio State champion, got a first walk and triple RBI from Kaden Hall, who then scored on a wild field for the instant advantage of 2-0 on top of the first.

But after a single, Farms-City got the defensive play of the day when starting pitcher Danielewicz gloved a comeback and fired to shortstop Cole Wortman, who turned it to first baseman Phillips for a sparkling double game. Farms-City also shot twice in the sixth inning.

Hagerstown took advantage of five walks and an error to make it 5-0 in the second inning, then went through an insurance run in the fourth to make it 6-0.

Farms-City sent six pitchers up the hill and combined for 11 strikeouts. Brennan had the best outing with five Ks in 1.2 scoreless relief innings while Phillips faced two batters and had three out in a perfect sixth inning.

Farms-City makes the fourth appearance in the history of the regional program. The team hopes to follow in the footsteps of 2021 Michigan State champion Taylor North, who won the region and captured the Little League World Series.

Farms-City would need to win its next four games over the next four days to qualify for Williamsport.

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

GREAT LAKES REGIONAL

In Whitestown, Indiana

Saturday August 6

1: London North Laurel (Kentucky) 5, Hinsdale (Illinois) 4

2: Hagerstown (Indiana) 6, Grosse Pointe Farms-City (Michigan) 2

Sunday August 7

3: London North Laurel, Kentucky vs. Hamilton West Side, Ohio, 4 p.m.

4: Hinsdale, Illinois vs. Grosse Pointe Farms-City, Michigan, 7 p.m.

Monday August 8

5: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser, 1 p.m.

6: Hagerstown, Indiana vs. Game 3 winner, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday August 9

7: Game 6 loser vs. Game 5 winner, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Wednesday August 10

8: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

Winner advances to Little League World Series

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