The Diamond Classic Final: WOW!
So I went to last night's (June 7th) 59th Dean Shippey Capital Diamond Classic championship baseball game between Grand Ledge and DeWitt at Kircher/Municipal Park in Lansing.
And I have to tell you, it reminds me how great high school sports are. You had two teams of equal talent with great fan bases (the stands were virtually full) playing for the premier title in Mid-Michigan high school baseball. It is now among the best high school games (in any sport) that I have ever seen. And I've been to a few.
This was the fourth, and final, time that these two teams played against each other this season. They split during the regular season and then played each other last Saturday in the Division 1 district semifinal at DeWitt HS, which deserves a whole other article in itself.
Both teams had the lead twice before the dramatic finish in the 7th inning. Grand Ledge took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Then DeWitt rallied to take a 4-1 lead in the second, taking advantage of an error and another misplay.
The Comets came back from that to tie the game at 4 in the top of the fifth inning. And then took the lead in the sixth with another run. DeWitt came blazing back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-5 lead to the seventh inning.
In the seventh, after retiring the first batter, DeWitt walked the next two batters. And then with two outs, tournament MVP Noah Warren absolutely tattooed the first pitch he saw over the right-field wall for a dramatic game-winning three-run home run. Final score: Grand Ledge 8, DeWitt 6.
In my opinion, Warren's home run rivals the famous home run that Waverly's John Smoltz (yes, that John Smoltz) hit against Sexton to win the Diamond Classic in 1985. As well as the famous Grand Ledge comeback win over Homer back in the 2000s at Cooley Law School Stadium (now Jackson Field).
It was just riveting stuff to see at Muni. I was nervous for both teams, really. But it was something special. One that doesn't happen every day. And it's why I still follow high school sports, even after all these years.