BATTLE CREEK – Few had gotten to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett the last two seasons.
But Decatur, and especially junior outfielder T.J. Stambeck, found a way in Saturday’s Division 4 Final.
He was 2 for 3 and played big parts in starting both Raiders rallies as Decatur won its first title since 2003 and fourth overall by downing the top-ranked Knights 4-1 at Bailey Park.
Stambeck also drove in a run, and senior shortstop Theo Rufo drove in two for Decatur, which finished 36-6 and was ranked No. 2 heading into the tournament. Junior Tim Cerven got the win on the mound, striking out two but giving up only five hits.
Sophomore Patrick Broder drove in University Liggett’s run, in the second inning. The Knights finished 25-4. Senior Alex Daar took the pitching loss to fall to 16-1. Click for a complete box score.
PHOTO: Decatur huddles in front of its dugout during Saturday's Division 4 Final.