2016-06-26 / Sports

Hornets lose to Liggett in state baseball finals, 12-0


Short stop Steven Garza tosses to Nic Johnson for the force at second base in the fifth inning of NL’s loss to Grosse Pointe University of Liggett. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) Short stop Steven Garza tosses to Nic Johnson for the force at second base in the fifth inning of NL’s loss to Grosse Pointe University of Liggett. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) EAST LANSING — New Lothrop’s dream season ended on Saturday, June 18, at MSU baseball field in East Lansing as the Hornets lost to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett by a 12-0 count.

Not much went right on the field for the Hornets on Saturday as they stranded nine base runners in five innings of play while running into a hard-hitting Liggett squad.

But NL coach Ben Almasy says this one game does not diminish what his team accomplished in his first year at the helm here.

“Credit to them, they were better than us, but this one game does not define us,” said the coach. “Zac Besant was out there on the hill as just a sophomore against a team that will be moving up to Division 1 next year. We did not play our best defense today, either, and although we hit the ball fairly well, we did not get key hits when we needed them.”


Short stop Steven Garza pursues a Liggett baserunner who was picked off second base in the state finals contest. The run-down was botched, but the runner was eventually stranded at third base. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) Short stop Steven Garza pursues a Liggett baserunner who was picked off second base in the state finals contest. The run-down was botched, but the runner was eventually stranded at third base. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) Liggett used two hits and a pair of walks to score twice in the top of the first and then added two more runs on three hits and two walks in the second. They broke the game wide open with four runs on five hits in the third to take an 8-0 lead.

Meanwhile, New Lothrop stranded a runner in the third and left two runners on base in each of the other four innings.

Quentin Taylor, Cam Pope and Carter Hemgesberg each had a pair of hits off Liggett ace Matthew Gushee.

Zac Besant took the loss, going the first 2 1/3 innings and giving up eight runs. Nathanial Lane threw 2/3 of an inning and yielded a run in relief before Hemgesberg finished the final two innings on the mound, surrendering three runs. Liggett put together a dozen hits and drew six walks in the five-inning mercy rule contest.


NL first baseman Cam Pope pulls down a foul pop-up near the Liggett dugout in the first inning of the title game on June 18 at MSU. Pope had two of New Lothrop’s six hits in the Hornets’ 12-0 loss. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) NL first baseman Cam Pope pulls down a foul pop-up near the Liggett dugout in the first inning of the title game on June 18 at MSU. Pope had two of New Lothrop’s six hits in the Hornets’ 12-0 loss. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) “I hope I can coach here forever, because I love this team and this environment,” concluded Coach Almasy. “This has been as good a ride as we could ever have dreamed of.”

The Hornets finish the season with a 41-4 overall record.



Senior pitcher/first baseman Cam Pope and NL head coach Ben Almasy embrace after the Hornets’ loss in the state championship contest. Despite the loss, New Lothrop finished the season with a sparkling 41-4 record along with the school’s second trip to the finals in the past three years. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) Senior pitcher/first baseman Cam Pope and NL head coach Ben Almasy embrace after the Hornets’ loss in the state championship contest. Despite the loss, New Lothrop finished the season with a sparkling 41-4 record along with the school’s second trip to the finals in the past three years. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury)

Liggett’s William Kopicki scores on a suicide squeeze play as the throw to NL catcher Carter Hemgesberg is not in time. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) Liggett’s William Kopicki scores on a suicide squeeze play as the throw to NL catcher Carter Hemgesberg is not in time. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury)

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