EAST LANSING – Mason County Central’s magical run in the baseball postseason came to an abrupt end Friday.
Bidding to become the first team in program history to win a state championship, the unranked Spartans, making their first trip to the finals, were shut out by perennial state power and top-ranked Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, 9-0, in an MHSAA Division 3 state semifinal at Michigan State.
After a scoreless first inning, the Knights (51-4) tagged Central’s Trevor Carrier for four runs in the top of the second, then added another run in the fourth off Carrier to take a 5-0 lead to the fifth.
Carrier would give up five earned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out one over three innings.
Nolan Asiala threw the final four innings for the Spartans (28-9), surrendering four runs (two earned) on five hits.
Carrier, Austin Tyndall, Spencer Knizacky and Blake Bladzik all hit single hits for the Spartans.
Central’s improbable run to East Lansing came on the heels of winning 28 of its last 31 games after starting the season 0-5.
Central’s regional title was its first since 1998.
The Spartans graduated eight seniors and are set to return seven next season, including six rising seniors.
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