Dryden triumphs over Lakeville for championship

DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity baseball team made it back-to-back years as Tom Cole Tournament Champions, accomplishing the feat with a 5-2 triumph against Lakeville Monday afternoon.

Broome Park, in Flint, is where the battle was contested.

“We played a little sloppy in the field today,” Dryden Coach John DelCampo commented. “Fortunately, we bounced back and were able to pull it out in the end,” he noted.

In Monday’s matchup, Lakeville scored single runs during the first and sixth inning.

Dryden countered with a five-run sixth inning outburst to obtain the come-from-behind win.

In the pivotal sixth inning, Josh Schornak and Tyler Perria both connected for singles.

Then, with two outs, Corey Heike delivered a clutch double to even the score at two runs apiece.

Following a walk to Brady Czape, Ethan Rozanski connected for a two-run double.

Vince Angel then added an RBI-single, staking Dryden to a 5-2 lead at the time. That would prove the eventual final score.

Czape and Schornak led Dryden with a pair of hits each. Rozanski, Perria and Angel added a hit each to Dryden’s cause.

Rozanski was Dryden’s winning pitcher that day. He allowed five hits over seven innings, striking out 11 along the way.

“He had a huge day,” DelCampo said. “Rozanski pitched another great game and came through with the winning hit for us,” he noted.

Assistant Dryden Coach Craig Gerard was ecstatic about the win. And for good reason, he also participated for Grand Blanc as a player in the inaugural Tom Cole Tournament 50 years ago.

“That sixth inning was great,” Gerard said. “It means a great deal to me to be a part of this tournament again,” he noted.

Dryden returns to action this Friday when it meets Cardinal Mooney in a Division 4 district semifinal game at Merritt Academy. That clash is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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Kevin Kissane

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.