Buchanan beats Detroit Edison for Division 3 state title

Published 8:38 pm Saturday, June 18, 2022

EAST LANSING — For the first time in 37 years, the Buchanan Bucks are the state champions in baseball.

The No. 1-ranked Bucks held on to defeat No. 16-ranked Detroit Edison 3-1 at McLane Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University for the Division 3 state title. Buchanan won the 1985 Class C state championship for its first crown. The Bucks reached the Division 3 state semifinals last season before falling to eventual champion University of Liggett.

Edison (25-13) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh, but Buchanan responded quickly, just as it had in its semifinal 6-1 win over Standish-Sterling Friday night.

The Bucks (30-4) tied the score in the top of the third as, with two outs, Cade Preissing drew a walk, stole second and scored on a double by Matthew Hoover.

The game would remain deadlocked at 1-1 until the top of the fifth, when the Bucks took the lead for good by scoring another run with two outs.

Another walk to Preissing and a stolen base set up Hoover, who doubled again to make it 2-1.

Buchanan sealed the victory with a run in the top half of the seventh.

Preissing again got the rally started by drawing a walk. He advanced to third on back-to-back fielder’s choice plays. Macoy West followed with an RBI single to make it 3-1.

Detroit Edison did not make it easy on Buchanan in the bottom of the seventh as it loaded the bases with two outs. Hoover, who started for the Bucks on the mound and was replaced by West in the sixth inning, returned in the seventh. After the Pioneers loaded the bases, Buchanan Coach Jim Brawley went back to West, who ended the game and the championship drought with a strikeout.

The Bucks finished the game with three runs on five hits. Hoover had the two doubles and West had a pair of singles. Hoover also picks up the win with the save going to West. The two combined on a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts and just two walks.