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Brasosky's complete game effort leads Portage Central to state finals

Mustangs to make first state finals appearance since 2002
Portage Central baseball advances to state finals
Posted at 1:38 PM, Jun 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 16:48:06-04
Portage Central 5, Midland Dow 1

The Portage Central baseball team has had a target on their backs all season long with three Division 1 signees and a lot of expectations.

On Thursday morning, the Mustangs took on Midland Dow in the state semifinals hoping to punch the program's first ticket to the state championship since 2002.

It would be a hot start in the opening inning after Tennessee signee Gavin Brasosky retired the Chargers in order and Zach MacDonald would score Luke Leto on a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.

Zach MacDonald after a sacrifice fly
Portage Central senior Zach MacDonald is greeted by teammates after an RBI sacrifice fly in the first inning.

In the bottom of the second, a Kobe Mason lead-off double would set the tone for the inning as Will Sachwitz singled to left-center field to plate two more runs.

The score would remain 3-0 Mustangs until the bottom of the fourth when LSU signee Leto flew out to centerfield but deep enough to score Ryan Dotson from third.

The left-handed Brasosky was rolling on the mound all game long for the Mustangs but would have to pitch around a bit of trouble late.

Gavin Brososky
Portage Central starter Gavin Brososky during Thursday morning's state semifinal.

In the top of the sixth, the Chargers would plate one run but Brasosky would leave to stranded to keep the score 4-1.

With runners on first and third in the Mustang's half of the sixth, Cole Mason would bunt on a sacrifice squeeze to score another insurance run to make it 5-1 Portage Central.

It would be last call for Dow in the top of the seventh and Brasosky would give up one hit and a walk before back-to-back strikeouts to end it to secure the state semifinal victory.

He would finish the complete game with four hits, one earned run and ten strikeouts.

"It's awesome," Brasosky said after the game, "we practice for this every day, prepare for the pressure."

Portage Central celebrates the state semifinal win
Portage Central celebrates the state semifinal victory on Thursday morning.

With two SEC commits on the team, Brasosky admits there has been pressure on the team throughout the season but they're glad to be playing in a state finals.

"It does feel like a relief but it's not done yet, we have one more," he added.

Senior shortstop Luke Leto would go 1-for-3 for the game with a run scored and an RBI.

"This is huge, I mean with the kids I go to school with and we get a chance to do something special, a chance to do something that hasn't been done in a while at our school, it's something special," Leto added.

Third-year head coach Cory DeGroote knows it's the first state championship appearance since 2002 but won't take credit for the win.

"To borrow a line from Tom Izzo, player led teams are what wins big games, not coach led teams," he smiled after the game, "it's the leadership of this team that has allowed us to grow this year. Trust me, I know how big this is for our kids, they're playing for a community."

The Mustangs will take on Grand Blanc on Saturday at 9:00 AM at Michigan State University.