Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores pitcher perfect in title clincher

Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores pitcher Joe Randazzo pitches a perfect game against Dexter on Wednesday in the Little League baseball Majors division state tournament championship game at Howes Field in Gladstone. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Mike Mattson)

By JOHN VRANCIC
Escanaba Daily Press
GLADSTONE — It was a dominating performance by Joey Randazzo Wednesday, to say the least.
Randazzo fired a perfect game while helping Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores defeat Dexter 10-0 in five innings in the championship game of the Little League baseball Majors division state tournament held at Don Howes Family Field in Gladstone.
He retired all 15 hitters he faced, including 12 by strikeout on this rainy morning.
“It’s exciting and at the same time it’s terrifying,” he said. “One pitch and it could be gone. I had so much stress on my body. It was a relief to get it over with.
“My fastball and hitting the spots were definitely the keys. The same umpires were here all week and I knew how they were calling the game. That helped a lot.”
The victory sends Grosse Pointe to the Central Regional tournament at Indianapolis, where they begin play Aug. 5.
“We worked so hard for this,” Randazzo added. “We’re going to try to do the same thing we did here. We’re just going to try to have fun.”
Grosse Pointe head coach Jason Hill was impressed by the performance of Randazzo and the team.
“Joey is a darn good player,” he said. “Most of our kids are very knowledgeable. They understand the game well for their age and they’re pretty talented.”
The champs clubbed two home runs, running their state-record total to 49 during the entire tournament run.
Randazzo opened the scoring on a wild pitch and Jack Jones rapped a two-run homer ro right-center field for a 3-0 lead in the opening frame.
Grosse Pointe, taking advantage of several wild pitches, added three runs in the third. Randazzo made it 4-0 on a wild pitch. A double to center by Jones gave Grosse Pointe its fifth run and Jordan Arseneau’s ground out to the pitcher raised the count to 6-0.
Joseph Wisniewski’s two-run shot to right put Grosse Pointe up by eight in the fifth. Ryan Jones scored the ninth run on a wild pitch and Drew Hill’s infield single ended the scoring.
They finished with 10 hits, including two each by Randazzo, Wisniewski and Jack Jones.
“Dexter was impressive the whole week,” said coach Hill. “Their pitcher (Brennan Parachek) was very, very good, but we were able to we put some lengthy innings against him. Our kids did a nice job getting the timely hits throughout the tournament. The two-out home run in the first inning was huge.”