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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Five For Fighting - Saturday In The Park

OC Top 5 – Most impressive outings on the prep battlefield Saturday afternoon
1 Nate Beck (Novi Detroit CC baseball) – Beck did his best Justin Verlander impression in the Shamrocks 9-1 shellacking of Dearborn Divine Child in the CHSL semifinals, pitching a complete-game two-hitter, while fanning a whopping 17 batters. Just start calling this kid 'Cy' because if Oakland County gave out a Cy Young Award at the end of the season, this kid could easily walk away with it.
2 Natalie Sabourin (Troy Athens girls soccer) – Sabourin punched in the game-winning goal in Athens' 1-0 triumph over Birmingham Marian in a grudge match between two of the state's top girls soccer squads, capping a rigorous, yet highly successful week of play for the talent-laden Red Hawks
3 Mark Dillard (Farmington baseball) – Dillard smacked the game-winning RBI single in Farmington's upset win on the diamond versus Walled Lake Central. The Falcons, who were hit hard by graduation this season, started the year very slow, but have since been coming on like gangbusters with a series of exciting victories like the one Dillard brought them on Saturday.
4 Megan Spagnuolo (Birmingham Marian girls LAX) – Scoring two goals to go along with notching four assists, my homegirl "Spags" powered the Mustangs to a Catholic League crown by besting Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart 14-7.
5 Danny Zuchowski (MH Bishop Foley baseball) – My man 'Zoom Zoom' did it all on Saturday for the Ventures, going 2 for 3 with three RBI from the dish and pitching a complete-game four-hitter, striking out six, in Foley's 9-2 take down of Allen Park Cabrini in a CHSL semi-final. The University of Toledo baseball program got itself a TRUE GEM with the signing of Zuchowski to their recruiting class back in the fall.


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