Throwback Thursday: Beal City Wins 1st State Title Since 1993

MISportsNow’s Throwback Thursday is looking back at northern Michigan’s greatest games, from buzzer beaters to state finals. This marks the fifth in the biweekly series.

BATTLE CREEK – Tyler McDonald’s complete-game effort guided the Beal City baseball program to its first state championship in a more than a decade with a 3-1 win over Sterling Heights Parkway Christian in the 2009 MHSAA Division 4 state final at Battle Creek’s C.O. Brown Stadium.

McDonald effectively silenced Parkway Christian bats, allowing just one earned run on three hits while registering 11 strikeouts and four walks. Parkway Christian mustered just one hit after the first inning.

The win gave the Aggies their first title since Ron Schafer’s squad won the 1993 Class D championship with a 10-7 victory over Portland St. Patrick. It also marked the first of two straight titles for school.

Beal City held 2-1 lead through one inning over Parkway Christian in the final, with shortstop Jared Theisen connecting on an RBI triple in the top of the first. Theisen added an insurance run in the fifth when he scored on a throwing error by catcher Brandon Gennette after stealing third.

Theisen led the Aggies at the plate that day, going 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. McDonald, Kegan Rojas, Brian Bleise, Kohl Bechtel and Andrew Bechtel all chipped in with a hit apiece.

Prior to a 2-0 win over Frankfort in a state semifinal, Beal City picked up wins over North Muskegon (11-5) and Wyoming Tri-unity Christian (4-1) in regional play before shutting out Bay City All Saints (10-0) in quarterfinal action.

Under Antcliff’s tutelage, Beal City would go on to capture the 2010 Division 4 title with a 5-0 win over St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic and finish runner-up with losses to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (3-2, 8 innings) in 2013 and New Lothrop (5-0) in 2014.

Antcliff would step down from his baseball coaching duties following the conclusion of the 2016 season but continues in his role as defensive coordinator with the school’s varsity football program and recently finished up his second season as the head coach of the varsity girls basketball team.

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