Birmingham Brother Rice rides pitching to doubleheader sweep of Detroit U-D Jesuit

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  • Birmingham Brother Rice pitcher Karl Kauffmann delivers a pitch during the second inning of the first game against U-D Jesuit. Kauffmann gave up one hit over 6 innings and struck out 10 in the Warriors 10-5 victory over the Cubs. The game was played on Wednesday April 16, 2014 at U-D Jesuit’s home field. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)


DETROIT – The snow left on the ground from Tuesday’s flurries didn’t deter Birmingham Brother Rice Wednesday, as the Warriors braved the conditions and swept Catholic League rival Detroit U-D Jesuit in a doubleheader on the road.

Brother Rice claimed the opener 10-5 and then squeaked out the night-cap 3-2.

Sophomore hurlers Karl Kauffman and Mitch Tyranski picked up the victories on the pitching rubber for the Warriors, with Kauffman going the distance in the first game, tossing a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Tyranski going five innings of five-hit ball in the finale.

Senior Tommy Lentz grabbed the save in the second game, recording the final out via a strikeout with runners on base.

“I like our pitching, I think that facet of our game sets us apart,” Brother Rice head coach Bob Riker said. “We’re showing signs of a solid team, but it’s not how you start the season it’s how you finish.”

Brother Rice is 13-1.

Randy Righter and Bobby Cross each went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI apiece in the opener to anchor the Warriors offense. Matt Ruppenthal went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI in the second game to hold things down for Brother Rice at the plate.

“We always play tough against those guys, we just can’t get over that hump,” U-D Jesuit skipper Jimmy Mancuso said.

U-D Jesuit slipped to 3-9 after the loss.

Warriors beat Howell Twice

On a cool Monday afternoon at Warrior Field in Troy, the Brother Rice Warriors (13-1-1, 10-0)swept a doubleheader from the Howell Hawks winning the first game 8-4, and then winning the 2nd game 6-2.  Brother Rice pounded out 22 hits in just 10 innings of offensive work. (Senior SS) Freddie Jehle went 3-for-4 with a double and a Home Run in the 1st game. (Senior C) Sammy Stevens went 2-for-2 with a double and a Home Run in the 2nd game to lead the Warriors offensively.

(Senior RHP) Matt Ruppenthal tossed 4 scoreless innings while striking out 8 in the 1st game. (Junior LHP) Dominic Downs struckout the only batter he faced to earn the win.(Senior RHP) Tommy Lentz stretched his scoreless innings streak to 21 as he earned his 3rd Save of the year. He pitched the last 2 innings of Game #1. In Game #2 (Senior RHP) Randy Righter went the distance in a Game that ended early due to darkness. He pitched 5 innings and didn’t allow an earned run as he earned his 3rd victory of the season.

Roll Through Catholic League Continues with Sweep of CC

On Wednesday afternoon at Warrior Field theBrother Rice Warriors (9-1-1, 8-0) Shutout the Catholic Central Shamrocks in both games of a CHSL doubleheader 7-0 & 6-0.  The Warriors compiled 22 hits on the afternoon compared to CC’s 9. Brother Rice was led offensively by(Junior LF) Alex Malzone who was 4-for-4 on the day with a Home Run, 2 doubles, and 2 walks. He scored 4 Runs on the day and drove in 3.

In Game #1 Brother Rice took a 2-0 lead in the 3rd on (Senior RF) Randy Righter’s 2nd Home Run of the season. The 2-run shot to Left Field gave the Warriors an early advantage.  Rice scored 3 more in the 3rd, highlighted by RBI-singles from (Junior CF) Nick Plummer, (Senior SS) Freddie Jehle, and Randy Righter. The scoring was capped off in the 5th inning for Brother Rice when Alex Malzone launched his 2nd Home Run of the season: a Line-drive over the fence in deep Left-Center Field to make the score 7-0.

(Senior RHP) Matt Ruppenthal completely dominated for the 3rd straight time this season. He tossed 5 Innings, allowing 4 Hits, and 0 Runs while striking out 8. He has now thrown 14 Innings for Rice this season without allowing a Run and has struck out 28 batters compared to just 2 walks. His individual record stands at 3-0.

In Game #2 Randy Righter earned his 2nd victory of the season. He threw 5 Innings, allowed 3 Hits, 0 Runs, and struck out 4 batters. In the meantime, his teammates gave him plenty of offensive support: Alex Malzone went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Nick Plummer had a pair of doubles as well. It was Plummer’s 8th and 9th extra base hits of the young season.(Sophomore OF) Preston Pilat slammed his team-leading 3rd Home Run of the year as he went 2-for-3 on the day with a pair of RBI’s.

The Warriors are currently hitting .358 on the season as a team, with a .481 On-Base%. Their 8-0 start in the Catholic League matches their best start in the last 5 years.

Rice Sweeps Divine Child for 6th Straight League Win

On Saturday afternoon at Warrior Field, theBrother Rice Warriors (6-1-1, 6-0) swept the Divine Child Falcons in both Games of a CHSL doubleheader 13-4 & 7-2. (Junior OF) Nick Plummer led the Warriors offensively throughout the day as he went 5-for-8 with a walk, 2 doubles, 2 Home Runs, 5 Runs scored, and 5 RBI. (Senior RHP) Matt Ruppenthal and (Sophomore RHP) Karl Kauffmannearned the wins on the mound with stellar performances in both games.

In Game #1 the Warriors got out to an 8-0 lead after 4 innings of play. Divine Child scored 4 in the 6th to cut the lead in half, but Rice topped them with 5 in the 6th to take a commanding 9-run lead. Nick Plummer slammed 2 Home Runs during the game, and (Sophomore OF) Preston Pilat smashed his 2nd HR of the year to highlight his 3-for-4 day at the plate.(Senior IF) Freddie Jehle chipped in with a pair of doubles as well.

In Game #2 Brother Rice scored a run in the 1st inning, but the Falcons answered back with 2 in the 3rd to take the lead. In the 5th, Nick Plummer reached base on a double to RF, and then (Senior 3B) Matt Ruppenthal drove a long Home Run to CF to give Rice a 3-2 lead. One inning later (Junior SS) Davis Feldman came through with a 2 RBI single to LF, and(Junior OF) Johnny Garry smoked an RBI single up the middle to give Rice some breathing room.  Karl Kauffmann pitched out of a mini-jam in the 3rd and was virtually unhittable for the remainder of the game. He earned his 2nd victory of the season.

Rice sweeps St. Mary’s

Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice sweeps baseball doubleheader with Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

 By Jake Thielen |
on April 02, 2014 9:29 p.m.
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    Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
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The Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice High School baseball team improved to 4-0 on the season in the Catholic League Central Division thanks to a pair of wins Wednesday afternoon over Orchard Lake St. Mary’s at Warrior Field in Troy.

Brother Rice (4-1-1, 4-0 CHSL Central) edged St. Mary’s in the opener, 6-3, before shutting out the Eaglets by an 8-0 margin in the second game.

In the first game, the Warriors fell behind 1-0 thanks to an RBI double from St. Mary’s Devin Rose. However, the Eaglets’ lead was short-lived as Brother Rice answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning on consecutive RBI singles from seniors Bobby Cross and Sammy Stephens and junior Davis Feldman.

Brother Rice sophomore Karl Kauffmann throws a pitch during Wednesday’s 8-0 over St. Mary’s(Jake Thielen |

A RBI single in the second inning from junior Nick Plummer gave the Warriors a 4-1 lead that proved to be enough for Brother Rice and senior pitcher Randy Righter.

The Eaglets staged a rally in the sixth inning, scoring twice on a solo home run from Rose and fielder’s choice groundout by senior Jimmy Marx. Despite having a runner on third, St. Mary’s could not plate the tying run as Righter struck out the next batter to end the threat.

Brother Rice added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, the first by junior Josh Tanksley who scored from second base on a sacrifice bunt. Three batters later, senior Ty Kiafoulis added an RBI single to put Brother Rice up 6-3.

Senior Tommy Lentz pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn the save. Righter finished with nine strikeouts in the win.

The second game proved to be more lopsided as Brother Rice cruised to an 8-0 victory.

Brother Rice’s Randy Righter is congratulated by coach Bob Riker after hitting a grand slam.(Jake Thielen |

Sophomore Karl Kauffmann was dominant on the mound, allowing just one hit and striking out 11 Eaglets in just four innings. Lentz entered the game in the fifth inning and threw three scoreless innings, striking out five more batters in the process.

Brother Rice coach Bob Riker said he expects good outings like he got Wednesday from his team’s talented pitching staff.

“Karl dominated – he had good command of the zone, he had good command of his breaking pitch, he was ahead all day and they weren’t taking real good swings on him,” Riker said. “Tommy (Lentz) did a good job of coming in for him. It’s nice to have a guy like Karl, it’s nice to have a guy like Tommy and to start off a doubleheader with a guy like Randy – that’s really good too.”

The Warrior offense found its groove in the fifth inning, turning what had been a 2-0 game into a rout. The five-run inning was capped by a grand slam to center field by Righter, who finished the game 2-3 with four RBI.

Riker said Righter’s home run gave the team a much-needed offensive boost.

“That (grand slam) was really the thing that put things ahead,” Riker said. “Karl was dominating on the mound; we just weren’t scoring any runs early. That kind of gave us some breathing room.”

Josh Tanksley (20) of Brother Rice slides into home plate safely during the team’s 6-3 win in Game 1.(Jake Thielen |

Junior Alex Malzone and sophomore Preston Pilat hit solo home runs in the win, while Malzone and Feldman each picked up a RBI on sacrifice flies.

After splitting its season-opening doubleheader with East Grand Rapids, the Eaglets’ two losses Wednesday dropped them to 1-3 on the season. St. Mary’s assistant coach Bobby Clouse, filling in for head coach Matt Petry, said the team needs to work on improving its fundamentals going forward.

“(Brother Rice) didn’t make any little mistakes, and we made a couple small mistakes that cost us,” Clouse said. “I think we walked a couple people there, (gave) them a couple free passes and then they made us pay. When you play a team like Rice, we have to make sure we take care of all the little things.”