Airport upsets No. 2 Huron, tops Jefferson for District baseball title

CARLETON — It may not be a widely held view, but airport senior Brayden Moore knows there’s only one baseball player in the entire state he wants on the hill when it comes down to it.

“Jason (Himebauch) is the best pitcher in the state of Michigan and no one can tell me otherwise,” Moore said. “He’s just accurate and has everything. He’s cool, calm and mature.”

Jets coach John VanWasshenova has to agree.

Himebauch got the ball for the biggest game of the season at the airport Saturday morning in the Division 2 District semifinals against New Boston Huron — the state No. 2 and the favorite to take home this weekend’s hardware.

Himebauch had other ideas.

The Airport senior held Huron to just one run as the Jets won a 7-1 excitement, then used that momentum to drive a 6-3 win over Jefferson to win their first district championship since 2019.

The airport's Nolan Zajac was greeted by his teammates after hitting a three-run home run in the sixth inning to break the 1-1 tie against New Boston Huron and the semifinals game of the D2 on Saturday, June 4, 2022 District to win 7-1.

Himebauch prevailed against Huron except for the finals after his pitch count rose to 104 and he was forced to leave the game. He calmed Huron’s big bats, giving up just three hits and three walks while hitting six.

“It was tough, but I have a great squad behind me,” said Himbauch. “I just wanted to throw strikes and get the curveball and change work. I worked outside a lot. …I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous, but once our boys put in a couple of runs, I felt good.”

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