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June 25, 2014

Coaches pick best in OAA baseball after another thrilling season

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Coaches pick best in OAA baseball after another thrilling season
Berkley’s Jacob Baker had a solid season on the mound and was named All-Association in the Blue Division.
North Farmington’s Rob Chapekis helped guide the Raiders to an 11-4 record and division title in the OAA White.
 

OAKLAND COUNTY — Four divisions, all of which came down to a grand total of 3.5 games separating the top teams from the next best.

With a tie tossed in.

The numbers prove that the Oakland Activities Association had an outstanding baseball season in 2014, with division races literally finding their end result on the final day of the schedule.

“The competitive balance of the league remains great,” said Troy Athens coach Mike Morris, whose team won the Blue Division by the biggest margin of the three divisions: 1.5 games.  “I know in our division, top to bottom, every game was close. When you play the doubleheader the first meeting and then a single game two days later, you figured each other out and you beat up on one another.”

In the Red Division, Lake Orion won by one game.

In the White, North Farmington did likewise.

In the Bronze, Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup and Southfield High tied.

“The closeness of this league makes every game exciting,” Morris added. “We were in a year, especially with the weather we had to endure, where every game really counted.”

Red Division
Lake Orion finished 12-3 in the Red, claiming the top spot for the third straight year and the fifth time in the past seven seasons.

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek was second at 11-4, followed by Rochester Adams (6-9), Clarkston High (6-9), Rochester High (6-9) and Oxford High (4-11).

All-Association honors go to Mike Falter, Jacob Christiansen, Brad Schaenzer, Josh Bays and Miles Hardy, Lake Orion; Eric Gilgenbach, Joe Cox, Nick Rangos and Noah Beck, Stoney Creek; Jordan Wiley, Jacob Verploeg and Weylin Frisbie, Adams; David Steward, Ryan Rea and Nathan Morris, Clarkston; Connor Pacella, Tommy Smith and Max Harper, Rochester; and Travis Shifflin, Oxford.

White Division
In the White, North Farmington took home first with an 11-4 record. West Bloomfield High (10-5) was second, followed by Farmington Hills Harrison (8-7), Birmingham Seaholm (8-7), Farmington High (4-10) and Beverly Hills Groves (3-11).

All-Association accolades go to David Lett, Brooks Reno, Alex Darden, Rob Chapekis and Mike Hanford, North Farmington; Josh Birnberg, Chandler Sedat, Zach Allread and Dazon Cole, West Bloomfield; Steve Morowski, David Vinsky and Jared Char, Harrison; Mike Carty and Dan Harris, Farmington; Alex Breeden, Seaholm; and Ben London, Groves.

Blue Division
Athens took home the top spot in the Blue, finishing with a 12-2 record and one game in front of Bloomfield Hills High’s 11-4 mark. Auburn Hills Avondale (7-8), Troy High (6-9), Berkley High (5-9) and Royal Oak High (3-12) round out the group.

All-Association honors go to Brian Dombrowski, Logan Priebe, Grant Sweeney, John Van Hoef and Matt Lerdahl, Athens; Christian Joworski, Matthew Buermann, Perry Klemanski and Jack Wyman, Bloomfield Hills; Travis Jones, Jacob Adams and Ben Beckas, Avondale; Alex Marshall and Erik Papandrea, Troy; Jacob Baker and Quincy Jones, Berkley; and Cameron MacKenzie, Royal Oak.

Gold Division
A pair of rivals shared the crown in the Gold this spring, as Southfield-Lathrup and Southfield finished with identical 7-1 records. Ferndale High (4-4), Hazel Park High (2-6) and Oak Park High (0-8) round out the league.

All-Association honors go to Chase Golding, Troy Justice, Eric Langford and Kevin Smith, Lathrup; David Cole, TJ Thompson, Corry Oliver, Lance Lucas and George Osborne, Southfield; Damon Ellis, David Paul and Justin Hammerle, Ferndale; Kenny Bean and Cameron Ballard, Hazel Park; and Chris Swain, Oak Park.

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