Eisenhower baseball hopes to have bounce back season

By: Mark Vest | Shelby - Utica News | Published April 22, 2013

Perhaps one of the best assets a coach can have is a group of players who care about what happens on the field, and Eisenhower baseball coach Jason Gendreau thinks he has just that with his squad. 

“They don’t like to lose,” Gendreau said. “They don’t like what happened last year. They learned a lot from what happened.”

Last season, Eisenhower finished 15-19 overall and 1-9 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

The Eagles have five returning players, including junior captains Dan Chmielewski, a center fielder who has committed to play for Michigan State University, and Paul Harper, a catcher whom Gendreau also expects will have the opportunity to play for a college program.

Junior Jimmy Filipski, senior Ryan Zayance and sophomore Pete Zeimis represent Eisenhower’s other returning players, and Gendreau would like to see his veterans help put the Eagles in a position to come away from the season with some titles.

“I think to compete for a MAC Red title and for a district championship are the two (goals) that our team has their sights set on,” Gendreau said. “They set lofty goals, and then they have the confidence to meet them.”

Eisenhower competes in what Macomb Dakota coach Matt Carley considers to be “one of the tougher leagues in the state of Michigan,” and Gendreau is also aware of how challenging winning a title is likely to be.

“Extremely competitive,” Gendreau said of the MAC Red. “I think with (Sterling Heights) Stevenson and Dakota, you’ve got two of the top teams in the state. Our goal is to compete at the same level they do.”

At press time, Eisenhower was 7-5 overall, 2-0 in the MAC Red.

The Eagles are in action at 4:30 p.m. April 25 at Marysville High.