The Ferndale High baseball team has a district title on its mind this season. The last time the Eagles won the postseason tournament was in 2011.

The Ferndale High baseball team has a district title on its mind this season. The last time the Eagles won the postseason tournament was in 2011.

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Ferndale High baseball ready to roll

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published March 28, 2018

Ferndale High baseball coach Chris Bailey said his team is younger, but an experienced group. 

After losing just four seniors from last season’s squad, Bailey said Ferndale now has a “junior-heavy” team, with some of the players having played together since middle school.

“I pretty much brought up that whole group last year as sophomores, and they played,” Bailey said. “It’s a really, really good core group of kids right there who have been playing together. They know each other. They’re all really decent ballplayers, and they’re great kids.”

Bailey thinks pitching will be the team’s biggest strength, with juniors Drake Landry and Max Dutra expected to lead the way.

“We do have two really, really solid junior pitchers who got a lot of innings on a varsity mound last year,” Bailey said. “Throwing a significant amount of innings at the varsity level, I’m hoping that translates into some better success for them this year. They’re both extremely talented. They improved in the offseason tremendously.”

Offensively, Ferndale could get a major contribution from senior Nico Furnari, who Bailey said is going to play multiple positions, but primarily shortstop.

“He hit the ball really well for us last year as a junior,” Bailey said. “He was our best hitter for a while, so I’m really looking forward to him having a productive, healthy season.”

Those players, as well as their teammates, can help Ferndale achieve what Bailey said is the “No. 1 goal” this season — winning a district championship.

“Kids are really itching to win that district,” Bailey said. “Anywhere I go, my long-term goal is always to be able to compete for a state championship. But in the short-term, I think a district championship for this group of kids and for the school in general would really be a big step in the right direction for the baseball program as a whole.”

Ferndale’s last district title came in 2011.

“The program is on the upswing,” Bailey said. “It’s probably not exactly where I want it, but I would say (in) my fourth year, it’s where I expected it to be.”