Fraser High baseball players take part in a recent practice. The Ramblers have won three consecutive Macomb Area Conference Gold Division championships.

Fraser High baseball players take part in a recent practice. The Ramblers have won three consecutive Macomb Area Conference Gold Division championships.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Fraser High baseball returns for another spring season

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 9, 2018

 Fraser High senior Vinnie Konvinski gets in some pitching work at practice.

Fraser High senior Vinnie Konvinski gets in some pitching work at practice.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

FRASER — Over the last few years, Fraser High’s baseball program has been the best team in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

The Ramblers have won a MAC Gold title in each of the last three seasons, with one of those championships being shared with Warren Woods Tower in 2016.

Prior to the team’s 2015 MAC Gold title, coach Dave Kuppe thinks it had been more than 20 years since the program’s last division championship.

He now has his sights set on a district championship, which last came in 2006.

“We’ve lost district games, close games, to (Warren) De La Salle our last couple years,” Kuppe said. “We’re out of that district this year, so we’re hoping to have a real good shot this year (of) winning a district and moving on, and see how we can progress in the state tournament.”

Kuppe believes a strength this year is in the pitching rotations with seniors Vinnie Konvinski and Justin Sherman.

Both players can also play on the infield.

“(Konvinski) should be one of our best, if not our best pitcher,” Kuppe said. “He also is (a) very good hitter. … I think he’s set to have a really, really good year. And Justin Sherman is another one who I think is (going to) be much improved this year. … He played in every game last year.”

Konvinski and Sherman aren’t the only ones who could make significant contributions, as Kuppe thinks this year’s squad has a lot of talent.

And with a program Kuppe said is solid right now, he has some things he can look forward to this year.

“It’s always exciting when the season gets going,” Kuppe said. “I like competition. I like kids that like it and look forward to it as well. It’s a lot of fun once we start playing two, three times, four times, five times a week.”

Up next, Fraser plays at 4 p.m. April 12 at Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse.