West Bloomfield, Farmington HillsApril 14, 2014
Harrison baseball edges West Bloomfield 4-3 in OAA opener
By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer
FARMINGTON HILLS — A pair of teams with division title aspirations officially kicked off play in the Oakland Activities Association White Monday afternoon.
And as was the case most of last year in league play, and many predict will be the same this spring, it was the slimmest of margins that eventually separated the West Bloomfield High and Farmington Hills Harrison baseball teams.
“We didn’t have a lot of opportunities, but we were able to get a couple in when we had our chances,” Harrison skipper Pete Lamerato said after his guys opened their season with a 4-3 victory.
Harrison got things rolling in the second inning when Steve Marowski singled to open the frame, advanced to third on a double by Pat Williams and then scored on a throwing error.
Jevon Shaw hit a sacrifice fly to score the second run moments later.
Danny Sanders then doubled in two runs with two outs.
Trailing 4-0 entering the sixth, West Bloomfield finally came to life.
After a Harrison error allowed the first runner to reach third, Chandler Sedat ripped an RBI single to put the Lakers on the board. A single, an error and another hit brought across two more runs.
The Lakers couldn’t find the tying tally in the seventh, though.
“We’re still not playing seven full innings, and that has to change,” coach Eric Pierce said. “Harrison is a much-improved team from last year, but we had our chances. We didn’t capitalize when we needed to.”
The Lakers left eight runners on base during the game.
West Bloomfield falls to 3-3 on the year and 0-1 in White play.
The Lakers were 10-5 in the division last year and finished second to North Farmington (12-3).
“For our first game, there were some mistakes, but I can’t complain,” Lamerato said. “We did a lot of things very well.”