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April 10, 2013

Lakeview baseball team looks to seniors to lead the Huskies

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball coach Brett Vaughn said he’s excited about the 2013 season.

That excitement comes from strong senior leadership and a team made up of a good mix of juniors and seniors, Vaughn said April 1 after a game against Davison in the 2013 Macomb County Spring Break Tournament.

“We’ve got six or seven seniors that are our leaders and another six juniors who can play,” said Vaughn, who led the Huskies to a Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title last season — his first with the team.

“We’re trying to mix in a couple of freshmen, too. Overall, we have a good mix of juniors and seniors, and I look for positive things out of them, for sure.”

Players Vaughn expects to lead the team are senior catcher Sam Sells, senior shortstop Nick White and senior pitcher Ryan Abke, who will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 pitcher in the rotation. Vaughn, who guided the Huskies to a 15-16 record in 2012, including an 8-2 mark in the MAC Silver, added that he expects strong contributions from senior right fielder Zach Pappas, senior center fielder and leadoff hitter Steve Vollmer.

Juniors expected to contribute are pitcher Matt Brand and third basemen Ben Shaw.

“The kids work really hard together, and I’m really excited about what we can do,” said Vaughn, who added he sees pitching as the strength of the team.

“We’ve got some work to get in defensively and hittingwise. It’s usually the opposite way: you get into the spring and your hitting is strong and your pitching has to catch up. Last year, we lived on pitching, and I found out last year we can live on the pitching end of things.”

After moving into the MAC Gold following four years in the Silver, the Huskies (1-2 at press time) will be see some new competition.

Vaughn said he sees Marine City and Warren Cousino as strong competition in the Gold. Other teams in the Gold are Warren Woods Tower, Fraser and Madison Heights Lamphere. Marine City has won the last two MAC Gold Division titles.

“I still look for us to finish in the top tier of (the MAC Gold). I look for Marine City to be strong, and Cousino has a lot of kids coming back ready to contribute,” Vaughn said. “I look for us to compete and finish in the top two or three in the league — that’s if we don’t win it.”

The Huskies next hit the diamond for a matchup with Clinton Township Chippewa Valley. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m. April 10 at Chippewa Valley.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.