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April 10, 2013

Lathrup baseball team confident, once things are figured out

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Lathrup pitcher Isiah Land works against Bishop Foley in a game last week. The Chargers have some good pieces of the puzzle back to make a strong run this spring.

Focusing on a final score on a cold and windy day in the first week of April is going to do very little in the big picture for Darren Mosley and his Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup baseball team.

Which is why, following a 16-0 loss to Bishop Foley April 3, Mosley chose not to.

“We just lost to a pretty good baseball team,” Mosley said with a smile following a defeat to the two-time defending state champs.

Instead, for Mosley and the Chargers, the early season is all about figuring out exactly what the team has and what the team is.

In their coach’s mind, it’s something pretty good.

“We’re very confident in these guys and with what this season could be,” Mosley added. “We’re just kind of young right now, figuring out the game and everything else.”

Cold or not, Mosley was intent on taking advantage of the early season, including the Foley game, which was part of the Oakland County tournament.

In 2011, Lathrup played in the county tourney and went on to win the Oakland Activities Association White Division championship with a 12-0 record.

Mosley elected not to play in the early tournament last season.

“And looking back, I think it hurt us,” he said. “Doing it a couple years ago was huge for us, which is why I wanted to do it again.”

Lathrup was a modest 16-13 last season, but at 8-4 in league play ended a few games off the pace for the league title.

But 12 guys are back in the mix this year, and Johnny Slater, headed to the University of Michigan next spring, returns to anchor the pitching staff.

“Competing is the main goal right now,” Slater said. “We have to focus on the little things, like giving up walks and making too many errors, but when we do that, we’ll be all right.”

In the loss to Foley, Lathrup pitchers walked 12, and the defense struggled, committing what Mosley said was “seven or eight errors.”

“You’re not going to win too many games (doing that),” he added. “But, like I said, it’s early, and while we have a lot of guys back, we’re still building up the mental aspect of the game. We’re still getting guys in the baseball mindset, where things are more reactionary and they don’t have to think about it.”

It will take some time, but just three games in (1-2), time is on the Chargers’ side.

“Once we get some games under our belt, we’re going to be just fine,” Mosley said. “The guys need some time, but once we get rolling, I see us at the top of the league again.”

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mike Moore at mmoore@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1038. Twitter Follow Mike on Twitter.