Madison Heights Madison baseball looks to be contender in the ‘Bronze’

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published April 9, 2018

 Madison Heights Madison baseball coach Scott LaBrash talks to senior Demetric Knight at a recent practice. LaBrash described Madison’s program as up and coming.

Madison Heights Madison baseball coach Scott LaBrash talks to senior Demetric Knight at a recent practice. LaBrash described Madison’s program as up and coming.

Photo by Sean Work

Times have been pretty good for Madison Heights Madison athletics in recent months.

The football team made it all the way to a Division 7 semifinal in the fall, and the boys basketball program won division and district championships in the winter. 

With the spring sports season having arrived, Madison’s baseball program will try to follow suit with some success of its own.

One good way of doing that would be to finish at the top of the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division, which would give the program its first division championship since 2010. The Eagles were co-champs of the MAC Silver that year.

“For the program, it would be amazing,” said Madison coach Scott LaBrash. “Just five years ago, six years ago, we didn’t win a game. And then the following year, we won one game. So, to go from winning zero games to winning a league championship would be incredible.”

LaBrash said his team is young, with Demetric Knight being the lone senior.

Other players back from last season’s squad include Tanner Barndollar, Jordan Scott and Sylvester Whitley.

Junior Austin Brown is a newcomer to the team this season, and LaBrash said he is going to “bring some more-than-welcome talent.”

What the Eagles can do on the mound could turn out to be their greatest asset.

“I’m thinking our pitching will be our strength,” LaBrash said. “I have about four or five pitchers that I can rely on. … If they step up and do their job, it makes my job a lot easier. … Defense should be pretty solid this year, too. We’re young, but looking forward to a good season.”

Having self-motivated players is something else that can make LaBrash’s job a lot easier.

“These kids, they work on their own,” he said. “School’s out, (and) they had a (10 a.m.) hitting practice yesterday. I wasn’t involved. … So, the work ethic and way they all come together, there was really no difficulty for me to try to make these kids put in work. … They have the drive to be better.”

LaBrash described the state of the program as up and coming. He said the Eagles are “getting the pieces to try to bring the program back.”

“I only have one senior leaving,” LaBrash said. “I have some freshmen coming in that I think would make an impact on this team. We’re young, and I look forward to the years to come.”

Up next, Madison plays at 4:30 p.m. April 16 at home against Eastpointe High.