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June 12, 2013

Roseville baseball coach looks ahead after district semifinal setback

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Roseville High baseball team fell 7-2 to Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse in a district semifinal played June 1 at Warren Woods Tower. Pictured is Panther senior pitcher/third baseman Darnell Wilson taking a cut during a regular-season game against Sterling Heights High.

For the second straight year, the Roseville High baseball team lost a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 district semifinal to Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse.

The latest setback came in the form of a 7-2 loss in a game played June 1 at Warren Woods Tower. It was a 0-0 game going into the bottom of the fourth. The Panthers end the season at 10-8.

L’Anse Creuse went on to fall 4-3 to Warren Woods Tower in the district final.

“We really felt as the game stayed 0-0 and we got deeper into it, I felt that our confidence was getting higher and the pressure was being put on them,” said coach Keith Marzec, in his 12th year with the program.

“We had a couple of balls that they made some plays on at the fence. We couldn’t get anything to fall for us. If we could have gotten a run early, maybe the outcome would have been a little different.”

Marzec said he’s proud of his team’s showing this season after Roseville had two down years. The Panthers came within one game of winning the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division in 2013 after finishing last in divisional play in 2011 and 2012.

Roseville went 7-3 in the Silver this season — one game behind league champ Clawson High.

Marzec said he’s optimistic about the future, as eight players should return next year, including junior outfielder Tyler Petrone, who hit a home run to deep left-center in the district semi, and sophomore pitcher/shortstop Austin Morrow.

“(Morrow) is sneaky quick,” Marzec said. “I think he’s going to be a good one.”

Marzec said he wants his team to build on this season’s success. He said Roseville players must take the mindset that other good programs take during the offseason.

“The offseason starts today. We can’t put the gloves away. We’ve got to get in the weight room. We’ve got to play summer ball. We’ve got to hit the cages. We’ve got to work,” Marzec said.

“Good teams work all year long, and that’s what our guys need to do.”

Roseville softball, East Detroit teams bow out of postseason
The Roseville High softball team was defeated 8-1 by Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse in a 2013 MHSAA D-1 district semi played June 1 at Warren Woods Tower. The Panthers’ softball team finishes the season 2-14.

The East Detroit baseball and softball teams both fell to St. Clair Shores Lakeview in D-1 district semis played June 1 at Grosse Pointe North. The Shamrocks’ baseball (13-14) and softball teams (3-14) fell 13-3 and 18-0, respectively.