Royal Oak Shrine's baseball season ends with regional semifinal loss to Clarkston Everest Collegiate

By: Mark Vest | Royal Oak Review | Published June 9, 2018

 Royal Oak Shrine senior Trevor Piazzon pitches against Clarkston Everest Collegiate during a Division 4 regional semifinal June 9. The Knights' season ended with a 3-1 loss to Everest Collegiate.

Royal Oak Shrine senior Trevor Piazzon pitches against Clarkston Everest Collegiate during a Division 4 regional semifinal June 9. The Knights' season ended with a 3-1 loss to Everest Collegiate.

Photo by Sean Work

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Royal Oak Shrine baseball concluded its season with a 3-1 loss to Clarkston Everest Collegiate in a Division 4 regional semifinal June 9 at Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.

 

Everest Collegiate scored all three of its runs in the last half of the first inning.

 

Senior Grant Burgess and freshman Jack Lasceski each collected an RBI for the Mountaineers, with the third  run scoring as a result of a passed ball.

 

Shrine’s lone run of the game came via an RBI double from junior Javier Tan in the top of the third.

 

“Tough start to the game giving up three in the first,” Shrine coach Dan Noble said following the game. “But we buckled down defensively, got ourselves out of some jams there playing decent defense. But two hits isn’t (going to) get it done.”

 

In two different innings, Everest Collegiate left the bases loaded without getting a run across.

 

Senior Trevor Piazzon didn’t give up any runs pitching in relief for Shrine.

 

Everest Collegiate senior Nick Cross pitched a complete game for the Mountaineers.

 

Shrine came away from the season with the program’s second consecutive D4 district title.

 

The Knights started the season 0-5 and later went through a stretch where they lost six consecutive games.

 

A district title may not have seemed to be a likely scenario during those stretches of play.

 

“Proud of the guys for sticking with it,” Noble said. “You go through those stretches where you’re not playing good ball, and it’s easy to cave and give up on the season. They never did that. Our seniors, our captains, did a really good job of keeping everybody focused, and we were able to come away with a district championship.”

 

Senior Jacob Whitmore said his team was resilient.

 

“We just keep grinding," he said.  "Even when we get hit in the mouth, we just get right back up.”

 

Whitmore, Ben Wright, Danny Roty and Piazzon were Shrine’s senior players.

 

“Many of them were four-year guys for me, and they won a lot of games,” Noble said. “I’m proud of them.”

 

Despite the loss of those seniors, Noble isn’t expecting Shrine to be bare of experience next year.

 

“We return three juniors that played every game, another junior that played most of the games, and three freshmen that played on a regular basis.” Noble said. "The league’s (going to) be tough, but I think these guys know what to expect of high school baseball now. … I think they’re ready for a good approach next year.”

 

The Knights finished with an overall record of 15-16-1.