Sibula says Ferndale baseball team took needed steps in 2013

By: Mike Moore | Woodward Talk | Published June 12, 2013

FERNDALE — The final game, the final score, well, it was something to forget.

In fact, when speaking of it, John Sibula couldn’t help but laugh.

“You’d never know it, but we actually played pretty well for six innings in that one,” the Ferndale High baseball coach said of a 19-0 district semifinal loss to Madison Heights Lamphere June 3. “It got away from us in the end. We made a few mistakes, and (Lamphere) just hit the ball everywhere in the last inning.”

It was a decisive end to what was an otherwise productive season for a team in rebuild-mode.

Now, the challenge is taking any and all progress made in 2013 and carrying it into the future.

“This was a pretty young team that is still learning the game,” Sibula said. “They haven’t played a ton of baseball. It was a rebuilding year, and we knew that. At the end of the game on Monday, I had four freshmen playing, including a pitcher who was throwing the ball well. We have some very good players that just need time to develop.”

The Eagles went 7-10 this year and could bring back all but two players next spring.

“It’s a matter of drills and practice and work,” Sibula said. “Hopefully, they play some summer ball, and take advantage of our offseason program. If they do, I really like the direction.”

And the talent.

“I’m very confident in what we’ve got going here,” the skipper added. “There are some very talented players in this program — guys that just need some time. I know the future is a very bright one.”