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April 9, 2013

Sterling Heights High baseball team chasing a division title

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Sterling Heights High baseball team is looking to capture a MAC Silver title after finishing two games off the lead in 2012. Pictured is Stallions junior right fielder Brett Wilson during an April 2 matchup against Port Huron Northern.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Sterling Heights High senior center fielder Jacob Heins wants to end his prep career with a Macomb Area Conference silver Division title.

“We were pretty close to the top last year,” said Heins, prior to an April 2 matchup with Port Huron Northern as part of the 2013 Macomb County Spring Break Tournament. “Hopefully, we can get to the top.”

Stallions coach Robert Lindsay this season will be looking to bring Sterling Heights High (0-2 at press time) the first division title of his tenure. The Stallions went 6-4 in MAC Silver play (14-17 overall), finishing two games behind St. Clair Shores Lakeview. Lakeview moved into the MAC Gold this season.

Lindsay, in his ninth year with Sterling Heights High, said he sees the Stallions battling for a league title.

“I definitely — as I say every single year — see us finishing at or near the top of the division,” Lindsay said. “I fully expect us to play our best and come back with a Silver Division championship.”

“It’d be special. It hasn’t happened for (our program) in a while,” Heins said.

Lindsay said he expects three seniors to pace the Stallions: Heins, pitcher Kevin Stanick and infielder Zach Czopek

“With those three taking the place of the senior leadership we lost last year — they’re doing a great job,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay said gaining experience in the field will be key for the Stallions. He cited low spring temperatures as an issue, as practice time had been limited prior to the start of the season. Lindsay said it had been a battle to get out and take care of key areas of preparation.

“It’s gonna take these kids some time, but I know their attitudes and mentality will have them in playing shape before we know it,” Lindsay said. “I’m sure nerves are going to be high early on, but I have full confidence in the guys who are stepping out on the field.”

Lindsay said he believes the Stallions’ pitching and defense will be solid all year. He said he thinks it will take some time for the Sterling Heights High bats to heat up after seeing some live pitching.

“I think we’ll be solid in all areas of the game by the end of the (regular season),” Lindsay said.

“We need to just execute. We had some times last year where we made some mental mistakes,” Heins said. “We just need to get those out of the game and, hopefully, things will turn out better for us.”

The Stallions next hit the field for a battle with Clinton Township Clintondale. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. April 10 at Clintondale.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.