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June 12, 2013

Trip to regional final highlights Stoney season; Lake Orion wins crown

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Stoney Creek’s Noah Beck makes a play during a regional semifinal victory against Adams. The Cougars fell to Lake Orion in the regional final.

ROCHESTER — Clint Rodger knew the expectations coming in, both from within his team and those prognosticating.

Neither mattered.

His Rochester Hills Stoney Creek baseball team was on a mission in 2013, and it was one that lasted until the June 8 Division 1 regional final.

“This was a great season,” Rodger said a day after his squad fell to Lake Orion High 10-2 at the Rochester High regional. “Truthfully, these guys exceeded a lot of the expectations even we had.”

Lake Orion, one of the top-ranked teams in D-1 all season, advanced to face Brother Rice in a June 11 quarterfinal played after press time.

“We just didn’t have enough left in the tank,” Rodger said of the loss. His team beat Rochester Adams 6-5 in the semifinal. The Cougars led 6-0 entering the seventh and had to hang on after Adams crossed the plate five times. “That was the fourth time we faced (Lake Orion), and they got us all four times. They just had the better team and had the better day.”

The loss ended what was another solid season for Stoney.

The Cougars finished 21-14, wrapping up the third straight 20-win season, a first in program history.

A week before the regional round, the Cougars picked up their second straight district title.

“The team played as a team all year long,” Rodger said. “We took second in the league, won a district and 20 games. Hopefully, this is the expectation moving forward now. With 10 guys coming back, we hope for more of the same, moving forward.”

The D-1 semifinals are set for June 14 at a time to be determined from Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

The final is at 9:30 a.m. June 15 at C.O. Brown Stadium.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mike Moore at mmoore@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1038. Twitter Follow Mike on Twitter.