‘We have a shot at it’

Lamphere softball aims for top spot in the MAC Silver

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published April 18, 2017


During his tenure as Madison Heights Lamphere’s softball coach, Don Mullen estimated that the Rams have won five or six district championships.

But despite experiencing some success at the district level, there is a different title he’d also like to bring to the program this season.

The Rams have their eyes set on the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division championship. At press time, they were 1-0 but hadn’t played a game in the division.

“We have a shot at it,” Mullen said of winning the title. “It would be outstanding. In my 17 years, we haven’t done it. … That would be a huge, huge, exciting moment for the girls to do that. So, that’s something we’re shooting for.”

Some of the girls who could help put the Rams in position to accomplish that are senior captains Josie Lukas and Sarah Barrett, along with their teammates LeeAnna Radick, Alexis Wark and Rachael Schworn.

Radick (pitcher), Wark (catcher) and Barrett (second base) were All-Conference selections last season.

Mullen’s ambitions for Lamphere don’t end with division and district titles.

To the best of his knowledge, the program has never won a regional championship, and although he thinks it would take a lot of offseason work to accomplish that feat, it is a destination he would like to eventually reach.

“We’ve never fared well in the regionals,” Mullen said. “We’ve already been to the dance. …  That would be a thrill for the girls and a long-term goal for us to try to get to that level.”

One of the things Mullen is hoping to see from his team is consistent hitting at every spot in the lineup, in particular with runners in scoring position.

Given that weather conditions in April can make it challenging to do so, he would also like to get a solid number of games in this month.

Mullen — who anticipates that Lamphere will play a lot more “small ball” this year — discussed how excited he is to see how things go for the Rams.

“I’m pumped,” he said. “Hopefully, the weather clears up. I’m pumped to get rolling here.”

Catch the Rams at 4:30 p.m. April 20 at Sterling Heights High.