Baseball

Published April 30, 2015


While the record will read that Grosse Pointe North's baseball team defeated Grosse Pointe South 6-3 on April 28, the score may not be quite as interesting as the scenery in which the game took place, as the contest was played at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.

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Published April 30, 2015

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The hope centers on this being the final bit of preparation before each team has a scheduled trip to Comerica Park for the Catholic League finals.

The certainty of this centers on a quality game against a quality foe just two weeks before the state playoffs officially begin.

So, as Matt Petry and Justin Robinson explained last week, the timing of this meeting between their Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball teams is no fluke.

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Published April 29, 2015

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — By the time the first out was recorded, the Troy High baseball team had a three-run lead in Wednesday’s contest at Cranbrook.

By the time the final out was put in the books, the Colts had doubled their advantage for a 12-6 victory.

“Real good start for our guys,” Troy coach Tim Mullen said. “We put the ball in play early. To score three quick ones was huge. We got guys on and we made some things happen.”

Troy led 3-0 after the first inning and 7-0 entering the bottom of the fourth.

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Published April 29, 2015

FRASER — In the previous two seasons, Fraser High’s baseball team has finished in second and third place, respectively, in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.


Last season, the Ramblers finished two games behind division champion Warren Cousino.


Head coach Dave Kuppe said he would like to take a shot at moving up a spot in the standings this time around.

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Published April 28, 2015

ROCHESTER — For Rochester High baseball skipper Eric Magiera, this season has been six years in the making.

For the Rochester High program, this season has been one unlike any other in more than a decade.

A lot’s been done. A lot still remains.

“It’s the best start in my six years, that’s for sure,” Magiera said. “From what I’ve been able to gather, it’s the best start a team’s gotten off to with this program in a long time.”

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Published April 28, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP— Macomb Dakota baseball coach Matt Carley has several players back from last season’s team that won a Division 1 district title, yet the team is still relatively young.

The Cougars (12-5 overall and 3-3 Macomb Area Conference Red Division, at press time) have six seniors on their roster, but only two are in the starting lineup, according to Carley, who said his team has been a bit inconsistent despite the solid start.

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Published April 25, 2015

DEARBORN — His assessment was simple and concise.

His team didn’t compete, so, his team didn’t win.

“That’s what it came down to,” Birmingham Brother Rice baseball coach Bob Riker said after a 5-3 setback to Dearborn Divine Child in the opener of a Saturday doubleheader. “We didn’t compete at the plate. The whole team, there was no desire in this one.”

Rice scored in the top half first inning to take a 1-0 lead, but Divine Child answered with three runs of its own and then two more in the third.

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Published April 23, 2015

BEVERLY HILLS — In his opinion, this has been taking shape for a few years now.


But as often is the case for a program on the rise, that signature victory, that head-turning arrival, is required for true legitimization.


Eric Pierce and his West Bloomfield High baseball program got that in the first game of the 2014 state playoffs, upsetting a Birmingham Brother Rice team that had reached the 2013 state final and was pegged by many to win the whole Division 1 tournament.

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Published April 22, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — The early returns are just that — early.


There’s plenty of season, plenty of spring and plenty of games to be played by the Farmington Hills Harrison baseball team before the story of 2015 is concluded.


But assessing the first three games — the only three played before press time —manager Pete Lamerato had more than enough conclusions to come to.


Consistency has to be found.


The defense has to be better.


Most of all, this is a team that can contend.

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Published April 21, 2015

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb L’Anse Creuse North baseball coach Jeff Dropps said this year’s team doesn’t have a lot of power in its lineup, meaning it will have to excel in other areas in order to score runs.

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Published April 20, 2015

WARREN — First-year Warren Woods Tower baseball coach Rick Desotell brings a wealth of knowledge to the team, as he previously served as an assistant coach with the Rochester College baseball team while current Tower athletic director Jordan Ackerman was head coach at Rochester.

That relationship is how Desotell came to take the Tower head coaching position. He said the transition has gone smoothly.

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Published April 16, 2015

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse baseball team had an awesome spring break.

The Lancers (6-2-1 and 0-1 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division at press time) won the Macomb County Spring Break Tourney, beating Macomb Dakota 1-0 in the championship game April 11.

L’Anse Creuse coach Bob Walmsley said playing in the tournament helped his players get some valuable reps and gain a wealth of confidence. The Lancers outscored opponents 24-7 in the tournament.

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Published April 15, 2015

Much like the weather to start the season, the bats were also a bit cold for the Auburn Hills Avondale baseball team.

Heading into the April 8th tilt with Macomb Dakota, Avondale was hitting .143.

“I knew we were better than that, but just the fact that we really hadn’t been outside getting live swings was hurting us,” Avondale coach Tom Kurczewski said. “We just kept telling them to go up to the plate with a good approach, have a quality at-bat, and what comes of it, comes of it. Eventually it will come around.”

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Published April 13, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — Jim Crosby has been around the game of baseball long enough to know that the keys to any successful spring are solid pitching, timely offense and plenty of patience.

Especially early on.

The longtime Birmingham Groves skipper is confident that the first two aspects of that equation will take shape shortly for the Falcons, all while he exercises the third for the time being.

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Published April 13, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Sterling Heights High baseball team is made up of nine seniors and eight juniors, and 12 of the 17 players on the roster return from last year’s team.

Those players are hoping to re-establish a standard of winning in a program that has had some lean years. The Stallions (0-1 at press time) have not finished above .500 or won a league title in more than a decade.

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Published April 13, 2015

UTICA — In his fourth year as head coach of Utica’s baseball program, Mark Moehlig hopes to see his team take a big step forward this spring.

The Chieftains have finished in sixth place in the MAC Blue each of the last three years, but with a wealth of experienced returning players, Moehlig believes this could be a team that breaks that trend.

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Published April 13, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — There’s almost a brand-new baseball team suiting up at Utica Eisenhower.

The Eagles graduated 13 seniors a year ago, and they will turn to four seniors and 11 underclassmen to fill those shoes.

“We’re going to grow up here in a hurry this year,” Eisenhower coach Jason Gendreau said. “It’s a different dynamic. There’s positives in both directions.”

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Published April 10, 2015

WARREN — Longtime Warren Mott baseball coach Shawn Maloney said he has an older, more experienced team than last year, and he expects the group to battle to the last out in every game.

Maloney, whose team sat at 1-3 at press time, including a 1-2 mark in the 2015 Macomb County Spring Break Tourney, said it’s important to have returning players because it allows the team to focus on fine-tuning aspects of its game instead of spending much of the pre- and early season on basics.

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Published April 10, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores South Lake baseball team hasn’t raised a lot of postseason banners, so last season’s Division 2 district title win was a big deal for the program.


“We’re expected to win now,” said senior first baseman Anthony Bommarito, a member of last year’s team that beat Center Line 6-3 in a district final. “We like that. We want to be a respected program. The district title helped make a name for (South Lake baseball).”

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Published April 10, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Players on the Clinton Township Clintondale baseball team believe this year’s group is further along than a 2014 team that featured just one senior and several first-year varsity players.

“I just feel like we’re better conditioned and we’re playing really hard,” Dragons senior pitcher/infielder Chris Williams said.

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