Baseball

Published April 17, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — Last season, Rochester Adams baseball coach Jeff Hall said his Highlanders were out of the league race too early in the season. One of the team’s goals this year is to stay out of the basement of the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

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Published April 15, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — It’s not quite 162 games like in Major League Baseball, but Birmingham Groves baseball coach Shawn Morrison knows his team is in for a long season. The Falcons were two games into a 38-game season and were 2-0 overall at press time. They hadn’t played a game yet in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

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Published April 15, 2019

UTICA — Not happy with the results, but excited for league play. That’s how Utica High baseball coach Mark Moehlig described the Chieftains’ start to the season. At press time, Utica was 1-4 overall, with the lone win coming over Roseville High. In the first game of the season, the Chieftains lost to Macomb Dakota, which is currently undefeated and playing in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

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Published April 12, 2019

MADISON HEIGHTS — With the arrival of a new season, Madison Heights Lamphere baseball has a chance to accomplish a first for the program in nearly eight years: winning a Macomb Area Conference Gold Division championship.

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Published April 11, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — After becoming the co-head coach of Oakland University’s baseball program more than three years ago, 2007 Birmingham Groves graduate Colin Kaline said, “We’re just thrilled to be here.”

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Published April 9, 2019

GROSSE POINTES — Over the last decade, the Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett baseball program has become a state power. Since 2010, the Knights have won four state championships (2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016) and have missed the state semifinals just three times.

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Published April 9, 2019

BIRMINGHAM — Last season, the Birmingham Brother Rice baseball team made a run to the Division 1 state semifinals. After a 7-3 loss to Brownstown Woodhaven, the Warriors lost some key pieces from that team.

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Published April 8, 2019

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Utica Eisenhower baseball coach Steven Spisak expects this year’s Eagles team to pick up right where the last one left off. Ike returns 11 players from last year’s program, and Spisak expects this to be a strong group.

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Published April 8, 2019

STERLING HEIGHTS — Longtime baseball coach Bob Walmsley understands it can take time to build up a program, and he’s keeping that in mind as he works to improve the Sterling Heights Parkway Christian program.

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Published April 5, 2019

ORCHARD LAKE — After making a run to the Division 2 state semifinals one season ago, expectations are high for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s baseball.

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Published April 3, 2019

ROCHESTER HILLS — In 2016 and 2017, the Rochester High baseball team made a run to the Division 1 state quarterfinals. A lot of the seniors on the current team were freshmen and sophomores when those runs were made.

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Published April 2, 2019

SOUTHFIELD –– Every player on the Southfield A&T baseball team has a hat with the motto “Trust the process” written on the back.

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Published April 2, 2019

TROY — In 2015, Troy Athens baseball claimed an Oakland Activities Association division title, as well as district and regional championships.

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Published April 2, 2019

GROSSE POINTES –– The Grosse Pointe North baseball program is entering a new era on the diamond. Longtime coach Frank Sumbera is no longer managing in the Norsemen dugout. Sumbera finished with the program with 1,097 wins, which ranks third all-time in Michigan High School Athletic Association history.  

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Published April 2, 2019

BERKLEY — Berkley High baseball coach Matt Rawlik said there are a lot of people in the community who want to see the program succeed. Given his ties to the program, doing so would also mean something special to him. Rawlik is a 2004 Berkley graduate, and aside from being part of the program himself, his dad, uncle and brother also suited up for Berkley.

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Published March 27, 2019

GROSSE POINTES — It may be a new year, but nothing has changed for Grosse Pointe South baseball. The Blue Devils expect to contend every year, and they have the motto “Tradition never graduates.”

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Published March 26, 2019

FARMINGTON — The Farmington High baseball team is confident in its ability to compete with some of the state’s best.

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Published March 26, 2019

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb L’Anse Creuse North baseball coach Jeff Dropps is in his 17th year leading the program, and after some lean years, he said this is the season for the team to make a push.

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Published March 22, 2019

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — After a 9-11 campaign last season, second-year Clinton Township Clintondale baseball coach Jason Machalak has made it clear what he’s looking for from the group this spring.

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Published March 21, 2019

MADISON HEIGHTS — The saying that “good things come to those who wait” is one that Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball coach Matt Abro can directly apply to his life. Although he was a finalist for Foley’s open coaching position last season, the job ended up going to Tim McEvoy.

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