Baseball

Published May 10, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — The ride has been bumpy to this point, but with a little luck — and improved weather — Darren Mosley sees his Southfield A&T baseball team turning things around.

And fast.

“Oh yeah, these guys will figure it out,” Mosley said of his squad. “There’s lots of baseball left in this season, and we’re headed in the right direction.”

The Warriors were 5-10 overall at press time.

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Published May 1, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — The season ended in high drama and extra innings.

And when that 2016 quarterfinal loss was complete, Steve Lepkowski and his Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day baseball team were left wondering about what could have been.

Just one win from a trip to East Lansing for the semifinals, and just three wins from a state title, the Yellowjackets were headed home.

So when camp broke this spring and many of those same players returned with a group of varsity rookies, Lepkowski said he was confident the makings of a strong season were taking shape.

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Published May 1, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — In comparison to others, the spring season is the quickest in terms of start to finish.

Still, as any athlete or coach on any team will tell you, days, practices, games — it all can bleed together at times.

If John Toth has anything to say about that, his Birmingham Seaholm baseball team certainly won’t get caught up in any mundane scheduling practices.

“This is going to be a fun couple of weekends,” the Maples’ skipper said with a laugh.

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Published April 28, 2017

ORCHARD LAKE — Speaking in mid-April, Matt Petry had an Orchard Lake St. Mary’s baseball team that had won three of its past five games.

Four games later, the Eaglets had been on the wrong side of the scoreboard three times.

And so it goes for Petry and his 2017 squad, one loaded with potential and talent, but also an abundance of youth.

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Published April 26, 2017

ALBION — A pair of prep standouts from the C & G coverage area have joined forces at Albion College.

Patrolling the infield, junior Logan Priebe and freshman James Spilko have made a big impact for the Britons this season.

Priebe graduated from Troy Athens in 2014 and Spilko walked across the Macomb Dakota stage last spring.

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Published April 24, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — After winning the program’s first Division 1 district championship since 2003 last season, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley baseball coach Gregg Sadowski is hoping to use that accomplishment as a springboard to another successful year.

One of Sadowski’s goals this season is to win the program’s first Macomb Area Conference Red Division championship since 2007.

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Published April 18, 2017

TROY — Boasting 11 returnees from a Division 1 district championship squad, the Troy High baseball team has high aspirations for the new season.

“We want to come out and defend our district title and win our league,” said senior Scott Mittelbrun. “What we accomplished definitely raises the bar for this year. For many of the seniors like me, we know this is our last year playing ball, so we’re really looking forward to it.”

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Published April 18, 2017

MACOMB — Boasting 14 seniors, the Macomb Dakota baseball team brings a wealth of knowledge to the new season.

“The seniors and their experience is our biggest strength,” said coach Matt Carley. “The fact that we have a group of kids that have been with us and know what the expectations are really helps. They know it is bigger than them, and we have great relationships with them. They all like each other and are friends, which always helps. This is just a great group of kids.”

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Published April 18, 2017

Grosse Pointe North’s baseball team is coming off of a season in which the Norsemen won their first division title since 2007, won their second consecutive district championship and finished with an overall record of 33-10.

This season, North coach Frank Sumbera has some familiar goals for his club.

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Published April 18, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Last season, Sterling Heights Stevenson baseball fell to Clinton Township Chippewa Valley in a Division 1 district final, ending the program’s streak of eight straight district titles.

But so far this season, it looks like the team has put that setback behind them.

At press time, the Titans were 4-1 overall.

So what has led to Stevenson’s strong start?

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Published April 17, 2017

FARMINGTON — A year from now, this will be a totally different team rebounding from a drastic roster turnover.

And a year from now, Pete Finn will worry about that.

For now, the Farmington High baseball coach is digging into what should be another solid year on the diamond from what is a very senior-laden roster.

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Published April 17, 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — It was one pitch, one solid swing and one single to lead off the opening game of the season.

“And it kind of set the tone for that whole game,” Bloomfield Hills High baseball coach Frank DiVito said of C.J. Drogosch ripping a hit on the first pitch of the year.

Now the Black Hawks are hoping it was a sign of things to come.

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Published April 14, 2017

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse baseball team has been a model of consistency for more than a decade now, winning at least 20 games in five straight seasons and eight of the last 10.

So what needs to happen for that streak to continue?

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Published April 13, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The sample size was a couple of weeks indoors, a few practices on an actual field, and all of four games in the books.

And on top of that, the day he spoke about his West Bloomfield High baseball team, coach Eric Pierce was less than 24 hours removed from a lopsided 9-2 loss to Bloomfield Hills High.

He’s seen enough, though, to know what he’s got and just what kind of potential the Lakers are operating with this spring.

Can the team compete for an Oakland Activities Association White Division title?

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Published April 11, 2017

AUBURN HILLS — The Auburn Hills Oakland Christian baseball team has history on its mind this season, looking to achieve a first-time feat.

Led by a group of five seasoned seniors, the Lancers have a chance to capture their third district title in four years. That would label the upperclassmen as the most successful in school history, adding to their 2014 and 2016 banners.

Before the recent run, the Lancers last won a district title in 1993.

At press time, the Lancers were 4-1 overall.

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Published April 11, 2017

Given that Grosse Pointe South has made it to baseball’s Division1 semifinals seven times during the course of its history — which is tied for the best among public schools in Michigan, according to coach Dan Griesbaum — finishing below .500 isn’t something the program is accustomed to.

Last season, South finished 19-22 overall and 6-9 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division, which was second from last.

Although South did have a chance to celebrate a Division 1 district championship, it lost to Detroit U-D Jesuit 18-4 in a regional semifinal.

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Published April 11, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — This year’s Sterling Heights Parkway Christian baseball team has a bit of a different look from the squad that ended last season atop Division 4, and the team is out to prove last season wasn’t a fluke.

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Published April 11, 2017

Last season, Madison Heights Madison’s baseball program had its best year since 2010.

Madison finished second to St. Clair Shores South Lake in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division with a 10-5 record.

Given that from 2012 to 2015, the Eagles were 6-41 in divisional play, coach Scott LaBrash believes the program is on its way up.
LaBrash is in his first year leading the team. He was an assistant last season.

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Published April 10, 2017

ROYAL OAK — He knows it will take some time and a break in the weather.

But as Dan Noble talked about his Royal Oak Shrine baseball team last week, he also knows the promise the 2017 season holds — after a break in the weather.

“We’re going to have to grow during game play,” Noble said with a laugh, noting the lack of outdoor practices the team has had. “The guys just need repetitions. Being inside helps, but it’s time and repetition during games that we have to get.”

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Published April 10, 2017

FRASER — Although Fraser High’s baseball program will be taking to the field with what coach Dave Kuppe said are a lot of new guys, he thinks the Ramblers are going to be OK.

Some of the new players were part of a JV team that went 25-3 last season. Kuppe is hoping that success carries over.

Fraser is the two-time defending Macomb Area Conference Gold Division champion.

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