Bishop Foley baseball season ends at regional tournament

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published June 14, 2019

 Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball coach Matt Abro is pictured with players during a district semifinal June 1 at Foley. The Ventures concluded their season with a loss against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in the regional final.

Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball coach Matt Abro is pictured with players during a district semifinal June 1 at Foley. The Ventures concluded their season with a loss against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in the regional final.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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MADISON HEIGHTS — After advancing to the Division 3 state championship game in each of the two previous years, Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s baseball team concluded this season with a 13-3 loss against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in a D-3 regional final June 8 in Brown City.

The Ventures beat Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker 12-2 in a regional semifinal to advance.

Despite the loss against Liggett, Foley coach Matt Abro’s focus was on more than just the end result of the game.

“We were down, and no one ever gave up,” Abro said. “I was happy with the fight. These guys kept playing for each other, kept believing, and you can’t ask for more than that.”

Before reaching the regional round of the playoffs, Foley won the program’s fourth consecutive district championship and ninth in the last 10 years.

According to the Michigan High School Athletic Association, Foley’s final record was 15-15-1.

“I thought it was a great season,” Abro said. “I thought the guys put the work in they needed to do and got better. I think the camaraderie was there the entire way.”

Nicholas Soller, Benjamin Alderson, Jesse Hernandez and John Stickney were the seniors on Foley’s roster.

“I thought they showed great leadership,” Abro said. “If every senior class could be like that, I think that the program’s (going to) be OK.”

It was Abro’s first season leading a varsity program, and for as much as seniors can be of help to younger teammates, he also benefited from having them around.

“I know there’s a lot to learn,” Abro said. “That’s why I appreciated the senior class so much — because they’re leaders. They were able to take care of the small things with some of the younger guys, and it was great. It helped me out a lot.”

As for the players who are expected to return, Abro has given some thought as to what he would like to see.

“I’d love to see guys continue to work, get stronger, faster and improve their physical abilities,” he said. “And then come into the season just like we did last (season). Just be a little bit stronger, little bit faster and ready to go.”

Abro’s expectation is for next season to be a successful one for Foley baseball.

“There’s a group of guys that are coming back that have been on the team for two years now,” he said. “They’ll be seniors. They were on the team that made the run their sophomore year, so there’s (going to) be a lot of experience. … I’m confident.”

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