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Close loss in district final highlights potential of Ferndale baseball

By: Mike Moore | Woodward Talk | Published June 6, 2012


One more big hit.

One more rally.

Had the Ferndale baseball team gotten another break or two, John Sibula would be talking about a regional semifinal instead of a year-end banquet.

But so it goes come playoff time.

Although, previewing a regional, or even more, just may be in the near future for the Eagles.

“We’ve got a very bright future here,” the Ferndale skipper said a day after his team was eliminated from the Division 2 tournament in a 5-0 loss to Madison Heights Lamphere in the Warren Fitzgerald district final. “There were a lot of positives to take from this year. We had a ton of young guys up on the varsity contributing, and bringing most of this team back is only going to help us moving forward.”

After beating Fitzgerald 7-0 in the district semifinal, Ferndale gave up four runs in the first inning to Lamphere. But Sibula watched as his guys battled back the rest of the game, many times putting runners in scoring position.

“We just couldn’t find that big, timely hit,” he conceded.

Still, the 8-15 record Ferndale ends the season with should go a long way for a team that started four sophomores and had nearly as many juniors on the roster as seniors.

“We played pretty well in both games,” Sibula said. “There wasn’t a whole lot I could complain about.”

Berkley bows out
In the Warren De La Salle D-1 bracket, Berkley High had its season come to a close in a 6-5 loss to the host team in a May 29 pre-district.

There was plenty to enjoy in 2012, though. The Bears rolled to an Oakland Activities Association Gold Division title this spring with a 12-0 record.

“I knew we’d be near the top, but you never really think you’re going to roll through without a loss,” coach Jordan Gruppen said last week. “These guys have a lot to be proud of.”