Eight league games in a row could make or break St. Mary’s postseason hopes

By: Mike Moore | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published April 9, 2015


ORCHARD LAKE — Playing doubleheaders every couple days is nothing new for the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s baseball team — or any team, for that matter.

But the importance of the next eight games for the Eaglets is certainly something to take note of.

“We’re going to have to have a mindset of coming out ready to play in every single one of them,” Eaglets skipper Matt Petry said of his team’s upcoming schedule.

Eleven days. Eight league games in a row.

“Our main goal is to get into the (Catholic League) playoffs, so that puts plenty of importance on these games,” Petry added. “Every single one we can find a way to win puts us a little closer to that.”

The league-heavy stretch begins at 4 p.m. April 15 when St. Mary’s travels to Novi Detroit Catholic Central for a doubleheader.

The Eaglets then host Warren De La Salle at 2 p.m. April 18 in a twin bill, followed by a home doubleheader with Birmingham Brother Rice at 4 p.m. April 22, and then two more on the road at the University of Detroit Jesuit at 11 a.m. April 25.

At press time, St. Mary’s was 3-4 overall and 1-3 in Central Division play after being swept by Brother Rice and splitting with U of D.

The top four teams in the division qualify for the league playoffs.

“Especially getting off to a slow start, we have some ground to make up,” Petry said of his guys. “This is a big stretch of games for us, and we know that.”

It’s still extremely early, but the eight games in 11 days could go a long way toward boosting the Eaglets’ standing in the division.

At press time, they sat in fourth place, behind Brother Rice (4-0), De La Salle (2-0) and U of D (2-2).

Dearborn Divine Child, who St. Mary’s played April 11 after press time, was in fifth at 0-2.

“We know all these teams are going to be very well-coached,” Petry said. “We’re familiar with their personnel and how they play. I don’t think there will be any secrets as to what we’re going to do or what these teams are going to do against us.”

Asked about a specific goal for the upcoming schedule, Petry said finishing above the .500 mark is essential.

“To win more than we lose, or to go (5-3) in a stretch like that, would be real good for us,” he said.