Familiar foes all set to decide playoff fate as district round approaches

By: Mike Moore | Rochester Post | Published May 24, 2011

 Pitcher Melanie Kipke and the Adams softball team open the 2011 playoffs May 31 against Lake Orion. The winner will face Stoney Creek in a semifinal.

Pitcher Melanie Kipke and the Adams softball team open the 2011 playoffs May 31 against Lake Orion. The winner will face Stoney Creek in a semifinal.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


ROCHESTER HILLS — Though most of the spring season has been a mixture of rain and gray clouds, the district tournament lurks right around the corner.

And for a collection of Rochester area baseball and softball teams, that means seeing some familiar foes during the time of the year that matters most.

“It’s going to be pretty cool,” said Rochester Adams baseball coach Jeff Hall, whose team opens the playoffs at 4:30 p.m. May 31 in a Division 1 Romeo High district against Lake Orion High.

The postseason opener will mark the third time the teams have squared off.

“They say it’s tough to beat a team three times in one year, and that’s what we’re going to rally around,” he said. “(Lake Orion) has gotten the best of us so far, so we’re going to have to change some things up and see what happens.”

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek coach Clint Rodger and his team will face the Adams-Lake Orion winner at noon June 4.

The Cougars, who were 16-6 at press time, beat Adams twice this season and were 0-1 against Lake Orion, with another game still to be played.

Asked if he was excited to see the same opponent, no matter whom it was, Rodger shrugged.

“Yes and no,” he said. “When you’ve already played teams twice in league play, seeing them a third time can be tough. But the main thing against any good team is limiting mistakes. You have to do that come playoff time.”

Whichever team survives the first couple of games will face either Romeo or Oxford High in the final, set for 2 p.m.

The scenario is just as friendly, so to speak, on the softball side of things at Romeo.

Lake Orion and Adams will open things at 4:30 p.m. May 31, with the winner facing Stoney Creek at 10 a.m. June 4. The district final, against Oxford or Romeo, is at 2 p.m.

Stoney Creek coach Jerry Price said he was just happy to draw the bye in the opening round.

“It gives us an extra couple days to get ready and get healthy,” Price said. “We know, no matter who we see, it’s going to be a very good team. … It’s nice to see all these area teams bunched together. You have to be excited about the opportunity it presents.”

In other district action
In the D-1 Utica High district, the Rochester High baseball team faces Troy High at 1 p.m. June 4 in a semifinal. The winner faces either Utica, Troy Athens or Utica Eisenhower in the final at 4 p.m.

Rochester’s softball team also faces Troy June 4 at 10 a.m. in a semifinal. The winner could see Utica, Athens or Ike in the final, which is set for 2 p.m.

In a Division 1 district at Clarkston, Auburn Hills Avondale faces either Pontiac High or Waterford Kettering in a semifinal. The title game is scheduled for 30 minutes after the conclusion of that game and features the winner of Clarkston and Waterford Mott.

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep is hosting a D-2 district. The baseball team faces Birmingham Lahser at 4:30 p.m. May 31 for a chance to take on Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in a 10 a.m. semifinal June 4.

The Fighting Irish softball team drew a bye and takes on Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood at 10 a.m. June 4 in a semifinal.

Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest is hosting a D-4 district. The baseball and softball teams face Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes at 10 a.m. June 4.

Oakland Christian will face the winner in the championship games 30 minutes after the semifinals conclude.