Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse pitcher Will Goebel begins his windup in a win May 6 over Grosse Pointe North. The Lancers’ next game is against St. Clair High at 4:30 p.m. May 15 on the road.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse pitcher Will Goebel begins his windup in a win May 6 over Grosse Pointe North. The Lancers’ next game is against St. Clair High at 4:30 p.m. May 15 on the road.

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First-year L’Anse Creuse baseball coach working to build a culture

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 10, 2019

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — New Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse baseball coach Brett Borrocci said coming into an established program can have its ups and downs, and this season has been no different for the Lancers.

“The transition has been a little bit of a process that’s still in the works,” said Borrocci, who took over for former coach Bob Walmsley, who spent 18 years leading the team. “I had to get the players to play the game the right way and get the best of their abilities out of them.”

At press time, L’Anse Creuse was 14-7 overall and 6-3 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division. Borrocci said he’s working to change the culture of the program. The Lancers coach is working to get the players to believe in themselves and believe they can compete with any team they face.

“We have many goals the players set for themselves,” Borrocci said, “but the main goal is to get better every game and always be moving forward.”

The offense has struggled a bit, Borrocci admitted, but pitching has carried the Lancers. It’s kept the team in games where it has struggled to get hits. The team so far has four shutout wins and has held two other opponents to one run.

“Our guys work really hard and hold themselves accountable for how they throw,” Borrocci said. “The same goes for our defense. It’s been a team effort. Every guy works hard when they get their opportunities. We have a deep roster, so it makes for good competition and it helps the guys push each other.”

Leading the way is a deep cast of characters comprising seniors Brett Watts, Donovan Bates and Jacob Graham; juniors Will Goebel, Ryan Brown and Trevor Tischbein; and sophomores Nate Koczab and AJ Kowynia.

That depth could help the Lancers reach the 20-win plateau for the ninth time in 11 seasons. The team finished at 11-23 last season, marking just the second time in 13 years that the team finished with a losing record.

Despite all the wins and postseason runs that include a regional final appearance in 2017, the Lancers haven’t won a division title since 2005 — as a member of the MAC Blue.

At press time, L’Anse Creuse was one game out of first place in the MAC White. Borrocci said his team is in a great spot to win the league.

“The conference is very competitive from top to bottom,” the coach said. “In order for us to have a shot at it, we have to take care of our own business each day.

“Looking at the last few weeks of the season, we put ourselves in a good position to be playing some very meaningful games. The guys show up every day, work hard and have fun. As long as we keep getting better, the guys will be happy with the season.”

The Lancers’ next game is against St. Clair High at 4:30 p.m. May 15 on the road.

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