Fraser High senior Ryan Allor prepares to throw against Warren Cousino earlier this season. Entering this year, Fraser had won four consecutive division titles.

Fraser High senior Ryan Allor prepares to throw against Warren Cousino earlier this season. Entering this year, Fraser had won four consecutive division titles.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Fraser High baseball learning on the fly in new division

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published May 20, 2019

 Fraser High’s Angelo Mielke attempts to get back to the base safely earlier this year. The Ramblers moved up to the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division this season.

Fraser High’s Angelo Mielke attempts to get back to the base safely earlier this year. The Ramblers moved up to the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division this season.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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FRASER — After winning four consecutive Macomb Area Conference Gold Division championships, as well as a Division 1 district title last season, Fraser High baseball coach Dave Kuppe said it has been a “tough go” for his team this year.

In the previous four seasons, Fraser was 82-49 overall and 46-14 in the MAC Gold.

This season has been a different story. At press time, the Ramblers were 8-14 overall and 3-11 in the MAC Blue.

“We started out very good, I thought,” Kuppe said. “Once we got into the league, we have not played very well.”

Although Fraser did move up a division, from Kuppe’s perspective, there are other reasons for the team’s struggles.

“Moving up to the Blue, the teams are a little bit better, but I don’t think it’s a big difference,” he said. “We lost 13 seniors from the previous year, and we’re just not as deep or have the quality of pitching we’ve had the last few years. So, it’s been difficult for us.”

Although from a wins-and-losses standpoint, things haven’t been going as well as Kuppe would like, but what he has been pleased with are some of the intangibles of this year’s team.

“They all work hard,” Kuppe said. “For the most part, they got good attitudes. … They’re at practice. They like playing, they like each other, and from that standpoint, it makes for a pretty good season.”

Along with saying that senior pitcher Ryan Allor has done a “very, very good job,” Kuppe has also taken notice of another one of his seniors, shortstop Jackson Winbigler.

“He’s been one of our most consistent players,” Kuppe said. “He’s probably one of our best athletes. He does a good job in the field and a good job at the plate.”

Although the Ramblers won’t come away with a division title this season, a district championship is still out there for the taking.

Fraser hosts its district and plays at 11:30 a.m. May 31 in a semifinal against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore. The championship game is at 2 p.m. the same day, with the winner facing either St. Clair Shores Lakeview or Roseville High.

“It’s in our hands,” Kuppe said. “I think we’re good enough to win that district. After playing poorly in our league and not having a chance to win another league championship, I think this is something we’re focusing on as the season comes to the end.”

Aside from his own team, Kuppe has also been paying attention to how other squads in the Fraser program have been doing.

“I think our younger classes, our freshman class, is very, very strong this year,” he said. “Our JV team is very good also. … They’ve done extremely well. … We have hope for the future. We have solid kids that we think we can keep building with.”

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