Fraser High sophomore Jaiden Lara prepares to deliver a pitch against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore May 31. Fraser’s baseball and softball teams each lost its respective district semifinal game. Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Fraser High sophomore Jaiden Lara prepares to deliver a pitch against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore May 31. Fraser’s baseball and softball teams each lost its respective district semifinal game. Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Fraser High’s baseball season ends at district tournament

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 5, 2019

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FRASER — Fraser High’s baseball program came up short in its attempt to win a second consecutive Division 1 district championship.

The Ramblers lost 5-4 to St. Clair Shores Lake Shore in a district semifinal May 31 at home.

Fraser took a 4-1 lead into the last half of the seventh inning before the Shorians scored three times to force an extra inning.

After the Ramblers failed to score in the top half of the eighth, Lake Shore won the game in the bottom of the inning on a two-out single, scoring a runner from second base.

The Shorians went on to lose to St. Clair Shores Lakeview 10-1 in the district final.

As for the semifinal, Fraser coach Dave Kuppe said his team played well early on.

“We were able to score some runs, and our pitching was really good, so I thought we could just coast,” he said. “Two errors that we made in the seventh inning and then in the eighth inning were the difference in the game.”

After winning four consecutive Macomb Area Conference Gold Division championships, Fraser moved up to the MAC Blue this season.

Kuppe discussed the transition, including one of the challenges of the move.

“The traveling was the biggest transition,” he said. “The teams were good teams. We weren’t quite as good as we probably were the last two years when we won the Gold. … But the traveling is crazy, going up to Port Huron and Marysville and that kind (of) stuff. That’s a big difference.”

Ryan Allor, Alec Cieslinski, Jakob Donnelly, Robert Fisher, Thomas Franklin, Hunter Lubanski, Bradley McCoy, Nicholas Oddo and Jackson Winbigler were the senior players on Fraser’s roster.

“They worked hard,” Kuppe said. “The great thing about this team is, sometimes you get dissension and stuff, not this group of kids. They hung out together, they played together, they worked together. They get along really, really well. So that makes the season kind (of) go pretty smooth.”

Despite not ending the season the way he would have liked, Kuppe was able to focus some of his attention on the potential future for Fraser baseball.

“We got a good group coming back; good group of juniors, we got a sophomore and a freshman that’ll be coming back next year,” Kuppe said. “We had a pretty good JV group as well, so I think we’ll be pretty solid. Most of our pitching’s coming back too.”

 

In other local baseball district tournament news
Sterling Heights Stevenson beat Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 7-0 in the first round of a D-1 tournament May 28 at host Macomb Dakota.

 

Softball
Fraser’s softball team also hosted a D-1 district tournament May 31, with the Ramblers losing to Lake Shore 8-7.

The Shorians went on to beat Lakeview 2-0 to win a district title.

Following the game, Fraser coach Matt Fishburn was thinking about what could be ahead for the program.

“I’m very excited for next year,” Fishburn said. “All of our starters are back. We got a lot (of) good, young kids.”

Chippewa Valley softball fell to Macomb Dakota 6-2 June 3 in a D-1 district semifinal.

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