Gruppen more than pleased with 2013 Berkley baseball season

By: Mike Moore | Woodward Talk | Published June 5, 2013

 Shayne Dooley delivers a pitch during a game earlier this season. Berkley exited the playoffs in a 4-3 loss to Royal Oak High.

Shayne Dooley delivers a pitch during a game earlier this season. Berkley exited the playoffs in a 4-3 loss to Royal Oak High.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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The effort and the attitude — Jordan Gruppen loved it all.

But at the time of year when one bad inning can derail an entire season, the Berkley High baseball team ran out of magic in what had been a memorable 2013 campaign.

“The simplest way to put it is that we didn’t score enough runs,” Gruppen, the Berkley skipper, said after a 4-3 loss to Royal Oak High in a Division 1 district semifinal at Warren Cousino. “We had opportunities but couldn’t come through when we had to. The guys did everything they could. It was just one of those days.”

Royal Oak jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

Berkley slowly chipped away, but stranded too many men on base to find the game-tying tally.

“That was tough,” Gruppen said of the early deficit. “It takes a lot to get back up and battle back. The guys did, though. They never gave up. We just ended a little short.”

The loss closed the Bears’ season with a 19-9 overall record.

But the true highlight came from within the division.

A year ago, Berkley claimed the Oakland Activities Association Gold Division crown.

When the team moved up to the Blue this spring, the general feeling was it would take a year or two to adjust.

It didn’t.

“To go out and win a league many people thought we had no chance in — that was pretty special,” Gruppen said. “Our goal right now was a district title, but this was still a great season. These guys certainly have a lot to be proud of.”

Gruppen moves forward having to replace nine seniors.

“That was a great group,” he said. “But I think the fun part about coaching and high school sports is having the ability to bounce back the next year. We’re looking forward to it.”

Rain, rain, go away
In the Division 2 tournament, the Ferndale High baseball team needed a couple of days to win its pre-district, finally beating Warren Fitzgerald 5-1 on May 31.

The game originally began May 28, but was halted due to weather.

It was rescheduled for May 30, but a school conflict forced a postponement to May 31.

The Eagles then had their semifinal game against host Madison Heights Lamphere rescheduled due to field conditions.

The June 1 game was moved to June 3 and played after press time.

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