Harrison gets second shot at Novi High as baseball playoffs begin

By: Mike Moore | Farmington Press | Published May 28, 2013

 Harrison’s David Vinsky rips into a pitch during a game earlier this season. The Hawks face Novi High in a June 1 district semifinal.

Harrison’s David Vinsky rips into a pitch during a game earlier this season. The Hawks face Novi High in a June 1 district semifinal.

Photo by Andrew Potter

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The opponent is the same.

For the most part, his team is the same, as well.

But things are much, much different this time around.

That’s the message Pete Lamerato is sticking to as the 2013 baseball state playoffs approach.

For the second consecutive season, the Farmington Hills Harrison skipper leads his team into a Division 1 district semifinal against Novi High.

Only this time around, the Hawks’ coach doesn’t see his squad as the underdog while taking on the defending district champ.

“We have a lot more experience, compared to last year,” Lamerato said last week. “We look forward to playing them again. I know they’re a good team, but we’re going to be ready.”

The teams are set to face off at 12:30 p.m. June 1 at Farmington High.

Farmington and North Farmington officially kicked off the bracket May 28 in a game played after press time.

Novi Detroit Catholic Central faces the winner of that game at 10 a.m., while the district final is set for 3 p.m.

Novi got the best of Harrison in 2012 in a 6-2 final.

The Wildcats then beat Catholic Central in the final before losing to Brother Rice in the regional round.

“We loaded the bases and hit one to fence for the final out,” Lamerato said with a laugh. “It was a tough way to end the season.”

That team, though, was loaded with youth and learning on the fly.

This year’s group, as Lamerato put it, “is much better,” mainly due to the experience gained the past two springs.

At press time, the Hawks were 14-12 with six games still remaining in the regular season.

But the main source of confidence for Lamerato entering the postseason is twofold.

His team can hit.

His team can pitch.

“We’re batting .321 as a team, and that’s pretty good,” Lamerato said. “We can hit with just about anyone right now.”

Meanwhile, Lamerato was unsure who would get the start on the mound, but he has two options in Hunter Henderson (5-0) and Nick Cangemi.

“Something we’ve talked about all year was going out and winning the district,” Lamerato added. “These guys are very focused. We’re going to go in wanting to win. What’s more, is we expect to win.”

Softball draw
In the Farmington softball district, the host school and North Farmington played May 28 after press time.

In the first game June 1, Harrison takes on Novi at 10 a.m., while Farmington Hills Mercy faces the North Farmington-Farmington winner at noon.

The championship game is set for 3 p.m.

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