Just a junior, Bloomfield Hills’ Titus pitched his way onto 2015 baseball Dream Team

By: Mike Moore | C&G Newspapers | Published July 30, 2015

 Drake Titus is pictured at the plate during the D-2 state final. The junior finished the year 12-2 on the mound and was named to the 2015 Dream Team as a pitcher by the MHSBCA.

Drake Titus is pictured at the plate during the D-2 state final. The junior finished the year 12-2 on the mound and was named to the 2015 Dream Team as a pitcher by the MHSBCA.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ORCHARD LAKE — These are 23 of the absolute best baseball players in the state, and whether it’s a sort of unspoken tradition or not, the annual Dream Team is usually one filled with seniors.


That was the case again this year, as just four of the 23 selected by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association still have high school eligibility remaining next spring.


And it’s that reason that left Orchard Lake St. Mary’s coach Matt Petry wondering if his pitcher, Drake Titus, would find his name among the group.


“I felt like he deserved it, but being a junior and there being so many great players out there, you never know,” Petry said.


Titus earned the call even he wasn’t expecting.


“I was out of the state at a tournament when a buddy of mine called to tell me he saw online that I had made (the Dream Team),” Titus said with a laugh. “It really caught me off-guard. I was excited but really didn’t know what to think. This wasn’t something I was expecting at all.”


The junior pitcher finished 2015 with a 12-2 record, including three saves. He had a 0.72 ERA, and in 81.1 innings he struck out 100 batters while walking just 18.


“He’s got a great three-pitch mix with the breaking ball and change-up,” Petry said. “He didn’t walk too many guys, which helps. And he attacked the zone while the guys played defense behind him.”


Titus was instrumental in St. Mary’s run to the Division 2 state title.


In a 9-1 semifinal victory against Vicksburg High, he pitched six innings, allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out six and walking one.


“For me, this was one of my best years ever, pitching,” Titus said. “The numbers were good, and we faced some pretty good competition all season long.”


His production at the plate wasn’t too shabby, either.


Titus, a Bloomfield Hills resident, finished second on the team with a .360 batting average. He had 45 hits, scored 45 runs, drove in 22 and walked 35 times. He had a .521 on-base percentage and finished the year with 20 stolen bases.


And he’ll return next year as one of the key pieces to the Eaglets’ roster.


“Drake was a guy that we knew as a freshman was going to be very good,” Petry said. “I still think he has room to grow, especially at the plate.”


“The goal is to improve every year,” Titus added. “I’m going to work as hard as I can to be a better player. To match what I did this year would be pretty special.”

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