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Lake Orion sets program record for league wins, claims OAA Red title

By: Mike Moore | Rochester Post | Published May 30, 2012

 Lake Orion pitcher Brad Schaenzer and the rest of the team went 13-2 in league play this season, capturing the first OAA crown since 2009.

Lake Orion pitcher Brad Schaenzer and the rest of the team went 13-2 in league play this season, capturing the first OAA crown since 2009.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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LAKE ORION — Two full seasons.

In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that long of a time.

In the eyes of Andy Schramek, it was a drought of epic proportions.

“Way too long for me,” the Lake Orion baseball coach said with a laugh of the time between league titles. Lake Orion claimed this year’s Oakland Activities Association Red Division crown for the first time since 2009. “We were long overdue.”

Entering the season, Schramek and his players made it clear the main goal, aside from a long playoff run, was reclaiming the top spot in the division.

The 2009 title was the second in a row for the program and third in five years.

Quickly, the Dragons proved they were the team to beat.

They won eight of the first nine games, and leading up to press time had won 12 of their past 13.

They were 24-8 overall, and their 13-2 record in the OAA set a program record for league wins in a season.

“You start with the pitching we’ve got, factor in the timely hitting and good defense, and the results speak for themselves,” Schramek said. “The thing I really enjoyed, though, was the way we did it. We beat (Rochester Hills) Stoney Creek in a doubleheader and then beat Clarkston (in a doubleheader). Those are very good teams, and I think it showed our guys just how good they could be.”

Lake Orion began the Division 1 playoffs May 29, after press time, but regardless of where or how the year ends, Schramek said winning the league title was a feat he won’t soon forget.

“This is a great group of guys,” Schramek boasted. “Who knows what happens in the postseason, but to put together a run like we did to win this title was something special.”


Speaking of playoffs
With the district tournament under way, there may not be a hotter team in the area than the Rochester Adams softball squad.

After starting the year 2-12, the Highlanders were riding an eight-game winning streak at sat at 17-17.

“Quite a turnaround,” coach Fran Scislowicz said.

Adams is hosting a D-1 district, starting with a 10 a.m. game June 2 against Auburn Hills Avondale.

The winner plays Troy High or Troy Athens at 2 p.m. the same day.

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