Lake Shore baseball hoping to turn things around in time for playoff run

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 8, 2015

 The St. Clair Shores baseball team next takes the field for a matchup against Madison Heights Lamphere at 4:30 p.m. May 13 at Lamphere. Pictured is Shorians junior outfielder Brent Engel making a catch during an early season game against North Farmington High.

The St. Clair Shores baseball team next takes the field for a matchup against Madison Heights Lamphere at 4:30 p.m. May 13 at Lamphere. Pictured is Shorians junior outfielder Brent Engel making a catch during an early season game against North Farmington High.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior catcher Alex Sudney said he and his teammates must start getting some timely hits if the team is to have a strong second half.


“We’re hitting the ball, just not in the right situations,” said Sudney, a four-year varsity player.


Lake Shore at press time had a mark of 7-6 overall and 6-5 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, putting the team two games behind first-place Warren Woods Tower and Fraser High — both 8-3 at press time. First-year Shorians coach Gerrit Ketelhut said the team’s struggles at the plate have kept it from adding to its win total.


“We haven’t been steady at the plate,” Ketelhut said. “The players are a little disappointed, but we only have two starters back from last season, so we’re a young team from an experience standpoint.”


Ketelhut said pitching has carried Lake Shore thus far. The Shorians had a team ERA of 2.25 at press time, and the squad’s pitcher have gone deep in several games this season. Unearned runs due to errors have played a role in Lake Shore’s fortunes thus far, too.


“We’ve had a rough go so far,” Lake Shore senior pitcher/third baseman Blasè Budzinski said. “We could be doing a lot better. I think we just need to put more work in during practice and have more patience at the plate.”


The turnaround must happen soon if Lake Shore is to have a solid showing in the postseason, which begins May 26. Lake Shore will play in a Division 1 district hosted by Grosse Pointe North. Also in the district are East Detroit High, Roseville, Grosse Pointe North and St. Clair Shores Lakeview.


Lake Shore and Lakeview will open the postseason against one another in a predistrict game. Check www.mhsaa.com for time and date information on the game.


“That’ll be more than a district playoff game. That’s a rivalry game,” Ketelhut said. “Grosse Pointe North is pretty good, so if we can get past Lakeview and don’t have to see (Grosse Pointe North) right away, I think we’ll be OK.


“We’ve got a lot of guys who can throw for us, and pitching can carry a team through the playoffs. We’ve got to get the bats going, though.”


Sudney said he’s hopeful for a turnaround, as he and the other seniors want to finish their careers on a high note.


Ketelhut sees good things on the horizon.


“I know what they’re capable of,” he said. “I know in the next couple of weeks they’ll start to realize their potential.”


Lake Shore next takes the field for a matchup against Madison Heights Lamphere at 4:30 p.m. May 13 at Lamphere.

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