Lakers set to start baseball tournament, will face a ‘good team, either way’

By: Mike Moore | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published May 28, 2013

 West Bloomfield’s Zach Allread rounds third during a game earlier this season. The Lakers begin the 2013 playoffs June 1 against Brother Rice or Groves.

West Bloomfield’s Zach Allread rounds third during a game earlier this season. The Lakers begin the 2013 playoffs June 1 against Brother Rice or Groves.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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He’s not in the business of predicting outcomes or trying to forecast who would be a more favorable opponent.

So, with roughly a week remaining in the regular season, when he was asked about the approaching playoffs, West Bloomfield High baseball coach Eric Pierce painted his team’s entire district with a broad brush.

“It’s a good one, and it really doesn’t matter who we face,” the Lakers’ skipper said. “It’ll be a good team, either way.”

He spoke as West Bloomfield still had a division title on the line; the four games to clinch the crown were played after press time.

Now, though, the Division 1 postseason is officially under way, and the Lakers get their first crack at it June 1.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Pierce said. “We’ve taken some major steps with this program, and we’re hoping for another one.”

The Lakers are at the Beverly Hills Groves district.

Groves and Brother Rice began the tournament May 28. West Bloomfield faces the winner of that game at 10 a.m. June 1 at Groves.

The other half of the bracket pits Birmingham Seaholm and Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup against one another at noon.

The district final is set for 30 minutes after the second semifinal.

“We’ve played Groves three times, and we were fortunate to beat them all three. But they are still a very good team,” Pierce said. “They don’t have the typical lineup of pitchers they’ve had in the past, but they are still very sound.”

“Brother Rice is, obviously, one of the best,” Pierce added. “They are tough top to bottom, and I’m sure they are having a typical Brother Rice season.”

Rice ousted West Bloomfield in last year’s district in a dramatic affair.

“The big key for us is the defense,” Pierce said of his team, which was 15-7 at press time. “We’ve gotten great pitching all year, but we haven’t made many errors, and that’s what counts.”

Confidence is certainly plentiful, again, no matter which team the Lakers draw.

“We have the capabilities to really make some noise, despite how young we are,” Pierce said. “We have five sophomores and some juniors starting, so this, hopefully, is just the beginning.”

In other playoff action
In the Groves softball district, Groves and Birmingham Marian began play May 28. The winner faces West Bloomfield at noon June 1.

Seaholm and Lathrup begin the day at 10 a.m., with the final set for 2 p.m.

In another D-1 district at Walled Lake Northern, the baseball and softball draws are identical.

Walled Lake Western and Brighton High played May 28, with the winner facing Northern at 1 p.m. June 1.

South Lyon High and Walled Lake Central square off at 11 a.m., with the finals scheduled for 3 p.m.

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