Lakeview baseball coach discusses team’s prospects heading into postseason

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 18, 2015

 Lakeview next takes the field for a matchup with St. Clair Shores South Lake at 5 p.m. May 22 at South Lake. Pictured is Huskies coach Scott McGregor, left, talking with center fielder Nick Dozek after Dozek hit a triple against Mott.

Lakeview next takes the field for a matchup with St. Clair Shores South Lake at 5 p.m. May 22 at South Lake. Pictured is Huskies coach Scott McGregor, left, talking with center fielder Nick Dozek after Dozek hit a triple against Mott.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball coach Scott McGregor and his team have seen highs and lows this season, but the coach says his team is peaking at the right time.


Lakeview, after a 6-10 start at press time, had gone 8-6 in its last 14 games. Lakeview has been in a lot of close games. The team, at press time, had outscored opponents by a total of seven runs — 146-139 — and the Huskies were 3-4 in one-run games.


“We’ve played well, but we haven’t been consistent,” McGregor said. “We have had days when our pitching and defense are on point and keeping us in games, but we can’t get the bats going.”


McGregor said his team is finding its footing at the plate and has seen an improvement in its defense and pitching.


The Huskies, over their last 15 games, averaged 6.3 runs per contest, up from 3.4 during the first half of the season. The team has allowed 3.8 runs per game, an improvement over the 5.4 runs it allowed over the first 15 games of the season. Lakeview has a team ERA of about 3.00 and a team batting average of .275.


The charge, McGregor said, has been by a group of veteran players. Catcher Hunter Brown, hitting around .460, has produced in several scoring situations. Pitcher Steve Selleck and center fielder Nick Dozek are both batting around .350. Pitchers Jon Rozanski, Jake Richard, Dion Fenderson and Selleck have been solid on the mound, McGregor said.


With five games remaining at press time, the Huskies have a shot to finish .500 for the first time since 2011. McGregor said five starters have missed time due to injury, but the team is getting healthy and beginning to “put it all together.”


“Just in time for the postseason,” McGregor said. “We need to stay hot at the plate. Our pitching has been in control of games throughout the season, and there is no reason why that should change in the playoffs. When our bats are on, we’re tough to beat.”


Lakeview opens the state playoffs with a pre-district game against city rival St. Clair Shores Lake Shore, with the first pitch set for 4:30 p.m. May 26 at Kyte Monroe Park. Prior to that, the rivals square off at 7:30 p.m. May 22 at Kyte Monroe as part of a city tournament.


The MAC Gold foes have met three times this season, with Lake Shore taking two of those matchups. Lake Shore outscored Lakeview by two runs in those three games.


“My guys are hungry to get a chance to take the season series from (Lake Shore),” McGregor said. “It’s sure to be a great couple of games where pitching will be dominant on both sides.


“We’re peaking when we need to. We have a few tough games before (the playoffs) that will help us prepare mentally for what we need to accomplish. If we continue hitting the ball like we are now, and our pitchers throw strikes, I think we’ll end the season on a high note with some key wins.”


Lakeview next takes the field for a matchup against St. Clair Shores South Lake at 5 p.m. May 22 at South Lake.

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