Lakeview baseball ends district title drought

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 10, 2019

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior Andrew Haudek trots home from third base during a May 31 Division 1 district playoff win. The Huskies went on to win the program’s first district championship since 2009.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior Andrew Haudek trots home from third base during a May 31 Division 1 district playoff win. The Huskies went on to win the program’s first district championship since 2009.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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Editor’s note: Lakeview fell to New Baltimore Anchor Bay 7-0 June 6 in a D-1 regional semifinal.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A big first inning propelled the St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball team to a 10-1 win over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore May 31 in a Division 1 district final.

It was the Huskies’ first district championship since 2009.

Lakeview scored 8 runs in the first inning on its way to capturing the district crown.

The Huskies reached two of the goals the coach Scott McGregor and the players set at the start of the season: win division and district championships.

“This was the next step on my journey as a coach, and it was a very rewarding day,” said sixth-year coach McGregor. “But really it does not come down to me. I’m just there to encourage the players. They put in the work, and they were the ones who showed up to do what they set out to do.

“What it means to them is the reward I get. They will remember that day for a very long time, and the excitement and joy that they showed after the last out was recorded is what I will always remember.”

McGregor had a prime spot for the team’s big first inning. Coaching at third base, he watched as several of his players rounded third on their way home.

“Yeah, that was fun,” McGregor said. “I knew we had the energy coming from our win in the (district semifinal, beating Roseville High 14-0), and it definitely carried right into that first inning.

“We said we wanted to get in there and take care of business early. Lake Shore was coming off an emotional, big (5-4 district semifinal win over Fraser High), and we didn’t want them to start with the momentum — so the best thing we could have done was take the wind out of their sails right off the bat, and we did just that.”

Seniors Andrew Haudek, Kyle Butcher, Avery Harwood, Brendan Guciardo, Brandon Biggerstaff and Ivan Krohta have led the team.

Krohta said he believes the team can beat anyone on any given day. He said the team’s success this season sets up the program well for the future.

McGregor agrees with Krohta.

“We are continuing to build a winning culture, and getting these types of big wins will only help with that,” McGregor said, as his team finished at 26-14. “When athletes see that a program is successful, they want to be involved and they want to buy into what the program is selling. The players over the time that I’ve been at Lakeview have done their part in making that happen, and this district title will continue what they have all been a part of.”

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