Lakeview baseball expecting good things in 2015

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published March 31, 2015

 Junior Nick Dozek and the rest of the Huskies take on Clawson High at 4 p.m. April 1 on the road.

Junior Nick Dozek and the rest of the Huskies take on Clawson High at 4 p.m. April 1 on the road.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball coach Scott McGregor said the key to the team’s success in 2015 would be hitting.


Later that day (March 24), the Huskies went out and beat Utica High 6-1 in their season opener.


McGregor, whose team went 8-18 overall and 5-10 Macomb Area Conference Gold Division last year, said offense has been the focus for some time. He said Lakeview had solid pitching and defense last season, but couldn’t get key runs across the plate.


“We have to have a better approach at the plate and knowledge of what to do in certain in-game situations,” McGregor said.


In the season opener, junior pitcher/right fielder Steven Selleck laid down a sacrifice bunt to move a runner over. Things like that didn’t happen often in 2014, according to McGregor.


“It’s all about knowing what your job is at a particular time — two on, two out — one out, man on second,” McGregor said. “We have to know what to do in those spots.”


Junior center fielder Nick Dozek agreed that he and his teammates must step up at the plate if the team is to finish above .500 for the first time since 2012. Lakeview has finished fifth in the six-team MAC Gold each of the last two seasons after winning division titles in the MAC Silver in 2011 and 2012.


McGregor is looking for junior pitcher/catcher Hunter Brown, Selleck, senior infielder Chris Schneider, senior pitcher Jon Rozanski, senior Dion Fenderson and Dozek to lead the way. All of them have varsity experience, and McGregor said that helps with the loss of nine players from last season.


“When you take away that many guys, that’s a lot of experience to lose,” McGregor said. “We’re lucky to have some guys who have been on the team for a while who can step up.”


Brown is hopeful for a division title. Warren Cousino has moved to the MAC White after winning the last two MAC Gold titles. Lake Shore joins the division from the MAC Blue. The Gold also includes Warren Woods Tower, Fraser High, Madison Heights Lamphere and Marine City.


“We want to build on last season,” Schneider said. “There’s a lot of potential on this team. I’m looking for us to do some damage.”


Lakeview next takes the field for a matchup against Clawson High, set for 4 p.m. April 1 at Clawson.

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