St. Clair Shores Lakeview infielder Brandon Biggerstaff looks to hold Roseville High’s Angelo Loiacano at first base during an April 10 game. The Huskies’ next game is against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore at 5 p.m. May 1 at Kyte Monroe Park.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview infielder Brandon Biggerstaff looks to hold Roseville High’s Angelo Loiacano at first base during an April 10 game. The Huskies’ next game is against St. Clair Shores Lake Shore at 5 p.m. May 1 at Kyte Monroe Park.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Lakeview baseball looks to get back to contending

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 30, 2019

 Lakeview pitcher Noah Stanley readies to deliver against Roseville High. The Huskies are vying for their first division championship since 2012.

Lakeview pitcher Noah Stanley readies to deliver against Roseville High. The Huskies are vying for their first division championship since 2012.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — After seeing its win total increase in four straight seasons, the St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball team took a bit of a step back in 2018, and coach Scott McGregor believes cohesion will be the main factor in the squad getting back on track.

“We have to play as a single unit,” said McGregor, who is now in his seventh season leading the team. “Our slogan this year is ‘one team.’ Success will only come if we work toward a common goal and communicate effectively.”

The team seems to have heeded that advice.

At press time, Lakeview was 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division. That means the team needs to win just six of its last 12 games to surpass last year’s win total.

McGregor said he’s pleased with how the Huskies have played so far. Lakeview has scored 92 runs and allowed 70.

“We have played some very good competition, and I have seen many positives so far,” the coach said. “We are still learning how to put it all together for a complete game, and these early games will help set us up for success throughout the rest of the season.”

Lakeview senior Ivan Krohta — with a .488 batting average so far this season — said the team’s success at the plate can be attributed to reps. Nearly every player on the Huskies is a member of a travel ballclub, Krohta said. He said every player on the team is 100 percent dedicated to getting the squad back on track.

Even though the Huskies have played in some high-scoring affairs, the team has already recorded four shutout wins. McGregor said the squad, though, must learn to play complete games.

“We have the offensive and defensive skills — and solid pitching,” said McGregor, who believes the team’s determination could put Lakeview over the top this season. “But we will need to be sure that when one isn’t excelling, we pick up the slack in other areas. Lapses in focus are what most often hurt baseball players on the field. Complete games mean our heads are in it for seven innings.”

Returning a slew of experienced players will be big for the Huskies, McGregor said. That group includes seniors Brandon Biggerstaff, Avery Hardwood, Andrew Haudek and Krohta, along with sophomore catcher Brendan Guciardo.

Production has to continue if the Huskies are to achieve their two main goals: winning the MAC Gold and capturing a district title.

McGregor said the Gold is very competitive. Fraser High had won the last four division titles before moving to the MAC Blue this spring. Marine City High and Warren Mott appear to be the early favorites to take the title, McGregor said. Madison Heights Lamphere, Warren Woods Tower and St. Clair Shores Lake Shore look to be competitive too, according to the coach.

“Both of those goals are within our reach, and accomplishing both will absolutely help us to surpass the success we’ve had the last few years,” McGregor said. “We have the experience, the talent and the drive. As long as our heads are in the game every day, this will be a great season.”

Krohta said it’s important to him to have a good season in his final year of prep sports.

“I’m a senior this year, and I’d like to go out winning the league and getting a district championship,” he said. “I love winning; it makes everything a lot more fun.”

Lakeview’s next game is against Lake Shore at 4:30 p.m. May 1 at Kyte Monroe Park.

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