St. Clair Shores Lakeview infielder Patrick Kramer makes a play in a game earlier this season. The Huskies went 11-4 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division to win the title.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview infielder Patrick Kramer makes a play in a game earlier this season. The Huskies went 11-4 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division to win the title.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Lakeview wins first division title in 7 seasons

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 31, 2019

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball players and coach Scott McGregor, right, meet after a win earlier this season. The Huskies saw a 12-win improvement from 2018.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball players and coach Scott McGregor, right, meet after a win earlier this season. The Huskies saw a 12-win improvement from 2018.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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Editor’s note: St. Clair Shores Lakeview played in a Division 1 district semifinal after press time.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — One of the goals set by this year’s edition of the St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball team has come to fruition.

The Huskies finished 11-4 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division to win a share of the league championship. It’s the first division title for Lakeview since 2012 — when the team played in the MAC Silver.

Lakeview made somewhat of a rally to win the division title. The team started 3-3 in division play, including dropping two of three to Madison Heights Lamphere, which also won a share of the MAC Gold crown. The Huskies finished league play on an 8-1 run.

Lakeview coach Scott McGregor said his team showed a lot of mental toughness in capturing the division title.

“They worked hard to get back into contention the last three weeks (of division play) by doing what needed to be done to win a share of the title,” said McGregor, whose team ended the regular season with a 24-13 overall mark. “We talked about how we need to continue working toward our goals, of which a league title was one of them, and that we still have much more to achieve in front of us. I told the boys to remember how (winning a championship) feels and enjoy it.”

The Huskies bounced back from 2018, when the team won just 12 games.

Lakeview’s success was largely due to its performance at the plate. The Huskies scored 228 runs and sported a 6-0 mark in games when it scored more than 10 runs. The team scored at least 1 run every game.

The Huskies gave up 4.5 runs per game and had six shutout wins in the regular season.

McGregor called the success a total team effort — in all three phases of the game.

Starting pitchers Brandon Biggerstaff, Kyle Butcher, Ryan Cantin and Noah Stanley led the way on the mound, along with relievers Patrick Kramer, Bryan Owsley and Danny Couwlier.

Offensive production came from the leadoff spot all the way down to the No. 9 hitter. Ivan Krohta, Avery Harwood, Brendan Guciardo, Andrew Haudek and Biggerstaff provided consistency at the plate, McGregor said.

“We truly operated as one team to get the job done,” McGregor said. “We have preached the ‘one team’ attitude all season. This team has embraced it. They play together as one unit and enjoy doing it — picking each other up and working toward common team goals. That — coupled with a good amount of returning experience — is what allowed us to get back on track with winning this season.”

Krohta called the division title win big for the program. The team fell by one run in a 2018 district final, giving the MAC Gold win more meaning, he said.

“This team is extremely talented and we’re on a roll right now,” Krohta said. “Our next goal is to win a district championship. We can beat anyone; we just have to play our game. Extremely excited for the ... future of Lakeview baseball.”

McGregor called winning the MAC Gold huge for the program. The team finished second in the league in 2017.

“We have been competitive over the past six years in the league, but couldn’t get enough wins to get the title,” McGregor said. “This is a very good division within the MAC, so winning the title this year is a huge milestone for our program that will hopefully set a precedence for future seasons.”

McGregor took a look toward the future. About half of Lakeview’s 18-player roster is eligible to return next season.

The team will miss its seniors, McGregor said, who have had a huge impact on the program, but the Huskies coach likes the team’s prospects.

“These guys have learned how to step up and lead a team and will be ready to take it over next season,” McGregor said. “We also have a JV program that won over 20 games this season and have been playing very well together. Those younger guys are ready to have an immediate impact on the varsity team next year. We have built a culture at Lakeview that will consistently produce teams that will compete and play good baseball — that is one thing that I am very proud of.”

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