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Lathrup baseball off to best start in more than a decade, sky seems the limit

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published May 2, 2012


LATHRUP VILLAGE — Darren Mosley is used to winning.

The Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup baseball coach has done plenty of it since he took over 12 years ago.

But much of that success has come in the past five years or so, including three division titles since 2008.

Mosley and his Chargers are used to winning later in the spring season, but he’s not complaining about a little change of pace in 2012.

“This is the best start for this program in a long, long time,” Mosley said before an April 23 home game against the Pontiac Academy for Excellence, an eventual 11-1 win that ran Lathrup’s record to 10-3. At press time, the Chargers were 10-4.

“The schedule has been a little bit softer this time around, but we’re used to being near the .500 mark at this point in the season,” Mosley added. “We’re playing real strong baseball right now.”

The schedule may have given the Chargers some time to get their feet underneath them, but the quick start was hardly expected, namely due to the inexperience the roster holds.

Only three starters are back from last spring, and at any given time, Mosley is sending out four or five sophomores at a time.

“They’re making those youthful mistakes, but they’re getting better every day,” the coach said.

So what’s been the key?

“Our pitching has been a real bright spot,” Mosley added. “It’s kept us in just about every game, and when we’re playing teams we should beat, we’re finding a way. When we’re playing teams that could go either way, we’re at least in a battle.”

To his point, the Chargers have only given up more than seven runs twice this season, once in a 19-11 victory against Oak Park High and another time in a 12-8 loss to Dearborn Edsel Ford.

“I don’t think any of us are surprised,” said senior pitcher/outfielder John Hall. “Truthfully, this team is good enough to be unbeaten right now. We’ve looked good, but we know we can get even better. We also know the competition is going to get stronger as the season moves on.”

Having played just three league games (3-0) at press time, the difficulty and importance of each contest this month is only going to intensify.

That’s a welcome challenge for Mosley and his guys.

Division winners in 2008, 2009 and 2011, the top goal for this spring is finding the fourth crown in five years.

“That’s what we’re aiming for,” Mosley said. “That’s what we’re competing for.”

“We want to win it again,” Hall said with a smile. “But we don’t want to stop there.
This is a team that can win a district and then some.”