Lathrup baseball gets season rolling; drops a doubleheader to Dearborn Divine Child

By: Mike Moore | Southfield Sun | Published March 30, 2015

 Jay Hester delivers a pitch against Divine Child Monday afternoon in Dearborn. Lathrup had been on an actual field just once prior to the doubleheader.

Jay Hester delivers a pitch against Divine Child Monday afternoon in Dearborn. Lathrup had been on an actual field just once prior to the doubleheader.

Photo by Mike Moore

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DEARBORN — It may not have been a day-night doubleheader, but the results were certainly night and day.

The Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup baseball team officially opened its season Monday afternoon at Levagood Park in Dearborn, dropping a pair of games to Divine Child in vastly different ways.

“We’re going to be all right,” coach Darren Mosley said with a laugh afterward. “This was our first two games, our second time all year being on an actual baseball field. We’ll be all right.”

The inability to throw strikes doomed the Chargers in the first game, as DC scored five runs in the first inning, five in the third and five more in the fourth to end the game by a 15-0 mercy.

Lathrup pitchers walked 12 hitters in three-plus innings of work.

“You can’t do that,” Mosley said after the first game. “You have to throw strikes. And we had some situational mistakes, too. Those are the things we have to clean up.”

Lathrup finished with three hits in the loss, coming from Amani Godfrey, Evan Echols and Keith Tow.

“We had the bases loaded in the second and didn’t get anything,” Mosley added. “That was big. One hit there and it’s a different game. But it was first-game jitters. We'll improve on it.”

Lathrup was much better in the second game, a five-inning contest.

The Chargers led 7-2 going into the bottom of the fourth before Divine Child scored six to take a one-run lead and eventual 8-7 win.

Kevin Smith had a single and two RBI in the loss.

He also pitched, finishing with six strikeouts.

“Much better job,” Mosley said. “The fourth inning was tough when we walked four guys and let them take the lead. Overall, the effort was better. The offense was better.”

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