Macomb Lutheran North’s Tyler Trammel takes a cut during an April 27 game against Fraser High. The Mustangs are looking for consistency in all areas, according to coach Mark Brown.

Macomb Lutheran North’s Tyler Trammel takes a cut during an April 27 game against Fraser High. The Mustangs are looking for consistency in all areas, according to coach Mark Brown.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Lutheran North baseball coach has high hopes for this year’s team

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published April 30, 2019

 Lutheran North infielder Josh Kurlinski makes a tag against Fraser High. The Mustangs next take the field for a doubleheader against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett May 2. Game 1 is set for 4 p.m. with Game 2 following directly afterward.

Lutheran North infielder Josh Kurlinski makes a tag against Fraser High. The Mustangs next take the field for a doubleheader against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett May 2. Game 1 is set for 4 p.m. with Game 2 following directly afterward.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Based on how the Macomb Lutheran North baseball team has played thus far, coach Mark Brown wasn’t surprised the Mustangs were at the .500 mark.

At press time, North was 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the Catholic High School League AA Division.

“Our season so far has been a tale of two teams,” said Brown. “When we put the ball in play, communicate between pitches, minimize walks, and our pitchers hit their spots, good things happen. We need to take the same approach into each at bat, each inning and each batter when we’re on defense.”

Brown is in his second year leading North and won the CHSL C-D Division tournament title in 2018.

Brown called this year’s team fairly young, which means there could be some growing pains. If the Mustangs are to match or surpass last season’s success, the squad will need to pick things up quickly, Brown said.

“There’s definitely a learning curve when it comes to the speed and intensity of the varsity level compared to the JV game,” Brown said. “Every team we play is competitive, and we continually have to make adjustments and keep a positive attitude going forward. Baseball players and teams must have a short memory from game to game and learn from every positive and negative.”

Senior pitcher Tyler Trammel serves as North’s ace and roves center field. Senior infielder Caden Penn and senior outfielder John Kurlinski both do whatever is needed to help the team win, Brown said.

Junior pitcher Brendan Herbst and junior catcher Ryan Tunnecliffe have made solid contributions as well.

“We have a group of kids who are all about helping the team, playing their role — whatever it may be — from game to game, practice to practice,” Brown said. “They are all very coachable and are willing to put in the work inside and outside of practice to try and get better each day.  They are a really fun group of young men to be around.”

The goal each year is to compete for championships, but Brown said the team’s success would not be tied to how many banners it raises.

“Our goal is to be competitive each and every game, focus on what we can control, and the (wins) will hopefully follow,” Brown said. “There is a really high ceiling for this team, and I think we are going to continually improve as the year goes on. We have great leaders and great team chemistry, and I am excited to see how much this team can grow.”