Madison baseball coach looks back on season

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published June 14, 2019

 Madison Heights Madison senior Austin Brown delivers a pitch against Madison Heights Bishop Foley during a district semifinal June 1 at Foley. Madison came away from the season with the program’s first division championship since 2010.

Madison Heights Madison senior Austin Brown delivers a pitch against Madison Heights Bishop Foley during a district semifinal June 1 at Foley. Madison came away from the season with the program’s first division championship since 2010.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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MADISON HEIGHTS — It was a short postseason for the Madison Heights Madison baseball team, but it was a year to remember.

Before falling to Madison Heights Bishop Foley in a Division 3 district semifinal June 1, the Eagles won the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division championship.

Coach Scott LaBrash called the season “very rewarding.” The Eagles finished at 14-2 overall and 14-1 in the division, earning their first title since 2010.      

“The kids worked hard all season,” LaBrash said. “They really put effort into it. … The kids were pumped up. It’s been quite some time. That’s the first one since I’ve been in the program, so it was nice for myself and the kids (to) finally achieve our goal.”

Although Madison had five seniors on the team in Austin Brown, Tanner Barndollar, Chauncey Ernest, Sylvester Whitley and Jordan Scott, what the Eagles accomplished this season could help create a different mindset going forward.

“Puts a winning mentality in the kids’ heads to know that no matter what they do, they have a shot at winning,” LaBrash said.

Madison finished with the most wins the program has had since going 19-8 in 2010.

LaBrash expects a young squad next season.

“We’re (going to) have to grind out wins, I believe,” LaBrash said. “But after this season, our younger classmen knows what it takes to win.”

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