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New Lakeview baseball coach looking to lead Huskies to consecutive MAC Silver titles

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 27, 2012

 St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior catcher Tyler Dombrowski and the Huskies hope first-year coach Brett Vaughn can lead them to back-to-back MAC Silver titles.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview senior catcher Tyler Dombrowski and the Huskies hope first-year coach Brett Vaughn can lead them to back-to-back MAC Silver titles.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — First-year St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball coach Brett Vaughn came in at a bit of a disadvantage this season.

Vaughn wasn’t hired until two weeks before tryouts, meaning he missed any chance at putting his players through offseason conditioning. Despite the timing of his hire, Vaughn believes things are coming together well for the defending Macomb Area Conference Silver Division champs.

“The kids have done a great job so far of adjusting to me and a totally different staff,” said Vaughn, who coached for four years at Milford High before taking over at Lakeview.

“We’ve got a great group of kids who are great to work with. It was a quick transition, but it wasn’t so difficult because all the guys on this team have such great knowledge of how to play baseball.”

Lakeview senior catcher Tyler Dombrowski admitted the change was tough at first, but added Vaughn is a coach who goes all out every day.

“We know he’s giving 100 percent, and he’s tried to get us to learn his philosophy,” Dombrowski said. “Once we get everything down, we’ll start to win more.”

The team — 6-9, 2-2 in the MAC Silver at press time — hasn’t done as well as it would have liked early in the season, according to Vaughn.

A tough schedule at the start of the year has played a role in that, he added. The teams the Huskies have lost to this season have a combined record of 91-46.

“The schedule was in place before I took the job, and we’ve played some really tough teams so far,” said Vaughn, who brought two assistants with him from Milford. “We’ve just had some bad breaks in some games. I know we’ll shore some things up and start to pick up some wins.”

The team is experienced, as the 15-man roster comprises all juniors and seniors. Seven players return from last year’s division champion squad, and all seven play major roles on the team, Vaughn said. That includes seniors Dombrowski, shortstop Karl Schneider, center fielder Nino Genna, and pitchers Alex Galant and Mark Powell.

Vaughn, who stresses pitching and defense, believes his group can challenge for the MAC Silver. He sees it as a four-team race between the Huskies, Sterling Heights High, Center Line and Clawson.

“Even with the start we’ve had, we still expect to win the league and win districts,” Schneider said. “We’re gonna be in every ball game from here on out.”

Lakeview next hits the diamond at 4:30 p.m. May 2 for a home game against Madison Heights Madison.

 

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