Noble guides Shrine baseball to regional final in first year on the job

By: Mike Moore | Royal Oak Review | Published June 15, 2011

 Pitcher Jared Terril and the Shrine baseball team reached a regional final for the first time since 2008 this season. The Knights ended the year with a 17-15 overall record.

Pitcher Jared Terril and the Shrine baseball team reached a regional final for the first time since 2008 this season. The Knights ended the year with a 17-15 overall record.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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Dan Noble admitted that he really didn’t know what to expect when he took over the Royal Oak Shrine baseball program. He wasn’t sure what type of players he had or what reasonable expectations he could set.

Still, he maintained that no matter what happened, there were certain things that could be done with a payoff at the end that all would enjoy.

He was right.

“Overall, you have to look at it this season as a success,” Noble said a day after his Knights lost in a Division 4 regional final 6-1 to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett. “It’s always hard to start a year with a new coach, especially a first-time coach, and then try to establish yourself and get into that mentality where you’re developing a program. But overall, I think the kids really responded well to us, and the staff of coaches put everything we had into this. We found a way to click.”

Shrine beat Allen Park Inner City Baptist 8-2 in a June 11 regional semifinal to earn a shot at the title.

Shrine ended the season 17-15, won its first district title since 2008 and appeared in its first regional final since a loss to Liggett in 2008.

In this year’s final, the Knights certainly had their chances. They loaded the bases in the first inning but came away with just one run. An otherwise close game the rest of the way eventually went to the regional host.

“We played well,” Noble said. “I think there were just too many missed opportunities.”

But there will be more to come.

Noble said as many as nine guys could return next season, and when asked if this was just the start of something special, he boasted, “I really think it is. There’s such a strong attitude here right now. I can’t help but think things are only going to get better from here on out.”


 

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