Prime-time preps: L’Anse Creuse vs. Romeo

Game of the week: Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse battles defending MAC White champ Romeo, 4 p.m. April 18 at L’Anse Creuse

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published April 12, 2012

 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse junior second baseman Bryton Rohde leaps in the air to snag a ball during an early season game.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse junior second baseman Bryton Rohde leaps in the air to snag a ball during an early season game.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse baseball coach Bob Walmsley knows it’s still early in the season, but he said a win against defending Macomb Area Conference White Division champion Romeo could do a lot of positive things for his team.

“If you get one win, momentum can start to build, and you can start to roll as a team,” said Walmsley, whose team was 9-1 overall at press time.

“I think it’s important to get off to a quick start and try to keep that up. Just like in any other sport, momentum can be huge.”

The Lancers hit the field for the first of two meetings with the Bulldogs (4-2 at press time and second in the MAC White) at 4 p.m. April 18 at L’Anse Creuse.

Romeo coach T.J. Delamielleure sees this contest as being just as important as Walmsley does.

“Any league game you can get victories in means a lot,” Delamielleure said.

“Yes, it is just one game, however, we only play 10 league games, and all of them are equally as important to win.”

Walmsley hopes his team can sustain its hot start. The Lancers are already on pace to best the 19 wins they recorded in 2011.

The L’Anse Creuse coach attributed the early season success to his group of eight seniors, who have stepped up to lead the way.

“They all play for each other,” Walmsley said. “They don’t worry about individual statistics or anything like that. All they care about is getting (wins), and it’s showing on the field.”

Both coaches say pitching and defense will decide this matchup.

Delamielleure recognizes that L’Anse Creuse is a well-coached team that looks to put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses, and you have to prepare for that if you want to compete.

Walmsley said pitching and defense would not only be key in this game, but for the remainder of the season if the Lancers want to keep winning.

“Hitting is always going to come and go,” he said, “but pitching and defense are always going to have to be there for us. If we can stay consistent in those two areas, we’ll have a shot to do some good things.”

In other local action:

Clintondale High’s baseball team squares off against Mount Clemens at 4:30 p.m. April 18 at Clintondale.

Macomb Lutheran North’s baseball squad is on the road for an 11 a.m. first pitch April 21 at Allen Park Cabrini High.