Recent surge sees Farmington baseball eclipse last year’s win total

By: Mike Moore | Farmington Press | Published May 12, 2015

 Collin Finn delivers a pitch for the Falcons. After winning 13 games all of last season, Farmington was 14-12 at press time.

Collin Finn delivers a pitch for the Falcons. After winning 13 games all of last season, Farmington was 14-12 at press time.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FARMINGTON — The eye test told him things were getting better.


The recent stretch solidified it.

As the weather warms and the pressure mounts down the stretch of the 2015 high school baseball season, Pete Finn has found himself working with a Farmington High team seriously finding its stride.


Healthy, a bit more experienced, even more confident, the Falcons have taken a somewhat average start to the season and exploded for five wins in their past seven games, at press time.


A year ago, this was a team that finished 13-23.


Following a one-run loss to West Bloomfield High on May 6, the Falcons were 14-12.


“I think we’re a little more talented, and guys who are juniors and seniors have been through this,” Finn said when asked what’s been different this year. “We have three seniors with 11 combined varsity years of experience. They are leading the charge.”


“We started a little rough, but kids are coming around,” said senior Ravi Mahanti. “We have some younger guys, and we knew it would take some time. But guys are getting acclimated, they’re competing for spots, and it’s making the whole team better.”


It did take some time.


Farmington was just 9-10 before starting to gain some traction over the past few weeks.


It’s hardly a surprise, though.


“We’ve gotten healthy,” Finn said, noting a couple of guys who missed a decent stretch of time. “But while some key guys were out, we have seven different sophomores see a lot of time. Now, most of those guys have 25 games under their belt, and we’re able to compete with a full roster again. That makes a big difference.”


“The defense has really come around,” Finn continued. “Earlier, we couldn’t hold runners on or prevent steals. At the same time, we’ve gotten better pitching. Guys are mixing their pitches well, and the offense has exploded lately.”


“The bats have woken up,” four-year varsity vet Nick Campbell said of the offense.


In its home tournament a couple weekends ago, the Falcons scored more than 30 runs in three games. The team also scored nine runs in a game against West Bloomfield, chasing the Lakers’ ace.


“When we hit like we can, we feel we can beat anyone,” Campbell added.


The key now is keeping the momentum going.


Farmington still has some key games remaining in the regular season and then dives into the North Farmington district with the host team, Harrison and Livonia Stevenson.


“We’ve played very well at times, and at other times, we’ve looked very young,” Finn said with a laugh. “But I like where we’re headed. I think the offense comes and goes, but the greatest area of improvement for us lately has been on defense and on the mound.”


“I think the confidence this group has is a big deal (moving forward),” Campbell added. “Of other teams I’ve been on, I think a slow start would have really hurt the whole season. This group has stuck with it and figured things out.”


“I know this: I like this team a lot more when you compare us now to where we were 2 1/2 months ago. I like the direction we’re headed in,” Finn said.

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