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Rochester Adams baseball team welcomes Birmingham Seaholm

By: Mike Moore | Rochester Post | Published May 9, 2012

 Pitcher Mike Surinck and the Adams baseball team were 10-10 at press time. The Highlanders face Seaholm May 11 at home.

Pitcher Mike Surinck and the Adams baseball team were 10-10 at press time. The Highlanders face Seaholm May 11 at home.

Photo by Donna Agusti


As good friends, Jeff Hall and Dan Drapal have made it a habit to try and play each other at least once every spring.

For the Rochester Adams and Birmingham Seaholm skippers, their 2012 date is set for May 11.

“They’re always well coached and always have a team that can hit the ball,” said Hall, the Adams coach. “We expect a good game. It’ll be a good test for us.”

“We’ll be ready for a battle,” Drapal said. “I’ve always enjoyed playing Jeff, because he’s always got a good team. We expect the same this year.”

The teams split last year’s doubleheader.

This season’s meeting, set for 4:30 p.m. at Adams, is just a single game.

“Our record doesn’t look very good, but since starting with five losses in an Ohio tournament, we’ve been playing much better,” said Drapal, whose Seaholm squad was 4-11 overall. “The thing that has hurt us is walks and errors, ones coming at a bad time. If we can clean that up, we’ll be competitive against anyone.”

Hall, whose team was 10-10 overall at press time, said he’s still in the process of figuring out exactly what he’s got.

“Being 1-7 in the league, we have no shot at a title, so the key for us is all geared toward preparing for distircts,” he said. “Our record is not indicative of the type of team we have, and I know these guys want to win more than we have. So we have to find a way to go out, throw strikes, make the routine plays and find a way to beat what we think is a good team.”

Drapal, who was set to face Birmingham Brother Rice and Farmington High in the games before Adams, said this could be a big stretch of games for his guys.

“If we give outs away, make mistakes and don’t play our game, it’ll be a rough week,” he said with a laugh. “But if we can do what we’re capable of, play smart baseball and battle, a good game or win (against Adams) could do a lot for our confidence moving forward.”

In other local action:
Rochester High’s softball team is set to host the Falcon Invite at 10 a.m. May 12.

Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest’s baseball and softball teams travel to play at Southfield Christian at 4:30 p.m. May 14.