Seaholm baseball wraps up OAA White title

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published May 14, 2019

 Birmingham Seaholm’s Johnny Vecchino makes contact with the ball May 8 at West Bloomfield High. At press time, the Maples were 21-2 overall and 9-0 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

Birmingham Seaholm’s Johnny Vecchino makes contact with the ball May 8 at West Bloomfield High. At press time, the Maples were 21-2 overall and 9-0 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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BIRMINGHAM — When asked what’s been clicking the most for his team, Birmingham Seaholm baseball coach John Toth said “everything.”

At press time, his Maples were 21-2 and won the Oakland Activities Association White Division with a 9-0 league record after a 10-0 victory over West Bloomfield High May 8.

“It starts with our pitching,” Toth said. “We’ve got five guys right now with ERAs 2.5 or below. Then we’re hitting, putting up over 7 runs a game. So everything is going the right way. The kids are playing great and doing everything right.”

The Maples have won 17 games in a row, and have done so on the backs of numerous players.

Pitcher Nick King has thrown 42 innings and has let up less than 1 run per game. He’s 6-1 overall.

The Maples have six hitters with double-digit RBIs and six hitters with an on-base plus slugging percentage over 1. In 21 games played, Johnny Vecchino boasts a 1.097 OPS. Alex Oancea leads the team with 24 RBIs.

Paul Durocher missed his entire junior season due to Tommy John surgery. After sitting out the first two games of this season, he’s gone on to hit .455 with 14 RBIs and a .527 slugging percentage.

Toth thought he had a good team going into the season, but this is beyond anything he could have imagined.

“Even if you think you have a state-contending team, 21-2 is pretty crazy,” Toth said. “In 23 games, even a good team can stumble five or six times. I thought we would be good, but this is special.”

With all of the winning, it might be easy for the Maples to get complacent and fade away from the focused play that’s gotten them to where they are today. Toth — who described the team as “silly” during a recent practice — brought that to the attention of team captain Lucas Simmons.

Simmons responded to a text from the coach with a message of assurance. He would talk to the guys and make sure the team is focused from here on out.

“After being in the program for four years, I think we have a really good understanding of what needs to be done every day and how to come out and play,” Simmons said.

With the league wrapped up, the Maples are now shifting their attention to the postseason.

Toth said he doesn’t want his team to overlook any of the upcoming playoff competition. The coach said he just wants more of the same solid play he’s seen from his team.

Both Simmons and Toth think the team has what it takes to win districts and possibly more.

“I think the sky’s the limit,” Simmons said. “I’d love to make a deep run in the state tournament. I think we have the guys, we have the arms and we have the talent. I think we can make a good run.”

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