Shores baseball, softball coaches reflect on season

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 8, 2018

 St. Clair Shores Lake Shore freshman pitcher Emma Herbon winds up in a June 1 district playoff game. The Shorians fell one win short of a third district title in five years.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore freshman pitcher Emma Herbon winds up in a June 1 district playoff game. The Shorians fell one win short of a third district title in five years.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore softball team fell one win short of a third Division 1 district title in five years, but coach Will Puvalowski is proud of the effort his team showed over the course of the season.

The Shorians fell 6-1 to Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse in a June 1 district final to end the season at 7-18 overall.

“I’m proud of the girls,” Puvalowski said. “We gave L’Anse Creuse a really good game. They got two big hits from two really good players. We fought, though. I think our program is in good shape.”

The Shorians lose four players to graduation: outfielders Elizabeth Gatto, Alyssa Agosto and Caitlyn Colley, and infielder Jackie Miller.

Agosto drove in the team’s lone run in the district final.

The team has 11 players eligible to return, including freshman pitcher Emma Herbon, who started the district final.

“(Herbon) has some good stuff. She’s going to be really good,” Puvalowski said. “And it’ll help all the girls coming back to have played in a big game like this. We’ll be OK.”


Lakeview baseball suffers loss in district final
The St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball team became very familiar with Fraser High this season.

As members of the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, the teams met three times in the regular season, with Fraser taking all three matchups.

The fourth battle took place in a June 1 D-1 district final and proved to be the tightest of the bunch, with the Ramblers topping the Huskies 2-1 to win a district championship.

Lakeview ended the season at 12-21.

“We expected a battle today. We knew what they had. … Proud of my guys,” Huskies coach Scott McGregor said. “It’s a great team over there.”

Lakeview had just four seniors on its roster: utility players Justin Brasfield and James Heck, and outfielders Kyle Kosal and Patrick Canestrelli.

McGregor said he had a young team that hadn’t previously played much together.

“So it took us a long time to get going, get the Ws,” McGregor said. “We started off the season really slowly. … They’ve come together as a team. They were cheering each other on. They did the right things. I expect great things out of them next year too. I appreciate what our seniors did.”

 Sports Writer Mark Vest contributed to this report

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