Spring break trip sparks St. Mary’s baseball

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published May 24, 2019

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DETROIT –– Spring break is usually a time for high school kids to leave the state, get some sun and enjoy time with friends.

For Orchard Lake St. Mary’s baseball, it was a time to reflect, bond and figure some things out. The Eaglets took a trip to Ohio to play some of the state’s best and had an 8-9 record going in.

But something clicked for St. Mary’s during its time away. During the three-day trip in late April, the Eaglets went 3-0-1 and held opponents to just two combined runs.

“We went down to Toledo and Cleveland, and the guys bonded a little bit,” coach Matt Petry said. “We kind of challenged our leaders, guys that have been around for a while, and it’s just like, ‘Hey, we’re a lot better than this. We know the type of talent we have.’”

Since returning from Ohio, St. Mary’s has been on cruise control. The Eaglets haven’t lost a game and have improved their record to 24-9-2, at press time.

The latest win came against Novi Detroit Catholic Central in the Catholic High School League A-B Division title game May 24 at Comerica Park. Alex Mooney hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning to secure the victory. Logan Wood tossed 8 ⅔ innings with 15 strikeouts for the Eaglets.

“We’ve been talking about this since day one. Practice like you’re second, play like you’re first,” Mooney said. “When we’re in practice, we’re practicing like someone’s going to beat us, but when we’re out there, we got that swagger that no one’s going to beat us and we’re the best team out there.”

After claiming the CHSL regular season title and A-B Division title, two of the Eaglets’ three goals have been completed. The next goal? Winning a Division 2 state championship.

Last season, St. Mary’s fell in the D-2 semifinals 1-0 in 10 innings to eventual champion Stevensville Lakeshore.

The Eaglets will begin their quest for a state title at 10 a.m. June 1 against Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. The winner of that game will take on either Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day or Prep in the district final at 2 p.m.

“They’re very hungry,” Petry said. “With a good core of 14 or 15 guys returning from last year’s team that was close in the semifinal, going 10 innings with the defending champs, losing that one, I think there’s some more unfinished business.”

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