Tough 2011 season is sure to shape stronger showing in 2012 for Lake Shore

By: Mike Moore | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 7, 2011

 
Lake Shore pitcher Kevin Malone is pictured during a May 27 game against Lakeview. 
The Shorians wrapped up the 2011 season 9-13 overall.

Lake Shore pitcher Kevin Malone is pictured during a May 27 game against Lakeview. The Shorians wrapped up the 2011 season 9-13 overall.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — There were a couple of different ways Chris Kuppe could have looked at the 2011 baseball season.

It was one in which a streak of five consecutive division titles ended.

It was, as he said, one that was a struggle for him and his guys for reasons he really couldn’t explain.

It’s also going to serve as a building block for the future.

“We’re going to take some of the positives we had this year and transfer that to what we expect to be a much better 2012 season,” the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore baseball coach said following a 10-1 loss to Grosse Pointe South in a Division 1 pre-district May 31. “The best thing we can do is look at it for what it was and get better from it.”

The Shorians ended the season 9-13 overall, 4-5 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

The main solace Kuppe said he’ll take moving forward was the number of younger guys who got called up to varsity, gained much-needed experience and will be back with the team next year.

“We had eight seniors and six juniors back on a team that won 22 games last year, so the end result was tough,” Kuppe said. “At the same time, we called up some talented sophomores and freshmen as the season wound on. That’s only going to help us next year. Those guys got to see what varsity is all about.”

After so much winning the past six seasons, Kuppe said he’s anticipating a return to that in 2012.

“We’re going to get back on the winning track we’ve come to expect around here,” he added. “Maybe the mentality needs to change a bit and we have to prepare better, but we’re going to work this offseason and we’re going to be ready to go next spring.”
Lake Shore’s softball team won its opener against Grosse Pointe South 7-1 and played again after press time.

South Lake’s and Lakeview’s teams drew opening-round byes and played after press time.

In other local action:
St. Clair Shores Lakeview had a shot at clinching its first MAC division title in 14 years May 31 against Sterling Heights High, but fell 9-7.

The Huskies got a second chance at the Silver title when they faced Clawson High in a game played after press time.
 

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