Warren Mott baseball playing at a high level

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published May 3, 2019

 Warren Mott senior catcher Jake Dube looks to make a play at the plate April 28 against Berkley High. At press time, the Marauders had allowed just 36 runs in 14 games.

Warren Mott senior catcher Jake Dube looks to make a play at the plate April 28 against Berkley High. At press time, the Marauders had allowed just 36 runs in 14 games.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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WARREN — Warren Mott baseball coach Shawn Maloney said his team has performed well in every phase of the game so far this season.

“We’re fielding at a very high level,” said Maloney, who picked up his 300th coaching win earlier this season. “The pitching has been strong and our hitting has been unreal.”

The Marauders — 12-2 overall and 6-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division at press time — are averaging 9 runs per game. Maloney said hitters all through the batting order have contributed.

The Mott coach said there are no easy outs in the team’s lineup.

“So it’s very tough for an opposing pitching staff to try to get us out,” Maloney said. “You may have a few good innings against us, but we will usually wear a team out through the course of a seven-inning game.”

Maloney touted the play of seniors Jake Dube and Nolan Mandel, who both have averages better than .500. Four other players — senior Max McLennan, junior Brandon O’Connor, sophomore Logan Ramsey and freshman Braden Abbott — are all hitting at least .400.

Mandel has signed to play at Chicago’s Robert Morris University, and Dube is getting looks from a number of colleges.

“These guys are aggressive and are driving the ball,” Maloney said. “If one has a bad day, someone always picks up the slack.”

On the other side, Mott has surrendered just 36 runs in 14 games. Mandel has emerged as the team’s ace and didn’t surrender an earned run until April 28. It helps the team returned its entire pitching staff from last season, including Justin Cloven, Nick Chimenti and Brendan Moine.

Maloney said the entire rotation has performed well. The defense behind them has been solid too, he said. Mott has made just 17 errors and has a .950 fielding percentage.

The play of the Marauders has the team in line to reach its goals. Mott is after MAC Gold and Division 1 district titles. The Marauders are all alone in first place in the division.

The team’s last division title came in 2009.

“(Winning a division title) would be great for the boys,” Maloney said. “In the past decade, we had some solid teams but always were just short.  Like last year, we were second place to top-ranked St. Clair (High, which in the MAC Blue this season). Any other league, we might’ve been on top.

“Our boys came into this season focused on competing for a league championship and advancing in the state tournament. They are hungry. There is still a lot of work to do, so hopefully we can continue to play at a high level.”

Mott’s next game is against Marine City High at 4 p.m. May 8 on the road.

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