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2014 BASEBALL TEAM CAPSULES

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2014 BASEBALL TEAM CAPSULES

 

Below are the 2014 baseball team capsules for teams located in the coverage region for www.northoaklandsports.com and The Real Deal Sports Magazine. Profiles compiled by Senior Editor Daniel Stickradt based on surveys emailed to coaches. Email updates, scores and other information to Dan.Stickradt@northoaklandsports.com or Results@northoaklandsports.com. Follow on Twitter @LocalSportsFans or on multiple other social media networks.

 

Auburn Hills Avondale

COACH: Tommy Kurczewski, 14th season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 9-24, 4-14 OAA White Division (seventh).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Lost in D-1 district semifinals to Rochester Adams (13-1).

RETURNING STARTERS: Travis Janes, soph. INF-P-OF; Jacob Adams, sr. INF-P; Ben Beckas, sr. P-3B; Dan Delpup, sr. OF; Chris Andrus, soph. SS-2B-P.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Ethan Warlick, sr. P-OF; Tom Davison, jr. OF-C; Brad Kavka, soph. P-INF.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Brenden Embrey, jr. 2B; Tony Mulka, jr. OF; Kyle Adams, jr. P-C; Jacob Pershern, fr. P-INF; Brandon Wynn, fr. 3B-1B; Adam Mansfield, fr. C-P.

KEY LOSSES: Craig Zimmerman, OF-P; Drew Petty, SS-P; Tim Foley, 1B; Alex Kavka, C; Spenser Smith, INF-P-OF; Erik Koberstein, OF; Mike Kesteloot, P-OF.

NOTABLES: Avondale fell off the map abruptly last season, finishing with only nine wins. There were seven players that saw significant innings that graduated, That may be a good thing, as the Yellowjackets have one of the area’s best sophomores in Janes and a young team with plenty of potential. It should be interesting to see this team grow up fast this season.

 

Auburn Hills Oakland Christian

COACH: Brad Pyke, fifth season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 8-18, 3-11 MIAC Blue Division (sixth).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Lost in D-4 district finals to Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes (13-0).

RETURNING STARTERS: Stuart Sutherland, sr. CF (committed to Kalamazoo College); Kyle Vens-LHP-INF; Jason Schomer, sr. 2B; Collin O’Connor, jr. P-INF; Jack Lee, jr. 1B; Thomas Washington, soph. P-INF.

KEY LOSSES: Collin O’Connor, INF; Chris Golus, 3B; Josh Crane, P-OF; Robby Carson, OF-INF.

NOTABLES: Seven of 12 players return from last year’s rebuilding campaign. The Lancers compete in the loaded MIAC, which has several quality teams and players in both divisions. The experience should be able to keep Oakland Christian competitive as long as the pitching holds up.

 

Clarkston

COACH: Phil Price, 16th season

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 24-6, 11-4 OAA Red Division (tied-first).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Lost in D-1 district semifinals to Oxford (13-1).

KEY RETURNEES: Ryan Rea, sr. P-1B; Alex Peck, sr. INF-P; David Steward, sr. P-INF; Jacob Armstrong, sr. OF; Adam Klebba, sr. INF; Jacob Laporte, sr. INF-OF; Nick Morey, sr. C; Blake Rehahn, sr. OF-INF; Mitch Smith, sr. C-1B; Joe Popp, jr. OF; DJ Zezula, jr. P-OF.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Nate Morris, sr. P-INF (transfer from Oxford; injured last season; signed with Michigan State).

KEY LOSSES: Ryan Slaughter, P-INF; Jordan Fox, OF; Kyle Savoie, OF-INF; Jacob Osbrey, P; Sean Martens, OF; Jacob Berry, OF; Jordan Robak, INF; Wes Sielaff, OF; Eric Tait, INF.

NOTABLES: Clarkston surprised some by sharing the OAA-Red crown with Lake Orion last season, only to collapse in the postseason with a blowout defeat. There are 11 players back that started games a year ago and the Wolves have added one of the state’s top pitching prospects in Nate Morris, who moved over from the Oxford district. Can Clarkston have similar success this season and challenge for championships? There’s enough experience and talent to think the Wolves have the right pieces to entertain those thoughts.

 

Clarkston Everest Collegiate-

Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes Unified

COACH: Marc Smith, first season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: Unavailable.

STATE TOURNAMENT: Def. Kimball Landmark Academy (15-0); def. Auburn Hills Oakland Christian (13-0, district finals); lost to New Lothrup in D-4 regional semifinals (8-5).

RETURNING STARTERS: Steven Scott, sr. P-SS; Spencer Howell, sr. OF-P; Lucas Neme, jr. OF; Adam Goeringer, sr. 1B-P; Vinny Puma, sr. P-1B; Jake Glover, jr. 2B-SS-P; Sal Mastromatteo, sr. OF-INF; Ben Bellestri, jr. P-C-2B.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Bill Mattise, sr. P-3B; Jack Safko, jr. P-OF.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Unavailable.

KEY LOSSES: Colt Moran, 3B-P; Mitch Lasceski, OF-C; Eric Suran, C-OF; Thomas Lannen, OF.

NOTABLES: The WOLL-CEC program is under its third head coach in four seasons and must adapt. The good news is that 10 players that saw significant innings last season are back in uniform from a district championship team. The Lakers should be able to challenge for league title. The cruel reality is that this team has been bumped up to Division 3 and placed in the same district as three-time defending state champion Madison Heights Bishop Foley.

 

Clarkston Springfield Christian

NOTABLES: Due to low enrollment and interest amongst high school students, the Eagles will not field a varsity program this season.

 

Holly

COACH: Benny Jackson, third season (42-21).

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 19-11, 10-6 Flint Metro League (tied-first).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Lost in D-1 district semifinals to Milford (8-7).

RETURNING STARTERS: Joel Perry, sr. P-OF (two-time all-league); Drew Eggleston, sr. P-OF (all-league); Austin Jennigs, sr. OF.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Kaleb Halteman, sr.; Peyton Molzahn, jr.; Chandler Price, sr.; Jackson Garber, sr.; Tom O’Connor, sr.; Chet Wyant, soph.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Adam Tooley, soph.; Craig Richards, sr.; Cam Guzdziol, sr.; Frankie Richmond, jr.; Noah Apfel, jr.

KEY LOSSES: Brent Smiles, 1B (all-league); Justis Kerner, SS; Alec Miller, 2B (all-league); Chris Green, P-OF (all-league); Austin Cavender, OF; Lance Copley, OF; Mason Kerner, OF; Richard Kowalski, OF.

NOTABLES: Holly captured a share of its first league title in 43 years last May, ending the longest drought by any local team. The Bronchos still figure to be good and may even be in the hunt again this season in a wide-open FML title chase. The team must replace nine players that departed by graduation, although the cupboard isn’t bare as Holly counters with two of the top players in the league. If the newcomers fill in the voids and keep this program headed in the right direction after some lean years, then more title could be on the horizon.

 

Lake Orion

COACH: Andy Schramek, 16th season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 32-9, 11-4 OAA Red Division (tied-first).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Def. Waterford Mott (4-1); def. Waterford Kettering (6-0); def. Oxford (6-1, district finals); def. Hartland (4-0); def. Rochester Stoney Creek (10-2, regional finals); lost in D-1 state quarterfinals to Birmingham Brother Rice (7-3).

RETURNING STARTERS: Brad Schaenzer, sr. P-INF; Josh Bays, sr. P-INF; Miles Hardy, jr. OF; Connor Grant, sr. C.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Christian James, sr. OF; Joe Turnball, jr. P-INF; Ken Guldi, jr. INF-P; Dan Hunter, sr. OF-INF; Bay Smart, soph. INF-OF.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Mike Simek, jr. INF; Mike Falter, soph. C-P-OF-INF; Jake Christiansen, soph. OF; Connor Meosta, jr. INF; Cam Weaver, jr. INF; Chase Shelbourne, jr. P; Dan McNarnie, jr. P-INF; Ryan Crue, soph. P.

KEY LOSSES: Nick Deeg, P-OF (All-State Dream Team; Central Michigan); Roman Kuster, C-1B; Nick Vogelmeier, INF; Nolan Page, INF; Ryan Lambrecht, OF-INF; Brandon Clements, OF.

NOTABLES: Lake Orion shared the OAA-Red with Clarkston which was three games up on the third place finisher. In the postseason the Dragons advanced all the way to the D-1 Elite Eight before bowing out to powerhouse Birmingham Brother Rice. The top four hitters all departed, but two Division I-bound college pitchers are back to lead the staff. The Dragons may not hit for a ton of power, but they have not had a losing season since 1998, the year before Schramek took over the program. Fully expect Lake Orion to contend for league and district honors once again and be primed for another postseason run if the pieces all fall into place.

 

Lake Orion Baptist

COACH: Cole Welby, third season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 5-10-1, 2-7-1 Fundamental Baptist Athletic Conference (fourth).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Def. Temperance Stateline Christian (4-3); lost in Michigan Association of Christian Schools state semifinals to Rochester Hills Christian (4-2).

RETURNING STARTERS: Jason Noruk, sr. P-INF-C; Nick Gardner, sr. POF; Mark Dewar, sr. P-SS; Micah Bryson, jr.  2B; Jacob Noruk, jr. C-3B-P; Josh Jenkins, jr. INF-OF-P; Scott Streetman, soph. 2B; Jason Maygar, jr. INF-P.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Daniel Cone, fr. CF-INF; Bryan Dewar, soph. 1B-OF; Luke Strunk, jr. OF.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Ben Gingell, soph. P-1B-INF; Luke Gingell, jr. INF-OF; Josh Bryson, fr. OF; Hunter Krajci, fr. OF; Jon Noruk, fr. OF-INF.

KEY LOSSES: Ben Case, OF, Justin Joiner, sr. OF (not playing); Miacah Bryson, jr. (injured).

NOTABLES: The Lions competed with only one senior in their starting lineup last season and were far from a pushover. With a bulk of its talent back and plenty of experience, Lake Orion Baptist should continue to climb back up after finishing last in the FBAC last season. The conference will have five baseball teams this season, as Clinton Township Faith Christian is bringing back the sport after a six-year hiatus and joins Lake Orion Baptist, Davison Faith Baptist, Rochester Hills Christian and Troy Bethany Christian.

 

 

Ortonville Brandon

COACH: Joel Dohm

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 19-14, 7-8 Flint Metro League (tied-fourth).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Def. Davison (2-10); lost in D-1 district finals to Grand Blanc (4-1).

RETURNING STARTERS: Max Wardell, sr. P-OF; Jake Sutherland, sr. P-INF; Austin Macias, sr. C; Thor Wardell, jr. OF-P; James French, jr. P-OF; Drew Batten, sr. P-INF; Nick Noel, sr. 1B; Jacob Salter, sr. 1B-2B.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Stephen Jones, sr. INF; Matthew Jones, sr. CF; Spencer Hereford, jr. C-P.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Austin Crimmins, jr. OF-INF-P; Dylan Bland, jr. 1B-OF-P; Sean Martens, sr. INF-P.

KEY LOSSES: Jack Hranec, P-1B (all-league; Lincoln Trail C.C.).

NOTABLES: The Blackhawks are loaded with experience, as there are 11 seniors on this team and 11 players that saw varsity action a year ago. A sweep of defending FML champion holly in mid-April has the Blackhawks thinking that they can compete for league and district crowns this season.

 

Oxford

COACH: Jeff Willis, sixth season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 11-17, 7-8 OAA Red Division (fifth).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Def. Clarkston (13-1); lost in D-1 district finals to Lake Orion (4-1).

RETURNING STARTERS: P.J. Piesko, sr. P-OF-1B (signed with Oakland); Travis Shufflin, sr. OF-P-INF; Josh Arndt, sr. C (signed with Wayne State); Jordan Anderson, sr. INF-OF; Jeremy White, sr. OF.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: David Kitchner, sr. INF; Dylan Grubb, jr. INF; James Rogers, jr. P-INF; Scott Stubenrauch, jr. OF; Michael Neff, jr. P.

KEY NEWCOMERS: R.J. Saroli, sr. P; Max Blackburn, jr. C-INF-OF; Nate Olsen, jr. OF; Thomas Claire, jr. INF; Jordan Williams, jr. OF; Brennan Lewis, soph. INF.

KEY LOSSES: Nate Morris, sr. P-INF (transferred to Clarkston; signed with Michigan state); Nate Brubaker, 1B-P; Colin McGreen, CF; Brennan Orr, OF-C; Ryan Kitching, SS-2B; Vinnie Griffith, OF; Tyler Scott, sr. OF (injured, out for season).

NOTABLES: Oxford suffered a blow when top pitching prospect Nate Morris moved over into the Clarkston district, plus another player went down with an injury and cannot play. The Wildcats still have enough talent to compensate with a pair of college-bound players, five returning starters and 10 returnees overall hoping to help the wildcats move above the five-hundred mark.

 

Pontiac

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: Unavailable.

STATE TOURNAMENT: Lost in D-1 pre-district to Troy (1-0).

NOTABLES: The Phoenix have been competitive in baseball the past several years, but when the school, announced last August that it was cutting several sports due to severe budget restrictions and fast-declining enrollment, the baseball team was scrapped. Pontiac actually had the No. 1-rated prospect in Michigan in Dazen Cole on its roster, who moved over to West Bloomfield.

 

Pontiac Academy For Excellence

COACH: Unavailable.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: Unavailable.

STATE TOURNAMENT: Lost in D-3 pre-district to Madison Heights Bishop Foley (15-0).

RETURNING STARTERS: Unavailable.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Unavailable.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Unavailable.

KEY LOSSES: Unavailable.

NOTABLES: Unavailable.

 

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

COACH: Darren Audia, fifth season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 18-16, 10-6 CHSL-AA Division (second).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Def. Bloomfield Hills Lahser (2-1); lost in D-2 district finals to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (3-1).

RETURNING STARTERS: Aiden Cullen, sr. OF (All-State Second Team); Nick Swanson, sr. INF-P; Mike Wayne, sr. INF; Dan Hogan, sr. OF (all-league, all-district);

Will Mullen, jr. P-OF (All-Catholic, all-district); Anthony Gunn, jr. P-OF (all-region, all-league); Luke Shilling, jr. C (all-league, all-district); Cory Czajkowski, soph. INF.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Jacob Conry, sr. INF-C; Jed Shilling, sr. OF; Matt Sollmer, soph. INF; Brian Pieciak, sr. P.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Joe Vyskocil, jr. INF (transfer from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s); Jacob DePillo, jr. INF-P (transfer from Clarkston); Matt Bur, jr. OF (transfer from Clarkston); Matt MacLean, jr. INF (transfer from Bloomfield Hills Lahser); Mark Marrone, jr. P; Max Schwegmann, sr. OF (also All-State sprinter in the 100 meters).

KEY LOSSES: Mike Broderick, SS-P (All-Catholic, all-district); Nick George, INF-P.

NOTABLES: With eight returning starters, four other reserves back, four transfers and two newcomers, one that is also and All-State sprinter in track and field, and the Irish look to be a loaded gun waiting to go off in 2014. Could this team be equipped for a run at a division title and a lengthy stay in the Division 2 postseason? All of the pieces to the puzzle are present.

 

Rochester

COACH: Eric Magiera, sixth season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 14-21, 5-10 OAA Red Division (sixth).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Lost in D-1 pre-district to Romeo (10-5).

RETURNING STARTERS: Max Harper, jr. SS-2B; Jake Stout, jr. P-OF (committed to Toledo); Mike Halsey, jr. LF-P; Andrew Bauer, sr. CF-P (committed to Albion College); Connor Pacella, sr. P-2B.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Mitch Weber, jr. INF-DH; Zach Gordon, jr. INF; Joey Doneth, jr. INF-P; Randy Chuba, sr. INF-P; Tommy Smith, sr. INF-P; Joey Ianetta, sr. U; Wesley Linn, sr. P-INF; Tyler Dukart, sr. C; John Kalil, jr. C-OF.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Ryan Gladstone, fr. C; Tyler Frankhouse, fr.; INF; Anthony Cicala, jr. OF; Kyle Matynka, soph. INF-P.

KEY LOSSES: Matt Beckstrom, 1B-P; Jack Devine, P-INF; Ryan Mahan, OF; John Doroshewitz, OF.

NOTABLES: There are 13 players back, three players that have already committed to various colleges and plenty of depth at each position. The Falcons were a relatively young team each of the past two seasons, but will be one of the more veteran ballclubs in the area this spring. Whether that translates into a winning campaign behind a tough schedule remains to be seen.

 

Rochester Adams

COACH: Jeff Hall, fourth season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 16-18, 8-7 OAA Red Division (tied-third).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Def. Auburn Hills Avondale (13-1); def. Troy (5-2, district finals); lost in D-1 regional semifinals to Rochester Stoney Creek (6-5).

RETURNING STARTERS: Jordan Wiley, jr. SS; Derek Willis, sr. OF; Andrew Lamkin, sr. OF-P; Sam Gugel, jr. INF-P; Joey Prechtel, soph. P-3B-OF.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Several newcomers.

KEY LOSSES: Ben Hart, 3B (Oakland); C.J. Borglin, LF-P; Mike Surnick, 2B-P; Jack Twitty, RF.

NOTABLES: Don’t let the two games under .500 fool you, as Adams still tied for third in the loaded OAA Red Division and won a district trophy last season. There are only five players that saw significant innings on the field back from last year and the top six hitters all graduated. But if Adams has proved anything over the past 20-plus years, there’s rarely a rebuilding season. The Highlanders usually reload.

 

Rochester Stoney Creek

COACH: Clint Rodger, 12th season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 21-15, 8-7 OAA Red Division (tied-third)

STATE TOURNAMENT: Def. Romeo (5-1); def. Utica Eisenhower (11-5, district finals); def. Rochester Adams (6-5); lost in D-1 regional finals to Lake Orion (10-2).

RETURNING STARTERS: Joe Cox, sr. P-INF-OF; Eric Gilgenbach, jr. P-OF; Noah Beck, sr. SS-2B; Justin Alor, sr. 1B; Nick Rangos, sr. C; Josh Niederhauser, jr. SS;

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Adam Yax, sr. 1B; Scott Reader, jr. CF; Steven Hostinsky, sr. P.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Joe Hamrick, jr. P; Brett Pokely, soph. INF.

KEY LOSSES: Jake Kruk, OF; Kyle Schweiger, OF-P (Grand Rapids CC); Kyle Walsh, P; Dane Hathaway, OF-P; Josh Hazelton, OF.

NOTABLES: Stoney Creek has won back-to-back districts and advanced further in the state tournament last season than any other team in Stoney Creek’s history, reaching the Sweet 16 (regional finals). With a pair of wins over defending league champion Lake Orin, the same team that knocked out the Cougars in the postseason a year ago, there’s every reason to believe that Stoney Creek will contend for championships this season.

Rochester Hills Christian

COACH: Jon Armitage, third season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 12-6-1, 6-4 Fundamental Baptist Athletic Conference (tied-first).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Def. Lake Orion Baptist (4-2); lost in Michigan Association of Christian Schools state finals to Davison Faith Baptist (3-0).

RETURNING STARTERS: Brandon Rodriguez, sr. P-INF (all-league); Misael Hernandez, sr. INF-P (all-league); Brandon Tuttle, jr. INF; Jesse Montgomery, sr. INF-OF; Michael Migilore, sr. OF.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Unavailable.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Unavailable.

KEY LOSSES: Jon Armitage, OF-P-C.

NOTABLES: After struggling for many years, the Eagles made an abrupt turnaround the past three years. Now with a team loaded with seniors, many who have been on the varsity since they were freshmen, and RHC might field its best team in decades.

 

Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest

COACH: Steve Flores, first season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: Overall record unavailable, 6-8 MIAC Blue Division (fourth).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Def. New Haven (5-1); def. Mt Clemons (1-0); lost in D-3 district finals to Madison Heights Bishop Foley (10-0).

RETURNING STARTERS: Nick Grunewald, jr. SS-P; Alex Hammett, sr. P (all-league);

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Unavailable.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Unavailable.

KEY LOSSES: Justin Novack, P-INF-OF (All-State Second Team); Matthew Mischley, sr. INF-P; Josh Morrison, OF; Ian Wellhousen, P-OF; Evan Carter, OF.

NOTABLES: Flores is the third head coach in four seasons and inherits a roster of only three returning starters.

 

Troy

COACH: Tim Mullen, second season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 20-10, 13-5 OAA Blue Division (tied-first).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Def. Pontiac (1-0); def. Troy Athens (13-5); lost in D-1 district finals to Rochester Adams (5-2).

RETURNING STARTERS: Alex Marshall, sr. OF (all-league); John Hunter, sr. SS-P-3B (all-league); Nick Panella, sr. 3B-P (4-0 on mound last season); Drew Majewski, sr. OF-P (1.000 fielding percentage); Erik Papandrea, jr. SS.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Josh DuBay, sr. 2B-P; Blak Belgeri, sr. P; Corey Klindt, sr. P-OF; Jake Parrett, senior, 2B, P, OF.

KEY NEWCOMERS: David Huang, jr. P-OF; Colin MacKillop, jr. C; Joe Schweitzer, soph. 1B-P; Derek Daschke, soph. 2B-SS-1B.

KEY LOSSES: Michael Thomas, P-SS-2B; Justin Losey, OF; Drew Braun, 1B; Tommy O’Donovan, C-3B; Mitch Weigand, C-2B; Paul Johnson, sr. 1B (opted not to return).

NOTABLES: After a rough season two years ago, Troy turned the corner last season, won 20 ballgames, shared a league title and reached the district finals in Mullen’s first season. There are nine holdovers, including five starters, returning to the diamond to help the Colts retain their position as one of the top teams in the OAA-Blue.

 

Troy Athens

COACH: Mike Morris, 10th season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 12-14, 9-9 OAA Blue Division (fifth).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Lost n D-1 district semifinals to Troy (13-5).

RETURNING STARTERS: Logan Priebe, sr. 3B-OF (Albion College);

Grant Sweeney, sr. P-SS; Brian Dombrowski, sr. 3B-C; John VanHoef, jr. P-1B (all-league, all-district); Nieko Murphy, jr. OF.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Brendan Generu, soph. OF; Louis Kassak, soph. INF.

KEY LOSSES: Ian Harrison, C (Hope College); Justin Durant, OF-3B; Cory Faw, OF;

NOTABLES: Fielding a really young team each of the past two seasons, the Red Hawks figure to be much improved this season with several second- and third-year varsity athletes.

 

Troy Bethany Christian

COACH: Evan Dawley, second season.

LAST SEASON’S RECORD: 19-6, 6-4 Fundamental Baptist Athletic Conference (tied-first).

STATE TOURNAMENT: Lost in Michigan Association of Christian Schools state semifinals to Davison Faith Baptist (12-5).

RETURNING STARTERS: Jacob King, soph. C-P-INF; Matt Walraven, soph. C-P-INF; Devin Goff, sr. OF-INF.

OTHER KEY RETURNEES: Unavailable.

KEY NEWCOMERS: Unavailable.

KEY LOSSES: Noah Francis, P-INF (League MVP); Ryan Woodham, P-INF (all-league); Bret Hayhurst, OF; Landon Donovan, OF-P; Isaiah Drapinski, OF.

NOTABLES: Five straight trips to the MACS Final Four, including the 2011 state championship, has helped the Bruins re-establish itself as a small-school power. Bethany Christian graduated five starters from last year’s team, including its top two pitchers. But the cupboard isn’t bare with a deep well of sophomores that are waiting to take over the limelight.

 

Above are the 2014 baseball team capsules for teams located in the coverage region for www.northoaklandsports.com and The Real Deal Sports Magazine. Profiles compiled by Senior Editor Daniel Stickradt based on surveys emailed to coaches. Email updates, scores and other information to Dan.Stickradt@northoaklandsports.com or Results@northoaklandsports.com. Follow on Twitter @LocalSportsFans or on multiple other social media networks.

 

 

 

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