Rochester HillsApril 24, 2013
Adams softball team picking up where it left off in 2012
By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer
ROCHESTER HILLS — It took the 2012 Rochester Adams softball team more than a month of the regular season, 14 games to be exact, to earn its second win.
It took the 2013 team one trip outside.
“We’re ahead of last year’s pace,” coach Fran Scislowicz said with a laugh. “Way ahead.”
After a series of games canceled and practices forced indoors, the Highlanders first time outside was April 15 for a doubleheader at Berkley High.
The girls hardly showed a bit of rust, dominating the twin billing with a 14-1 victory followed by a 12-2 win.
“We hit the ball real well and got some good pitching,” Scislowicz said. “With all the experience we have back, we felt like, once we got outside, we’d be good to go.”
While he wouldn’t call it momentum carrying over from the end of last year, this team certainly picked up right where the other left off.
Following the 1-12 start to the 2012 spring, Adams went on a 19-7 stretch to end the campaign, eventually falling in a Division 1 district final to Troy Athens.
That team, loaded with youth, returned nine when this spring’s camp broke.
Experience suddenly was an advantage, and skill was amplified.
“It was a matter of figuring things out, and we did that as the season went on,” Scislowicz said. “At the same time, we had girls that played 50-60 games last summer, then worked out all winter. So when we came into the season, we did so a little more prepared and knowing what to expect.”
At press time, following a 15-1 victory against West Bloomfield High on April 17, Adams was 3-0 overall.
“The goal coming in, was to improve on last year,” Scislowicz explained. “I think with the skill and experience we have back, this could be a very good year.”
Of the team’s 19 losses in 2012, Scislowicz said six were by one or two runs, and all six were given away in the sixth inning or later.
“That was all a lack of experience,” he said. “You had a young team that didn’t know how to close out games. Now, we’re a little bit older with some veteran leaders, and you can kind of see that swagger.”
While some coaches have been left with headaches thanks to the weather, Scislowicz actually credited it to his team’s quick start.
“To be honest, I liked being inside for about a month,” he said. “I think it taught us some things and prepared us for some adversity. They know everything won’t be perfect, and I think we can use that to our advantage. … This is a team that feels like it can win more than 20 games, and should be in the hunt in the (Oakland Activities Association) White Division. We’ve got a good mix of talent and leadership and experience right now. If we can stay healthy, and catch a few breaks, I’m really looking forward to the potential this team has.”