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April 9, 2013

Cousino looks to break through after five straight second-place finishes in league play

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Warren Cousino baseball team is out for a division title after finishing second in league play the last five years. Pictured is Patriots sophomore Joey Maleszyk, right, during an April 3 game against Auburn Hills Avondale.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Warren Cousino baseball team has finished second in league play for five straight seasons.

So what do the Patriots need to do to win their first division title in more than a decade?

“We have to pay attention to the little things,” said Cousino coach Justin Newcomb, in his sixth year with the program. “There’s always one thing that happens that takes us out of it. We have to work on finishing things off and getting the job done.”

Patriots senior catcher Jason Lux said continuing to work hard is the key to capturing a league title. He added finding ways to win the close games is vital, as well.

Newcomb said he expects Lux and senior catcher Ben Barone to serve as leaders. Newcomb added that starting pitching would be key to the Patriots’ fortunes.

“When our pitchers are on, I think there are a lot of teams that would have trouble with us,” Lux said.

Cousino, members of the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, sat at 3-0 at presst time. The Patriots went 12-15, 7-3 MAC Gold, in 2012.

“We know we have the pieces to (win a division title). We just need to take care of the little things — keeping errors down, having solid at-bats,” Newcomb said. “These are all things we can tighten up.”

Newcomb expects the MAC Gold to be a hard-fought division. Marine City has won the last two league titles, and St. Clair Shores Lakeview moves into the Gold after winning two straight MAC Silver titles. Also in the Gold are Warren Woods Tower, Fraser and Madison Heights Lamphere.

“It’d really help the school out and give the team a lift going into districts,” Patriots junior shortstop/pitcher Sean Petroski said. “That’s what we strive for.”

Cousino’s next matchup is against Sterling Heights Stevenson. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. April 10 at Cousino.

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