Published April 10, 2013
L’Anse Creuse baseball team eyes titles
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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse baseball coach Bob Walmsley said this year’s team is chasing the same things previous teams strived for.
“We want to win (the Macomb Area Conference White Division). We want to win a district title and a regional title,” said Walmsley, whose team had a mark of 0-1 at press time. The Lancers at press time were playing in the 2013 Macomb County Spring Break Tournament.
The Lancers, which went 26-12, 6-4 MAC White (third place), return 12 players from a Division 1 district championship squad. L’Anse Creuse fields a team of 17, including nine seniors. L’Anse Creuse last won a league title in 2005 as members of the MAC Blue.
Walmsley said he expects his three senior captains — pitcher/shortstop/third baseman Lucas Lanzon, pitcher Reed Banner and pitcher/outfielder Austin Orts — to lead the Lancers.
“We need all three of those guys to play well this year,” Walmsley said.
The L’Anse Creuse coach said he’s cautiously optimistic about his team’s hitting, adding he expects the Lancers to perform well at the plate. Walmsley said the team is filling a lot of holes in the field, so the L’Anse Creuse defense is a little rough to start the season.
“I think we’ll hit the ball decently this year,” Walmsley said. “And I expect the defense to come around. Our center fielder (junior Andrew Courtemanche) is pretty good. He’s usually a guy you can count on to catch the ball, so we’re thinking the defense will be pretty good by the end of the year.”
Walmsley is expecting good things from his team this year. He said winning a regional title would be a great accomplishment for the program.
“Then, after that point, we’ll see what happens,” Walmsley said. “But if we’re able to accomplish that, we’ll be very happy.”
The Lancers next hit the diamond for a matchup against Macomb L’Anse Creuse North. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. April 10 at L’Anse Creuse.
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