St. Clair Shores
Team effort has South Lake in race for second straight division title
May 7, 2013
After sweeping a home doubleheader May 1 against Mount Clemens, the St. Clair Shores South Lake baseball team got back into contention for the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division title.
A league-championship win would be the second in a row for the Cavaliers, which had a record of 5-6, 3-2 MAC Bronze at press time. South Lake sits just a half game behind New Haven (2-1) for the league lead. The Cavs split two games with New Haven earlier this season.
“Our league is always competitive,” South Lake coach Jose Jiminez said. “Basically, every team is similar. We beat Clintondale 9-0, and they came back and beat us 9-0.
“Who wins league games depends on which team plays error-free baseball on a particular day.”
Jiminez said in order for his team to continue to stay in the MAC Bronze race, South Lake must play better defensively and cut down on the mental errors.
Cavs senior Adam Wieske agreed with his coach, adding that he does his best to help younger players become better players.
“Game by game, we need to keep our heads up and our attitudes right,” said Wieske, who Jiminez called a strong hitter. “As soon as we get down, we start making mental mistakes, and we need to cut that out.”
Jiminez said his team has performed well at the plate so far this season, along with displaying a strong work ethic.
The South Lake coach added several players on the 14-player roster are contributing.
“Even though I’ve got a lot of seniors, I still have a lot of guys who are new to the team who are contributing,” he said. “I’ve got freshmen and sophomores playing, and everybody’s doing their part, so far.”
Along with Wieske, Jiminez named Tyler Baatz as one of the Cavs’ leaders, but he continued to make it clear several South Lake players are making solid contributions.
“We’re trying to get as many guys in and out of the lineup as possible to get us ready for the (state) playoffs,” Jiminez said. “That’s one of our goals — to win a district title and a league title.”
“That’d be awesome,” Wieske said of the thought of repeating as MAC Bronze champs. “I’d love it.”
South Lake’s next game is a matchup against Madison Heights Madison, set for 4:30 p.m. May 13 at South Lake.