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April 15, 2013

Warren Woods Tower baseball eyes division, district titles

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Warren Woods Tower baseball team scored 66 runs in seven games at press time. Pictured is Titans junior utility player Dylan Hazelton April 2 against Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse in the Macomb County Spring Break Tournament.

WARREN — Warren Woods Tower baseball coach Leo Kondziolka said this year’s team has as good a shot as any to bring the team its first division title in more than a decade.

“My seniors talked a lot at the beginning of the year about placing this year’s team on our championship banner,” said Kondziolka, in his eighth year with the Titans. “They and I know we are capable. We just need to play the games, at this point.”

Kondziolka said he and his four seniors — outfielder Daniel Newton, infielder Tyler Mascarin, utility player Colin Trax and pitcher/first baseman Michael Drake — set the goal of winning a Macomb area Conference Gold and a Division 1 district title this season. A division crown would mark the best finish for Tower since it finished second in the Gold in 2007.

Those four seniors, according to Kondziolka, are the biggest reason the Titans sat at 4-2-1 at press time; Tower also had an 8-8 tie with Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse April 2 in the Macomb County Spring Break Tournament.

Divisional play began April 15. The Titans’ next game is a matchup with Madison Heights Lamphere, set for 4:30 p.m. April 17 at Lamphere.

“This year, we have four seniors who have all started the year off as leaders, and it has shown so far in our attitude on the field and in the dugout,” Kondziolka said. “I think if we can continue to follow their lead, we will continue our early success.”

Other Tower players expected to contribute, according to Kondziolka, are sophomore catcher Travis Terrien and junior outfielder/pitcher Nathan Moloci.

Kondziolka said the Gold is always a tough league. Marine City went 10-0 in league play to win the division last year. The Titans finished 4-6 (15-19 overall).

“I think we have as good a shot as anyone to win the division,” Kondziolka said. “I think too, though, that the winner of this division is going to have a few losses. It’s going to be a tough division to win, but I think we are capable.”

In order to accomplish that goal, Kondziolka said, Tower would need to improve its communication on defense.

Kondziolka said he sees the team shining at the plate this season.

“I see our strength being our (offense). I believe this team has the potential to put up a lot of runs,” he said. “So far this year, we have scored 66 runs in seven games. Hopefully, this trend continues.”

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