Lake Michigan Catholic, Lakeshore competing in MHSAA semifinals
Last season, the Lakeshore baseball team made a fantastic run through the division two playoff winning the program's first state title in 27 years.
So, naturally they want to do it again.
Senior Connor Brawley said,"It gives us confidence but everybody is going to give us their best shot and that's what we want. As a competitor, that's all you can ask for."
But the road to a repeat hasn't been easy, Lakeshore had to beat No.1 ranked Edwardsburg to get into the state quarterfinals, and Thursday they have to get through 4th-ranked Orchard Lake St. Mary's.
"We knew that every game we're going to have a target on our back because we're defending state champions. We just know that kids want rings and we want rings more than they do, so that's what it comes down to," said senior Sean Branch.
The Lancers play at 9:00 am in East Lansing on Thursday, June 14.
While the Lancers are looking for a repeat, the Lake Michigan Catholic Lakers are in relatively unfamiliar territory.
Head Coach Dale Beeney said, "I mean this is their third year together to start as the core group and they're 81-14 right now. I think there is just a little fire in the gut. We should've been here last year, they know it, I know it and that fire is lit in them right now and they don't want it to end."
Last year LMC fell in the quarterfinals by a single run, and they are letting that loss fuel their postseason run this year.
Senior catcher Jake Kissane added,"The three losses we had this year and the loss we had in quarterfinals last year, we came out in the quarterfinals this year and we wanted revenge. We knew that we wanted to win that game because we want to do something that nobody else in LMC history has done."
The Lakers are playing in the semifinals for only the second time in school history, while LMC has never won a state title.
"It's something we've been waiting for all of high school. I mean freshman year we had a chance, sophomore year we had a chance, junior year we did, and this year we finally did it and we're not done yet," said senior Kyle Juza.
They play Unionville-Sebewaing in the Division 4 semifinal at 11:30am on Friday, June 15 in East Lansing.