Hitters’ sights set on district championship

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves are looking to win district crowns this Saturday as Clarkston Varsity Baseball and Clarkston Varsity Softball teams head to Oxford.
The competition is familiar to the Wolves as they have seen the other teams vying for the championship as well.
“It will be competitive,” said Don Peters, head coach for softball. “Lake Orion and Waterford Kettering are very good. It will be a challenging district – just like last year. We are going to work really hard on the fundamentals and focus so we can play at our highest level for the districts.”
The softball team won both games in their double header against Stoney Creek, 7-3 and 20-8, May 21.
The Wolves won the first game, 7-3, with Sierra Kersten leading with one triple and one home run with three RBIs. Olivia Warrington had 14 strikouts.
Hannah Cady had four hits in the 20-8 win and had two doubles, one triple and one home run with a total of nine RBIs in the game.
Clarkston plays Waterford Kettering in the MHSAA Softball District 28 semifinals at 12 p.m. The winner moves on to the championship game at 2 p.m.
The boys begin their district semifinal game at the same time just a few feet to the east as they go against Oxford. The winner moves on to the championship game at 2 p.m.
“The districts are wide open this year,” said Jake Arendsen, head coach for baseball. “It’s really going to be who comes and plays the best two games on Saturday.”
He added records from the regular season doesn’t define the teams as they go into playoffs.
“You can put all the season stats to the side and see who is going to play the best games,” Arendsen said. “It’s open to anyone and our boys realize that. They understand we have been in a lot of close games, and we have done a nice job competing. I don’t think our boys are fully defined by our record or our season stats.”
He added they started the season with two big injuries causing Brock Henley and Seth Bacon to be out for some time.
“Our pitching is settling and coming to form,” Arendsen said. “Our boys are ready and eager. I know they will be prepared.”
The boys split their double header against West Bloomfield on May 20.
They lost the first game 7-5 and won the second game with a 11-0 mercy with Caleb Danielson pitching on the mound.
“It is going to be competitive,” Arendsen said before the game.
They also split their double header against Farmington last Thursday with a 8-7 win and a 5-4 loss.
The Wolves finished their postponed OAA Red league game over Rochester Adams with a 6-4 win on Friday to finish .500 in league play.
They opened the week with a double header against Fenton on Tuesday as part of their preparation for the MHSAA Baseball District playoffs at Oxford High School, 745 North Oxford Road.