BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Hitters posted their first set of wins as they opened the season last week.
“A lot of kids did a lot of good things,” said Phil Price, head coach for Clarkston Varsity Baseball.
The Wolves opened the season with a double header win over Everest Collegiate at home on April 12 with scores 16-6 and 9-0.
Highlights from the night included Mason Kolean pitching five shutout innings during the second game.
“He did a really good job,” Price said. “Both games we had multiple players get multiple hits. Joe Kuczmanski, Ryan Barber, Seth Bacon and Dylan Perry all had really good days. It was a good day all around.”
He added the wins help with confidence especially when they have tough games coming up including finishing their series against Lake Orion on Wednesday, who is always a tough cross town rival.
The boys prepared for the battle with a scrimmage against Bloomfield Hills last Friday at Comerica Park.
“It was a great experience for the kids,” Price said. “Everybody got to play.”
The Wolves host the Dragons this Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. They open next week with a double header at Rochester at 4 p.m. and finish the series April 26 at home, 4:30 p.m.
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The Lady Wolves opened their season with a high as they raised money for Sisters for Sisters during their annual Mel and Josephine Vaara Pink Classic on Saturday.
The special program is through McLaren which gives to low income people who might be a risk for breast cancer.
“We did quite well for our fundraising which is an ongoing process,” said Don Peters, head coach for Clarkston Varsity Softball.
“Our parents did a great job of putting all of this together so we could have the tournament for us to do fundraising,” Peters added. “We won because we are going to be able to donate to help someone out, and we learned a little bit about ourselves. We will grow from that.”
The Lady Wolves went 1-2 on the field during the tournament opening with a 11-1 win over Yale, where Paige Blevins hit two home runs.
The team moved on to lose their battles against Hartland, 14-5, and Utica Ford, 14-3.
“We played two power houses,” Peters said. “I do believe you learn from your losses. It refocuses the players on some of the things they need to do such as communicating with each other better; knowing we took a lot of third strikes to battle more and be more aggressive with the two strikes on you; and know the situation ahead of time. Sometimes we just weren’t quite sure. They are a great group of young ladies – they will get through this.”
He added what he liked seeing from all three games was the drive.
“Either they were up or down – they kept battling,” he said. “I like that. We collectively we know what we need to work on and we will do it. I am optimistic on where we are going to go.
The Lady Wolves head to North Farmington on Thursday and the Macomb Classic on Saturday. They are home on Tuesday when they host Lake Orion, 4:30 p.m.