Baseball looks forward to state playoffs

Ryan Caldwell '21, Staff Writer

Liam Kaiser slides into base during the team’s senior night May 30.
Kevin McCarron ’20 runs to second. The team next heads to the state playoffs. Photos by Caldwell.

Thursday, May 30 was the varsity baseball team’s last home regular season game. The team  played Detroit Edison Public School Academy, hoping to improve their below .500 record. Cody Shook ’19 started on the mound for the Blue Devils on a beautiful day to commemorate the seniors.

Shook started off well and eventually Thomas Hutchinson ’19 came in to finish off the game. Cam Malleg ’20 had a two RBI performance and Drew Maccagnone ’19 had one RBI as the Blue Devils pulled off a magnificent 6-3 win against Detroit Edison. Liam Kaiser ’21 said the seniors have played well throughout the season.

“These seniors, especially the captains, have been great leaders through the entire season. They have really sparked the run we were on earlier in the season,” Kaiser said.

The run Kaiser speaks of was the seven game win streak they had in late April and early May. Kaiser mentioned that without the senior’s  leadership throughout the rough start on the season, the team wouldn’t be where they are now, heading into a game against number one in the state, Grosse Pointe North. Hutchinson said he is proud to be a captain and is extremely excited about how this season is going.

“It is surreal, these four years with this program have flown by, it’s a weird feeling,” Hutchinson said. “I really hope the younger guys continue this great tradition and work hard long after we are gone.”

The seniors on this team have had lots of great memories, one of them being their state championship run last year. Hutchinson said his favorite moment had to be the game at Mclane Stadium at Michigan State in the championship game.

“That game was unbelievable, the atmosphere was amazing and it was awesome being able to experience that with my teammates,” said Hutchinson.

Head coach Dan Griesbaum said he has this team on a roll heading into their big matchup with North. But he thinks his team can handle anything right now.

“I’m very proud of these guys, especially the seniors, they are great leaders and I don’t know what we would do without them,” Griesbaum said.  “I’m very excited to see how far we can go this season.” Griesbaum said.