By Sydney Zelenak
Batter up! Believe it or not, it’s baseball season here at Walled Lake Central, and, despite the weather, the varsity boys are ready to dominate.
Head coach Mike Roffi has led the varsity boys through the rain and snow for over nine years. With fourteen games cancelled due to weather conditions, the WLC baseball team is finally getting its head in the game. According to Roffi, the season will not run the longer, but now the team will cram a lot of games in a short time.
With a record of 3 in 1, WLC has defeated three of what Roffi considers “really good teams.” Of the three-and-a-half games the team has played so far (only three innings were played against Walled Lake Western), WLC has been (almost) undefeated, beating both Pinckney HS and Brighton HS. This past weekend against Stevenson HS, the team split its doubleheader, with both WLC and Stevenson winning one game.
Senior Drew Miller, who will sign with Defiance College in Ohio on a baseball contract later this week, has been playing on WLC’s varsity team since his junior year. Watching the team rise to success with building muscle, numbers, and strength, Miller said “I’ve really seen improvement in almost all fields–especially with our hitting.”
Roffi has also seen great improvement, saying that the boys “are striking out less this year than last year.”
In addition to Miller, other seniorplayers are considering pursuing baseball in the future. Jeturi Brown has received various offers, but has not yet committed to a team, and Bret Gustafson will try to walk-on the baseball team at the University of Michigan.
The boys take on Waterford Mott HS this Wednesday, May 1 at Waterford Mott, so get out to the ball game and cheer on the hungry-to-win varsity team.