Lakeview baseball team improves

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:05 pm on Friday, June 08, 2012

Lakeview's Jordan Stephens, left, puts out Vestaburg's Mason Darmody (32) at second base during a game May 25. File Photo

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s young baseball team has improved, as the record indicated.

The Wildcats went from two wins last season to 6-23 in 2012, but the record could have been better, according to coach Ryan Vellanti.

“We showed improvement in some places but not as much as I would have liked to have seen,” Vellanti said.

One of the main things that hurt Lakeview was not having much pitching outside of the top pair of pitchers.

“We have to get more depth,” Vellanti said. “Our first couple of guys did good, but we have to get depth. Also baseball situations are something we need to get better at.”

But it wasn’t like the Wildcats were getting blown out in every game, noted Vellanti.

“We played really well against some of the better teams in the league,” he said. “Like we played Chip(pewa) Hills and we were in each of the games. We just have to be more consistent.”

Vellanti mentioned a couple of players who were standout players on the team.

Lakeview's Damien Beckett fires a pitch during a game against Vestaburg May 25. File Photo.

“Jordan Stephens was all-conference,” Vellanti said. “He was our leading hitter. He moved from third base to second base and did a good job.

“Damien Beckett on the mound was our No. 1 pitcher. He showed flashes of being a dominant pitcher but he needs to be more consistent.”

Each and every one of the Wildcats are projected to be back next season.

“We’ll have nine juniors next year that all played as sophomores and four more seniors who played as juniors,” Vellanti said. “We can start right off with the season and everybody is going to know what is expected from myself. Nothing will be new. It will be better.”

How much better? Vellanti has a target in mind.

“We should get to the 15-win mark, I hope,” he said. “If we get to the 15-win mark we will get to .500. I wouldn’t go to where we’re a 20-win team because that would mean we could finish games and win them. My goal would be the .500 mark.”

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