St. Joseph baseball great against the odds

By: Marcus Wekenmann Email
By: Marcus Wekenmann Email

A great team and a lot of luck.

That’s what it takes to make it as far as the St. Joseph baseball team has.

The Bears are in the final four for the state of Michigan, playing for the school’s first-ever chance at a state title. That’s all well and good, but the real story is how they’ve gotten there.

St. Joe has toppled grade-A teams all along the way. In the regional tournament, the Bears drew top-ranked Gull Lake, and supposing they won, many assumed they’d still lose to a solid South Haven squad.

A great team and a lot of luck.

St. Joe did its part. They beat Gull Lake by a run in eight innings. Then they got a little help. Coldwater stunned South Haven. Having played an extra-inning game not even an hour before, Coldwater was no match for the Bears and St. Joseph moved on with a dominating 14-1 victory.

With momentum squarely on their side, St. Joe defeated Chelsea 7-5 in the state quarterfinals. Now, they feel they can beat anyone.

“We've played a phenomenal schedule this year. We've won a lot games but we lost some close ones too. But it taught us a lot,” said St. Joe head coach Eric Danapilis. “We've played a great schedule and a lot of Class A schools and stuff, so now that we're playing Class B schools we're ready. We know that we've played the best in the state and that we can compete with them.

“We just have to go out and play our game, and if we do we can win."

The team is now only two wins away from the ultimate validation and from sending their seniors out on a win—an honor reserved only for champions.

“We'd be a team to be remembered,” said senior shortstop Nick Lawrence. “Everyone would look back and they'd want to be that team."

St. Joseph’s semi-state bout is scheduled for 2 p.m. against Bay City John Glenn at Bailey Park in Battle Creek. With a win, they would move on to the championship game on Saturday.

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