Flushing, New Lothrop motivated by playoff loses

New Lothrop head coach Ben Almasy hits ground balls at practice as the Hornets get ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.

In High School baseball New Lothrop is getting ready for the start of the season and they have a little more motivation this year than they've had in year's past. The last time we saw this team they lost to Gross Pointe Woods in the state finals and it's a loss they haven't forgotton. Graduation did a number on this team, the Hornets only lost three starters from last year's squad, but they weren't just any three guys.

"I think we're in good shape," said head coach Ben Almasy. "We have some young guys who are fantastic players, we lost a ton with three all-staters but we'll probably sneak up from under the radar but i think by the end of the year we should be playing our best ball. We might take some lumps early but we'll be right there at the end."

The players agree. "We have a lot coming back," said Carter Hemgesberg. "We only lost three people but they were a big part of our success. Everybody that's coming back is working harder, they want to get back there and end it the way we would like to."

The Hornets will get the regular season underway on Thursday when they take on Webberville.

Flushing finds themselves in a similar position. The Raiders got walloped by Heritage in their first post season game last year and they're still feeling the sting.

"You can't always win," said senior Tyler Randick. "You have to work together as a team because that game we really didn't play well. This year I definitely think we can come out on top because we have good team chemistry."

Head coach Stephen Burdis has high hopes for his team. "You can't go anywhere in the state tournament until you win districts and also you know we know we have Saginaw Heritage in our district they'll be tough. So that's where we start, win the league, win the district."

The Raiders will play their first game of the season on Thursday as they open up at Carman-Ainsworth.

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