Lutheran North baseball wins first regional title, falls in state quarters

By: Jason Carmel Davis, | Macomb Township Chronicle Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published June 15, 2017

NOVI — The historic run for the Macomb Lutheran North baseball team has come to an end.

The Mustangs fell to Dearborn Divine Child 6-2 June 13 in the Division 2 state quarterfinals.

“(Divine Child) had a big inning and was able to get to us early,” Mustangs coach Steve Herbst said, as Divine Child scored five runs in the first inning. “Their pitcher did a good job of making pitches when he needed to. We were able to do some things later in the game, but it wasn’t enough. I know they out-hit us, but I don’t think they had more quality hits than us.”

Lutheran North ended the year at 24-11-1. In its playoff run, the squad claimed its first regional championship June 10 after beating Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day 19-5.

Along the way, the Mustangs also won their fourth district championship and first since 2010.

Lutheran North loses eight players to graduation: Craig Trompeter, Charles Kruse, Aaron Janetzke, Benjamin Borders, Nicholas Lesch and Austin Monroe, along with Ryan Kavulick and Kevin Kapanowski.

Herbst — who coached the program from 2003 to 2010 and returned last season — was complimentary of the group.

The Mustangs have 11 players eligible to return next season.

Herbst called this season a move in the right direction.

“I tell them that programs are built in small steps. We’ve been working to build something here, and this season we took a big step,” Herbst said. “We were led by a great group of seniors who led the charge from day one. Hopefully, the guys who stick around can learn from them and we can keep building.”

Lutheran North girls soccer

falls in state quarterfinals

The Mustangs saw their season end in a 2-1 loss to Flint Powers Catholic June 13 in a D-3 state semifinal.

Lutheran North ended at 12-7-2, including its first district championship since 2004 and sixth overall.

A 4-3 victory against Grosse Ile High June 9 gave the program its first regional title since 1994.

The Mustangs outscored opponents 27-5 in their six postseason games.