Undersized Ludington Looks to Contend for Lakes 8 Title
LUDINGTON – Fresh off its second seven-win season and playoff appearance in three years, Ludington enters 2019 knowing it will be undersized on weekly basis.
The Orioles finished in a three-way tie for second place in the Lakes 8 Conference last season and ended the regular season on a five-game win streak before falling to Escanaba in a hard-fought Division 4 district opener.
“We’re not big. We’re not big at all,” Ludington coach Charlie Gunsell said. “We’re going to have to play faster than all of our opponents. And that’s one thing that we do feel like we can do. We feel like we can run. And that’s what we’re going to emphasize. Defensively we’re just going to have to be meaner and faster than everybody we play, because we’re not going to be big and strong enough to get into fist fights. We’re just not. So, we’re just going to play fast, and play aggressive.”
What they lack in size the Orioles believe they more than make up for in speed.
“I think we’re fast, “Ludington senior Riley Calhoun said. “We’re faster than anyone we play, I think. And I think most of our receivers and tight ends can beat anyone one-on-one.”
A playoff bid this season would mark the first time the Orioles have reached the postseason in consecutive years.
Ludington opens its season at Fremont on Thursday, Aug. 29.