Inland Lakes Finding its Groove, Looks to Challenge for Ski Valley Title
INDIAN RIVER – After pulling off a pair of big wins over Gaylord St. Mary last week, the Inland Lakes baseball program is looking to challenge for the Ski Valley Conference championship this spring.
The Bulldogs were ranked in the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Division 4 preseason poll, but fell out after dropping a few early games after having several players out at the start of the season because of COVID-19.
Now, Inland Lakes (6-5, 4-0) is nearly back to full strength and finding its groove.
“We had some troubles with COVID, people coming in and out, so it’s hard to build that team chemistry,” Inland Lakes senior Dominic Betke said. “We need to get our bats going and one goal is just to have fun, like always just have fun with the boys and then hopefully another district title maybe down the road in the future.”
“We got tons of potential with returning players,” added Inland Lakes coach Josh Vieau. “Hitting and defense and pitching and that’s our top three things we practice a lot in practice and it’s getting better everyday, but we’re still not there, we got to lot of work to do.”
The Bulldogs are looking to build off their postseason success in 2019 that saw them reach a Division 4 regional final.