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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Walled Lake's Diamond Dandies

The city of Walled Lake is having a banner year in the prep baseball department in 2009. All three high schools - Western, Central, and Northern -  are having very good seasons and with the state tournament fast approaching each squad seems to be rounding into peak form at the exact right time. Western is probably the best of the bunch, sporting a 22-5 overall record. Led by hot hitting batsmen like David Menoian, Zach Ganton, Randy Young, and Justin Harris, the Warriors are very dangerous. Northern (17-8), in only its sixth year as a varsity program, is doing some serious damage on the diamond this spring as well. Twin-aces Andy Tinke and Danny Tursell have been giving opposing batters fits all year long and offensive production from guys like Dane Saylor (game winning 3 run homer against Central a few weeks back) and Joey Ventigmilia have gone a long way for the Knights in their pulling out a series of close league games over the recent weeks. Central, although sporting a more than commendable 16-9 record, could be a major sleeper in the Districts. Unlike Northern, these guys have lost a few close games of late, yet having seen them play I'm pretty confidant the experience will serve this veteran group well in terms of character building. Gritty, determined, and not to mention highly-talented seniors like Cody Husak, Eric Glanz, and Blake Peterson will be resolute on taking the Vikings out on a high note. I would not want to run into these guys in June, thats for certain. Anyway, Walled Lake is smoking on the base paths this year and if anyone gets a chance to check this trifecta of talent-laden teams out in the next few weeks I suggest u do so.   


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