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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.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Stepping Up

With their two star teammates (Vinnie Booker and Phil Serzo) down and out with injuries, the Dragons of Lake Orion are getting some major league "Step Up" performances on the baseball diamond from guys like Zach Zott, Brett Wyss, Andy Mosier, and Aiden Murdock, to fill the void and make certain their season's championship hopes are not derailed. Lake Orion is 5-1 since Booker and Serzo exited the line-up and 7-2 overall. "Spring up" performances like the ones being displayed by the Dragons' more than able-bodied auxiliary corps, are what makes the difference between great teams and really good teams
Zott, a junior outfielder, has been the hottest of the bunch over the last week ever since the team lost Booker and Serzo, his two starting outfield-mates and best friends who were both hospitalized last Saturday afternoon following a collision. First, he smacked a home run, while going 2-for-3 with two RBI in Lake Orion's defeat of previously unbeaten MH Lamphere in the championship game of the first annual Oakland County Spring Break Classic.
On Wednesday, he went 2-for-3 with another round tripper and got the win on the mound (going six innings and striking out seven batters) against Clarkston in the squad's 5-2 victory.
Yesterday against fellow-county power, Farmington, he went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI in a convincing 11-4 win at home.
In another game yesterday against Mt. Clemens L'anse Creuse North, Wyss belted a walk-on single in the bottom of the seventh in a climatic 8-7 victory.
Murdock and Mosier are both good for one to two hits and one to two RBI a game and the model of consistency in the batter's box.
Serzo, the squad's number 3 hitter, is expected back in early-May from a severe concussion, while Booker will have a much harder road back onto the field trying to recover from a shattered orbital bone. Booker, a D1 baseball recruit, will hopefully at the very latest, make it back to start his college career next winter.


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