Division 1 Team Of The Week: Week 8 - Rochester Adams

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Division 1 Team Of The Week: Week 8 - Rochester Adams

ROCHESTER HILLS - For the first time since 2016 Rochester Adams has captured the Oakland Activities Association-Red Division baseball title.

Along with the championship is recognition as the Prep Baseball Report Division 1 Team of the Week.

“I told the boys winning a district  title is great but you only have to play good for one or two days,” noted Rochester Adams head coach Jeff Hall. “To win in a tough league like we’re in you have to play great for five weeks. The coaches in the league are good and there are some great players. When you win a title in this league it’s really cool.”

The last OAA title for Rochester Adams came in 2015-16 when the Highlanders won back-to-back championships.

“This is the most talent we’ve had since then, or maybe since the 2010 team when we went to the quarterfinals,” Hall said.

There were three shutout wins this past week in moving to 26-6 on the season (Rochester Adams made it 27-6 with a win over Utica on Monday), with Tait Picot and Joni Ursuy each blanking an opponent while combining on another. In addition to picking up the victory on the mound, Picot also had a solo home run in a 2-0 win over Troy to wrap up the week.

“We’ve had 10 pitchers that have a win this season,” related Hall, with junior Parker Picot, an Alabama commit, and senior Jackson Borowski leading the way with five wins apiece. Ursuy has four victories and Tait Picot three for the ninth-ranked Division 1 team in the state.

“We’ve done a really good job of getting ahead,” Hall said of what his pitchers have done to find success. “We’ve really stressed getting ahead and we’ve not walked too many compared to years past. Our defense has also been very good.”

Shortstop Braedy Limke, a Heidelberg commit, helps anchor the infield with Parker Picot in center, Tait Picot at third and Ursuy at first base.

“We rotate everywhere else,” noted Hall, who pointed to Bino Waters as another player who has been very consistent all year.

“We thought we’d be good, our expectations were to win 20, but we didn’t know we’d get to this number,” Hall said of 27 wins and counting with games ahead against the likes of Grosse Pointe North and Utica Stevenson. “Pitching and defense is the key. We’ve hit all year but at some point you’re going to run into a really good pitcher. That’s when you need to find a way to manufacture runs while playing good defense.”

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