Division 3 Co-Team Of The Week: Week 7 - Hemlock

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Division 3 Co-Team Of The Week: Week 7 - Hemlock

HEMLOCK - Toby Larkin is not bashful when talking about his Hemlock baseball team.

“The team is full of talent.” pointed out the head coach of the Prep Baseball Report Division 3 Team of the Week. “We have a target on our back after reaching the regional final game last year, but we are very capable of making a run in districts and regionals again this year. We just have to have fun and play without the pressure and we will be fine.”

Three wins and a tie this past week upped the record of the Huskies to 15-5-2 on the season. Hemlock dominated Carrollton 16-1 and 11-0 before going 1-0-1 against Ithaca, winning 8-4 and battling to a 9-9 deadlock.

“Three of the five losses we have had this year were by two runs or less,” noted Larkin. “We were in the games, we just needed to make one play or get one big hit.”

Five seniors are committed to play in college with Corbin Larkin, Max Dinninger and Jake Shelagowski headed to Saginaw Valley State, Blake Stockford to Northwood and Shane Renas to Mott Community College.

Dinninger and Shelagowski have led the way on the mound, each with a 3-1 record.  Dinninger has a 2.57 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 37.2 innings while Shelagowski has a 2.625 ERA with 45 Ks in 26.2 frames.

Shelagowski is also one of the top hitters on the squad with a .373 average, driving in 20 runs while scoring 18 with a .479 OBP. Bryce Murphy leads the way at the plate with a .386 batting mark, scoring 27 runs with 14 steals and 21 RBIs. Larkin, the son of the head coach of Hemlock, is batting .378 with a .506 OBP, tallying a team-best 28 runs and 27 stolen bases while reaching base 13 times via walks.

“The key to making a run will be playing clean baseball,” explained Larkin, whose Huskies are at Nouvel on Thursday and host Garber on Saturday. “We will also all have to get hot at the plate at the right time.

“We’re putting in the work and we have been for years,” added Larkin, who called a split with Freeland and win and tie with Davison as the best games of the season. “I’m looking forward to seeing how far we make it this season in tournament play.”

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