Business as usual

REMUS — The approach is going to be the same as it has been all season for the Chippewa Hills baseball team, treat the day as a doubleheader.
The Warriors will take on Cadillac in the Division 2 regional semifinal at noon on the Vikings home field. The other side of the bracket are Sault Ste. Marie and Ogemaw Heights.
The final is set for 2 p.m.

TAKING A PAIR: Chippewa Hills' Erik Tarbell prepares to throw to second base and turn a pair during baseball action against Reed City earlier this season. (Pioneer file photo)

Chippewa Hills won its first district championship a week ago defeating Tri County 7-1 in the final. After the victory, Erik Tarbell was understandably happy, but felt the championship could be a springboard to bigger things.
“I was happy with winning the district, but felt we could do more so I think most of the guys are thinking the same way,” Tarbell said.
That is why Chippewa Hills is taking a rather simple approach to this Saturday’s regional tournament. The Warriors enter the tournament with the best record of the four teams with a 29-6 mark.
Cadillac enters the regional at 14-15.
Chippewa Hills got that outstanding record by taking the same approach to every doubleheader.
“We have to continue what we have all season,” junior Dustin Shaw said. “We just want to go out and play our game and nobody can beat us.”
That is exactly what Chippewa Hills coach Ben Wright wants to hear from his players. All season, Wright has preached at taking it one play at a time, not get too high or get too low.
To prove his point, Wright mentioned Tarbell’s pitching performance against Big Rapids. The Warriors had trouble picking up the ball, committing six errors in the Cardinals 4-3 victory.
“The only reason we were able to stay in that game was Erik’s pitching,” Wright said. “He never got mad at his teammates, he just kept pitching and kept us in the game.”
The Warriors are familiar with Cadillac, playing a single game in Cadillac which resulted in a 5-4 victory in eight innings. But that was the first game of the year, in April and in 40-degree weather.
Then add to the fact that both teams have improved since that time and that game really doesn’t matter.
“Cadillac has improved since that day and so have we,” Wright said.
Tarbell, who pitched in that game, said he would be able to take a little bit out of the contest.
“I remember a couple of their batters and what they like,” he said.
Regardless if knowing the opponent like Cadillac, or not having much information on a team like Sault Ste. Marie, the key to victory is the same, according to Wright.
“We need quality at-bats, good pitching and pick the ball up on defense,” he said. “If we do those three things, we’ll be OK. Those are the only things we control.”

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