Brighton baseball coach Charlie Christner is bullish on his team’s offense.
“I think this is the best offensive team I’ve had,” he said. “We’ve outhit our opponents in every game but one, against Plymouth on Monday.”
The other phases of the game, he admits, need some work.
“We haven’t pitched real well as a whole group consistently, or played good enough defense yet,” he said.
Despite that, the Bulldogs are 14-5 going into today’s doubleheader with South Lyon.
“We’ve played some really tough competition,” Christner said, “and right now we’re making a few too many mistakes that we need to get corrected, and I think we will. But we’ve hit a mental wall. We played really well at Comerica Park, and we’ve scuffled since then.”
The teams have been playing non-conference doubleheaders for years, since the creation of the KLAA separated them in 2008.
“We don’t have as much on them as we used to,” Christner said. “We’ll go in and play our game and see where that takes us.”
The games being non-conference affairs allow both teams to tinker with lineups and see players in roles they might not occupy during the conference season.
“We’ll see some other guys,” Christner said, “and we’ll work on some things we need to get better at, offensively and in base-running.”
Rain is in the morning forecast, with sunshine in the afternoon.
Andrew Gilpin, who is one of Brighton’s top hitters, is set to start the opener, while Adam Szerlag is set to start in the nightcap.
“That’s our plan right now,” Christner said, laughing. “It’s always subject to change. You never know who’s going to wake up not feeling well or whatever.”