On paper, it looks like a mismatch.
Howell’s baseball team is 16-2 and is hitting .363 as a team.
Brighton is 5-7-3 and has a team batting average of .188.
They meet today i a doubleheader at Howell High School that will be broadcast on The Livingston Post starting at about 3:50 p.m. Click here for the link.
Howell coach Jason Ladd says his team is looking forward to renewing the rivalry that was suspended by the pandemic last year.
“It’s going to be fun for the kids,” he said. “It’s the last chance for the seniors to play Brighton, since they didn’t play them last year.”
Brighton coach Charlie Christner, while he waits for his offense to heat up, says the Bulldogs are excelling in other phases of the game.
“We’re pitching really, really well, and our defense is as good as I’ve seen in the eight years I’ve been here,” he said. “We just need some hits, and when we get some hits we’ll be right where we want to be.”
Both teams are angling for the postseason. Brighton is all but out of contention for the KLAA West title, and Howell needs some help, trailing Hartland by a game officially and trailing 11-4 in a suspended game with the Eagles.
The Bulldogs will be relying on that pitching and defense today on what’s forecast to be a mostly cloudy day with a high around 60. The Highlanders, meanwhile, hope to get their offense going. They have averaged nearly 10 runs a game this season before running into a Hartland team that held them to eight runs total in last Wednesday’s doubleheader.
“That’s what’s great about our league,” Ladd said, speaking of the KLAA West. “There’s no off days in this league. You have to wage a battle every night. You’re going to see someone who throws the ball well.”
With about a month to go in the regular season, Christner is confident his team will solve its hitting issues,
“We’re trying to figure it out and get there, and we will,” he said. “The guys we have are all capable, and we have confidence in all of these guys. They say hitting’s contagious, and I think it will be contagious, once we get it going.”