Boys Varsity Baseball, Girls Varsity Softball · Championship Diamonds: Lakeshore’s 10 Baseball/Softball Titles Most in State History

The Lakeshore Athletic program has a deep history that goes back to the foundation set by the Stevensville Cardinals and Baroda Bulldogs and built upon by thousands of Lancers. This past Saturday, the Lakeshore Lancers set a new bar in the State of Michigan when it passed Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes for the most baseball/softball state titles in MHSAA history. Lakeshore baseball has won three MHSAA Class B/Division 2 State Championships, including back-to-back 2017-2018 bids, and Lancer softball is tied with Kalamazoo Christian for the second most state titles in MHSAA history with seven (leads all public schools). Lakeshore’s baseball/softball success in Class B/Division 2 sets it as one of the top programs in the state as they are one of 28 schools across all divisions, public and private, to win a championship in both softball and baseball. A total of 181 schools have won at least one state championship on the diamond.

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, the Lancer baseball team made Class B/Division 2 history, which dates back to 1971, when Lakeshore became just the third school to win back-to-back state championships in the division, joining Grand Rapids Christian and Dearborn Divine Child, both private schools, as the other two. Lakeshore is the eighth public school to win back-to-back baseball state titles across all divisions in MHSAA history, and it is the 12th public school to win three or more state championships (23rd overall including private schools). Lakeshore’s third state championship is the most of any public school in Class B/Division 2 ahead of Mt. Pleasant which has won two Division 2 titles. Dearborn Divine Child leads Class B/Division 2 with five championships, and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Lakeshore are tied with three state titles.

In 2017, Lakeshore’s softball program was named by MLive as one of the top programs in the state. Coach Denny Dock’s Diamond Dynasty has won seven state titles, and one runner-up finish, in Class B/Division 2 since 1995, the most of any Class B/Division 2 program. The MHSAA changed from the class to division format in 1998, and they have named 21 MHSAA Division Champions since the switch, with eleven different schools winning a Division 2 State Championship. Lakeshore softball has won almost a quarter of the championships in Division 2 (five), with Tecumseh (3), Wyoming Rogers (3), Wayland (2), and Chelsea (2) as the other multi-champions since 1998. Lancer softball has converted 12 regional championships into nine Final Four trips, with Ida (2017) as the only team to eliminate the Lancers from the Final Four round giving Lakeshore an 8-1 record in the semi-final game, and a 7-1 mark in the championship game.

MHSAA Diamond State Championship Totals (Top 5)

  1. Lakeshore10 (3 baseball, 7 softball)
  • Baseball: 1990, 2017, 2018
  • Softball: 1995, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2014
  1. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes9 (1 baseball, 8 softball)
  • Baseball: 1991
  • Softball: 1983, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2004
  1. Bay City All Saints (including All Saints Central)—8 (4 baseball, 4 softball)
  • Baseball: 1978, 1981, 2000, 2008
  • Softball: 1988, 1991, 1999, 2008
  1. (tie) Blissfield7 (7 baseball, 0 softball)
  • Baseball: 1973, 1976, 1977, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2003

Kalamazoo Christian7 (0 baseball, 7 softball)

  • Softball: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2013