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Fettes leads Bishop Foley into D3 semifinal WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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When the Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball program was handed over to Greg Fettes at just 22 years of age, not many knew just what to expect.

Now, in only his second year with the team, Fettes has the Ventures on the verge of restoring their championship history.

Bishop Foley takes the field on Friday morning when it faces Caro in the Division 3 semifinal from Michigan State University. The Ventures are just two wins away from their first state championship since 2013.

“In the beginning of the year, we knew we had the talent and the depth. It was just a matter of turning on the switch and knowing when to turn it on and turn it off. For the first part of the season, we had it off,” Fettes said. “We had to figure a lot of things out. Down the stretch, we figured it out and these guys decided they wanted to play and they wanted to win. It’s a team game. We have just been taking it a game at a time and having everyone contribute.”

Fettes has helped flipped that switch as he has plenty of playing experience. The All-State player at Madison Heights Lamphere, Fettes was fresh off his time playing at the University of Kentucky when he took over the Ventures program. His wisdom of the game has been passed on to this talented Foley roster.

The Ventures have been dominant on the mound in this postseason run. They have allowed just one run in five playoff games. That included an 8-0 win over Riverview Gabriel Richard on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

Senior lefty Justin Campbell pitched six innings in Tuesday’s shutout and has been their ace this season. He will be available should the Ventures reach Saturday’s finals. Friday, the ball is being given to junior Ethan Hoffman, another lefty. Hoffman has been the team’s No. 2, but they have plenty of arms to throw this weekend thanks to some strong outings during last weekend’s regionals.

“(Jonathan) Hubanks gave us a big outing in the regionals that really allowed us to set up our rotation how we wanted it. We’ve got Hoffman going (Friday). He’s our No. 2 guy going against a good team,” Fettes said. “If all goes well, we have Campbell available for Saturday.”

The Ventures take on a Caro team that is coming off a 2-0 win over Hemlock in its quarterfinal game. Caro has allowed just seven runs over five games this postseason. However, it is facing a Bishop Foley team that has put up 67 runs in this five-game playoff stretch.

“We know they are a good team defensively and pretty good offensively as well,” Fettes said of Caro. “We don’t know a lot about their pitching, but our guys are ready to hit. If we continue to hit and pitch like we have been, we will be alright.”

Playing at MSU shouldn’t cause any additional nerves for the Ventures. They are fresh off a CHSL final at Jimmy John’s Field a few weeks ago and have a tradition of championship games as a program.

“We have played in some big games and also in some big environments,” Fettes said. “All of these games now are high-pressure games. Our guys are just taking it one game at a time and I think that has settled any nerves they’ve had. These guys like to have fun and I am sure they will enjoy playing at Michigan State.”

Last Updated: 6/15/2017 11:37:09 AM EST

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