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March 26, 2014

‘It’s a dream come true’ for local baseball player

Former Fraser baseball player, Grzelakowski, tabbed as Player of the Week for his accomplishments at college level

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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‘It’s a dream come true’ for local baseball player
Fraser High grad Taylor Grzelakowski is pictured batting for Madonna University. Grzelakowski was selected as the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Player of the Week earlier this season.

As a child, Fraser High graduate Taylor Grzelakowski dreamed of playing college baseball.

Grzelakowski received just that chance when he was offered the opportunity to play for Madonna University. Grzelakowski, who primarily serves as a designated hitter and occasional third baseman, is a redshirt freshman for the Crusaders.

While he may be in the early stages of his college career, it didn’t take long for Grzelakowski to show what he could do with a bat, as he was tabbed as the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Player of the Week for the period of March 2-8 after going 11-for-19 with two doubles and nine RBI. He also scored three runs, drew two walks and stole two bases.

“I was stunned,” Grzelakowski said of being selected as the WHAC Player of the Week. “I didn’t really expect it at all — didn’t even cross my mind.”

The chance to play baseball at the collegiate level doesn’t exactly seem to be a small matter for Grzelakowski.

“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve loved it. Got sort of a position figured out — DH more so than anything else. Really got me in a good groove with hitting. Getting to this level — I never really expected it. But now that I’m here — dream come true.”

Aside from support from his mother, summer league coach Joe Loria, Fraser coach Dave Kuppe, as well as other family members and friends, Grzelakowski cited other keys that may have helped lead to the opportunity to play college baseball.

“Working towards a dream,” he said. “Loving what you’re doing — playing as much of it as you possibly can.”

Grzelakowski said he thought Madonna has won a conference title seven out of the last eight years, and aside from wanting to have some championship experiences of his own as an active player on the roster, he expressed enthusiasm regarding his remaining years of eligibility with Madonna’s baseball program.

“I’m extremely pumped up,” he said. “We got a really young team here this year — go at the next four years together.” Grzelakowski added that it is going to be an “awesome experience.”

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.