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July 31, 2013

South’s Benedetti looks to the future after wrapping up prep career

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Grosse Pointe South grad Carmen Benedetti is pictured at the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association East-West All-Star Baseball Classic July 1. Along with Bedford’s Jackson Lamb, Benedetti was voted Mr. Baseball.

Before this player ever even suited up for Grosse Pointe South’s baseball team, coach Dan Griesbaum said he knew he had a talent coming into his program in the form of Carmen Benedetti, based on seeing Benedetti play when he was younger.

His confidence seems to have been well-founded, as Benedetti was selected by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association as Mr. Baseball, along with Bedford’s Jackson Lamb.

According to Griesbaum, a player’s career accomplishments are considered when selecting Mr. Baseball. For his career at South, Benedetti hit .492 and broke various offensive records, and played first base, outfield and pitched.

Last season, Griesbaum said Benedetti batted .500 with 17 doubles. Over the course of his high school career, Benedetti, who is set to play for the University of Michigan next season, was selected to the All-State Dream Team three times, was named as a Louisville Slugger All-American (second team his junior year and first team in his season campaign), and a Max Preps All-American.

Griesbaum offered some ideas as to how Benedetti earned his way to a Mr. Baseball selection.

“He was so focused on being the best player he could possibly be,” he said. “(He) spent the most time at it, made it a priority and played the most competitive baseball he could find. Works very hard at what he does. He was really the only freshman I’ve ever had that started right from the very beginning. He’s a great kid, as well — great, great person.”

Along with assistance he has received from his parents, Griesbaum, Kevin Schroeder, Chris Johnson, John Hackett, Dan Griesbaum Jr., Matt Reno, Pat Malzone and George Champane, Benedetti also cited a strong work ethic as a key to the success he has enjoyed.

“Years and years of hard work,” he said. “Good coaching, and I believe great teammates along the way helped me get to that goal of becoming Mr. Baseball. A true honor to receive the award.”

And Benedetti doesn’t plan to rest on his laurels.

“Makes me (want to) work harder,” he said. “Sometimes, some kids receive a certain award and kind of teeter off because they felt, ‘I don’t need to work as hard as I need to anymore.’ It makes me (want to) work harder. If I ever do make it to the pros somehow, someway, that someone will be like, ‘Oh yeah, he was Mr. Baseball, and you know what, he didn’t stop there.’ As coach Griesbaum says, ‘Be happy, but never be satisfied.’”

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