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July 11, 2014

State’s best softball players to compete in All-Star games

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The 2014 MHSSCA All-Star games will take place at Central Michigan University July 23 after previously being played at Michigan State University. Pictured is an overhead shot of the field from the 2013 Division 1 All-Star game.

Troy High softball coach and Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association President Tom Calnen said the athletes who participate in the MHSSCA All-Star Games see the experience as a culmination of a lot of hard work.

Another group of athletes will have the chance to bask in that glory when the 2014 MHSSCA All-Star Games take place at Central Michigan University’s Margo Jonker Stadium July 23.

Athletes from schools from Division 1-4 will participate in the exhibition games. The Division 1 game kicks off the day at 9:30 a.m., followed by D-2 at 11:30 a.m., D-3 at 1:30 p.m. and D-4 at 3:30 p.m.

“After years of hard work, softball games, practices and lessons, it’s just a way for them to celebrate and be celebrated,” Calnen said. “It’s an opportunity for a lot of really good softball players to compete in the same place and have some fun together at the same time.”

Rosters for the games had not been finalized at press time, but Calnen expects there to be several local players in the games.

In 2013, 13 players from schools in the C & G coverage area played in the D-1 and D-4 games, including eight in the D-1 contest. That included 2013 Gatorade Michigan Softball Player of the Year, pitcher Alyssa Huntley of Sterling Heights Stevenson, who this spring finished her first year at Eastern Michigan University.

The games, open to seniors only, feature about 30 players from each division.

Girls named All-State and All-State honorable mention are automatically invited to the games.

The rest of the rosters are filled out with players named All-Region from the playoffs.

The games were moved to Central Michigan from Michigan State University. MSU hosted the baseball and softball state finals in June. Hosting additional games would have added wear and tear to the fields in East Lansing, Calnen said.

“It would have just been too much,” he said. “But we’re glad to be going to Mount Pleasant. They’ve made some great improvements to the facilities, and we’ll actually have some more space outside of the stadiums to do some things.”

Cost to attend the games is $5.

For more information on the games, including roster information, check www.mhssca.com.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.