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November 26, 2013

Stevenson’s McGuire, Hughes to play baseball at Michigan State

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Sterling Heights Stevenson senior baseball standouts Brandon Hughes, left, and Zach McGuire have signed to play at Michigan State University. The two players will join the Spartans in fall 2014.

STERLING HEIGHTS — They have one more season as teammates on the Sterling Heights Stevenson baseball team, but Brandon Hughes and Zach McGuire’s time as players in the same dugout won’t end next summer, as the two standouts signed to play at Michigan State University Nov. 14.

McGuire, an infielder, and Hughes, an outfielder/pitcher, will join the Spartans in fall 2014.

“I’m definitely excited,” said McGuire, who will enter his fourth year as a member of the Stevenson varsity team next spring and is ranked as the No. 25 player in the state by the publication Michigan Baseball Prospects. “It’s a new opportunity in a new spot to make a name for myself.”

Hughes originally committed to the University of Michigan as a sophomore. He said the staff that recruited him to Ann Arbor left, which led to the first-team All-State player deciding to continue to look at his options.

Hughes, who hit .386 last season, said the current staff at Michigan is solid, but the philosophy of the MSU coaches swayed him.

“The State guys — they’re all about family and being with one another,” said Hughes, ranked as the No. 5 player in the state by Michigan Baseball Prospects. “I really like that. Then I found out (McGuire) was going to MSU, and I said that’s where I have to go.”

Titans coach Joe Emanuele, who has guided Stevenson to the last four Macomb Area Conference Red Division titles and won a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 state title in 2005, said he’s confident the players will succeed at the next level.

“I couldn’t be happier with their decisions to go play at MSU,” Emanuele said. “(MSU) coach Jake Boss and his staff are doing some good things up there, and the guys will also have a chance to earn some great degrees and get a great education.”

McGuire said Emanuele has done an excellent job of preparing his players for the next level.

“Coach E’s the man. He’s helped us raise our games to the next level,” McGuire said. “He’s very knowledgeable about the game, and he’s helped us mature as young men, too.”

In a press release available at www.msus partans.com, Boss called Hughes a very athletic player who swings the bat well, runs well and who does a nice job on the mound. Boss said Hughes will be a two-way player for MSU.

The Spartans’ coach said McGuire is a very hard-working player and is a big, strong and physical guy who’s going to hit for some power at the college level. Boss also said McGuire has very good leadership characteristics and is a person you want representing your program.

Both players got excited when asked how fired up they’ll be when they step onto the field at McLane Stadium for the first time.

“I’m looking forward to that,” Hughes said. “I’m going to be hyped up.”

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