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June 19, 2013

Sunde able to sit back, enjoy how hard work pays off for his guys

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Guys on the Foley baseball team have had plenty of reason to celebrate in 2013. The team headed to Battle Creek last weekend. For a full-season wrap, see next week’s Madison Park News.

With a smile and soft voice, he pushes.

From one day to the next, he demands more and more.

His practices are long and repeated often.

The payoff, for two years running now, has been worth every second.

And that’s the part Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball coach Buster Sunde enjoys the most.

“It’s so fun right now,” the Ventures’ skipper said following a 9-1 victory against Flint Powers Catholic Central June 11 in the Division 3 quarterfinals. “The kids are just phenomenal. The enjoyment I get is seeing the rewards pay off for them.”

Foley improved to 33-2-1 with the victory and punched a ticket to Battle Creek for the third straight year.

The 2012 and 2011 state champs faced Bridgman High in a June 14 semifinal played after press time.

“We work these kids hard. We practice long and we practice a lot,” Sunde added. “To see it all pay off for them is what matters to me.”

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