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Published March 24, 2016

ORCHARD LAKE — Very similar, yet different. 

A new year and a new team, but the exact same mission.

When the 2015 spring season came to a close for the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s baseball squad, the celebration was on in East Lansing.

The 32nd win of the year came by a 4-1 count over Mount Pleasant High in the Division 2 championship game.

And since then, well, not a whole lot has changed, even as coach Matt Petry is trying to stress that it has.

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Published March 24, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Although Grosse Pointe South’s baseball team will enter the 2016 season minus six starters from last year’s squad, it is highly unlikely that head coach Dan Griesbaum will ever use the term “rebuilding” to describe a time of transition for his program.

Instead, Griesbaum’s motto is “Tradition never graduates.” His motto makes sense when South’s history is considered.

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Published March 18, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — All of two practices were in the books, and both were held indoors.

Not long removed from his time as a player, Greg Fettes knows these are the dog days of the baseball season.

“As a player, you don’t like this, being inside, taking grounders off the floor. I remember that. I’m sure these guys feel the same,” Fettes, 22, said early last week. “They want to see live pitching. They want to face a real opponent.”

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Published December 4, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — In the end, his youth wasn’t even a consideration.

In fact, it was his résumé, his experience and a very solid endorsement that paved the way for Greg Fettes to take over the Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball program as head coach.

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Published November 19, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — In a way, signing to make their college choices official was fitting on every level.

Griffin Green and Michael Ryan have spent the past couple of seasons alternating time as starting catchers with the Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball team.

They are the one-two combo behind the dish that will likely have the Ventures as state-title contenders again in the spring of 2016.

But on Nov. 13, the Foley seniors sat next to one another at the school and signed on the dotted line, sealing their destinations for the collegiate level.

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Published November 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — During a 12-year career as the head baseball coach at Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, Dan Cimini has amassed a career record of 325-75 and has helped guide the program to three state championships, with two coming at the Division 4 level and the other at Division 3.

Liggett is the only high school baseball team in Michigan to have ever gone to four consecutive state championship games, a feat the program accomplished from 2011 to 2014.

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Published August 7, 2015

HARPER WOODS — A team from Bay City will represent the state of Michigan at the Great Lakes regional in the 2015 Little League World Series after downing Midland 10-9 in the Michigan Little League International State Championship on July 30 at Johnston Park in Harper Woods.

Bay City Southwest, which finished the state tournament with a 5-1 record, advances to the Great Lakes regional, set for Aug. 9-15 in Indianapolis.

Midland, which beat Bay City Southwest 14-8 earlier in the week, ended the tournament at 5-1.

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Published August 6, 2015

Professional baseball is coming to Utica next summer and fans have until Aug. 14 to vote on the names for the three teams which will be competing in the United Shore Professional Baseball League.

The “Name the Teams” contest has been narrowed to 12 selections: 59’ers, Beavers, Blue Collars, Diamond Hoppers, Fizz, Mud Pups, Rally Caps, River Rats, Screeching Cicadas, Stags, Steelheads and Unicorns.

Fans are being asked to vote for three team names online at uspbl.com. Voting concludes at 5 p.m. Aug. 14.

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Published July 30, 2015

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ORCHARD LAKE — These are 23 of the absolute best baseball players in the state, and whether it’s a sort of unspoken tradition or not, the annual Dream Team is usually one filled with seniors.


That was the case again this year, as just four of the 23 selected by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association still have high school eligibility remaining next spring.


And it’s that reason that left Orchard Lake St. Mary’s coach Matt Petry wondering if his pitcher, Drake Titus, would find his name among the group.

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Published July 30, 2015

ORCHARD LAKE — When he took over five years ago, Matt Petry knew what he was in for.


A school with an overwhelming tradition of athletic success, the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s baseball program was in need of a rebuild.


So Petry went to work, getting the Eaglets back to the Catholic League playoffs, eventually back to a league final and back to contending in the state postseason.


The exclamation point on that project came in June, though, when the Eaglets went to East Lansing and brought back the Division 2 state title.

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Published July 30, 2015

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HARPER WOODS — A team from Bay City will represent the state of Michigan at the Great Lakes regional in the 2015 Little League World Series after downing Midland 10-9 in the Michigan Little League International State Championship July 30 at Johnston Park in Harper Woods.

Bay City Southwest, which finished the state tournament with a 5-1 record, advances to the Great Lakes regional, set for Aug. 9-15 in Indianapolis.

Midland, which beat Bay City Southwest 14-8 earlier in the week, ends the tournament at 5-1.

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Published July 30, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — He was the kind of player who could take over at any moment, “a guy that single-handedly won us a few games this year,” as Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball coach Justin Robinson put it.

Nate Grys had that type of season in 2015, and it was more than just Robinson who recognized that fact.

Following the state finals in June, the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association released its All-State rosters, naming the top players from the spring.

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Published July 27, 2015

HARPER WOODS — Since 1947, the Little League World Series has been a summer staple for anyone who grew up playing and loves the game of baseball.

Locals who are fans of Little League baseball can be a part of the 2015 tournament, as the 2015 Little League International State Championship is taking place in our backyard this week.

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Published July 20, 2015

With the baseball spring season safely in the books, it’s time to hand out postseason honors for players in the Catholic League.

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Published July 10, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — He took over a program going through somewhat of a rebuild.

That’s how Justin Robinson saw it.

Over the past four years, Robinson was an assistant coach with the Bishop Foley baseball team that won three state titles and nearly made it four in 2014.

But from assistant to head coach in one offseason, the pressure shifted to him to keep the Ventures up to par, even with a much younger and less experienced squad.

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Published July 2, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Competitive baseball all the way to the very end.


In some years, that’s a goal when it comes to division races and final standings.


In 2015, it was a way of life in the Oakland Activities Association.


Four division titles came down to a grand total of three games separating first and second place, with one ending in a tie.

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Published June 25, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — The depth of the Macomb Area Conference was on display in this spring’s MHSAA baseball state tournament.

Nine teams from the MAC won district titles, with two advancing past regional play. Grosse Pointe South, which finished second in the MAC Red, defeated city rival Grosse Pointe North, which took third in the MAC White, in a state quarterfinal.

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Published June 23, 2015

EAST LANSING — He described it as a “picture perfect” ending.

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Published June 17, 2015

DETROIT — It didn’t look or feel like a baseball game in June, with rain coming down early on, cloudy skies and a game-time temperature of 67 degrees, but the stars came out and shined in the 2015 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game.

The game, in its 34th year and put on by the Detroit Tigers Foundation, took place June 17 at Comerica Park. It pits East vs. West and brings together some of the best baseball players in the state.

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Published June 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe South baseball coach Dan Griesbaum isn’t going to let one game spoil an otherwise great season.


His Blue Devils made it to the state semifinals for the second year in a row, but this time they fell to Portage Northern 8-0 June 11 at Michigan State University.

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