Baseball

Published April 5, 2018

DETROIT — Prep players from across the metro Detroit area will descend downtown for a baseball tournament, mixing a new tradition with a heavy dose of nostalgia.

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Published April 3, 2018

Last season, Matt Carley’s roster was top-heavy with seniors.

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Published April 3, 2018

TROY — The Troy High baseball team collected a 10-0 home victory over Auburn Hills Oakland Christian March 26. 

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Published April 3, 2018

ROCHESTER HILLS — Last year, the Rochester High baseball team won 17 of its last 22 games and reached the Division 1 state semifinals for a second straight season.

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Published April 3, 2018

ley High baseball coach Matt Rawlik is in the third season of what he referred to as a dream job.

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Published April 3, 2018

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Entering last season, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s baseball program was already a proven winner.

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Published April 3, 2018

CLAWSON — He has no prior coaching experience, and at 25 years old, he won’t be that much older than some of his eldest players.

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Published April 2, 2018

BIRMINGHAM — For the better part of his coaching career at Birmingham Brother Rice, manager Bob Riker has always had an ace or two on the mound. Things may be a bit different in 2018 for the Warriors, who returned almost their entire roster from last spring, but are dealing with inexperience and youth at the pitcher position.

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Published March 30, 2018

ORCHARD LAKE — Just two years removed from a state championship, this was the official reboot.

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Published March 28, 2018

dale High baseball coach Chris Bailey said his team is younger, but an experienced group. 

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Published March 28, 2018

Joe Emanuele has built quite the résumé in his tenure as Sterling Heights Stevenson’s baseball coach.

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Published March 27, 2018

ROYAL OAK — The weather will eventually cooperate with the spring sports schedule.

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Published March 26, 2018

ROCHESTER — As the spring thaw melts the ice and snow around the metro area, countless baseball diamonds are being readied for the season.

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Published March 22, 2018

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Stepping into a school this size, with a talent pool this deep and a baseball tradition as strong as it is, there’s no wonder why new West Bloomfield High skipper Jerry Brown called his taking over of the baseball program “a dream job.”

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Published March 2, 2018

METRO DETROIT — A decade ago, the Michigan High School Athletic Association enjoyed its highest-ever enrollment of officials at 12,400. Today, the number sits at just over 10,000.

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Published September 29, 2017

WARREN — A native son has returned.

Dave Zelmanski will be Warren De La Salle’s next baseball coach.
Zelmanski is a 1974 graduate of the school.

“De La Salle is a very special place, and it takes exceptional student-athletes to compete in the (Catholic High School League) Central Division,” said Zelmanski, who was a four-year starter for the Pilots during his time as a student, in a prepared statement. “I am truly honored and excited, yet humbled to have this opportunity at the greatest all-boys school on the planet.”

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Published September 10, 2017

UTICA — Three months ago, Chris Newell found his club in last place. He made a vow that his squad would right the ship, win the United Shore Professional Baseball League pennant and take home the ultimate prize.

The Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers manager proved himself right Sept. 10 after his team topped the Westside Woolly Mammoths 5-2 in the USPBL title game Sept. 10 at Jimmy John's Field in Utica. A day after his birthday, Newell happily sported a freshly printed championship shirt that had been soaked through due to a Gatorade shower at the hands of his players.

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Published August 23, 2017

UTICA — Two local prep products are one step closer to fulfilling their dreams of becoming Major League ballplayers, utilizing the United Shore Professional Baseball League as the vehicle to do so.

Kevin Marnon, a Sterling Heights Stevenson graduate, and Taylor Grzelakowski, a product of Fraser High, both signed with the Minnesota Twins organization Aug. 1. The pair reported to Minnesota’s Gulf Coast League affiliate, also named the Twins.

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Published August 21, 2017

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Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League was eliminated from championship contention Aug. 19, officially ending its run in the Little League World Series.

The team, which represented the Great Lakes Region in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, fell 15-5 in four innings to Holbrook, the Mid-Atlantic representative from New Jersey, giving the squad its second loss of the tournament.

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