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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Published August 14, 2017

The Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League team is heading to the Little League World Series Aug. 17-27 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Representing the Great Lakes region, it’ll take on the Southwest region champion from Lufkin, Texas, at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 on ESPN2.

The squad earned its spot after beating a team from Hinsdale, Illinois, 6-3 for the regional championship Aug. 12.

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Published July 17, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Jason Gendreau has spent more than a quarter of his life leading the Utica Eisenhower baseball team.

After a bittersweet goodbye, he now leaves the program to helm Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

“Opportunity doesn’t always have the best timing,” Gendreau said. “But this is an opportunity that I’ve always wanted to have. Notre Dame Prep is one of the few schools that I’d ever want to be at besides Eisenhower.”

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Published July 13, 2017

UTICA — On a sunny mid-June afternoon at Jimmy John’s Field, Alex Abbott delivers a home run. 

A utility man for the Westside Woolly Mammoths, Abbott’s shot over the right field fence increased his club’s lead over the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers.

As players and coaches exited the dugout to congratulate him on the hit, the ballpark remained quiet. 

The Mammoths won the United Shore Professional Baseball League contest 12-1, but not a single fan rose to their feet throughout the entire game.

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Published July 10, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Despite spending only two seasons at the varsity level for Utica Eisenhower, Jacob Raymond cemented himself as the best hitter in program history.

With hindsight, his coach, Jason Gendreau, wishes he had called Raymond up sooner.

“That very well (may) have been a mishap on my part,” Gendreau said, chuckling. “He’s a great kid, and I may have underestimated his abilities early on. He certainly proved what he could do when he got the chance.”

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Published July 6, 2017

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The dog days of summer have arrived, but this past spring was another thrilling one for baseball teams in the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

The season officially came to a close in the second weekend in June, with the careers of many players either wrapped up or put on hold until next year at the collegiate level.

Once the offseason arrives, coaches get their last chance to tip their caps to their respective players

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Published July 5, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Recent Sterling Heights Stevenson graduate Mario Camilletti racked up a lot of honors in his last season of prep baseball.

Camilletti earned All-League honors in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division after helping the team win an eighth straight league title, along with Division 1 district and regional championships.

The last honor Camilletti received shocked him, as he has been named to the 2017 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Dream Team. The Dream Team comprises the best baseball players in the state, regardless of division.

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Published June 30, 2017

ROCHESTER — After leading the Rochester High baseball program to back-to-back regional titles, senior pitcher Albert Nagy was recognized with the state’s highest individual honor.

Nagy was named to the 2017 Dream Team, an annual list compiled by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association. 

“It meant a lot to me to be named on the Dream Team,” Nagy said. “I’ve worked really hard this past offseason to earn it, so it was incredible to learn I was on the list.”

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Published June 30, 2017

GROSSE POINTES — The Grosse Pointe community was well-represented among the list of the state’s best baseball players, as Grosse Pointe North’s Sam Cross, along with Connor McCarron and  Will Morrison of Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett were each selected to the 2017 All-State Dream Team by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Cross was also named as the MVP of the Macomb Area Conference White Division and for the East team in an All-Star game June 20 played at Comerica Park.

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Published June 29, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — First, he was a runner-up in the state football playoffs this past fall.

This spring, Steven Mann followed that by leading the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day baseball team to a regional championship game, he was named All-State, he was selected to the Dream Team, he played in an All-Star game at Comerica Park, and the cherry on top came when he was chosen by the Detroit Tigers in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.

And that’s only the start of it.

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Published June 20, 2017

DETROIT — The clouds hovered while the rain fell.

But on one memorable night at Comerica Park, the stars were out.

If not in the stubbornly overcast sky, certainly on the field itself.

The home of the Detroit Tigers served as the home of the 36th Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star Game Tuesday night, as 41 senior players from across the state converged downtown for the annual game.

The pitchers owned the early innings before the bats came to life in an eventual 7-5 victory for the East.

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Published June 20, 2017

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s attempt to win a second consecutive baseball state title was denied by Saline High, as the Knights lost 12-0 in a Division 1 semifinal June 15 at Michigan State University.

Saline went on to win the state championship with a 5-2 win against Northville High.

Liggett reached the semifinals with a 6-0 victory against Sterling Heights Stevenson in the quarterfinal round June 13 at Wayne State University.

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Published June 20, 2017

Hazel Park High’s baseball season came to a close with a 4-3 loss to Livonia Clarenceville in a Division 2 regional semifinal June 10 at Madonna University.

The Vikings finished 11-13 overall (3-9 in the Oakland Activities Association Gold Division) and with the program’s first district championship since 2007.

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Published June 17, 2017

EAST LANSING — Payton Schuster can finally wash his uniform.

The Madison Heights Bishop Foley senior outfielder made the proclamation following his club's 3-0 victory over Traverse City St. Francis in the Division 3 state title game June 17.

Schuster began the streak following a Ventures victory over Macomb Lutheran North May 8. His black jersey hid most of the mud and sweat of the span, but his once-white pants showcased the entire playoff run, boasting caked on dirt and dust from several different venues.

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Published June 16, 2017

ORCHARD LAKE — Matt Petry began the 2017 baseball season with an understanding that patience would be required.

The Orchard Lake St. Mary’s skipper ended the spring expecting that patience to yield some big results by this time next year.

“We’ll be moving to Division 2, and with the guys we have coming back, I see us as a legitimate state championship contender,” the Eaglets coach said last week. “There’s a lot of potential we’ll have coming back.”

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Published June 16, 2017

ANCHOR BAY — Warren De La Salle baseball coach Matt Cook is proud of the way his team played this season.

The run came to an end with a 10-inning 5-4 loss to Sterling Heights Stevenson June 10 in a Division 1 regional semifinal.

The Pilots, who came into the season as the defending D-1 state champions, ended the season with a 27-10 record. That included a second-place finish in the Catholic High School League Central Division and another district championship. The program has four state championships in total.

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Published June 15, 2017

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NOVI — The historic run for the Macomb Lutheran North baseball team has come to an end.

The Mustangs fell to Dearborn Divine Child 6-2 June 13 in the Division 2 state quarterfinals.

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