All-Grosse Pointe players are some of many reasons to follow 2011 baseball season

By: Brad D. Bates | Grosse Pointe Times | Published April 13, 2011

 Grosse Pointe South's Robby Kish

Grosse Pointe South's Robby Kish

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


The Grosse Pointe Times selected its 2011 All-Grosse Pointe preseason team with players from Grosse Pointe South, Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett to form a single team that would be quite formidable.

Pitcher, North senior Sean Koerber — North’s 6-foot-5-inch 212-pound ace is the “little” brother of 2000’s Mr. Baseball, Scott Koerber. Sean made a name for himself going 6-1 as a junior,

Catcher, University Liggett senior Dominic Jamett — Finally a senior after being one of Division 4’s top all-around players for three seasons. Jamett hit .481 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs last year while throwing out 39 of 40 base runners.

First base, South sophomore Carmen Benedetti — All Benedetti did as a freshman was start almost every game for South and hit. 397. He moves to first base from the outfield where his 6-foot-2-inch frame provides a healthy target for his infielders.

Second base, South senior Robby Kish — Kish is South’s starting shortstop. He hit .353 as a junior and is the core of he Blue Devils’ defense, which coach Dan Griesbaum said is the 2011 team’s main strength.

Third base, North senior Paul Kappaz — Kappaz moves to third base this year and is a captain with Koerber. He saw time at several positions last year, and North coach Frank Sumbera said Kappaz can play any position he needs with the possible exception of catcher.

Shortstop, University Liggett senior Joe Simon — Like Jamett, Simon was on the All-Grosse Pointe team as a junior. He moves from second base on our squad to shortstop, where he’s played four years for the Knights. As a junior, he hit .422 and committed just three errors.

Outfield, South senior Joe Aliotta — Aliotta is one of several Blue Devils who return after seeing extensive playing time as a junior. He hit .328 last year and was 5-1 on the mound with a 1.02 ERA.

Outfield, North senior Jimmy Guest — Guest is a two-time All-Grosse Pointe honoree after debuting here a year ago. He returns as North’s starting center fielder and lead-off man. Guest takes the lead as North’s 2011 offense will be predicated on speed.

Outfield, South senior Ross Minuga — Minuga is one of seven seniors who return to South with plenty of experience in 2011. Minuga helped the Blue Devils win 24 games, a share of the MAC Red and its second straight district crown in 2010.

Utility, University Liggett sophomore Connor Fannon — Fannon was All-State second team as a freshman, hitting .451 with 48 RBIs and four home runs. He’s also a 6-foot-6-inch pitcher with a fastball that tops out in the mid-80s and a changeup that bottoms out in the high-60s.