Local high school baseball 'All-Stars' were on display at Comerica Park

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published June 30, 2018

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 Local baseball playersd are pictured after an All-Star game at Comerica Park. The East team beat the West squad 7-4.

Local baseball playersd are pictured after an All-Star game at Comerica Park. The East team beat the West squad 7-4.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


DETROIT — The “stars” converged on Comerica Park June 29, and it had nothing to do with a Detroit Tigers baseball game.


Comerica served as the site for the 37th annual East vs. West Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game.


The exhibition features recently graduated seniors.


The East team won the game 7-4, but the memories players left with may have little to do with the final score.


Utica Eisenhower graduate Joe Zontini was one of multiple players from C&G Newspapers coverage areas to play for the East team. Zontini had been anticipating the All-Star game, and he said it surpassed his expectations.


“Beautiful field, beautiful everything,” Zontini said. “Great game. It was fun.”


Rochester Hills Stoney Creek graduate Andrew Carson had a chance to pitch in the game, giving up no runs in one inning.


He took notice of some of the finer details of Comerica.


“When I first walked out, the first thing I noticed was definitely just the atmosphere,” Carson said. “You walk in and it’s baseball everything. Stands all around (you). Nothing like you’ve ever played in front of. … To get on the mound, it’s like perfect. Nothing’s wrong. It’s great dirt. Loved it. Great experience.”


Grosse Pointe South graduate Davis Graham had two hits in the game, and was selected as the MVP of the East team.


Graham had played at Comerica before in games for South, and like Carson, the scenery of the park has also grabbed his attention.


“The field’s beautiful; the atmosphere’s amazing,” Graham said. “It’s really cool. The background. Just everything. It’s awesome.”


As for the game, the West team scored the first run in the top of the second inning on an RBI single from Brett Zimmerman, who attended Frankfort High. Zimmerman helped the West team add to its lead with an RBI in the fourth via a sacrifice fly.


An error, a passed ball and a wild pitch helped the East squad mount a comeback in the last half of the fourth.


After the inning, the East team was up 4-2, and never relinquished its lead.


After Tyler Hill (Grosse Pointe North) got a fielder’s choice RBI in the sixth, the East team went on to add two more runs in the ninth, despite the result of the game having already been decided (although the East team was up 5-4 after the top half of the inning, it was a full nine-inning game).


Amongst the perks of playing in an All-Star game can be the opportunity it presents to players to re-unite with old acquaintances.


“To be able to play with all these guys that I’ve either played against or with in the past few years, been awesome just to get back with (them) and share some great memories,” said Madison Heights Bishop Foley graduate Mason Minzey.


Every player who took part in the All-Star game has earned an opportunity to play at the next level. Aside from taking advantage of their own chance to be an All-Star, the game also provided a great opportunity for players to sit back and watch others display their respective talents.


“It was fun just to play with all these different players; all talented,” said Birmingham Brother Rice graduate Gabe Sotres. “Great experience.”