The Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association East-West All-Star Baseball Classic returns to Comerica Park at 7 p.m. June 29. Pictured are players on the field from last year’s game.

The Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association East-West All-Star Baseball Classic returns to Comerica Park at 7 p.m. June 29. Pictured are players on the field from last year’s game.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Local players to participate in baseball All-Star game

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published June 22, 2018

DETROIT — The state’s best prep baseball players will get together one last time as they converge at Comerica Park for the 37th annual Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association East-West All-Star Baseball Classic.

The game is set for 7 p.m. June 29 at the home of the Detroit Tigers. Tickets cost $10 and will be available at the Comerica Park box office. All Little League baseball players who show up in uniform get in free.

Twenty-four players will comprise the East team, which includes 15 players from programs inside the C & G Sports coverage area. 

Grosse Pointe South baseball coach Dan Griesbaum is the chair of this year’s game. Griesbaum, who won his second state title June 16, said this game serves as the culmination of the players high school careers.

“It’s like the cherry on top of a sundae,” Griesbaum said. “It’s certainly an experience they’ll never forget.

“And the Tigers have been wonderful to (the MHSBCA). They present our game like it’s a Tigers game with the (national) anthem, the first pitch, the military, the PA announcer, the Jumbotron is on — everything. The kids will never forget it.”

Warren De La Salle’s Kyle Jones, who will play next season at the University of Toledo, said it’s nice to be associated with all of the other strong players participating in the game. Jones has previously played two games at Comerica Park as part of the Catholic High School League tournament. He said this game presents a different experience.

“I’ve never been able to use a locker (at Comerica Park),” Jones said. “That’ll be pretty cool. I’m really looking forward to playing with all the best players in Michigan. It will be cool to finally meet many of them after seeing their names on Twitter and draft boards.”

Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s Mason Minzey, who signed to play at Texas Tech University, said he’s played either with or against many of the players participating in the game. He said he’s looking forward to seeing them all one more time.

The executive board of the MHSBCA selects four coaches — a head coach and three assistants — for each team. Leading the East team will be Detroit Western International’s Juan Sanchez. His staff includes Sterling Heights High’s Bobby Lindsay, Wyandotte Roosevelt’s Brian Cotner and Taylor Prep’s Doug Sumbadi.

Griesbaum said the coaches obviously are thrilled to be part of the game, but it’s all about the players. 

“The thing I’m in awe of is having all of these guys in one location,” Griesbaum said. “That’s the thing you notice more than anything else. I wish I could coach them all for a season.”

Madison Heights Lamphere’s Noah Fisher will continue his playing career at Northern Kentucky University. He said playing in the All-Star game is a big deal.

“When I first found out I was selected to participate in the All-Star game, I was in complete shock,” Fisher said. “I come from a small public school where being given this opportunity does not come to many. To see my name alongside the names of some of the most talented and hardworking players from around the state was a huge honor.”


The local coverage area will be well-represented at the 2018 Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association East-West All-Star Baseball Classic. Listed are the players, their high schools and the programs they will suit up for next season.

• Bryce Bush, Warren De La Salle, Mississippi State University

• Andrew Carson, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, Bowling Green State University

• Noah Fisher, Madison Heights Lamphere, Northern Kentucky University

• Davis Graham, Grosse Pointe South, Wayne State University

• Tyler Hill, Grosse Pointe North, Lansing Community College

• Kyle Jones, De La Salle, University of Toledo

• John Malcom, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day, Vanderbilt University

• Noah Miller, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, Wayne State

• Mason Minzey, Madison Heights Bishop Foley, Texas Tech University

• Garrett Navarra, Sterling Heights Stevenson, Central Michigan University

• Jacob Rybicki, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, Northwood University

• Gabe Sotres, Birmingham Brother Rice, Michigan State University

• Reese Trahey, Brother Rice, Michigan State

• Will Morrison, Liggett, Western Michigan University

• Carter Macias, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, U.S. Military Academy

Source: www.mhsbca.org