Pair of Bishop Foley catchers make college destinations official

By: Mike Moore | Madison - Park News | Published November 19, 2015

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MADISON HEIGHTS — In a way, signing to make their college choices official was fitting on every level.

Griffin Green and Michael Ryan have spent the past couple of seasons alternating time as starting catchers with the Madison Heights Bishop Foley baseball team.

They are the one-two combo behind the dish that will likely have the Ventures as state-title contenders again in the spring of 2016.

But on Nov. 13, the Foley seniors sat next to one another at the school and signed on the dotted line, sealing their destinations for the collegiate level.

“It was a huge relief to make it official,” Green said of signing with Northern Kentucky University. “It kind of shows how all my hard work has paid off.”

“There’s still a lot of work to do, but this is a relief,” Ryan said of signing with the University of Toledo. “I verbally committed in the summer, but to make it official is nice.”

Green, a Rochester Hills resident, said the choice to sign with Northern Kentucky was simple.

“I fell in love with the campus, the coaching staff, everything,” he explained. “I felt like it was the right fit for me and my family.”

Green said he hit roughly .300 a year ago as Foley’s No. 3 hitter.

He alternated between catcher and right field.

“The main goal now that I’ve signed is to help this team win a state title,” Green said. “As for next year, I really just want to find a way to make an impact somehow.”

Ryan, a Fenton resident who batted fourth or fifth most of the year as a junior, said he visited Toledo a year ago and got a “good vibe” right away.

“The coaches were great,” he said. “It seemed like a hardworking team, and that’s how I see myself.”

Ryan said he was also considering the University of Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan University, Ball State University and Bowling Green State University.

He verbally committed to Toledo in the summer and made things official Nov. 13.

“I’d love to compete for playing time as a freshman,” he said.

As for this coming spring with Foley?

“We want to win a state title,” Ryan added. “That’s really the only goal we have.”

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