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Hudsonville Adds to Diamond Milestones

Hudsonville Adds to Diamond Milestones
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
At the end of last season, longtime Hudsonville baseball coach Dave Van Noord was on the brink of reaching a career milestone – one he and his community finally celebrated last week. His 500th career victory was another achievement for one of the state&rsquo...
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Standout Dunn Does it All for Saugatuck

Standout Dunn Does it All for Saugatuck
Friday, April 22, 2016
At times, he wears a uniform under his uniform. The attire that rests inside his baseball jersey has an “S” on the chest. The “S” should stand for Superman. For Saugatuck multi-athlete Blake Dunn, he doesn’t think playing four varsity spor...
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Longtime Coach Carman Earns 300th W

Longtime Coach Carman Earns 300th W
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Rollie Carman set a goal of reaching 300 wins when he started coaching varsity baseball at Blanchard Montabella in 1994. He reached that goal 22 years later when his St. Louis team defeated Harrison 9-1 in its season opener April 12.
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Centreville Aiming to Take Next Step

Centreville Aiming to Take Next Step
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The sleepy village of Centreville was even quieter last June 13 when seemingly every resident trekked to East Lansing to watch the Bulldogs’ varsity baseball team take on Muskegon Catholic Central in the MHSAA Division 4 championship game. The Bulldogs fell to MC...
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Father, Son: Diamond Rivals No Longer

Father, Son: Diamond Rivals No Longer
Friday, March 18, 2016
As Mattawan’s Brady Neel stepped to the plate, the Kalamazoo Loy Norrix baseball coach called for a shift, expecting the batter to hit toward right field. When Neel sent the ball into the gap between second and third, driving in a run with the hit, a voice in th...
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Crusaders Outlast Centreville for 1st Title

Crusaders Outlast Centreville for 1st Title
Sunday, June 14, 2015
When Nicholas Holt needed it, he dug deep.  Holt allowed 17 hits, but got the biggest outs when he needed them Saturday as Muskegon Catholic Central topped Centreville in a 10-8 thriller in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 championship gam...
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Lumen Christi Follows Early Lead to D3 Win

Lumen Christi Follows Early Lead to D3 Win
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Before John Fleming took the mound, he was already a touchdown ahead. When he left it a couple hours later, he and his Jackson Lumen Christi teammates were Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 baseball champions.
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St. Mary's Sinks Reigning Champ in D2

St. Mary's Sinks Reigning Champ in D2
Sunday, June 14, 2015
None of the players on the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s roster had ever been on a Regional championship baseball team.  Most every starter returned this spring for Mount Pleasant, the defending Division 2 champion.
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Hartland Goes 10 to Land 1st Title

Hartland Goes 10 to Land 1st Title
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Brett Oliver delivered when it mattered the most. John Baker did it all day long in pitching Hartland through 10 innings to its first MHSAA baseball championship.
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First-Time Finalists Ride Pitching Power

First-Time Finalists Ride Pitching Power
Friday, June 12, 2015
The winning pitchers in the Division 4 Semifinals went all seven innings and combined to give up just three hits on Friday at McLane Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University. A stoic Devin Comes gave up a single to the first batter, and that was all in leadi...
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D3 Finalists End Long Waits to Return

D3 Finalists End Long Waits to Return
Friday, June 12, 2015
Except for a couple of hiccups, Jackson Lumen Christi coach Phil Clifford’s game plan could hardly have worked better Friday. And now Clifford has his rotation all set for the MHSAA Final.
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Little Brother Takes Turn as Semis Star

Little Brother Takes Turn as Semis Star
Thursday, June 11, 2015
A year ago, Logan Buczkowski watched as his brother, Hunter, pitched Mount Pleasant to victory in the MHSAA Division 2 Baseball Semifinals. On Friday, it was Logan’s turn to propel the Oilers into the championship game, and he did it with six shutout innings as ...
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Sophomore Hurls Hartland into D1 Final

Sophomore Hurls Hartland into D1 Final
Thursday, June 11, 2015
It would not be an overstatement to say that Kyle Kletzka was the surprise star of the game Friday morning at McLane Baseball Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University. Kletzka, a 5-foot-9 sophomore pitcher who was on the Hartland junior varsity eight weeks ag...
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Preview: New Champ (at least 1) Guaranteed

Preview: New Champ (at least 1) Guaranteed
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
This weekend’s MHSAA Baseball Finals at Michigan State University’s McLane Stadium are guaranteed to provide at least a few first-time thrills. Of 16 teams playing in Semifinals starting Thursday, 11 have never played in an MHSAA baseball championship game...
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#TBT: Escanaba Streaks into History

#TBT: Escanaba Streaks into History
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thanks in part by “lanky righthander” Harlan Breitzman and his 14 pitching wins over the 1954 and 1955 seasons, Escanaba entered the spring of 1956 having won 43 straight games.  Statewide news at the time, that streak ended in the season opener with a...
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Liggett Scores 2nd Title in 3 Seasons

Liggett Scores 2nd Title in 3 Seasons
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Hits? Who needs hits? Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett had just three hits Saturday. But it used just about every other conceivable way to reach base, move runners along, and get them home in downing Decatur, 9-0, in the MHSAA Division 3 Final at McLane Baseball ...
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New Lothrop 'Nails' Down 1st Title

New Lothrop 'Nails' Down 1st Title
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Beal City did something it hadn’t done in a long time, relatively speaking. New Lothrop did something for the first time, ever.
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Reigning D1 Champ Posts Record Result

Reigning D1 Champ Posts Record Result
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Same school, same uniforms. But an almost entirely different cast. And a piece of MHSAA baseball history.
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Oilers Add to Decade of Dominance

Oilers Add to Decade of Dominance
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Aaron Leasher didn’t need a whole lot of run support. Still, it was a nice luxury to have as the senior left-hander tossed a four-hitter Saturday in leading Mount Pleasant to a 7-2 win over Richmond in the MHSAA Division 2 Final at McLane Baseball Stadium on the...
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D3 Semis: Aces Lead Final Advance

D3 Semis: Aces Lead Final Advance
Friday, June 13, 2014
Cody Huston and Matthew Gushee furthered their reputations as big-game pitchers Friday. Both shined in MHSAA Division 3 Semifinals in helping Decatur and Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, respectively, reach what will be the biggest game for both teams this sea...
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