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Vermontville Ace Joins NFHS Hall (Video)

Vermontville Ace Joins NFHS Hall (Video)
Monday, August 15, 2016
Michigan celebrated its eighth inductee to the National High School Sports Hall of Fame with the honoring of Vermontville baseball star Ken Beardslee during the annual National Federation of State High School Associations summer meeting, this summer in Reno, Nevada. Cl...
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Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect
Friday, August 5, 2016
Michigan’s climate and culture within high school baseball probably makes a change in the MHSAA pitching rule unnecessary for the high school season. 
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Through the Years: Baseball 1971-2015

Through the Years: Baseball 1971-2015
Friday, July 1, 2016
It's often a surprise to fans that the first MHSAA Baseball Finals were played in 1971, despite a long history of the sport among the state's high schools.  But that history, while shorter than for some of our other sports, has had its share of highlights as one o...
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Liggett Caps Memorable, Meaningful Run

Liggett Caps Memorable, Meaningful Run
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Dan Cimini led Grosse Point Woods University Liggett to its fourth MHSAA baseball championship Saturday. None of the previous three could come close to matching the emotion of this one.
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Parkway Runs Away for 1st Championship

Parkway Runs Away for 1st Championship
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Sterling Heights Parkway Christian baseball coach Rich Koch worried heading into the MHSAA tournament about run production.  His concerns were clearly unfounded.
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Early Bumps, Smooth Landing for DeLaSalle

Early Bumps, Smooth Landing for DeLaSalle
Saturday, June 18, 2016
A bunch of young Warren DeLaSalle Pilots earned their wings Saturday. And from the looks of it, DeLaSalle baseball could be flying high for a while.
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Maroons 'Make Most' of 1st Finals Trip

Maroons 'Make Most' of 1st Finals Trip
Saturday, June 18, 2016
When the cart wobbled, Mike Mokma grabbed the wheel. Mokma allowed four hits and struck out 14 on Saturday as Holland Christian won its first MHSAA baseball championship with an 8-5 victory over Linden in the Division 2 title game.
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Recent Champions to Meet for D3 Title

Recent Champions to Meet for D3 Title
Friday, June 17, 2016
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett has much to play for this season. As the favorite entering the Division 3 tournament, the Knights have had their eyes set on winning the school’s fourth title in six years. On June 1, their focus became even sharper.
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D4 Finalists Ride Pitching to Saturday

D4 Finalists Ride Pitching to Saturday
Friday, June 17, 2016
No one knows better how good of a pitcher Andrew Manier is than Sterling Heights Parkway Christian catcher Alex Julio. “He was something special today,” Julio said. “He’s a good pitcher, and has been. But today he was special.”
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Cool, Calm Contenders Move On in D1

Cool, Calm Contenders Move On in D1
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Wildly effective, and his record is deceptive. Both phrases accurately described Warren DeLaSalle sophomore Nino Puckett as he pitched – and won – the biggest game of his life Thursday.
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Aces Lead Holland Christian, Linden in D2

Aces Lead Holland Christian, Linden in D2
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Mike Mokma had four innings Thursday morning to scout DeWitt’s lineup as he watched his school’s first MHSAA Semifinal from his post at first base. As if the Holland Christian ace needed help, he also appears to take exceptional mental notes.
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Preview: First-Time Winner Guaranteed

Preview: First-Time Winner Guaranteed
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Reigning MHSAA champions Hartland and Jackson Lumen Christi will return to Michigan State University's McLane Stadium this weekend hoping to enjoy another celebration on the final weekend of the 2015-16 school year.  But nine of 16 contenders at this season's Semi...
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1971: MHSAA Launches 'Big One' for Baseball

1971: MHSAA Launches 'Big One' for Baseball
Monday, June 13, 2016
“It’s a big one,” said state director of athletics Al Bush, when asked about organizing the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s inaugural baseball tournament back in January 1971.  “The idea has been under study for more than ...
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'One more reason why baseball is awesome'

'One more reason why baseball is awesome'
Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Maple City Glen Lake and Bellaire baseball teams found themselves confined to their dugouts Wednesday afternoon as rain clouded an otherwise typical late-spring doubleheader.  Typically "awesome," that is.
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Top-Ranked Saline Learns from 2015

Top-Ranked Saline Learns from 2015
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Players and coaches on the Saline baseball team know how it feels to enter the MHSAA Tournament as the top-ranked team in the state. They did it last year and just might do it again this year. They also know how it feels to be the top-ranked team and end up four victor...
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Opponent 'Pinch Hits' as Translator

Opponent 'Pinch Hits' as Translator
Monday, May 9, 2016
A few weeks after Forest Hills Northern second baseman Mitchell Gumbko “pinch hit” to help Allendale pitcher Javier Gonzalez bridge a language gap during a freshman baseball game, their story of sportsmanship continues to spread around the Grand Rapids area ...
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Western's White Enjoys 'Special' Career

Western's White Enjoys 'Special' Career
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Seeking a higher level of performance, many high school athletes have channeled their energy to one sport. Many refer to this concentration as specialization – and Cody White, for one, isn’t buying it.
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Performance: Holland Christian's Mike Mokma

Performance: Holland Christian's Mike Mokma
Friday, April 29, 2016
Mike Mokma has accomplished more than most during a varsity career now in its fourth season. But until recently, he’d never achieved perfection.  The 6-foot-6 right-hander struck out eight of the first nine Holland batters he faced April 19 in tossing his fi...
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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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