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Clutch Seniors Lead Hackett Title Pursuit

Clutch Seniors Lead Hackett Title Pursuit
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
A couple of summers ago, Joe Carr caught his last baseball game. Or so he thought. The Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Prep senior was called to action behind the plate during his team’s 12-1 victory against Brown City on May 5, making Carr the perfect utility player ...
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New Coach, New Home, New Success for Irish

New Coach, New Home, New Success for Irish
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ryan Knutson is shocked by how well he and his teammates at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep played at the start of this season. And the hope is that it will carry over to next month’s MHSAA Tournament.
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Early End to 2017 Drives Veteran Sturgis

Early End to 2017 Drives Veteran Sturgis
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
All the pieces are in place for the Sturgis varsity baseball team to potentially still be playing in June. After a 19-14 season in 2017 — without a single senior on the squad — Sturgis fourth-year head coach Drew Rutenbar knew the program had an opportunity...
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Pilots' Phenom Always Drawn to Diamond

Pilots' Phenom Always Drawn to Diamond
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Baseball, at its core, is a simple game. Throw a baseball, try to hit it and then catch it. And that was more than enough to hook Bryce Bush.
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St Francis, Frankfort Setting Title Sights

St Francis, Frankfort Setting Title Sights
Friday, April 6, 2018
After an MRI earlier this year revealed a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Traverse City St. Francis all-state pitcher Joey Muzljakovich decided on surgery that would end his senior season before it even started. “It was tough for me to hear that,” Frankf...
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'Over Here,' Athletes Gave to WWI Effort

'Over Here,' Athletes Gave to WWI Effort
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
In a nation at war, the needs of many outweigh the desires of a few. Among the many noble sacrifices for the greater good was Michigan’s spring high school sports season of 1918.
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Brighton Memories Close to Henson's Heart

Brighton Memories Close to Henson's Heart
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Drew Henson admits he'll still sneak an occasional peak at the record book. After 20 years and professional careers in two sports, a quick glance isn't about vanity for Henson. The former Brighton football and baseball star said he's simply curious whether his myriad r...
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St Patrick Return Ends in 1st-Time Celebration

St Patrick Return Ends in 1st-Time Celebration
Saturday, June 17, 2017
A team that took a year to complete the journey against one that could be starting down the same path.  A year ago, Portland St. Patrick lost in the Division 4 Final. On Saturday, the Shamrocks delivered.
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Finals Pitchers' Duel Falls Foley's Way

Finals Pitchers' Duel Falls Foley's Way
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Mason Minzey’s two-out, two-run triple in the fifth inning was the difference Saturday as Madison Heights Bishop Foley defeated Traverse City St. Francis, 3-0, in the Division 3 Final at McLane Baseball Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University. It was t...
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Pitching Aces Deliver Lakeshore Title

Pitching Aces Deliver Lakeshore Title
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Baseball purists would have loved it. Almost as much as Stevensville Lakeshore coach Mark Nate did. Max Gaishin won a classic pitchers’ duel with Alex Dingee on Saturday as Lakeshore defeated Bay City John Glenn, 1-0, in the MHSAA Division 2 championship game at ...
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This Time, It's Saline's Time to Top D1

This Time, It's Saline's Time to Top D1
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Five times, Scott Theisen had brought a team to an MHSAA championship game.  Five times, his Saline Hornets had come up empty.
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First-Time Title Winner Guaranteed in D4

First-Time Title Winner Guaranteed in D4
Friday, June 16, 2017
Coach Bryan Scheurer figured his Portland St. Patrick team couldn’t play much worse.  The Shamrocks committed four errors over the first four innings of their Division 4 Semifinal and trailed Unionville-Sebewaing 8-4.
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D3 Contenders Hold On for 1-run Wins

D3 Contenders Hold On for 1-run Wins
Friday, June 16, 2017
It looked like a mismatch. Madison Heights Bishop Foley, an annual powerhouse with plenty of pitching that had breezed through the tournament, against a sub-.500 team with little past tournament success. It was anything but.
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Lakeshore, John Glenn Win Big in D2

Lakeshore, John Glenn Win Big in D2
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Stevensville Lakeshore trailed 1-0 and did not have a hit until leadoff batter Ryan Remus stepped to the plate to open the bottom of the third inning of Thursday’s Division 2 Semifinal against Chelsea. That’s when the game changed. Remus singled, went to se...
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Northville, Saline Earn Shot at 1st Title

Northville, Saline Earn Shot at 1st Title
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Connor Ziparo kept things simple for Northville on Thursday. Chances are good that things will become more complicated for the Mustangs on Saturday, as they and Saline play each other both seeking a first MHSAA championship.
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Preview: Writing Championship Chapters

Preview: Writing Championship Chapters
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Great stories abound among this weekend’s 16 semifinalists vying for MHSAA baseball championships. Ten teams are seeking their first baseball titles. Six hope to play in a Final for the first time. Two entered the postseason with sub-.500 records. And a small-sch...
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1977 Baseball, Softball Finals Full of Firsts

1977 Baseball, Softball Finals Full of Firsts
Monday, June 5, 2017
This season’s MHSAA Baseball and Softball Finals will be played in two weeks, June 15-17 at Michigan State University. As we begin to turn our attention to that grand finale for the school year, MHSAA historian Ron Pesch takes on a recollection of the diamond cha...
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Weatherlys Cherishing Final Run Together

Weatherlys Cherishing Final Run Together
Friday, June 2, 2017
It’s not hard to pick out the Weatherly boys on a baseball field. Sam, the senior, is 6-foot-3. Ty, a junior, is an inch taller. It’s a little tougher to realize Howell co-coach Mike Weatherly is their dad. He's shading just north of 6 foot. But watch close...
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Pointes' Pride Instilled by Longtime Leaders

Pointes' Pride Instilled by Longtime Leaders
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Neither Frank Sumbera nor Dan Griesbaum were raised in Grosse Pointe.  But no one, at least at the high school level, has done more to enhance and promote baseball in the Pointes than this long-serving pair.
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Veteran St Francis Earns Top Billing

Veteran St Francis Earns Top Billing
Friday, May 19, 2017
Tom Passinault does not like to put unnecessary pressure on his Traverse City St. Francis baseball team. So, when his team took over the No. 1 ranking in the Division 3 baseball coaches poll, he made it more of a lighthearted moment.
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