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Baseball tryout & hitting camp


Coast to Coast Baseball would like to invite local players (ages 10-18) to one of our upcoming tryout events. At the tryout, our staff will evaluate your skills in four areas; hitting, fielding, arm strength and speed.

Since the summer of 2001, over 3000 athletes from 46 different states have participated in the Coast to Coast Baseball program. Our alumni now compete at every level of collegiate baseball…. and even professionally.

Players who are accepted to the program, may choose to represent the USA in competition in Puerto Rico, or work with top college coaches and pro scouts at one of our Florida or Arizona Camp and Showcase events held at a MLB spring-training complex.

In addition to the tryout, an instructional hitting camp will be held the same day. The goal of the camp is to help players improve hitting fundamentals as well as their mental approach at the plate. Events will be held at:

June 23 Genesee Fieldhouse Grand Blanc, MI

June 25 Grand Valley State Allendale, MI

June 26 Albion College Albion, MI

Tryout start time at all events is 10:00 a.m. Hitting camp start time at all events is 2:00 p.m.

For more information, players and parents can visit our website. Register for one or both events on our website www.CoastToCoastAthletics.com or by calling our office (740) 373-4455.

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Baseball tryout and hitting camp


Coast to Coast Baseball would like to invite local players (ages 10-18) to one of our upcoming tryout events. At the tryout, our staff will evaluate your skills in four areas; hitting, fielding, arm strength and speed.
Since the summer of 2001, over 2000 athletes (ages 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18) from 46 different states have participated in the Coast to Coast Baseball program. Our alumni now compete at every level of collegiate baseball and even professionally.
Players who are accepted to the program may choose to represent the USA in competition in Puerto Rico, or work with top college coaches and pro scouts at one of our Florida or Arizona Camp & Showcase events held at a MLB spring-training complex.
In addition to the tryout, an instructional hitting camp will be held the same day. The goal of the camp is to help players improve hitting fundamentals as well as their mental approach at the plate. Events will be held at:
July 23 Genesee Fieldhouse Grand Blanc, MI
July 24 Spring Training Indoor Chesterfield, MI
July 25 Elite Baseball Grand Rapids, MI
July 26 Central Michigan Univ. Mt. Pleasant, MI
July 27 Colley Law School Stadium Lansing, MI
Tryout start time at all events is 10 am. Hitting camp start time at all events is 2 pm.
For more information, players and parents can visit our website. Register for one or both events on our website www.CoastToCoastAthletics.com or by calling our office 740-373-4455.

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Baseball travel team takes first in tournament


Congratulations to the Rockford Rebels 13u travel baseball team, who took first place in their age bracket in the School’s Out Backyard Blast tournament held in Lowell June 10-12. The Rebels team, made up of boys from Rockford, Cedar Springs, and Belding, were undefeated in tournament play, and won the extra-innings championship game against Grand Ledge with a score of 2-1.  The Rebels continue their regular season play in the local GRABL league through the end of June.  More info about Rebels baseball:  www.facebook.com/RebelsBaseball.

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Vintage baseball tournament to benefit ALS of Michigan


See how the game was originally played June 18,19 at Hartwick Pines State Park

Hartwick Pines State Park will host the inaugural “Hartwick Pines-ALS Classic” Vintage Base Ball Tournament on June 18-19 to benefit the ALS of Michigan Foundation. Four vintage baseball teams from across the Lower Peninsula will compete to help raise money and awareness about the disease commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Teams participating include the host Hartwick Pines Swampers, the Petoskey Mossbacks, the Saginaw Old Golds and the Walker Tavern Wheels.
There will be two games on Saturday, June 18, with the first game beginning at noon between the Petoskey Mossbacks and the Walker Tavern Wheels. The second game pitting the Saginaw Old Golds and the Hartwick Pines Swampers will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. On Sunday, June 19, the consolation game will take place at noon and the championship match will follow the first game. All games will be played on the field at the park picnic area.
“The inspiration for holding this tournament came when a friend of the Hartwick Pines Swampers and former Walker Tavern Wheels player, Don ‘Skeeter’ Barnowski, was diagnosed with ALS in 2010,” said Hartwick Pines Swamper manager and park historian Rob Burg. “We felt this would be a fitting tribute to Don and help him spread the word and help find a cure for ALS.”
The “vintage base ball” will be played by the rules of 1860 and feature the players fielding the ball without the use of gloves and being able to catch the ball on one bounce for a “fly” out. This is how baseball was played in the early days of the game at community picnics and other events.
In addition to the games, there will be food, a silent auction, sales of merchandise, and other activities. The ALS of Michigan Foundation will have a tent to provide more information. All proceeds from the event will go to help find a cure for ALS. On Saturday evening, a special “Music at the Museum” program at the Logging Museum at 7 p.m. will feature musician and educator Michael Deren presenting his “Past in Person: Lumberjack” program.
Hartwick Pines State Park is located at 4216 Ranger Rd., Grayling, MI 49738. There is no charge for the tournament, but donations to the ALS of Michigan Foundation are encouraged, and a Recreation Passport is required for vehicles entering the park.
Hartwick Pines Logging Museum is part of the Michigan Historical Museum Family. For more information please call (989) 348-2537 or visit www.michigan.gov/loggingmuseum
Michigan residents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($10 for motor vehicles; $5 for motorcycles) by checking “YES” on their license plate renewal forms, or at any state park or recreation area.

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Fathers vs. players baseball fundraiser


The community is invited to attend the first ever Fathers vs. Players fundraiser community picnic, for Cedar Springs Baseball, on May 22 at 1 p.m. This family fun day will be held at the Cedar Springs Varsity baseball field, and will promote community awareness, support and raise money for off-season training for all high school baseball players.
Everyone is asked to bring their own picnic lunch, and there will be an area for barbecue grills. Vendors will conduct games with prizes, and some of the games include the dunk tank, putting green, bean bag games, a radar gun to check how fast you can throw and speed timing.
The main event will be a game between the high school players and their dads.
All youth players with the Cedar Springs Junior Ball League are encouraged to attend, and they will be asked to take their position on the field when the high school players take their positions. Everyone will be asked to “run the bases” when the game is over.
Individual players will be asking for donations. If you are interested in organizing, donating or sharing, please call Roger Louck at (616) 706-8599.

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Take me out to the ball game!


Opening day at Comerica Park is a big deal for Detroit Tigers fans. And Tiger fan Kelsey Kiander, 14, an eighth-grader at Cedar Springs Middle School, got to do something special for opening day—she was chosen as an honorary member of the grounds crew where she got to place third base on the field.
Kelsey, the daughter of Shila and Kevin Kiander, of Cedar Springs, was one of 30 winners of Kids Opening Day Sweepstakes, an essay contest that drew more than 230 entries. Kelsey wanted more than anything to go to a game for her birthday, and Shila saw the sweepstakes on Facebook and decided to write an essay about Kelsey, with the hope that she might win a chance to go.
Her essay read: “My daughter has been waiting for opening day since the end of last season.  She has always rooted for the Tigers but last year she became a real fan.  Her great grandfather spent his winters in Lakeland Florida and was a big Tigers fan. Last year, at the age of 90 he was diagnosed with a terminal heart condition. My daughter spent 3 weeks caring for her great grandpa.  She prepared his meals and gave his medication to him. During those three weeks, they didn’t miss watching a Tigers game together. Grandpa died last July. After great grandpa died, Kelsey was given his Detroit Tigers baseball cap. She wore it all summer. Kelsey has said she was lucky to get to spend those weeks taking care of her great grandpa. She says that some of her favorite memories of her time with her great grandpa was when they watched the Tigers together.  She has never been to a Tigers game and all she wants for her birthday is to go to a Tigers game.  Her birthday is April 7th and she will be 14 years old.  I can’t imagine a better birthday present for my daughter then spending opening day at Comerica Park!”
Shila was excited when she found out she’d won. “When they called me I couldn’t believe it,” said Shila. “We decided to wait and tell her on April 7 (her 14th birthday) that she had won the sweepstakes winning four free tickets to Sunday’s game!”
Kelsey was excited, too, and had a great time at her first Tigers game at Comerica Park with her family!
Detroit lost to Kansas City, 9-5.

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