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Sixth-grader to play baseball in Orlando

Austin Alcumbrack at the MVP All Star Tournament with his Chamionship ring. 

Austin hitting his last home run that was over 370 feet.

Cedar Springs sixth-grader Austin Alcumbrack was picked from over 3,000 baseball players in the first round to represent Game Day USA on their Disney team down in Orlando this winter.

He is the son of Todd and Sandy Alcumbrack, of Cedar Springs.

According to his older sister, Kali, Austin has played many years of little league but just had his first year of travel ball this last year playing at the Rockford Baseball Academy. 

“He helped out a 12-year-old team, and was picked by the opposing team as an MVP. Getting this allowed him to play in the Game Day USA All Star MVP tournament at the Art Van Complex in Rockford, where his team won the championship,” she explained. 

She said he pitched in two games and batted over .800 during the four games. While doing individual evaluations he got 1st in 3 out of the 4; ball velocity off the bat, throwing speed, and 40 yard dash; and took second in the 4th event, 5-10-5 drill. 

Austin plays 1st and 3rd base but is mainly a pitcher. “He pitches 65 mph but can hit 70. He can throw a solid fastball along with an amazing change up and curveball,” said Kali.

He bats 4th in the lineup and has hit 6 home runs in his baseball career, the last reportedly being over 370 feet. He has already started practices with his new team and league and is joining the Grand Rapids Diamonds. 

The Disney New Year’s Baseball Classic takes place at the end of December.

Congratulations and good luck, Austin!

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Red Hawk sixth-grader plays baseball in national tournament

Walker Glyshaw can pitch both right-handed and left-handed. He used that to his team’s advantage in the tournament. Courtesy photo.

Walker Glyshaw, 11, at the 12u Junior National Baseball Tournament at Walt Disney World. Courtesy photo.

Walker Glyshaw, a sixth-grader at Red Hawk Elementary, experienced the excitement of playing in the 12 and under Junior National Baseball tournament at Disney over the holidays. 

Walker’s team of junior all American baseball players from around the Midwest finished 2nd in the New Year’s Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney.  

They opened the tournament with a 4-4 Tie against Crabfest from Maryland, followed by a 13-2 victory over JP Sports from Illinois. In that game, Walker had two hits, including a triple. He also pitched the second half of the game, striking out five and earning the victory.  

In their third game they lost a hard fought match to Puerto Rico 6-5. Though they had a disappointing 1-1-1 record, the team was able to advance to the semi finals.  

The semi final game was played against the #1 seeded team, Athletic’s Warehouse, from North Carolina. The highlight of the game came in the final inning. Walker came into the game to pitch with 2 outs and 2 runners on base. The score was 4-2. Both runs for North Carolina had come off of home runs earlier in the game. Walker would be facing both of those batters in the final inning. He threw left-handed to the first hitter who managed a weak hit up the middle, loading the bases. He then switched and threw right-handed to the next hitter. The count quickly went to 3 balls, 2 strikes. Against the advice of his coach, Walker threw a breaking ball to strike him out to end the game and earn the save.

The finals were played on New Years day against another Maryland team, the Shutdown Orioles. Walker’s team quickly got down 8-1 and managed to fight their way back to 8-7. Walker was warming up to come into the game, when it was called because they had reached the time limit.

He will play this year for the River City Prospects out of Grand Rapids.

Walker, 11, is the son of Justin and Elizabeth Glyshaw, both teachers at Cedar Springs Public Schools. 

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CS baseball player headed to Disney

Red Hawk Elementary student Walker Glyshaw, 11, was selected to play in a 12 and under Junior National Baseball tournament at Disney at the end of December. Courtesy photo.

Eleven-year-old Walker Glyshaw, a sixth grade student at Red Hawk Elementary, has been selected to play in a 12 and under Junior National baseball tournament in Orlando, Florida from December 27-Jan 2. He will be one of only 12 players to represent the state of Michigan in a tournament that will be played at Disney. This tournament welcomes teams from all over the United States, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada.

Walker played travel baseball for the Grand Rapids Diamonds this summer and, after throwing a no-hitter against Hawks Gold, was invited to play in an all-star tournament at the Art Van Field of Dreams complex. This tournament was run by Gameday USA. Players were run through professional-style evaluations, measuring their ability to field, throw, hit and run. They were also scrutinized during in-game play throughout the weekend.  

Walker proved to be a standout from among the hundreds of players, finishing 3rd in the home run derby, batting over .800 in four games, and posting some of the highest mph ratings while pitching. Walker drew the eyes of scouts as a solid all around player, but he has a unique skill—he is ambidextrous. The glove he wears while pitching has six fingers so he can switch arms while on the mound. He has learned to throw left handed while pitching to left handed hitters, and right handed to right handed hitters. Having developed both a change up and a curve ball with both hands, along with a strong fastball, gives him a clear advantage over every hitter he faces.  

Walker is the son of Justin and Elizabeth Glyshaw, both teachers at Cedar Springs Public Schools. Walker’s teachers are Mr. Verwys and Miss Sheckler.

Congratulations, Walker! 

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