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Cedar Springs baseball seniors

Cedar Springs baseball seniors

When Governor Whitmer ended face to face school for the remainder of the year, the MHSAA followed up by announcing an end to spring sports in Michigan. That left the seniors of every sports team without a chance to compete in their final year of high school. The Cedar Springs Varsity Baseball team, led by head coach Justin Glyshaw and assisted by Matt Greenleand and Steve Reed, would like to honor each of their five seniors.

Colton Moore

Colton Moore senior picture.

Colton is a young man with a big heart. He’s what you call “a character guy.” He showed up to all off season workouts and led by example. Colton was a versatile player who pitched for the Red Hawks, along with playing second base and a little outfield. His favorite baseball memory was taking a ground ball from Coach Bob in his first all-star practice…a ball that would take a bad hop, hit him in the face, and break his nose. Colton has plans to attend Ferris State University and study Plastics and Rubber Engineering. He’s thankful to all of the adults who have influenced him throughout his life, especially his coaches and parents.

Nathan Male

Nathan Male on the mound junior year.

Nate played on the varsity team each of his high school seasons. He was always one of the fastest players on the team and had a big arm from the outfield. On the bases he was always a threat to steal, and from the outfield he was never afraid to take a chance and try to throw runners out. His favorite baseball memory was from a tournament the boys played in Allendale last season, where he threw out three runners at first base from right field. This is something you might see once in a while, but three times in one day is a rare sight to behold. The coaches will miss Nathan’s athleticism as he pursues a career as a heavy equipment operator. 

11 yr old Caden Markey-Vandenberg standing with his father after the all-star tournament

Caden Markey-Vandenberg

Caden was able to see some time on varsity as a sophomore because of his skill as a hitter. He was also a versatile infielder, playing a majority of his time at third base. Coaches will remember him as a kid who was never afraid to dive for a ball and get dirty to prevent a ball from leaving the infield. Caden’s favorite memory came to him as an 11-year-old when his team won the CSJBL All Star Tournament. He said it was the best he ever played the game, but the moment will always stand out to him because he got to share it with his father. Caden plans to try to walk on and try out for the baseball team at either GRCC or MCC in the fall and pursue a career in sports analysis.

Connor Ellison

Connor Ellison throwing a pitch junior year.

Connor was one of the top pitchers on the varsity team. A natural middle infielder, Connor played every single position on the field during his high school career. Injuries and illness sometimes happen and kids are forced to play out of position. Connor was always the first one to raise his hand and say, “I’ll do it coach.” Though he was a talented athlete, the program will miss his humor. Connor always has a smirk on his face and has an uncanny ability to take any situation, no matter how serious, and make everyone laugh. His favorite baseball memory came from a time as a 12-year-old, when playing for Rebels Baseball, when he traveled to Cooperstown, NY and played in their annual tournament. Connor plans to attend Michigan State University and major in accounting and finance.

Kyle Wise

Kyle Wise in his uniform before a game junior year.

Kyle was also a pitcher on the varsity team who also played third base. His favorite childhood baseball memories are playing little league in Algoma and joking around with his teammates, especially Seth Biggs (a 2019 graduate). Kyle has a laid back personality who rarely lets his emotions get the better of him. This is a great quality dealing with the ups and downs of pitching. Kyle has been attending KCTC for the past two years, studying HVAC and electrical work. After graduation he plans to attend trade school to study one or both of these skills.  

This is a group of boys who will be missed by both their coaches and teammates, and we wish them luck as they take their first steps in a life after high school.

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