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July 11, 2014

Number of local players named to All-State baseball, softball teams

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Sterling Heights Parkway Christian pitcher Riley McManus was named second team All-State in Division 4 by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association. McManus is pictured during a game against Ann Arbor Greenhills.

The Michigan High School Baseball and Softball Coaches Associations recently released their respective All-State teams for the 2014 season, and there is a distinct C & G coverage-area flavor to the Division 1-4 teams.

Several players from our coverage area have been named to the teams. One coach with multiple selections said the honor is a testament to the athletes’ hard work.

“As a coach, I love it when the kids’ hard work pays off,” said Sterling Heights Stevenson coach Joe Emanuele, who has two players on the D-1 first team and two on the D-1 second team.  “All (these guys) work year-round trying to get stronger and working on their game, so I think it gives them a good feeling to accomplish All-State honors.”

Here is a listing of all of the All-State baseball and softball players from schools in the C & G coverage area, along with the baseball Dream Team, which comprises players from Division 1-4. For a complete list of the all the baseball All-Staters, check out www.mhsb ca.org. For a look at the complete All-State softball team, log on to www.mhssca.com.

After leading his team to a state championship, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett coach Dan Cimini was named Coach of the Year by the state baseball coaches association. Liggett downed Decatur 9-0 June 14 to win a D-3 state championship. Cimini also led the Knights to D-4 titles in 2013 and 2011.

Baseball
Dream Team

Pitcher Dazen Cole, West Bloomfield High; pitcher Garrett Schilling and infielder Brad Baldwin, Madison Heights Bishop Foley; infielder Sal Ciaravino and outfielder Daniel Robinson, Grosse Pointe North; infielder Ryan Liagre, Grosse Pointe South; infielder Nick Azar, Liggett; infielder Randy Righter, utility player Matt Ruppenthal and outfielder Nick Plummer, Birmingham Brother Rice; outfielders Zach McGuire and Brandon Hughes, Sterling Heights Stevenson; catcher Danny Kerr, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North; and catcher Kevin O’Malley, Walled Lake Western.

First Team D-1 All-State
Infielders Jimmy Menchl and Liagre, Grosse Pointe South; Cole, West Bloomfield; Ciaravino and Robinson, Grosse Pointe North; Righter, Plummer and Ruppenthal, Brother Rice; O’Malley, Walled Lake Western; McGuire and Hughes, Stevenson; Kerr, L’Anse Creuse North.

First Team D-2 All-State
Outfielder Aiden Cullen, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

First Team D-3 All-State
Infielder Brad Baldwin, outfielder Austin Lukechewski and Schilling, Bishop Foley; and outfielder Adam Fiema and Azar, Liggett.

First Team D-4 All-State
Outfielder Ryan Stewart, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian.
 

Softball
First Team D-1 All-State

Outfielder Sydney Heath, infielder Sally Muller and catcher Ashley Messina, Troy High; outfielder Alex Sorgi and catcher Gabby Schefka, Utica Ford II; shortstop Mackenzie Nemitz and utility player Taylor LaPorte, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore; utility player Becky Corbett, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; infielder Megan Keller, North Farmington; infielder Alex Sobczak, Farmington Mercy; infielder Sydni Culps, Utica Eisenhower; utility player Casey Maybrier, Walled Lake Northern.

First Team D-3 All-State
Outfielder Lia Evangelista, Liggett.

First Team D-4 All-State
Catcher Jade Difatta, Parkway Christian.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.