Division 1 Team Of The Week: Week 6 - Zeeland East

Bruce Hefflinger
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Division 1 Team Of The Week: Week 6 - Zeeland East

ZEELAND - Easton Remick and Max Salas have provided Zeeland East with an impressive one-two pitching punch so far helping the Prep Baseball Report Division 1 Team of the Week improve to 25-2 heading into the current week of action.

Each threw shutouts against Mona Shores during a 1-0, 5-0, 8-0 sweep of the OK Green Conference opponent this past week, with Gavin Drooger also throwing blanks in the first game of the series.

This week started off with more of the same on Monday with the Chix adding to their team win total with dominating 10-0 and 17-0 victories over Grand Rapids Union.

“Easton Remick and Max Salas continue to be studs on the mound for us,” related head coach Matt Sattler. “Both are 7-0 in our league and continue to prove that they are two of the best in the area.”

Zeeland East is not only looking like one of the top teams in the area, but also in the state, now ranked seventh in D-1 and 13th in the PBR Power 25 ratings.

“We were very young last year and returned many starters,” noted Sattler, whose squad defeated Allendale 9-3 before closing out this past week with a 6-2 loss to Jenison. “We knew we could be a very good team with talent. The competitiveness and drive to keep getting better has stood out the most. These players are never satisfied and that keeps them hungry every day. I love their drive, desire to win and how much fun they have together.”

Four college commits, including Remick, headline a team that also includes a number of underclassmen with next-level potential. Remick, the 24th-rated senior left-handed pitcher in Michigan who also plays right field for Zeeland East, is a Lansing Community College signee. Aidan Jaworowski, the 20th-ranked 2023 second baseman in the state, is a Calvin commit while senior right-handed pitcher Connor Tietema is headed to play at Albion. Trevor Raade, the eighth-rated junior RHP in the state, is a Western Michigan commit.

But Sattler sees more in the junior class with the possibilities of playing after high school including Salas, the 27th-ranked 2024 right-handed pitcher in Michigan who also plays third for the Chix. Shortstop Charlie Lacny, center fielder Austin Keur, catcher Brenston Brown, RHP/IF Noah DeWitt, left fielder Chris Seay and right-handed pitcher Evan Owens are others that Sattler pointed to with college potential.

“All are juniors playing at a high level with high upside and are unsigned,” Sattler said.

That kind of talent had the head coach of Zeeland East expecting big things before the season even began.

“I have had confidence in this group to excel from day one,” Sattler explained. “I believe the key to success is to continue to have fun playing as a team.”

At 17-0 in league play with one game on Thursday versus Grand Rapids Union and three next week against Wyoming, Sattler looks forward to the remainder of the season.

“I am very proud of this group of young men,” Sattler concluded. “They continue to impress me with their ability both on and off the field. They are great people with high character and a drive to compete and win.”