Division 1 Team Of The Week: Week 7 - Birmingham Seaholm

Bruce Hefflinger
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Division 1 Team Of The Week: Week 7 - Birmingham Seaholm

BIRMINGHAM - The school record for wins in a season is within reach. It could be one of many accomplishments made this season by Birmingham Seaholm, the Prep Baseball Report Division 1 Team of the Week.

Winners of 17 straight and 22-2 entering this week’s action, the 16th-rated Power 25 team in the state defeated Groves 4-0 and 9-7 this past week to pull within four of the school mark for victories set in 2019. 

“Entering the season I believed that anything less than 25-10 would be a disappointment,” admitted head coach John Toth, whose team has eight regular-season games remaining. “Obviously with the current record we are on pace to do better than what we planned. The pitching has been even better than originally expected. We simply do not walk guys. We have only given up 46 walks in 153.2 innings on the year. Our team ERA is 1.54 and team WHIP is .950. I thought the pitching would be good, but these numbers seem like a video game.”

Nick Shenefelt threw a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts against Groves this past week and now has 27 consecutive scoreless innings in a season in which the 58th-rated junior in Michigan has thrown three no-hitters.

The fifth-ranked 2024 third baseman in the state, a left-handed hitter, is also batting .423 with four home runs for the 11th-rated team in Division 1.

Junior center fielder Jack Lewis tops the team in batting average at .455 with the leadoff hitter also stealing 16 bases. Infielder Colton Kinnie, the 12th-ranked 2024 third baseman in Michigan, is hitting .382 with 22 RBIs and 22 runs scored while Granden Kinnie, the 20th-rated junior shortstop in the state, carries a .438 average while also excelling on the mound with a 6-0 record, throwing 39.1 innings with a 1.246 ERA.

“Besides the crazy pitching numbers, nothing has surprised me about this team,” explained Toth, whose squad captured the Oakland Activities Association White Division title with a 16-2 record. “I am extremely proud of how hard our guys play.

“We just have to play ball and have fun,” Toth added in looking ahead to the rest of the regular season and tournament. “We need to continue to do the things that got us here. Keep running out every play, taking extra bases, and playing as a team from start to finish.”