Division 4 Team Of The Week: Week 6 - Bay City All Saints


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Division 4 Team Of The Week: Week 6 - Bay City All Saints

BAY CITY - A hit-by-pitch gave Bay City All Saints a 1-0 walkoff win over Dryden last Monday and the Cougars finished out the week with three run-rule victories to stay unbeaten on the season and earn the honor of Prep Baseball Report Division 4 Team of the week.

“Our pitching and fielding has been rock solid,” noted All Saints head coach George Kontes. “Everybody on the team is close and we’ve bonded together. We pick each other up and do the little things we need to do.”

A 14-0 start to the campaign has come in spite of the difficulties of practice time.

We’re a little behind hitting with the weather and not being able to get outside,” the second-year head coach explained. “Vandals damaged where we’ve been hitting inside so we’ve not been able to use that for over three weeks.”

A solid one-two punch on the mound has led the way with Eli Wall now 6-0 on the season after throwing a two-hitter against Dryden. In 34 innings, the senior has struck out 64. Aiding the cause behind the ace of the staff is sophomore Devan Schuler, who tossed a shutout in an 11-0 win over Dryden in game two of a doubleheader. The starting shortstop when not on the mound, Schuler is also 6-0.

“With our pitching, we expect to be in every game but I didn’t expect it to be this good,” Kontes admitted.

Steven Lukins has only thrown three innings but is hopefully going to be back in a few weeks to add depth to the staff. A corner infielder, the junior has the top batting average on the team at .417.

Schuler, who can also catch in addition to pitch and play short, is hitting .364 as is senior center fielder Jordan Ambrosiak. Left fielder Brendon Van Sumerin, another senior, is averaging .350.

Leadoff hitter Zack Kontes, the number two hitter on last year’s team and son of the head coach, brings another strong stick while playing short, second or in the outfield.

Junior  catcher Logan Cadejko, who was hit by a pitch to cap the walk-off win against Dryden, is batting .364 while also seeing time at third base.

Wall, a Mid Michigan College commit, plays first base when not pitching.

“Defense has been our biggest surprise,” noted the All Saints head coach. “Coming into the season we were hoping to be above .500 at this point with the players we needed to replace, but everyone has stepped up their game. It’s been a real pleasant surprise.”

After losing in the district championship game a year ago, Kontes is hoping his Cougars can make a strong tournament run this season.

“We just have to keep working hard,” concluded Kontes, whose team is rated fifth in the state in Division 4 heading into this week’s action. “When the rankings came out Thursday the kids were excited. It’s nice to look at but I told them don’t let it get to your head. Work hard and keep improving.

“Now that we’re able to get outside we’ve got to keep pitching and fielding and hope the hitting comes on like it did last year.”

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