POSITION: Second Base
ACHIEVEMENTS: Delanoy collected 41 hits — including 11 doubles, five triples and two home runs to give him 68 total bases — en route to a .342 batting average. His 46 RBIs were a team high, and he also posted 39 runs, 10 steals, a .487 OBP and walked 35 times. For Delanoy, it was his second straight year making first team all-county, and his third consecutive making one of the top-two teams. The left-handed hitter will continue his baseball career at Wayne State University.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Hunter’s just consistent,” Hartland coach Brian Morrison said. “Very competitive. Quiet kid, but very competitive. If he plays well our team is usually going to have a good day. He’s just one of those guys that if he’s out there, you just never worry about Hunter Delanoy.”
ACHIEVEMENTS: Slavin transformed into one of the best hitters in Livingston County, leading the Eagles with a .402 batting average, which ranked fourth in the county among all qualified batters. The senior speedster also stole 16 bases while tallying 49 hits, scoring 39 runs and plating 22. His on-base percentage at the end of the season sat at .529 as Slavin took 26 walks. Slavin will take his talents to Siena Heights University next school year, where he will continue his baseball career.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Jack plays the game like you wish you could get all your players to play,” Hartland coach Brian Morrison said. “He has a lot of fun playing the game and he’s an exciting player to watch. As a coach and fan of baseball, watching him play, that’s the way you’re supposed to play baseball. He just really had an outstanding career and outstanding senior year.”
ACHIEVEMENTS: Hendricks was perhaps the breakout star in Livingston County. While Hendricks certainly didn’t come out of nowhere, he arguably took the greatest strides in his game in 2017. At the start of the season, he wasn’t even pegged to be his team’s ace. Yet by the end, he was Hartland’s go-to guy on the mound, putting together an 11-1 record, 1.22 ERA and 0.86 WHIP while striking out 81 batters over 74 2/3 innings. And he may have been even better with the bat. Hendricks led his team in hits (56), doubles (15), triples (5), home runs (2), total bases (87), runs (48) and steals (21). He was second on the Eagles in batting average (.378) and RBIs (32). Only a junior, Hendricks will return to Hartland in 2018 and should be a frontrunner for Player of the Year with Brighton’s Cameron Tullar.
COACH’S COMMENT: “Max is just a great all-around baseball player,” Hartland coach Brian Morrison said. “He’s our leadoff hitter and plays outstanding defense and shortstop, and as a pitcher, really excelled this year and allowed us to have the type of season that we did. At the plate, great speed, always going to give you a good at-bat. He’s just one of the better all-around players we’ve had.”
Cade Martin, Hartland
Justin McGrew, Hartland
Hartland — Kyle Kletzka, Logan Tobel, Steve Callan
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SCHOOL: Howell CLASS: Senior POSITION: Infield/Outfield ACHIEVEMENTS: Balgaard wanted to make sure he left a lasting impression before playing baseball at Indiana University. And that’s precisely what the shortstop did, providing one of the county’s best bats in the middle of the Highlanders’ lineup.