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Source: Meet the 2018 All-Livingston County baseball team

 

JAKE FALZONE

  • School: Howell
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Grade: Senior
  • Accomplishments: Played in the East-West All-Star Game at Comerica Park after making second-team all-state. Went 9-1 with a 1.36 ERA, striking out 91 batters in 61⅔ innings. Only loss was a nine-inning decision to top-ranked Bay City Western. Hit .363 with two homers and 28 RBI. Will play for Kellogg Community College.
  • Co-coach Jason Ladd: “We knew he had it in him. He came on strong toward the middle of the year last year. It kind of propelled him into this year. He had a big summer playing at Legacy; that helped him become the player he is now.”

CAMERON TULLAR

  • School: Brighton
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Grade: Senior
  • Accomplishments: Went 7-3 with a 1.59 ERA, allowing only 34 hits and striking out 98 in 70⅔ innings. Hit .333 with five homers and 32 RBI. Doubled home the first run and pitched a shutout in the district championship game against Howell. Pitched in the East-West All-Star Game at Comerica Park. Made second-team all-state.
  • Coach Charlie Christner: “He’s been our No. 1 pitcher the last two years. Being in that position, he’s going to be in those big games and you’re going to face the other teams’ best pitchers more times than not. We’d end up winning most of those games with his record the way it was over his career. He’s a big piece to what we were able to do the last three years.”

SAM BROWNE

  • School: Fowlerville
  • Position: Catcher
  • Grade: Junior
  • Accomplishments: Hit .393 and drove in 25 runs, making all-conference and all-district. Also went 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA as a pitcher, including a four-inning perfect game against St. Johns.
  • Coach Matt Hunt: “Sam was our leader defensively all year long. He works hard back there for our pitchers and sets the tone for our whole team. He’s an all-around good player. He even pitched for us quite a bit this year, too. Sam’s a kid who came in last winter and just busted his butt; it paid off for him.”

ANDREW GILPIN

  • School: Brighton
  • Position: First base
  • Grade: Senior
  • Accomplishments: Was Brighton’s leading hitter with a .403 average and .645 slugging percentage. Had a team-high 15 doubles, while ranking second with five homers and 35 RBI. Made second-team all-state. As a pitcher, was 8-1 with a 1.72 ERA. Will play for Hope College.
  • Coach Charlie Christner: “He just hit, hit, hit. He was hitting close to .500 for much of the year. The last couple weeks dropped him down a little bit, but hitting over .400 is a pretty significant number. He hit for extra bases.”

CHRISTIAN MONTROSE

  • School: Fowlerville
  • Position: Second base
  • Grade: Junior
  • Accomplishments: Hit .425 with a .504 on-base percentage, driving in 33 runs. Went 21-for-30 in the first seven games of the season, including having three of Fowlerville’s five hits in a 1-0 14-inning loss to eventual state Division 2 semifinalist DeWitt.
  • Coach Matt Hunt: “It’s fun to watch Christian play the game of baseball. He is a sure-handed, left-handed hitting second baseman who plays the game with a lot of energy. … He’s just a great all-around athlete, a great baseball player.”

MAX HENDRICKS

  • School: Hartland
  • Position: Shortstop
  • Grade: Senior
  • Accomplishments: Hit 11 triples, tying for fifth in the state’s single-season record book. Batted .398 with 24 RBI. As a pitcher, was 6-4 with a 1.88 ERA. Made second-team all-state and played in the East-West All-Star Baseball Classic at Comerica Park. A four-year starter who was the last holdover from Hartland’s 2015 state championship team. Will play at Wayne State.
  • Coach Brian Morrison: “He would do whatever the team needed to be successful. Sometimes with your real good players, you’re dealing with attitude, you’re trying to manage somebody’s personality. We never had to do that with him. He plays the game the right way and is just a pleasure to coach and be part of the team.”

TREVOR MILLER

  • School: Fowlerville
  • Position: Third base
  • Grade: Senior
  • Accomplishments: Led Livingston County with a .467 batting average, ranking second with 36 RBI. Got off to a torrid start, going 15-for-19 with 18 RBI in Fowlerville’s first five games. An all-conference and all-district selection. Will play for Schoolcraft College.
  • Coach Matt Hunt: “Trevor was our guy all year. If we needed a big hit, Trevor stepped up and got it for us. He hit in the four hole for us all year and led the team offensively.”

RUDY RAMIREZ

  • School: Brighton
  • Position: Outfield
  • Grade: Senior
  • Accomplishments: Brighton’s third-leading hitter with a .367 average and team leader with 45 runs. Hit four homers and drove in 21 runs. A three-year varsity starter in baseball and football. Will play baseball for Wayne State.
  • Coach Charlie Christner: “Last year he was in the three spot; we moved him to lead-off. He got us going when he would get on base. It would set up things well for Jack Krause, Kyle Hook, Cameron Tullar and Andrew Gilpin. He’s part of the reason those guys had big numbers, because Rudy was on base a lot.”

ZACH HOPMAN

  • School: Brighton
  • Position: Outfield
  • Grade: Junior
  • Accomplishments: Led Livingston County with six homers and 38 RBI. Hit .317 with a .592 slugging percentage, collecting seven doubles and four triples.
  • Coach Charlie Christner: “He had a knee injury last year in the summer. We weren’t really sure what we were going to get from him, just because he hadn’t played for a while. He wasn’t able to start at full strength until after Christmas. At the start of the year, we had him maybe hitting ninth, but he quickly was up to the five spot. He settled in and stayed there.”

ISAAK MILLER

  • School: Howell
  • Position: Outfield
  • Grade: Junior
  • Accomplishments: Hit .357, driving in 21 runs and stealing 13 bases. Led Howell with four triples. Had a five-RBI game against Grand Blanc. Made the leap from junior varsity last season to first-team all-county.
  • Co-coach Jason Ladd: “Coming up from JV, our expectations were pretty high for him. He met and exceeded those expectations. He had a tremendous season and came through in the clutch several times for us with big hits.”

JOHNNY SHIELDS

  • School: Howell
  • Position: Utility
  • Grade: Senior
  • Accomplishments: Hit .361 and had a .504 on-base percentage from the lead-off slot. A three-year varsity starter in baseball and basketball. Led Howell with 16 stolen bases. Started at shortstop and was brought in to close games on the mound.
  • Co-coach Jason Ladd: “If we don’t have him, we don’t win 30 games. We probably win 25 games; he’s a matter of five wins. He’s our catalyst. How he went, we went.  His on-base percentage was .500 — that’s unbelievable, especially with the teams we’re facing.”

SECOND TEAM

P: Luke Russo, Howell, Jr.

P: Gage DeLanoy, Hartland, Soph.

C: Nick Beaudoin, Howell, Sr.

IF: Logan Tobel, Hartland, Soph.

IF: Ty Weatherly, Howell, Sr.

IF: Kyle Hook, Brighton, Sr.

IF: Brenden Harrity, Brighton, Soph.

OF: Brendan Tome, Hartland, Soph.

OF: Jack Krause, Brighton, Jr.

OF: JT Maybee, Fowlerville, Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Brighton: Jack Brenner, Sr.; Adam Szerlag, Jr.; Blake Weaver, Soph.

Charyl Stockwell Academy: Cameron Hall, Jr.; Nathan Moore, Fr.

Fowlerville: Caden Flanery, Jr.; Wyatt Daniel, Jr.; Bryson Scott, Soph.

Hartland: Ayden Ehgotz, Sr.; Tommy Lappin, Sr.

Howell: Brandon Maki, Sr.; Jack Rossbach, Sr.

Pinckney: Dalton Knightley, Jr.; Al Thorington, Jr.; Jack Wurzer, Sr.