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August 13, 2012
By: Scott Keyes

Sports Scene's Baseball Dream Team

Holt's Justin Alleman leads talented group of players



Sports Scene Baseball Dream Team

Player of the Year

P Justin Alleman Holt

Holt's Justin Alleman saved his best for last. The 2012 Co-Mr. Baseball was drafted in the 18th round (No. 553 overall) by the Kansas City Royals after completing a stellar season for the Rams.

Alleman tallied a perfect 9-0 record for Holt. He had a 1.43 ERA and struck out 146 batters. At the plate, he collected 31 RBI. He was also named to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Dream Team and threw two no-hitters this season (vs. Lansing Eastern on April 26 and vs. Okemos on May 10). He started for the West at the MHSBCA East-West All-Star Game at Comerica Park on June 26 and struck out four in two innings of work.

A four-year letterwinner under Coach Nate Potts at Holt High School and a three-time Lansing State Journal Dream Team selection, Alleman was rated the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan by Perfect Game and was also ranked the No. 3 prospect out of both high school and college players in the state and No. 318 nationally by Baseball America. Among high school players, Alleman was rated the No. 104 player overall and the 38th-best pitcher nationally by Perfect Game.

P Keegan Akin Bullock Creek

The Bullock Creek junior had a nearly flawless season for the Lancers in 2012. Akin was a perfect 9-0 with and a 0.78 earned run average. He faced 132 batters in 72 innings, allowing 24 hits and eight earned runs. At the plate, he batted .463 with 35 RBIs, 13 doubles, and five triples.

P Joe Buchalski, Nouvel Catholic Central

After helping lead the Nouvel football team to a Division 7 state championship as the starting quarterback in the fall, Buchalski helped the Panthers make it all the way to Battle Creek during the baseball season. Nouvel would lose in the quarterfinals.

During the season, he was 8-2 on the mound with an 0.54 ERA, 104 strikeouts, four complete games, and two shutouts in 52 innings. At the plate, he hit .385 with two homers, three triples, 12 doubles, 28 runs scored, and 26 RBI. He also played second base.

He will play for Oakland University next season.

P Evan Hill, Mt. Pleasant

Hill was named the Saginaw Valley League Most Valuable Player after posting a 7-3 record and 1.80 earned run average. In 58 1/3 innings, he struck out 80 and threw seven complete games.

He will play for the University of Michigan next season.

INF Shain Showers, Rockford

A three time O-K Red all-conference selection, Showers had a huge senior season at shortstop for Rockford. He batted.447 with nine doubles, 22 stolen bases, 45 runs scored, and 39 RBIs as Rockford won back-to-back O-K Red Conference titles. He will play college baseball at the University of Evansville.

INF Chris Williams, Shepherd

Williams had an outstanding year at the plate, batting .505. He homered six times for a strong Bluejay squad and had 48 RBI on 46 hits. He also scored 25 times and had nine doubles. As a pitcher, he went 7-2 on the mound with 43 strikeouts in 52 innings of work.

INF Luke Bunting, Ithaca

Bunting was solid at the plate on the year with a.413 batting average. He struck out only seven times in 92 at bats while scoring 38 runs and driving in 38. He also stole 34 bases and had .556 on-base percentage. He was a catalyst for an Ithaca team that went 25-10 on the season and earned a Tri-Valley Conference West Division Championship.

INF Maverick Prine, Davison

Maverick Prine got it done for the Cardinals at the plate, on the mound, and in the field. He allowed only 16 earned runs in 51 innings pitched and struck out 67 batters for a 2.17 ERA and a 7-0 record. However, he may have been even more useful at the plate, as he hit .467 on the year with 37 RBIs, 12 doubles, five triples, and five homeruns.

OF Alex Rapanos, Midland

Alex Rapanos was named the Most Valuable Player in the Michigan High School Coaches Baseball All-Star Game at Comerica Park.

He led the Chemics to a 30-8 record and No. 1 ranking in Division 1. He hit .515 with a .593 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage. He scored 31 runs and led the team with 13 doubles. He did not commit an error in 2012.

He will play for Michigan State University next season.

OF Sam Brooks, John Glenn

A junior, Brooks guided the Bobcats to a state runner-up finish. The slick-hitting lefty batted .412 with 17 doubles and one home run. He knocked in 44 runs and scored 31 more and landed on Division 3 all-state first team.

OF Corbin Clouse, Grand Ledge

A dynamic player who can hit for power and average and who knows how to get on base, Clouse was named a pre-season All-State performer by ESPN. Just a junior, Clouse will be back next season to lead a dynamic Grand Ledge offense.

C Tony Dileo, Rockford

A pre-season Louisville Slugger All-American, Dileo lived up to the hype with an outstanding senior season for the Rams and earned a third consecutive O-K Red all-conference selection. He batted .423 with 13 doubles, 39 runs scored, and 39 RBIs. He also threw out 11 of the 19 runners who tried to steal on him. He will play baseball next season at Eastern Michigan University.

Coach of The Year

Ben Wright, Chippewa Hills

Wright led the Warriors to a record of 33-7. His team won a fifth straight conference crown (15-1) en route to district and regional titles in Division 2. The Warriors lost in the Division 2 quarterfinal round, marking their best showing in the state tournament since 1983.


All State Selections

Division 1 First Team

C Anthony Gonzalez, Rochester Stoney Creek

C Tony Dileo, Rockford

C Harrison Wenson, University of Detroit Jesuit

1B Carmen Benedetti, Grosse Pointe South

1B Hunter Prince, Hudsonville

INF Shain Showers, Rockford

INF Travis Harvey, Livonia Stevenson

INF Travis Maezes, Ann Arbor Pioneer

INF Dylan Eschenburg, Utica Eisenhower

INF Hector Gutierrez, Detroit Western

INF Jake Jessen, Hartland

INF Tommy Eng, Troy Athens

OF Cam Gibson, Grosse Pointe South

OF Alex Rapanos, Midland

OF Shane Dokey, Brighton

OF Zach Leimbach, Walled Lake Central

OF Jackson Lamb, Bedford

U AJ Susick, Avondale

P Justin Alleman, Holt

P Matt Stojkov, Northville

P Josh Vyletel, Howell

P Matt Ruppenthal, Brother Rice

P Blake Hibbitts, Hudsonville

Division 1 Second Team

C Tyler Baker, Grand Ledge

C Mike Midduszewski, Dexter

C Grant Bridgewater, Bay City Western

1B Will Farr, Grand Ledge

1B Nick Deeg, Lake Orion

INF Maverick Prine, Davison

INF Kyle Randick, Flushing

INF Jake Bivens, Lakeview

INF Connor Smith, Northville

INF Brandon Cable, Hudsonville

INF Sal Ciaravino, Grosse Pointe North

INF Tyler Phillips, L'anse Creuse

OF Corbin Clouse, Grand Ledge

OF Drew Farmer, Rockford

OF Cole Clifton, De La Salle Collegiate

OF Hank Vanooyen, Hudsonville

OF Zak Northup, Rochester Stoney Creek

U Jeff Gertley, Northville

P Nick Keller, Traverse City Central

P Chris McDonald, Livonia Stevenson

P Jake Lowery, Hartland

P Brandon Hughes, Utica Stevenson

P Dan Clouse, L'anse Creuse North

Division 2 First Team

C Alex Kroll, Marine City

C Jared Powell, Tecumseh

C Logan Holwerda, Gull Lake

1B Dylan VanPutten, Thornapple Kellogg

1B Matt Avromov, Notre Dame Prep

INF Colton Bradley, Gull Lake

INF Cam Wysoki, Forest Hills Northern

INF Josh Wieten, Orchard View

INF AJ Montoya, St. Joseph

INF Mike Azzopardi, Detroit Country Day

INF Josh Snyder, Zeeland East

INF Kurt Hoekstra, Grand Rapids Christian

OF Sam Brooks, John Glenn

OF Wes Vaughn, East Grand Rapids

OF Tyler Geiger, Chelsea

OF Tyler Castiglione, Jefferson

OF Ryan Roman, Lamphere

U Kelsey Sorenson, Mt. Morris

P Corey Session, Forest Hills Eastern

P Keegan Akin, Bullock Creek

P Zach Olszewski, John Glenn

P Kyle Slack, Edwardsburg

P Jacob Cronenworth, St. Clair

Division 2 Second Team

C Mike Hodgins, Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep

C Justin Lemmen, Holland Christian

C Colton Adkins, Airport

1B Colton Conley, Chippewa Hills

1B Jordan Conti, Trenton

INF Hunter Hayes, Adrian

INF Dustin Lee, Mt. Pleasant

INF Chad Carson, Lapeer East

INF Luke Brower, Holland Christian

INF Jeremy Carrell, St. Clair

INF Randy Kuzdak, Divine Child Catholic

INF Neal Krentz, Bloomfield Hills Lahser

OF Aubrey Parrish, Charlotte

OF Josh Bailey, Bullock Creek

OF Jacob Britt, Tecumseh

OF Emerson Misch, Andover

OF AJ Rubio, Goodrich

U Scott McCormick, Airport

P Jake Tarbell, Chippewa Hills

P Gabe Berman, Andover

P Lucas Hamelink, Gull Lake

P Aaron Dehn, South Haven

P Dave VanVliet, Grand Rapids Christian

Division 3 First Team

C Brent Sunde, Bishop Foley

C Austin Searles, Brandywine

C James Baer, Clare

1B Zach Boone, Columbia Central

1B Chris Williams, Shepherd

INF Brady Vanderweele, Parchment

INF Mike Archer, Hanover-Horton

INF Billy Malak, Bishop Foley

INF Brett Hresko, Powers Catholic

INF Patrick Giddings, Oakridge

INF Colin Spencer, Olivet

INF Luke Bunting, Ithaca

OF Luke Ortel, Bishop Foley

OF Eric Wilk, Cabrini

OF Alex White, Homer

OF Derek Starks, Shepherd

OF Tanner McCarn, Olivet

U Josh Knorr, Blissfield

P Jay Topp, Parchment

P Brian Bayless, Bishop Foley

P Ethan Wiskur, Powers Catholic

P Cody Orban, Cass City

P Ryan Orr, Bath

Division 3 Second Team

C Austin Fenskie, St Charles

C Ty Fuson, Blissfield

C Blake Kraft, Hopkins

1B Alex Erwin, Brandywine

1B Gunner Bouvy, Reese

INF Dylan Williams, Dundee

INF Ryan Jergess, Brown City

INF Matt Jesse, Hemlock

INF Cole Knaup, Columbia Central

INF Travis Bolin, Watervliet

INF Austen Cox, Scottville

INF Brandon Phillips, Newago

OF Benny Clark, Schoolcraft

OF Austyn Allwood, Bridgman

OF Jerod Stuyvesant, Calvin Christian

OF Evan Fifer, White Cloud

OF Matt Darrer, Mancelona

U Scott Morse, Harbor Spings

P Dillon Rush, Lansing Catholic

P Nick Stiles, Bath

P Brady Harris, Bloomingdale

P Craig Conway, Mancelona

P Philip Jock, Memphis

Division 4 First Team

C Cameron Hansen, Gobles

C Nate Gaggin, University Liggett

C Tyler Wilson, Rudyard

1B Burke Hart, Hudson

1B Rayce Randal, Concord

INF Jack Ropp, Concord

INF Theodore Rufo, Decatur

INF Nick Azar, University Liggett

INF Chad Cook, Lutheran Northwest

INF Jason Hansen, Harbor Beach

INF Brett Kortmen, Johannesberg-Lewiston

INF Dylan Richardson, Brethren

OF Seth Johnson, Gobles

OF Tyler Harrin, Mendon

OF Lance Kleino, Saugatuck

OF Brian Vancollie, Johannesberg-Lewiston

OF Mark Auk, University Liggett

U Nathan Lenard, Posen

P JT Kawaski, Decautur

P Tim Cerren, Decautur

P Alex Daar, University Liggett

P Troy Taylor, Carsonville-Port Sanilac

P Gunnar Owens, Johannesberg-Lewiston

Division 4 Second Team

C Joel Crozier, Whiteford

C Zach Kitzmiller, Merrill

C Drew Bechtel, Beal City

1B Brian Feinauer, All Saints Central

1B Dominic Detorres, Muskegon Catholic Central

INF Nick Eberstein, Mendon

INF Justin Salvano, Lake Michigan Catholic

INF Dustin DeBeau, Merrill

INF Nick Hire, Sacred Heart Academy

INF Conner Seymour, Muskegon Catholic Central

INF Ty Rollin, Beal City

INF John Grayvold Jr., Norway

OF Austin Brege, Rogers City

OF Jason Ribecky, Muskegon Catholic Central

OF Justin Hughes, Whiteford

OF Adam Fiema, Inter-City Baptist

OF Allen Warren, New Lothrop

U Nick Harris, Franklin Road Christian

P James Urban, New Lothrop

P Aaron Buckner, New Buffalo

P Stephen Botti, Decatur

P Todd Rondo, Mio

P Laketon Belinger, Holton