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Hitting sensation

Sean Cooper is ready to bat. Photo provided (click for larger version)
May 22, 2013 - Fourth grader Sean Cooper takes his time when he is up to bat - and it pays off.

Cooper batted 1000 percent with the Michigan Red Sox during the 19th Annual Clarkston Classic, April 26-28.

"I didn't believe," said dad, Scott, when the scorekeeper told him. "The average Detroit Tiger will be out 80 percent of the time. I think that is why it was so phenomenal. He never got out. He got to first base every time with singles, doubles and walks. He did amazing."

He added Sean has a lot of experience and a great baseball IQ.

Sean played three games during the classic and added his first game was his favorite.

"We played really well," he added. "I batted really well. I had a single and a double. It went over the pitcher's head."

Sean began playing ball when he was 5-years-old with tee ball. He said it was a family tradition with his brother and dad both playing the game.

"My brother was inspired by my dad to play and I was inspired because I went to a lot of his games," Sean said.

"His brother plays so that is a big advantage to know when to swing and to be patient as the plate," Scott added. "Some kids go up there and swing away."

He enjoys everything about baseball and also takes over positions as pitcher, catcher and first base during games.

He joined the Michigan Expos in August and has enjoyed playing with his teammates and taking his pitching and hitting skills to the next level.

When Sean isn't playing he is watching his favorite team, the Tigers, and his favorite baseball player, Miguel Cabrera.

He is a fourth grader at Paint Creek Elementary.

"He is doing great in school," Scott added, "which is more important. He has had a lot of success for a nine-year-old."

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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