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Hitter overcomes injuries, signs up for college ball



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Corey Ploss signs his letter of intent to play baseball at Tiffin University. Photo provided (click for larger version)
August 11, 2010 - Corey Ploss is packing his baseball equipment and heading south at the end of August.

He recently signed his national letter of intent to play for Tiffin University in Ohio.

Playing collegiate ball was a goal for the Clarkston High School 2010 grad but an injury during his junior football season slowed him down. He couldn't work out or condition prior to the baseball season.

"I just had to lay low," he said. "I was really out of shape.

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By the time he could work out again, it was too late and the spring season was beginning.

To add to the pain, he was cut from the team.

"I was pretty disappointed," Ploss admitted. "But I figured I had to work harder to get back on track and I did."

Ploss worked to get back in shape and described the time spent as getting bigger, stronger and faster.

During his rehabilitation he headed to Athletic Republic in Auburn Hills and worked with former Detroit Tiger Dave Bergman on his hitting.

"I became more confident in my swing and I could hit the ball better," said Ploss.

His reward for all the work was resuming his position as catcher for the Wolves for his senior season.

He aimed to make the season successful and kept his focus on hitting the ball hard, keep working hard and focus on the game.

Ploss helped his teammates grab second place in the OAA Red league along with the District Championship. The Wolves season ended in the Regional Championship against Rochester Adams, 7-5.

He chose Tiffin University for their good job placement program and he would compete in Division 2.

"I will get a good job after finishing my education," he said. "Plus they offered me a place on the team."

He plans to focus his studies on business management.

Tiffin University competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 13 other Midwest colleges including Wayne State University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Saginaw Valley.

"It felt pretty good," he said after signing. "The hard work really pays off. When you set your mind to something you can do it."

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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