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Athlete of the Week
Going for the crown

August 03, 2011

The Players Edge Sluggers U14, from left to right: back row, Coach Kirk Stegmeyer, Adam Matich, Jack Zahoury, Mitchell Smith, Griffin Barta, Nick Matich, Coach Kirk Matich; in front row, Brandon Rodriguez, Jacob Armstrong, Shane Hynes, Adam Klebba, Kevin Miller and Alex Stegmeyer. Not pictured Coach Chris Newell, Danatus Smith and Keron Payne. Photo submitted
Hitters from the Players Edge Sluggers U14 team ruled their league and their district.

They finished first place in the North Oakland Baseball Federation with a 14-3 record. They finished their last game of the regular season against JTB Tigers with 11-7 win, July 7.

They advanced to district play, July 14-15. During the games in Flint they went 3-0 to not only take the crown but to advance to regionals in Rockford, Illnois, July 20-23.

They played in a two game elimination tournament where they won their first game against Sangamon County Chaos during the regional playoffs.

They lost their second game against the Rockford Olympic Blazers. The Sluggers continued on to win their third game against the Rockford Riverhawks.

During the semi-finals they had a two run loss to the Blazers, who ended up advancing to the nationals in Arizone.

The players attend schools in Clarkston, Waterford and Notre Dame Prep.

The players are Jacob Armstrong, Griffin Barta, Shane Hynes, Adam Klebba, Adam Matich, Nick Matich, Kevin Miller, Keron Payne Brandon Rodriguez, Danatus Smith, Mitchell Smith, Alex Stegmeyer and Jack Zahoury. They are coached by Kirk Matich, Chris Newell and Kirk Stegmeyer.