ALMONT — The Detroit Diamond Jaxx 16U baseball team, which includes Almont’s Reis Stine, registered a first-place finish at the Great Lakes Classic this past weekend.
Sandusky, Ohio is where the games unfolded.
The team began their title-producing run Friday with an 8-4 win against Rochester Fury (New York).
Later that day, Detroit Diamond Jaxx picked up a 13-0 victory over Clarence Red Storm (New York).
Stine pitched four innings, allowing just one hit. He struck out seven and issued one walk along the way.
Detroit Diamond Jaxx followed it up Saturday with a 14-0 triumph against Brampton Royals (Canada).
That left them as the number one seed heading in to Sunday’s bracket play action.
It was there the team edged Lakeview Lightning, 3-2, on the strength of a walkoff in extra innings.
They then met Flood City Elite (Pennsylvania) next for tournament honors.
When the final out was notched, Detroit Diamond Jaxx had prevailed 9-2.
Stine went four for 12, including two singles, one double and one triple over the course of the tournament.
Mark Binkowski (Stevenson), Trevor Tischbien (L’Anse Creuse), Macio Miller (Marysville), Nolan Papacek (Stoney Creek), Emmett Fraley (Marysville), Dylan Megge (L’Anse Creuse), Antony Thompson (Troy), Jacob Shallow (Eisenhower), Steven Serafin (Memphis) and Connor Adsit (DeLaSalle) joined Stine on the championship squad. They were directed to the title by coaches Dave Megge, Eric Papacek, Don Adsit and Jason Shallow.
Stine will continue his travel ball endeavors for Michigan Premier 17U. That ballclub includes assistant coaches from Wayne State University, Lawrence Tech and Hope College.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.