Some of the best high school baseball talent in the state will be at Comerica Park on Wednesday, and the best part of it for Scott Salow is that he will have a front row seat for all the action.
Salow, the longtime Homer baseball coach, is the manager for the 35th annual Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association East-West All-Star Baseball Classic, scheduled to be played 7 p.m. Wednesday at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Salow is coaching the West squad and talked about the exciting opportunity before heading to an All-Star practice on Tuesday during the two-day festivities surrounding the event, being played at the home of the Detroit Tigers.
“It is a tremendous honor to be part of this event. There has been a 35 year history for this all-star game and it has produced some outstanding players in the past and we have a good group of exciting players in it this year,” Salow said. “The success of our Homer program has allowed me to be a part of some pretty cool things and this is one more. To be able to coach at Comerica Park and to have 20 of the best players to play in the state this year is exciting.”
Salow has several familiar faces on the West squad joining him as All-Stars, with the Battle Creek area contributing a handful of players to the game.
Lakeview’s Nick Jones, Marshall’s Drew Devine, Gull Lake’s Drew Blakely and Caleb Scoles and Homer’s Brock Ridgeway were all named to the team. All five players are participating in the All-Star Game before starting their college baseball career.
Jones, a two-time All-State infielder for Lakeview, has signed to play at Eastern Michigan University.
Devine, an All-State shortstop for Marshall, has signed to play at Western Michigan University.
Gull Lake features two Division I players in the game with Blakely committed to the University of Virginia as a catcher and Scoles signed with the University of Toledo as a pitcher.
Ridgeway, who climbed the record books as an outstanding hitter for Homer, will be at Central Michigan University next season.
Also on the roster is Gull Lake coach Bill Blakely, who was named as an assistant coach on Salow’s staff. Blakely stepped down from his job with the Blue Devils after the season after a long career.
“It’s fun that there is a lot of players from our area on the team,” Salow said. “Brock is here with me from Homer, Drew Devine is just down the road, Nate Jones from Battle Creek, and all the others. It’s exciting to be doing this with all of them as we all represent our part of the state.”
Tickets for the Wednesday game are still available and can be purchased at Comerica Park the day of the game for $10.