Michigan Muddogs: Welcome

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To date 10 players will be playing college baseball in 2009

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE 2008 U18
MICHIGAN MUDDOGS BASEBALL TEAM

The 2008 Muddogs are an organization of 18 year-old baseball players and adult volunteers. In 2008 our team will be made up of fourteen players from seven different cities: Clio, Leonard, Oxford, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, and Troy. Our families, players and coaches believe that with hard work and dedication that this team has the potential to be highly competitive against other elite teams throughout the country. We are very proud of the fact that four of our Coaches/Instructors have pro/college playing/coaching experience and we present every one of our players the best chance to maximize their potential.  We are also very proud that to date two of our players are currently playing at the collegiate level and seven more have signed to play college baseball after their 2008 senior seasons. 

In 2008 The Muddogs will once again play in highly competitive tournaments that will be geared to the best competition and to prepare our players for the collegiate experience. Our goal is to provide our players with great competition along with a schedule that they get the proper rest and practice time in order to develop their skills and keep their love for the game.   In 2007 the MUDDOGS were very proud to have competed in some of the best showcase tournaments offered throughout the mid west such as the Mayors tournament (Champions), The Great Lakes Challenge (Champions), CMU's Ultimate Strike Zone (Semi Finalist) and the Triple Crown Fall Classic (Champions). In 2008 we will be attending the Capital City Classic, the Great Lakes Challenge in the Major division, the BlackSwamp, the Ultimate StrikeZone and the CABA Open Nationals.  We also have a handful of games scheduled against other excellent teams that will be played at such locations as Oakland University and Bluffton University (Ohio).  During the summer season please view the bottom of this home page to find information about Muddogs events over the next seven (7) days which includes dates, times, locations and maps.

Thank you for visiting our website – Enjoy – We feel we have a lot to offer and are glad we could share a small part of our baseball family with you today and hopefully more in the future!!! A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VISITORS - WE RECENTLY RECEIVED OUR 25,000TH WEBSITE HIT!!!   PLEASE CLICK ON OUR SPONSOR'S LINK ON THE LEFT HAND MENU BAR TO VIEW A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO GENEROUSLY SUPPORT MUDDOG BASEBALL. If you would like a copy of our player profile handout please email Coach Penz at timpenz@aol.com


Saturday, July 26
Muddogs Win CABA Open National Championship

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Your Michigan Muddogs closed out a fabulous five year run in outstanding fashion with a 12-7 victory over the Michigan Dawgs in the finals of the CABA Open National Championship.

The Muddogs were 8-0 in the tournament going 4-0 in pool play and remained perfect all the way to the Championship.  In pool play they beat the Michigan Spikes (7-3), Great Lakes Cardinals (9-1), the Michigan Yankees (12-0) and the Michigan Mavericks (4-3).

The boys were the #1 seed going into the opening round of the playoffs and beat the Express 11-0 in 5 innings.  They followed that up with two exciting - well played victories over the Rays (1-0) and the Michigan Chargers (2-1).

In the finals they matched up with an explosive Michigan Dawgs team.  The Dawgs jumped out to a 2-0 lead but the Muddogs did what they always do - the stayed calm and relied on playing sharp, simple baseball to take a 5-2 lead.  The Dawgs offense proved to be a tough opponent and tied it up 5-5 in the top of the 3rd.  Again the Muddogs bounced right back taking a 6-5 lead on Russell Luxton's (Oxford) solo homerun and never looked back.  Matt LaMothe (Troy Athens) came in to locked down the Dawg bats and the Muddog consistency and resilience proved to be too much for the Dawgs as our boys continue to mount their attack with big hits by Steve Bohne (Avondale), Jon Berti (Troy), Kevin Corbeil (DeLaSalle), Robert James (Avondale), LaMothe and Eric Penz (Troy Athens).  This was the Muddogs 9th championship game and they have never lost a final in all their years of playing together.  They are tournament tough and winners.

There were some outstanding pitching performances that came from the Muddogs during the tournament.  Two lefthanded pitchers that joined us for the week were Hayden Fox (Dakota) and Steve Laudicina (DeLaSalle).  Fox threw an absolute gem of a game in the quarterfinals beating the Rays 1-0 on a 3 hitter and Laudicina (only 16 years old) threw a no hitter against the Michigan Yankees in pool play.  Josh Deeg (Lake Orion) shutdown a great hitting Michigan Chargers team in the semi finals and Luxton, Lamothe, Colin Coulter (Flint Powers) and Mike Butler (Royal Oak) were spectacular in pool play and the playoffs.  The Muddogs also got solid defensive performances and at bats out of Mike Van Alst (Clio), Ian Land (Troy Athans), James McLean (Oxford), Steve Barrett (Troy) and Charles Dunham (Avondale).

The all tournament team was announced at the end of the championship game.  Four (4) Muddogs were on that team – Jon Berti, Matt LaMothe, Eric Penz and Robert James.  Steve Bohne was named the outstanding defensive player of the tournament.  Bohne made a ESPN web-gem going over the fence to take a homerun away from the Dawgs in the finals.  The tournament director named Eric Penz as the CABA Open National MVP for his solid play behind the plate and for consistently being on base every game with base hits and taking pitchers deep into the count and drawing walks. 

The one play that stood out in his mind was in the finals with the Dawgs leadoff hitter on 1st base and two outs.  The Dawgs hit a double into the gap and tried to score their runner from 1st – Steve Bohne raced the ball down and fired a perfect cutoff to Jon Berti – Berti threw a laser to Eric Penz who blocked the plate and nailed the runner for the last out of the inning.  Sounds like Muddog baseball and a perfect ending to five great years.

Muddogs you are ready for the next step.  Take what you learned and apply it in college.  Never forget – “Keep it simple – You’ll be Great”



Tuesday, July 22
St. Clair County Community College inks James McLean

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You can now add James McLean to the list of college players on our Muddogs team.  James  has signed with St. Clair County Community College.  Congratulations James we are all very proud of you.
Coach Scott Head from the Skippers baseball program was at many of our Muddog games this summer and expressed an interest in James during our first tournament.  Obviously with the great summer James had Coach Head knew that he was someone that would make a big impact in their program.  When I talked to Coach Head he really like the way James handled himself at first base and loved his homerun power.  Coach Head is in his second year at SC4 and has put together a very good recruiting class.
I am sure James will bring the Muddog work ethic and winning tradition to St. Clair.  Great job James - I know you are going to be very successful!!!


Monday, June 23
Oakland Press article on our Muddogs

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Click on the heading or the newspaper icon to the left to link to an article on our Muddogs in the Oakland Press.  The article is from our semi final finish in the GLT Major tournament.

Friday, June 6
Jon Berti Drafted By The Oakland A's in the 36th Round

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Congratulations to Jon Berti and his family as Jon was drafted by the Oakland A's in the 36th round.  Jon is very deserving as he has worked hard and put in a tremendous amount of effort both on and off the field to achieve this dream.  Great job Jon - We are very proud of you!!!

Sunday, June 1
Muddogs off to College

To date two of our players are currently playing college baseball - Grant Lawrence at Heidelburg and Eric Penz who played his freshman year at Macomb Community College and will be playing for Bluffton University in 2009.

Eight other Muddogs have committed to play baseball in college in 2009.  They include Mike Van Alst (Saginaw Valley), Jon Berti (Bowling Green), Colin Coulter (Saginaw Valley), Matt LaMothe (Oakland University), Robert James (Macomb CC), Kevin Corbeil (Saginaw Valley), Russell Luxton (Oakland University) and James McLean (St. Clair County Community College).  We have a few other players that are considering their options and we will update our website as soon as they make their announcement.  Congratulations Muddogs - The coaching staff and the Muddog families are all very proud of you :)



Sunday, June 1
2008 Summer Schedule Updated

The 2008 summer schedule for all Muddog games and practices has been updated.  The website is up to date and we will continue to share information about our players and game results.

Fastball Reaction Time Game

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Fastball Reaction Time imitates a 90-mph fastball thrown by a major league pitcher. While this exhibit doesn't test if you could actually hit a fastball, it does test whether you could react in time to hit one. CLICK ON THE BASEBALL PLAYER TO THE RIGHT TO PLAY!!!

2007 Champs
Sunday, July 8
Muddog Tournament History


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