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Grys Named Great Lakes League POTY; Smith Wins Cape Cod Championship


Grys Named Great Lakes League POTY; Smith Wins Cape Cod Championship

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan junior outfielder Nate Grys was recently named the Great Lakes Summer League Player of the Year for the Lake Erie Monarchs. Also an all-star selection, Grys led the league with a .400 batting average and was tied for third for both home runs and doubles while ranking fifth overall in RBIs.

As a sophomore this past spring at Western Michigan, Grys had an impressive finish for the Broncos, tallying six home runs, 39 RBIs, 11 doubles and hitting at a .302 clip.

Grys was not the only Bronco to have a successful summer ball campaign. Junior shortstop Connor Smith spent the last three months in the Cape Cod League with the Brewster White Caps, helping the club claim their first ever Cape Cod League Championship. The former summer league team of New York Yankees' all-star slugger Aaron Judge, Brewster finished 2017 rated as the No. 1 summer team in the nation.  

Smith began his career at WMU in historic fashion, being named the Broncos' first ever Mid-American Conference Freshman Position Player of the Year, as well as a Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger. He has collected Second Team All-MAC honors in each of his first two seasons at Western Michigan and this past season recorded 35 RBIs and led the MAC with seven triples, which tied for third most in the nation.

Junior catcher Jesse Forestell was also on the east coast this summer with the Vermont Mountaineers in the New England Collegiate League and was selected to the All-Star team as well.  

Senior RHP Andrew Reisinger, who surged towards the end of the 2017 season, was selected to the Prospect League All-Star team and was fourth in the league in ERA after going 4-0 for the Chillicothe Paints. Junior RHP Nic Laio also had an impressive summer with the Chillicothe Paints, finishing third in the league with seven saves while striking out 51 batters in 35 innings pitched.

Several other Broncos had solid summer seasons and look forward to bringing that added success and experience back to Kalamazoo. WMU starts its annual fall ball practice in September and will play home games against Kellogg CC on Friday, Oct. 6 and Glen Oaks on Friday, Oct. 20. Both games are scheduled for 2 p.m. at Hyames Field.

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