Baseball, Boys Varsity Baseball · Meet the Chemics – Senior Baseball Spotlight


Each week for the remainder of the school year, MHS Athletics will feature Seniors from our spring sports teams who are missing out on their last chance to wear a Chemic jersey this season.   This series looks to honor their commitment to their sport, their team, and to Midland High School for the last four years.  Thank you, Class of 2020 for being Chemics!

Meet the Chemics – Senior Baseball Spotlight

This group of seniors had experienced their share of success throughout their youth baseball experience and had hoped to cap off their careers in a Chemic uniform with the same success.  Members of this class were crowned SVL champions as juniors and were looking for a big season in the conference and in the MHSAA playoffs.

 

#2       Matthew Babinski            Infield

 

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS?

Hockey

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

I was looking forward to having one last run with the group of guys I have played baseball with since we were 9 years old and trying to make a run at a state championship.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

One of my favorite memories is just the traditions that Midland High has. Participating in student sections, chemic idols, and yell nights.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

I think both Coach Witt and Coach Albright positively impacted me at MHS along with Coach Krause as a teacher.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

I would say put everything you have into Midland High Baseball, it isn’t your normal high school baseball team. There is a lot of pride in baseball here and every year you have a chance to do something special.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

I’m proud of part of the legacy that our age had. A couple of my teammates and I were there for the state semis run, and then the next year we all accomplished an SVL title.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

I plan to either play junior hockey in the NAHL or attend Michigan State as a student.

 

 

#3       Griffin Clark Infield

 

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS?

Varsity tennis

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Playing with my childhood teammates one last year and hoping to win states because I knew we had the talent and the effort

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Hitting a grand slam off the scoreboard during the first game of the year at skyline high school.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Coach Albright, he was very supportive of my success in baseball and who I am as a student-athlete.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Outwork everyone on the field and always give 110% effort in everything you do.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

Maintaining a 4.2 GPA while being varsity athlete in two sports.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

Attend Chattanooga State University in Tennessee, play baseball, and pursue my degree in forensic accounting.

 

 

  

#4       Gabe Howard         Outfield

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS?

I participated in JV tennis my senior year, and I have participated in baseball all four years of my high school career.

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?
I was looking forward to spending time with my teammates, making memories with them, and forming the brotherhood through a sport that we all loved. I was also looking forward to winning many games, and proving to people that we had a lot of talent as a team to go far in the season.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

One of my favorite memories at Midland High was during baseball season when we had a tough doubleheader coming up, and preparing for it as a team. In tough situations it brought us all closer together, and every time that you can sweep a big rival is always enjoyable especially when we beat them on their own field.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

A person that has made a positive impact on myself at MHS is Mr. Dodick. I have had him for a teacher in both woodshop and building trades. He has taught me many new things that I will have for the rest of my life, how putting in some extra works makes it worth it, and he holds his classes to higher standards which has a great impact on individuals and the class as a whole.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

My advice for younger teammates is to enjoy every second of your academic and athletic high school career, and to put in all the work that you can into it. Be proud of who you are as a person and as a team. Enjoy putting on the uniform with Midland written across the front, wear it with pride and cherish the moments.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

As a student-athlete I’m most proud of what the coaches have thought me not just about the sport, but how to be a better person off the field, and developing the friendships with your teammates and coaches that I will have for the rest of my life.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

After high school I’m attending Delta College to pursue a degree in fire science to achieve my goal of being a firefighter/paramedic.

 

 

 

#7       Andrew Wilson                  Pitcher

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

I was looking forward to playing baseball and having the opportunity to make a state championship run with my teammates.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Watching the MHS vs MPHS football game in 2016. (Won on a last second 40 yard FG)

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Mr. Gates. The way he teaches and explains things is unparalleled. He is a great guy and an even better teacher.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

To be a student of the game. Even if you don’t start every single game, there is always something to be learned or picked up on.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

I am most proud of my ability to balance schoolwork, sports, and having a job all at the same time.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

To attend Delta College and study to become an Electrician.

 

 

 

#8       Noah Howard                     Infield/Outfield

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS?

Baseball, Cross Country, and Welding Club

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Getting the opportunity to put on the Chemic uniform for the last time as a senior but most importantly playing with the guys and bonding with them.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Some of my favorite memories of mine at MHS is being able to play baseball against our across town rival.  It’s truly one of the best rivals I think, that carries great tradition and pride. Playing in front of a huge fan base that day is something truly special to see and being able to play in front of all those special fans we have.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Someone that has had a positive impact on me during my time at MHS is Mr. Wegener. Mr. Wegener really helped me in the math classroom and really helped me develop my skills in math and taught me much more that will help me out a lot in college.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Advice for younger teammates is, soak it all in because everything can change in a blink of an eye. Also when you get the chance to step on the field, give it your all no matter what. Most importantly stay humble during the process both on and off the field, as it won’t just make you a better teammate but just a better person overall.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?
The thing I’m most proud of about being a student-athlete is being able to go to school and extend my knowledge and being able to play the game of baseball as an athlete. Also being able to develop relationships with my teammates, coaches, and teachers that will last a lifetime.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

Planning on attending Delta College and studying Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

 

  

#9       Brady Gould            Pitcher/Outfield

 

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Playing one last year with the group I’ve played with my whole life

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

The run that the basketball team made last year. It gave our class a opportunity to show how rowdy we get in the student section. The best game in particular was the Mount Pleasant game that advanced us in the playoffs. We were the loudest and most engaged I’ve ever seen at any sport.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Coach Cantrell had a very positive impact on me. During my freshman and sophomore year playing basketball he helped me improve as a player and person. He has a passion for the sport I’ve never seen before. He’s currently the varsity coach for his home high school down in Ohio.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Get that team bond and keep trying to improve as a player. The bond and relationship you have with your teammates could be one of the most important factors to a run in the playoffs. Push each other to be better and expect to get pushed back.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

The relationship I’ve made with friends through sports and the memories that will last a lifetime as well as shaping me for my future.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

I plan to attend Delta for a 1-2 years and look to transfer to a university to earn a degree in environmental science.

 

 

#12     Kaden Horton                     Pitcher

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Playing with the guys I grew up with, finishing the season strong, playing the game I love.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Friday night lights, all the assembly’s, Mrs. Stearns English class.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Mrs. Stearns, not only was she a great teacher but a great friend and person you could go to, she was a great mentor someone you could rely on. She also gives out gum! All the energetic teaching it was never just sit there and take notes. Her class ranged from reading to playing basketball.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

.4 baseball, work every day never give up you’ll hear the words “so what next pitch” a lot and really stick by that if you make a mistake keep pushing on. You’ll be taught things like attitude, perspective and effort not just in baseball but in your life! Ask for help don’t be afraid. Always be the helping hand when you’re a senior help the junior below you show them how to do it and help them do it everyone becomes your brother on and off the field.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

Working hard to become the player I am today and committing to play ball at the next level.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

Continue my academic and sports career at Rochester College majoring in sports business and administration minoring in marketing.

 

 

#16     Carter Knochel                   1B/Pitcher

 

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Taking the field with the boys and competing for a State Title

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Varsity Football’s win at Mount Pleasant this year

What is your advice for your younger teammates?
To work hard no matter what role you’re put into and play for the team. Keep a good perspective

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

Coming back and playing at a high level after not playing for 2 years because of injury, I impressed myself

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

Going to Delta for a few years to get basics done and then transferring to a university to earn a degree.

 

  

#17     Jack Bringard                      Catcher/Pitcher

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS?

Business Professionals of America

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

I was looking forward to playing with all my friends, it was all seniors this year and I thought we had a chance to make a real run. I’m going to miss all the memories we could’ve made this year as a team and I would of loved to see what we could’ve done.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?
My sophomore year when I got pulled up to varsity for districts. It was me and Babs a sophomore’s and it was a different environment for us. It was so fun to become friends with the older kids and make memories with them. Going to East Lansing with them was probably the most fun I’ve had and it was a great time.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

Mrs. Dodick, she is my favorite teacher at MHS for sure, she’s one of the teachers who you can talk to about anything if you have any problems going on, she understands the situation that people are in and helps him to overcome those problems. Mrs Albreak had a big impact on my senior year this year, and I won’t forget Mrs. Dodick.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Don’t take your time for granted, always work as hard as you can go to all the practices that you can, be a good teammate try to help each other whenever you can don’t try to bring each other down and always encourage each other.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?

I was really proud of myself when I got moved up to varsity as a sophomore to play for districts even though it was just to sit on the bench but I was really proud of myself because this man I had a really good season and deserve to be up there.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

College, I plan to do the three in one there which is three years at Delta and then one year at Northwood or some other school.

 

 

#21     Brady Woods          Outfield

 

In what other activities/clubs were you a participant at MHS?

Football, Baseball, National Honors Society, Commencement Committee, & The Focus.

What were you most looking forward to this spring season?

Baseball – being with my teammates.

What is one of your favorite memories at Midland High School?

Winning the regional championship in football in 2018.

Who is someone that has a positive impact on you during your time at MHS? Why?

My parents. They always believed in me, even when I didn’t. They pushed me to get better and made several sacrifices to help me improve on whatever it was that I wanted to get better at.

What is your advice for your younger teammates?

Treat every play, every at bat, and every moment like it’s your last, and most importantly, have fun while you do it.

What are you most proud of about your career as a student-athlete?
Being able to balance a variety of responsibilities while pursuing in sports. I’m proud of the amount of work I dedicated to whatever it was I participated in.

What do you plan to do after you graduate from High School?

Continue my baseball career while studying psychology and criminal justice.