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‘Hot Seat:’ Cousins starring for North Muskegon baseball team are All-American boys

How close are Denny Belmonte and Ben Meyers? You’ll have to watch this fun video to find out.

NORTH MUSKEGON — Denny Belmonte and Ben Meyers have been close from the start.

They’re both standouts on North Muskegon’s baseball team. Similarly, they’re very good all-around athletes and they’re All-American boys. They’re cousins, so it all makes sense.

This week, Belmonte and Meyers joined CatchMark SportsNet’s Scott DeCamp on the “Hot Seat,” a weekly video series that poses fun, rapid-fire questions in a pretty informal format.

If you don’t know about Belmonte and Meyers, or their relationship, you’ve got a lot to learn. Watch the video at the top of this story and be informed.

Meyers, a sophomore, is North Muskegon’s starting catcher and leadoff hitter. The second-year varsity starter is batting a whopping .571 with 28 hits, including three home runs (two grand slams), four doubles and one triple, in 14 games for the Norsemen (11-2-1 overall, 8-0 West Michigan Conference). He’s also scored 25 runs, driven in 19 and been walked 10 times.

Belmonte, a junior, is North Muskegon’s starting shortstop and he bats right behind Meyers in the No. 2 spot. He is batting .394 with 13 hits, including four doubles and a home run, plus he’s totaled 24 runs, 10 RBIs and 14 walks. He’s also been hit an obscene eight times in 14 games.

Belmonte and Meyers are also key players on North Muskegon’s football and basketball teams.

North Muskegon’s baseball team is gearing up for a big doubleheader Tuesday at Montague, where first place in the conference is on the line. The Norsemen and Wildcats, who shared the league title last season, both remain unbeaten in the WMC through this week.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

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