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North Muskegon, Mason County Central standouts garner all-state baseball honors

Norsemen’s Ben Meyers and Spartans’ Will Chye enjoy big seasons in 2022.

North Muskegon sophomore Ben Meyers (8) rounds third base and scores a run during a West Michigan Conference doubleheader at Montague Monday, May 16, 2022, in Montague, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

The future looks bright in West Michigan Conference baseball with players such as North Muskegon’s Ben Meyers and Mason County Central’s Will Chye returning.

The 2022 season was pretty special, too, for those underclassmen.

Meyers, a sophomore catcher this spring, and Chye, a junior infielder, both garnered Division 3 second-team all-state accolades through the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association. The all-state teams were released on Monday, June 20.

The thing that jumps out about Meyers’ season is the fact that he cranked three grand slams among his five home runs. He batted .450 on the season with 59 hits in 131 at-bats, including 12 doubles and two triples. Meyers scored 50 runs, drove in 33, walked 20 times and stole 18 bases. In 176.2 innings caught for the Norsemen, he recorded 210 putouts with only six passed balls and a .950 fielding percentage.

Chye had a fantastic season as well. The Spartans’ shortstop and ace pitcher batted .560 with 14 doubles, six triples and three home runs. He stole 54 bases and, defensively, he sported a .953 fielding percentage. On the mound, the right-hander was 8-5 with a 1.08 ERA. He struck out 69 and walked just nine.

Mason County Central junior Will Chye (2) leaps onto home plate where celebrating teammates await after his late-inning home run lifted the Spartans to a win over Whitehall in Game 1 of a West Michigan Conference doubleheader Monday, April 25, 2022, in Whitehall, Mich. (Scott DeCamp | CatchMark)

UPDATE ON BRANDON BARRY AS AN ALL-STAR COACH

Brandon Barry, Oakridge’s Hall of Fame baseball coach, was selected to coach in one of Monday’s MHSBCA East-West All-Star Games at Comerica Park but he could not be there because of prior plans taking him out of town.

Barry said the MHSBCA promised him that he would be on the coaching staff next year.

MORE MHSBCA HONORS

In the first of two MHSBCA All-Star Games Monday, Mona Shores’ Mark Konecny and Aaron Piasecki represented the West squad. Konecny delivered a two-run double in his first at-bat and he was named the West team MVP in his team’s 5-0 victory.

Konecny and Piasecki were both selected for the MHSBCA Division 1 all-state first team, with Konecny also making the Dream Team.

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