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BASEBALL RECRUITING: WB's Sedat and S. Creek's Gilgenbach highlight recent college diamond connections

Baseball   | Scott Burnstein

BASEBALL RECRUITING: WB's Sedat and S. Creek's Gilgenbach highlight recent college diamond connections

Local prep baseball stars Chandler Sedat of West Bloomfield and Eric Gilgenbach of Stoney Creek have decided that Indiana is where their respective futures lay on the college diamond.

The 6-foot-3, right-handed Sedat, one of the state’s top pitchers, has committed to Indiana University in Bloomington and Gilgenbach,  a slick-gloved third basemen with a quick bat, has committed to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.

“I’m very proud of the accomplishment,” said Sedat via Twitter. “I’ve got a lot of help along the way from a lot of different people and I know they’re a major reason I’ve been able to reach my goal of playing college baseball.”

Although headed to the Big Ten as a hurler, Sedat etched his name in West Bloomfield sports infamy by crushing what proved to be the game-winning grand slam in the Lakers’ mega first-round upset of Birmingham Brother Rice in the state tournament back in the spring. West Bloomfield would go on to win the district and advance into the Division 1 regional finals where it fell to Brighton.

Sedat’s ERA has been below the 1.50 mark the past two years and is considered a possible MLB Draft prospect for 2015, reaching the high-80s on the radar gun.

Set to be a four-year starter at Stoney Creek, Gilgenbach (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) is coming off a junior campaign where he had a .475 batting average to add to his 30 RBI and led his squad to a third straight district title. He is equally lethal in the classroom, flashing a 3.9 GPA and a 31 on the ACT. During the winter sports season, Gilgenbach starts at small forward on the Cougars basketball team.

“Getting the chance to go to Notre Dame and be an athlete there is something that just makes me so happy,” he said over Twitter. “I couldn’t ask for any more.”

North Farmington left-handed junior pitcher Alex Darden (6-foot-4, 195 pounds), a potential draftee in 2016, found a college connection out of state as well, committing to the University of Cincinnati. Darden has helped propel the Raiders to repeat league championships and a district trophy in 2013 when he tossed a beauty as a fab frosh in the district finals. Like Gilgenbach, Darden doubles as a starter in his school's boys hoops program.

The trio of Oakland County diamond dandies joins a group that now reaches 17 prepsters from the state of Michigan destined for major college baseball programs as the 2014-2015 school year gets underway.

From the senior class, Kentucky has traveled up from the Bluegrass State and bagged Birmingham Brother Rice outfielder Nick Plummer and Saline southpaw hurler Josh Smith, a former teammate of Plummer’s at Rice in 2012 and 2013. The chance to compete in the SEC was too sweet to pass up.

The Big Ten are getting the rest, including Grandville catcher Jake Garbarino (Northwestern), Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central centerfielder Jake Vander Wal (Ohio State), Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett shortstop Nick Azar (Michigan), Portage Northern lefty pitcher Ben Keizer (Michigan), Sterling Heights Stevenson shortstop Riley McCauley (Michigan State), Dearborn Divine Child left-handed hurler Collin Goslin (Michigan State) and Adrian righty fire-baller Matt Clark (Michigan State).

The state’s junior class currently boasts a five-pack of highly thought of commits in Gull Lake catcher Drew Blakely (Virginia) and pitchers such as Portage Northern lefty Tommy Henry (Michigan), Holland Christian righty Mike Mokma (Michigan State), Rockford righty Jack Weisenburger (Michigan) and Birmingham Brother Rice right-hander Karl Kauffmann (Michigan)