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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Orange Crush Nation

It's finally baseball season and around the OC that means Birmingham Brother Rice diamond-cutting time.
Alright let's ORANGE CRUSH Roll Call it for the 2014 campaign;
Matt Ruppenthal (P) – PURE POWER on the mound, most imposing starting hurler in the state (oh, yeah, he can shred like a Big Leaguer with a bat in his grasp and play a mean SS, too....all Burney can say is...WOW!!)
Nick Plummer (OF) – Nick the Stick is the definition of FIVE TOOL, just so skilled in so many ways
Ty Kiafoulis (professional slugger) – This kid has such a sweet stroke at the plate….a threat to go YARD every at bat
Randy Righter (P/IF) – If loving this DIAMOND DANDY is wrong, I don't want to be right….The most underrated player in the state (TAKE IT 2 THA BANK!!), does it all and does it with class
Alex Malzone (IF/P) – The Human Highlight Zone aka the OC Golden God has the Midas Touch….anything he lays his hands on (a football, a baseball bat, mitt) turns to bright, shining gold…..this spring will be more of the same
Sammy Stevens (C) – The consummate field captain behind the plate sporting some heavy lumber and a cannon of an arm to keep opposing baserunners at bay
Freddy Jehle (IF) – "Fab 5 Freddy" has the slickest glove in Metro Detroit……YEAH, I SAID IT!!
Bobby Cross (IF/P) – Mr. Hot Sauce himself aka Hot SIZZLE BOBBY CRIZZLE is ready to UNLEASH THE FURY on the comp in his final season on the OC prep diamond….WATCH OUT!!
Johnny Garry (OF) – JG is a Burney Sleeper Special….think TNT..…this kid is ready to EXPLODE in the stat sheet in 2014 (and beyond)
Tommy Lentz (UTL) – Just like his big bro, this guy can really hack at the dish
Dominic Downs & Davis Feldman (OF) – A pair of junior stalwarts that will patrol the outfield and carry their weight at the plate and on the base paths
Jeff Timko, Preston Pilat, Karl Kauffman – This three-pack of sensational sophomores will do some serious damage this spring…YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!!!


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