SAINTS ARE THE CHAMPIONS!
With heavy rains in the Grand Rapids area making both tournament fields unplayable, the
Manistee Saints were awarded the tournament championship on the strength of their 3-0 record,
the only unbeaten team in the field.
The Saints recorded wins over the Flint Legends (8-7), the Grand Rapids Brewers (3-1),
and the Berea Blue Sox (9-4) to win the tournament title.
SAINTS IN CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND AT GRAND RAPIDS TOURNAMENT
After a thrilling extra inning win on Friday by a 8-7 score over the Flint Legends, the
Manistee Saints kept the pressure on and swept a pair of games on Saturday to remain the only
undefeated team in the Covid-19 Tournament at Grand Rapids.
On Saturday, Roddy MacNeil pitched a 3-hitter to lead the Saints to a 3-1 win over the
Grand Rapids Brewers. MacNeil (4-0) was scored upon for the first time all season when the
Brewers plated an unearned run in the 4th inning. Logan Briggs opened the game with a leadoff home run.
In Saturdays 2nd game the Saints bats pounded out a 9-4 win over the Berea (OH) Blue
Sox to move on to the championship round on Sunday. Nick Brzezinski provided much of the
offensive push with 3 hits, including a home run, and 4 rbi’s. Sam Schmitt went the distance on
the mound for the Saints to pick up the win.
The Saints will now meet the team with one loss coming out of the loser’s bracket at 1 p.m.
on Sunday at Belknap Park.
The double elimination tournament is sponsored by the Great Lakes UBL.
SAINTS START TOURNAMENT PLAY
SAINTS AT GRAND RAPIDS TOURNAMENT
The Manistee Saints travel to Grand Rapids this weekend to play in the Covid-19
Tournament. The Saints open the tournament against the Flint Legends at 3 p.m. on Friday at Sullivan Field.
Manager Tyrone Collins has named Kyle Gorski as his starting pitcher to open the tournament.
The double elimination tournament is sponsored by the Great Lakes UBL and will play games at both
Sullivan Field and Belknap Park.
SAINTS ADD TO HALL OF FAME
NICK PAPES NAMED TO SAINTS HALL
The Manistee Saints are proud to announce the election of Nick Papes to their baseball Hall of Fame.
Papes played for the Saints for 6 seasons from 2006 to 2012 and compiled a .321 batting average
with 45 extra base hits and 133 runs batted in. Nick was also a strong defensive player, breaking in at shortstop but more than
adequately playing all the infield positions.
Nick is the third member of the Papes family named to the Hall, following his dad Ken and brother Kenny Mack
into the Hall. Nick prepped at Mason Co. Central in Scottville, went on to play college baseball at Aquinas College, and currently
teaches at Lake Leelanau St. Mary’s where he is also the baseball coach.
Due to the Coronavirus induction ceremonies will be held at a later date.