Sen. Pavlov welcomes St. Clair High School state champions to the Senate

LANSING–State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, on Wednesday welcomed the St. Clair High School baseball team and their coach, Bill McElreath, to the Michigan Capitol.

St. Clair won the 2011 Division II state title. Pavlov and his colleagues honored the team during Senate session.

“During my time coaching little league in St. Clair I’ve had the opportunity to see these student-athletes grow into fine young men and baseball players,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “Their achievements this year were remarkable, and their coaches have done one heck of a job in melding this team together for a very long time.”

Coach McElreath expressed admiration for his team.

“We set several records. The one I’m most proud of is that every player on this team was all-academic in the league and all-academic in the district,” McElreath said. “These kids are not just good ballplayers; they’re very intelligent young men who put their priorities in academics first and baseball second.”

In addition to setting the school record for number of wins in a season with 33, the team set records for batting average, hits, RBI, on-base percentage, and doubles as well as breaking all of the school’s pitching records. Eight players on the team will play baseball in college.

“A lot of things went right this year and it’s due to these young men and the hard work they put in and their commitment to the team,” McElreath said.

Pavlov applauded the team’s passion for their sport.

“This team has an undying love for baseball that is inspiring,” Pavlov said. “The ability of these young student-athletes to play at such a high level and to go 33-1 this year is an incredible feat.”

Photo cutline: The 2011 Division II state champion St. Clair High School baseball team stands in the chamber of the Michigan Senate. Sen. Phil Pavlov, standing behind the team at the Senate rostrum, honored the team during session.

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