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1 month ago @ 2:41PM

Celebrating Spring Senior Athletes - Baseball

Curt Alvesteffer

Curt has loved being an Eagle baseball player.  Freshman summer stands out the most for his first year.  Curt pitched and played outfield in season and summer.  JV season was so much fun with Coach Schip and a very fun memorable group of boys.  Again, Curt played Centerfield and pitched and even had a little first base thrown in.  He was a team player who could step in where needed.  As a junior on the Varsity team, Curt played outfield, pitched, contributed on the base paths and worked hard where needed. 

 

Curt was mostly looking forward to his senior year on Varsity.  He was ready to control the outfield and pitch when needed.  He appreciated the leadership Coach Gates has brought to the team this past year.  Curt wanted to end his Eagle career with his teammates who have meant so much to him over the years!

 

Keegan Batka 

Keegan played on both the freshmen and JV teams while he was in 9th grade and got 1 start on the mound for the varsity.  For his last three years Keegan played on varsity.  During his sophomore and junior years, Keegan earned all-conference and all-district.  

 

On the field, Keegan played shortstop, third base, pitcher and catcher during his freshman and sophomore seasons.  Junior and senior seasons he played shortstop and pitched.  Keegan was honored to be named captain for his senior season.

 

A great highlight for Keegan was pitching his first no-hitter in a 4-0 WIN vs Forest HIlls Eastern on April 12, 2019. 

 

Keegan is committed to play baseball at Wabash Valley 

 

Logan Custer

Logan transferred to Grand Rapids Christian after his sophomore season, so his junior year was his first season with the Eagles Varsity baseball team.  He was trying to earn playing time on a new team and battling a tough senior group ahead of him in the positions he played.  He ended up with a great batting average (one of the top on the team), played third base and left field and was gaining momentum pitching in relief as well as a starter.  

 

Logan’s favorite memory was traveling with the team to the Petoskey and winning the tournament up there. 

 

Eason Hardouin

Eason has been playing baseball since t-ball at the YMCA at 3 years old. For many years in little league, he was coached by his father Ben.  He's played for YMCA, Thornapple Valley, Backyard Dreams, Michigan Legends Baseball, and finally Grand Rapids Christian High School.  Eason played at Cooperstown and Youth Baseball Nationals in Elizabethtown, KY.

 

As a Freshman Eason played ball for Coach Christians.  His positions were third base, catcher and pitcher, and was in the top three of all hitting and pitching statistics.  As a Sophomore Eason played JV ball for Coach Schipper and Varsity at times with Coach Brasser.  He played third base and pitcher and was again in the top three of all hitting and pitching statistics. As a Junior, Eason played Varsity for Coach Brasser where he continued playing third base or pitching. 

 

Eason will be attending Otterbein University in the Fall to major in Sports Management and play quarterback for the Otterbein Cardinals.  He is also exploring the opportunity of extending his baseball career in college.

 

Aaron Houze III

Aaron played varsity baseball his Junior and senior year. Aaron's role on the team was catcher, second base and the outfield. Aaron was really looking forward to this baseball season. He was anxious and excited to play under Coach Gates.

 

Aaron's words of advice for his teammates and future Eagles players:

Something I want the underclassmen to remember is to not take practice for granted.

 

Devin Meeuwsen
Devin played three years of Grand Rapids Christian baseball prior to being named a team captain for his would be 2020 senior season.  He was called up to Varsity as a sophomore and started at shortstop for the last nine games of the 2018 season.  In his first game on Varsity, he came to the plate in the first inning with the bases loaded.  The Eagle Sport Report reported “Also in the 1st inning, the Eagles with the bases loaded and Devin Meeuwsen at the plate, with a 1 and 2 count, firmly hit a line drive to left field for a 4-0 lead over Wyoming.”  It was a great way to start and shake off some of the nerves!

 

Devin’s Junior season saw him contribute at both third base and shortstop.  On the sidelines, Devin had as much fun as anyone as he loves being around his teammates.  He could take “good ribbing” and also dish it out as that is part of the fun experience he enjoyed for all of his years playing baseball. 

 

He had been working hard and improving his strength with hopes of having a great senior season for the team and himself.  Although he is sad that won’t happen, he has focused on the good times of previous seasons and is thankful for the friendships that will continue.  He is considering Hope College and exploring the possibility of furthering his baseball career.

 

Alexander Smith
Alex has played varsity baseball, track & field & basketball while in high school.  In baseball, Alex played all outfield positions. His favorite memory is winning the Petosky tournament. There was great team bonding, especially in the last game of the entire tournament. Alex,playing right field, was chasing a ball.   with Carson Warner in center.  Alex was so excited to stop the home run from heading over the fence, he ran straight into the fence... full speed.  It knocked the air out of him and all he could do was tell Carson to grab the ball and throw it in.  The batter I was thrown kid out because he thought the ball had gone over the fence and was trotting along, as if he was taking a victory run!  The Eagles won that tournament! The energy during that tournament was as magnetic.

 

Outside of competing in athletics, Alex started Athletes for Christ and Community (ACC) a group focused on giving back to our community by supporting local organizations including: Mel Trotter, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Safe Haven Ministries, and GRPS.  In addition, ACC provided lunches for GRCHS staff during teacher appreciation week and other times of the year.  More currently, Alex has established a non-profit: Lead, Educate, Advance and Develop, to assist homeless veterans and those dealing with breast cancer. Alex partners with current NBA/MLB players to fund this need within Grand Rapids & Detroit Communities.

 

Alex is a member of National Society of High School Honors (N.S.H.S.S).  These past summers, Alex has been a part of the JSA program at Princeton University.  Next year, Alex will attend Loyola University where he will also play baseball.  In addition, Alex will attend Harvard University in the summer. 

 

We celebrate Alex’s accomplishment on graduating from GRCHS. We are ever so elated for the next chapter of his life. Train up a child the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

 

Hear Coach Brent Gates talk about these seniors here.

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