Some people consider Blake Grimmer to be the best 9U baseball player in the Midwest — and the best pitcher in the country.
Grimmer, who lives in Spring Lake, just wants to see how he stacks up against some of the other top players from across the nation.
He’ll have his opportunity soon enough.
Blake will be spending 10 days at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., starting on Aug. 31. The front part of his trip will be with the Great Lakes 9U All-American team, which will participate in an eight-team tournament to determine the country's best region. The back part will be with the Rochester Hills-based Motor City Hit Dogs, in a 30-plus team tournament to determine the country's best travel team.
"This will probably not come around a lot, not much, so I’m going to just try my best and hopefully it will play out well," Blake said. "I’m a little nervous. I’m kind of excited and nervous at the same time. I want to see how the other people from around the United States play. How good are they? Do they fit in with me? Or are they higher or lower? Are they better than me or worse than me? I just want to see where I fit."
Grimmer, the son of Len and Lisa Grimmer, tried out for the USSSA All-American squad in May, after hearing about it through the Hit Dogs.
“We kind of went at it like, ‘Lets see where he stands as a 9-year old. Not only in the state, but the region,’” Len Grimmer said. "That’s kind of where we talked about it, and he said, ‘Yeah, Dad, I want to do that.' We did, and it was kind of nice. It was really a proud dad moment, a father moment at that time, where hey, ‘My son made it, he did good.’”
After hitting, fielding, pitching and running for the scouts, Grimmer wasn't just selected as one of the 15 players to represent the Great Lakes Region on the USSSA squad — he was the No. 1 choice.
"I was excited that I get to play in Florida," Blake said. "I was very surprised that all around the Great Lakes I was the No. 1 pick.”
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