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Competing on a big stage, Casey Gose and Grant Peters did not disappoint.

The Genoa-Eastwood duo, both of whom play baseball at Owens Community College, helped lead the Michigan Monarchs to the National Amateur Baseball Federation College World Series title game last weekend. The Monarchs, which went 5-1 overall, won their first five games before falling to the St. Louis Dodgers, 8-1, in the televised championship of the 12-team tournament.

Gose stood out, hitting .400 and reaching base at a clip of .555. He was credited for his notable defensive plays at second base, including in the final two games.

He was barely beaten out by Austin Marcellus (Limestone College) of the Capital City Reds in close voting by the tournament committee for the All-Tournament Team, and now Gose is already getting looks from four-year colleges to continue his career after his sophomore year at Owens.

During the Monarchs’ 8-3 win over Youngstown’s Creekside Crocodiles in the semifinals, Gose made a leaping catch and doubled a runner off second, ending the inning. It happened in the bottom of the third after Michigan had scored two runs in the top half to tie the game at 2, and Gose’s play stopped the Crocodiles from taking back the lead. In the bottom half, Gose led off with a single on a liner to center field and later scored to put the Monarchs ahead for the first time.

Michigan Monarchs second baseman Casey Gose (Genoa/Owens Community College)
makes a play as St. Louis Dodger Keith Grieshaber (Jefferson College) steals a base.
(Press photo by Harold Hamilton/

In the championship at Mercy Field, Gose drove in his club’s only run and again made two outstanding defensive plays. He dove for a groundball up the middle, turned back and flipped the ball across his body to record the out at second. On the other play, while holding a runner at second, Gose scooped up a ball to his left, spun in mid-air to get a look at his first baseman and threw the runner out.

Gose said the wood bat tournament features players, many of them future professionals, from across the country competing against one another during the offseason in an effort to refine their game.

“I got a call from Jim DeSana (the Monarchs general manager) and he asked if I was interested,” said Gose, who just finished an all-league season at Owens. “I told him I was definitely interested. It’s a great organization and the Monarchs are a great team.

“It’s really important to get more reps because you get more comfortable, your confidence goes up, you start seeing pitches better and you learn what you can hit and what you can’t hit.”

The 2015 Genoa graduate comes from an athletic family. His father, Mike, played baseball for the Comets back in the ‘80s and his sister, Carly, who will be a senior, is a standout cross country and track runner and also plays basketball at Genoa High. He says his competitive drive is derived from family.

“My parents have influenced me by making me work hard at everything I do, which translates to the field,” he said. “(I tell my sisters) to just go out there and have fun, just work hard every day and if something is meant to be, then it will be. The work will pay off.”

Peters, like Gose, just finished his first year at Owens. He pitched in Michigan’s 19-3 rout over the Brunswick (Maryland) Express. He pitched in relief, going four innings while allowing three runs and striking out four. Like Gose, Peters was a standout in baseball, basketball and football in high school.

“It was fun playing teams from (all over the country). With it being my first time playing in the World Series, I didn’t know what to expect,” Peters said. “But playing and watching the games, it was a great experience, especially playing for the Monarchs. It really helped me out a lot. (Offseason tournaments) keep me sharp and help me know what I need to work on.”

In all, the Monarchs dominated until the finish, outscoring their opponents, 52-20. They defeated the Long Island Astros 12-2, Brunswick Express (Maryland) 19-3 and Oil City Stags (northern Michigan) 5-0 in pool play and beat the Stags again in the quarterfinal game, 7-4, and in semifinal defeated Creekside.

This was the twelfth year that the College World Series was held in Toledo, the last nine hosted by Toledo Amateur Baseball Federation. The first three years it was hosted by the former Erie Shores Collegiate League. Former participants include, locally, A.J. Achter (Clay/Michigan State/Minnesota Twins), Chris Bassitt (Genoa/Akron/Oakland Athletics) and non-local include, among many, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tony Cingrani (pitched for Illinois Jayhawks), former Philadelphia Philly Pat Burrell (Ohio Warhawks) and Los Angeles Angels third baseman David Freese (played for St. Louis area team that won NABF CWS 12 years ago).

As a national organization, the NABF is completing its 102nd year of summer youth and adult baseball, more than any other continually operating national amateur baseball organization nationwide. NABF graduates include Sonny Gray (Oakland Athletics), Jake Peavy (San Diego Padres), Charles Nagy (Cleveland Indians), Bill Freehan (Detroit Tigers) and Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds), among others. Visit



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