OTTAWA LAKE – Thomas Eitniear will become the first baseball player in Whiteford history to play in the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game this summer when he suits up for the West squad June 29 at Comerica Park.
“Thomas is one of the best athletes to ever play at Whiteford and making the All-Star game is a terrific accomplishment,” said Bobcat baseball coach Terry Pant. “It’s exciting for him and the whole community. He’s earned a spot on the team.”
The 37th annual East-West All-Star Baseball Classic will begin at 7 p.m. on the Detroit Tigers’ home field. Tickets will be $10 at the gate.
Through 21 games this season, Eitniear is batting .380 with 17 stolen bases, 14 RBI and four doubles. The Bobcats are 17-4. The Bobcats have won 90 games over the past four years.
Eitniear, who will play baseball at the University of Toledo next year, has played three sports throughout his high school career and has earned All-State recognition in all three.
In football, Eitniear holds a host of Whiteford game, season and career passing records, was named First Team All-State and led the Bobcats to its first-ever state football championship in 2017. In basketball, Eitniear led the Bobcats in scoring in both his sophomore and junior seasons and completed his career as the No. 13 scorer in school history.
In baseball, he was first team All-TCC in 2016 and 2017 and was Second Team All-State in 2016. The Bobcats won TCC titles in his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons and are in first place heading into tonight’s scheduled doubleheader against Morenci.
He was recently chosen as the 2018 statewide Class C Rich Tompkins Multi-Sport Athlete Award.
So far in his high school career, the Bobcat teams that he has played on have won six league (three baseball, two football, one basketball) championships; five districts (three football, two baseball); two regional (football) and one state championship (football) for a total of 14 championships.