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U-M baseball players wow Lakewood students

Principal Michelle Seals collected autographs from the players to give to Noah, a student  who was upset because he was too sick to attend school on the day the team came to visit.

Principal Michelle Seals collected autographs from the players to give to Noah, a student who was upset because he was too sick to attend school on the day the team came to visit.

Students cheered nearly everything the ball players said in the Q and A segment.

Students cheered at nearly everything the ball players said in the Q-and-A segment. Especially if they used the word “math.”

Travis Maezes tells the kids about his love of baseball.

Ann Arbor native and Pioneer grad Travis Maezes talks about his hopes for a career in baseball.

Eleven members of the University of Michigan varsity baseball team thrilled students at Lakewood Elementary Friday morning when they showed up during the school-wide community meeting.

The teammates spent more than an hour talking to the students, answering questions, reading to them in their classrooms, signing autographs, and joining in rousing rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Junior Travis Maezes, a 2012 graduate of Pioneer High School with an impressive resume so far at U-M, was particularly popular with the students.

“This was a lot of fun; we’re giving back to the community,” he said, while signing authographs for the kids.

He recalled that when he was a student at Abbot and Dicken elementaries, high school athletes from the Pioneer Trailblazers program would come back to the schools to talk to the kids one-on-one.

“I was wishing I could be an athlete like them, and eventually I ended up being one, so pretty cool,” Maezes said.

Right-handed pitcher Matt Ogden was impressed by the students’ enthusiasm.

“I just had a great time being there,” he said.

Principal Michelle Seals said it’s always great to have a partnership with neighbors.

“This is one of those things that promotes community, and excitement for learning because they’re student athletes,” she said. “And when they’re here, they always aspire for other things. But to see the student focus first is the most important thing.”

Assistant coach Aaron Etchison said the players like getting out into the community and hanging out with kids.

“It’s a good change of pace from the daily grind that we’re up to,” he said. “Whether it’s visiting at the hospital, or coming and reading to the kids, we love to give back to the kids and get them into Michigan baseball.”

Lakewood students      and     (with mic) took turns asking questions of the athletes. Here,   tries to recall his favorite subject in grade school.

Lakewood students Jason Winterhalter, Owen Simmons and Ryan Anderson took turns asking questions of the athletes. Here, Evan Hill recalls his favorite subject in grade school.

Michelle Seals, a huge Tigers fan who loves baseball in general, thanked the players for coming.

Baseball fan Michelle Seals thanks players Harrison  Wenson,  Matt Ogden and Kyle Jusick for coming to Lakewood.

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The players happily signed autographs for the students.

The players happily signed autographs for the students.

  had a knack for keeping the students' attention.

Cam Wysocki had a knack for keeping the students’ attention.

"And it's one ... two ... THREE strikes, you're out at the old ball game."

“And it’s one … two … THREE strikes, you’re out at the old ball game.”

Players     seemed to have as much fun as the younger kids.

The athletes seemed to have as much fun as the younger kids.

One by one, players answered general questions about themselves.

One by one, players answered general questions about themselves.

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Flash cards weren't officially on the schedule, but the competition became intense.

Flash cards weren’t officially on the schedule, but the competition became intense.

Catcher     answers a question from       .

Catcher Harrison Wenson answers a question.

Students were chosen to direct the ball players to their classrooms for story time.

Students were chosen to direct the ball players to their classrooms for story time. Here, Henry—a huge Michigan baseball fan—waits to show athlete Cam Wysocki the way.

Ann Arbor native Travis Maezes and teammate Evan Hill congratulate fourth grader Rachel Wei, a math lover, for winning a round of flash cards.

Ann Arbor native Travis Maezes and teammate Evan Hill congratulate fourth grader Rachel Wei, a math lover, for winning a round of flash cards.

At 6-   , pitcher       towered over          .

At 6-6,  Jackson Lamb towers over the younger students.

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