Proos, Nesbitt honor 2012 baseball state champions

LANSING—Sen. John Proos and Rep. Aric Nesbitt welcomed the 2012 Division 4 state champion Decatur High School baseball team to the Michigan Senate on July 18.

“It was an honor to welcome these student athletes to the Michigan Capitol and recognize them for their accomplishments,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “This team has earned the respect of the entire state by winning their fourth state championship in 13 years and doing it the right way. Their hard work and dedication helped them achieve something that they, the Decatur community and all of Southwest Michigan can take great pride in.”

The Raiders defeated Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in the state championship game on June 16 by a score of 4-1. Under the guidance of coaches Ben Botti and Jeff Kawaski, Decatur also earned state titles in 1999, 2002 and 2003.

Print-quality photographs of Proos, Nesbitt and the Decatur team are available by visiting Sen. Proos’ photowire at:

Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at Click on “Podcasts.”