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Frankfort's Zimmerman Named High School All-American

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FRANKFORT – Although its postseason run ended before reaching the state finals, one Frankfort baseball junior is receiving national recognition after an impressive campaign. 

Catcher Brett Zimmerman is the lone player from Michigan to be named a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper High School All-American, earning Second Team honors.

“I was just very like shocked and surprised by it. It was a real honor to get it,” Zimmerman said. “In summer ball, I play against a lot of real good ball players, so I was kind of shocked when I made it and some these other guys didn't.”

Zimmerman is the second Panther to be named an All-American, joining older brother and former Wayne State player Kyle Zimmerman.

“I'm honestly glad that in the sense that I'm right there with him, and like was able to kind of hold the tradition,” Zimmerman said. “He called me and congratulated me, and we talked about it for a little bit.”

Throwing out 80 percent of attempted base stealers and batting .506 as a junior, the three-time all-state selection tallied seven doubles, three triples, five home runs, 39 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 2017.

“It's a source of pride for us,” Frankfort coach and Brett’s father Mike Zimmerman said. “You know, every year I nominate a couple kids I think are deserving of honors and it just so happened that the first two that they picked happened to be my own kids, which was kind of a shock. But you know, they work really hard and put extra time in. A lot of the work they do goes unnoticed.”

Hard work has paid off for Zimmerman, a Wayne State commit, but the rising senior recognizes his team as playing a big factor in his success.

“Half of it's my team,” he said. “Without us having such a great season and having my teammates play so good behind me, I mean I wouldn't have this award.”

After going 36-1 this spring, Frankfort is set to return its top eight hitters in 2018.

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