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TK Grad Takes Swing at Big Leagues

Enslen graduated from TK in 2011 and went on to play baseball at Oakland University.

Before leaving for Missouri, Enslen met up with another TK graduate who also played baseball after high school. Don Williamson, class of 1957, signed to play for the Detroit Tigers organization. He was assigned to play with Sullivan’s in the Grand Rapids City Majors, but after just a year in the minor league, reorganization eliminated several farm teams, and Williamson’s career was over.

“I had my turn at it, now it’s yours,” Williamson told Enslen. “Love the game —  that’s the best advice I can give you.  They’re looking for one thing: a guy who really wants to play.”

Williamson also told Enslen it’s important to have some good outside guidance and to “eat, sleep and live it. Just give it 110 percent every day. There is always someone ready to take your place,” he said.

Enslen plays outfield and said he’s looking forward to his chance. The Frontier League plays games throughout the Midwest including Traverse City.

“I’m excited and ready to go. It’s been a while since I’ve played a game, so I’m ready to get back on the field,” said Enslen.

The rookie said he’s going to take all the advice he gets and work hard with a dream of someday making it to the major leagues.

In addition to Enslen and Williamson, Thornapple Kellogg has a third alum who also played baseball. Jim Simpson, class of 1956, signed with the Chicago White Sox.