Player Profile: Senior shortstop Matt Granzotto is ready to lead Fighting Irish


Father Gabriel Richard senior Matt Granzotto loves the game of baseball. But it’s not turning a double-play, driving in runs or sliding across home plate that he likes the best – it’s the people he plays with and the goals they share and the memories they are making.

When he started playing the sport at age 6, it was his teammates that made it an easy choice to continue playing.

“Playing with my brother was a big thing and I’ve been on really special teams with great guys,” Granzotto says. “The people made me stick with it and now I just love it.”

The same is true for his high school team. He says what he’s looking forward to the most this season is playing with his friends.

“We have a really good group of guys so I’m really excited to play with them,” he says.

The Fighting Irish shortstop is taking his talents to Hillsdale College next year to play ball, and his personal goal is to “get stronger” this season in preparation.


Head coach Greg Lenhoff calls Granzotto his “best player.”

As a team, Richard varsity baseball hopes to play in and win the Catholic League championship, which takes place at Comerica Park.

But above all, Granzotto says he’s not going to get caught up in the numbers, he’s just going to have fun and play as part of the team.

“We need to stay together throughout the whole season and stay with the process,” he says. “We’re going to grow a lot as a team. Everybody has to come together and do their part, that’s how we will be successful.”

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