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Three Chippewas Selected in Final Day of MLB Draft
The Central Michigan baseball program saw three student-athletes taken in the final day of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, bringing its total to five for the most players taken in program history.
Junior Dietrich Enns was the first Chippewa taken Wednesday by the New York Yankees in the 19th round, senior Jon Weaver followed in the 21st round by the Tampa Bay Rays and senior Ryan Longstreth closed the day when he was taken in the 40th and final round by the Detroit Tigers.
Season Review: Chippewas' Strong Finish Builds for Future
In a season full of high expectations and goals, the Central Michigan baseball program turned around its season over the last 20 games and finished just one win away from winning a Mid-American Conference Tournament title.
The Central Michigan baseball program has competed at a championship level during Steve Jaksa's 10 seasons as head coach.
The Chippewas have won two Mid-American Conference championships (2004, 2010) and four MAC West Division titles (2004, 2006, 2010, 2011) during his tenure. Jaksa has led the Chippewas to seven 30-win campaigns a pair of 20-win MAC seasons.
Jaksa led the Chippewas to their third MAC Tournament championship appearance in three years in 2012, as the Maroon and Gold won four-straight games after dropping the tournament opener before falling in the title game.
He owns 328 wins as a Chippewa, the third-most in CMU history, and a .563 winning percentage (328-254-1) in the Maroon and Gold.
Central Michigan has fielded one of the Mid-American Conference's top pitching staffs during Jeff Opalewski's four seasons as the Chippewas' pitching coach.
Another top five finish in team ERA (3.93) as well as the second most strikeouts in the league (436) in 2012 culminated with Zach Cooper being named a first-team All-MAC selection under the guidance of Opalewski. The Chippewas saw four pitchers drafted in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft with Cooper going in the 15th round to the Philadelphia Phillies, Dietrich Enns in the 19th round to the New York Yankees, Jon Weaver to the Tampa Bay Rays in the 21st round and Ryan Longstreth to the Detroit Tigers in the 40th round.
CMU ranked second in the MAC in team ERA (3.00) and strikeouts (208) in conference play in 2011. Two of the Chippewas' weekend starters-Zach Cooper and Trent Howard-were named to the All-MAC second team, and Cooper tossed the Chippewas' first nine-inning one-hitter when he shut out Western Michigan, 3-0, on May 14.
All three of CMU's weekend starters were selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. Howard was a seventh-round selection by the Baltimore Orioles, Jake Sabol was taken in the 36th round by the Detroit Tigers and Cooper was a 46th-round selection by the Florida Marlins.
Sam Flamont started his second stint as an assistant coach with the Central Michigan baseball program in August of 2012 after spending the the 2011 season as an assistant coach at Davenport University.
Flamont joined the Central Michigan baseball coaching staff for his first stint in January of 2010 as a volunteer assistant coach and helped the Chippewas claim their 12th Mid-American Conference championship in 2010.
He spent the four years prior as the co-owner and operator of "In The Zone", a baseball and softball training center located in Traverse City, Mich.
Flamont graduated from Western Michigan, where he earned All-MAC and all-region honors as a senior after hitting .401 with nine home runs and 56 RBI. He headed to WMU after spending two years at Grand Rapids Community College, where he hit .421 as a freshman with seven homers and helping the Raiders to a 28-2 conference record.