Gaudards watch grandson shine
Leelanau County’s other connection to the all-star game was Patrick Gaudard, whose name may sound familiar to residents.
Patrick Gaudard is the grandson of Pat and Marge Gaudard of Suttons Bay. Pat is the former superintendent of schools for Suttons Bay and St. Mary.
And Patrick’s parents are Gary and Chris Gaudard of Hickory Corners. Gary, a detective for the City of Kalamazoo Police Department, was Suttons Bay’s first first-team, all-state football player. He graduated in 1983.
Pat Gaudard was still buzzing over having his grandson named the most valuable player on the West squad of the all-star game.
“To hear your name, even though it isn’t you, getting announced in Comerica Park, and to see your grandson’s picture and stats up on the megascreen ... there aren’t many experiences better than that,” he said.
Patrick Gaudard drove in his team’s first run with a bounce out in the first inning, which came as no surprise to his grandfather. Patrick, who hit .406 this season while playing second base, shortstop and catcher for Gull Lake, has always done what’s necessary to help his team.
“He’s one of those kids who they talk about being a ‘dirty’ ball player. He’s a grinder, and does whatever it takes to get his team the win, and that might include getting dirty and stealing bases or whatever. It’s a positive thing rather than a negative thing,” Gaudard said.
Patrick followed with run-scoring singles in the third and fifth innings, finishing with 3 RBI.
Over Patrick’s four-year career as a starter, he’s led Gull Lake to a 138-18 record while playing mostly against Division I teams. The team advanced to the state semifinals two years ago. He’s accepted a scholarship to play baseball at Jackson Community College.
“He said to have an opportunity to be there with 36 other baseball players from around the state, I think he said it was ‘all-world,” Pat Gaudard said.