Lyndon Greengrass plays in the first ever Native American All-Star Baseball Showcase

By Ardith Van Riper

     Lyndon Greengrass was in Atlanta, Georgia, representing the Ho-Chunk Nation at the first-ever Native American All-Star Showcase.  The Atlanta Braves and 7G Foundation hosted the two-day Showcase at Truist Park, home of the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves, on July 16 and 17.  The top 50 high school baseball players of Native American descent from around the country participated in a pro-style workout on Saturday and a showcase game on Sunday.

     The Native American All-Star Baseball Showcase highlights Native American high school baseball players who aspire to play the game at the next level.  Scouts from the Atlanta Braves, University of Tennessee, Georgia State University, Savannah State University, South Georgia State College, Mercer University, and Emory University were in attendance.

     Greengrass has been playing baseball since eight and prefers pitching or playing shortstop.  Dana (Patrick) Houghton and Alvin (Toni Pettibone) Greengrass are his parents.

     The pro-style workout on Saturday, July 16, was directed by Marquis Grissom Baseball Association and focused on defensive work, fielding, throwing, and catcher pop times.  In addition, Rapsodo Hitting and Pitching units were available to provide pro-level data and analytics to help players improve their game.

     Two teams played in the showcase game on Sunday, July 17.  Each unit with a 25-man roster.  The rosters included ten pitchers and two dedicated catchers.  Major League Baseball former players Marquis Grissom, Johnny Estrada, Marvin Freeman, and Lou Collier coached the teams.

     Marvin Freeman coached Lyndon Greengrass’ Blue team.