J-L Varsity Baseball

 

Cardinals, Snowbirds well represented on All-SVC team

HT All-Area baseball award: J-L's Payne tops group of decorated area seniors


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J-L's Payne, Huff All-State in baseball
Gaylord Herald Times

JOHANNESBURG — A pair of Johannesburg-Lewiston baseball standouts, senior Alex Payne and junior Coalton Huff, were named Division 4 All-State by the Michigan Baseball Coaches Association.

Payne, the 2013 Herald Times Area Player of the Year, earned First Team distinction as an outfielder, and Huff garnered Second Team status as an infielder.

Payne batted .484 on the season with 32 RBIs while playing an athletic center field for the Cardinals, who finished 13-9 on the season.

Huff led the Cardinals with a .519 batting average, while knocking in 22 runs.

Three senior players — Brian VanCoillie, Brett Kortman and Gunnar Owens — were named to last year’s All-State team.

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HT All-Area baseball award: J-L's Payne tops group of decorated area seniors

by Matt Wenzel, Staff Writer Petoskey News-Review

JOHANNESBURG — Johannesburg-Lewiston center fielder Alex Payne wrangled one more award before leaving the Cardinals. Using good offensive numbers and a senior leadership, Payne has been selected as the 2013 Herald Times Area Baseball Player of the Year.

According to Payne, the 2013 Cardinal campaign stood as a special one for he and his teammates. “I thought the season went really well,” Payne said. “At the beginning of the year people said that we weren’t going to be any good — hat we were just going to be the average team if that. But we really worked hard at practice and put together a pretty good team this year. We lost in the District final to a pretty good Atlanta team but overall it was a really good year.” J-L coach Rick Guild saw the maturation of Payne from early on in high school as he earned his captain status.

“He is more of a quiet leader on the team and leads mainly by example,” Guild said. “He did a great job with that this season.” Individually, Payne contributed a cool .484 batting average to go along with 32 RBIs. With the award season just getting started, he has already gathered First Team All-Ski Valley Conference laurels as well as a nod as the best outfielder in the District.

“He hit for a little higher last year but was real good in field,” Guild said. “He had one error last year and I think just two this year.” The District award most likely will lead to All-Regional and possibly All-State honors.

Despite the prospect of future awards, Payne already has moved on to Dyer, Ind.

After a positive football career that left him with multiple awards and a third place in the J-L history book of career rushing touchdowns (35), Payne traded his Cardinal red for the black of the Illiana Blackbirds of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. Through all of his sports and achievements, last baseball season still stands as one of Payne’s proudest moments. “One of my biggest memory would have to be when we won the District in 2012,” Payne said. “It was the first District that I’ve won and it was really exciting. Also that I hit close to .530 in 2012. And being named All-District and All-Region player.”

Payne gave credit for his baseball success to coach Guild as well as assistant coach Troy Huff.

“And I want to thank my mom and dad for being at almost every game and always supporting me,” Payne said. “I want to thank my cousin, Nick for helping me out during the summer, and showing his support
throughout my baseball career.”

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J-L Cardinals

Cardinals, Snowbirds well represented on All-SVC team
Gaylord Herald Times

OTSEGO COUNTY — Both Johannesburg-Lewiston and St. Mary finished near the top of the Ski Valley
Conference this season in baseball, and the Cardinals and Snowbirds were justly rewarded in the recently
announced All-SVC teams.

Four Cardinals — senior pitcher Jake Newell, senior outfielder Alex Payne, junior infielder Coalton Huff and senior at-large Cole Nagy — and two Snowbirds — senior infielder Matt Spyhalski and junior outfielder
Nick Harrington — were included on the First Team.

The honors continued with the second team where J-L freshman infielder Logan Huff and St. Mary senior catcher Nick Lochinski and junior infielder Brendon Nowicki were selected.

St. Mary senior Patrick O’Connor and J-L junior Brad Kussrow earned Honorable Mention nods.

All Ski-Valley Baseball

First Team

Pitchers: Jake Newell, J-L; Andrew Prow, Onaway

Catcher: Cole Vanwagoner, Mancelona

Infielders: Logan Borst, Mancelona; Adam Underwood, Bellaire; Coalton Huff, J-L; Matt Spyhalski, St. Mary.

Outfielders: Nick Harrington, St. Mary; Alex Payne, J-L; Andrew Perry, Onaway.

At-Large: Cole Nagy, J-L; Chris Cleaver, Onaway.

Second Team

Pitcher: Kyle Schepperly, Mancelona.

Catcher: Nick Lochinski, St. Mary.

Infielders: Tyler Birgy, Forest Area; Logan Huff, J-L; Jake Friedenstab, Pellston; Brendon Nowicki, St. Mary.

Outfielders: Nick Howery, Inland Lakes; Nick Bellhorn, Mancelona; Colin May, Bellaire.

At-Large: James Schrader, Bellaire; Matt Tollini, Onaway.

Honorable Mention

Wyatt Derrer, Mancelona; Cody Derrer, Mancelona; Patrick O’Connor, St. Mary; Scott Sedwick, Forest Area; Chris Birgy, Forest Area; Hunter Walsh, Bellaire; Trevor Mallory, Inland Lakes; Christian Wallace, Inland Lakes; Ryan Howery, Inland Lakes; Brad Kussrow, J-L; Tommy Auger, Onaway; Justin Gedda, Onaway; Nick Nathan, Pellston; Baylon Kerr, Pellston; Kyle Hiltunen, Central Lake; Connor Zook, Central Lake; Ben Hicks, Central Lake.

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It's GREAT to be a CARDINAL!

Boys Varsity Baseball Season Schedule 2013
J-L fights to stay at the top despite losing key players

Day Date
Time
Place
Opponent
Results
Tue Apr 9
4:00PM
Away
vs. Rogers City High School CANCELLED
N/A
Fri Apr 12
4:00PM
Home
vs. Hillman High School CANCELLED
N/A
Mon Apr 15
4:30PM
Home
vs. Mancelona High School CANCELLED
N/A
Tue Apr 16
4:00PM
Home
vs. Ellsworth High School CANCELLED
Miserable soggy weather challenges spring sports
N/A
Mon Apr 22
4:30PM
AWAY
vs. Forest Area MS/HS
W TBA
W 10-0
Thu Apr 25
4:30PM
Away
vs. Inland Lakes High School
CANCELLED
N/A
Fri Apr 26 4:30PM
Away
vs. Bellaire 4:30 pm
J-L baseball team wins a pair
W 8-5
W 7-5
Mon Apr 29
4:30PM
Away
vs. Onaway High School
Wed
May 1
4:00PM
Away
vs. Atlanta
CANCELLED
 
Fri
May 3
4:30PM
Away
vs. Inland Lakes High School
 
Sat May 4
9:30AM
Home
Val Kapture Memorial Tournament
J-L runner-up in home Val Kapture tournament
Runner-Up
Mon May 6
4:30PM
Home
W 3-2
L 6-2
Tue May 7
4:30PM
Home
vs. Boyne Falls Public School
BASEBALL & SOFTBALL PHOTOS
W 12-4
W 16-0
Thu May 9
4:30PM
Home
vs. Pellston Public Schools

J-L baseball team wins 4 games in 3 days
W 16-4
W 12-9
Mon May 13
4:30PM
Away
vs. Boyne City High School
Tues May 14 4:30PM
Away
vs. Central Lake High School
Thu May 16
4:30PM
Away
vs. St. Mary Cathedral Junior/Senior High School
St. Mary, J-L split Ski Valley baseball doubleheader
L 2-0
W 16-6
Mon May 20
4:30PM
Away
vs. East Jordan High School - CANCELLED
Thu May 23
4:30PM
Home
vs. Charlevoix High School ~ CANCELLED
Tue May 28
3:30PM
Away
at Onaway (Pre-Districts) ~ CANCELLED
Sat
June 1
10:00AM
Away


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J-L comeback falls just short against upstart Atlanta

HT - Matt Wenzel, Staff Writer

HILLMAN — The Johannesburg-Lewiston baseball team came inches away from a second straight District title, but a late comeback came up just shy, as luck went the way of Atlanta in a 5-4 decision.

As the Huskies (22-2) walked away with their first-ever baseball District title, J-L coach Rick Guild was not surprised by the late push of his Cardiac Cards “They’ve done it all year,” Guild said. “They have come back all season and they played well today, it was just a couple of plays. We still had a chance. We hit the ball hard on the last out. It was a good game.”

The bottom of the seventh inning started with a 5-2 Atlanta lead and the entry of Husky ace pitcher Garrett Badgero in to close out the game. After a Garrett Koronka walk and a Brandon Huff double to left, Logan Huff sent a single to center field that emptied the bags. However, it was Atlanta who held the luck of the day. Coalton Huff sacrificed his younger brother, Logan, to second bringing up Brad Kussrow. Kussrow’s shot between third and shortstop had eyes for Logan’s leg and the ball hit him. Logan Huff was called out immediately and two batters later, Cole Nagy was tagged out on a fielder’s choice to end the game.

“I’ve never been prouder of a group of kids,” Guild said. “They fought hard all year and you saw what they did at the end of the game today and they have done that all year. They refuse to lose.”

Jake Newell started on the mound during the Cardinals’ District semifinal victory against St. Mary, throwing three full innings of one-hit baseball in the 12-3 victory over. He then went on to pitch 4 1/3 innings against Atlanta. “Jake dominated in the first inning, he just got tired in the later innings against Atlanta,” Guild said.

Coalton Huff entered the second game in relief, giving up two hits and one walk in the final 2 2/3 innings. Seniors Alex Payne, Dylan Helms, Newell, Nagy and Koronka drew compliments from Guild. “All five seniors really stepped up today,” he said. “We wouldn’t be where we are if it weren’t for them. All of those kids have done a great job for me.” The success that J-L (13-9) had this was forged by youth as three freshmen — Logan Huff, Brandon Huff and Joel Kussrow — all played key roles. “We weren’t really supposed to be that good this year,” Guild said. “We lost three First Team All-Staters and another guy that was first team All-Region and six four-year starters.”

Despite that, the Cardinals (11-4 Ski Valley Conference) were still in the mix for a share of the Ski Valley Conference championship as of Tuesday. J-L had to finish out a game at Onaway that was rained out. Results were unavailable at the time of print.

The semifinal loss to J-L was a disappointment for St. Mary (13-9), who saw another solid season with more highs than lows. Nick Lochinski, Patrick O’Connor and Matt Spyhalski are the only seniors on a squad who has plenty of upcoming promise. Nick Harrington, Brendon Nowicki and Anthony Zielinski will return after batting better than .300 last this season. Nowicki and Zielinski should also form a talented pitching combo.

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Home team Hillman favored in Division 4 baseball District
Gaylord Herald Times

NORTHERN MICHIGAN  — Saturday’s Division 4 District semifinal in Hillman holds some tough competition for Johannesburg-Lewiston and St. Mary.

St. Mary most likely earned a trip into the District semifinals and a date with Johannesburg-Lewiston beginning at 10 a.m. on district Saturday. The Snowbirds battled Wolverine Tuesday but results were unavailable at press time.

J-L (12-6) and St. Mary (12-8) split their regular-season double header, with the Snowbirds winning the first game 2-0 before J-L’s bats awoke in a 16-6 victory in the second game.

With a team needing two wins to get into the District championship, pitching will be a major commodity for either team. The Cardinals’ pitching has been their strength this season, with a deep rotation in seniors Jake Newell and Cole Nagy, along with youngsters Zach Moss and Sean Paris. Alex Payne, Brad Kussrow, Logan Huff and Coalton Huff are among the Cardinals’ top offensive performers.

St. Mary is led on the mound by junior Brendon Nowicki, who has posted an impressive 7-2 record this season with a 2.88 ERA. Nowicki is backed by Matt Spyhalski and Anthony Zielinski. Junior Nick Harrington (.476, 26 RBI's) has consistently been St. Mary’s top offensive performer, along with Spyhalski (.418) and Nowicki (.358).

Whichever team survives through to the District finals will have to tackle a tough Hillman team, who is ranked No. 9 in Division 4 with an 18-3 record.

The District winner will advance to the Saturday, June 8 Regional at Sault Ste. Marie.

Gaylord sees an uphill battle in the Division 2 District at Gladwin, facing the home team in the semifinals.

Gladwin has seen an up and down season as Gaylord hopes to peak at the right time.

Gaylord, spurred on by the senior leadership of Tyler Frisch, Michael Skerratt and Tyler Cherry, will need to see a near-flawless performance to contend.

Cadillac and Ogemaw Heights battle in the other District semifinal.

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St. Mary, J-L split Ski Valley baseball doubleheader
By Ian Callison, Sports Assistant Gaylord Herald Times

GAYLORD — Ski Valley rivals St. Mary and Johannesburg-Lewiston squared off on the Snowbirds’ field Thursday, splitting a doubleheader. Game one went to the Snowbirds, 2-0, and the second to the Cardinals, 16-6.

“The first game was one of the best games I’ve ever seen as a coach here,” remarked St. Mary coach Matt Nowicki.
Against the arm of Brendan Nowicki, J-L found no success in the first inning.

The Snowbirds, on the other hand, managed a run when Nick Harrington singled and stole second before being knocked in by Nick Lochinski. In the bottom of the third, St. Mary loaded the bases and when Harrington sprinted to first on an error, Casey Gilling scampered in to score another run.

Against the sound pitching of J-L’s Jake Newell, the Snowbirds struggled at bat for the rest of the first game. The Cardinals couldn’t get past third base as the Snowbirds got some great defensive plays from Pat O’Connor, Matt Spyhalsk and Lochinski.

“In the first game, we just didn’t have big hits,” said J-L coach Rick Guild.

In the top of the sixth, the Cardinals came close to tying it up. Cole Nagy had a solid single, then Joel Kussrow walked. The pair stole third and second, respectively, and were lined up to score when Garrett Koronka bunted.

Spyhalski was able to tag out Nagy, and then a whip across the field to O’Connor got Koronka out at first, although the call was disputed. Nowicki was able to strike out another J-L batter to end the game.

“It was a tough way to lose,” Guild said. “I thought we played well all day, but if that call had gone the other way, we would’ve won. Newell came up big — he pitched a great game for the first game.”

Things started out the same for J-L in game two. Spyhalski reached base and stole home in the bottom of the first as the Snowbirds captured a 1-0 lead. St. Mary continued to play strong defense in the second, when catcher Gage Andrews hauled in a couple of pop flies to dispatch the Cardinals. St. Mary tacked on another run in the second when Brendon Nowicki scored on a sharp single by Jack Lochinski.

The tide quickly turned in the third as the Cardinals slammed home seven runs. Cole Nagy got things started. His RBI double chased home Alex Payne and Logan Huff. Brad Kussrow and Koronka also delivered clutch hits as the Cardinals blew the game open.

J-L added four runs in the fourth and seven in the fifth. Nagy started and earned the victory for the Cardinals, before being relieved by Newell. Spyhalski and Anthony Zielinski split the pitching duties for the Snowbirds.

“If we had carried the energy from the first game into the second, we would’ve fared much better,” Nowicki said. “We started off good, but there were several plays where the balls should’ve been caught. In the end though, it all comes down to is that they out hit us. I’m not unhappy though, we still played solid baseball.”

For J-L, Logan Huff went 3-for-5 with two RBI's, while Nagy, Hunter VanDeKerchove and Brad Kussrow each had two hits. For St. Mary, Nick Lochinski was able to slug a double, while Spyhalski, Nowicki and Jack Lochinski each had singles. Both teams gave up four errors in the second game.

St. Mary is now 10-6 overall and 8-6 in the Ski Valley Conference. J-L is 12-6 overall and 9-3 in the Ski Valley.

After playing in the Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart Invitational today (Saturday), the Snowbirds will have a chance to play spoiler Thursday at Mancelona, which has emerged as the league favorite after sweeping Onaway Thursday. J-L is back in action Monday at East Jordan.

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J-L baseball team wins 4 games in 3 days
Gaylord Herald Times

PELLSTON — The Johannesburg-Lewiston baseball team continued its busy last couple of weeks with four wins in three days against Boyne Falls and Pellston.

The Cardinals are now 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Ski Valley Conference.

J-L defeated Boyne Falls 12-4 and 16-0 in Tuesday’s non conference twin bill.

Coalton Huff earned the start in game one, striking out 11 in the victory. Huff helped himself out at the plate by going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Brandon Huff and Hunter VanDeKerchove each added a pair of hits in coach Rick Guild’s hard-hitting lineup. Joel Kussrow tossed a no-hitter in the mercy-shortened second game.

The hits kept coming as Logan Huff and Brad Kussrow each knocked out three. Coalton Huff, Brandon Huff, Dan Nieman and Jack Bandt each added a pair of hits.

The Cardinals followed it up with a doubleheader sweep Thursday at league rival Pellston, 16-4 and 12-9. Cole Nagy earned the victory in game one, scattering five hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Logan Huff and Alex Payne each had three hits in the win, while Brad Kussrow, Joel Kussrow, Nagy and VanDeKerchove each had two hits. Zach Moss, Sean Paris and Nagy patched together the pitching in game two, keeping the Hornets off balance enough to seal the win.

Logan Huff had four hits, including a double, while Payne added another two hits. Payne had a total of eight RBI's in the doubleheader.

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Ski Valley wide open after J-L splits with Mancelona
By Matt Wenzel - GHT Staff Writer

JOHANNESBURG — The Johannesburg-Lewiston baseball squad played at home for just the second time this season Monday, managing a split against Ski Valley Conference rival Mancelona.

The Cardinals took the first game, 3-2, but fell 6-2 in the nightcap.

“It was two good games,” said J-L coach Rick Guild. “It’s not unusual for us and Mancelona to split, and we enjoy playing each other because it’s always good games. We just couldn’t capitalize in the second game. We hit the ball hard, but we hit it right to them almost all day long.”

During the summer-like weather of the first game, the Ironmen quickly jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a couple of base hits followed by a throwing error. With two runners on, the J-L defense tightened as senior pitcher Jake Newell zeroed in on the strike zone.

Newell helped bail himself out with a strikeout and a couple of ground balls to get out of the jam.

The Cardinals took a lead they would never surrender in the bottom of the first when Alex Payne hit a double that knocked in Coalton Huff and Logan Huff.

J-L added another run in the opening stanza on a Cole Nagy RBI. It would be the Cardinals’ final run of the game, despite amassing 10 hits. The statistic was not lost on Guild.

“We stranded way too many runners,” Guild said. “The first game should not have been as close as it was.”

Newell completed a solid effort by giving up four hits and three walks, while striking out six.

“I thought Jake pitched well the first game,” Guild said. “He was a little wild, but sometimes a little wild is good because it keeps the other team off stride.”

Coalton Huff ended the game by starting a tough double play.

Cole Nagy took the mound for the nightcap and found himself in a pickle almost immediately.

After loading the bases with no outs, Dylan Helms held the runners on a would-be sacrifice fly. After another fly out, Nagy held his ground and struck out the final batter.

Nagy continued to help his own cause with a two-run double in the bottom of the first, but Mancelona quickly took control back in the top of the third with a breakout of three runs.

“I thought we played excellent defense in the second game, except for that one inning,” Guild said. “In high school baseball, it’s all about that one inning. Other than that, I thought we played great defense.

“Logan and Coalton Huff made some phenomenal plays in the infield in both games. When Coalton turned that double play to end the first game that was about as nice as you can get.”

The Cardinals (5-3, 4-2 in SVC) remain in the hunt for the Ski Valley title, battling with Onaway and Mancelona near the top of a wide-open league. Guild said it’s another example of his team exceeding expectations, a common theme over the years.

“They (J-L) weren’t supposed to be that good this year according to everyone that I talked to, and now we have a heck of a shot to win the league, if not be right up there at the end of the season,” Guild said. “Nobody gave us much of a chance to do it with all the kids that graduated.”

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J-L runner-up in home Val Kapture tournament
Gaylord Herald Times

JOHANNESBURG — The Johannesburg-Lewiston baseball squad took second place in the annual Val Kapture Tournament held Saturday at the Cardinals’ home field.

The kind weather, strikes and earned run statistics came in behind the main purpose of the tournament, according to J-L head coach Rick Guild.

“We hold this tourney in memory of Val Kapture, who was a longtime assistant coach of mine who was killed in a car accident,” Guild said. “We raise money that goes toward a scholarship for any J-L baseball player and we have raised over $20,000 since it started the year after he passed.”

The tourney gave a chance for players to see some non conference action as the Cardinals defeated Mio 13-1 in the first game before falling 12-2 to Atlanta in the championship.

Officials who donated their time for the day included Bob Gingerich, Dick Olson, Don Post, Bob Dratzyk, Clark Hewitt and Dave Kuznicki.

“There were tons of people that made the tournament a success,” Guild said. “I think Val’s wife, Jill Kapture, put it great when she said, ‘He (Val) would’ve been so proud because his passions in life were baseball and education, and that’s what this day is all about.’”

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J-L baseball team wins a pair
Gaylord Herald Times

BELLAIRE — The Johannesburg-Lewiston baseball squad swept Bellaire Friday, 8-5 and 7-5, to raise its season and Ski Valley Conference record to a perfect 4-0.

Sean Paris picked up his first win of the season, pitching the final four innings of the first game after entering in relief. Paris gave up four hits, one earned run and no walks in addition to contributing an RBI on offense.

Brad Kussrow went 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBI's, and Cole Nagy also had two RBI's. The J-L bats revved up during the nightcap as the Cardinals out hit the Eagles 15-4 on their way to the victory.

“We hit the ball really well that game,” said J-L coach Rick Guild. “We had a couple of base running errors, but we hit the ball and played pretty well defensively.”

Nagy picked up his second win of the season, entering the game in the bottom of the third inning. The senior gave up no runs or hits and walked just one.

Coalton Huff went 3-for-4, and Kussrow came through again with three RBI's. Garrett Koronka went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

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Waiting for Spring!

Miserable soggy weather challenges spring sports
HT - Matt Wenzel, Staff Writer

OTSEGO COUNTY — “It is not usable at all,” said Johannesburg-Lewiston veteran coach Rick Guild, with an emphasis on the “not.”

Guild, talking about the condition of the Cardinals’ baseball field, continued, “There’s snow covering third and first and with all the rain it’s going to be a mess. I don’t expect to use it next week either.”

This spring is one of the worst Guild has seen in a long time and area outdoor teams have felt the season being smashed together. As of Thursday, 38 contests have been postponed, rescheduled or canceled outright among Gaylord, J-L and St. Mary varsity sports.

Like other coaches in the area, Guild has put his team’s hopes of getting in a few games in April by giving up home games in the hopes that the scheduled opponent’s field has better conditions.

“On Monday, Forest Area is going to play us over there,” Guild said. “It was supposed to be a home game, but we are trying to play anywhere we can right now. For the past two weeks, we have tried to play anywhere we could, but nobody else can play either.”

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J-L fights to stay at the top despite losing key players
HT - Matt Wenzel, Staff Writer

JOHANNESBURG — At first glance, the Johannesburg-Lewiston baseball squad should be satisfied with a .500 rebuilding season.

After losing six seniors from last year’s 32-6 squad, five of whom made the All-State or All-Region team, and the weather curtailing any outdoor practice, many would settle for simply competing.

Longtime head coach Rick Guild looks at things with a different view.

“If our seniors step up and our younger kids play to their capabilities, we will move forward,” Guild said. “All things considered, I think we are equal to, if not ahead, of a lot of teams.”

Although still pleased with the effort and leadership that he has seen this season, Guild attributes much of the initial optimism to the aid of his assistant coaches, Troy Huff, Brett McVannel and Doug Kussrow.

Kussrow and McVannel will act as the junior varsity coaches, and Huff will help with the varsity when the games get rolling. Barry Owens also helps out on a part-time basis.

J-L consistently rests the success of the season on senior leadership and this year’s squad boasts a solid unit with plenty of contributors.

Senior Alex Payne made his mark on last years’ squad by showing off his speed in the outfield.

“Alex will anchor our outfield in left,” Guild said. “Last year, he was on the All-Regional team and an Honorable Mention All-State player. He looks good this season from what we have seen.”

Jake Newell, another senior with all-star hopes, enters the season as the team’s most experienced pitcher.

“He had a great season last year,” Guild said. “He was an All-Region player and had a record of 10-3. But, we have eight kids pitching. It’s very hard to tell inside, without getting on a field.”

The Cardinals could have a strong rotation that will include senior Cole Nagy, who pitched a no-hitter last season. Nagy’s primary position will be second base.

Junior Dillon Cushman may enter the mound from his outfield spot and junior varsity sophomore Zach Moss will see some varsity action on the pitcher’s mound.

Juniors Coalton Huff, Brad Kussrow, Hunter VanDeKerchove and Sean Paris all saw action last year as sophomores, with Kussrow starting at catcher and Coalton Huff starting in the infield.

Guild gave praise to his other returning seniors, Dylan Helms and Garrett Koronka, for their poise during the tough, snowy preseason.

“It’s been miserable,” Guild said of the weather. “In my 40 or so years of coaching I maybe have seen one like it before. We usually can get out onto the football field and hit some pop flies, but there’s still too much snow.”

Guild said it’s tough to predict his team’s success from practices in a gym.

“We don’t have any (goals) yet until we get outside,” Guild said. “We are sound defensively, and if everyone does
what they should, I think we can play with any team.”

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