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Logan Huff's stellar season highlights host of area All-State honors
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

JOHANNESBURG — After a phenomenal season playing shortstop and pitching, Johannesburg-Lewiston junior Logan Huff was rewarded by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association last week.

The organization selected Huff as a Second Team All-State infielder, capping off a long run of offseason awards for the Cardinal.

J-L gave Huff its Team Most Valuable Player award while he received First Team All-Ski Valley Conference, All-District, and All-Region honors as well.

Huff's on-field decision making helped him find success this season.

"He's one of the smartest players I've had the pleasure to coach as far as living up to in-game situations," J-L coach Rick Guild said. "He very rarely makes mental mistakes because he's extremely intelligent.

"That's true in all three sports he plays — football, basketball and baseball — but he always does the right thing in the right situation all the time. That's pretty good for a high school player."

Offensively, Huff scored 50 runs and recorded 32 singles, 13 doubles, seven triples and one home run. He also had 23 RBIs, 49 stolen bases, and a .552 batting average.

As a pitcher for the Cardinals, he struck out 80 batters in 53 innings.

"I thought he had a great year, and he played exceptional defense," Guild said. "He really came on, pitching wise, too.

"He hit the crap out of the ball. He had seven triples, and that'll put him in the MHSAA record book. We're looking forward to seeing him play for us next year."

CONGRATULATIONS ALL CONFERENCE BASEBALL PLAYERS

Logan Huff - Pitcher/Infielder
First Team All-Ski Valley
All District
Academic All-District
All-Region
Team MVP

Orin Kierczynski - Infielder/Outfielder
Second Team All-Ski Valley
Academic All-District
All-District

Trevor Pickelmann - Infielder
Honorable Mention All-Ski Valley

Joel Kussrow - Infielder
Second Team All- Ski Valley
Academic All-District
All-District


Jac Bandt
Academic All-District

Brendan Prentice - Outfielder
First Team All-Ski Valley
Academic All-District
All-District

Brandon Huff - Infielder
Academic All-District
All-District
All-Region

Alden Nickert - Outfielder
Academic All-District

Nathan Wojtkowiak
Academic All-District

J-L Cardinal VARSITY & JUNIOR VARSITY
Baseball Season 2015

March 31, 2015 Tue 4:00 PM A VARSITY
SCRIMMAGE @ McBain
McBain
Bus Leaves at 1:15 pm
Apr 13, 2015 Mon 4:00 PM H VARSITY
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
Apr 13, 2015 Mon 4:00 PM A JV
@ Boyne City High School
Boyne City High School, Baseball Diamond
Apr 15, 2015 Wed 4:30 PM H JV
vs. Inland Lakes
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
Apr 16, 2015 Thu 4:00 PM A VARSITY
Gaylord St. Mary's
Apr 17, 2015 Fri 4:00 PM H VARSITY
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
Apr 20, 2015 Mon 4:00 PM A VARSITY

@ East Jordan High School

CANCELLED

East Jordan High School, Baseball/Softball Diamond
Apr 20, 2015 Mon 4:30 PM H JV
VS Mancelona High School
CANCELLED
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
Apr 22, 2015 Wed 4:15 PM H JV
VS Gaylord High School
CANCELLED
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
Apr 23, 2015 Thu 4:30 PM H VARSITY
VS Mancelona High School
CANCELLED
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
Apr 24, 2015 Fri 4:30 PM H VARSITY
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
Apr 24, 2015 Fri 4:30 PM A JV
@ Charlevoix High School
Charlevoix High School
Apr 27, 2015 Mon 4:00 PM H JV
VS Boyne City High School
CANCELLED
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
Apr 27, 2015 Mon 4:30 PM A VARSITY
Bellaire Middle/High School
Apr 29, 2015 Wed 4:30 PM A VARSITY
Alanson High School, Baseball Diamond
Apr 30, 2015 Thu 4:30 PM A VARSITY
@ Onaway High School
Onaway High School
May 01, 2015 Fri 4:30 PM H JV
VS Harbor Springs High School
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
May 02, 2015 Sat 9:00 AM H VARSITY
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
May 04, 2015 Mon 4:30 PM H VARSITY
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
May 05, 2015 Tue 4:30 PM A JV
@ Mancelona High School
CANCELLED
Mancelona High School
May 06, 2015 Wed 4:00 PM A VARSITY
@ Ellsworth High School
Ellsworth High School, Baseball Diamond
May 07, 2015 Thu 4:30 PM H JV
VS Grayling High School
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
May 07, 2015 Thu 4:30 PM A VARSITY
Central Lake High School, Baseball Diamond
May 11, 2015 Mon 3:00PM A VARSITY

vs. Onaway (Finish Game) @ Gaylord St. Mary's
CANCELLED

Gaylord St. Mary's
May 11, 2015 Mon 4:30 PM A JV
@ Inland Lakes High School
CANCELLED
Inland Lakes High School
May 12, 2015 Tue 4:00 PM A VARSITY
@ Rogers City High School
Rogers City High School
May 14, 2015 Thu 4:15 PM A JV
@ Gaylord High School
Gaylord High School
May 14, 2015 Thu 4:30 PM H VARSITY
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
May 15, 2015 Fri 4:00 PM H VARSITY
VS East Jordan High School
CANCELLED
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
May 18, 2015 Mon 4:00 PM A JV
@ Harbor Springs High School
Harbor Springs High School, Baseball Diamond
May 19, 2015 Tue 4:00 PM H VARSITY
VS Atlanta High School
CANCELLED
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
May 20, 2015 Wed 4:00 PM H JV
VS East Jordan High School
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
May 20, 2015 Wed 4:30 PM A VARSITY
@ Harbor Springs High School
Harbor Springs High School, Baseball Diamond
May 21, 2015 Thu 4:30 PM H VARSITY
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
May 26, 2015 Tue 4:00 PM A VARSITY
East Jordan High School
June 1 Mon 1:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
A VARSITY
Gaylord St. Mary's
June 3 Wed 3:00 p.m. H VARSITY
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field
June 6 Sat 10:00 AM H VARSITY
Regionals at Johannesburg-Lewiston
Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools, Baseball Field

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Ironmen overcome Logan Huff's pitching in win over Cardinals
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

JOHANNESBURG — Johannesburg-Lewiston pitcher Logan Huff struck out nine Ironmen, but his effort on the mound wasn't enough for his varsity baseball team to clinch a share of the Ski Valley title Wednesday.

Resuming a suspended game, Mancelona defeated the Cardinals 9-7 in a three-inning affair on the road

"Logan pitched lights out, but we just couldn't get it done," J-L coach Rick Guild said.

Mancelona had led 8-6 before the game was suspended earlier in the season. The two teams continued action Wednesday with a share of the conference title on the line.

The Cardinals walked away empty handed while the Ironmen have a shot at winning the title outright against Bellaire next week.

"We wanted to have a little fun today, but we also wanted to win awfully bad," Guild said.

"But we got pretty much everybody back next year, so now we're looking forward to that."

The Cardinals return six starters from this year's squad next season.

Not returning is senior Jac Bandt. He was 2-for-3 batting with three RBIs to lead the Cardinals against Mancelona.

Also for J-L, Joel Kussrow drove in two runs with a single, and Brendan Prentice singled once.

The loss concluded J-L's season as it fell to Hillman 1-0 in the district semifinal Monday and was knocked out of the postseason.

"It would have been much better to finish the season Monday," Guild said. "It's harder on everybody when there's nothing else to play for this season.

"It's tough on our kids, but it also says a lot about our kids because they're all here playing. A lot of kids would have been checked out by now."

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Ty Jones out duels Logan Huff in pitching showdown, guiding Tigers past Cards in district semifinal
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

GAYLORD — Hillman pitcher Ty Jones was as advertised.

While throwing a tough curve ball and a fastball that hit 85 mph at times, the senior struck out 11 batters to help the Tigers edge Johannesburg-Lewiston in a hotly-contested pitching matchup.

Hillman defeated the Cardinals 1-0 in Monday's Division 4 baseball district semifinal at William Mackowiak Sports Complex. It later defeated St. Mary in the district championship and captured a bid to play against Bellaire in Saturday's regional semifinal at J-L.

"Anyone who watches high school baseball, if they were to watch two Class D teams play, they just saw two of the better teams play a tournament game," J-L coach Rick Guild said. "We played with Hillman all day long. If we play them in two games, we're likely to split.

"What made (Jones) good today was his curve ball. He got it over consistently."

Hillman scored the game-winning run in the fourth inning. Jones singled, stole two bases and then scored off a sacrifice fly by teammate David Julka.

"That's how they scored, and it wasn't a bad play," Guild said. "I thought we played excellent defense, and we have been lately. It wasn't even an error or someone screwing up."

The Cardinals didn't have their first base runner until Jones walked J-L's Jac Bandt in the fourth inning. Joel Kussrow and Logan Huff made it on base during the following two at-bats, but J-L couldn't muster any run support to score them.

Kussrow singled in the sixth inning, and Dan Nieman got on in the seventh. Again, J-L couldn't get either of them in for the tying run.

"I'm still proud of the kids and thought they played well all the way through," Guild said.

On the other end of the pitching matchup, Huff fanned five Tigers, walked three and hit one batter in a tough outing for the junior.

"Logan pitched lights out, and so did Jones," Guild said.

"It was one heck of a ball game. It was an outstanding baseball game."

The Cardinals graduate four key contributing seniors from this year's squad, including Cody Teceno, Trevor Pickelmann, Nieman, and Bandt.

However, they are expected to return six starters and their entire pitching staff except Nieman.

"We're looking forward to next year," Guild said. "It was a tough way to lose, but these kids played outstanding ball the last three or four weeks. I'm really proud of them, and it was a tough loss for sure. But that's high school baseball. We just didn't get the one run we needed."

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Cardinals split with Red Devils in rain-shortened non conference baseball doubleheader
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

EAST JORDAN — Johannesburg-Lewiston split a non conference doubleheader Tuesday at East Jordan.

Its varsity baseball team lost to the Red Devils 4-2 in the first game, but it defeated them 8-3 in a rain-shortened second game.

In the first game, J-L grabbed an early 2-0 lead, and pitcher Logan Huff allowed no runs in the first three innings.

However, East Jordan put together a strong effort in the fourth inning when J-L used pitcher Brandon Huff in relief of his cousin, Logan Huff.

The Red Devils scored four unearned runs off two doubles, two errors and one walk. They ended the inning with five hits in the inning.

Logan Huff and Dan Nieman each finished with one hit and one RBI.

In the second game, Trevor Pickelmann's RBI single helped the Cardinals capture an 8-3 lead in the second inning.

However, the game was shortened by rain shortly afterward.

Brendan Prentice and Logan Huff each added hits while pitcher Orin Kierczynski allowed two earned runs in two innings on the mound.

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Cardinals sweep Rams, Bulldogs entering Memorial Day weekend
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

JOHANNESBURG — The Johannesburg-Lewiston varsity baseball team entered the holiday weekend with a pair of sweeps.

The Cardinals defeated host Harbor Springs 5-0 and 14-2 on Wednesday and then topped Inland Lakes 15-0 and 14-4 on Thursday at home.

"We've played well in our last couple of doubleheaders," J-L coach Rick Guild said. "We beat a decent Harbor Springs team pretty easy. We're doing the little things well, and we're hitting the ball good while getting good pitching."

In Game 1 against the Rams, Joel Kussrow and Logan Huff each finished 2-for-3 batting and drove in one run. Orin Kierczynski pitched and struck out six batters. He allowed two walks and one hit.

In the following game, Trevor Pickelmann crushed a three-run home run and then Huff drove in three runs with a double. Brendan Prentice was 3-for-4 batting while Dan Nieman added two hits.

Against the Bulldogs, Logan Huff and Brandon Huff each pitched and earned wins.

The Cardinals are 22-6 overall and 10-4 in the Ski Valley.

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Cardinals soar past Warriors in Ski Valley twin bill
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

JOHANNESBURG — Johannesburg-Lewiston relied on hitting to take down visiting Forest Area in a Ski Valley doubleheader Thursday.

The Cardinals, 18-6 overall and 8-4 in conference, downed the Warriors 7-0 and 13-0 in varsity baseball.

In the first game, Orin Kierczynski smacked a two-run double in the fifth inning to help the Cardinals separate from Forest Area.

Logan Huff and Brandon Huff each finished with two hits and two RBIs while Jac Bandt ended with two hits and one double.

J-L pitcher Logan Huff struck out the first 10 batters he faced. He gave up two hits and allowed no walks.

The Cardinals collected 15 hits as a team to put away Forest Area in the second game.

Dan Nieman was 3-for-3 batting with three RBIs, and Kierczynski finished with two hits and one RBI.

Brandon Huff struck out seven Warriors and gave up four hits and three walks.

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Cardinals split with Trojans, blow past Lancers in back-to-back nights
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

CENTRAL LAKE — Johannesburg-Lewiston loaded the bases several times Thursday at Central Lake, but the best its varsity baseball team could do was split with the Trojans in a Ski Valley doubleheader.

Central Lake won the first game 3-1 behind tough pitching while J-L took the second game 7-3 with a huge effort in the sixth inning.

In the first game, Central Lake pitcher Simon Spalding struck out seven batters, despite loading the bases twice and putting Cardinals on second and third multiple times.

Joel Kussrow scored J-L's lone run in the third inning, and pitcher Logan Huff started for the Cardinals. The junior struck out four batters but allowed five hits, two walks and two earned runs.

In the second game, J-L overcame a 3-1 deficit by scoring six runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Alden Nickert led J-L by finishing 2-for-4 batting. He also smacked a two-run single with the bases loaded to ignite the Cardinals during the comeback win. Trevor Pickelmann was 2-for-2 with two walks.

J-L pitcher Brandon Huff earned the win by giving up seven hits and no walks and also striking out five batters.

Cardinals take down Lancers in non conference play

ELLSWORTH — Johannesburg-Lewiston junior Logan Huff tripled five times to help the Cardinals dispatch host Ellsworth 16-0 and 12-0 in a non conference doubleheader Wednesday.

In the first game, Logan Huff and Brendan Prentice each finished with three hits. Kussrow, Brandon Huff, Dan Nieman and Orin Kierczynski had two hits apiece.

Nieman pitched four innings, striking out seven and allowing one hit.

In the second game, junior varsity standouts Hayden Paffi and Cody Haase led the Cardinals past the Lancers.

Paffi earned the win pitching while Haase finished 2-for-4 batting and drove in one run. Paffi also drove in two runs.

Logan Huff had three hits, including two triples, and Brandon Huff was 2-for-3 at the plate.

J-L (15-4) returns to the field Tuesday when it visits Rogers City for a non conference game.

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Mason Kortman pitches Cardinals past Hornets in Ski Valley doubleheader
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

JOHANNESBURG — Mason Kortman stepped up and helped Johannesburg-Lewiston take down Pellston in Ski Valley action Monday.

The Cardinals defeated the Hornets 11-1 and 19-4 in a doubleheader, and Kortman moved up from the junior varsity to strike out six batters.

Kortman gave up only three hits in his varsity pitching debut.

Cardinals drop Atlanta, fall to Mancelona in Val Kapture

JOHANNESBURG — Johannesburg-Lewiston finished second in its annual Val Kapture baseball tournament Saturday.

Pitcher Dan Nieman helped J-L defeat Atlanta 17-2 in the semifinal game, but the Cardinals ultimately fell to Mancelona 10-3 in the championship matchup.

The tournament raised $4,000 for its baseball and softball athletic fund as well as money for college scholarships.

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Cardinals sweep Alanson, beat Onaway during two-day baseball road trip
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

ALANSON — Johannesburg-Lewiston took a break from Ski Valley action Wednesday, sweeping Alanson in a non conference doubleheader behind strong pitching.

The Cardinals, 7-3 overall, topped the Vikings 5-2 and 8-4 on the road.

In the first game, J-L pitcher Orin Kierczynski struck out five batters to lead the Cardinals to a win.

Brendan Prentice, Logan Huff, Jac Bandt and Joel Kussrow each smacked two hits. Kussrow finished with two RBIs while Dan Nieman and Bandt drove in one run apiece.

Nieman led J-L to a win in Game 2 by striking out three batters and allowing six hits and three walks on the mound.

Huff went 3-for-4 batting with two RBIs, one double and one triple. Nieman was 2-for-3 with a RBI, and Prentice was 2-for-2 and drove in one run. Kussrow had two RBIs and a double.

J-L tops Onaway in Ski Valley showdown

ONAWAY — Johannesburg-Lewiston pitcher Logan Huff fanned 12 batters to help his team defeat host Onaway 7-1 in a Ski Valley game Thursday.

J-L had led Onaway 3-1 when Kierczynski hit a two-run double to secure  the win in the last inning. Huff had a double and RBI as well.

On the mound, Huff allowed only two hits and two walks.

J-L and Onaway attempted a second game, but after Onaway had gained a 6-4 lead in the sixth inning, it was called due to darkness.

Bandt had a double, Huff notched a triple and Prentice was 2-for-2.

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Bellaire's Nic Underwood punishes Cardinals in Ski Valley doubleheader
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

BELLAIRE — Bellaire pitcher Nic Underwood dealt Johannesburg-Lewiston a pair of heartbreaking varsity baseball losses Monday.

The Eagles tripped up the visiting Cardinals 5-2 and 6-5 in a Ski Valley doubleheader, and Underwood was key in each win.

In Game 1, Underwood struck out nine batters and allowed only four hits and two walks.

"Underwood for Bellaire threw the best game against us we've seen in a long time," J-L coach Rick Guild said. "He kept us completely off base with a good fastball and curve ball. He couldn't even walk us, and he threw it extremely well."

J-L's Trevor Pickelmann drove in one run with a single, and the Cardinals (4-3, 2-3 Ski Valley) scored their second run from an error.

Logan Huff started for J-L on the mound, striking out 10 and giving up five hits and three walks.

Underwood used timely hitting to defeat J-L in Game 2.

With the score tied 5-5, Underwood smacked a single that scored the game-winning run for the Eagles in the final inning. He faced two outs.

Earlier in the frame, J-L had trailed Bellaire 5-3 before Alex Lemcool recorded a two-run double that tied the score.

Pitcher Brandon Huff helped the Cardinals by striking out 10 batters.

J-L returns to the diamond Wednesday when it visits Alanson.

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Brendan Prentice hits Cardinals past Ironmen in Ski Valley baseball game
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

JOHANNESBURG — Johannesburg-Lewiston junior Brendan Prentice's bat helped the varsity baseball team down Mancelona 6-4 in a Ski Valley game Friday at home.

Prentice smacked a RBI single in the fourth inning that drove in Dan Nieman and ensured the Cardinals would win the game.

J-L (4-1, 2-1 Ski Valley) gained an early 4-0 lead after it had two hits and four walks in the first inning.

Pitcher Brandon Huff earned the win for J-L, pitching 3 1/3 innings before Logan Huff entered the game in relief.

J-L and Mancelona started a second game, with the Ironmen leading 8-6 in the sixth inning, but darkness postponed the contest before it finished. The game will be completed on a date yet to be determined.

In Game 2, J-L's Joel Kussrow hit a two-run double while Jac Bandt added a two-run double and a RBI single.

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Snowbirds, Cardinals split closely contested Ski Valley baseball twin bill
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

Area fans who hoped Thursday's game would provide an early indication of which baseball team, Johannesburg-Lewiston or St. Mary, will have the better season this year left William Mackowiak Sports Complex disappointed.

The two played to an evenly contested stalemate. The Cardinals defeated the Snowbirds 4-3 in Game 1 while St. Mary won the second game 6-5. The final inning decided each game winner.

In Game 1, St. Mary pitcher Nick Torsky hit the first two batters and then walked the first two batters of the second inning. J-L capitalized as Joel Kussrow and Orin Kierczynski each laid down hits that drove in runs, and the Cardinals led St. Mary 4-0 after two innings.

St. Mary's Drew Long smacked a two-run double in the third. The Snowbirds had an opportunity to tie the game in the sixth, but Ethan Szymanski couldn't convert facing two outs at bat.

J-L pitcher Logan Huff struck out seven batters and walked one, and Torsky finished with 11 strikeouts after finding his rhythm in the third.

"They're a well-coached team and know what they're doing," St. Mary coach Matt Nowicki said. "They capitalized on mistakes in the first game, and Logan Huff pitched well for them. He only walked one person. When you don't walk people, you keep people off base."

St. Mary's Jack Lochinski and Gage Andrews each had two hits.

"We didn't hit the ball well in either game," J-L coach Rick Guild said. "But I thought we played well defensively in the first game, and Logan Huff threw an outstanding game."

In the second game, J-L trimmed a 5-3 deficit after Huff smacked a triple that scored two runs in the sixth inning.

However, St. Mary snapped the 5-5 tie in the bottom of the frame.

Szymanski hit a double that bounced over J-L's first baseman. With two runners on, Lochinski hit a blooper to center field that gave Szymanski enough time to run home and secure St. Mary's win.

Lochinski finished 3-for-4 with the game-winning RBI while Drew Long, Adam Nowicki, Andrew Greif and Szymanski each had one hit.

"We were up by five, and we got a little lackadaisical," Coach Nowicki said. "When it was 5-5, thankfully we were able to get Ethan to score the winning run, and it was nice to watch because we were pretty evenly matched with JoBurg."

Lochinski started the game on the mound, striking out six batters and walking five before running out of gas. Adam Nowicki pitched in relief and stuck out two.

Brandon Huff pitched for J-L, allowing seven hits and fanning two.

J-L's Trevor Pickelmann had two hits and two RBIs, and Logan Huff finished with one hit and two RBIs.

"We didn't hit the ball well until the end of the game, and I wasn't too happy with our hitting," Guild said. "But St. Mary is a good team, and we had two errors that gave up four unearned runs.

"The only person who hit the ball consistently in both games was Trevor Pickelmann, and no one else did at all. We're a very good hitting team, and we should have hit better than we did."

St. Mary plays again today (Tuesday) when it visits Hillman for a non conference doubleheader. It follows up that game with a matchup against Standish-Sterling.

Photo Courtesy of Kb Holt Photography

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Friday, April 17

Cardinals roll past Comets in non conference action

JOHANNESBURG — Johannesburg-Lewiston's Alex Lemcool led the Cardinals in non conference play Friday.

Lemcool finished 5-for-5 batting with two doubles and four RBIs, and the Cardinals downed Mackinaw City 20-9 and 16-1 at home.

Pitchers Dan Nieman and Orin Kierczynski each earned wins.

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Logan Huff's two triples blasts Cards past Onaway in season opener
By Brandon Folsom - Gaylord Herald Times

JOHANNESBURG — In a non conference doubleheader Monday, Johannesburg-Lewiston was as dominant as a varsity baseball team could be while playing in a season opener.

The Cardinals, 2-0 overall, overcame the typical mistakes a team makes early in the season to dispatch visiting Onaway 14-4 and 15-3 at home.

In the first game, J-L junior Logan Huff smashed a two-run triple that broke a 2-2 tie in the second inning. The Cardinals went on to add seven runs in the third and a pair of insurance scores in the fourth.

"About around the third inning, we started to get the bats working pretty good," J-L coach Rick Guild said. "We got on their pitcher pretty hard, and we hit the ball well throughout the lineup."

Following Huff's shot to the outfield, Joel Kussrow, Brendan Prentice and Alden Nickert each added singles before the game ended due to the mercy rule.

The Cardinals started pitcher Orin Kierczynski, and the junior fanned three batters and walked four in three innings pitched. Mason Kortman and Huff each pitched in relief.

"Orin has to get a little bit better, and I'm sure he will," Guild said. "And that's OK because he just came up from the junior varsity. His fastball has improved considerably, and he's going to have a good year."

J-L opened the second game with its first six batters all making it on base and finding their way home for runs. Jac Bandt led off with a double in the first inning while Huff blasted another triple that scored Kussrow.

"We pounded the ball and were 6-for-6 to start, and those were some really hard hits, too," Guild said.

The Cardinals recorded four more runs in the second inning and another five in the third. Kussrow and Cody Teceno each manufactured a double before the game ended by mercy rule in the fourth.

Logan Huff and Brandon Huff each spent two innings on the mound. Brandon Huff allowed two runs, and Guild identified pitching as something he wants his team to improve upon going forward.

"We got to be a little more consistent on the mound in a few areas, especially with throwing strikes," he said. "I didn't think anyone looked dominant, pitching wise, and we weren't consistent with hitting our spots in the strike zone. But all that will come as we continue on this season."

Logan Huff, Brandon Huff and Trevor Pickelmann each finished 4-for-5 batting between the two games, and Kussrow was 4-6.

J-L opens Ski Valley play Thursday when it visits St. Mary.

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10TH ANNUAL VAL KAPTURE MEMORIAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

On February 25, 2006, Valentine Kapture, a special education teacher at Johannesburg-Lewiston High School, tragically lost his life in an auto accident while instructing a group of driver's education students.
To know Val was to know his love of God and family, passion for teaching and his appreciation of sports and competition.
Val was a loving father and mentor to his four admiring children and a loving husband to his proud wife.
Many of Val's fondest memories were of his times spent participating in various church activities with his family, coaching his children in their many sports activities for over twenty years and coaching the Johannesburg-Lewiston middle school basketball team and the high school junior varsity baseball team.
Val's children, those that he coached and his students always received a healthy dose of his nurturing and self-esteem building punctuated by his smile, hugs and his jovial laugh.
A career highlight was the pride he felt as he watched his students cross the stage on graduation day to receive their hard earned diplomas.
In our hearts and in our memories is where he lives today. The Val Kapture Memorial 5k Run/ Baseball tournament is not only an opportunity to keep those memories alive but also to raise funds to provide educational scholarships in Val's name.

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