Vintage baseball pits Walbridge against the railroad
The Ken Russell/Glen Hecox Memorial Vintage Baseball Game will be Aug. 16 at Loop Park in Walbridge as part of the Walbridge Fest.
The game pits the Walbridge team in a rematch against a team representing CSX. Admission is free and there will be baseball contests for ages 5-12. There will be kids’ activities, prizes, and food.
Activities begin at noon with registration for base ball contests, including longest hit, fastest base runner, most hits (pitching machine), and throwing accuracy. Adults may try their skill at fast pitching.
At 12:30, kids, activities, and contests begin, and at 3 p.m. is the presentation to the Russell and Hecox families plus the vintage baseball game. The Sylvania Black Frogs vintage team will be umpiring and assisting the game. Visit http://www.sev.org/gbsfrogs/indext.htm.
Elite goaltender lands here
Goaltender Jeff Lerg has agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2014-15 season.
Lerg has spent the last three seasons playing in France and Italy. The native of Livonia, Michigan posted a goals against average of 3.32 with a save percentage of .910 last season while between the pipes for Villard-de-Lans in France and was named French League "Best Goaltender".
The 28-year-old has also posted save percentages of .912 (2012-13) and .921 (2011-12) while overseas. Lerg played a full season in the ECHL with Trenton (2010-11) in which he appeared in 27 games with a 12-12-1 record, a 3.15 GAA and a .903 SVP.
"Jeff is a championship goaltender," Coach Derek Lalonde said. "He is so solid between the pipes, you know what you are getting from him each and every night. With Lerg on board we will have some stability at a key position on the ice."
Prior to turning professional, Lerg spent four seasons at Michigan State University. In his time as a Spartan, the 5-foot-6, 165 pound goaltender scooped many league awards including the 2005-06 CCHA Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team member, plus 2006 CCHA Tournament MVP. In 2006-07, he helped lead the Spartans to the NCCA Championship. He won 78 games over four seasons, including a career best 26 during the 2006-07 season. Lerg finished his colligate career with a 78-51-17 record, a 2.37 GAA and a .920 SVP.
Walleye gameplans are on sale now. Winterfest ticket packages go on sale to the public on July 18. Call 419-725-WALL or vsit www.toledowalleye.com.
Owens soccer tryouts
New Owens Community College women's soccer head coach Kenny Hewitt will be hosting an open tryout on July 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tryout will be held on the Toledo campus of Owens Community College.
The Owens women's soccer team had its best season in program history last year at 17-2-2. Along the way, the team won 15 straight games, captured a Region XII tournament championship and battled some of the nation's top teams into penalty kicks at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Tournament. Furthermore, the team has produced a 30-4-5 record the past two years. (— by Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information)
The Lake Baseball Association will be having registration and tryouts for 2015 season on Aug. 7 from 6-8 p.m. at Railway Park for boys ages 8-10 (as of May 1, 2015). Tryouts will continue Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. and Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon if needed. For boys ages 11-14 (as of May 1, 2015), tryouts will be July 23 and July 25 from 6-8:30 p.m. and July 26 from 10 a.m. to noon at Railway Park. Pre-register players online at www.leaguelineup.com/lake-baseball. Check the website for any changes due to weather. Call Scott Howard at 419-350-4224
The Oregon Jr. Eagles will be holding tryouts for the 2015 11U youth baseball team from 3-5 p.m. on July 27 at Oregon’s Williams P. Coontz Recreation Complex, diamond No. 1. Players should bring a mitt and arrive early for registration, and they may bring bats. Call or text Butch at 419-392-7310.
Volunteer Coaches needed. Current NYSCA certification and records check a must. Inquire at the East Toledo Family Center 1020 Varland Avenue, call 419-691-1429, 419-691-1884, or visit www.etfc.org.