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As the No. 1 starter for the Michigan State University baseball team, A.J. Achterpic-ajachter2 can't afford to have a long memory.

The 6-5, 215-pound junior right-hander and former three-sport star at Clay High School had a rough outing on April 30 at Penn State. Achter pitched the opening game of a three-game series against the Nittany Lions and went five innings while getting a no-decision in the Spartans' 18-7 loss.

Achter gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and four walks, with eight strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches as the Spartans and Nittany Lions combined for 41 hits. PSU swept the next two games, dropping the Spartans (28-13) into a sixth-place tie in the Big Ten with Penn State and Indiana.

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A few weeks ago in a home softball game against Otsego, Eastwood's No. 3 hitter, senior catcher Kerri Gangwer, belted an over-the-fence home run.

The next batter, Jimmi Gangwer, Kerri's twin sister, smashed a homer that landed in virtually the same spot. It was the first home run of the year for both players.

“I've been coaching for 15 years,” Eastwood coach Joe Wyant said, “and I've never seen that before. They were both hit in about the same spot — Jimmi hit hers about five feet farther.”

The fact that the Gangwer twins hit back-to-back dingers shouldn't have come as that much of a surprise. After all, they do virtually everything else together – except share the same bedroom.

“I'm good with everything the way it's gone,” Jimmi, a first baseman, said of being an identical twin. “She respects my privacy and I respect hers.”

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Phil Hatch's offensive numbers are up this season from a year ago, but not by accident.

“I did a lot in the weight room in the offseason,” said Hatch, a senior shortstop at Waite and a four-year starter. “I do tons of work off the tee at practice and before and after games. I'm seeing the ball better and reading the ball a lot better off the pitcher's hands, and I'm more comfortable in the (batter's) box this season.

“Being a senior, honestly, my grades are not the best. I wanted my last year to be memorable to me and maybe get a chance to play D-II baseball or at Owens. I'm playing my heart out and giving every play my all.”

The 6-2, 165-pound Hatch, an outside linebacker on the Indians' football team last fall, is having a season to remember.

Through Waite's first 18 games (8-9-1, 3-5 City League), Hatch is batting .500 (31-for-62) and has driven in a team-high 33 runs. His 25 runs are second on the team behind sophomore catcher Dylan Clifton's 29, and he has 13 doubles, five triples and two home runs.

Hatch, a utility infielder who mostly played second base last season, hit .483 as a junior to earn second-team All-CL honors. His 13 doubles is a school single-season record, and he is one triple shy of tying that single-season school mark. Waite's single-season record for batting average is .534.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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