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Clay Rolf and Clayton Ruch aren't related, but they probably feel like brothers.

The three-sport standouts, both seniors at Eastwood, live about a mile apart and have known each other “our whole lives,” Rolf said.

One (Rolf) stands nearly 6-foot-8 and the other is 6-5, and they've both been All-Suburban Lakes League baseball, football and basketball players the last few years.

Rolf, a pitcher and first baseman, bats third in the Eagles' order and Ruch, who pitches and plays shortstop, bats fourth for first-year coach Dave Barkholz. In a few weeks, their playing days together will come to an end.


People might wonder how Ron Rightnowar has ever had time in his schedule topic-ronrightnowar take a deep breath.

Rightnowar and his wife, Julie, have lived in Oregon since Ron retired from Major League Baseball in 1995. He is currently the athletic director and admissions director at Toledo Christian High School.

Rightnowar, 45, who is in his fifth season (seventh overall) as the Eagles' varsity baseball coach, also coached TC's varsity basketball team while he and Julie, a 1983 Clay graduate, were in the process of raising five boys — Jake, 18, Nick, 17, Luke, 13, Michael, 8, and Derek, 7.

Along the way, Rightnowar coached his boys' youth baseball teams and co-owned a sports training center, U.S. Diamond Sports, in Perrysburg Township.

“Diamond Sports coincided with the birth of my fifth son, Derek, in January of 2002,” Rightnowar said. “That same month, I opened the indoor training center for baseball and softball and had it for four years. It was pretty successful, but the time commitment, once I became athletic director, became prohibitive. My partner couldn't do it himself, so we had to close it down.”

Rightnowar, a star pitcher at Whitmer in the early 1980s, went on to play at Eastern Michigan University. He was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in September 1986 and pitched for the Mud Hens from 1990-93.


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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