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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.”


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.


Brummett loses sudden death playoff in Tiffin tourney
Owens Community College golf begins its postseason run toward a national title as the program competes in the NJCAA Region XII Men’s Golf Championships next week. The tournament will be held at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, Mich., May 10-11.

Local members are Torey Brummett, 76.5 scoring average (Cardinal Stritch); Brooks Gardner, 81.9 (Bowling Green); and Nick Speck, 84.6 (Eastwood). Gardner is the son of State Representative Randy Gardner, an Eastwood graduate. The Express are coached by Gil Guerrero, a Waite graduate.

While at ,Stritch, Brummett, a state qualifier, was named Toledo Area Athletic Conference Player of the Year for a third straight season after shooting a 68 at Detwiler his senior year.

Golfing for Owens in the 13-team Kyle Ryman Memorial hosted by Tiffin University at Mohawk Country Club, Brummett finished tied for first as an individual, but lost a sudden death playoff on the ninth hole. Brummett’s score was 71-73-144. Gardner shot 85-88-165.



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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