Step into the West Michigan Whitecaps clubhouse on Game Day and you’re certain to find a colorful variety of superstitious rituals and an occasional game of cards to help pass the time before taking the field. While every player finds his own way of dealing with the nerves, you’ll be hard pressed to witness any inclination of stress in the demeanor of 6-foot-4 third baseman, Dominic Ficociello. The calm, cool persona of the lanky infielder often settles in with something as simple as listening to Stevie Wonder classics, all the while displaying no sign of being effected by the pressure.
The first annual Wounded Soldier Softball Tournament in Greenville was a success. In all, 29 teams competed in three levels this past weekend with Sports Galore winning the men’s upper division, Rood Dog the men’s lower division and Morning — the coed tournament.
It took a bit of working around, but there was some off-road racing at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair on Saturday. After rain fell in the afternoon, making conditions muddy at both the grandstand and the back entrance, cars raced around a small oval set up on the field looking for a paycheck.
On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered an inaugural address that, unbeknownst to him, would hold true for many generations to come.
“The world is very different now,” he said. “For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.”
Taylor Johnson thought her basketball career was over after four years at Central Michigan University. The 2010 Belding graduate was working out to try out for CMU’s softball team next winter.
BELDING – Taylor Johnson thought her basketball career was over after four years at Central Michigan University. The 2010 Belding graduate was working out to try out for CMU’s softball team next winter. Those plans are temporarily on hold. See Wednesday’s Daily News for the complete story.
If you were to ever pull a starting member of your local varsity baseball team off to the side and inquire as to why they are so invested in the game, don’t be surprised if you are met with a scoff and an eye roll.
The vision of the up and coming generation of high school and collegiate baseball players is an unwritten, universally shared goal. To them, it’s obvious.
They play to get the call.
West Michigan Whitecaps fans have a knack for smelling victory and this particular steamy evening in May was no exception. Starting pitcher Jonathan Crawford had just wrapped up six masterfully thrown innings and pitching coach Mike Henneman was looking for just one thing. Strikeouts.
It was a spectacular day for the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon. With the sun shining bright more than 200 people participated in the triathlon on Saturday, which started and finished at Baldwin Lake in Greenville.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association baseball postseason tournament swings into high gear on Saturday. The tournament actually started on Tuesday with pre-districts and continues tomorrow with the district semifinals and finals. The state semifinals and finals will take place June 12-14 at Michigan State University.