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Greenville’s Steve Petsuch loves softball so much he even practices pitching during the winter, using as many as 84 softballs, working on his accuracy by pitching into an empty suitcase. - Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Greenville man of wonder playing softball at 70

Steve Petsuch’s pitching is usually spot-on. He has decent running speed and is an effective hitter in the softball leagues he plays in. But that’s not what separates this Greenville resident from the other players. When Petsuch was born, the world was coming out of its second world war, an event most of his fellow softball players in the Greenville recreation softball leagues have only read about in textbooks or seen on television. Petsuch’s display of exuberance and energy on the softball diamond, however, doesn’t reflect his age.

Carson City-Crystal’s Whitney LaVictor fires a pitch during a game against Montabella on April 28. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Expectations didn’t materialize for CC-Crystal softball

New Carson City-Crystal softball coach Bob Naumann had some high expectations for his new team. However, those expectations didn’t come to fruition. The Eagles went 9-27 overall and 4-6 in the Mid-State Activities Conference.

Carson City-Crystal pitcher Jeremy Bigford makes a throw to first baseman Lane Humphrey during a home game against Central Montcalm this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal baseball added to win total in 2015

Carson City-Crystal’s baseball team had a season that was one for the record books, somewhat. The Eagles went 22-17-1 overall and 5-5 in the Mid-State Activities Conference in 2015. That conference record was good enough for third place.

Kathleen Courtright (USN1) backs into Todd Frandsen during the demolition derby at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Saturday - Daily News/Chip Burch

First-timer wins 4-H Fair Demo Derby

Kathleen Courtright of Howard City had never entered a demolition derby in her life. Courtright decided to enter the one at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair Saturday night. She won it.

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THE REVIEW: Keeping it in the family

You don’t have to look far within the Detroit Tigers to see that family runs deep within the organization. Prior to the Major League Baseball amateur draft, a mention of the name “Castellanos” instantly drew attention to third baseman Nick Castellanos, but as the cards laid themselves on the table, Nick will no longer be the only member of the family within the confines of the franchise.

Carson City-Crystal’s Kaitlin Beyer reaches a corner during the 3,200-meter relay at Montabella this season. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

LeGrand goes out on top with CC-Crystal track

The 2015 season was the last for Carson City-Crystal track coach Marcus LeGrand, as he is leaving the position. LeGrand went out on top, winning the first conference championship for the Eagle boys since 1983.

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SPORTS GALORE: MLB All-Star game vote turning into a joke

Major League Baseball All-Star game starting position players have been selected by fans continually since 1970. Prior to 1970, the voting process changed many times between fans, players and managers for both starting and reserve positions.

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CC-Crystal completes 1st year with soccer program

Carson City-Crystal had a girls soccer program for the first time in 2015. The Eagles, who were not affiliated with any conference, were 2-9 in the inaugural season. Coach Ashley Seals said the first year was “phenomenal.”

West Michigan’s Michael Gerber prepares for a pitch during Sunday’s game against Cedar Rapids. - Daily News/Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: Whitecaps’ Michael Gerber taking success in stride

A key to survival in the world of minor league baseball is not allowing yourself to be defined by mistakes. A game established on a history of beauty and tradition has the ability to hand you the game-winning long ball and can make you hitless the very next night. Baseball, with all of its intricacies, does not play favorites.

Carson City-Crystal’s Josh Coston, middle, signed his letter-of-intent to compete in track and field at Eastern Michigan University with Eagles’ coaches Marcus LeGrand, left, and Michael Porter, right, on May 27. Coston competes in discus and shot put.  - Courtesy photo

State champion Josh Coston will attend Eastern Michigan

Carson City-Crystal’s Josh Coston just had the week of a lifetime. Coston first signed a letter-of-intent to compete in track and field at Eastern Michigan University on May 27. He followed that up with a Division 3 discus state championship on Saturday and then graduated high school on Sunday.