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Local News Summary - May 24, 2017 Edition

Cardinals shut out Bellaire Eagles
The Johannesburg-Lewiston Cardinals took both games from the Bellaire Eagles on May 15. Game one went the distance, but the Cardinals clipped the Eagles in just four innings of game two. Mason Kortman held the Eagles to one run in game one that ended 8-1, Cardinals. Bellaire faced the pitching of Tanner Shimel in game two.

Shimel earned three outs in four batters in the top of the first, leaving a runner stranded, but the Cardinals were quick to get on the board. Cody Haase stole home, and Jacob Smith cracked a homer that went about 360’ to put the Cardinals up by two.

The Eagles stranded another runner in the second, but Joburg proceeded to set the bar high. The Cardinals loaded the bases with two dead balls and a bunt. Shimel doubled for two runs, forcing a Bellaire pitching change. Haase sacrificed a fly for a score, and Shimel stole home to leave the Eagles trailing by six.

The Eagles put another runner on in the third, to no avail, and the Cardinals upped the ante with a five-run third, including two RBIs each on singles from Shimel and Smith and a score on a single from Haase to leave Bellaire down by 11 going into the fourth.

With two stikeouts to start the fourth, the Eagles eventually filled the bags on two walks and a dead ball, but a groundout ended the minor threat. The Cardinals, however, only needed four runs to end game two in the fourth. Shimel, Allen Morgan and Grant Koronka all got on base. A double from Dan Runyan put the Cardinals within one of the victory, and he eventually stole home to clinch the game at 15-0, Cardinals, in the fourth inning.

Hillman Village Council discuss park stage project
A 24’ trailer box might serve as the stage structure in the park in Hillman. The matter was discussed at the regular village council meeting on May 16.

A traditional pavilion-type stage structure is estimated to cost about $100,000. David Post, village manager, said a trailer box could be purchased and delivered for considerably less. With a roof to conceal the box, a 16’ rollup door and an 8’ deck, the total project is estimated to cost $12,000-$15,000.

“You would have part of the thing really quick,” Post said.

Myron McIntire, council president, said covering the outside with Amish steel might add a nice effect.

On another topic, council members are seeking to confirm permission for removal of trees encroaching on the airport space. One owner of trees has directed the council to remove the necessary trees, but there are questions as to whether the individual is authorized to speak on behalf of all the tree owners.

Without confirmation of permission for tree removal from all the tree owners, McIntire said steps might have to be taken to protect those using the airport.

“We’re just going to have to start a condemnation of the airspace,” he explained.

Hillman High School Sports Hall of Fame deadline approaching
June 30th is the deadline for nominations for the Hillman High School Sports Hall of Fame. Inductees will be introduced during the homecoming football game against Mio on Sept. 22nd and a formal induction ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 23rd.

Any former Hillman High athlete is eligible for nomination as well as any former team or coach. Nominees must have graduated from Hillman at least 10 years ago. Anyone who graduated by or before 1950 is eligible to receive the Dick Brown Trailblazer Award.

Applications for nominations are available at the high school and must include accomplishments of the nominee. The applications can be submitted at the high school or to Eric Muszynski, event organizer. For additional information, contact Muszynski at 989-255-1374 or

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