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July 3, 2013

A Don McCormack column: Here’s how to follow our duo

Paying another visit to the variety store...

Staying in touch

Since we’ve been bringing you the stories of Zak Blair and Brandon Easton and their progression from high school, to college and finally, to professional baseball the past several years, we’ve been asked countless times if there is a way to follow the two Ashtabula County natives in terms of their performance.

Turns out, Loyal Readers, there is.

You can keep up to date with how Blair, a Jefferson graduate playing for the Arizona League Cubs, and Easton, a Pymatuning Valley graduate playing for the Gulf Coast League Twins, by going to the following website:

www.milb.com

Once there, you can type in their names and it will take you right to their page, which features season statistics as well as game-by-game statistics. They are sortable, too, meaning if you click on “avg” for batting average, it will list how they match up against everyone else in their respective leagues.

Blair, a 20th-round selection in the amateur draft by the Cubs, was still sizzling in several offensive categories entering last night’s game against the AZL Brewers.

Entering that game, the Mercyhurst University graduate was hitting .407, had a .484 on-base percentage, a .519 slugging percentage and an OPS of 1.002.

Easton, on the other hand, was still waiting to make his professional debut. As he related in our Tuesday edition, the Twins have him building arm strength before he makes his first appearance, which he expects to be sometime this week.

Schedule stuff

There was one glitch in the 2013 high school football schedules yours truly compiled and published in our Sunday edition.

Turns out, the copy of the Edgewood schedule I received had a snafu in it.

First-year coach Josh Franke’s Warriors will host the Brookfield Warriors in Week 7 at Corlew Stadium on Friday, Oct. 11. The copy we received had the game being played AT Brookfield as opposed to Ashtabula Township.

With the game being contested in the friendly confines of Corlew Stadium, it will give Franke & Co. five home games and five road games, not four home and six on the road, as appeared in Sunday’s edition.

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