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Friends, family honor retiring Johnsburg Coach Tim Leach

Minerva-Newcomb varsity baseball coach Ed LaCourse, right, hands Johnsburg varsity baseball coach Tim Leach a gift during their last game against each other at Johnsburg. The Mountaineers won 9-0.

Minerva-Newcomb varsity baseball coach Ed LaCourse, right, hands Johnsburg varsity baseball coach Tim Leach a gift during their last game against each other at Johnsburg. The Mountaineers won 9-0. Photo by Andy Flynn.

The seniors

Standing in front of a crowd sitting on the grassy hill behind the backstop, Coach Leach introduced the five seniors on the varsity baseball team.

“What will be missed most from these players, especially Taylor and his family, is the fan support that they bring to our team,” Leach said.

•John Gahan (outfield): “John has made great strides this year,” Leach said. “He was a very valuable member of the basketball team ... The only bad thing about him is he’s a New York Yankees fan. Other than that, it was great having John on the team.”

•Liam Harrison (pitcher/first base): “This year, as of right now, we only have two victories, and Liam has been the winning pitcher in both those games for us,” Leach said. “Liam has been a valuable member of our team for three years.”

•Chris Scott (outfield): “Chris is also a three-year varsity player ... He’s been mostly our right-fielder, but this season he’s played center field, and all the fans I’m sure would agree with me that he’s been a real valuable asset out there,” Leach said. “Most fly balls that are catchable, he catches for us.”

•Taylor Ordway (first base, pitcher, shortstop): “Taylor’s been a three-year starter,” Leach said. “He’s played every position on the field except for catcher, and he even catches for us in pre-season pitchers- and catchers-only practices. He’s played everywhere.”

•Dustin Weller (catcher): “Dustin has caught 98 percent of the innings we’ve had since he’s been a sophomore in high school,” Leach said. “He’s had a great season this year offensively and has tried his hand at pitching a little bit for us ... He has cut down most teams’ running games ... he has a high baseball IQ and has been a very valuable member of our team.”

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