Homer gets over elusive hump

Homer gets over elusive hump

Blissfield’s baseball facility is ridiculous; think Texas high-school football crazy.

That’s thanks mostly to a $375,000 donation in 1995 by O.W. Farver, owner of Blissfield Manufacturing, an automotive component supplier and the town’s largest employer. All that cash helped produce a field featuring a $17,000 irrigation system with a 50-head underground sprinkler system, sunken Major League-style dugouts, 250 stadium seats behind home plate, and a scoreboard bigger than some backstops. [Read more…]

Cornstubble, Holcomb form bond

Cornstubble, Holcomb form bond

While Dan Holcomb’s former Homer teammates in basketball and football were representing their school, the talented pitcher was spending his time in Grand Rapids working with professional coaches and trying to expand his mound repertoire.

Holcomb had a driving buddy for all those trips back and forth from Grand Rapids, which was about 100 miles each way. Catcher Dale Cornstubble, who was always a one-sport guy, was training with Holcomb at the Diamonds Sports Training Facility. While there was snow on the ground and baseball seemed a million miles away for most high schoolers in Michigan, Holcomb and Cornstubble were working on techniques and drills to improve themselves. [Read more…]