The Gazette

Baseball notebook: Hector Lujan has breakout season out of bullpen for Cedar Rapids Kernels

His cutter has gotten better, as has his ability to command it. But Hector Lujan says the biggest reason for his breakout season has been an improvement between the ears.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher could very well be the next guy to get a promotion to high-Class A Fort Myers. There have been nine of them this summer. … Lujan, 22, was a 35th-round draft pick of the parent Minnesota Twins in 2015 out of Division II Westmont College in California. He began his college career at D-I California-Santa Barbara before transferring. more

The Classical Academy sees D-I track success run on

Perhaps it was fitting The Classical Academy, which combined its three separate signing ceremonies into one consolidated one on Wednesday, used the gymnasium as the site to celebrate its class of student-athletes headed to the next level. …Teresa Ambuul (St. Gregory’s), Kendra Frieden (Indiana Wesleyan) Bethany Johns (UCCS) and Michael Oldach and Maggie Zielinski (Westmont) also signed national letters of intent to run at their respective colleges. more