Diamonds & Ice

Jeff Johnson

Multi-media sports reporter for SourceMedia in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who has covered it all over the past 20-plus years. Particularly enjoy baseball and hockey.





Cedar Rapids Kernels fall to Lansing, but Colton Davis keeps impressive relief streak intact

CEDAR RAPIDS - There was an ill-fated spot start about a month ago, but that's been about the only thing that hasn't gone well for Colton Davis.

The pitcher has been a zero hero for the Cedar Rapids Kernels this season, particularly in the last ... »

Iowa City Regina baseball team goes through the process, attains its state tourney goal

CEDAR RAPIDS - Jeff Pacha apologized for the cliche, but he really believes in it.

"I'm a goal-oriented person," the Iowa City Regina baseball coach said. "At the beginning of the year, we had to understand what our goals were. It's about, as a ... »

C.R. Kernels continue offensive about face, beat Lansing, 8-5

CEDAR RAPIDS - Hank Morrison perfectly represents his team of late.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder flailed away and failed at the plate when he first got here from extended spring training. His batting average was .083 at its lowest.

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Griffin Jax heads to Air Force after fine pitching performance in C.R. Kernels’ 12-4 win over Lansing

CEDAR RAPIDS - Manager Tommy Watkins came out to get the baseball from Griffin Jax with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday night.

It seemed kind of peculiar timing because the Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher had just gotten an ou ... »

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

CEDAR RAPIDS - 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 nex ... »

Joe Cronin’s 2 home runs help Cedar Rapids Kernels to 7-4 win over Great Lakes

CEDAR RAPIDS - Joe Cronin just shook his head when asked if he'd ever hit two home runs in a game before.

Not in college? Not in high school?

Not even in little league?

"No, no, no," the Cedar Rapids Kernels infielder said. "Look ... »

Marion leads way with 3 players, Coach of the Year in All-Metro baseball

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Marion Indians set a school record for most victories in a season, and were honored as such on the All-Metro baseball team.

Steve Fish was named All-Metro Coach of the Year, it was announced Friday. Named to the All-Metro firs ... »

Cedar Rapids Prairie's Levi Usher honored as MVC Valley Division baseball player of year

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Prairie outfielder Levi Usher is the Mississippi Valley Conference Valley Division baseball player of the year, it was announced Friday.

The junior, who recently was selected to play in August's Perfect Game All-Ameri ... »

Max Cordy makes a pitch for C.R. Kernels teammate Griffin Jax

CEDAR RAPIDS - Take it for what it's worth. It was intended to be amusing as much as anything.

But Max Cordy says if a tweet he sent to President Donald Trump, among others, Thursday afternoon can help one of his Cedar Rapids Kernels teammates, he ... »

Kernels continue struggling, lose to Great Lakes, 8-3

CEDAR RAPIDS - You walked into Tommy Watkins' office at Veterans Memorial Stadium an hour and a half before first pitch Wednesday night but couldn't find him. At least initially.

"What's up?" you heard him bellow from an adjoining bathroom.

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