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Collin Ridout back for Johnsburg baseball

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:09 p.m. CDT

Johnsburg junior Collin Ridout has returned to the team after his suspension, which could have been for a calendar year, was rescinded by the school.

Ridout, a shortstop who is being recruited by NCAA Division I schools, has played on the varsity since his freshman season. Kerry Ridout said Oregon, Coastal Carolina and Wake Forest are among the schools who have shown interest in his son.

Johnsburg principal Kevin Shelton said he cannot comment on individual students, but Kerry Ridout said his son was suspended for a code of conduct violation.

Skyhawks coach Sam Lesniak said having Ridout back for the end of the season was crucial for his team. Since Ridout returned May 6, Johnsburg (9-15) has gone 5-2.

Ridout, a left-handed hitter who usually leads off, was 2 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs in Tuesday’s 9-3 victory over Marengo. On Wednesday, he was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored in a 14-0 win against Woodstock.

“He brings a whole new energy to our team,” Lesniak said. “He’s kind of the glue that keeps us together, without a doubt. He’s a tremendous talent on the field, at the plate and on the mound. He’s a gutsy kid and plays everything to the wall when he’s out on the field, which is contagious.”

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