Sunday, July 31, 2005Dans Complete Sweep of Dragons
|The Dupage Dragons dropped a 7-4 decision to the first place Danville Dans in CICL play on Sunday afternoon at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex. The loss was the seventh straight for the Dragons who were swept for the second straight series.
Danville got on the board in the first inning by scoring three fluky runs. Justin Snyder (San Diego) led off the inning with a first pitch single and went to second when Ruairi O'Connor (Florida State) had difficulty handling it. Garrett Gipe (Southern California) then dropped a double into center field when Joe Dunigan (Oklahoma) slipped and fell, scoring Snyder. With two outs, David Huffman (California - Davis) came through with a base hit to drive in two runs and make the score 3-0.
The Dans added to the lead by plating three more runs in the top of the third off of Dragons starter Justin Zarley (College of the Canyons CC) (0-3). With two outs in the third Jeff Flagg (Mississippi State) doubled home two runs and Seb Salinas (Southern California) drove him home with a base hit to extend the lead to 6-0. Danville added another run off Zarley in the sixth to make it 7-0.
The Dragons made things interesting in the final innings. In the seventh inning the Dragons loaded the bases with no one out against Danville starter Ryan Byrd (Louisiana State) (4-1). Chris Rodriguez drove in a run with a ground out. Rodriguez was making his Dragon debut after joining the team prior to the game. Eaton Rincon (New Mexico JC) then drew a bases loaded walk to cut the deficit to 7-2.
In the ninth inning against Danville’s second reliever J.P. Powell (Danville Area CC), the Dragons brought the tying run to the plate after scoring two more. Rodriguez singled to lead off the inning and Billy Duffy (Lewis) reached on an error with one out. Rincon drew another walk, and O'Connor dropped a single into right field to score two more runs. Joe Dunigan came to the plate representing the tying run and popped out to end the threat and give Danville the series sweep.
Joe Dunigan (Oklahoma) and Victor Ferrante (Solano CC) had two hits apiece for the Dragons who totaled seven in the game. Justin Snyder (San Diego) was 3-for-4 for Danville and Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) added two more of the team’s 10 hits. Moreland had nine hits in the series.
Zarley pitched six innings and allowed seven runs with three walks and three strikeouts. Byrd lasted 6.2 in earning the win and scattered four hits. Dragons have now lost seven in a row and are five games behind the Quincy Gems in the battle for the final playoff slot. Quincy’s magic number to clinch the spot is down to two. Danville lowered their magic number to win the CICL regular season title to two.
Sunday, July 31, 2005Stars Win Again
|At Redbird Field this afternoon, the Twin City Stars bested the Galesburg Pioneers 6-4.
Brian Dinkelman (McKendree), Ross McCoy (Wisconsin - Milwaukee) and Nick Sandy (Grand Valley State) each drove in 2 runs apiece and that was all the run support Gary Cahoon (Lindenwood) needed to even up his record at 3-3.
The Pioneers took an early 2-0 lead in the first when Ryan Bennett (Miami (Ohio)) led off the game with a single followed by a Lance Rhodes (St. Louis) walk. Both Bennett and Rhodes scored on a wild pitch and a ground out respectively.
The Stars evened the game at 2 in the third. With 1 out Shan Sullivan (Angelo State) singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. Ross McCoy (Wisconsin - Milwaukee) singled, and Chris Bacigalupi (Marin CC) was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Nick Sandy (Grand Valley State) who came through in the clutch with a single, driving in 2 runs.
Singles by Julian Brown (Appalachian State), Doug Eldridge (Wabash Valley CC) and Brian Dinkelman (McKendree) accounted for another Twin City run in the 4th, giving the Stars a 3-2 lead. The Stars held that lead until the 7th when Shawn Altgilbers (John Wood CC) led off the inning with a double over the head of McCoy in center. Two batters later Adam Leja (Chandler - Gilbert CC) came through with a clutch 2 out single to tie the game at 4.
But Twin City came back in their half of the seventh and took the lead for good. With one out Shan Sullivan (Angelo State) cracked his second hit of the game. Dinkelman followed with a walk and McCoy doubled, driving in both Sullivan and Dinkleman.
Dinkelman had a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning to give the Stars a 6-3 lead.
Galesburg tried to get a rally started in the ninth, but fell short. Zach Stead (Miami (Ohio)) drove in Shawn Altgilbers who had previously doubled.
McCoy and Sullivan had 2 hits for the Stars. Bennett, Altgilbers and Leja each had 2 hits for the Pioneers.
Gary Cahoon (Lindenwood) struck out 7 in 8 innings of work and Craig Reynolds (Adrian), knotched his 6th save for Twin City.
Sunday, July 31, 2005Gems Inch Closer to Playoff Spot
|In Quincy today, the Gems lowered their magic number for the 4th and final 2005 Tournament playoff spot with a 6-1 win over the Springfield Rifles.
The Gems' Pat Tumilty (Evansville) went 2-4 with a solo home run and an RBI double. Anthony Albano (Florida Atlantic) and Nathan Emrick (SIU - Carbondale) also had RBI for the Gems.
For the Rifles, Dock Doyle (Coastal Carolina) went 3-4 with three right field singles. Ryan Hypke (SIU - Carbondale) went 2-4 with a double and a single and Joey Albsmeyer (Webber International) went 2-3 with 2 singles. Springfield's only run was unearned.
Nick Admire (Missouri) (2-0) pitched 8 innings allowing 7 hits and a run for the win.
Sunday, July 31, 2005Three of Four Tournament Teams Are Set
|Saturday's results have clarified the playoff picture a bit for the 2005 CICL Tournament. Three teams are now officially in the playoffs, though the seeding is yet to be determined. Those teams are the Danville Dans, East Peoria Scrappers and Dubois County Bombers.
The fourth playoff team (not necessarily the fourth seed) will be either the Quincy Gems or the DuPage County Dragons. The Gems currently have a 4 game lead on the Dragons with both teams having 7 games left to play. The Gems magic number for a playoff spot is 4 over the Dragons, meaning that any combination of Gems wins and Dragons losses equalling 4 puts the Gems in the playoffs.
Should the Dragons win the remainder of their 7 games and the Bombers lose the remainder of their 5 games, both teams would finish with a 25-19 record either tied for 3rd or 4th place depending on the Gems. However, since the Bombers won 5 of 6 games this season against the Dragons, Dubois would win the playoff tie-breaker. If that tie-breaker is for 3rd place, the Dragons would be the #4 seed. If the tie-breaker is for 4th place, it would be because the Gems have finished ahead of both the Dragons and Bombers in which case the Dragons would be out of the playoff picture.
If the Gems and Dragons end up with identical records, the Gems would win the tie-breaker by virtue of winning 4 of the 6 games against the Dragons.
Finally, if the Twin City Stars win the rest of their 6 games and the Gems lose their final 7, both would finish with 22-22 records, tied for 4th or 5th depending on the Dragons. If they are tied for 4th place and the 4th playoff spot, the first tie-breaker is head-to-head competition where the Gems and Stars are 3-3 against each other. The second tie-breaker is fewest runs allowed head-to-head. In the 6 games with the Stars, the Gems allowed 33 runs and the Stars allowed 34 runs, so the Gems win that tie-breaker.
If the Gems, Bombers and Dragons finish with identical records, the Gems and Bombers get the playoff spot with the Gems being seeded ahead of the Bombers as a result of winning 4 of 6 aginst the Bombers this season.
This means the Dragons only way into the playoffs is to finish ahead of the Gems. However, the Dragons fate will be determined not only by how well they fare in their final 7 games, but they will need help from others to defeat the Gems since they have no more head-to-head games with them.
Clear as mud? Stay tuned......
Click here for a link to the 2005 Tournament page. From this point on, the top of several web site pages will also have this link. Also, as the teams in the tournament are finalized and seedings are known, a tournament standings and results box will appear in the left-hand column.
Saturday, July 30, 2005Pioneers Outlast Stars
|In Galesburg this evening, the Pioneers scored 5 in the 7th to defeat the Twin City Stars 12-10.
Twin City had leads of 6-2 and 10-7 but the Pioneers fought their way back twice to win the game. The teams combined for 29 hits including 9 doubles and a homer. The game-winning hit was a 2-run double by Kyle Pettengell (Northern Illinois) in the 7th, followed by an insurance RBI single by Kevin Diete (St. Josephs).
Reliever Lindsey Prestia (Washburn) (1-0) got the win and David Fields (John Wood CC) pitched 2 innings for his 4th save.
Kevin Diete (St. Josephs) had a huge night, getting 3 hits, including 2 doubles and 6 RBI. Ryan Bennett (Miami (Ohio)) had 2 hits including a double; Steven Scott (Lynchburg) had 2 hits including a double and RBI; Cody Marshall (Kishwaukee CC) had 2 hits including a double. Pettengell had 2 RBI.
For the Stars, Brian Dinkelman (McKendree) had 3 more hits tonight; Ross McCoy (Wisconsin - Milwaukee) had 2 hits; Nick Sandy (Grand Valley State) had 2 hits including a homer and 2 RBI; and Doug Eldridge had 3 hits including a double and an RBI.
Saturday, July 30, 2005Dans Magic Number Down to 3
|In Danville tonight, Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State)'s 4-for-5 performance highlighted a 15-hit attack for the Danville Dans in their 13-0 victory over the DuPage County Dragons at Danville Stadium.
Moreland had three singles, a double, three runs scored and an RBI for Danville, which moved 3 1/2 games ahead of East Peoria in the CICL Standings.
The Dans, who are now 7-0 in games played on Saturday, have lowered their magic number for clinching the CICL title to three.
Dan Sattler (Purdue), Justin Cryer (Mississippi), David Pherrin (Cal State - Fullerton) and Brandon Farmer (Chandler - Gilbert CC) combined on the six-hit shutout for Danville (29-9). Those four combined for 13 strikeouts.
DuPage County (18-19) has now lost six straight and the Dragons have fallen below the .500 mark for the first time in the team's first season. Designated hitter Miles Morgan (Texas Tech) had three of DuPage County's six hits in the game.
Saturday, July 30, 2005Bombers Sweep Two from Scrappers
|Dubois swept a doubleheader from East Peoria today in East Peoria, 8-4 and 3-2. Both games were intense and featured three ejections on arguments over close calls.
Game 1: Bombers 8, Scrappers 4
A grand slam by Mike Murray (Meridian CC) in the fourth inning was the difference in the game, as Dubois County prevailed 8-4. The Bombers jumped out to an 8-1 lead after five innings thanks to RBI's from Kyle Smith (Evansville), Jeff Cunningham (South Alabama), and Bruce Sprowl (Louisiana State). Murray's grand slam capped a five-run fifth inning.
Murray and Kyle Smith (Evansville) each had three hits for Dubois. Nick Smith (Grand Valley State) added two hits. Bombers starter Cory Julian (Evansville) (1-1) gave up only one run in five innings and struck out four batters to earn the win.
The Scrappers loaded the bases in each of the final two innings but failed to forge a comeback. A two-run homer by Jacob Smith (SIU - Edwardsville) and a bases loaded walk by C.J. Webb (Ball State) brought East Peoria within striking distance in the sixth.
Jacob Smith (SIU - Edwardsville) and Gilbert Marlowe (Southwestern Illinois CC) each had two hits for the Scrappers, who saw their seven game winning streak come to a halt.
Game 2: Bombers 3, Scrappers 2 (9 innings)
An RBI double in the first by Ryan Basham (Michigan State) gave the Bombers an early 1-0 lead. East Peoria answered with solo home runs by Ryan Curry (Bradley) and Shane Elenz (Maple Woods CC) in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Basham's RBI single tied it at 2 in the fifth, and a sacrifice fly from Cory Bunner (SIU - Edwardsville) in the ninth proved to be the winning run.
Dubois starter Brant Combs (Missouri) went the distance, giving up five hits and two runs in nine innings of work.
Basham finished with a double, two RBI's, two walks, and three of Dubois' 12 hits. Mike Murray and Kasey Wahl (Evansville) added two hits a piece for the Bombers, and Kyle Smith (Evansville) scored two of the team's three runs.
Dubois' Bruce Sprowls made a great catch to rob a Scrapper of a hit for the second consecutive day, this time going to his left and diving near the right-field line to rob C.J. Webb (Ball State) leading off the bottom of the ninth.
Friday, July 29, 2005Dans Top Dragons
|The Dupage Dragons fell at the hands of the Danville Dans 3-2 in CICL play at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex on Friday night. The loss stretched the Dragons season high losing streak to five games.
Danville got on the board in the first inning against Dragons starter Kyle Smith (Evansville). Justin Snyder (San Diego) walked and came in to score on an RBI single by Dusty Napoleon (Iowa).
The Dragons tied the game in the second. Joe Dunigan (Oklahoma) led off with a walk and scored when Eddie Smith (Notre Dame) was stealing second and the throw by the catcher went into center field.
The Dragons took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning when Eaton Rincon (New Mexico JC) singled and moved up on consecutive wild pitches. Ruairi O'Connor (Florida State) singled home Rincon to give the Dragons a momentary lead.
Kyle Smith (Evansville) left the game in the seventh after allowing back-to-back walks to start the frame. Both runs would come in to score as Danville grabbed a 3-2 lead in the inning. Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) and Chuck Sindlinger (Cal State - Long Beach) each delivered RBI singles.
Smith (2-2) was the hard luck loser. He lasted six innings while giving up five hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Neil Schenk (Memphis) (2-1) earned the win for the Dans after working two scoreless innings of relief in place of starter Chad Crosswhite (Mississippi State). J.P. Powell (Danville Area CC) worked two scoreless innings to close the contest and pick up his first save.
Joe Dunigan (Oklahoma) recorded three stolen bases for the Dragons. He had two of the Dragons six hits. Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) had three hits for Danville and Dusty Napoleon (Iowa) added two. With the loss the Dragons fell three and a half games behind Quincy in the playoff race. Danville maintained a two game lead on East Peoria with the win.
Friday, July 29, 2005Scrapper Top Bombers
|In East Peoria, the Scrappers won their seventh in a row, defeating Dubois County 5-1.
Dallas Sims (Lincoln Trail CC) (4-0) was absolutely brilliant for the second outing in a row, throwing a complete game and giving up only one run. Sims scattered six hits and struck out six while walking one batter. He saw his consecutive scoreless inning streak end at 16.2 when the Bombers pushed across a run in the ninth on a double play ball. This also ended the Scrappers pitchers' scoreless streak after 32.2 innings and nearly four games.
The Bombers threatened to do some damage in the third. An error, a single, and a walk loaded the bases for Ryan Basham (Michigan State), but Sims struck him out swinging to end the threat. The Bombers were led by Mike Murray (Meridian CC) and Kyle Smith (Evansville) with two hits a piece. They also received a sparkling defensive play from right - fielder Bruce Sprowl (Louisiana State) in the third inning. The Scrappers' Bill Musselman (St. Louis) lined a shot towards the gap in right center. Sprowl ran to his right and snared the ball with a back handed dive to rob Musselman of extra bases.
Jeff Darnall (SIU - Edwardsville), C.J. Webb (Ball State), and Ryan Curry (Bradley) all had two hits for East Peoria. Curry's two - run homer in the fourth started the scoring, and Webb's two out single made it 3-0 in the fifth. Musselman added a sacrifice fly in sixth to complete the scoring.
Friday, July 29, 2005Twin City Wins 3rd Straight
|Twin City won its 3rd straight tonight by defeating the Galesburg Pioneers 2-0.
Starter Eric Theisen (Illinois State) threw 8 innings of shut out baseball, allowing only 6 hits and striking out 12 Pioneers. Lance Rhodes (St. Louis) (2-4) who also threw a gem, took the tough loss.
Twin City got on the scoreboard first courtesy of a 2 out rally. Julian Brown (Appalachian State) singled and stole second, Brian Dinkelman (McKendree) followed with a walk. Then Ross McCoy (Wisconsin - Milwaukee) crushed his 10th double of the year, driving in Brown.
In the 6th Nick Sandy (Grand Valley State) came close to getting his first homer as he crushed a hanging curve which hit on top of the fence then bounced back into play for a double. However he was stranded at second as Rhodes was able to pitch around the 1-out double.
The Stars did get their insurance run in the 7th when Nick Achberger (Carson - Newman) singled and stole second. Brown followed with a walk. Then Brian Dinkelman (McKendree) doubled, driving in Achberger.
Dinkelman and Achberger each had 2 hits for the Stars. Shawn Altgilbers (John Wood CC) collected 2 hits had 2 hits for the Pioneers.
Friday, July 29, 2005Gems Beat Rifles
| The Quincy Gems won tonight against the Springfield Rifles 8-3.
The Gems' Mitch Hilligoss (Purdue) was the hot hitter of the night going 5-5 with 4 total RBI, a 2 run home run, 2 stolen bases and scoring three times. Also on the night for the Gems, Ben Geelan (Iowa) had an RBI single and Nathan Emrick (SIU - Carbondale) went 2-4 with a walk and three runs scored.
For the Rifles, Dock Doyle (Coastal Carolina) had three doubles on the night, each down one of the baselines, with 2 RBI, one on a sacrifice fly. Travis Scott (Lincoln Land CC) also had a double in the game. Blaine Cravens (Lincoln Land CC) hit an RBI groundout in the ninth.
Travis Sweet (Iowa) picked up the win to go to 2-1 on the season.
Thursday, July 28, 2005Scrappers Take Two from Galesburg
|In Galesburg tonight, the East Peoria Scrappers defeated the Galesburg Pioneers 4-0 and 7-0.
Game 1: Scrappers 4, Pioneers 0
Matt Whitmore (Illinois) went the distance scattering 4 hits, striking out 14 and walking none in shutting the Pioneers out and improve his record to 3-1.
Mike Massa (Dayton) of east Peoria had 3 hits; Jeff Darnall (SIU - Edwardsville) had 2 hits and 2 RBI including a homer and Shane Elenz (Maple Woods CC) had 2 hits and an RBI.
Steven Scott (Lynchburg) had 2 hits for the Pioneers.
Game 2: Scrappers 7, Pioneers 0
Jake Stewart (Illinois) pitched 6 innings and Aaron Saving (Illinois) 1 inning in shutting out the Pioneers again in the nitecap, scattering 6 Pioneer hits.
Jeff Darnall (SIU - Edwardsville) had 3 more hits and 2 RBI, Shane Elenz (Maple Woods CC) added a homer, C.J. Webb (Ball State) had 2 hits and Ryan Curry (Bradley) had 2 RBI to lead the Scrappers.
Lance Rhodes (St. Louis) had 2 hits for Galesburg.
Thursday, July 28, 2005Rifles Top Stars
|In Springfield, Twin City took a 4-0 lead after 4 innings, and held on for a 4-3 victory with the final 4 innings being scoreless.
Starting pitcher Adam Tobler (Parkland CC) pitched 8 innings for his 1st win of the season with help from reliever Craig Reynolds (Adrian) who earned his 4th save.
Springfield starter and loser Tyler Buhlig (Lincoln Land CC), who was making his 1st appearance, pitched 8 innings while giving up 4 runs with 3 being earned.
Twin City was led by Ross McCoy (Wisconsin - Milwaukee) who had 2 hits, 1 run and 2 RBI and Brian Dinkelman (McKendree), who had 2 triples and 2 runs scored. Chris Bacigalupi (Marin CC) had a hit and an RBI and Gary Walz (Augustana (S. Dak.)) had an RBI.
Springfield was led by Travis Scott (Lincoln Land CC) with 3 hits and a 1 run and Dock Doyle (Coastal Carolina) and Joey Albsmeyer (Webber International) who each had a hit and an RBI. Nick Wilz (Edgewood) and Ryan Hypke (SIU - Carbondale) each had a hit and a run scored.
Thursday, July 28, 2005Gems Take 2 of 3 from Dans
|In Danville tonight, the Quincy Gems defeated the Danville Dans with a come-from-behind 5-4 victory.
Quincy's Jay Molina (Illinois State) tied the game at 4-4 in the seventh with an RBI single and he delivered the game-winning run-scoring double in the ninth. Molina went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Danville scored all four of its runs in the fifth inning against Quincy starter Seth Minter (Culver - Stockton), who went seven innings striking out six and walking just one. Justin Snyder (San Diego) of the Dans had a two-run single to start the inning and Nick Hardy (Meridian CC) had a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring with Danville leading 4-1. Snyder and Hardy were 2-for-4 each.
Quincy came back with two runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Anthony Albano (Florida Atlantic). The Gems took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Mitch Hilligoss (Purdue), who was 1-for-3 with three runs scored, stole third and scored on a errant throw. Quincy's Dan Pietroburgo (Missouri) and Jason White (Iowa) each had two singles in the game.
Cory Barton (Memphis) also had two hits for the Dans.
Thursday, July 28, 2005Bombers Complete Sweep of Dragons
|The Dupage Dragons dropped a 3-1 decision to the Dubois County Bombers on Thursday night. The loss allowed the Bombers to sweep the Dragons in the three game series and send the Dragons to their fourth straight loss, a season high.
Miles Morgan (Texas Tech) started for the Dragons and worked eight strong innings. Morgan struck out a season high 12 batters, but was saddled with the loss. Carrying a 1-0 lead into the seventh, Morgan allowed a double to Nick Smith (Grand Valley State) down the right field line. Bruce Sprowl (Louisiana State) followed with a triple to dead center to score the tying run. Kasey Wahl (Evansville) then delivered a single to left that Ruairi O'Connor (Florida State) lost in the lights to give the Bombers a 2-1 lead.
Dubois County tacked on an insurance run in the eight off of Morgan. Kyle Smith (Evansville) went to second on a throwing error and scored when Ryan Basham (Michigan State) delivered an RBI single to center field.
The Dragons had taken a 1-0 lead in the fifth against Dubois starter Corey Lewis (Rend Lake CC) (5-1). Joe Dunigan (Oklahoma) led off the inning with a single and moved to second when Geoff Dietz (Northwestern) singled. Dunigan then stole third and came in to score when Brian Flanagan (Indiana) hit a grounder to third that was misplayed.
Morgan (4-3) dropped his second straight start. He scattered seven hits and walked just one. Joe Dunigan had three of the six Dragon hits. Geoff Dietz added two more. Tommy Rawski (Lewis) worked a scoreless ninth. Bruce Sprowl had three hits for Dubois, all extra base hits (two doubles and a triple). Kasey Wahl also had two hits for the Bombers.
Thursday, July 28, 2005Dubois Sweeps Two From DuPage County
|The Dupage Dragons dropped a pair of games to the Dubois County Bombers on Wednesday night at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex.
The first game went nine innings with the Bombers winning 3-2, and the second game was a 3-1 decision for Dubois County. The losses dropped the Dragons farther back in the playoff race.
Game One: Dubois 3, Dupage 2 – Nine Innings
The Dragons tied the game in the seventh inning to force extra innings, but Dubois County scored in the ninth to earn a win in the first game of the doubleheader.
Eaton Rincon (New Mexico JC) started the seventh inning rally with a walk against Javier Martinez (Fordham). Martinez started for the Bombers and worked eight innings with an elevated pitch count. Ruairi O'Connor (Florida State) doubled down the right field line to score Rincon and force the extra frames.
Dubois County got on the board first with a run in the first inning and made it 2-0 with another run off Omar Arif (Texas Christian) in the third. Arif started the game, but left after just three innings, allowing five hits with three strikeouts. Ryan Basham (Michigan State) had three hits and two RBI to lead the Bombers.
The Dragons scored their first run when Rincon scored on a wild pitch. Against Martinez, the Dragons only mustered three hits. O’Connor had two of them. Eric Schanz (Bakersfield CC) (1-1) took the loss in his second appearance. Martinez notched his third win after working eight innings and walking nine while striking out nine. Brent Wendholt (Vincennes CC) pitched the ninth for his first save.
Game Two: Dubois 3, Dupage 1
Dubois County scored two runs off of Barrett Brown (Trevecca Nazarene) in the first inning, and that was more than enough for starter Kyle Jones (SIU - Edwardsville) (4-1).
Basham again came through with an RBI double to help the Bombers score in the first. The Dragons scored a run in the bottom of the first when Eaton Rincon singled and came in to score on a sacrifice fly by O'Connor.
The Dragons managed just four hits against Jones, giving them a total of seven in the doubleheader. Jones pitched all seven innings, striking out eight and walking none.
Barrett Brown (Trevecca Nazarene) (1-3) had to leave the game early with an elbow injury. Erik Paulson (Texas A&M), Brian Wyatt (Texas Tech), and Dustin Birosak (Fullerton CC) combined to allow one run and hold the Bombers close.
Rincon had two of the Dragons four hits and scored their lone run.
The Dragons are now 1.5 games behind the Quincy Gems, who split a doubleheader tonight, in the battle for the final playoff spot.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005Dans Win Game 2
In the second game tonight at Quincy, the Danville Dans shut out the Quincy Gems by a score of 2-0.
Matt Couch (San Diego) limited the Gems to only 2 hits to improve to 3-3. Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) earned his 6th save.
David Huffman (California - Davis) for the Dans and Pat Tumilty (Evansville) for the Gems had doubles in the game. Tumilty had both of the Gems hits.
Justin Snyder (San Diego) of the Dans had 2 hits and the only RBI of the game.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005Stars Stop Skid
|Twin City ended their 4 game skid with a 5-1 victory over the Rifles of Springfield tonight at Jack Horenberger Field.
The Stars did all their scoring in the 2nd and 3rd innings, scoring 3 in the 2nd. Shan Sullivan (Angelo State) singled, advancing Gary Walz (Augustana (S. Dak.)) who had reached via a Springfield error. Another error by Springfield allowed Brian Dinkelman (McKendree) to load the bases. Ross McCoy (Wisconsin - Milwaukee) then connected for a clutch 2-out single which scored both Sullivan and Walz. Chris Bacigalupi (Marin CC) followed with another single, scoring Dinkleman and giving the Stars a 3-0 lead after 2.
In the third the Stars got the sticks working again when Nick Sandy (Grand Valley State) lead off with a single. Walz and Julian Brown (Appalachian State) walked, loading the bases. Nick Achberger (Carson - Newman) then delivered a single which scored Sandy. A batter later Dinkelman reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Walz and the Stars lead was up to 5.
Springfield got on the board in the 6th courtesy of a Brian Keeny (Fordham) walk and a Nick Wilz (Edgewood) double with 2 outs.
Ryan Quigley (Saint Xavier (Illinois)) evened his record at 4-4, getting the victory and allowing only 4 hits in his six innings of work. Luke Highley (Olivet Nazarene) garnered his first save by keeping the Rifles quiet the final 3 innings.
The "Nicks" Sandy and Achberger each had 2 hits for the Stars with McCoy picking up 2 RBI's. Keeny and Blake Helm (Lincoln Land CC) each had 2 hits for the Rifles.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005Scrappers Beat Pioneers
|East Peoria cruised to a 15-0 victory over Galesburg in East Peoria tonight.
The Scrappers came out of the gate swinging, scoring seven runs in the first. The first six batters reached base before the Pioneers recorded an out.
Ryan Curry (Bradley) went 3-5 with four RBI's and Mike Massa (Dayton) had two doubles and three RBI for East Peoria. Jeff Darnall (SIU - Edwardsville), Ross Kelling (Maple Woods CC), Craig Rohren (Dayton), and Bill Musselman (St. Louis) all had two hits for the Scrappers, who banged out 17 hits in the game. Rohren's homer in the seventh accounted for the final tally of the game. Every East Peoria batter had either a run scored or and RBI.
Aaron Lovett (Kaskaskia CC) (2-2) pitched six innings of 1-hit ball, giving up no runs
while striking out six and walking three. Drew Gierich (Illinois Central CC), Joe Caslow (Mount Mercy) and Tom Layne (Southwestern Illinois CC) held the Pioneers hitless the rest of the game.
Steven Scott (Lynchburg) had Galesburg's only hit in the first inning and also stole a
base for the Pioneers.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005Gems Take Opener
|In the first game of a doubleheader this evening in Quincy, the Gems scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to defeat the visiting Danville Dans 5-3.
Trailing 3-1, Quincy scored the 4 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks and a Danville error. RBI in the inning were on a ground out by Anthony Albano (Florida Atlantic), a single by Travis Sweet (Iowa) and a single by Dan Pietroburgo (Missouri). Another run scored on a wild pitch.
Danville had taken a 3-1 lead in the 2nd inning scoring 3 runs on two errors, wild pitch and RBI walk by Chuck Sindlinger (Cal State - Long Beach) after Quincy pushed across a run in the opening inning on an RBI groundout by Pat Tumilty (Evansville).
The Gems' Jay Molina (Illinois State) and Dans' Nick Hardy (Meridian CC) both had extra base hits in the game. The Gems had 4 stolen bases, two by Sweet, one each by Jason White (Iowa) and Jake Owens (Northwestern).
Gems pitcher John Adams earned his first victory of the year in relief and league save leader Bobby Mahon (Western Illinois) picked up his 7th save.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005Scrappers/Pioneer Makeup Game Set
|East Peoria will play a doubleheader at Galesburg on Thursday, July 28, beginning at 5:00 PM to make up tonight's rained out game.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005Rifles Hang on to Defeat Stars
|In Springfield, after trailing 5-3 after 6 innings, the Rifles scored 1 run in the 7th inning and 3 in the 8th and held on for a 7-6 victory over the Twin City Stars.
Springfield reliever Zach Cordier (Webber International) scored his 1st win of the season as he pitched 5 and 1/3 innings and held the Stars to 1 run, that run scoring in the 9th inning to pull the Stars within a run. Cordier finished the game by stranding the tying run on second base.
Springfield was led by Brian Keeny (Fordham) who had 3 hits and an RBI; Travis Scott (Lincoln Land CC) who had 2 hits, 2 runs and 2 RBI; Blake Helm (Lincoln Land CC) who had 2 hits and an RBI and Joey Albsmeyer (Webber International) who had 2 hits and 2 runs.
Twin City was led by Ross McCoy (Wisconsin - Milwaukee) who had 4 hits with 1 run scored and 2 RBI; Chris Bacigalupi (Marin CC) with 2 hits and 2 RBI and Julian Brown (Appalachian State) who had 2 hits, 2 runs and 2 RBI.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005Rained Out Games
|Tonight's rained out games in Quincy and Lisle have been rescheduled as part of doubleheaders for Wednesday, July 27. In Lisle, the DH between Dubois and DuPage will start at 5:30 PM, while in Quincy, the DH between Danville and Quincy will begin at 5:00 PM.
The game rained out in Galesburg between the Pioneers and the East Peoria Scrappers will presumably be made up as part of a DH on Thursday, July 28, starting at 5:00 PM. This has not yet been confirmed.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005Quincy/Danville to play DH on Wednesday
|Tonight's rained out game between the Gems and Danville in Quincy will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, July 27, starting at 5:00 PM.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005Dragons/Bombers Rained Out
|This evening's game between the Dubois County Bombers and DuPage County Dragons in Lisle has been postponed because of wet grounds. The game will be played as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday in Lisle starting at 5:30 PM.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005Pioneers/Scrappers Gems/Dans Rained Out
|This evening's game between the East Peoria Scrappers and Galesburg Pionners in Galesburg has been postponed due to wet grounds. No makeup date was communicated to the web master.
Also, the Danville Dans at Quincy Gems game has also been posponed due to wet grounds. Again, no makeup date has been made known.
Monday, July 25, 2005Players of the Week #6
|The CICL Player of the Week Award for the 6th week of the season goes to outfielder/relief pitcher Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) of the Danville Dans.
For the week, the left-handed Moreland led the league in slugging at .773; tied for the RBI lead with 8; tied for the lead in homers with 2; was 2nd in total bases with 17; tied for 3rd in hits with 10; tied for 5th in runs scored with 6; and had an on-base percentage of .480.
Displaying his versatility, Moreland also made 4 relief pitching appearances and earned 3 saves for the week to help the Dans go 5-1. In those 4 appearances covering 4 innings pitched, Moreland allowed only 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 7 of the 15 batters faced.
Moreland will be a sophomore this fall at Mississippi State University and hails from Smithville, Mississippi. For the year, Moreland is batting .303 and has 5 saves with a 1-1 record.
This week's Pitcher of the Week Award goes to East Peoria Scrappers' right-hander Dallas Sims (Lincoln Trail CC).
Sims earned the award on the strength of 8 shutout innings of 1-hit baseball pitched in the Scrappers' 5-0 win over Springfield on July 22. In that game, Sims struck out 12 Rifles and gave up only 1 walk, facing only 2 batters over the minimum for 8 innings.
Sims is now 3-0 in 6 starts with a 1.98 ERA. he has fanned 43 in 41 innings and has allowed only a .193 batting average by opponents.
Sims is from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, and just finished his career at Lincoln Trail Community College.
Click here for all the the weekly 2005 Awards awards for the season.
Monday, July 25, 2005Rifles and Bombers Split Two
|In Huntingburg, Indiana, Monday evening, The Dubois County Bombers and Springfield Rifles split a doubleheader, the Bombers winning the completed game suspended from July 15 by a score of 8-4 and the Rifles winning the nitecap 1-0. The second game was a makeup of one of the games rained out on July 16.
In the suspended game completed tonight, the Bombers scored 3 runs in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd inning to take a 5-0 lead. Bruce Sprowl (Louisiana State) had a 2-run single in the 3rd to start the scoring. Chris Schmidt (Indiana State), Mike Murray (Meridian CC) and Sprowl each had 2 hits. Sprowl finished with 3 RBI and Jeff Cunningham (South Alabama) had 2 RBI.
Cole Uebelhor (Indiana/Purdue Ft. Wayne) earned the victory to improve to 3-0.
The Rifles' Dock Doyle (Coastal Carolina) and Blaine Cravens (Lincoln Land CC) each had 2 hits.
In the second game, Blaine Cravens (Lincoln Land CC) pitched a 3-hit shutout and Brian Keeny (Fordham) drove in the game's only run to enable the Rifles to snap its 10-game losing streak. The last game the Rifles won was also a 1-0 game.
Keeny had 2 hits as did the Rifles' Blake Helm (Lincoln Land CC).
Mike Murray (Meridian CC) had 2 of the Bombers' 3 hits.
Monday, July 25, 2005Rifles and Bombers Split Two
|In Huntingburg, Indiana, Monday evening, The Dubois County Bombers and Springfield Rifles split a doubleheader, the Bombers winning the completed game suspended from July 15 by a score of 8-4 and the Rifles winning the nitecap 1-0. The second game was a makeup of one of the games rained out on July 16.
In the suspended game completed tonight, the Bombers scored 3 runs in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd inning to take a 5-0 lead. Bruce Sprowl (Louisiana State) had a 2-run single in the 3rd to start the scoring. Chris Schmidt (Indiana State), Mike Murray (Meridian CC) and Sprowl each had 2 hits. Sprowl finished with 3 RBI and Jeff Cunningham (South Alabama) had 2 RBI.
Sunday, July 24, 2005Scrappers Complete Sweep of Rifles
|At Dave Rodgers Field this afternoon, East Peoria completed a three-game sweep of Springfield with a 8-5 victory.
The game went back and forth in the first six innings and was tied at 4 after Springfield scored in the top of the 7th. However, the Scrappers answered with a 4-run rally to put the game out of reach. Ryan Curry (Bradley) hit a 3-run homer to cap the rally and make a winner out of Scrappers' reliever Aaron Saving (Illinois) (1-2). Aaron Hines (Oakland) finished for his fourth save of the year.
Mike Massa (Dayton), C.J. Webb (Ball State), and Shane Elenz (Maple Woods CC) all had 2 hits for East Peoria. Nick Wilz (Edgewood) and Brian Keeny (Fordham) had three hits a piece for the Rifles, and Blaine Cravens (Lincoln Land CC) added two hits. Wilz had 2 RBI.
Sunday, July 24, 2005Quincy Defeats DuPage in Oppressive Stadium Heat
|The Quincy Gems were all over the DuPage County Dragons pitchers today scoring 18 runs on 17 hits to take the 18-1 win in the scorching 100 degree heat of QU Stadium.
The game was called after 7 innings due to excessive heat. Gems new pitcher Nick Admire (Missouri) (1-0) and the Gems defense shut the Dragons out through 6 innings with the Dragons only run being a solo home run in the top of the seventh by Miles Morgan (Texas Tech) off of Gems reliever Jeff Niemiec (Michigan).
Offensively for the Gems this afternoon, 1st baseman Pat Tumilty (Evansville) had two 2-run homers in the second inning. Gems Shortstop Mitch Hilligoss (Purdue) woke up his bat this afternoon, going 4 for 5 with 5 RBI and a home run in the game. Jay Molina (Illinois State) and Anthony Albano (Florida Atlantic) both had three hits in 4 at bats. Jason White (Iowa), Hilligoss, Albano and Dan Pietroburgo (Missouri) all had doubles in the game.
For the Dragons, Josh Wilson (Texas Tech) and Morgan both had two hits in three at bats.
Sunday, July 24, 2005Dans Complete Sweep
|In Normal, Danville completing a sweep of its 3-game series with the Stars with a 2-0 win.
The heat took its toll on the offense today as Danville hurler Ryan Byrd (Louisiana State) and Twin City Stars' pitcher Dan Frega (Illinois State) kept the hitters at bay.
Byrd got the win (3-1) and went 7 strong shutout innings, allowing only 5 hits. Relief help from David Pherrin (Cal State - Fullerton) and Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) (who picked up his 5th save) kept the Stars off the board all day.
Dan Frega (Illinois State) (4-3) was effectively wild for the Stars, walking 7 and strking out 7, going 5 innings and only allowing 1 run, which proved to be all the Dans would need.
Danville broke the scoreless tie in the fifth when Jake Tranchant (Danville Area CC) singled and later scored on a double by Chuck Sindlinger (Cal State - Long Beach). The Dans put another single run up in the 8th when Chad Crosswhite (Mississippi State) doubled and scored on a David Huffman (California - Davis) single.
Offensively for the Stars, Brian Dinkelman had 3 hits and now has 50 on the season.
Sunday, July 24, 2005Pioneers Win Nitecap
|Galesburg won the 2nd game of the doubleheader tonight in Huntingburg, Indiana, by a final score of 11-6 in 8 innings.
The win gave the teams a split of the twin bill.
The Pioneers scored 5 in the top of the 8th on 3 hits, 3 walks and hit batsman and 2 Bomber errors. David Fields (John Wood CC) got the win in relief for his first victory.
The game went to the extra inning as a result of a homer in the bottom of the 7th by the Bombers' Ryan Basham (Michigan State) to tie the game at 6.
Galesburg was led by Ryan Bennett (Miami (Ohio)), Shawn Altgilbers (John Wood CC) and Zach Stead (Miami (Ohio)) who each had 2 hits. Steven Scott (Lynchburg) had 2 RBI as did Stead.
The Bombers were led by 3 hits by Kasey Wahl (Evansville) and 2 hits apiece by Cory Bunner (SIU - Edwardsville) and Kyle Smith (Evansville). Bunner had 2 RBI.
Saturday, July 23, 2005Dans Win Again
|In Danville tonight, right-handed starter Dan Sattler (Purdue) allowed just one run over eight innings to earn his fourth victory without a defeat as the Dans beat the Twin City Stars 9-1.
After allowing a first-inning run on an RBI triple by Kyle O'Brien (Illinois State), who went 2-for-3, Sattler held Twin City to just two hits in the next seven innings and the Stars only managed five baserunners for the game.
Danville reliever Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) struck out the side in the ninth to secure the victory.
Twin City Starter Eric Theisen (Illinois State), who fell to 1-5, kept Danville in check for the first five innings before allowing a single run in the sixth on a RBI single by Cory Barton (Memphis) to tie the game at 1-1.
The Dans took the lead for good in the seventh on an RBI groundout from Danny Worth (Pepperdine) and and run-scoring single from Garrett Gipe (Southern California), who went 3-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI.
Danville added six insurance runs in the eighth inning with Moreland's two-run homer being the big blow of the frame.
With the win, Danville maintains its four-game lead in the CICL heading into today's series finale at Twin City.
Saturday, July 23, 2005Dragons Move Back Into 4th Place
|The Dupage County Dragons prevailed in Quincy tonight, waiting until the ninth inning to punish the Gems with 7 runs on 6 hits and come away with a 9-6 victory.
Gems starter, Travis Sweet (Iowa) held the Dragons to only 2 hits, one being a 2-run home run in the third inning by Eaton Rincon (New Mexico JC) and took a 3-2 lead into the 9th inning. A leadoff double in the top of the inning by Ruairi O'Connor (Florida State) awakened the Dragon's bats. Victor Ferrante (Solano CC) singled through the left side, O'Connor advancing to third. Joe Dunigan (Oklahoma) doubled to center field to drive in the 1st run to tie the game at 3. Geoff Dietz (Northwestern) singled to drive in the lead run. Josh Wilson (Texas Tech) singled to drive in the third run of the inning. Eddie Smith (Notre Dame) then walked to drive in a run Albert Carrizales (McMurry (TX)) singled to drive in 2 runs. Finally, the batter who started the inning off, Ruairi O'Connor (Florida State) grounded out to drive in the 7th run of the inning.
Trailing 9-3, the Gems attempted a come back in the bottom of the ninth started by an RBI triple by Nathan Emrick (SIU - Carbondale) and an RBI singles by Mitch Hilligoss (Purdue) and Pat Tumilty (Evansville) with only one out, but Victor Ferrante (Solano CC) came on to save the game by getting the final 2 batters and strand 2 baserunners.
Newcomer Eric Sconce gained the win for the Dragons in his first CICL appearance.
Sunday is the rubber game of the series between the two teams who are battling each other for the 4th playoff spot.
Saturday, July 23, 2005Scrappers Over Springfield
|In Springfield, East Peoria scored in the 1st inning then pulled away for a 7-1 victory.
Scrappers starting pitcher Matt Reynolds (Kishwaukee CC) got his 4th win to go with 1 loss.
East Peoria outhit Springfield 7 to 6 to go along with 9 walks and 2 errors.
The Scrappers' Gilbert Marlowe (Southwestern Illinois CC) had their only multiple hit game going 2-4 with 2 RBI. Ryan Curry (Bradley) had 2 RBI and Jacob Smith (SIU - Edwardsville) had the other RBI.
Springfield was led by Dock Doyle (Coastal Carolina), Brian Keeny (Fordham) and Ryan Hypke (SIU - Carbondale) who each had 2 hits. The loss was the Rifles' 8th straight.
Saturday, July 23, 2005Bombers Take 1st Game of Doubleheader
|In the first of a twin bill tonight in Huntingburg, Indiana, the Dubois County Bombers defeated the Galesburg Pioneers 8-3.
The Bombers scored all of their runs in the 3rd and 4th inngs, 4 in each frame. Nick Smith (Grand Valley State) had a 2-run single and Grant Achilles (Wake Forest) a 2-run double in the 3rd. Jeff Cunningham (South Alabama) had a 2-run single in the 4th and Smith and Achilles each got their 3rd RBI of the game in the same inning, Smith on a walk and Achilles on a sacrifice fly.
Corey Lewis (Rend Lake CC) was the starting and winning pitcher, improving his record to 4-1.
Mike Murray (Meridian CC) had 2 hits for the Bombers and Cunningham finished with 3 hits.
Steven Scott (Lynchburg) and Shawn Altgilbers (John Wood CC) each had 2 hits for the Pioneers. Pioneer RBI were by Ryan Bennett (Miami (Ohio)), Kevin Diete (St. Josephs) and Adam Leja (Chandler - Gilbert CC).
Saturday, July 23, 2005Schedule Change
|Quincy and Springfield announced a schedule change today. The game between the Gems and Rifles scheduled for July 30 at Springfield has been pushed back to August 1, 6:30 PM.
Friday, July 22, 2005Quincy Moves Into 4th Place
|The Quincy Gems staged a come from behind victory in extra innings tonight at QU Stadium, winning 5-4 to move ahead of the DuPage Dragons into 4th place.
The Gems offense was stifled by Dupage County's pitching until the bottom of the ninth. In the ninth, their bats came alive with 4 runs on 4 hits. Travis Sweet (Iowa) had a double to advance Pat Tumilty (Evansville), who was hit by a pitch, to third. Then Anthony Albano (Florida Atlantic) came to the plate and hit an RBI single up the middle. Ben Geelan (Iowa) then came through big time for the Gems with a three-run bomb over the left field wall.
The Dragons threatened in extra innings but were unable to come up with any runs.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, with two outs, the Dragons walked in the winning run.
Gems third base coach, Steve Joslin, was ejected from the game in the bottom of the second arguing a batters interference call where Travis Sweet (Iowa) layed down a bunt and the Dragons catcher ran into him attempting to field the ball in front of the plate.
The Dragons four runs were scored in the sixth and seventh innings, two of them earned. Ruairi O'Connor (Florida State) and Josh Wilson (Texas Tech) had doubles and an RBI each in the game.
Bobby Mahon (Western Illinois) earned the win in relief to improve his record to a league-best 5-1 to go along with 6 saves. That combination of wins and saves represents 11 (61%) of the team's 18 victories.
Friday, July 22, 2005Bombers Win Easily
|In Huntingburg tonight, the Dubois County Bombers defeated the Galesburg Pioneers by a final score of 10-0.
Cole Uebelhor (Indiana/Purdue Ft. Wayne) pitched a complete game 5-hit shutout to improve his record to 2-0, facing only 5 batters over the minimum.
Ryan Basham (Michigan State) had 3 hits and 4 RBI including 2 doubles. Kyle Smith (Evansville) had 2 hits; Nick Smith (Grand Valley State) had 3 hits and 2 RBI; and Grant Achilles (Wake Forest) had 2 RBI on 2 sacrifice flies.
For the Pioneers, Kevin Diete (St. Josephs) had 2 of the team's 5 hits.
The win enabled the Bombers to keep pace with the teams ahead of them, Danville and East Peoria, both of which also won this evening.
Friday, July 22, 2005Dans Over Stars 3-1
|In Normal tonight, the Danville Dans won their 11th game out of the last 12 with a 3-1 victory over the Twin City Stars.
The old baseball adage, good pitching will stop good hitting was proven tonight again, as five Danville hurlers combined to shut down the Stars offense. Chad Crosswhite (Mississippi State) improved his record to 4-0, throwing 5 innings, allowing only 1 run and striking out 8 Twin City hitters. Neil Schenk (Memphis), J.P. Powell (Danville Area CC), Brandon Farmer (Chandler - Gilbert CC) and Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) each pitched an inning and held Twin City in check the rest of the way, with Moreland getting his 4th save.
Danville got all the runs they needed in the third when JoJo Tann (Mississippi) was hit by a pitch and then stole second. Seb Salinas (Southern California) followed with a walk. Justin Snyder (San Diego) then doubled, scoring Tann. A batter later Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) hit a sacrifce fly to score the second Danville run.
Twin City got within a run in the 5th. With 1-out, Brian Dinkelman (McKendree) singled. With Ross McCoy (Wisconsin - Milwaukee) batting, Dinkelman stole second. McCoy came through with a single, setting up runners on 1st and 3rd. A batter later Dinkelman scored on a wild pitch.
Danville tacked on an insurance run in the 8th courtesy of a Danny Worth (Pepperdine) single and a Dusty Napoleon (Iowa) run-scoring double, his second hit of the game.
Gary Walz (Augustana (S. Dak.)) and Brian Dinkelman (McKendree) each had 2 hits for the Stars.
Friday, July 22, 2005Scrappers Win 5-0
|In East Peoria tonight, the Scrappers beat the Rifles 5-0 behind a nearly >
perfect outing from starting pitcher Dallas Sims (Lincoln Trail CC) (3-0).
Sims threw eight scoreless innings, giving up only one infield hit and striking out 12 batters. He walked only one batter while lowering his ERA to 1.98 for the season.
Sims was backed by great sliding catches in the field by third baseman C.J. Webb (Ball State) in the 1st and right-fielder Jeff Darnall in the 8th. Aaron Hines (Oakland) pitched a perfect ninth to complete the shutout.
C.J. Webb (Ball State) had two hits and two runs scored for East Peoria. Ross Kelling (Maple Woods CC) and Craig Rohren (Dayton) each had an RBI for the Scrappers, who had eight hits off of Springfield pitching.
Thursday, July 21, 2005Gems Sweep Series Over Bombers
|For the 3rd straight night, the Quincy Gems beat the Dubois County Bombers, this time by a score of 11-2.
Quincy scored all the runs it needed in teh 4th inning, scoring 4 times to take a 4-0 lead. Jason White (Iowa) had a 2-run single and Nathan Emrick (SIU - Carbondale) drove in a run with a hit.
The Bombers scored a run in the 3rd on an RBI double by Mike Murray (Meridian CC), but the Gems put the game away with 3 runs in the 7th on a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double by Travis Sweet (Iowa). Quincy added another pair of runs in each of the last 2 innings on RBI by Jay Molina (Illinois State), Emrick, and 2 more RBI by Jason White (Iowa).
Seth Minter (Culver - Stockton) earned the win to go to 3-2 for the season.
White finished with 2 hits and 4 RBI; Emrick and Sweet each had 3 hits and 2 RBI.
For the Bombers, Chris Schmidt (Indiana State), Kyle Smith (Evansville) and Mike Murray (Meridian CC) each had 2 hits.
The loss dropped the Bombers to 5 games behind first-place Danville and 1 game behind East Peoria.
Thursday, July 21, 2005Dans Win in Rain-Shortened Game
|In Danville tonight, the first-place Dans re-established their four-game
lead in the CICL with a rain-shortened 9-2 victory after five innings over the East Peoria Scrappers.
Danville's Justin Snyder (San Diego) ignited a two-run first inning and a six-run third inning for the Dans. Snyder's leadoff walk in the opening frame was followed by a Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) single and Chuck Sindlinger (Cal State - Long Beach) was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and two outs, Danville third baseman Danny Worth (Pepperdine) delivered a two-run single to left giving the Dans a 2-0 lead.
East Peoria closed within 2-1 on a RBI single from Ross Kelling (Maple Woods CC), but Danville starter Grant Payton (Grand Valley State) got out of the bases-loaded situation with a pair of pop outs.
Danville broke the game open with a six-run third started on a triple by Snyder. Moreland and Jeff Flagg (Mississippi State) had RBI singles, while Snyder capped the inning with a two-run single to right.
The game was called with one out in the top of the sixth as a large thunderstorm moved through the Danville area.
Thursday, July 21, 2005Pioneers Win 3rd Straight
|In Springfield, Galesburg won their 3rd game in a row and 6th overall to 5 for Springfield, by defeating Springfield 7-1.
Starting pitcher John King (Birmingham Southern) won his 1st game to go with 2 losses.
Galesburg out hit Springfield 9-7 and received 8 walks.
Galesburg was led by Ryan Bennett (Miami (Ohio)) who had 4 hits, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Kevin Diete (St. Josephs) had a home run and 3 RBI and Steven Scott (Lynchburg) had a hit an 2 RBI. Cody Marshall (Kishwaukee CC) scored 2 runs.
Springfield was led by Ryan Hypke who had 3 hits.
Thursday, July 21, 2005Stars Defeat Dragons 5-3
|At Illinois State University Thursday evening, the Twin City Stars defeated the DuPage County Dragons 5-3.
Brian Dinkelman (McKendree)'s bat was as hot as the weather as he pounded out 4 hits, 2 of which were doubles, and drove in 2 runs.
The Dragons got on the board first with a solo blast off the bat of Victor Ferrante (Solano CC), his 2nd of the season.
But the Stars took the lead for good in the third when Julian Brown (Appalachian State) lead off the inning with a walk. Dinkelman then cracked a double which scored Brown all the way from first. Ross McCoy (Wisconsin - Milwaukee) reached on a fielder's choice. Chris Bacigalupi (Marin CC) followed with a single, scoring Dinkelman. Kyle O'Brien (Illinois State) kept the rally going with a double, which scored both Bacigalupi and McCoy.
Single runs for DuPage in the 5th and 6th inning pulled the Dragons to within a run. But the Stars got their insurance run in the bottom of the 6th with a Nick Achberger (Carson - Newman) single and Dinkelman's second double of the game.
Ryan Quigley (Saint Xavier (Illinois)) (3-4) got the victory with relief help from Craig Reynolds (Adrian) and Eric Theisen (Illinois State) who picked up his first save.
Ruairi O'Connor (Florida State) had 3 hits for the Dragons.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005Dans' Streak Halted
|In Danville tonight, the East Peoria Scrappers brought the Danville Dans 9-game winning streak to a halt with a convincing 10-4 victory in front of 1,013 fans.
East Peoria exploded for six runs in the second inning, which was more than enough offense for East Peoria starter Matt Whitmore (Illinois) (2-1), who went 6.2 innings, allowing four hits, one run, which was unearned, while striking out four.
Scrappers leadoff hitter Mike Massa (Dayton) fueled the offense for East Peoria, which had 15 hits, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs, while Cory Kral (Indiana State) had three hits.
Other players with mulitple hits for East Peoria were Jeff Darnall (SIU - Edwardsville), two singles, C.J. Webb (Ball State), two singles, Ryan Curry (Bradley), a single and a two-run homer.
Wednesday's game was the first time in nine games that Danville had allowed more than two runs.
The Dans were guilty of leaving 11 on base and they hit into a pair of double plays.
Danville's Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) had two hits, a double and a single, with a run scored and an RBI. Shortstop Danny Worth (Pepperdine) had a pair of doubles.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005Gems Beat Bombers 5-2
|In Huntingburg, Indiana, the visiting Quincy Gems defeated the Dubois County Bombers for the second night in a row by a final score of 5-2.
Quincy scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning and never trailed, outhitting the Bombers 7-5. The Bombers also committed 4 eerrors to aid the Gems cause.
Five different Gems had RBI, Nathan Emrick (SIU - Carbondale), Mitch Hilligoss (Purdue), Pat Tumilty (Evansville), Travis Sweet (Iowa) and T.J. Kistner (Western Illinois). Tumilty and Anthony Albano (Florida Atlantic) each had 2 hits.
Nobody had more than 1 hit for the Bombers. RBI were driven in by Grant Achilles (Wake Forest) and Kasey Wahl (Evansville).
The batting streak of 17 games by Bombers' shortstop Mike Murray (Meridian CC) was halted at 17 games theough the efforts of three Gems pitchers.
Starter Jacob Bunten (Southwest Missouri State) (1-1) picked up the win; Bobby Mahon (Western Illinois) pitched the 9th for his league-leading 6th save.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005Pioneers Win Second Straight
|In Galesburg tonight, the Pioneers defeated the Springfield Rifles for their second win in succession, the first time this season they have won 2 straight games. It was the Rifles 5th straight loss.
Tonight's game was tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the 8th inning. The Pioneers scored 3 runs to take a seemingly commanding 6-3 lead. But the Rifles score 2 in the top of the 9th and left the tying run stranded as David Fields (John Wood CC) saved the game for the 2nd night in a row.
Galesburg scored first on a fielder's choice RBI by Steven Scott (Lynchburg) in the 1st inning, driving in Lance Rhodes (St. Louis) who had led off with a single and stole second.
The Rifles scored 2 in the 5th to take the lead on an RBI double by Eric Lambert (Indiana/Purdue Ft. Wayne) and a Pioneer error.
In the bottom of the 6th, Galesburg scored to to take a 3-2 lead on a solo homer by Scott and a Rifles error.
The Rifles tied it again on an RBI single by Blaine Cravens (Lincoln Land CC) in the 7th inning.
In the 8th for Galesburg, Kyle Pettengell (Northern Illinois) doubled a run home to break the tie, Zach Stead (Miami (Ohio)) had an RBI single and Christopher Zellers (Forest Park CC) scored the 3rd run as a result of a double steal.
In the 9th, the Pioneers used 3 pitchers to hold off the Rifles comeback. Blaine Cravens (Lincoln Land CC) drove in 2 runs with a 2 out single, but David Fields (John Wood CC) got the 3rd out before the Rifles could tie the game.
The winning pitcher was Dale Reneau (Seminole State JC) (2-1).
Steven Scott (Lynchburg) finished with 3 hits and 2 RBI for the Pioneers including the home run, and Kyle Pettengell (Northern Illinois) also had 3 hits and an RBI.
The Rifles Blaine Cravens (Lincoln Land CC) collected 3 hits and 3 RBI.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005Stars and Dragons Rained Out
|Rain forced the cancellation of today's game between the Twin City Stars and the Dupage Dragons in Lisle. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 5 when Twin City returns to Lisle. The doubleheader will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005Pioneers Top Rifles
|In Springfield this evening, the Galesburg Pioneers snapped an 8-game losing streak with a win over the Springfield Rifles 4-2.
The Rifles outhit the Pionners 7-6, but the Pioneers were the recipients of 3 walks, 3 hit batters and 2 errors.
The Rifles scored first on an RBI double by Blaine Cravens (Lincoln Land CC) in the 1st inning. The Pioneers tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Diete (St. Josephs) in the 3rd.
Galesburg took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 4th inning with 2 runs when the 1st 2 batters reached base on an infield hit and a hit by pitch. Both runners scored without another hit with the 2nd run scoring on a double steal. Steven Scott (Lynchburg) had a sacrifice fly for one of the runs.
Springfield closed the gap to 3-2 on an RBI single by Brian Keeny (Fordham) in the 6th, but Kyle Pettengell (Northern Illinois) added an insurance run for the Pioneers in the top of the 7th inning with a home run to left field.
Lance Rhodes (St. Louis) (2-2) went 8 innings to earn the win, and David Fields pitched a scoreless 9th to earn his 2nd save.
Brad Johnson (Forest Park CC) was the only Galesburg player with more than 1 hit with 2 singles.
The Rifles were led by Dock Doyle (Coastal Carolina) who was 3-3, all singles, and a walk. Blaine Cravens (Lincoln Land CC) was 2-4 with an RBI double.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005Gems Over Bombers
|In Huntingburg, Indiana, tonight, the Quincy Gems defeated the Dubois County Bombers with a come-from-behind 7-5 victory to drop the Bombers another game behind Danville.
Trailing 5-2 after 6 innings, the Gems scored a run in the 7th, 3 in the 8th and another in the 9th to capture the win. The big hits were a 2-run double by Travis Sweet (Iowa) to drive in the tying runs and a single by Dan Pietroburgo (Missouri) to drive in the eventual winning run, both hits in the 8th inning.
Jeff Niemec earned the win in relief, and Bobby Mahon (Western Illinois) picked up his 5th save.
The Bombers received 2 hits and an RBI from Chris Schmidt (Indiana State), 3 hits and 2 RBI from Ryan Basham (Michigan State), 2 hits and an RBI from Jeff Cunningham (South Alabama), and an RBI single from Nick Smith (Grand Valley State). The Bombers' Mike Murray (Meridian CC) got a hit to extend his league-leading hitting streak to 17 games.
Nathan Emrick (SIU - Carbondale) had 3 hits for the Gems, Jay Molina (Illinois State) had 2 hits and 2 RBI, Travis Sweet had 2 hits and 3 RBI, and Dan Pietroburgo (Missouri) had 2 hits and an RBI.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005Dragons Top Stars
|In Bloomington tonight, Brian Wyatt (Texas Tech), a righthander from Texas Tech, made his CICL debut a success as the DuPage County Dragons defeated the Twin City Stars 6-1.
A case of nerves may have been the only flaw in his debut performance as Twin City quickly jumped on him with Brian Dinkelman (McKendree) and Ross McCoy (Wisconsin - Milwaukee) connecting for back to back singles; Dinkelman came around to score on a couple of groundouts, Kyle O'Brien (Illinois State) getting the RBI. But that was the only fun the Stars would have against Wyatt, as he shut the Stars down the rest of the way, pitching 7 solid innings and striking out 5.
The Dragons evened the score in the 4th when Josh Wilson (Texas Tech) connected for a 1-out double, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a clutch 2-out hit by Cody Fielding (New Mexico JC).
The Dragons got all the runs they would need in the 7th. Albert Carrizales (McMurry (TX)) reached on an error, Brian Shust (Wake Forest) followed with a single; then with the runners on the move Victor Ferrante (Solano CC) doubled, scoring both Shust and Carrizales.
DuPage got the bats rattling again in the 8th with Fielding and Eaton Rincon (New Mexico JC) getting things started with back to back with singles. Then, like a carbon copy of the seventh, with the runners on the move, Carrizales doubled, scoring both runners.
Shust was 3 for 5 with a double and Carrizales drove in 3 runs.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005Dans Win 9th Straight
In East Peoria tonight, the Danville Dans defeated the East Peoria Scrappers 4-1 behind a combined 3-hitter from Wes Roemer (Cal State - Fullerton), Neil Schenk (Memphis), Brandon Farmer (Chandler - Gilbert CC), and Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State).
Roemer (2-1) started and earned the win by going five innings, striking out seven and giving up only one run.
Danville scored their runs on two 2-run homers - one from Nick Hardy (Meridian CC) in the second inning and one from Mitch Moreland (Mississippi State) in the sixth. Moreland was the star for the Dans, getting three hits and also picking up his third save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth. Hardy also had two hits for Danville.
Aaron Lovett (Kaskaskia CC) (1-2) pitched well besides the two home runs, going seven innings and striking out eight batters. Bill Musselman (St. Louis) had two of East Peoria's three hits.
Monday, July 18, 2005Week #5 Player/Pitcher Awards
|For short Week #5 of the 2005 season, the Player of the Week Award goes to Ruairi O'Connor (Florida State) of the DuPage County Dragons..
O'Connor, who has caught and played infield and outfield for the Dragons, batted .471 (8-17); tied for the league lead in slugging at 1.000; was 2nd in RBI with 5; led in hits with 8; tied for the lead in doubles with 4; tied for the lead in homers with 2; and led by far in total bases with 17. For the season, O'Connor is now batting .279. Ruairi will be a sophomore this fall at Florida State and hails from Oak Park, Illinois.
The Pitcher of the Week Award goes to Danville left-handed starting pitcher Ryan Byrd (Louisiana State).
Byrd earned the honor by pitching a 9-inning, 4-hit shutout over the Galesburg Pioneers on July 17, striking out 11 batters. He retired 23 straight hitters at one point during the game. for the season, Byrd is now 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 26.1 innings. Ryan will be a sophomore this fall at Louisiana State and hails from Denham Springs, Louisiana.
Sunday, July 17, 2005Scrappers Outslug Dragons
|The ball was jumping out of Dave Rodgers Field in a wild game at the EastSide Centre this evening, as the Scrappers beat the DuPage Dragons 15-9. The two teams combined for 30 hits and 7 HR's
The Scrappers received three hits and three RBI's from Ross Kelling (Maple Woods CC) and Shane Elenz (Maple Woods CC).
The Dragons were led by three hits for Joe Dunigan (Oklahoma) and Geoff Dietz (Northwestern).
Several players from each team had two hits. Players hitting home runs were Shane Elenz (Maple Woods CC) and Ryan Curry (Bradley) for East Peoria, and Brian Shust (Wake Forest), Joe Dunigan (Oklahoma), and Cody Fielding (New Mexico JC). Ruairi O'Connor (Florida State) had two home runs for DuPage.
Despite all the hitting, each team was helped by a stellar defensive play that prevented more runs from scoring. In the fifth with no outs and a runner on second, Scrappers' starter Cam Cheek (SIU - Edwardsville) barehanded a bunt down the third base line, spun and threw to third to nail the Dragon's baserunner.
For the Dragons, a great play was made by Albert Carrizales (McMurry (TX)) in the seventh. Ryan Curry (Bradley) hit a grounder up the middle leading off the inning. Carrizales ranged to his right and dove, fielding the ball and then throwing to first to get Curry.
Cheek (4-1) pitched six innings and picked up the win for the Scrappers.
Sunday, July 17, 2005Dans Win 8th Straight Game
|In Galesburg this afternoon, the Danville Dans extended their winning streak to 8 games with a 7-0 victory over the Galesburg Pioneers.
The Dans are now 21-6 and sport a 3 game lead over the Dubois County Bombers who are idle today.
Starter Ryan Byrd (2-1) of the Dans went the distance, allowing only 4 hits and striking 11 out. At one point, Byrd retired 23 straight Pioneer hitters.
Chuck Sindlinger got things started with a solo home run in the 1st inning. The big inning for the Dans was the 5th when they plated 5 runners to extend the lead to 6-0. The big hit in the inning was a 2-run double by Jeff Flagg. Sindlinger had an RBI single in the inning and David Huffman an RBI double. Jake Tranchant drove in the 7th run with a single in the 6th inning to close out the scoring. Sindlinger and Flagg each had 2 hits.
Lance Rhodes had a double for the Pioneers, and Kevin Diete, Shawn Altgilbers and Zach Stead had the other Pioneer hits.
Sunday, July 17, 2005Stars Rebound with Win at Quincy
|After dropping the first 2 games of the series to the Quincy Gems, the Twin City Stars bounced back with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory at QU Stadium this afternoon.
Trailing 2-0 entering the top of the 8th inning, the Stars scored 4 times to win the game. Shan Sullivan started the inning with a walk followed by a single by Brian Dinkelman. After one out, Chris Bacigalupi drove in the first run with a single. After the 2nd out, Blake Nelson hit a bases-loaded bases-clearing double to plate 3 more Stars runs.
Starting pitcher Dan Frega pitched 7 innings to earn his 4th victory against 2 losses. Craig Reynolds picked up his 3rd save.
The Gems had score the first 2 runs of the game on a sacrifice fly by T.J. Kistner in the 4th inning, and an RBI groundout by Anthony Albano n the 7th. Jason White had 2 hits and a run for the Gems; Albano also had 2 hits.
Saturday, July 16, 2005Scrappers Prevail in 14 Innings
|For the second consecutive night the Dupage Dragons and East Peoria Scrappers played late into the evening. This time it was the Scrappers who scored a 2-0 win in 14 innings at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex in CICL on Saturday night.
A pitcher’s duel throughout saw zeros posted across the board until the 14th inning. Both teams had several chances to score in the game. East Peoria finally came through in the 14th when Jacob Smith and Cory Kral each singled off of reliever Albert Carrizales. Carrizales was making his first appearance on the mound of the season.
Gilbert Marlowe then reached on an error when Josh Wilson couldn’t handle a grounder that went into right field. That allowed Smith to score the game’s first run. Jeff Darnall later singled in Marlowe with the second run, but Mike Massa was thrown out at third to end the inning. Both runs were unearned.
In the bottom of the 14th the Dragons put runners on first and second with two out, but Joe Dunigan popped out to end the game. The Dragons left 16 men on base during the contest and East Peoria left 12.
Omar Arif and Matt Reynolds started for both teams. Arif lasted eight innings and extended his scoreless streak to 19 innings by not allowing a run. The outing lowered his already flawless ERA to a season low 0.71. Arif struck out six while walking just one in eight innings. Reynolds threw up zero after zero for the Scrappers, working into the ninth. Reynolds scattered six hits over 8.2 innings while walking three and striking out five.
Justin Zarley pitched a scoreless ninth and Victor Ferrante threw a season high four innings out of the bullpen and allowed just one hit. Ruairi O'Connor had three hits for the second consecutive night. Brian Shust and Eaton Rincon each added two hits to pace a 10-hit attack.
Craig Rohren earned the win for East Peoria after throwing more innings than he had all season. Rohren worked 3.1 innings. Ryan Curry and Jacob Smith each had two hits for the Scrappers. The rubber match of the series will be on Sunday night in East Peoria at 5:00 p.m. You can listen to the game live on dupagedragons.com.
Saturday, July 16, 2005Danville Defeats Pioneers
|At Danville Stadium tonight, the league-leading Danville Dans extended their win streak to seven with a 11-0 win over the Galesburg Pioneers before 4,150 on McPack the Place Night.
Danville, which became the first CICL team to win 20 games this season, also extended its home winning streak to 14 consecutive games on Saturday night.
Four pitchers combined on the six-hit shutout for Danville with starter Dan Sattler going the first six innings, allowing five hits while walking one and striking out nine.
J.P. Powell, Neil Schenk and Brandon Farmer followed Sattler with scoreless innings of relief.
Danville right fielder Jake Tranchant, who was returning to action after missing a handful of games with a bruised knee, went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Fellow outfielder David Huffman was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, as he ignited three consecutive scoring innings for the Dans.
Leadoff walks by Huffman in the third and fourth innings started a four-run frame followed by a five-run inning as Danville built a 9-0 lead. The Dans added single runs in the fifth and sixth to score double digits for the eighth time this season.
Galesburg's best scoring opportunities came in the first and second innings.
In the opening frame Lance Rhodes and Steven Scott had back-to-back one-out hits, putting runners on first and third, but the Pioneers failed to score as Scott was caught stealing and Kevin Diete was called out on strikes to end the inning.
In the second inning, Galesburg had runners on first and second with no outs on a single by Shawn Altgilbers and a walk to Zach Stead.
Sattler got out of the jam by striking out the side.
Danville extended its lead 2.5 games over Dubois County, which had its doubleheader with Springfield rained out on Saturday.
Saturday, July 16, 2005Rifles/Bombers Doubleheader Rained Out
|Tonight's doubleheader between the Springfield Rifles and Dubois County Bombers in Huntingburg, Indiana, has been rained out.
Because of last night's suspended game, the three games will be played as follows:
Monday, July 25, 5:00 PM - completion of the suspended game from Friday, July 15 plus game #1 of the DH originally scheduled for tonight.
Friday, August 5, 5:00 PM - game #2 from tonight's DH plus the single game originally scheduled for August 5.
Saturday, July 16, 2005Saturday Afternoon
|On a hot afternoon on the Illinois State campus, the Quincy Gems outslugged the Stars by a score of 10-7.
Quincy got on the board first in the second when Travis Sweet led off the inning with a perfectly executed bunt down the third base line, he advanced to second on an ill-advised throw. Two ground outs later and Quincy had a 1-0 lead.
Twin City answered with 3 runs in the bottom of the frame. With 1 out, Gary Walz and Chris Turner singled, followed by a Nick Achberger double which scored Walz. With 2 outs Julian Brown singled, driving in Achberger and Turner.
With the score 3-1 in favor of the Stars, the Gems started the third inning off with back-to-back triples by Jason White and Nathan Emrick. Mitch Hilligoss followed with a single to tie the game at 3.
In the bottom of the third Twin City regained the lead, with 1 out Chris Bacigalupi was hit by pitch and Kyle O'Brien single setting up runners on 1st and 2nd. With 2 outs Chris Turner singled, scoring Bacigalupi. Nick Achberger kept the 2 out rally alive with a run-scoring single, allowing the Stars to enjoy a temporary 5-3 lead.
The Gems then answererd with a 5-run 4th inning, putting an end to the see-saw battle that had been going on. Travis Sweet lead off the inning with his 2nd hit of the game, this time a double over the rightfielder's head. Anthony Albano followed with a walked. After a sacrifice by Dan Pietroburgo, T.J. Kistner singled, scoring Sweet. Hits by Jason White and Mitch Hilligoss plated the 4th run of the inning and Jay Molina accounted for the 5th Quincy run with a sacrifice fly.
The Stars scored again in their half of the 4th, Julian Brown took one for the team, when he was hit on the forearm, Brian Dinkelman advanced him to second with a single, and he later scored on a ground out.
The score stayed 8-6 until the Twin City half of the 8th inning when they got within a run courtesy of a Brian Dinkelman double and a run scoring single by Ross McCoy.
Feeling the needed an insurance run, the Gems got 2 in the ninth when Jason White cracked his 2nd triple of the game. The Stars got the next two batters and it looked like they were going to get out of the inning, but Jay Molina had another idea. He took a hanging curve and placed it over the left field fence, assuring the Gems of the win.
Drew Wold who came in to pitch in the 4th received the victory. Jason White was 4-5 with 2 triples, with Mitch Hilligoss and Jay Molina driving in 3 runs apiece.
Offensively for the Stars, Brian Dinkelman, Ross McCoy, Chris Turner and Nick Achberger each had 2 hits.
Saturday, July 16, 2005Friday's Results
|At Danville Stadium tonight, the Danville Dans maintained their CICL lead with a 6-1 victory over the Galesburg Pioneers.
CICL All-Star Justin Snyder went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and three RBIs for the Dans (19-6), which has won six straight.
Danville starter Chad Crosswhite, who was making his second start of the year, went six innings, allowing one run on five hits, while walking none and striking out nine.
Galesburg scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on two-out RBI single by Shawn Altgilbers.
Danville responded with three runs in the fifth starting with Snyder's first double. Chuck Sindlinger gave the Dans a 2-1 lead on his run-scoring double, followed by RBI single from Garrett Gipe.
In the eighth inning, Danville added three more runs starting with a successful squeeze play from Danny Worth, which was followed by Snyder's two-run triple to right.
David Pherrin went the final two innings for the Dans, retiring all six batters including two strikeouts to pick up his second save of the season.
Galesburg second baseman Lance Rhodes went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base for the Pioneers.
In Quincy, the Gems win tonight 6-4 against the Twin City Stars.
The Stars took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third off of a Nick Achberger single and a 2 RBI homer by Brian Dinkelman.
The Gems tied it up 2 all in the bottom of the 4th off of a Mitch Hilligoss double and a Jay Molina RBI single. After Pat Tumilty reached on a fielders choice and Travis Sweet doubled, advancing Tumilty to third, he scored unearned on a passed ball.
The Gems took the lead for good in the sixth inning after Molina scored on an unearned run. They added to their lead in the 7th inning with an RBI single by Nathan Emrick and a 2 RBI Home Run by Molina. Molina had three RBI's in the game.
Twin City mounted a come back in the top of the eighth off of a Doug Eldridge double and a RBI single by Brian Dinkelman. Dinkelman also had three RBI's in the game. The last Twin City run was an RBI single to left by Kyle O'Brien.
Seth Minter earned the win and Bobby Mahon earned his third save of the season.
At the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex on Friday night, Cody Fielding’s 12th inning walk-off homerun lifted the Dupage Dragons to a 6-4 win over the East Peoria Scrappers in a wild contest. The win moved the Dragons into a tie with the Scrappers for third place in the Central Illinois Collegiate League.
The Dragons held a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning. Miles Morgan started for the Dragons and allowed C.J. Webb to double leading off the inning. Kyle Smith came out of the bullpen to relieve Morgan and promptly struck out consecutive hitters. Ryan Curry delivered a two-out double off of Smith to tie the game before Smith struck out Shane Elenz to end the inning.
In the first extra inning things got a little crazy. Ruairi O'Connor led off the tenth with his second double of the night. Aaron Saving came out of the East Peoria bullpen, and Albert Carrizales attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt and was initially called out by field umpire Dennis Piper. After a brief argument by the Dragon coaches, the umpires conferred and ruled that Webb, who was covering first for the Scrappers, never touched first base, putting runners at the corners with no outs. That sent East Peoria manager Nate Metzger into a frenzy. Metzger was ejected after arguing for several minutes.
Following that debate, Geoff Dietz was intentionally walked to load the bases. Saving got Cody Fielding to strike out and got Eaton Rincon to bounce into a fielder’s choice as O’Connor was thrown out at the plate. Omar Arif then grounded out to end the threat and swing momentum.
Leading off the 11th, Elenz drilled a homerun to left to give the Scrappers a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the inning Joe Dunigan was hit by a Saving pitch with one out and moved to second on a balk. Josh Wilson struck out swinging, but the third strike bounced away from the catcher Jake Smith. As Dunigan raced to third, Smith threw to first to retire Wilson and Dunigan continued around to attempt to score the tying run. The throw appeared to beat Dunigan, but he slid in safely with the tying run.
That sparked another frenzy. East Peoria’s Scott Martin, a player who was already used and out of the game, promptly was ejected for racing in to argue the call. After leaving the field Martin came in again to argue and was tossed for a second time. When the dust settled, O’Connor struck out swinging to end the 11th with the game tied at four.
Jeff Darnall walked to lead off the 12th for the Scrappers but was stranded after Smith struck out consecutive hitters. In the bottom of the inning, Carrizales drew a leadoff walk and Fielding delivered the walk-off homer on the first pitch from Saving.
Kyle Smith (2-1) pitched five innings in relief of Morgan and struck out 12 Scrapper hitters to earn the win. Saving (0-2) was tagged with the loss.
O’Connor and Arif each had three hits for the Dragons to pace a 10-hit offensive attack. Curry and Elenz each registered two hits for the Scrappers.
Morgan pitched seven plus innings and allowed three runs on five hits in his league-leading seventh start. He walked four and struck out seven in the no-decision. All-Star Dallas Sims started for East Peoria and went six innings, allowing two earned runs while scattering eight hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
And finally, rain halted the game in Huntingburg, Indiana, this evening in the 4th inning between the visiting Springfield Rifles and Dubois County Bombers. At the time of the delay, the Bombers were leading the Rifles 5-2. The game will be completed as the first game of a doubleheader on August 5. Tentative start time for the games that day is 5:00 PM.
Note: statistics for the game in progress are not included in league statistics until the game is completed.
Thursday, July 14, 2005All-Star Game Pictures
|A few pictures taken during the 2005 All-Star game, courtesy of Jack Stoltz, Insight Visual Media.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005South Defeats North 5-2 In All-Star Game
|The South Division notched a 5-2 win over the North Division in the CICL All-Star Game hosted by the Dupage Dragons on Wednesday night. The game was played in front of 857 fans, a Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex best.
Ryan Basham of the Dubois County Bombers was named the game’s MVP after going 3-for-5 at the plate with four RBI. Basham helped ignite the South comeback, and added yet another award to his impressive resume from the summer which saw him named the First Half Player of the Year and twice named CICL Hitter of the Week.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning, Basham crushed a 2-2 pitch from Dupage Dragons ace Miles Morgan over the fence in right field to tie the game at two apiece. He then added a bases loaded single in the ninth off of East Peoria closer Aaron Hines to give the South two insurance runs and the 5-2 lead.
The North got on the board first by scoring in the bottom of the first inning. With CICL ERA leader Kyle Jones of the Dubois County Bombers on the hill (He has allowed just three earned runs all season), Jeff Darnall of East Peoria singled and moved to third when his teammate C.J. Webb doubled down the left field line. Darnall came in to score when the Dragons’ Brian Shust delivered a sacrifice fly. The North made it 2-0 in the third when Webb drove in Twin City’s Chris Bacigalupi.
Following Basham’s homer, the South took the lead in the eighth inning. Dubois County’s Nick Smith doubled off the wall in right field and scored when Quincy’s Mitch Hilligoss delivered his second hit of the night.
On the evening the South pitchers kept the North off balance, limiting the North club to just three hits. The win was credited to Jeff Gerbe of the Springfield Rifles. Gerbe worked a scoreless seventh for the South with a strikeout. Galesburg’s Dale Reneau got the loss after allowing one run on two hits in the eighth inning. Danville’s Mitch Moreland worked the eighth and ninth innings to earn the save, walking two and striking out two.
The South squad finished with 12 hits. In addition to Basham, Quincy’s Pat Tumilty and Mitch Hilligoss each had two hits while Mike Murray of Dubois County also added two.
Prior to the game, East Peoria's Ross Kelling won the annual Dinger Home Run Derby by smacking 7 homers in the final round.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005Schedule Changes
|The Dubois County Bombers and Galesburg Pioneers announced a major schedule change today.
Three games originally scheduled between the Bombers and the Pioneers for Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23, have been switched from Galesburg to League Stadium in Huntingburg, Indiana.
The Friday, July 22 game will begin at 6:30 PM and Saturday, July 23 doubleheader will begin at 5:00 PM.
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Sunday, July 10, 2005Come to the All-Star Game!
|The DuPage County Dragons will serve as the host of the 2005 CICL All-Star Game this Wednesday. The exhibition game will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the Dinger Bats Homerun Derby prior to the start of the contest. Tickets are just $5 and are available by calling the Dragons at 630-241-2255.
Click here for a Yahoo map of the Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle
If you cannot attend the game, you can follow the action on the internet. Simply go to the DuPage Dragons web site, and click on the "Listen to Dragons Games Online HERE" link in the upper right corner.
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Sunday, July 10, 2005Player of the Half Awards
|The first of the summer’s two Player of the Half Awards for the 2005 CICL season goes to Dubois County Bombers outfielder Ryan Basham. The left-handed hitting junior-to-be at Michigan State University bombed CICL pitching as if he was still using an aluminum bat. Basham has garnered 2 of the 4 Player of the Week Awards so far this season in amassing some amazing statistics that helped the Bombers to a 17-8 first half record, good enough for second place, 1.5 games behind Danville. His Player of the Week honors didn’t even cover the record-setting first week of the season where he swatted 2 grand slams in the same game.
In five offensive categories, Basham is quite a bit ahead of the rest of the league. His .444 batting average is 55 points ahead of the second leading average; his .532 on-base percentage is 37 points in the lead; his 28 RBI are 5 ahead; his 40 hits are 5 up; and his 59 total bases are 6 better than the second place competitor. He is also tied for 2nd in home runs with 4, tied for 3rd in runs with 21, 2nd in slugging at .656, and 7th in doubles with 7. For good measure, Ryan has also played without error in the field and has one outfield assist.
The Pitcher of the Half Award for the season’s first half of play goes to another Bomber, right-handed throwing Kyle Jones. In the half, Jones made 5 starts and pitched 34 innings, or just under 7 innings per start. His ERA of 0.79 led the league, and his 3-0 record was one of only 3 starting pitchers who had 3 more wins than losses. Jones led the league in strikeouts with 38, was 3rd in innings with 34 and limited hitters to a .160 average, 2nd best of qualifying pitchers (averaging 1 inning pitched per game played by his team).
Jones hails from New Baden, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at SIU – Edwardsville.
Sunday, July 10, 2005Week #4 Player Awards
|In week #4 of the 2005 season, two players share Player of the Week Honors, Ryan Basham of the Dubois County Bombers and C.J. Webb of the East Peoria Scrappers.
Basham earned the honor for the second week in a row by leading the league in hitting at .571 (12-21); leading in on-base percentage at .615; leading in hits with 12; and leading in RBI with 9. The left-handed hitting outfielder who attends Michigan State also slugged at .714 (5th), had 3 doubles (2nd), and 15 (6th) total bases for the week to help the Bombers to a 3-3 record for the week.
Webb earned his first weekly award of the season by batting .524 (11-21, 2nd); getting on-base at .600 (2nd); banging out 11 hits (2nd); slugging at .810 (3rd); knocking in 7 runs (3rd); hitting 3 doubles (2nd); and getting 17 total bases (2nd). The right-handed hitting infielder is from Mascoutah, Illinois, and will be senior this fall at Ball State University. The Scrappers were 3-2 for the week.
Pitcher of the Week honors are shared between two pitchers in Week #4, both of them first-time winners in 2005, Jeff Gerbe from the Springfield Rifles and Bobby Mahon of the Quincy Gems.
Gerbe, a right-hander from Shelby Township, Michigan, who attends Michigan State with co-Player of the Week Ryan Basham, earned his share of the weekly honor as a result of his 9-inning complete game 1-0 shutout over the Quincy Gems on July 7. In that game, Gerbe allowed only 5 hits, struck out 5 and faced only 6 batters over the minimum. It was Gerbe’s first victory of the season for the struggling Rifles, but his performance lowered his season ERA to 1.89, 5th best in the league among qualifying pitchers.
Mahon, a left-hander who is used exclusively in relief, earned his share of the honor by making 3 appearances during the week, winning 2 and saving the third. In his 6.1 innings of work, the senior-to-be from Quincy, Illinois, allowed only 2 hits and 1 run, and faced only 2 batters over the minimum required for 6.1 innings of work. Mahon has been almost as effective all season. His 12 appearances covering 9.1 innings pitched have earned him a 4-1 record with 2 saves representing half of the Gems 12 first-half victories. Mahon attends Western Illinois University.
Sunday, July 10, 2005Scrappers Win
|In the final game before the All-Star break, East Peoria beat Quincy 12-0 today at the EastSide Centre.
The Scrappers scored 5 in the fifth to take an 8-0 lead. a 3-run home run by Ross Kelling was the highlight of the inning. Kelling added another 3-run homer with two outs in the sixth and finished the game with 3 hits, 3 runs scored, and 6 RBI.
Cam Cheek (3-1) pitched seven shutout innings giving up five hits while striking out four without walking a batter.
C.J. Webb added 3 hits and 3 RBI for East Peoria. Jeff Darnall and Scott Martin each had 2 hits and 2 runs scored for the Scrappers.
Anthony Albano was 3-3 for the Gems.
Sunday, July 10, 2005Dubois Defeats Twin City
|On the campus of Illinois State this afternoon, an old baseball adage was proven correct once again - good pitching stops good hitting.
Dubois received good pitching from Chris Antonides (2-0) and reliever Aaron Clark and stopped the Twin City offense for the third straight game. Twin City did get on the scoreboard first with a rather unconventional run, with 1 out Ross McCoy doubled, when he attempted to steal third, the throw from Bombers catcher Seth Hall deflected off the batting helmet of Chris Bacigalupi, giving new meaning to taking one for the team. The deflected throw allowed McCoy to score.
Twin City held the 1-0 lead until the third when the Bombers offense cranked it up. Bruce Sprowl opened up the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second by Kasey Wahl. Chris Schmidt then came through with a 2 out single which scored Sprowl. Not content, Nick Smith worked the count for a walk followed by a Mike Murray 2-run double.
Twin City made it close with a run in the bottom of third, Julian Brown doubled and later scored on a ground out, making the score 3-2 and it remained that way until the fifth, when the Bombers started putting up insurance runs. Chris Schmidt singled and stole second and scored on Mike Murray's second double of the game. In the 7th Chris Schmidt cracked his third single of the day and later scored on a Ryan Basham double. A sacrifice fly by Murray and another RBI single by Basham plated 2 more runs in the 9th to guarantee the victory.
For the day, Basham had 4 hits and 2 RBIs, Schmidt was 3 for 5 with an RBI and Murray connected for 2 doubles which drove in 4 runs.
Sunday, July 10, 2005Danville Continues Hot Hitting
The Danville Dans used 4 hits, 4 walks and a hit batter to score 7 runs in the top of the 1st inning on the way to a 15-2 victory in Springfield to solidify their first place status at the All-Star break. The 4 batters who walked and the batter hit by a pitch all scored. Danville out hit the Rifles 16-11 and stranded 11 runners to 10 for the Rifles.
The Dans were led by Cory Barton who had 4 hits and an RBI; Justin Snyder who had 3 hits and 3 RBI; Garrett Gipe who had 2 hits, 3 RBI and a solo homer; and Chuck Sindlinger who had 2 hits, 3 RBI including a 3 run home run. Pitcher Grant Payton went 6 innings to pick up the victory and boost his record to 2-1.
The Rifles were led by Ryan Hypke with 3 hits, and Joey Albsmeyer and Blaine Cravens who each had 2 hits.
Sunday, July 10, 2005Sunday Afternoon
|The Dupage Dragons managed just three hits against Galesburg pitchers on Sunday afternoon, but made the most of their hits when Joe Dunigan delivered a first inning homer to power the Dragons to a 5-0 shutout win over the Galesburg Pioneers. The win gave the Dragons a three-game sweep of the Pioneers.
With two outs in the first inning Omar Arif singled and Victor Ferrante coaxed a walk. Dunigan then stepped to the plate and belted his third homer of the season to right field giving the Dragons and Miles Morgan a 3-0 lead. It was Dunigan’s first homer since the second game of the season.
Morgan (4-1) was up to his old tricks on the mound, picking up his league high fourth win in his sixth start of the season. Morgan lasted seven innings, scattering six hits while walking one and striking out eight.
The Dragons plated two more runs in the sixth inning, loading the bases with one out as Cody Fielding and Eaton Rincon walked and Albert Carrizales reached on an error. Fielding scored on a wild pitch and Rincon scored on a balk.
Barrett Brown came out of the bullpen and pitched the final two innings to preserve the shutout. The Dragons mustered only three hits against Galesburg pitching, all of which were allowed by Lance Rhodes (1-2) who took the loss after working five innings for Galesburg. Cody Marshall had two of Galesburg’s seven hits and reached base in every plate appearance. Kyle Pettengell also had two hits for the Pioneers.
The Dragons head into the All-Star break riding a three-game win streak after sweeping the Pioneers for the second time this season. The Dragons will serve as the host of the All-Star Game this Wednesday. The exhibition game will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the Dinger Bats Homerun Derby prior to the start of the contest. Tickets are just $5 and are available by calling the Dragons at 630-241-2255.
Saturday, July 9, 2005Dans Win to Stay on Top
|In Danville tonight, the Dans maintained its lead in the CICL with a 21-1 victory over the Springfield Rifles.
Danville established CICL season-highs in runs (21), hits (20) and RBIs (21), as well as tying the high in walks (13). Dans shortstop Danny Worth had a pair of key blows in the first two innings as Danville built a 11-0 lead. Worth, who was hitting .190 with a home run and seven RBIs entering Saturday's contest, had a two-run double during the Danville six-run first inning. The shortstop from Pepperdine followed that up with a grand slam during a five-run second inning.
The Dans had seven batters with two or more hits with Chuck Sindlinger leading the way with four - three singles and a double. Other players with multiple hits were Justin Snyder, Garrett Gipe, Dusty Napoleon, Cory Barton and Seb Salinas.
Springfield managed six hits against four Danville pitchers with Brian Keeny going 2-for-4 with a solo home run for the Rifles only tally in two games against the Dans.
Danville pitcher Matt Couch went six innings to earn his second victory of the season.
Saturday, July 9, 2005Dragons Over Pioneers 4-2
|The Dupage Dragons slugged out a season high 13 hits to notch a 4-2 decision over the Galesburg Pioneers in Lisle Saturday evening. The Dragons are now 5-0 against Galesburg this season.
Almost every member of the Dragons registered a hit in helping to lead Omar Arif (3-0) to his third win of the season. Arif worked five scoreless innings before leaving with minor back stiffness. Arif struck out five and allowed just two hits.
Josh Wilson was 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run. Geoff Dietz, Eaton Rincon, and Albert Carrizales each had multiple hits for the Dragons.
Galesburg manged just five hits in the contest and Kyle Pettengell had two of them. Both of the Pioneer runs were unearned.
Derek Schlecker earned his league high fifth save by working the ninth inning. Kyle Smith also earned a hold after pitching three innings and striking out five.
Saturday, July 9, 2005Gems Top Scrappers
|At QU Stadium tonight, the Quincy Gems defeated the East Peoria Scrappers by a final score of 5-2..
Gems pitchers Tim Smid and Robby Young combined to shut out the Scrappers through eight innings. The only two runs scored by East Peoria were a solo home run in the top of the ninth by Ryan Curry and an RBI ground out by Jeff Darnall. Bobby Mahon (S,2) got the final 2 outs of the game to stifle the Scrappers ninth inning rally, leaving 2 men on base
The Gems Nathan Emrick had a double, triple and RBI. Pat Tumilty had 2 hits including a double. Other RBI were by Mitch Hilligoss, Jay Molina and T.J. Kistner.
Ryan Curry had 2 of the Scrappers 5 hits. The loss dropped the Scrappers to 1.5 games behind Danville pending the Dans game in progress.
Saturday, July 9, 2005Saturday's Results
|In Bloomington, great pitching and solid defense helped propel the Dubois County Bombers to a doubleheader sweep of the Twin City Stars by scores of 4-0 and 3-1.
In game one Bombers starter Kyle Jones threw a 3-hit shutout, striking out 8 in the 7 innings of work. Offensively, the Bombers got all they needed in the first inning. Chris Schmidt lead off the game with a walk, Nick Smith followed with a single. With runners on 2nd and 3rd Ryan Basham singled, scoring Schmidt.
The Bombers added to their 1-0 lead in the third when Nick Smith and Mike Murray singled, followed again by another Ryan Basham RBI single. The Bombers added 2 more runs in the 7th with Jeff Cunningham driving in a run. The other Bomber run scored on a Twin City miscue. Ryan Basham had 3 hits with 2 RBIs and Nick Smith and Mike Murray contributed 2 hits to the 4-0 victory.
In game 2 Corey Lewis picked up his 3 win of the season, going the distance and allowing only 2 hits, while striking out 5. Bombers shortstop Cory Bunner flashed some leather, making several nice defensive plays, stopping any resemblance of a Twin City rally. Bunner also was the main offensive cog in the Bombers aresenal as he went 3 for 4 with a clutch RBI double in the fifth which gave the Bombers a 2-1 lead, a lead they wouldn't relinguish.
Twin City got its lone run of the day in the 4th when Gary Walz and Blake Nelson both singled, scoring on a Doug Eldridge groundout.
Friday, July 8, 2005Final from Friday Action
|In Lisle tonight, the Dupage Dragons snapped a two game losing streak by
defeating the Galesburg Pioneers 6-2 at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex.
Victor Ferrante hit a first pitch two-run homer in the first inning, his first of the year, to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead that they wouldn't relinquish for starter Adam Summers. Summers (3-0), pitched seven innings and allowed just two runs, striking out five and walking one. Ferrante drove in three runs and was one of three Dragons to register multiple hits. Omar Arif and Geoff Dietz also had two hits. Eaton Rincon reached in four of his five plate appearances and scored two runs.
Shawn Altgilbers was 4-for-4 at the plate for Galesburg. Christopher Zellers also had 2 hits.
Friday, July 8, 2005Danville Takes League Lead Back
|In Danville tonight, four Danville pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout to
lead the Dans into sole possesion of first-place of the CICL with a 1-0 victory over the Springfield Rifles.
Starter Wes Roemer went the first six innings allowing three hits with four strikeouts and four walks for Danville, who improved to 16-6 with its third-straight victory. He was followed by Justin Cryer, who earned his first victory with a scoreless seventh inning, J.P. Powell held the Rifles down in the eighth and Neil Schenk earned his first save after allowing one hit and striking out one in the ninth.
The Rifles (5-17) left eight runners on base and they had an opportunity to tie the game in the ninth when Travis Scott led off with a single. Nick Wilz attempted to sacrifice him to second, on the play Schenk fielded the bunt and threw wildly to second. Scott tried to advance to third, but he was thrown out by Danville centerfielder Justin Snyder. Schenk then struck out the two final two batters end the game..
Springfield starter Blaine Cravens (0-4) was saddled with the loss despite throwing five no-hit innings
Danville scored its only run in the sixth when Garrett Gipe, who was 1-for-4, and Snyder pulled off a successful double steal with Snyder scoring from third.
Nick Hardy for Danville and Ryan Hypke from Springfield were the only players with two hits. Hardy had a single and a double, while Hypke had two singles.
Friday, July 8, 2005More from Friday Night
|In Bloomington, Twin City got back to the .500 mark with a nail-biting win over the visiting Dubois County Bombers.
The Stars got on the board quickly, scoring 2 runs in the first, courtesy of a Brian Dinkelman single and a Ross McCoy double. They made it 3-0 in the fifth, with 2 outs Chris Bacigalupi singled and Kyle O'Brien blasted a 2 out double which scored Bacigalupi.
The Bombers made it on the scoreboard in the 6th. Chris Schmidt reached on an error, then reached second on a Nick Smith sacrifice.
Mike Murray then singled, making the score 3-1.
Twin City quickly answered with 2 more runs in their half of the 6th. Doug Eldridge singled and stole second, followed by a Julian Brown single, advancing Eldridge advanced to third. Dinkelman then flied out to deep center scoring Eldridge. McCoy then got his 2nd RBI of the game with a single, making the score 5-1.
The Bombers made it interesting in the 8th. Back-to-back-to-back hits by Kyle Smith, Chris Schmidt and Nick Smith accounted for 2 runs and Schmidt scored on a Murray sacrifice fly, and when the dust settled and the numbers tallied, the Bombers were within 1 run at 5-4.
Luke Highley making his Twin City debut had a shakey 8th, but got his teamates back to the dugout with the lead in tact. An error and a single made things interesting for Highley and the Stars again in the 9th, as the Bombers had runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs when Highley got a ground out to preserve the victory.
Ryan Quigley (2-3) got the victory, pitching 7 strong innings, striking out 7 batters and allowing no earned runs. McCoy and Eldridge both had 3 hits for the Stars. Kyle Smith gathered 2 hits for the Bombers.
Friday, July 8, 2005Friday's Results
|In East Peoria on Friday night, the Quincy Gems beat the East Peoria Scrappers 6-4 in East Peoria on a 2-run home run by Ben Geelan in the ninth. The loss coupled with a win by the Danville Dans knocked the Scrappers out of a tie for the league lead with the Dans.
Quincy led 4-1 after scoring 3 unearned runs in the fifth and 1 run in the sixth. A sacrifice fly from Anthony Albano, a RBI groundout by Geelan, and a two out RBI double by Nathan Emrick accounted for the Gems' three runs in the fifth. Pat Tumilty added an RBI groundout in the sixth.
scored 2 runs for Quincy and made a sensational diving catch in the sixth inning. With a runner at third and two outs, Mike Massa hit a blooper into shallow right field. Sweet laid out going full speed to his left to rob Massa of a hit and the Scrappers of a run.
A solo home run by C.J. Webb in the fifth inning got the Scrappers on the board. Bill Musselman had a two run double in the sixth, and a two-out RBI double by Ryan Curry tied it at 4 going into the seventh.
Curry and Musselman led the Scrappers with 3 hits. Webb and Jeff Darnall added 2 hits for East Peoria.
Thursday, July 7, 2005Final Thursday Results
|In Danville tonight, the Dans moved back into a first-place tie atop the CICL standings with a 7-2 victory over the DuPage County Dragons.
Danville left-handed pitcher Ryan Byrd allowed only one run in seven innings, his longest outing of the season. Byrd struck out eight, walked none and allowed four hits.
The Dans gave Byrd all the offense he would need with a five-run second inning highlighted by run-scoring hits from Nick Hardy and David Huffman. Huffman, who had just six hits entering Thursday's contest, went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the second and an RBI triple in the third. Another Danville batter breaking out of a hitting slump on Thursday was third baseman Garrett Gipe. The infielder from USC went 3-for-5 after being 1-of-14 in his six previous games.
The Dragons opened the scoring with run-scoring groundout from Victor Ferrante. DuPage County added a single run in the eighth on an RBI single from Eaton Rincon.
Justin Zarley (0-1) was making an emergency start for DuPage County as scheduled starter Omar Arif was unavailable because of illness.
Thursday, July 7, 2005More from Thursday
|In Bloomington tonight, Ross McCoy continued his hot hitting and the Twin City Stars benefited with a 6-1 victory over Galesburg.
Twin City got on the scoreboard first in their half of the third, when McCoy tripled deep into the right field corner. Kyle O'Brien, Gary Walz and Chris Turner all walked with Turner getting credit for an RBI with his stroll.
The Pioneers answered in the 4th when Steven Scott doubled and came home to tie the game at one, courtesy of 2 passed balls. Twin City got all the runs they would need in their half of the 4th with a 4 run outburst which started when Nick Sandy and Shan Sullivan both singled; Brian Dinkelman followed with an RBI single. That brought to the plate Ross McCoy with another RBI chance and he came through with his 2nd extra base hit of the game, doubling down the left field line and scoring two runs. McCoy scored on a Kyle O'Brien single.
In the 5th the Stars bats cranked it up again, this time Doug Eldridge lead off with a single. Nick Sandy doubled advancing Eldridge third. Shan Sullivan flied out to deep right, scoring Eldridge.
Eric Theisen (1-3) picked up his first win of the season, striking out 7 (4 in a row at one point) in 7 innings of work. McCoy, Sandy and Sullivan each had 2 hits for the Stars.
Galesburg's Ryan Bennett and Steven Scott each had 2 hits for the Pioneers.
Thursday, July 7, 2005Thursday's Results
|In Springfield tonight, the Rifles' Jeff
Gerbe needed just 1 hour and 50 minutes to pitch a 1-0 complete game shutout over the visiting Quincy Gems. This was the first win for Gerbe after 3 losses and snapped a 6 game home field Rifles losing streak.
The only run of the game scored in the bottom of the 2nd when, after a single by Brian Keeny and a double by Travis Scott, Keeny scored on a wild pitch with 1 out.
The Rifles outhit Quincy 8 to 5 and were led by Keeny Ryan Kendrick who each had 2 hits.
Quincy was led by Billy McKinney who also had 2 hits.
Rifles 3rd baseman Nick Wilz made several key plays to throw out potential runners.
Wednesday, July 6, 2005Final Wednesday Result
|In Danville tongiht, the Dans kept pace with the East Peoria Scrappers with an 8-7 win over the DuPage County Dragons. The win enabled the Dans to stay only a half game out of first place behind the Scrappers.
The Dans spotted the Dragons a 6-0 lead after three innings, but Danville rallied for an 8-7 victory before 625 at Danville Stadium. The comeback was capped by a Nick Hardy two-out single to left in the eighth inning, scoring pinch-runner Jake Tranchant from second base.
Danville reliever Mitch Moreland, who took the loss in Tuesday's game in Lisle, closed out the victory by striking out the side in the ninth inning to earn his second save.
DuPage built its 6-0 lead with a five-run second highlighted by a Cody Fielding two-run single and run-scoring hits from Eaton Rincon and Brian Shust.
The Dans started their comeback in the fourth on a solo home run by Chuck Sindlinger. After closing within 6-2, Danville put together a five-run fifth to take a 7-6 lead. Sindlinger, who was 2-for-4, had a two-run single to center in the inning as did Moreland. Sindlinger finished with 3 RBI and Moreland 2. Cory Barton added 2 hits.
For the Dragons, Eaton Rincon, Omar Arif and Joe Dunigan each had 2 hits. Fielding had 2 RBI.
Wednesday, July 6, 2005More Wednesday Results
|In Galesburg tonight, the Twin City Stars pounded out 16 hits and defeated the Galesburg Pioneers by a final score of 12-5. The Stars scored in 7 of the 9 innings, and overcame a 5-3 deficit after 2 innings pf play to win.
Sean McElyea (1-2) entered the game for the Stars in the 3rd inning and shut out the Pioneers on 2 hits over the final 7 innings to earn the win.
The Stars offense was led by Brian Dinkelman, Ross McCoy and Shan Sullivan who each had 3 hits and 2 RBI; Blake Nelson had 2 hits; Julian Brown had 2 hits and an RBI; and Nick Sandy had 2 RBI. McCoy homered for the Stars.
The Pioneers had 2 hits each from Lance Rhodes and Kevin Diete. Diete had 2 RBI as did Steven Scott.
Wednesday, July 6, 2005More Wednesday Results
|In Huntingburg, Indiana, the East Peoria Scrappers took back sole possession of first place with an 8-2 victory over the Dubois County Bombers. The game was close most of the way, but the Scrappers scored 4 runs in the 9th to put it out of reach.
Matt Reynolds pitched 7 innings, alloing 2 runson 5 hits to earn the win for the Scrappers and improve his record to 3-1. Leading the way offensively for East Peoria was Mike Massa with 2 hits and 4 RBI. The Bombers took an early 1-0 lead on a Mike Murray homer in the 1st inning. Massa started the Scrappers scoring with a bases loaded double in the 2nd inning to give East Peoria a 3-1 lead.
The Bombers scored a run in the 4th on a sacrifice fly by Kasey Wahl to pull within a run. The Scrappers made it 4-2 on a single by Ryan Curry in the 6th inning, and then iced it with 4 in the 9th on an RBI single my Massa, a 2 run double by Jeff Darnall and RBI single by C.J. Webb.
Darnall and Massa each had 3 hits, Webb and Ross Kelling each had 2 hits. For the Bombers, Murray had 2 hits out of the team's 5.
Wednesday, July 6, 2005Wednesday's Results
|In Quincy tonight, the Gems defeated the Springfield Rifles 4-3. The Gems scored the first run in the first off of a grounder by Nathan Emrick. The Rifles came back in the top of the 6ixth off a bloop single by Blaine Cravens, a hit and run single by Dock Doyle, a sac fly by Brian Keeny and a 2 RBI homer by Travis Scott.
The Gems came back in the bottom of the eighth to take the win off a lead off single by T.J. Kistner, Jason White was hit by a pitch, a 2 run triple by Emrick, an intentional walk of Mitch Hilligoss and an RBI single by Jay Molina.
The Gems' Bill McKinney (1-0) got the win and Jeff Niemiec the save (2).
Tuesday, July 5, 2005Tuesday on the See-Saw
|Action Tuesday night featured games between the top 4 teams in the league and the see-saw positioning of those 4 teams continued.
In Huntingburg, Indiana, the East Peoria Scrappers clawed back into a first place tie with the Dubois County Bombers with a 7-6 win in 10 innings. The Scrappers scored the winning run on a one-out double by leadoff batter Mike Massa and 2-out RBI single by C.J. Webb.
Relief pitcher Aaron Hines pitched 2 innings for the victory, allowing only 1 baserunner.
The Scrappers pounded out 15 hits and left 12 runners on base. Webb had 4 hits and 2 RBI; Ross Kelling had 3 hits and 2 RBI; and Shane Elenz also had 2 hits.
The Bombers, who led 6-1 after 6 innings, were led by Mike Murray with 2 hits; Ryan Basham had 2 hits and 3 RBI; and Cory Bunner had 2 hits and 2 RBI.
In Lisle, the Dupage Dragons came from behind to take the opening game of a three-game series with the Danville Dans. Trailing 2-0, the Dragons scored twice in the eighth to tie the game and scored a 3-2 decision in 11 innings.
The Dans took a 2-0 lead by scoring twice off of Miles Morgan in the sixth inning. Morgan lasted six innings, striking out five and walking one. Danville starter Grant Payton kept the Dragons off balance most of the night, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Albert Carrizales led off the frame with a double to break up the no-hit bid.
Carrizales was caught in a run down trying to advance to third and was tagged out when Eaton Rincon hit a chopper back to the mound. Omar Arif singled to move Rincon to second, and with two outs, Victor Ferrante hit a deep drive down the left field line that bounced off the fence to plate the tying runs.
In the 11th, Danville reliever Mitch Moreland gave up a leadoff single to Josh Wilson. With Eddie Smith attempting to bunt, Moreland walked him, moving runners to first and second. Geoff Dietz came to the plate also attempting to bunt, and also drew a walk. Carrizales then delivered again, lifting a fly ball to right that was deep enough to score Wilson with a sacrifice fly to give the Dragons the win.
Erik Paulson (2-0) pitched five innings of relief to earn the win and Player of the Game honors. Paulson allowed just two hits while striking out eight and walking just one.
The Dragons (12-7) totaled just four hits as a team, but moved to within a game and a half of first place Dubois County, who was defeated by East Peoria who also shares first. Victor Ferrante drove in two runs. Jake Tranchant was the only player on either team to register multiple hits.
In Galesburg, the Pioneers defeated the Twin City Stars 4-1 to earn their 3rd win of the season. Starting pitcher Lance Rhodes (1-1) went 7.1 innings, allowing only 4 hits and 2 runs. John King pitched the final 1.2 innings for his first save.
For the Pioneers, Ryan Bennett had 2 hits; Steven Scott had 2 hits and an RBI; and Shawn Altgilbers and Christopher Zellers each had a hit and RBI.
Kyle O'Brien had 2 hits and both runs for the Stars, with Gary Walz and Doug Eldridge picking up the RBIs.
In Springfield, the Quincy Gems outlasted the Springfield Rifles 10-7 tonight. Quincy had leads of 3-0 the tied at 3-3 then 6-3 and 6-5. The rifles tied the score at 7-7 in the bottom of the 7th when Brian Keeny singled to drive home Dock Doyle who had doubled. Quincy then took a 9-7 lead in the top of the 8th when the new DH Travis Sweet beat out a hit to shortstop with the bases loaded plating 2 runs. The bags were filled on a bunt single and 2 walks.
Quincy was led by Billy McKinney with 2 hits and 4 RBI; Nathan Emrick had 3 hits and an RBI; and Mitch Hilligoss had 2 hits and an RBI.
Reliever Bobby Mahon, who entered the game with 1 out and a runner on 1st in the 7th got 2 outs on a line drive double play and pitched the 8th and 9th for the victory, raising his record to 3-1.
Springfield was led by Keeny with 2 hits and 3 RBI and Blaine Cravens who also had 2 hits and 3 RBI.
Tuesday, July 5, 2005All-Star Squads Announced
|All-Star squads for the 2005 CICL All-Star Game were announced today. The squad was hand-picked by the coaches of the league via conference call. Stats shown include through July 4.
This year's game will be played at the Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle, home of the DuPage County Dragons. Game time is 7:00 PM. The Dinger Bats Home Run Derby will start the evening's festivities at 5:30 PM.
You can click 2005 All-Star Game to read the game summary and box score following the game.
From the DuPage County Dragons:
Miles Morgan, RHP, 3-1, 2.83 ERA
Omar Arif, LHP, 2-0, 1.08 ERA
Brian Shust, OF, .328, 9 RBI
Adam Summers, RHP, 2-0, 3.05 ERA
Ruairi O'Connor, UTL, .260, 4 RBI
From the East Peoria Scrappers:
Shane Elenz, OF, .431, 13 RBI
Ryan Curry, 2B, .348, 13 RBI
Jeff Darnall, OF, .333, 15 RBI
Jacob Smith, C, .341, 8 RBI
C.J. Webb, 3B, .329, 16 RBI
Dallas Sims, RHP, 2-0, 2.70 ERA
Aaron Hines, RHP, 2-1, 1.74 ERA
From the Galesburg Pioneers:
Dale Reneau, RHP, 1-1, 2.50 ERA
Steven Scott, OF, .290, 10 RBI
David Fields, RHP, 0-3, 1.93 ERA
From the Twin City Stars:
Brian Dinkelman, SS, .380, 12 RBI
Dan Frega, RHP, 3-0, 1.89 ERA
Gary Cahoon, LHP, 2-1, 1.50 ERA
Chris Turner, C, .310, 6 RBI
Chris Bacigalupi, 1B, .259, 6 RBI
From the Danville Dans:
Justin Snyder, OF, .377, 14 RBI, 4 HR
Dusty Napoleon, 1B/C, .400, 16 RBI
Wes Roemer, RHP, 1-1, 1.50 ERA
Grant Payton, LHP, 1-1, 2.25 ERA
Matt Couch, RHP, 1-2, 2.70 ERA
Mitch Moreland, LHP, 1-0, 1.00 ERA
From the Dubois County Bombers:
Ryan Basham, OF, .406, 19 RBI, 4 HR
Mike Murray, SS, .344, 14 RBI
Kyle Smith, 2B, .315, 6 RBI
Nick Smith, C, .379, 10 RBI, 6 SB
Cory Bunner, OF, .304, 10 RBI, 6 SB
Kyle Jones, RHP, 2-0, 1.00 ERA
Corey Lewis, RHP, 2-0, 1.30 ERA
From the Quincy Gems:
Pat Tumilty, 1B, .377, 12 RBI
Mitch Hilligoss, SS, .333, 16 RBI, 7 SB
Nathan Emrick, OF, .307, 14 RBI
Bobby Mahon, LHP, 2-1, 2.77 ERA
From the Springfield Rifles:
Jeff Gerbe, RHP, 0-3, 2.59 ERA
Matt Dahlkamp, RHP, 2-2, 2.62 ERA
Ryan Hypke, SS/2B, .273, 4 RBI, 8 SB
Monday, July 4, 2005Players of the Week, Week #3
|The Player of the Week award for the Week #3 of the 2005 season goes to Ryan Basham of the Dubois County Bombers. For the week, the Lowell, Indiana, native batted .423 (11-26), had a slugging percentage of .615, was on base at a .516 percentage, scored 10 runs, drove in 7, had a homer and 16 total bases. His stats were in the top 5 players in 7 offensive categories.
Earlier this season, the outfielder from Michigan State set a league record by hitting 2 grand slams in the same game. For the season through July 4, Basham is now 2nd in average at .406 (28-69), tied for 2nd in slugging at .638, 2nd in on-base percentage at .506, leads the league in runs with 19, leads the league in hits with 28, leads the league in RBI with 19, is tied for the lead in homers with 4 and tied for the lead in total bases with 44. Ryan will be a junior this fall for the Spartans.
The Pitcher of the Week award for Week #3 goes to DuPage County Dragon right-hander Miles Morgan. Morgan earned the award on the strength of a 9-inning complete game 5-0 shutout over the Quincy Gems on June 29. In that game, Morgan allowed only 3 hits, fanned 6 and walked only 1 batter.
The win boosted Morgan's record to 3-1 for the season, tying him for the lead in victories. He leads the league in innings pitched at 28.2. Morgan, from Lubbock, Texas, will be a sophomore this fall at Texas Tech.
Monday, July 4, 2005July 4 Results
|Rain created a bit of havoc for baseball games as it did for annual fireworks displays across the midwest on Monday evening. The Springfield at DuPage doubleheader in Lisle was cut back to just one game, and the East Peoria at Dubois game in Huntingburg, Indiana, was shortened to 8 innings because of rain.
In the first of a 3-game series between 2 of the 3 teams tied for the CICL lead, the Dubois County Bombers defeated the east Peoria Scrappers 9-1. The Bombers scored in 5 of the 8 innings they batted and pounded out 13 hits. Ryan Basham had 3 hits including a homer and 3 RBO to lead the way. Nick Smith added 3 hits; Jeff Cunningham had 2 hits and 2 RBI; and Bruce Sprowl had 3 RBI.
The Dragons could muster only 1 hit off of starting and winning pitcher Corey Lewis, who pitched a complete game of 8 innings, striking out 8. The Scrappers scored on a hit batsman with the bases loaded in the inning they had the hit by Cory Kral and also received 2 walks.
The win put the Bombers a half game ahead of Danville who was idle today and a full game ahead of the Scrappers.
In Lisle, the Springfield Rifles snapped their 12 game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the DuPage County Dragons. The second game was postponed to August 2 (first game of the doubleheader that day) because of rain.
The Rifles got 6 strong innings of pitching from starter Matt Dahlkamp. Dahlkamp allowed 4 hits and 5 walks, but the Dragons left 9 on base in those 6 innings. Reliever Eric Lambert pitched the seventh inning for his second save of the year. The Dragons left 2 more men on base in the 7th.
Springfield scored a run in the 2nd on an RBI single by Blake Helm and 2 runs in the 6th on an RBI double by Helm and RBI single by Ryan Hypke. For the game, Hypke had 3 hits and Helm 2 hits. The Dragons had 5 hits, 3 by Brian Shust and 2 by Josh Wilson.
Monday, July 4, 2005Data Now Up-to-Date
|The box score and play-by-play for Saturday night's game between Galesburg and Quincy has now been posted to the site and league and team statisitics are now current and up-to-date.
2005 League Statistics
2005 Team Statistics
Sunday, July 3, 2005Three-Way Tie for League Lead
|In Huntingburg, Indiana, this evening, the Dubois County Bombers defeated the Danville Dans 4-2 to create a three-way tie for the league lead among the Dans, Bombers and East Peoria Scrappers who won earlier today. The Dans took 2 of 3 in the series with the Bombers.
The Bombers scored first tonight on a Nick Smith RBI single in the 3rd inning. The Dans tied the game in the 4th on an RBI single by Dusty Napoleon, and then took the lead 2-1 on a David Huffman RBI single in the 6th.
In the bottom of the 7th, Cory Bunner drove in the tying run with an RBI single. And then in the 8th inning, the Bombers broke the tie on back-to-back RBI doubles by Smith and Mike Murray.
Brent Wendholt earned the victory in relief to go 2-0 and Dusty Baker got the final 2 outs for his 4th save of the summer.
In Galesburg, Quincy completed its sweep of its 3 game series with the Galesburg Pioneers with a 9-2 win. Jason White led off the game with a homer and later had another hit and RBI. Nathan Emrick had an RBI double and 3 hits overall. Mitch Hilligoss had 2 RBI and Jake Owens had 2 hits. Starting pitcher Tim Smid went 7 innings allowing no earned runs for the victory to even his record at 1-1.
Kevin Diete had 2 of the team's 5 hits for the Pioneers who dropped their 8th in a row.
Sunday, July 3, 2005East Peoria Completes Sweep of Twin City
|In Normal Sunday afternoon, the East Peoria Scrappers completed the sweep of a 3 game series with the Twin City Stars with a 5-2 victory. The Scrappers win puts them only a half game behind league-leading Danville who plays this evening at Dubois County. A Dubois win in that game will create a 3-way tie for the first place.
The Stars got on the board first in the third when Brian Dinkelman and Gary Walz both singled. Chris Bacigalupi was hit by a pitch loading the bases. Dinkelman then scored on an East Peoria error.
Twin City held the lead until the 7th. With 1 out, East Peoria's Cory Kral singled. Mike Massa then reached on a fielder's choice and then stole second. The next Scrapper batter Jeff Darnall doubled, scoring Massa. C.J. Webb kept things going with a single, which scored Darnall.
Craig Rohren and Ryan Curry opened up the Scrapper 8th with singles. With runners at the corners, Jacob Smith came through with an RBI single which put East Peoria on top 3-1.
In the bottom of the 8th the Stars got within 1 run again on a "no-doubt about it" blast by Ross McCoy.
But the Scrappers answered with a couple of insurance runs in the 9th when with one out Darnall and Webb got back to back singles. An out later Rohren smacked a clutch 2-out double which scored Webb and pinch runner Scott Martin.
Cam Cheek picked up his 2nd win going 8 strong innings and only giving up 2 runs. Aaron Hines came on in the 9th to set Twin City down in order for his 3rd save.
For Twin City, McCoy had 2 hits and drove in 2 and Nick Achberger also contributed 2 hits. Darnall, Webb, Rohren, Curry and Kral each had 2 hits for East Peoria.
Saturday, July 2, 2005Dragons Sweep a Doubleheader
|The Dupage Dragons swept the Springfield Rifles in a doubleheader at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex on Saturday night. The Dragons came from behind in both games, winning 2-1 and 3-2.
Game One: Dupage 2, Springfield 1 (7 innings)
The Dragons fell behind in the first inning when Joey Albsmeyer singled and Ryan Hypke doubled to start the game. Dock Doyle flew out to Albert Carrizales, but Albsmeyer scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian Keeny. That would be the only run the Rifles would muster against the Dragon starter Omar Arif (2-0).
The Dragons would respond in the bottom of second to tie the game at one. Joe Dunigan walked with two outs and came around to score on the RBI double from Victor Ferrante.
The difference in the game would come in the bottom of the fourth inning. Josh Wilson popped out to start the inning and Ruairi O'Connor was hit by a pitch. O’Connor would advance to third on the double by Dunigan and come in to score on the RBI groundout by Ferrante.
Arif would shut down the Rifles over the final three frames for his second win on the season. Arif lasted all seven innings for the complete game, allowing seven hits and one run while striking out seven. Blaine Cravens (0-3) picked up a tough loss lasting six innings and allowing only three hits and two earned runs. He struck out five Dragon hitters, but also walked five.
Game Two: Dupage 3, Springfield 2 (7 innings)
The Dragons staged their second comeback victory of the day in the second game of the doubleheader against the Springfield Rifles winning 3-2. The Rifles jumped on the board with a first inning run off Dragons starter Adam Summers (2-0). Ryan Hypke singled and was brought home on a Brian Keeny fielder’s choice. The Rifles added their other run in the fifth with a Blake Helm RBI single.
The Dragons struggled against Rifles starter Jeff Gerbe as Gerbe did not allow a hit through the first five innings. The Dragons finally broke through in the sixth. Brian Flanagan started the inning off with a single and Eaton Rincon followed with a walk. After an Albert Carrizales strikeout and a Brian Shust foul out, Victor Ferrante beat out a slow grounder to third, scoring Flanigan. Rincon scored the tying run moments later when Omar Arif reached on a dropped third strike.
Ruairi O'Connor led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple into the right field corner. Josh Wilson drove in the winning run with a slow chopper to first. O’Connor was running on contact and although the throw beat O’Connor to the plate, Rifles catcher Dock Doyle could not hold onto the ball and O’Connor slid in safely for a Dragons sweep.
Dorsey Strickland (0-1) was hit with the loss for the Rifles, who have now lost 12 in a row. Summers allowed only one earned run for the second straight start for the Dragons.
Saturday, July 2, 2005Quincy defeats Galesburg
|Due to technical difficulties in Quincy tonight, I only have a little information regarding the game. Those difficulties didn't stop play on the field, however, as the Gems won their 3rd game in a row defeating the Galesburg Pioneers 2-1 with a run in the bottom of the 9th inning.
T.J. Kistner drew a 1-out bases loaded walk to drive in the game winner. The game's only other runs were scored by each team in the 1st inning. Galesburg drew first blood with a bases loaded walk by Christopher Zellers and Quincy pulled even in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Mitch Hilligoss.
Quincy's Robby Young picked up the win in relief. Nathan Beuster pitched 4.1 innings of 1-hit baseball, yielding to Young who retired all 9 men he faced.
The box score and play-by-play for this game will probably not be available until Sunday.
Saturday, July 2, 2005Danville takes League Lead
|Danville right-fielder Nick Hardy atoned for his 11th-inning error with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning to propel the Danville Dans to a 3-2 victory over the Dubois County Bombers in a matchup between the co-leaders in the CICL.
Hardy's fly ball to center scored Jeff Flagg, who had led off the inning with a double to center and he moved to third on Danny Worth sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk to Justin Snyder, Hardy drove a 1-0 pitch from Dubois County reliever Aaron Clark to center field, just deep enough to score Flagg.
Danville left-hander Mitch Moreland earned his first win of the year with three innings of shutout relief for the Dans. Clark (1-2) was tagged with the loss for the Bombers.
With the victory, Danville (13-4) moves one game ahead of Dubois County (12-5) in the CICL Standings as the two teams will complete their three-game series on Sunday in Huntingburg, Ind.
The Bombers rallied with two runs in the eighth off Danville reliever Jordan. A two-out single from Nick Smith scored Ryan Basham, who was 2-for-5, and Mike Murray also scored on a fielding error.
Danville had taken a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and fifth innings. David Huffman drove home the initial run of the game with a sacrifice fly, while the fifth-inning run scored on Chuck Sindlinger two-out single.
Saturday, July 2, 2005First Game Saturday
|In Saturday night action in East Peoria,
Jake Stewart, Aaron Saving, and Aaron Hines combined on a shutout to give the East Peoria Scrappers their 7th consecutive win, 2-0 over the Twin City Stars.
Stewart (2-0) worked quickly and efficiently through seven innings, scattering four hits and striking out four. The Scrappers offense scored both of their runs with two outs, one thanks to a clutch RBI single by Jake Smith.
Shane Elenz continued his torrid hitting, getting two hits and scoring a run. Ryan Curry and Jacob Smith also had two hits for the Scrappers. Brian Dinkelman and Nick Achberger both had two hits for the Stars.
Both sides played well defensively. In the top of the second, East Peoria shortstop Mike Massa went in the hole to his right and made a diving stop, then threw to first to get the runner. Brian Dinkelman had a nice diving stop to his left in the fourth for Twin City, and the Scrappers Ryan Curry had a great sliding catch in foul territory to end the Stars fifth inning.
Saturday, July 2, 2005Short Makes it to the Bigs
|Rick Short, who played for the Fairview Heights Mets in 1992 and briefly for the Champaign County Colts right before he signed a pro contract in 1994, finally made it to "the show" this past June 10. Called up by the Washington Nationals, Short singled and drove in a run in his first Major League plate appearance. Short was later sent back down to the minors but was recently called back in time for the Cubs series this weekend.
ESPN has a good article about Short and his long minor league career - Click here to read ESPN story.
Short's appearance brings the total to 155 CICL alumni that have gone on to play in the Major Leagues.
Saturday, July 2, 2005Final Friday Game
|In the third and final game Friday evening, the Quincy Gems scored a run in the bottom of the 8th inning to slip past the Galesburg Pioneers 3-2 at QU Stadium in Quincy in front of 2,625 fans.
The winning run scored on a Pat Tumilty single with 2 outs and 2 on, driving in Jason White who had led off the inning with a single. Jeff Niemiec, who enetered the game in the top of the 8th, earned his first win of the year. Bobby Mahon retired the final batter for his first save.
Galesburg scored its runs on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Bennett in the 3rd inning and an RBI double by Lance Rhodes in the 6th. Christopher Zellers had 2 of his team's 5 hits for the Pioneers. Tumilty and White had 2 hits apiece for the Gems. The other RBI for Quincy were by Anthony Albano and Jay Molina.
Friday, July 1, 2005Friday's Results
|On the campus of Illinois Wesleyan Friday evening, Ross Kelling connected for his league leading 4th homer of the season and the Scrappers walked home with a 13-5 victory over the Twin City Stars. Twin City out-hit East Peoria 11-8, but couldn't overcome the 13 walks given up by the Stars pitching staff.
The Scrappers did all their scoring in the middle frames, scoring 6 in the 4th, 5 more in the 5th and 2 in the 6th. They were led in hitting by 3 RBI by C.J. Webb and Shane Elenz who connected for 3 hits. Dallas Sims (2-0) picked up the victory going 6 innings, striking out 6 and allowing 3 runs. Brian Dinkelman had a double and 3 singles to lead the Stars offense. Blake Nelson and Julian Brown each had 2 hits for the Stars.
In Danville, the Dans defeated the visiting Dubois County Bombers 12-5 to pull into a tie for the league lead with the Bombers. The game was the first of a 3-game series in Danville between the league's top 2 teams thus far.
The Dans collected 12 hits and the Bombers had 13, but Danville bunched 6 of its hits together in a 9-run 6th inning to overcome a 4-3 deficit and go on to victory. The highlight of the inning was a 3-run homer by Justin Snyder after fouling off 8 pitches. Jake Tranchant as 2 hits and an RBI as did Cory Barton for the Dans. Five Bombers had 2 hits apiece including Chris Schmidt, Mike Murray, Nick Smith, Cory Bunner and Kyle Smith. Jeff Cunningham had a 2-run homer for the Bombers in a losing cause.
The winning pitcher was Chad Crosswhite, who pitched 5 innings of relief to earn the win, allowing only 1 run and striking out 7.
Friday, July 1, 2005Schedule Change!
|A major schedule change was announced today.
The game scheduled for Friday, July 15, between the Springfield Rifles and Dubois County Bombers at Springfield has been changed from Springfield to League Stadium in Huntingburg, Indiana.
Friday, July 1, 2005All_Star Game Coming Soon
|The 2005 CICL All-Star game is just around the corner! This year's game will pit the North squad made up of players from DuPage County, East Peoria, Galesburg and Twin City against the South squad made up of players from Danville, Dubois County, Quincy and Springfield.
Each roster will consist of 20 players selected by the coaches in a July 5 conference call. The manager of each team will be the manager of the team in each group who has the best record after games of July 10 are played. All other team managers will serve as coaches for their respective squads.
This year's game will be played at the Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle, home of the DuPage County Dragons. Game time is 7:00 PM. A home run derby will start the evening's festivities at 5:30 PM.
You can click 2005 All-Star Game to track the rosters selected and game summary and box score following the game.
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