Monday, July 31, 2006Stars Pound Out 14-5 Win at Galesburg
|The Twin City Stars pounded out 17 hits enroute to a 14-5 victory over the Galesburg Pioneers this evening in Galesburg.
Starter Scott Kuhns earned the win to improve to 5-3.
Four Stars players had 4 hits: Joey Railey, Ricky Angel, Kevin Diete and Mike McMillan. Diete had 4 RBI while Kyle Cherney, Ricky Angel and Mike McMIllan each had 2 RBI.
For Galesburg, Pedro Dager had 3 hits and Brian Harris, John Walsh and Bo Irons each had 2 hits. Harris and Walsh both hit solo homers.
The victory along with a victory by the DuPage County Dragons over Dubois County tonight left the Stars and Quincy both 1.5 games behind first place Danville, and only a half game behind second place DuPage as the season winds down to an end this week.
The top 4 teams qualify for the CICL Tournament beginning Monday, August 7.
Monday, July 31, 2006Dragons Slp By Bombers 3-1
|The DuPage Dragons set a franchise record for wins with a 3-1 victory Monday night over the Dubois County Bombers in Lisle. The Dragons won 22 games in their inaugural season last year.
The Dragons (23-17) didn’t waste anytime, scoring a run in the bottom of the first. Adam Buschini reached on a leadoff error by shortstop, Wes Fink. After Buschini stole second base, Kevin Dubler lined a double to left field to put the Dragons on top at 1-0.
Ethan Hollingsworth (5-2) threw six innings of one-run ball joining five other players with five wins this season, including teammate Andrew Beatty. Hollingsworth scattered four hits over six innings and struck out three batters, while walking one Bomber batter.
The Bombers (19-20) tied the game briefly with a single run in the third. Danny Bomback was hit by a pitch with one out and advanced to third on a Bradley Goldsmith double. Bomback scored from third on a wild pitch by Hollingsworth to tie the game at one.
DuPage answered with a run in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good. Buschini singled and advanced around the bases without a ball being put in ball. Buschini stole second base and eventually scored on back-to-back passed balls by Brad Sashko.
Chris Vaculik (3-2) went the whole way for the Bombers allowing three runs (two earned) over eight innings of work. Dragon hitters managed only five hits on Vaculik, but were aided by four walks.
The Dragons added another run in the fourth, which proved to be the final run of the game for either team. Ruairi O’Connor walked with one out and moved up to second base on a Chad Winkler groundout. Chad Bisnette followed with a bloop RBI single into right field to put the Dragons up 3-1.
Scott Boleski moved into second all alone with his sixth save of the year, working a perfect ninth inning.
Five different Dragons had hits in the game, with Kevin Dubler and Chad Bisnette providing the two runs batted in.
Kasey Wahl had a multi-hit game for the Bombers, going 2-4 with two singles.
Monday, July 31, 2006Gems win in 9th Inning
|The Quincy Gems defeated the Springfield Rifles 9-8 in the bottom of the ninth after the Gems got the walked Pat Minogue to third and the Rifles intentionally loaded the bases for an RBI grounder to second by Pat Tumilty that resulted in an error. Tumilty was 2-4 on the night with 4 RBI.
The Springfield Rifles scored first with three runs on five hits in the second inning. The inning was led off with a bloop single to left field by Justin Carr followed by a hard hit home run over the left field wall by Cory Coquillard. Then Ryan Gryzwa hit another duck snort to left and Casey Spears hit a looping liner over the second baseman's head. The final run in the inning was scored off of a sacrifice fly to right field by Kyle Dudley.
The Gems anwered back in the bottom of the inning scoring two runs off of a hit batsman, an RBI double into the right field corner by Jesse Seykora and and RBI single by Jeff Dietz.
The Rifles scored three again in the third. A single by Zach Stead, a walk and an RBI fielder's choice on an error by Ryan Gryzwa and a 2 RBI Single by Casey Spears did the damage.
Monday, July 31, 2006Players of the Week
|This week's Player of the Week Award is again shared between two players, Casey Spears of the Springfield Rifles and Kyle Cherney of the Twin City Stars.
Casey Spears batted .480 (12-25) to lead the league in hitting, led in runs scored with 8, led in hits with 12, led in stolen bases (tied) with 6, tied for 3rd in total bases with 12, was second in on-base percentage at .552, was 10th in slugging at .480 and was one of 12 players who hit a homer during the week. Spears is from Nokomis, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at Eastern Illinois University.
Cherney shares the award as a result of leading the league in total bases with 15, led the league in slugging at .714, tied for the lead in RBI with 7, was 7th in on-base percentage at .481, was 9th in hitting at .381, tied for 5th in runs with 5, tied for 6th in hits with 8 and was also one of 12 players who hit a homer. Cherney is from Crystal Lake, Illinois, and recently finished his career at Triton Community College.
The week's Pitcher of the Week Award is also shared between two players, Trevor Feeney of Twin City and D.J. Mauldin of DuPage County.
Feeney made 2 starts during the week, winning both of them, and pitched 14 innings allowing only 1 earned run. He struck out 15 batters in those 14 innings. Feeney is from Channahon, Illinois, and will be a junior this fall at Northern Illinois University.
Mauldin also made 2 starts for the week, also winning both of them and allowed only 2 earned runs. Mauldin also struck out 15 batters. DJ is from Livermore, California, and will be a sophomore this fall at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Sunday, July 30, 2006Sunday Results
|TWIN CITY 2, QUINCY 0
Another day, another sterling performance by a Twin City Star pitcher. This time Trevor Feeney (2-1) stole the show, going 7 strong innings holding the Gems to just 5 hits and allowing no one to cross home plate.
Feeney had an amazing first 3 innings, he struck out the first 4 batters he faced, then allowed a harmless fly ball to center, then struck out the next 4 batters, totalling 8 strikeouts in just 3 innings, he finished the game with 10.
Jeff Gordon pitched the final two innings, getting 4 strikeouts along the way and kept the Gems off the board to preserve a 2-0 victory and the shutout for the second game in a row for the Stars.
The only scoring in this one came in the third inning. Ryan Eigsti doubled to right center to lead off the inning. Next batter, Bobby Stevens, was hit by a pitch. Joey Railey sacrificed the runners to 2nd and 3rd. On the sacrifice Eigsti took a big turn around third and drew a throw which sailed over the head of Quincy third sacker Jesse Seykora, allowing Eigsti to score the first run of the game. With two outs Kyle Cherney made sure those runners would have scored anyway when he laced a double to center field which scored Stevens. Kyle Cherney and Ricky Angel had 2 hits and Cherney had the only RBI in the game.
DRAGONS 4, BOMBERS 2
Lisle, Ill. – The DuPage Dragons are now one step closer to the playoffs after a 4-2 win in Lisle over the Dubois County Bombers Sunday evening. The Dragons are now 3-3 against the Bombers this season.
D.J. Mauldin (3-3) was sharp for the Dragons on the hill, going eight innings allowing two unearned runs while striking out six.
The Dragons (22-17) scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings off Bomber starter, Ryan Morrison. Chad Winkler singled in the fourth while Adam Klein and Sean Osborne walked to load the bases. Morrison helped the Dragons by walking Jeff Carroll and Kevin Dubler to plate the first two Dragon runs.
Morrison (2-3) was charged with two more runs in the fifth. Dan Brewer singled and stole second and third before a Ryne White double to left. After a Chad Bisnette groundout, Morrison was lifted and replaced by Cory Julian. Julian promptly allowed a single by Winkler, scoring White to make it 4-0 Dragons.
Morrison went 4.1 innings for the Bombers, allowing four runs on seven hits. Morrison struck out five Dragon hitters, but walked seven in the process.
The Bombers (19-19) rallied late with two runs in the eighth. Wes Fink singled and Corey Bunner reached on a fielder’s choice. Bunner hit a groundball to short that was dropped by Jeff Carroll at second base. Fink moved up to third on the error and scored on a wild pitch by Mauldin. A pitch hit Bradley Goldsmith and John Cummins walked to load the bases with one out. Kasey Wahl followed with a groundout to third to score Bunner from third to cut the deficit to 4-2.
Dubois County threatened in the ninth off reliever, Jon Wano. Josh Irvin singled, Fink walked, and both moved up on a bunt by Bunner. Wano struck out Danny Bomback to end the game with runners at second and third.
Wano earned his first save of the season by working a scoreless ninth inning.
Chad Winkler was 3-3 for the Dragons with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. Ryne White, Jeff Carroll, and Kevin Dubler all had a run batted in for the Dragons.
Josh Irvin had three of the five Bomber hits including two doubles, which raised his total to a CICL-leading 14.
SPRINGFIELD SWEEPS 2 FROM GALESBURG, 12-5 and 8-1
The Rifles (15-23) used the big inning to take a doubleheader from the Galesburg Pioneers (14-24) by scores of 12-5 and 8-1 today in Springfield. The Rifles scored 9 runs on 5 hits and 1 error in the 2nd inning of game 1 and 8 runs on 6 hits and 1 error in the 5th inning of game 2.
The big inning of game 1 included 2 hit batters and 1 walk which brought home a run. RBI hits included an infield hit to the short stop by Ryan Gryzwa, a single down the right field line by Lance Rhodes, a bunt single to third base by Casey Spears, a single thru the right side by Kyle Dudley for 2 rbis, and a ground out to second base by Marcus Artner. Cory Coquillard homered to left center to drive home Justin Carr who had walked to end the Rifles scoring in the 6th inning.
Galesburg scored 2 runs in both the 4th and 6th innings with runs driven in by Austin Markel on a ground out, a single to left center by Brian Harris, a double to center field by Austin Markel and a single thru the middle by Ben Carruthers.
Hitting leaders for the Rifles were Casey Spears who was 2-3 with 1 RBI and 2 RUNS, Kyle Dudley, 2-4, with 2 RBIs and 1 RUN, Lance Rhodes, 2-4, with 1 RBI and 1RUN and Cory Coquillard, 1-1 with 3 RBIs and 2 RUNS.
Hitting leaders for the Pioneers were Ben Carruthers who was 3-4 with 1 RBI and Brian Clifford, 2-3, with 1 RUN.
Adam Tallman went 5 innings while giving up 3 runs, all unearned, to earn the victory to go to 2-4.
The big inning of game 2 included 1 hit batter which drove home a run, 1 walk and an error on the infield. RBI hits included a single to right field by Marcus Artner for 2 RBIs. After Galesburg changed pitchers Colby Luttrell drove home a run with a single to left field and Lance Rhodes' double to left center drove home 2 more runs to end the Rifles scoring in the 6th inning.
Galesburg scored their run in the 5th inning with an infield hit to the shortstop by John Walsh and then driven home by Pedro Dager with a single to center field.
Hitting leaders for the Rifles were Casey Spears who was 3-4 with 1 RUN, Marcus Artner, 2-3, with 2 RBIs and 1 RUN and Lance Rhodes, 1-2, with 2 RBIs.
Six Pioneers had 1 hit apiece with Pedro Dager having the RBI.
Chris Wright went 6 innings while giving up 5 hits and 1 run to go to 2-5.
Saturday, July 29, 2006Gems Defeat Bombers By 6-3 Score Again
|The Quincy Gems scored 3 in the 3rd and 3 in the 6th inning to defeat the visiting Dubois County Bombers this evening. The final score of 6-3 is the same result as Friday's game between the two teams battling for a post-season tournament spot.
The Bombers scored first on an RBI double by David Burns in the 1st inning. Burns had 3 hits for the game and a second RBI on a double later in the 6th inning.
Quincy's 3-run inning in the 3rd included an RBI double by Geoff Dietz and 2 runs scoring on 2 Bombers errors.
In the 6th inning with the game tied at 3, Pat Tumilty drove in the lead run with a double and then Jesse Seykora drove in the final 2 runs with a double.
Ryan Campbell had 2 hits for the Bombers while Eric Law was the only Gems player with 2 hits.
Starter Travis Sweet went 7 innings for the win to even his record at 1-1. Matt German picked up his league-leading 8th save. Jeremy Kuester was charged with the loss.
Saturday, July 29, 2006Pioneers Stop Dans 5-4
|John Walsh and Pedro Dager had run-scoring singles in the eighth inning to lead the Galesburg Pioneers to a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the CICL leading Danville Dans.
Danville's Bryce Stowell suffered his first loss of the year, going 7 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs, while striking out 10.
Galesburg's Davy Fields threw two shutout innings of relief to improve his record to 3-2. Pioneers starter Mitchell Bialosky allowed four runs in seven innings.
Danville had taken a 4-3 lead on Galesburg with a two-run sixth inning as Wyn Diggs delivered a run-scoring double and Evan Button followed with a sacrifice fly to left.
The two runs for the Dans came right after the Pioneers had taken a 3-2 lead on Nate Marquardt's two-run homer to left.
Brian Clifford, Walsh and Dager each led Galesburg's offense with two hits each.
Danville managed just six hits in the contest, three of those were doubles, including a run-scoring two-base hit by Billy Alvino in the first inning.
Saturday, July 29, 2006Rifles and Stars Split a DH
|Twin City and Springfield split a doubleheader this afternoon at on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan, the Rifles taking the first game 6-4 and the Stars winning the nite cap 1-0 on a 2-hit shut out by Ben Reeser.
In the first game Springfield built a 5 run lead by the third inning and looked like they had this one on the bank. In the bottom of the third Kyle Cherney connected for a 3 run blast (his first of the year), to bring the Stars within 2. But Springfield hurler Ramon Delgado settled down and kept the Stars off the board until the final inning. Delgado (4-3) struck out 7 Stars and went the distance for the Rifles. Casey Spears had 3 hits and Marcus Artner drove in 3 to pace the Rifles in the victory
The second game was all Ben Reeser (1-1); the Twin City hurler went the distance, only allowing 2 hits while striking out 4 in his 7 innings of shut out baseball. Reeser was matched almost pitch by pitch by the Springfield's Matt Enderle (0-4) who was the hard luck loser, despite only allowing 2 hits and no earned runs. Bobby Stevens led off the game with a single, but that was the only hit he allowed until the 7th inning. The Stars only run was scored courtesy of a couple of fielding miscues by Springfield in the third inning.
Friday, July 28, 2006Dans Sneak By Stars 5-4
|The Danville Dans maintained their control of the CICL and snapped a two-game losing streak with a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Twin City Stars.
Danville's David Harris scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning on a wild pitch after he had delivered a two-out triple to right-center.
Kelby Mack sealed the victory in the ninth, allowing only a one-out double by Twin City center fielder David Brumagin.
Danville tied the game in the seventh when Billy Alvino, who was 3-for-4, singled to center scoring Garrett Gipe, who started the inning by getting drilled for the 13th time this season.
The Stars had built leads of 3-1 and 4-2 with Brumagin delivering a two-run single in the Twin City 3-run third inning and Ricky Angel producing a two-out, run-scoring hit in the sixth.
The Dans came back with a solo home run by Denny Duron in the fourth to pull within 3-2 and then Billy Alvino scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to cut the Stars' lead to 4-3.
Danville's David Dinelli allowed just one run on two hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief, but the victory was earned by David Born who came on to retire the last batter in the top of the 8th and was the pitcher of record as Danville took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning.
Twin City starter Mike Manns got a no decision after going six innings and allowing three runs on six hits.
Danville's magic number to claim its second straight CICL title is five.
Friday, July 28, 2006Dragons 7, Pioneers 2
|In Galesburg this evening, the DuPage County Dragons continued their surge towards 1st place with a 7-2 victory over the Galesburg Pioneers. The win left the Dragons alone in 2nd place two games behind first-place Danville.
The Pioneers took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning on a 2-run double by Nate Marquardt but could not score again against starter Ian Berger and relievers Jon Wano and Scott Boleski. Berger pushed his record to 4-1 allowing only 1 earned run in 7 innings, striking out 7 Pioneers. Cole Stipovich took the loss.
The Dragons got on the board on an Adam Buschini RBI groundout in the 4th inning and tied the score on another RBI groundout by Buschini in the 6th.
In the 7th, Adam Klein singled home the go-ahead run. A second run scored on an error and the 3rd run of the inning scored on a squeeze bunt by Sean Osborne.
The Dragons finished the scoring with 2 runs in the 9th, one on a dropped fly ball (sac fly) RBI by Kevin Dubler and another RBI by Buschini on a sac fly as well.
Friday, July 28, 2006Gems defeat Bombers 6-3 at Home
|The Dubois County Bombers' came out swinging in the first scoring three runs but were shut down for the rest of the game. Quincy Gems pitchers only allowed 5 hits and 5 base runners for the rest of the game.
The Bombers come out to a first inning 3 run lead with a double off the right field wall by Bradley Goldsmith who then stole third and came home on a wild pitch. A walk to Kasey Wahl and a right field single by David Burns followed by a balk call then put runners at second and third. Bombers thirdbaseman Ryan Campbell was then gifted with two RBI from an infield hit redirected off the pitchers foot that tailed into left field scoring both runners.
The Gems answered back in the bottom of the first but were only able to come up with one off a deep center field triple by Jake Owens who scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the second, the Gems continued to nibble at the Bombers lead after a high hopping ground ball was flubbed by the shortstop and a Jesse Seykora RBI double to right-center field. Eric Law advanced Seykora to third but was picked off first base while bluffing a steal. Gems first base coach, Jason Smith was ejected from the game after arguing a delayed third strike appeal to the field umpire to end the inning stranding Seykora at third.
In the bottom of the third back-to-back two-out walks to Dan Quinn and Pat Tumilty cost the Bombers the lead after an RBI single by Travis Sweet and a throwing error on a double steal scored Pat Tumilty.
The Gems tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth after Travis Sweet singled and went to second on a stolen base. He rounded third to score off of an Eric Law high chopper infield single that was too hot to handle by the second baseman.
Again in the bottom of the seventh the Gems added another run but left the bases loaded. Scott Simon started the inning with a single to the left side and Dan Quinn moved him to third with a double down the right field line that got into the corner. Simon scored off of a sacrifice fly by Travis Sweet.
Starter Tyler Cox settled down after the 3 runs in the 1st and pitched 6 shutout innings to earn the victory and move to 3-1. Matt German earned his 7th save. Brandon Cooney took the loss for the Bombers.
Thursday, July 27, 2006Gems Slip by Pioneers 7-4
|In Galesburg this evening, the Quincy Gems scored 2 in the 4th and 4 in the 6th to overcome deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 to defeat the Pioneers by a score of 7-4.
Nick Dunning pitched 7 innings striking out 10 to earn the victory and even his record at 3-3 and Matt German earned his 6th save. Bret Harvel took the loss to move to 2-3.
Dan Quinn hit a 2-run homer in the 3rd to start the comeback and later had a 2-run single in the 6th. The first Gems run was also driven in by Quinn with a single in the 1st inning to give him 5 RBI on the evening. Other RBI were by Pat Minogue on a sacrifice fly and Jake Owens on an RBI double.
Quinn had 4 hits, Owens 3 hits, and Scott Simon and Kevin Hoef each added a pair of hits.
Galesburg got a 2-run homer by Scott Gracey and an RBI single by Brian Harris and RBI triple by Austin Markel.
Thursday, July 27, 2006Dubois 2, Twin Cities 1
|A scheduled doubleheader in Normal tonight was reduced to just 1 game when a sudden cloud burst made the field unplayable. A makeup date has not been determined.
The game that was played saw a pitching duel between Dubois County's Brett Reilley and Twin City's Alex Guttosch, with Reilley coming out on top in overtime by the score of 2 to 1.
The Bombers got on the scoreboard first with a run in the second, when David Burns lead off the inning with a solild single to left. Burns was erased on a fielders choice on a ground ball by Ryan Campbell, a throwing error advanced Campbell to second and he scored on a double to right center, off the bat of Josh Irvin.
Twin City tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. Brett Lancaster doubled to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to third by Joey Railey. Bobby Stevens then came through with a clutch single to score Lancaster.
Both pitchers worked out of jams in the 7th inning, to keep the score knotted at 1 and send the game into extra innings.
The Bombers wasted no time quickly regaining the lead in the top of the 8th. A walk to Kasey Wahl and a fielding error by Twin City put runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out. Ryan Campbell put more pressure on the Twin City squad by successfully sacrficing the runners to third. The Bombers next batter Josh Irvin was hit by a pitch, loading the bases, thats when Daniel Bomback came through for the Bombers with a game-winning single.
Brett Reilley improved his record to 5 and 1, while Shawn McElyean took the loss for the Stars.
Thursday, July 27, 2006Rain
|The Springfield Rifles game against the Danville Dans tonight was cancelled due to wet grounds. The game on Tuesday Aug. 1 will now be a DH starting at 5pm.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006Rifles Beat Dragons 7-6
|Lisle, Ill. – The DuPage Dragons fell short in their comeback bid Wednesday night against the Springfield Rifles dropping a 7-6 decision. The Dragons are now 8-9 at the Village of Lisle – Benedictine University Sports Complex.
The Dragons (20-17) scored a run in the final three frames, but it wasn’t enough. Trailing 7-5 entering the bottom of the ninth, Ryne White led off with a walk and Adam Klein reached on a fielding error by Kyle Dudley. Both runners would advance on a passed ball by Zach Stead and White scored on a wild pitch by Rifle reliever, Lance Rhodes.
Rhodes settled down with the tying at third, striking out Chad Bisnette for the second out. Ruairi O’Connor lifted the first pitch into left field and Justin Carr made a diving catch to save the game for the Rifles.
The Rifles (12-22) broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth with four runs. Colby Luttrell doubled, Zach Stead singled, and Justin Carr walked to load the bases with no outs. After a Cory Coquillard strikeout, Rhodes singled to score one run with another scoring on a throwing error by Dan Brewer. Ryan Gryzwa sacrificed in another to make it 6-3 Rifles.
Dragon starter, Brett Graffy (1-3) allowed another run on an RBI single by Casey Spears. Graffy lasted six innings allowing seven runs (five earned) on ten hits, recording five strikeouts while only walking one.
Springfield struck first with two runs in the third inning on an RBI single by Kyle Dudley. Gryzwa singled with one out and Spears’ sacrifice bunt was botched by Graffy, moving the runners to second and third. Dudley followed with his second hit of the game scoring the two runs.
The Dragons recovered with one run in the bottom half of the third. O’Connor singled and Sean Osborne walked and both advanced 90 feet on an Adam Buschini sacrifice bunt. Jeff Carroll grounded out to third scoring O’Connor from third.
Springfield starter, Mark Lowry (2-1) held down the Dragons for seven innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven Dragon hits. Lowry struck out seven hitters and walked three in the game.
The Dragon bullpen held down the Rifles in the final three innings. Peter Wolff and Matt Jernstad combined for seven strikeouts and two hits allowed over the final three frames.
Josh Hake allowed an unearned run in the eighth and Lance Rhodes earned his second save of the season despite allowing a run in the ninth.
Casey Spears, Kyle Dudley, and Lance Rhodes each had two hits for the Rifles, with Dudley supplying two runs batted in as well.
Adam Buschini and Dan Brewer each had two hits in the loss for the Dragons. Brewer also had two RBI in the contest.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006Bombers Win Second Straight vs. Dans 4-1
|In Huntingburg, Indiana tonight before 495 fans, Brent Wendholt pitched seven strong innings to lead the Dubois County Bombers to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Danville Dans. The first inning saw first place Danville (22-15) strike early as shortstop Evan Button led with a walk, stole second and third and scored on an infield out. It was Button’s 19th stolen base of the season in 24 attempts. The Bombers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the first as Ryan Campbell singled with the bases loaded to drive in Wes Fink and Bradley Goldsmith.
Wendholt and his Danville counterpart Tanner Roark both threw scoreless baseball through the next six innings but not without some anxious moments. In the second, the Bombers loaded the bases with one out on singles by Cameron Howell, Goldsmith and Langdon Potts. But Roark bore down getting Fink on a strikeout and Kasey Wahl on fly ball to end the threat.
In the sixth, Danville threatened when the pesky Button singled, moved to second on a balk and, after a fly out to left field, stole third. After Garret Gipe walked, Wendholt got Wyn Digs to hit a ground ball to shortstop Fink who, along with second baseman Potts ended the threat with an inning ending double play.
The Bombers (18-16) increased their lead to 4-1 in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Campbell and an RBI single by Cameron Howell. Aaron Clark pitched the final two innings and closed the door on the Dan’s allowing no base runners to pick up his first save.
The Bombers were led by Bradley Goldsmith who was 3-4 on the night and Cameron Howell who had two hits and an RBI and has 5 hits in his last 8 at bats. Ryan Campbell proved clutch for the second night in a row with 3 RBI’s.
Danville designated hitter Wyn Diggs led the way with two of the four hits allowed by Bomber pitching. Wendholt improved his record to 5-3 while Roark dropped to 2-5.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006Gems Pound Pioneers 12-2
|Tonight in Quincy, Gems Starting Pitcher Ryan Myers kept Galesburg's bats silent through 7 and 2/3 innings, shutting the Pioneers out though seven innings and only allowing 3 hits and 2 runs in the eighth. The Gems however had no problems finding hits, scoring 12 runs on 11 hits.
The Gems came out to a three run third inning lead off of a double by Pat Minogue, an error, a single by Scott Simon and a 2 RBI single by Pat Tumilty.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Gems stretched their lead scoring 5 more runs on 4 hits. Scott Simon started things off with an one out single up the middle. After Dan Quinn walked, Pat Tumitly had his second hit of the evening, singling to right field. Some agressive base running by Sinon and Quinn led to an attempted putout at second base resulting in an error and Simon scored on the error. Simon's run would be earned though after Travis Sweet doubled to left field scoring Tumitly and Quinn. At this point, the Pioneers pulled their pitcher, Kyle Zilis because of a hand injury and brought in John Ramirez who pitched the remainder of the inning, only giving up an RBI groundout and an RBI single to center by Kevin Hoeff.
The Gems scored 4 more in the bottom of the seventh after two walks and a Kevin Hoef single and the pinch hitter, Nick Dunning hit a towering Grand Slam over the left field wall.
Galesburg finally got on the board in the top of the eighth scoring two with a single by Scott Gracey, a walk and a 2 RBI Double by Brian Clifford.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006Bombers Stay Close with 5-4 Victory at Danville
|The Dubois County Bombers snapped its four-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory in 10 innings against the Danville Dans on Tuesday night.
Ryan Campbell, who had been 0-for-4 with four groundouts, came through with a two-out single to left in the 10th inning scoring Kasey Wahl, who got the inning started with two-out infield single.
Danville (22-14) attempted a 10th-inning rally, loading the bases with one out against Dubois reliever Jeremy Kuester with singles by Steven Watson, David Harris and an intentional walk to Jon Moore.
Kuester got out of the jam by striking out Nick Hardy and getting Garrett Gipe, who had a solo home run in the seventh inning, to fly out to left.
The Bombers (17-16) tied the game in the ninth when Josh Irvin, who had been 0-for-3, delivered a one-out double to center scoring pinch-runner Langdon Potts.
Danville's Denny Duron and David Harris led the Dans offensively with three hits and Harris and Evan Button each recorded three stolen bases.
The Bombers were led offensively by Kasey Wahl and David Burns with two hits each, while Wes Fink had a two-run double in the fifth inning.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006Dragons Top Rifles 4-1
|The DuPage Dragons used stolen bases, walks and timely hitting to break a 1-1 tie and score a single run in the 6th and 2 runs in the 7th for a 4-1 victory in Springfield over the Rifles. DuPage out hit the Rifles 8-7 and both teams had many scoring chances as each team stranded 11 runners. DuPage also had 9 stolen bases, with Adam Klein having 3, to 4 for the Rifles. DuPage received 9 walks to 5 for the Rifles.
DuPage took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd as Greg Zage led off with a double to center field and was driven in by Chad Bisnette's single to left field. The Rifles tied the score in the 4th when Marcus Artner led off with a single thru the right side. Zach Stead followed with a single to right field to send Artner to 3rd, who then scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Colby Luttrell.
Dan Brewer led of the 6th with a single thru the middle and stole 2nd and 3rd base while the next 2 batters struck out and walked. Chad Winkler put the Dragons ahead 2-1 with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The first 3 batters for the Dragons walked to start the 7th inning and Dan Brewer drove home 2 RBIs with a single down the left field line. The next batter flew out to left field and the next batter grounded into a 5-3 double play to end the threat and the scoring.
Andrew Beatty who started for the Dragons, went 6 inning while allowing 1 run, to advance his record to 5-1. Scott Boleski pitched the 9th inning to earn his 5th save. Rifles starter Chris Wright went 5.2 inning while giving up 2 runs and reliever Lance Rhodes pitched the final 3 scoreless innings.
Dragons hitting leaders were Dan Brewer who was 2-5 with 2 RBIs and 1 RUN and Adam Buschini who was 2-4. Casey Spears, 2-5, was the only Rifle with more than 1 hit.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006Pioneers Stop Stars 7-4
|Galesburg scored 3 runs in the 5th inning to overcome a 1-0 deficit and then added 2 more in the 7th and 8th innings to take a 7-2 lead into the 9th inning and went on to defeat the Twin City Stars in Galesburg this evening by a final score of 7-4.
Starter Dan Schwartz went 7 innings allowing only 1 run on 6 hits and 7 strikeouts to improve his record to 3-3. Scott Kuns took the loss.
The Pioneers received 2 RBI on a triple by Brian Harris in the 5th inning and single RBI by Scott Gracey, Brian Clifford and Ben Carruthers. Bo Irons and Carruthers each had 2 hits; Clifford had a triple.
For the Stars, Bobby Stevens had 2 singles; Kyle Cherney and Kevin Diete each had 2 hits including doubles ; Diete had 2 RBI while Stevens and Ricky Angel each had 1 RBI.
Monday, July 24, 2006Player and Pitcher Awards
|The Player of the Week Award for games ending Sunday, July 23, is shared once again, this time between Pat Tumilty of the Quincy Gems and Greg Zage of the DuPage County Dragons.
In 8 games for the week, Tumilty led the league in slugging at .870, led in on-base percentage at .581, led in homers with 3, was 3rd in average at .435 (10-23), was 4th in total bases with 20 and was 2nd in walks with 7. Tumilty is from Naperville, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at the University of Evansville.
In 9 games this week, Zage was 2nd in average at .467 (14-30), 3rd in slugging at .700, 6th in on-base percentage at .484, 2nd in hits with 14, tied for 2nd in RBI with 9, tied for 2nd in homers with 2 and was 3rd in total bases with 21. Zage is from Lake Forest, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at Davidson.
For the second time this season, Bryce Stowell wins the Pitcher of the Week Award. Stowell made 2 starts during the week, winning both of them to improve to 5-0 on the season. In 14 innings pitched this week, Stowell allowed only 8 hits and 2 unearned runs to lower his season ERA to a league-leading 0.45, more than a run lower than the nearest competitor. In those 14 innings, Stowell fanned 20 hitters to increase his total to a league-leading 53 k's. Batters are hitting .115 off of the right-hander. Stowell will be a sophomore this fall at Pepperdine and hails from LaHabra, California. Bryce was also the Pitcher of the First Half this season.
Monday, July 24, 2006Dragons Stave Off Rifles 6-5
|The Dupage Dragons scored 5 runs, on 6 hits, in the 4th inning and then hung on for a 6-5 victory in Springfield against the Rifles.
The Rifles scored single runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings to cut the lead to 5-3. Adam Buschini hit a home run in the top of the ninth for a 6-3 lead then the Rifles scored 2 runs on a two out base hit to center field by Marcus Artner and a home run to right field by Colby Luttrell.
The Dragons scored 5 runs starting with a leadoff double down the left field line by Jeff Carroll. Kevin Dubler then singled to right field and Ryne White doubled to left field for 1 RBI. After a popup out, White advanced and Dubler scored on a wild pitch. Ruairi O'Connor then singled thru the left side for 1 RBI then Greg Zage singled to right field. After O'Connor and Zage each stole a base, Chad Winkler struck out for the second out. Klein then singled up the middle for 2 RBIs and then stole second base. After Buschini walked, Rifles pitcher Adam Tallman was replaced by Joe Froelich who got the final out on a fielders choice at third base unassisted.
The Rifles scored single runs driven in with a single thru the left side by Justin Carr, a double to center field by Marcus Artner and a balk.
D. J. Mauldin pitched 7 innings, giving up 3 runs for the win to go to 2-3 with Peter Wolff pitching the ninth inning for his 1st save.
Hitting leaders for DuPage were Adam Klein who was 2-4 with 2 RBIs and Greg Zage who was 2-4.
Springfield was led by Kyle Dudley who was 3-4 with 1 RBI and Marcus Artner who went 3-5 with 1 RBI and 1 RUN. Colby Luttrell was 1-4 with 2 RBIs and 2 RUNS.
Monday, July 24, 2006Stars Down Gems 9-1
|On the campus of Illinois State University, The Twin City Stars scored 5 times in the third inning and never looked back, winning going away by the score of 9 to 1.
Kyle Cherney's first triple of the season was the big blow of the inning which had the Stars connecting for 5 straight hits.
In the 4th inning Bobby Stevens went deep for the second time this year, extending the Stars lead to 6-1. Two more runs in the 7th and 1 in the eighth sealed the deal for the Stars who remain in second place in the standings.
Trevor Feeney (1-1) kept the Quincy bats quiet, going 7 strong innings and allowing only 1 earned run on seven hits while striking out 5 Gems.
Bobby Stevens and Ricky Angel each had 3 hits and an RBI to lead the Stars offense. Dan Quinn had 3 hits in a losing effort for Quincy.
Monday, July 24, 2006Rifles to Host Pioneers for DH on July 30
|The Galesburg Pioneers at Springfield Rifles game that was rained out on July 20 will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, July 30 beginning at 1:00 PM.
Sunday, July 23, 2006Dragons and Stars Split a Pair
|Lisle, Ill. – The DuPage Dragons split an unusual doubleheader with the Twin City Stars at the Village of Lisle – Benedictine University Sports Complex Sunday night. The Dragons dropped game one 8-2 and won 4-2 in the nightcap.
The Dragons (17-16) started the first game in an 8-0 hole due to rain that delayed the game on June 17th. Action resumed in the bottom of the fourth, with the Stars cruising to an 8-2 win.
The Stars (18-13) scored seven runs in the top of the fourth while the rain was falling in Lisle and sent 11 hitters to the plate. The first five batters reached base safely and eventually scored in the inning. Tristan Facer, Ryan Eigsti, Joey Railey, and Kyle Cherney all had an RBI.
Brett Graffy (1-2) was saddled with the loss, working the first four innings allowing eight runs (four earned) on seven hits.
The Dragons scored the only runs when play resumed today, scoring two runs in the eighth. Adam Klein led off with a walk and scored on an RBI triple by Sean Osborne. Osborne scored on a groundout by Greg Zage for the only runs after the fourth.
Tristan Facer (1-2) earned the win going five innings out of the bullpen, allowing the two runs while striking out six hitters.
Michael O’Leary was solid out of the Dragon bullpen, throwing five scoreless innings on five Star hits.
Ian Berger (3-1) led the way for the Dragons in game two, tossing six innings on six hit ball. Berger allowed two runs and struck out three hitters in the process.
The Dragons (18-16) struck first with two runs in the first inning. Sean Osborne walked and Adam Buschini singled after Osborne stole second base. With runners at the corners, Kevin Dubler grounded out to first to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead. Dan Brewer singled to score Buschini to make it 2-0.
The Stars (18-14) bounced back quickly with a run of their own in the second. Rob Brockel doubled with two outs and scored on an RBI single by Brett Lancaster to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Twin City added another run in the third. Joey Railey led off with a singled and moved to second on a Kyle Cherney walk. Michael Stalowy singled in Railey with two outs to tie the game at two.
Ben Reeser (0-1) allowed a run in the fifth before departing after five innings in his second start. Kevin Dubler singled with the bases loaded to score Chad Winkler to give the Dragons a one-run lead. Reeser allowed three runs in all on five Dragon hits.
The Dragons added a run in the sixth off reliever, Rob Brockel. Brewer singled and was sacrificed to second by Chad Bisnette. After a Ruairi O’Connor flyout, Greg Zage singled to right field to score Brewer.
Scott Boleski pitched a scoreless seventh for his fourth save.
Kevin Dubler had two runs batted in for the Dragons. Dan Brewer was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Joey Railey had two hits for the Stars in a losing effort going 2-4 with a run scored.
Sunday, July 23, 2006Rifles Beat Bombers 8-5
|In Huntingburg, Indiana this afternoon the Springfield Rifles jumped ahead early and managed to hold off the Bombers by a score of 8-5. The Rifles pushed across single runs early and with a 2-0 lead going into the fifth added five more on doubles by Kyle Dudley and Colby Luttrell and singles by Michael Brumleve, Marcus Artner and Zach Stead to up their lead to 7-0.
Ramon Delgado started for the Rifles and carried a perfect game into the fifth inning. But the Bombers fought back and got to Delgado as Danny Bomback ended the perfect game with a leadoff walk. David Burns then singled to break up the no hitter and singles by Ryan Campbell, Wes Fink and Cory Bunner sparked a five run inning to put the Bombers back in the game. In the seventh, the Bombers missed a golden opportunity when they loaded the bases on three walks. But with two outs Rifles catcher Zach Stead dashed the Bomber’s hopes with a perfect pickoff play to nail the runner at first base and end the threat. The Rifles then pushed across one more run in the eighth when Kody McManis singled, stole second and scored on Lance Rhodes’ double.
Marcus Artner and Michael Brumleve each had 2 hits to lead the Rifles attack. Wes Fink led the Bombers at the plate going 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Cory Bunner drove in two runs.
Lance Rhodes pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Ramon Delgado to pick up the save. Delgado improved his record to 3-3. Ryan Morrison started for the Bombers and took the loss dropping his record to 2-2.
Sunday, July 23, 2006Pioneers Top Gems 8-2
|In Galesburg on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Galesburg Pioneers beat the Quincy Gems 8-2 behind 6 strong innings of pitching by starter Mitch Bialosky and 3 RBI by Frankie Meade.
Bialosky allowed only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 10 Gems. Relievers Bret Harvel, Davy Fields and Bryce Ahrendt each pitched an inning to close out Quincy and improve the Pioneers to 12-19.
Galesburg scored 2 in the first inning on an RBI double by Meade and an RBI single by Nate Marquardt. The Pioneers added 4 more in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Scott Gracey, an RBI single by John Walsh and a 2-run homer by Meade.
Tony Vercelli homered leading off the Pioneer seventh and the 8th run scored on an RBI groundout by Gracey.
Meanwhile, the Gems scored its 2 runs on solo homers by Pat Tumiltyin the second inning and by Scott Simon in the 8th.
Tumilty had 3 hits for the Gems. Gracey, Walsh and Meade each had 2 hits for the Pioneers.
Sunday, July 23, 2006Gems and Dans Split Two In Danville
|In Danville this evening, the Danville Dans and Quincy Gems split a doubleheader with Quincy winning the opener 4-0 and Danville the nitecap 8-1.
In the first game, Quincy's Tyler Cox pitched 6 innings of shutout baseball allowing 5 Danville hits and 6 walks but wiggled out of several jams before giving way to Matt German who pitched the final inning to preserve the victory. The Gems only had 4 hits but got 3 of them in the 6th inning in scoring all 4 runs. After Jake Owens broke the ice with a bases loaded walk, Eric Law got a huge 2-run single to make the score 3-0. The 4th run scored when Zach Walton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Dans bouced back in the nitecap behind another superb performance by Bryc Stowell who ran his record to 5-0 for the summer pitching 6 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 unearned run. Danville scored 2 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd, 3 in the 5th and the 8th run in the 6th.
Evan Button had 2 hits and 3 RBI for Danville, including a solo homer. Danville scored 2 runs on errors and 2 runs on wild pitches. Garrett Gipe also had an RBI single.
Saturday, July 22, 2006Dragons Sweep Bombers in Huntingburg
|At League stadium the Dupage Dragons took the first game of two from the Bombers with a score of 3-1. Brett Reilley kept the Dragons’ bats silent for the first three innings but they managed to score one run in both the fourth and fifth innings giving them a two run lead. Matt Jernstead matched Reilley pitch for pitch as he kept the Bombers off the scoreboard in his six innings of work. In those six frames he struck out three and allowed on three hits.
Wes Fink led the Bombers at the plate with a 2-3 and one RBI. The Dragons had four players with two or more hits and were led by catcher Kevin Dubler as he drove in two of the three runs.
In the nightcap of the double header the Bombers dropped a close one by the score of 5-2. The Dragons’ first baseman Greg Zage doubled his homerun total for the season by belting two out of League Stadium. He compiled a total of three RBI’s as he went 2-3 at the plate. Ethan Hollingsworth pitched a complete game allowing two runs and striking out seven.
Catcher Cameron Howell had a perfect night at the plate for the Bombers. He hit safely in all three at bats and drove in a run. Kasey Wahl followed close behind with a 2-3 night and one RBI.
Saturday, July 22, 2006Stars Top Pioneers 2-1 Saturday Afternoon
|On a lazy summer's afternoon at Jack Horenberger Field in Bloomington, Mike Manns (3-1) pitched a 2-1 jewel, going 8 innings, striking out 6, while allowing only 7 hits. The only blemish, a Galesburg run in the 2nd inning which gave the Pioneers a temporary 1-0 lead.
Manns was matched pitch-by-pitch by Galesburg's hurler, Cole Stipovich, who also only allowed 1 run in 7 innings of work.
Twin City tied the game in the sixth, when Kyle Cherney lead off the inning with a walk, one out later Kevin Diete singled to right field, but the throw from Galesburg's right fielder, Tony Vercelli nailed Cherney at the plate, preserving for the time being the Pioneers lead. Diete advanced to second on the throw. Ricky Angel, like he has done all season, came through with a clutch 2 out single, which scored Diete.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the 8th, when facing a new Galesburg hurler, Kyle Cherney once again set the table with a walk and a Joey Railey sacrifice advanced Cherney to second. Kevin Diete then singled, and put runners on first and third, bringing to the plate Ricky Angel with 1 out. When Angel hit a grounder to third, Galesburg tried for the inning-ending double play, but Angel was able to beat the relay throw to first to score Cherney and give the Stars a 2-1 lead.
Tristan Facer came on to pitch a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the victory. Kevin Diete, Michael Stalowy and Ryan Eigsti each had 2 hits for the Stars, while Ricky Angel knocked in the only 2 runs for Twin City.
Pedro Dager and Tony Vercelli each had 2 hits for the Pioneers.
Friday, July 21, 2006Danville Defeats Quincy 4-2 With Late Runs
|In the only league game played on Friday evening, the Danville Dans broke a 2-2 tie with 2 unearned runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat the Quincy Gems 4-2 to extend their league lead to 3 full games.
Danville starting pitcher Blake Hopkins went 5 innings giving up both of Quincy's runs, but relievers David Dinelli and Kelby Mack held the Gems scoreless the final 4 innings, Dinelli picking up the win and Mack the save.
Quincy pitchers Brady Decker, Robby Young, Pat Venditte and Matt German held the Dans to 1 earned run as the Gems made 3 errors to help the Dans score.
Wyn Diggs drove in the winning run in the 9th on a groundout and an infield single by Nick Hardy gave the Dans an insurance run to seal the win.
Chris Newsom of the Dans was the only player to have 2 hits on the night.
Friday, July 21, 2006Another Game Rained Out
|In Huntingburg, Indiana, tonight, the game between the DuPage County Dragons and Dubois County Bombers has been postponed.
The game will be played as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:00 pm tomorrow, Saturday, July 22.
Fireworks will follow the conclusion of the second game.
Friday, July 21, 2006More Rain
|Tonight's game in Galesburg between the Pioneers and visiting Springfield Rifles has been postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been set.
Thursday, July 20, 2006Quincy 5, Twin City 2
|Gems starting pitcher Nick Dunning got the win tonight pitching 7 innings and only giving up one hit to the Stars offense. Matt German came on in the nineth to pick up the save.
The Stars came out to an early lead scoring two unearned runs off of Gems fielding errors and the Stars sole hit of the game by Ricky Angel.
The Gems answered back in the bottom of the third off of a RBI single by Eric Law and a Sacrifice Fly by Dan Quinn.
They took the lead in the two-two tied game in the bottom of the fifth off of a Pat Tumilty 2 run home run over the right field wall.
Thursday, July 20, 2006More Rain
|Tonight’s Springfield Rifles game against Galesburg has been cancelled due to wet grounds and will be rescheduled at a later date to be announced.
Thursday, July 20, 2006Game in Danville Postponed
|Tonight's game in Danville between the DuPage County Dragons and Danville Dans has been postponed until August 5 at 6:30 PM.
Thursday, July 20, 2006Dragons Split Rain Delayed Doubleheader with Danville
|Lisle, Ill. – The DuPage Dragons split a doubleheader with the Danville Dans Wednesday night that turned into Thursday morning. The Dragons took game one 3-2 in nine innings and fell 3-0 in game two.
Adam Buschini’s game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth gave the Dragons a 3-2 extra inning win over the Dans in game one of the doubleheader. The teams had to battle two separate rain delays. The first of which lasted an hour and ten minutes, delaying the start of the game. The second came in the bottom of the sixth and lasted an hour and 18 minutes.
Peter Wolff (1-1) was the winning pitcher as he worked a scoreless ninth inning. Kelby Mack (2-1) was saddled with the loss. Brett Graffy made the start for the Dragons and worked six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.
Danville (19-12) scored both of their runs in the first. Leadoff hitter Evan Button scored on a wild pitch after he reached on a single. Wyn Diggs drove home the second run with a single, scoring Jon Moore.
The Dragons (15-14) tied the game in the fourth as Chad Bisnette made it 2-1 with an RBI double to score Ryne White. Bisnette cam home on a single by Chad Winkler. Those runs came off Dan starter, Ricardo Pecina, who worked 5.1 innings. Pecina allowed two runs on seven hits.
Tanner Roark (2-4) dominated game two of the doubleheader in a game that lasted an hour and 26 minutes.
Roark threw a complete game shutout, allowing only two Dragon hits and walked only one batter. Roark allowed only four base runners in the game.
The Dans (20-12) jumped out in front again in the first on an RBI single by Nick Hardy scoring Evan Button.
D.J. Mauldin (1-3) was the tough luck loser, throwing a complete game for the Dragons. Mauldin allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits.
The Dragons (15-15) threatened in the fourth with two outs. A pitch hit Chad Bisnette and Ryne White doubled to give the Dragons runners at second and third. Dan Brewer lifted a shallow pop fly down the right field line that was caught by a sliding Nick Hardy. The catch kept the Dans out in front and they never looked back.
Danville added solo runs in the fifth and seventh innings. Denny Duron lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Tom Koenig, who reached on a single. The Dans loaded the bases in the seventh and plated a run on a fielding error by Dan Brewer.
The Dragons and Dans will meet for the final time tomorrow in Danville at 6:30 p.m. The season series is tied at three between the two teams. Tomorrow will start a three game road trip for the Dragons beginning with Danville and two games in Dubois County.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006Rain, Rain, go away!
|In Springfield, the scheduled doubleheader between the Springfield Rifles and the Quincy Gems was suspended in the top of the first inning of game 1, due to rain and lightning, with Quincy leading 4-0.
The resumption of game 1 and game 2 will be played on Wednesday, August 2 beginning at 5:00 pm.
In Normal, tonight's game bwtween the Dubois County Bombers and the Twin City Stars has been canceled due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, July 27 at Redbird Field beginning at 5:00 PM.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006Dragons Slay Pioneers 7-3
|The DuPage Dragons defeated the Galesburg Pioneers 7-3 to win their fourth consecutive game. The Dragons reached the .500 mark for the first time since July 3rd.
The Dragons (14-14) scored four times in the second, including a controversial three-run homer by Adam Buschini. Dan Brewer led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ruairi O’Connor. Chad Winkler followed with a double to plate Brewer. After a walk to Sean Osborne, Adam Buschini hit a deep fly ball to left centerfield that carried over for a home run. Several Pioneer players argued the call claiming the ball bounced over the fence and should have been ruled a ground-rule double. The ruling stood and the Dragons led 4-2.
Galesburg starter, Dan Schwartz (2-3) hit Kevin Dubler on the very next pitch, causing players to leave the bench for both teams. None of the players actually reached the field and further fireworks were avoided. Both teams were warned as a result.
The Pioneers (11-18) took a brief lead in the top of the second, scoring two unearned runs. Brian Clifford and Bo Irons singled with one out and Clifford would score on a fielding error by first baseman, Ryne White. Irons would score on a two-out RBI single by Tommy Finn.
Kenny Smalley (2-0) went seven strong innings in his first Dragon start, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out eight Pioneer hitters.
The Dragons extended their lead in the fourth with two runs. Osborne walked to lead off the inning followed by a single by Buschini. Chad Bisnette grounded out to score Osborne and White singled to give the Dragons a 6-3.
Tempers flared again in the bottom of the eighth after Dubler hit a triple to lead off the inning. After the play, Galesburg shortstop, Tommy Finn, was ejected along with manager, Jim Sammons.
Scott Boleski threw a scoreless ninth to cap the fourth straight win for the Dragons.
Adam Buschini was 3-5 with a three-run bomb and two runs scored in the game. Kevin Dubler had three hits as well, going 3-4 with his CICL best fourth triple.
Brian Clifford and Tommy Finn each had two hits in a losing cause for the Pioneers.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006Stars and Bombers Split a Pair
|Doubleheader action in Normal tonight found two pitchers taking center stage.
In game 1, Chris Vaculik of the Dubois County Bombers took a 2 hitter into the 7th inning and was able to hold on for a 7-2 victory.
Joey Railey blasted the first pitch he saw deep, over the right field wall to give the Stars a temporary 1-0 lead, but that was the last hit Vaculik would allow until the 6th inning.
While Vaculik continued to baffle Twin City hitters, the Bomber offense tied the game in the 2nd and then built a 7-1 lead with 2 runs each in the 3rd, 4th and 5th inning.
The Stars reached a tiring Vaculik in the 7th for 2 more hits and a run to make the final score 7-2.
Josh Irvin and Justin Ferreira had 2 hits apiece, while David Burns, Brad Sashko drove each had an RBI and Ferreira drove in 2. Joey Railey had 2 hits for the Stars in a losing effort. Vaculik improved his record to 3-1.
In game 2 it was the home team's turn to have a stellar pitching performance, this one by Jeff Gordon who threw a 4 -hit, complete game shutout, striking out 4 Bombers along the way.
A scoreless tie was broken in the bottom of the fourth when Bobby Stevens and Joey Railey singled, and Kevin Diete and Ricky Angel each had a sacrifice fly to give the Stars a 2-0 lead. That was all the run support Gordon would need, but the Stars added an insurance run in the 5th. With 2 outs Mike Tokarski doubled and Bobby Stevens singled him home. Gordon improved his record to 3-1 with the shutout.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006Gems Gem
|Gems pitcher Tim Clubb pitched a complete game, 8 2/3 shutout innings allowing seven hits to pick up the win tonight at QU Stadium.
Clubb's shutout was spoiled by a two out Colby Luttrell home run over the right field wall in the 9th.
For the Gems, Eric Law went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored and Jesse Seykora went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
For the Rifles, Colby Luttrell went 2 for 4 with the home run RBI and run scored.
The Gems did most of their damage in the fifth inning after a seven pitch two out walk by Pat Tumilty and an RBI single by Jesse Seykora. The Gems scored two more runs in the inning off of hit batsmen and walks by the Rifles starting pitcher, Mark Lowry.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006MakeupGame
|The Quincy Gems at Springfield Rifles game that was rained out on June 26 will be played as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, July 19, beginning at 5:00 PM.
Monday, July 17, 2006Dragons 10, Stars 6
|In Normal, the bats were as hot as the weather, as DuPage and Twin City combined for 28 hits and 16 runs. The Dragons accounted for 10 of those runs and came out on top in this one by a 10 to 6 score.
DuPage got on the scoreboard first in the second inning on Chad Bisnette's first triple of the season and he scored one batter later on a ground out.
In the bottom of the second Twin City took the lead when, with 1 out Robb Brockel singled, he got to second courtest of a Michael Stalowy single to center field. Joey Railey loaded the bases with a walk, followed by a clutch 2 out, 2 run hit off the bat of Bobby Stevens.
The Stars increased their lead to 4 to 1 in the third. David Brumagin reached 2nd base on a throwing error. Ricky Angel promptly doubled him home. Kyle Cherney singled, advancing Angel to third, and he scored on a DuPage twin killing.
But DuPage took control of this one in the top of the fourth by scoring 4 times and taking a 5-4 lead, a lead they would hold the rest of the way. Dan Brewer hit the second of the Dragon triples to lead off the inning and scored when Adam Buschini singled to left field. Ruairi O'Connor singled, advancing Buschini to second. Tristan Facer came on to pitch for the Stars and got his first man with a strike out but hit the next batter, Chad Winkler, loading the bases. Thats when Adam Klein tripled to left center, plating all 3 runs and putting the Dragons on top.
The Dragons scored 3 more runs in the 7th making it an 8 to 4 ballgame.
Twin City scored twice in their half of the seventh to make it interesting again, but it wasn't enough as DuPage plated 2 more runs in the ninth to seal the deal at 10-6.
Ian Berger (2-1) picked up the win, going 7 innings.
Adam Klein and Adam Buschini each had 3 RBIs for the Dragons. Klein and O'Connor each had 3 hits.
For Twin City Ricky Angel led the way with 2 RBI's, while Kevin Diete had 3 hits.
Monday, July 17, 2006Danville Tops Pioneers 2-1 in Lightning-Shortened Game
|In Galesburg Monday evening, a tight ballgame ended in a 2-1 victory by the visiting Danville Dans when lightning descended on Jim Sundberg Field.
The Dans scored single runs in the 1st and 3rd innings on a Garrett Gipe RBI single and sacrifice fly by David Harris. That was all the runs starting pitcher Zach Zupan and reliever Bryan Faulds would need as the duo held the Pioneers to 2 hits.
Galesburg's lone run scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 3rd to tighten the score to 2-1, but that was all the scoring for the evening.
The victory was the first of the season for Zupan against 2 losses and the save was Faulds' first as well.
Jon Moore, Wyn Diggs and Garrett Gipe each had 2 hits for the Dans.
Bret Harvel was the hard-luck starting and losing Pioneers pitcher going 6 innings and allowing only 2 runs.
Monday, July 17, 2006Josh Rabe Make MLB Debut
|Former Gems outfielder Josh Rabe has been called up by the Minnesota Twins. The Twins website says he is expected to be in uniform for tonight's (Jul 17) game with Tampa Bay. Rabe replaces Torii Hunter who is on the DL with a stress fracture.
Rabe played for the Gems in 1998 and 1999.
Sunday, July 16, 2006Dragons Defeat Pioneers 10-7
|On a hot muggy Sunday afternoon in Galesburg, the visiting DuPage County Dragons improved their record to 12-14 with a 10-7 win over the host Pioneers. It was a long day in the heat as the Dragons hit safely 16 times and received 5 walks while the Pioneers hit safely 13 times and earned 8 walks in a game that lasted 3 hours, 5 minutes.
The Dragons got on the board in the 1st inning on a Ryne White RBI double and a 2-run homer by Dan Brewer and led the entire game.
Galesburg responded with 2 in the bottom of the inning on a Brian Harris 2-run homer, but the Dragons tacked on 4 runs in the 4th to take a commanding 7-2 lead on a Chad Winkler RBI single, an RBI double by Jeff Carroll and a 2-run single by White.
The score reached 8-2 in the 7th on an RBI double by Winkler.
However, the Pioneers made a game of it with 3 in the 7th and 2 in the 8th to close the gap to 8-7. Matt Smedberg had a sacrifice fly and Pedro Dager a 2-run single in the 7th, and Smedberg added a 2-run double in the bottom of the 8th.
The Dragons earned 2 of those runs back in the top of the 9th on a 2-run single by Chad Winkler, his 3rd and 4th RBI of the game.
Brian Hollingsworth was the starting and winning pitcher going 6.1 innings, allowing 5 earned runs and improved his record to 3-2. Scott Boleski pitched a scoreless 9th to earn his 2nd save of the summer.
Starter Kyle Zilis took the loss for the Pioneers and saw his record drop to 2-4.
Chad Winkler was 5-5 with 4 RBI for the Dragons. Sean Osbornes, Ryne White, Greg Zage and Ruairi O'Connor each had 2 hits for DuPage. White had 3 RBI and Brewer 2.
Matt Smedberg was 4-4 with 3 RBI for the Pioneers. Ben Carruthers added 3 hits and Brian Harris and Pedro Dager each had 2 RBI for Galesburg.
Sunday, July 16, 2006Bombers Top Rifles 3-2
|In Huntingburg this afternoon before 237 faithful fans, the Dubois County Bombers survived a pretty even match in the sweltering heat to come away with a 3-2 win over the Springfield Rifles. The Bombers were led by Jeremy Keuster’s stellar performance on the hill. Keuster relieved Bomber starter Ryan Morrison in the top of the fifth inning and shut down the Rifles over the final 5 innings scattering 5 hits, allowing no walks, striking out 5 and keeping Springfield off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
After the teams exchanged runs in the first inning, Springfield jumped ahead 2-1 in the top of the fourth as left fielder Kyle Dudley singled, advanced on a ground out, stole third and scored on an error. Ryan Campbell led off the Bombers half of the fourth with a double and advanced to third on a single by Josh Irvin. The Rifles managed get the next two outs and had hopes of leaving the runners stranded but Bomber second baseman Langdon Potts delivered a clutch single scoring Campbell to tie the game and advancing Irvin to third. Bradley Goldsmith then reached on an error to score Irvin and give the Bombers the 3-2 lead which, with Kuester starting the fifth inning, they never relinquished.
Right fielder, Josh Irvin, stayed hot at the plate as he went 2-2 with a run scored for the Bombers. The Rifles were led by first baseman Marcus Artner as he went 2-4 at the plate and drove in one run. Kyle Dudley and Michael Brumleve also went 2-4 for the Rifles. Joe Froelich pitched 3 hitless and scoreless innings in relief of Rifles starter Adam Tallman.
Saturday, July 15, 2006Dans Topple Dubois 6-3
|The Danville Dans maintained their stranglehold on the top spot in the CICL with a 6-3 victory over the Dubois County Bombers before 4,777 at Danville Stadium on Saturday night.
Bryce Stowell improved to 4-0 with the win for the Dans. Stowell struck out 11 in eight innings, allowing four hits and one unearned run.
Danville second baseman Denny Duron, who had been 1-for-26 coming into Saturday's game, had a pivotal two-run double down the left-field line in the three-run fifth inning.
The Dans increased its lead to 6-1 with a pair of runs in the sixth inning with Chris Newsom, who was 2-for-4, delivering a run-scoring single and Evan Button drew a bases-loaded walk.
The bottom four batters in the Danville lineup went 6-for-14 with five runs scored and three RBIs.
Dubois County, which took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single by David Burns, rallied with two runs in the ninth inning on run-scoring hits by Kasey Wahl and Josh Irvin, who was 2-for-4 in the contest.
Bombers reliver Cory Julian allowed just one hit in 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Saturday, July 15, 2006Dragons Hammer Gems 16-3
|The DuPage Dragons scored a season high 16 runs in a 16-3 rout of the Quincy Gems Saturday night at the Village of Lisle – Benedictine University Sports Complex.
The Dragons (11-14) pounded a season high 17 hits in the win, scoring six runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth. The Dragons batted around in both innings.
Adam Klein led off the fifth with a single starting a chain of eight consecutive hitters to reach base. Ryne White, Adam Buschini, Dan Brewer, Greg Zage, and Chad Winkler all had RBI’s in the inning.
The Gems (14-13) took a 1-0 lead in the first off an RBI single by Pat Tumilty, scoring Scott Simon. The lead wouldn’t hold as the Dragons responded with two runs in the bottom of the first.
The Dragons took the lead for good in the fourth on a solo home run by Dan Brewer, making the score 3-2. It was Brewer’s first home run of the season.
Quincy starter, Quinn Leath (3-2), didn’t make it out of the fifth, working 4.1 innings allowing nine runs on ten hits.
DuPage added four runs in the sixth highlighted on a three-run homer by Buschini. Kevin Dubler walked and Ryne White singled to set the stage for Buschini. He would deposit the Robby Young fastball over the left field fence for his first home run.
Andrew Beatty (4-1) earned his fourth win of the season, working six innings allowing all three Quincy runs. Beatty struck out two and walked three batters in the outing.
Buschini led the Dragons with five runs batted in, going 2-5 with two runs scored. Greg Zage had four hits to go along with two RBI.
Dubler, White, and Brewer each had three hits for the Dragons in the win.
Pat Minogue and Pat Tumilty each had two hits for the Gems. Minogue was 2-4 with two singles and Tumilty was 2-2 with an RBI.
Saturday, July 15, 2006Stars Drop Rifles Twice
|Twin City continued their march to the top spot with a double header win,15-3 and 3-1 over the Rifles in Springfield.
Game 1 saw the Stars score in every inning but the 3rd and 6th and they scored 8 in the 7th to put the game away. The Rifles scored 3 in the 4th to draw within 6-3 but the Stars answered with 1 in the 5th and the big 7th inning.
Game 2 saw the Rifles take a 1-0 lead in the 2nd on a right field home run by Colby Luttrell. The Stars scored 3 unearned runs in the 4th to take the lead and end the scoring. With 2 outs and a runner on first after and error by the shortstop, Rob Brockel doubled down the right field line to score David Brumagin with an unearned run. After a wild pitch advanced Brockel to third, Mike McMillan then walked. After a strike out on a wild pitch Tristan Facer reached and both runners advanced on a wild pitch with Brockel scoring. Ryan Eigsti then walked loading the bases. Another wild pitch advanced the runners with McMillan scoring. Bobby Stevens flied out to left field to end the inning.
Game 1 hitting leaders for the Stars were Joey Railey and Kyle Cherney who were each 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Mike McMillan went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and Michael Stalowy went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 1 run scored. Bobby Stevens, Ricky Angel, Tristan Facer and Brett Lancaster all had 2 RBIs. Pitcher Mike Manns improved his record to 2-1.
Lance Rhodes went 3 for 3 and Kyle Dudley had 2 RBIs for the Rifles.
Game 2 hitting leaders for the Stars were Bobby Stevens who went 2 for 4 and Rob Brockel who went 1 for 3 with 1 RBI. Pitcher Colin Brennan improved his record to 3-0.
Colby Luttrell went 2 for 2 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored and Micheal Brumlevy who went 2 for 2 for the Rifles.
Saturday, July 15, 2006Bombers Win in 9th Inning
|A back and forth game ends with a Bombers 7-6 win over Danville.
The Bombers jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning and put two more runs on the board in the third.
A three run fourth inning by the Dans tied the ball game but the Bombers were able to put together another three runs and lead by a score of 6-4 after six innings.
Danville fought back with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings and the game remained tied heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The Bombers third baseman Ryan Campbell reached on an error and advanced to second on a single by Josh Irvin. After a sacrifice bunt by Wes Fink, Cory Bunner flied out to the left fielder, which was deep enough for Campbell to tag up and give the Bombers the win.
Brett Reilley pitched six strong innings giving up three runs on three hits. The Bombers were lead by Cory Bunner who went 2-3 and tallied three RBI’s.
Devin Hicks lead the Dans at the plate as he went 2-3 and drove in two runs on the night.
Friday, July 14, 2006Gems Defeat Dragons 7-5
|The DuPage Dragons started the second half with a 7-5 loss against the Quincy Gems at the Village of Lisle – Benedictine University Sports Complex.
The Gems (14-12) slugged two home runs in route to the victory. Pat Tumilty crushed a three-run home run over the left field fence in the third and Scott Simon hit a two-run bomb in the sixth.
The Dragons (10-14) never led in the game and trailed by as many as four runs. Quincy scored a single run in the first on a sacrifice fly by Dan Quinn, scoring Jake Owens.
DuPage responded with three runs in the fourth. Chad Bisnette doubled to lead things off and advanced to third on a Ryne White single. After a walk to Adam Buschini to load the bases, Adam Klein singled to score Bisnette. Sean Osborne followed with a walk to force in another run. Jeff Carroll lifted a fly ball into right to plate Buschini to make the score 4-3.
Ryan Myers (4-1) earned the win, working six innings allowing four runs on six hits. Myers struck out seven Dragon hitters while walking two.
Quincy padded the lead in the sixth off the Simon home run. Jake Owens singled with one out and Simon followed with a shot over the right centerfield fence to give Quincy a 7-3 lead.
D.J. Mauldin (1-2) lasted only five innings for the Dragons allowing five earned runs on nine hits.
The Dragons plated single runs in the seventh and ninth innings. Adam Klein was hit by a pitch and moved around the bases on three wild pitches.
Dan Brewer led off the ninth with a single and Kevin Dubler singled to give the Dragons runners at the corners. Brewer scored on a White sacrifice fly for the final 7-5 score.
Pat Tumilty and Scott Simon did most of the damage for the Gems. Tumilty was 2-4 with a three-run home run and Simon finished 3-4 with a two-run homer and three runs scored.
Kevin Dubler had two hits for the Dragons going 2-4 with a walk.
Matt German picked up his fourth save, allowing his first earned run of the season.
Friday, July 14, 2006Game Time Change
|The game time for the Saturday, July 15 game between the Quincy Gems and DuPage County Dragons in Lisle, Illinois, has been changed from 7:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006Odds Prove they Were in Favor
|The Odds Team defeated the Evens Team 3-1 at the Village of Lisle – Benedictine University Sports Complex in the 2006 CICL All-Star Game.
The Odds picked up solo runs in the eighth and ninth innings for the win. Galesburg reliever, Davy Fields, struck out the first two batters in the eighth before allowing a single to Quincy’s Scott Simon. Simon advanced to second when Dans first baseman, Garrett Gipe was hit by a pitch, and later scored on an RBI single by David Brumagin of the Twin City Stars.
Fields picked up the loss allowing one run on two hits, while striking out two hitters.
Quincy catcher, Dan Quinn added an insurance run for the Odds on a leadoff home run in the ninth off Dubois County reliever, Chris Vaculik.
Quincy reliever, Pat Venditte, stole the show for the Odds Team. Venditte entered the game in the seventh and struck out Dragon catcher, Kevin Dubler and Rifle first baseman, Marcus Artner left-handed before striking out Galesburg second baseman, Bo Irons right-handed. Venditte earned the win in relief and MVP honors, striking out the side on ten pitches.
The Evens team scored their lone run in the fifth. Artner singled and scored from first on an RBI double by Dubois County’s David Burns.
First Half Player Award winners, Scott Simon and Garrett Gipe, each had two hits in the win. Simon was 2-4 with a run scored and Gipe was 2-3 with a hit by pitch.
David Brumagin also had two hits for the Odds, going 2-4 with an RBI.
Bradley Goldsmith (Dubois County), Marcus Artner, and David Burns each had a hit for the Evens team in the loss.
Galesburg reliever, Mitchell Bialosky, joined Venditte as the only other pitcher to strike out the side.
Quincy pitcher, Matt German pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save for the Odds.
Monday, July 10, 2006ALL-STAR GAME SET FOR JULY 12
|After watching CICL alumni and Major League Baseball Home Run Derby Winner Ryan Howard and CICL alumni and MLB ace reliever Jonathan Papelbon on television Tuesday night in the MLB All-Star game, come out or tune in to the CICL All-Star game Wednesday night to see which of the current CICL players have the potential to become MLB stars of tomorrow.
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Monday, July 10, 2006First Half Player Awards
|The First Half Player Award is shared between Scott Simon of the Quincy Gems and Garrett Gipe of the Danville Dans.
For the half, Simon led or tied for the league lead in four offensive categories: RBI with 19, hits with 31, doubles with 8 and total bases with 51. He was also 6th in slugging at .485, 5th in homers with 3 and batted .301. Simon, who won the season's first Player of the Week Award with teammate Pat Minogue, is a left-handed hitting first baseman from Algonquin, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at Northern Illinois University.
Gipe tied for the lead in runs scored with 20, tied for the lead in doubles with 8, was 3rd in hits with 30, 3rd in RBI with 18, 2nd in total bases with 44, tied for the lead in HBP with 9, tied for 4th in stolen bases with 11 and batted .300 for the half with 2 homers. Gipe, an infielder, is from Laguna Niguel, California, and will be a senior this fall at the University of Southern California. Like Simon, Gipe was a Player of the Week winner in Week #3 along with Dan Quinn of the Gems.
The Pitcher of the First Half Award goes to Danville Dans' Bryce Stowell, who also won Pitcher of the Week honors for Week #4 of the first half.
Stowell was virtually unhittable if the first half, pitching 26 innings in 4 starts and a 1-inning relief stint and allowing a grand total of 7 hits, all singles. Batters hit a paltry .088 off of his offerings and struck out 33 times, 1.3 k's per inning. His record was 3-0 and could easily have been 4-0 if rain hadn't ended a shutout start prior to the game being official early in the season. His 0.69 ERA leads the league in ERA for starting pitchers pitching 23 innings or more.
Stowell, a right-hander, is from La Habra, California, and will be a sophomore this fall at Pepperdine.
Sunday, July 9, 2006Players of the Week, July 3-9
|The Player of the week award for the 4th week of the 2006 CICL season is awarded to Eric Law of the Quincy Gems.
Atoning for a tough start to the season, the left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder had an outstanding week batting 3rd best in the league at .533 (8-15); leading the league in slugging at 1.067; leading the league in on-base percentage at .611; leading the league in runs scored with 10; tying for the lead in RBI with 7, attaining a 3rd best total of 16 total bases and finishing tied for 2nd in homers with 2. Law is from Mt. Zion, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at Millikin University in Decatur.
This week's Pitcher of the Week award is shared between Bryce Stowell of the Danville Dans and Ramon Delgado of the Springfield Rifles.
The right-handed Stowell pitched a 9 inning 2-hit (both singles) complete game 2-0 shutout over the Twin City Stars on July 7, striking out 12 Stars in the process. The game helped lower Stowell's ERA for the season to a stellar 0.69 with 33 strikeouts in 26 innings pitched to go with a 3-0 record. Stowell is from La Habra, California, and will be a sophomore this fall at Pepperdine.
Right-hander Ramon Delgado shares the award on the strength of his own 9 inning complete game shutout over league-leading Danville on July 5. In that game won by the Dans by a score of 1-0, Delgado allowed 6 hits, all singled, while striking out 8 and walking none. Delgado's season record is now 2-2 with an ERA of 2.31. Delgado is from Sahuarita, Arizona, and will be a sophomore this fall at Pima Community College.
Sunday, July 9, 2006Pioneers Hammer Danville 17-1 to Close First Half
|The last game before the All-Star break saw the Galesburg Pioneers pound out 22 hits enroute to a 17-1 thrashing of league-leading Danville Dans.
Frankie Meade belted a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 1st inning and Galesburg was off and running. Brian Clifford had a 2-run homer later in the game, but the other 12 runs were scored on old-fashioned hits and walks strung together in a parade of offense.
John Walsh had 4 hits, Meade 2, Clifford 2, Pedro Dager had 4 hits and 4 RBI including a double. Austin Markel had 3 hits and Scott Gracey a pair.
Meanwhile, 3 Pioneers pitchers held the Dans to only 6 hits and an uunearned run. Starter Dan Schwartz went 7 innings for the victory and had relief from Davy Fields and Bryce Ahrendt who each pitched a scoreless inning.
Sunday, July 9, 2006Rifles Stay Hot at Home
|Home-Sweet-Home. The last place Springfield Rifles continue to have the best home field winning percentage (.800) as they defeated the DuPage Dragons 10-5. The Rifles raced to a 10-0 lead after 4 innings while scoring 5 runs in the 3rd and 4 runs in the 4th inning. The Dragons plated their 5 runs in the 7th inning.
Springfield starter and winner, Mark Lowry of St. Joseph's College, went 5 innings while giving 3 hits and striking out 3 to go to 2-0. DuPage starter and loser, Jon Wano of Rollins College, went 3 innings while giving up 5 hits and 6 runs (4 earned) for his first decision.
The Rifles scored 5 in the 3rd highlighted by a leadoff triple to right center by Justin Carr. After a flyball to right was dropped, other big hits included a double down the right field line by Kyle Dudley to drive in 2 and then after a hit batter, Ryan Gryzwa hit a double to left and drove in 2 more runs.
The Rifles scored 4 in the 4th highlighted by an RBI single down the right field line by Zach Stead, 2 RBI single to right by Gryzwa and an RBI single up the middle by Kody McManis.
The Dragons fought back with 5 runs in the 7th with dropped pop up by the catcher for an error followed by a single to left by Chad Bisnette and an RBI single thru the right side by Ryne White. Adam Buschini followed with a double to left center for 2 RBIs and Greg Zage hit a 2 RBI home run to right field.
Individual hitting leaders for Springfield were Gryzwa 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs, Dudley 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Carr was 2 for 5, Stead 2 for 5 and McManis 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs.
Individual hitting leaders for DuPage were Dan Brewer 2 for 5, Buschini 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and Greg Zage 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs.
Sunday, July 9, 2006Stars Topple Gems 9-6
|At Jack Horenberger Field in Bloomington a see-saw battle ended up with the Twin City Stars coming out on top with a 9-6 victory over the Quincy Gems.
Twin City got on the scoreboard first in the second inning on Ricky Angels blast over the left field fence, the first homer of the year for Angel.
The Stars increased their lead in the third with another single tally. Mike McMillan lead off the frame with a single. Bobby Stevens then singled to left field, advacing McMillan to second. A double steal set up Twin City with runners at 2nd and 3rd. McMillan later scored on a throwing error by Quincy.
In the Quincy 4th, the Gems got their bats going, singles by Dan Quinn and Jesse Seykora along with a double by Eric Law tied the game at 4, But Quincy wasn't done yet. Zach Walton singled in Law and later scored on a fielders choice for a 4-2 Quincy lead.
Twin City regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring 3 times to take a 5-4 lead, the big blow a Bobby Stevens 2 RBI double to the left center field wall. Kevin Diete also had a sacrifice fly for the 3rd Stars run.
The Gems tied the game in the 6th when Andrew Bennett singled, stole second, and later scored on a Pat Minogue double to left field.
But a 2 out, 3 run rally in the Twin City's half of the sixth gave the Stars the lead for good. A Joey Railey 2 run double off the right field wall was the big blow of the inning.
Shawn McElyea (3-0) picked up the victory and a trio of Star's hurlers (Alex Guttosch, Ben Reeser, who made his CICL debut and Rob Brockel who picked up his 3rd save of the year), kept the Gems at bay the rest of the way for a Stars 9-6 victory.
Bobby Stevens was 4 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI's and Mike McMillian continued his hot hitting as of late with a 3 for 3 performance. Joey Railey drove in 3 runs, connected for a triple and made a couple of game saving catches in left to take "STAR" of the game honors.
Jesse Seykora,Eric Law and Zach Walton each had 2 hits for the Gems.
Sunday, July 9, 2006Saturday's Results
|In Danville Saturday night, the Danville Dans extended their lead in the CICL with a two-game sweep of the Galesburg Pioneers at Danville Stadium.
In the opener, Danville allowed just one run with five relievers in the final five innings of the suspended game from June 14 to claim a 4-1 victory over Galesburg.
The Dans then used a four-run second inning to win the nightcap 4-2 over the Pioneers.
Danville's David Born threw two shutout innings to earn his first victory over the season in the opener, while Louis Coleman went five innings in the regularly-scheduled contest to improve to 4-0.
Chris Newsome went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs in the first game, while Jon Moore had a two-run single during the four-run second inning in the second game.
Galesburg's Kyle Zilis threw a complete game in the nightcap, striking out 10 and allowing just four hits.
John Walsh and Scott Gracey each drove in a run for the Pioneers in the second game.
In Lisle, The DuPage Dragons snapped a three game losing streak Saturday night with a 7-3 win over the Springfield Rifles.
The Dragons (10-12) scored five runs in the final three frames to secure the victory, including three runs in the eighth. Kevin Dubler led off with his fourth home run of the season. Chad Bisnette and Ryne White each walked with Bisnette scoring on a passed ball by Kody McManis. White would score on an RBI single by Ruairi O’Connor to give the Dragons a 7-1 lead off Rifle reliever, Josh Hake.
Ethan Hollingsworth (2-2) held down the Rifle offense, throwing six innings and allowing only one run. Hollingsworth struck out six batters in the process to earn his second win.
The Rifles (9-16) made a late surge with two runs in the ninth. Zach Stead and Casey Spears each walked with one out and Justin Carr followed with a single to plate Stead. Carr would eventually score on an RBI single by Colby Luttrell to make it 7-3. Dragon reliever, Michael O’Leary, struck out McManis to end the threat.
Chris Wright (1-4) was saddled with the loss, allowing four Dragon runs on eight hits in 6.2 innings.
The Dragons never trailed in the game, scoring two runs in the second. White walked and Kenny Smalley was hit by a pitch and both would score on an RBI single by O’Connor.
O’Connor was the hero for the Dragons, going 3-4 with two singles, a triple, two RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base.
Dan Brewer, Kevin Dubler, and Ryne White each had two hits for the Dragons.
Casey Spears was brilliant in the loss for the Rifles, going 2-3 with a run scored and four steals.
And finally, in Quincy, the Quincy Gems put on their own Pre-All Star Game home run hitting contest scoring five of their 11 runs off of three homers. A 363 ft 2 run left field home run by Jesse Seykora in the 2nd, a 396 ft solo home run to right by Pat Tumitly and a 353 ft. 2 run home run over the right field wall by Eric Law in the sixth inning helped secure an insurmountable lead by the Gems.
The Gems broke the game open in the bottom of the third, plating six runs, three earned, off of three hits and an error.
The stars of the game were Gems first baseman Pat Tumilty, going three for four with a walk, an RBI off the home run and four runs scored, Gems Shortstop Kevin Hoef also went three for four with an RBI and a run scored, the Gems Left Fielder Eric Law had four RBI and for the Bombers catcher Ryan Campbell went three for four with an RBI.
Gems pitcher Nick Dunning earned the win, going eight innings, allowing eleven hits and three runs scored.
Friday, July 7, 2006Dans Extend Lead with 2-0 Win Over Stars
|Danville's Bryce Stowell became the second pitcher this season for the Dans to toss a nine-inning complete game shutout as he led Danville to a 2-0 victory over the Twin City Stars.
Stowell allowed just two hits and faced just one batter over the minimum 27 as he lowered his season ERA to 0.81. The right-hander from Pepperdine has given up just six hits in 22 innings pitched. His 12 strikeouts on Friday night are the second most for the Dans this season.
Michael Stalowy and Joey Railey had the only hits for the Stars, but Stalowy was thrown out trying to steal in the third inning as part of a double play as Stowell also recorded a strike out on the play.
Danville got all the offense that Stowell would need in the second inning when Garrett Gipe reached on a one-out double and then he scored on a two-out single to center.
The Dans added an insurance run in the fourth inning with a two-out run-scoring single from Jon Moore.
Gipe and Evan Button each contributed two hits for the Danville offense.
Friday, July 7, 2006Rifles Top Dragons in Extra Frames
|Runs were hard to come by tonight in Springfield as the pitching for both teams prevailed until the bottom of the 11th when the Rifles scored a run for a 2-1 victory over the DuPage Dragons. Rifles reliever and winner Lance Rhodes, from St. Louis University, went the last 4 innings giving up 2 hits and evened his record at 1-1. The Dragons reliever and loser, Scott Boleski, went the last 2 innings while giving up no hits and 3 walks to even his record at 1-1.
The Dragons scored their lone run in the 3rd inning when Jeff Carroll singled up the middle. He stole second base and went went to third on a wild pitch while Dan Brewer struck out and reached on a wild pitch. Carroll scored and Brewer went to 2nd base on a passed ball. That was the last scoring threat for the Dragons until the top of the 11th when Chad Bisnette reached on a throwing error by the shortstop. Ryne White then singled up the middle and Bisnette advanced to third. White then stole second base and Adam Buschini hit a fly ball to center field for the 2nd out. The throw home was cut off and Bisnette, who had wandered too far off third base, was tagged out in a rundown between third and home.
The Rifles tied the score in the 3rd inning when Ryan Gryzwa led off with a single through the right side. Casey Spears, who was sacrifice bunting to 3rd base, beat out the hit and Gryzwa advanced to second. Justin Carr sacrifice bunted both runners ahead when he was thrown out by the 2nd baseman. Marcis Artner then drove home Gryzwa with a ground out to 3rd base.
The Rifles lost at runner at home in the 6th when an attempted double steal failed and Artner was thrown out.
The bottom of the 11th started when Justin Carr led off with a walk. When a failed pick off sent him to 3rd base the next 2 batters were intentionally walked to load the bases. Colby Luttrell hit a fly ball ball to right field, with the fielders drawn in, and the throw home was not in time to prevent Carr from scoring the winning run.
Friday, July 7, 2006All-Star Game Set for July 12
|The CICL announced the players selected by the coaches to participate in the 2006 All-Star game at the home field of the Dupage County Dragons in Lisle, Illinois, the Benedictine Sports Complex, on Wednesday, July 12.
This year's game will feature the annual Dinger Home Run Derby which will start at 5:15 PM and last 45 minutes. Official All-Star gametime will be 7:05 PM.
In what must be a first for all sports in the United States, the All-Star game will pit the CICL "Evens" against the "Odds." The All-Stars participating on the Odds team are players from teams that were in 1st, 3rd and 5th place on July 5, the day the coaches selected the players for the event. The Evens are from the teams who were in 2nd, 4th and 6th place. To make it an extra special event, the players from the 7th place team were split up to play on both teams. Top that, Bill Veeck, wherever you are!
Here are the official rosters:
Louis Coleman III- RHP, Danville
Bryce Stowell- RHP, Danville
Ricardo Pecina- LHP, Danville
Kelby Mack- RHP, Danville
Jon Moore- OF, Danville
Denny Duran- 2B, Danville
Garrett Gipe- 1B,3B, Danville(Derby)
Scott Kuhns- RHP, Twin City
Bobby Stephens- SS, Twin City
Brett Lancaster- C, Twin City
Rickey Angel- 2B, Twin City
Kevin Diete- 1B,OF, Twin City
David Brumagin- OF, Twin City
Matt German- LHP, Quincy
Pat Venditte- LHP,RHP, Quincy
Scott Simon- 1B, Quincy
Pat Minogue- OF, Quincy
Dan Quinn- C, Quincy
Ramon Delgado- RHP, Springfield
Zach Everist- LHP, Springfield
Rob Brockel- Twin City (Derby Only)
Chris Vaculik- RHP, Dubois
Ryan Morrison- RHP, Dubois
Brett Reilly- RHP, Dubois
Bradley Goldsmith- OF, Dubois
Ryan Campbell- 3B, Dubois
David Burns- C, Dubois (Derby)
Andrew Beatty- LHP, Dupage
D.J. Maudlin- RHP, Dupage
Ian Berger- RHP, Dupage
Kevin Dubler- C, Dupage
Dan Brewer- SS,2B, Dupage
Ryne White- OF, 1B, Dupage (Derby)
Davy Fields- RHP, Galesburg
Mitchell Bialosky- RHP, Galesburg
Bret Harvel- RHP, Galesburg
Matt Smedberg- OF, Galesburg
Bo Irons- 2B,3B, Galesburg
Frankie Meade III- C, Galesburg
Justin Carr- OF, Springfield (Derby)
Marcus Artner- 1B, Springfield
John Walsh- Galesburg (Derby Only)
The roster and All-Star game recap will be available at 2006 All-Star Game.
Friday, July 7, 2006Gems 8, Bombers 3
|Tonight's Dubois COunty Bombers at Quincy Gems game was loaded with action with both teams coming out swinging in the first inning.
The Bombers Goldsmith led off the first with a deep left field double and eventially scored on a fielders choice. The Bombers led 2-0 after their half of the 1st inning.
The Gems answered right back in the bottom of the inning with a three run home run by Dan Quinn. Also for the Gems Scott Simon went 3-5 with two doubles and a home run. Jake Owens and Dan Quinn also had doubles in the game.
Bradley Goldsmith and John Cummins had 2 hits apiece including doubles for the Bombers. The Bombers offense fell silent after the 3rd inning and they were never able to regain the lead off of Gems Starting Pitcher Tim Clubb who pitched seven innings.
Josh Irvin als had 3 singles for the Bombers.
Friday, July 7, 2006Dans and Rifles Split Twin Bill
|The Danville Dans and the Springfield Rifles split a CICL doubleheader on Thursday night at Danville Stadium.
Danville opened the night with a 10-2 victory as Danville's Tom Koenig and Evan Button each drove home three runs.
In the nightcap, Springfield recorded its sixth victory of the year against a team residing in top spot of the CICL as the Rifles defeated the Dans 2-0. Springfield's Adam Tallman tossed a two-hit shutout for Springfield.
The Dans fell behind 2-0 in the opener as the Rifles scored a pair of unearned runs with Colby Luttrell had a run-scoring single in the frame. Danville's Ricardo Pecina allowed just two singles in the next five innings as he improved his record to 4-1 when the Dans scored six runs in the second and third innings.
Koenig had a two-run double in the second, while Button followed with a run-scoring single. The Dans added four runs in the fifth inning with Koenig delivering a RBI single and Button followed with a two-run double.
The Rifles bounced back in the nightcap with a run in the first inning when Casey Spears reached with a leadoff single. He stole second and advanced to third on a ground. Spears then scored on the front end of a double steal with Marcus Artner stealing second.
That was more than enough offense for Tallman, who struck 11 and retired the final eight batters to earn his first victory of the season.
Springfield added an insurance run in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Cory Coquillard. Michael Brumleve followed with a single, but Kyle Dudley was thrown out at the plate.
Dudley intentionally ran over Danville catcher Billy Alvino, instigating both teams leaving their benches. Dudley was ejected from the contest.
Thursday, July 6, 2006Stars Outlast Dragons 9-7
|In Normal Thursday evening, Twin City and DuPage combined for 32 hits and 15 runs and when the dust settled, the Stars came out on top with a 9-7 victory.
It looked like the Stars had this one in the bag early when they broke out to a 7-1 lead after three innings. But a blister on the hand of Twin Cities starting pitcher Colin Brennan allowed DuPage to get back in the game by scoring 4 runs, the big blast being a 3 run homer off the bat of Chad Bisnette (his first in CICL action this year). Brennan had to leave the game, 1 out away from being eligible for a win.
The Stars got a run back in the 6th inning courtesy of a base-loaded sacrifice fly by Ricky Angel.
In the 7th Kevin Dubler connected for his 3rd homer over the right field fence and once again brought the Dragons within 2 runs at 8-6.
The Stars got that run back in their half of the 7th when Kevin Diete was plunked on his helmet with the bases loaded; thankfully Diete's helmet provided the protection it should and Diete was okay.
The score remained 9-6 until the top of the ninth inning, when once again the Dragons made it interesting. Kevin Dubler lead off the ninth, just needing a double to hit for the cycle and instead of getting a double, Dubler cracked his 2nd triple of the game. In all Dubler was 4 for 4 with 2 RBI's which included 2 triples and a double. Ryne then connected for a RBI single to make the score 9-7 and thats where it stayed as Robb Brockel beared down and got the final 2 outs to get his 2nd save and the Stars the victory.
The hitting star of the game had to be Kevin Dubler who over-hustled his way out of a cycle by hitting a triple when he needed only a double. Chad Bisnette also connected for 4 hits and 2 RBIs in a losing cause for the Dragons. Joey Railey, Ricky Angel, and Mike McMillian each had 3 hits for the Stars, McMillian leading the way with 3 RBIs. The win was awarded to Shawn McElyea who went 2 and 1/3 innings and only allowed 1 run.
Thursday, July 6, 2006Major League All-Stars
|This year's Major League All-Star game will include 2 CICL alumni, Jon Papelbon and Ryan Howard.
Papelbon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, is having an outstanding season coming out of the pen. In 37 appearances, the right-hander has a 2-1 record with 25 saves (2nd in the American League) in 37 appearances covering 41.2 innings. Jon has been a major reason the Red Sox lead the American League East Division. He played for the Danville Dans in the 2001 season.
Ryan Howard, first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, is having an equally outstanding season. In 81 games, Howard is batting .283 with 28 homers (tied with Albert Pujols for the National League lead) and 71 RBI (3rd in the NL). Howard, who bats and throws from the left side, played for the Decatur Blues in 1999.
Thursday, July 6, 2006Gems Come Back to Defeat Pioneers 6-3
|Despite an excellent outing by Galesburg's Bret Harvel, only allowing three hits in 7 and a third innings including 5 1/3 no hit innings, the Gems scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the visiting Galesburg Pioneers 6-3 tonight.
Quincy came to bat in the bottom of the 8th trailing 3-0 as the Pioneers scored 2 runs on errors in the 3rd and scored the 3rd run on an RBI single by John Walsh in the 7th.
Kevin Hoef got things started with a leadoff single in the 8th. An error and a sacrifice bunt put runners into scoring position and both were driven home on a single by Pat Minogue. Galesburg changed pitchers and after an out and a wild pitch, Scott Simon drove in the tying run with a single. Dan Quinn then singled and the Gems later took the lead when Simon scored on a wild pitch. The comeback was completed with a 2-run homer by Pat Tumilty.
Reliever Matt German pitched the 9th for a save in relief of winning pitcher and reliever Tyler Cox who was making his CICL debut.
Matt Smedberg of the Pioneers was the only player for either team to have 2 hits.
Wednesday, July 5, 2006Pioneers Nip DuPage 2-1
|A 2-run homer by John Walsh in the bottom of the 5th inning erased a 1-0 DuPage County lead and was all the Pioneers needed to defeat the Dragons this evening by a final score of 2-1.
Kenny Smalley's single in the 4th inning driving in Kevin Dubler had given the Dragons the lead, but that was all they could muster up against a trio of Pioneers pitchers, Mitch Bialosky (W, 1-0), Davy Fields and Bryce Ahrendt (save #4)
Adam Klein had 2 hits for the Dragons while Walsh, Frankie Meade and Brian Clifford each had 2 hits for the Pioneers.
Wednesday, July 5, 2006Bombers and Stars Split Twin Bill
|In Game one, Twin City's Jeffrey Gordon stymied the Bombers' bats enroute to 4-1 victory while recording a complete game allowing only one run on six hits.
The Stars struck first with one run in the first and later mustered up three more as they never trailed through out the game. David Brumagin went 2-3 with two RBI's and Rob Brockel two RBI's to pace the Stars attack.
For the Bombers Josh Irivin had 2 hits while John Cummins went 2-2 and drove in their only run with a single in the fifth inning.
In the night cap the Bombers struck early with back to back two-run innings and managed to hang on for a 4-2 victory. Ryan Morrison threw five strong innings limiting the Stars to two runs on five hits. Bradley Goldsmith had an outstanding night at the plate going 3-4 with an RBI while Josh Irvin and Ryan Campbell tallied RBI's to keep the Bombers ahead throughout.
Brett Lancaster led the Stars with two hits and one run scored.
Wednesday, July 5, 2006Rifles Squeak by Dans 1-0
|The Springfield Rifles continued their winning ways against the league leaders at home with a 1-0 victory over the Danville Dans in Springfield.
Rifles starter, Ramon Delgado from Pima C. C. who evened his record at 2-2, went the distance while giving up 6 hits and striking out 8 with no walks. Danville starter Blake Hopkins went 5.2 innings while giving up 4 hits and 4 strike outs. Danville reliever and loser Bryan Faulds gave up 1 run and struck out 4 in 2.1 innings.
The Rifles scored the lone run in the 7th inning. With 1 out, Marcus Artner singled to center and Colby Luttrell followed with a single to center to send Artner to 3rd base. Zach Stead, grounded out, with a slow grounder to 2nd and both runners advanced.
The only other near scoring play occured in the 2nd when the Rifles had the bases loaded with 1 out after a double by Stead, single by Cory Coquillard and walk to Ryan Gryzwa. Kody McManis hit a fly ball to center field for the out and the throw home by Jon Moore was in time to tag out Stead. The Rifles also loaded the bases in the 6th with 2 outs but Danville retired hitter Kyle Dudley on a ball back to the pitcher Bryan Faulds who had just entered the game.
Danville had 1 runner, Evan Button, reach 3rd after a single and 2 stolen bases but the batter Garrett Gipe was retired on a ground ball to 3rd to end the inning. The only other runner to reach 2nd base was Wyn Diggs when he led off the 5th inning with a single down the left field line and was sacrificed to 2nd. Diggs was stranded as the next 2 batters flied out to left field.
Tuesday, July 4, 2006Gems Topple Pioneers 9-2
|In Galesburg Tuesday evening, the Quincy Gems pounded out 13 hits including 2 homers enroute to a 9-2 victory over the host Pioneers in front of a season high 190 fans.
Andrew Bennett led the charge with 4 RBI on a 2-run single in the second to start the scoring and a 2-run homer in the 4th to recapture the lead at 4-1 after the Pioneers had tied the game with 2 unearned runs in the 3rd inning.
Eric Law was 4-4 including a solo homer and scored 4 of the Gems' 9 runs. Scott Simon had 3 hits including 2 doubles and 2 RBI, and Pat Minogue and Jesse Seykora each had a couple of hits.
Starting pitcher Ryan Myers went 6 innings allowing no earned runs to improve his record to 3-1. Robby Young pitched the final 3 innings allowing only 1 hit to earn his first save.
Bo Irons had 2 of the Pioneers 5 hits including a triple. Nate Marquardt had a double and Matt Smedberg and Brian Harris each had an RBI for the Pioneers.
Tuesday, July 4, 2006Players of the Week
|Co-players of the Week for games played from Monday, June 26 through Sunday, July 2, are Dan Quinn of the Quincy Gems and Garrett Gipe of the Danville Dans.
Dan Quinn batted .533 in 4 games, going 8-15 with a double, 2 homers (solo) , and 15 total bases. His 1.000 slugging percentage led the league and his .611 on base percentage was second. His batting average and total bases were also second in the league for the week. Quinn, a catcher, attends the University of Missouri.
Garrett Gipe shared the honor with Quinn by leading the league in RBI with 8, leading in total bases with 19, leading in runs scored with 7, tying with Quinn for the home run lead with 2, slugging .679 and batting .393 (11-28). An infielder, Gipe is from Laguna Niguel, California, and will be a senior this fall at the University of Southern California.
Pitcher of the Week honors are also shared this week between two Danville Dans pitchers, right-handers Tanner Roark and Louis Coleman III. Both pitchers were 1-0 for the week, neither allowing a run in 9 or more innings of work.
Louis Coleman III
Coleman made one appearance, a complete game 9 inning 3-0 shutout over the Dubois County Bombers on June 29. Coleman allowed only 3 hits in the game, all singles, while striking out 13 Bombers and walking 2. Coleman will be a sophomore this fall at Louisiana State and hails from Schlater, Mississippi. This week's shutout lowered his season ERA to a measly 0.43.
Roark made a start and 2 relief appearances pitching a total of 9.1 innings, allowing a total of 5 hits while fanning 8. His victory came in a 7.1 inning 4 hit shutout start against Quincy on July 1 after two 1 inning relief stints earlier in the week. Roark is from Wilmington, Illinois, and will be a sophomore this fall at the University of Illinois.
Tuesday, July 4, 2006Two Games Rained Out
|Tonight's game between the Bombers and the Twin City Stars has been postponed due to rain. A doubleheader is scheduled for Wed July 5th starting at 5:00 pm.
Fireworks scheduled for July 4th at League Stadium following the game have been rescheduled for Friday July 21st following the game against the Dupage Dragons.
Over 2 inches of rain in the Danville area caused tonight’s game with the Springfield Rifles to be rescheduled as a double-header in Danville on Thursday evening, July 6th. The 1st game is scheduled for 6:00 PM.
Monday, July 3, 2006June 30 Quincy/Dans Game Now Posted
|The box score and play-by-play for Friday night's Danville at Quincy game has now been posted and is included in season stats.
Here is a link... Danville 4 Quincy 3, June 30
Monday, July 3, 2006Bombers Have Their Own Game Fireworks with 4-3 Comeback Win
|Another magical ninth inning pushed the Dubois County Bombers to a win over the Twin City Star by the score of 4-3.
The first eight innings belonged to the Stars as starting pitcher Alex Guttosch pitched seven solid innings only giving up one run on four hits and Bobby Stevens provided the offense with a two run home run in the fifth.
The Bombers only score off of Guttosch came off the bat of Justin Ferreira, who hit his first home run of the season in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Guttosch continued to dominate for the following two innings but was pulled out of the game at the start of the eighth inning as Trevor Feeney came in relief.
With the Bombers trailing 3-2, Ferreira led off the ninth by reaching first base on an error. Cory Bunner pinch ran for Ferreira and when catcher Cameron Howell laid down a sacrifice bunt, Bunner raced all the way to third.
After Bradley Goldsmith drew a walk Bunner scored on an errant pick off throw to tie the game at 3-3. Ryan Campbell’s slow chopper to third base was just enough allowing Goldsmith to score the winning run and give the Bombers the win.
Monday, July 3, 2006Quincy Beats Rifles with a Bomb on Fireworks Night
|Over 6,000 fans packed QU Stadium in Quincy Monday night to see the Gems play the Springfield Rifles followed by the annual 4th of July fireworks display. Little did they know that they were going to see two different kinds of explosive shows.
Quincy took an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on an RBI single by Andrew Bennett. Rifles starter Chris Wright then settled down and pitched shutout baseball into the 9th inning.
Meanwhile, the Rifles score the tying run in the 4th inning on a double by Colby Luttrell and then took a 3-1 lead in the 5th inning on a 2-run single by Justin Carr.
Wright took the 3-1 lead into the bottom of the 9th inning when fireworks started early. With 1 out, Nick Dunning walked ahead of a game-tying 2-run homer by Geoff Dietz, ending the evening for Chris Wright.
Relief pitcher Josh Hake then loaded the bases on 2 walks and a hit batsmen while striking out 1 batter and was replaced by Joe Froelich. Pat Tumilty stepped to the plate and hit a walkoff grand slam homer to complete the comeback for a 7-3 Gems victory.
Gems reliever Matt German had pitched a scoreless top of the 9th and earned the victory for his work to improve his record at 1-2.
Zach Stead and Casey Spears each had 2 hits for the Rifles while Tumilty and Dietz each had a pair of hits including the homers.
Monday, July 3, 2006Dragons Top Pioneers
|The DuPage Dragons won their fifth straight game Monday with a 7-2 win over the Galesburg Pioneers at the Village of Lisle – Benedictine University Sports Complex.
The Dragons (9-9) pounced early on the Pioneers with four runs in the second inning. Ryne White and Adam Klein singled around a walk issued to Kenny Smalley to load the bases with one out. Chad Winkler singled in a run to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead. Dan Brewer had an RBI single to score Klein and Winkler, and Jeff Carroll scored on a throwing error by catcher, Frankie Meade, to make the score 4-0.
Brett Graffy (1-1) was outstanding for the Dragons, allowing two unearned runs in six innings while only surrendering one hit to the Pioneers.
The Pioneers (9-11) plated the two unearned runs in the third on two Dragon errors. Brian Clifford led off with a walk and Scott Gracey reached on a fielding error by Dan Brewer. Brian Harris laid down a bunt that Ryne White threw into left field, scoring the first Pioneer run. Galesburg added another run on a sacrifice fly by Ben Carruthers.
Kyle Zilis dropped to 2-2 on the season, working seven innings allowing five runs (three earned), eight hits, walked three, and struck out six hitters.
DuPage added two insurance runs in the eighth on a solo home run off the bat of Kevin Dubler, and an RBI single by Adam Klein.
D.J. Mauldin three two innings out of the bullpen, earning his first save. Mauldin allowed two hits and struck out three Pioneer batters.
Ryne White, Adam Klein, and Chad Winkler all had multi-hit games for the Dragons. White had three hits and scored two runs, while Klein and Winkler were each 2-3.
Frankie Meade had two hits for the Pioneers, but was saddled with three errors in the game.
Sunday, July 2, 2006Dans Score in 9th to Defeat Stars
|With a comeback victory over the Twin City Stars on a hot, sun-baked field in Bloomington, the Danville Dans were able to maintain the top spot in the standings of the CICL.
Danville spotted the Stars a 5 run lead, with Twin City scoring two in the first, one in the second and 2 more in the fourth.
In the top of the fifth, Danville got to a tiring Mike Manns who had held the Dans scoreless through 4 strong innings. Tom Koenig lead off the fifth with a double to left field and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. One out later Denny Duron singled, scoring Koenig. Nick Hardy followed suit with a single to right field, advancing Duron to third. With 2 outs, David Harris singled, which scored Duron. Billy Alvino followed with a single to right center, allowing Hardy to plate the third Danville run.
With the Stars holding a 5-3 lead, Danville got their bats going again in the sixth to tie the game 5-5. Shawn McElyea took over pitching duties for the Stars and was greeted with a Jon Moore double. Koenig advanced Moore to third with a ground out. Evan Button then hit a fly ball to left, deep enough to score Moore. With 2 outs Denny Duron worked the count for a walk, then stole second. Garret Gipe then ripped a clutch 2 out single to tie the game at 5.
Twin City regained the lead in their half of the sixth. Ricky Angel cracked his 2nd double of the game off the right field fence, and 1 out later Mike McMillian drove him home with a single. The Stars kept that lead until the top of the ninth inning when Danville got to work again.
Garret Gipe lead off the ninth with a double. One out later Billy Alvino drew a walk. Win Diggs entered the game as a pinch hitter and hit a high hopper in back of third which Stars thirdbasemen Ricky Angel could only put in his pocket, having no way to throw out Diggs. Jon Moore then singled, scoring Gipe and tying the game at 6. With 1 down Tom Koenig coaxed a bases loaded walk, scoring pinch runner Chris Newsom and giving the Dans their first lead of the game.
Kelby Mack (1-0) picked up the victory, pitching the final 2 innings for the Dans and only allowing 2 Twin City hits. Tristan Facer collected 3 hits in what turned out to be a losing cause for Twin City. Hardy, Gipe, Alvino and Moore each had 2 hits for the Dans.
Sunday, July 2, 2006Pioneers Top Rifles
|The Galesburg Pioneers outhit the Rifles in Springfield 10 to 8, but made the most of their opportunities to take a 7-2 victory. Two unearned runs in the top of the 5th helped put Galesburg ahead 3-1 and they pulled away with 3 runs in the 8th and 1 run in the 9th. The 3 runs in the 8th scored after a walk, hit batter, triple and a wild pitch.
Galesburg starter and winner Dan Schwartz went 7 innings while giving up 2 runs and earning his first win to go to 1-2. The DH Mitchell Bialosky went 3 for 3 with a run scored and 1 RBI and was the only Pioneer with more than 1 hit. Pinch hitter Brian Clifford delivered a 2 RBI triple to center field to highlight a 3 run 8th.
Springfield was led by Michael Brumleve who was 2 for 3 with a run scored and Zach Stead who was also 2 for 3. Thr Rifles first run scored on a wild pitch in the first and the second scored on a throwing error in the 7th.
Saturday, July 1, 2006Pioneers Come from Behind to Win
|In Galesburg Saturday evening, the Pioneers got consecutive 2-out hits from Austin Markel and Scott Gracey to drive in the tying and game-winning runs in the bottom of the 9th to defeat the Springfield Rifles 4-3.
With 1 out in the 9th, Jeremy Irons singled and was replaced by pinch runner Tommy Finn. Pinch hitter Nate Maquardt then drew a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Pedro Dager, After the second out was made, Markel singled to tie the game and Gracey singled in the gamewinner.
Springfield had scored all 3 of its runs in the 6th inning on a leadoff homer by Marcus Artner, an RBI single by Zach Stead and an error.
The Pioneers scored its first run in the second inning on an error and a second run in the th inning on an RBI double by Bo Irons.
The Rifles outhit the Pioneers 10-8 with Artner, Kyle Dudley and Colby Luttrell each collecting 2 hits.
Irons had 3 of the Pioneers hits including a double.
Revliever Davey Fields pitched the final 2.2 innings of relief for the Pioneers and earned the win; Brett Harvel had started the game pitching 6.1 innings.
Saturday, July 1, 2006Dans Move into League Lead
|The Danville Dans took over sole possession of first place Saturday night with a 9-1 victory over the Quincy Gems at Danville Stadium. Danville extended its win streak to five games, while Quincy has now lost seven straight.
Garrett Gipe, who came up with two big defensive plays in Danville's 4-3 victory in 10 innings on Friday night in Quincy, went 3-for-5 with three RBIs including a two-run homer in the third inning.
Gipe's blast was one of six extra-base hits for the Dans, including a 420-foot shot by third baseman Devin Hicks, who was 2-for-3, in the second inning.Other key offensive performers for Danville were Nick Hardy, who went 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, Denny Duron also had an RBI triple in the first inning, David Harris went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and Jon Moore capped a four-run sixth inning with his RBI single.
That was more than enough offense for Danville starter Tanner Roark, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Roark went 7 1/3, allowing no runs on four hits and he struck out sixth.
Quincy avoided the shut out with a run in the ninth inning as Dan Quinn, who was 2-for-3, led off with a double, advanced to third on a fly out and scored on a wild pitch by Danville's David Dinelli.
The other three hits from the Gems were a double by Pat Minogue to break up Roark's no-hitter in the sixth, a single by Jake Owens and a double by Andrew Bennett.
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