Tuesday, July 31, 2007Bombers Squeak by Gems 7-6
|The Quincy Gems were unable to take advantage of numerous miscues by the Dubois County Bombers, falling 7-6 at home on Tuesday night.
The Bombers scored one run in each of the first two innings before the Gems were able to tie the game in the third. Zach Troilo started the inning by reaching on an error and was followed by a walk to Thomas McCormick. After a sacrifice bunt, Scott Hauber picked up an RBI on a groundout and Wes Freie followed with an RBI single.
The Bombers quickly answered back with three more runs in the top of the fourth. Once again the Gems tied the game, scoring three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Matt Wille picked up an RBI double in the inning with Willie later scoring on a double steal. Jon Myers followed with an RBI single of his own to tie the game at 5-5.
The Bombers grabbed the lead once again in the seventh inning, scoring two runs on two hits and two walks. The Gems were able to cut the lead to one with a run in the bottom of the eighth. Troilo reached on a fielder\'s choice and would come around to score from second on a hit and throwing error by the Bombers third baseman.
The Gems put the tying run on with a walk to start the ninth but were unable to take advantage as the final three hitters were retired in order. The Gems stranding 12 runners on base and hit into one double play with Dubois County committing five errors.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007New CICL Alum makes MLB Debut
|Another former CICL and Quincy Gem made his big-league debut recently. Joe Thatcher, who played for the Gems in 2002-03, made his debut on July 26 with San Diego after being traded to the Padres by the Milwaukee Brewers. In his debut against Houston, the left-handed Thatcher pitched one inning and allowed no hits or runs.
A product of Indiana State niversity, Joe set a CICL record for saves in 2002 with 16. He's the seventh former Quincy Gems player and 168th CICL alum to reach the big leagues.
Monday, July 30, 2007Players of the Week
|This week's CICL Player of the Week is Thomas McCormick of the Quincy Gems. This is the second Player of the Week award for McCormick this season; he was also the Player of the First Half.
For the week, the left-handed hitting outfielder tied for the league lead in RBI with 6; led in hits with 11; led in runs scored with 9; was 2nd in hitting at .579; 2nd in slugging at .737; 2nd in on-base percentage at .636 and was 2nd in total bases with 14.
McCormick is from Houston, Texas, and will be a junior this fall at Missouri-Rolla.
This week's Pitcher of the Week is left-hander Dallas Sims of the Dubois County Bombers. Dallas pitched a complete game 5-1 victory over Danville on July 25 at Danville to extend his record to 4-1 for the summer. Sims allowed only 3 hits, all singles. The lone run allowed was earned and came with 1 out in the 1st inning on a HBP, ground out and base hit. The next 8-2/3 innings he shut the Dans out on two hits.
Sims is from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, and will be a senior this fall at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Sunday, July 29, 2007Bombers and Dragons Split DH
|The DuPage Dragons split two ballgames with the Dubois County Bombers as they pulled off a come-from-behind 7-6, 9-inning victory in game one before losing the second game 2-1.
In the opener, the Dragons (21-20) took the early lead as Adam Melker started the bottom of the first with a single. He took second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Cole Tyrell. Chad Bisnette put the Dragons up by two with a base hit to score Connor Powers. A Dave Reynolds sacrifice fly in the third gave the Dragons a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth, the Bombers (20-20) finally got to Dragons starter Kenny Smalley as Wes Fink led off the inning with a double and took third on a wild pitch. After a walk, Brian Thomas tried to squeeze Fink home, but Fink was thrown out at the plate by Smalley after colliding with catcher Sean Osborne. Casey Martin followed that with a double to score Chris Affinito and Thomas. Martin scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-3.
The Dragons took the lead right back in the bottom of the fifth as Tyrell was hit by a pitch to start the inning and scored on a double by Reynolds, who later scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-3 Dragons.
It would stay that way until the seventh when Venson Doster led off with a double against Steve Crnkovich, who then uncorked a game-tying home run to Rich Gorman. The game remained tied at 5-5 until the ninth inning when Fink reached with one out after getting hit by a pitch. From there, Affinito doubled into the gap in right-center, but Fink was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw by Johnny Lee.
For the second time in the game, Fink collided with Osborne, but this time, Osborne took exception and a fight ensued, resulting in ejections for both players. After tempers cooled, Thomas gave the Bombers a 6-5 lead with a base hit to score Affinito.
In the bottom of the ninth, Melker led off with a single and went to second after a walk to Andrew Beatty. Powers hit into a double play which moved Melker up to third with two outs for Tyrell, who came through with a dramatic, walk-off two-run homer.
In game two, the Bombers broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with an RBI triple by Brandon Knox. Knox scored on an error by Lee which gave the Bombers a 2-0 advantage.
The Dragons cut into that lead in the bottom of the fourth as Tyrell belted another home run off Bombers starter Matt Nichols (1-0). It was Tyrell's third home run of the season.
Erik Forestiere (1-2) suffered the loss for the Dragons but pitched well as he went the distance while allowing just one earned run and five hits. The Dragons had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh as Lee led off with a walk but was stranded at first as Cole Uebelhor picked up his first save of the year.
The Dragons are back in action tomorrow on Wednesday at 6 PM as they travel to play the Danville Dans in a doubleheader. The Dragons return home to the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex on Saturday, August 4 th as they will host the Quincy Gems in another doubleheader.
Sunday, July 29, 2007Gems Best Dans 7-2
|The Quincy Gems returned to the win column with a 7-2 win over visiting Danville on Sunday night. The Gems controlled the game from the start, scoring four runs in the first inning and pounding out 12 hits in the game.
The Gems opened the game with back to back singles and got on the board two batters later when Thomas McCormick singled in both runners. After a single by Scott Hauber and a double steal, Wes Freie added to the score with another two-run single.
The Gems added another run in the third when Freie picked up an RBI on a single up the middle. The Gems extended their lead to 7-0 with two more runs in the sixth on a Tyson Blaser home run.
The Dans were finally able to get on the board in the eighth with an RBI single by Robby Kuzdale and added another run in the ninth on an RBI hit by Jason Nappi.
Kyle Heim picked up the win, going eight innins and allowing one run and just four hits while striking out four. The Gems close to within one game of .500 and are currently 20-21 overall.
Saturday, July 28, 2007Dans Come From Behind in 9th to Defeat Gems 5-4
|Danville catcher Trent Diedrich singled to left on a 1-2 pitch from Quincy's Andrew Deain to give the Dans a come-from-behind 5-4 victory over the Gems at Danville Stadium.
The victory for the Dans moved them into a first-place tie with the DuPage Dragons at 20-19.
Diedrich's hit brought home James Meador, who was 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the contest. Meador's only him came in the ninth off of Deain as he legged out an infield single and when Quincy shortstop Curt Courtwright threw wildly to first, Meador advanced to second.
On the play, Danville second baseman Ben Wolgamot, who was 3-for-4, scored from second as he started the ninth with an infield single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Robby Kuzdale.
Dans reliever Zach Scott, who allowed one run in three innings, earned his first win of the year, while Deain fell to 0-2 and both of his losses have been in games at Danville Stadium.
Quincy had taken a 4-3 lead in the seventh when Thomas McCormick singled to center bringing home Zach Troilo with an two-out RBI. McCormick also had a run-scoring single in the third inning for the Gems (19-21).
Both teams will continue the two-game series on Sunday night at QU Stadium in Quincy. The Gems will send left-hander Kyle Heim to the mound against the Dans and their left-hander Brandon Godfrey.
Saturday, July 28, 2007Dragons Rally in 8th for Comeback Win
|The DuPage Dragons scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to comeback and beat the Dubois County Bombers 4-3, reclaiming a share of first place in the CICL. The victory also snapped the team's four-game losing streak, giving them their first win in more than a week.
The game didn't start off so great for the Dragons (20-19) as Bradley Goldsmith led off with a single and came around to score on a passed ball by Sean Osborne. The lead didn't last long for the Bombers (19-19) as Adam Melker reached with a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Connor Powers to tie the game.
In the second, the Bombers tried to retake the lead as Chris Affinito hit a bomb to straightaway centerfield. Melker ran back on it, timed his leap perfectly and reached over the wall to rob Affinito of a home run.
The game stayed tied until the fourth when Brian Thomas reached on a one-out walk and went to second on a base hit by Venson Doster. A wild pitch moved both runners up a base which set up Goldsmith, who reached on an infield hit, which allowed Thomas to score. An error by Powers on that same play allowed Doster to come around which put Dubois County ahead 3-1.
In the sixth, Powers pulled the Dragons a little closer as he connected on his team-high fifth home run of the season, which was the beginning of the end of the night for Bombers starter Michael Manus, who worked 5 2/3 innings.
The Dragons stayed behind until the eighth as Powers started the rally with a one-out single. Cole Tyrell was hit by a pitch while both runners moved up on an error by Langdon Potts. With two outs, Dave Reynolds was intentionally walked, setting up Mike Tokarski, who legged out an infield hit to tie the game at 3-3. One batter later, Eric Stephens hit a groundball into rightfield, which brought Tyrell into score the go-ahead run.
Brandon Copp started for the Dragons and allowed just one earned run in six innings. Brad Riegler (1-0) was strong out of the bullpen as he worked two scoreless innings before Steve Crnkovich shut the door in the ninth for his first save.
The Dragons are back in action tomorrow as they host the Bombers in a doubleheader at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex at 5 PM.
Friday, July 27, 2007Dubois, Danville game Suspended
|The Danville Dans lead the Dubois County Bombers 2-1 in the bottom of the 3rd inning in a game suspended due to severe fog in Danville tonight. The game will be resumed at 6:00 PM on Friday, August 3, at 6:00 PM prior to the regularly scheduled game that evening. Both games will be 7 innings.
Friday, July 27, 2007Gems Win 4th Straight, Defeating Dragons 9-7
|The Quincy Gems continued their hot streak with a 9-7 win over Dupage, their fourth consecutive victory.
After Dupage jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first the Gems tied the game with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Zack Troilo led the inning off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He then scored on an RBI double by Jon Myers. Myers would come in to score on a fielder\'s choice by Scott Hauber tying the game at 2-2.
The Gems grabbed a 4-2 lead in the second when Matt Wille singled to center plating two runs. The Gems extended their lead to 5-2 with a run in the third when Thomas McCormick scored from second on a Dragons error.
Dupage then scored five runs in the fourth on just one hit, taking advantage of a Gems error and two walks, using a grand slam to grab a 7-5 lead. The Gems were able to tie the game in the fifth on a two-base error that allowed two runs to score.
The Gems scored the winning runs in the seventh when Brett Zurliene and Ryan Hook picked up RBI hits. Andrew Deain come on in relief to go 1 2/3 innings while striking out three and recording the save. Austen Siwiec picked up the save, going 3 2/3 innings of relief work and allowing no runs and just two hits.
Quincy pulled even closer to the .500 mark, improving to 19-20 on the season.
Thursday, July 26, 2007Dans 3, Bombers 2
|The Dubois County Bombers dropped a heartbreaker to the Danville Dans Thursday night 3-2 in Huntingburg.
Danville struck early with two first inning runs off of Bomber starter Marc Harmon. Shorstop J.J. Mascalo singled and scored on a James Meador double. Meador then came around on a single by first baseman Chris McGuiness.
The first inning runs are all the Dans could muster off of Harmon. The right hander pitched eight strong innings and allowed only two runs on five hits.
The Bombers cut the lead in half after a fourth inning tally. Derek Melton walked and scored on a single by Matt Hamaker.
Brandon Knox’s RBI double in the seventh scored Hamaker to tie the game at two.
Neither team would score again until the top of the twelfth. The Bombers loaded the bases on two walks and a base hit but couldn’t score.
The Dans posted the winning run in the twelfth after a walk to McGuiness opened the inning. He was chased home by a Jason Nappi double to right field.
A.J. Griffin (3-1) took the win after entering in the eighth. The San Diego University product was dominant, allowing no hits and striking out eight in 4-2/3 innings.
Dylan Cupples (0-2) took the loss after allowing the winning run in the top of the twelfth.
The Bombers and Dans close their series tomorrow night in Danville. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
The Bombers will be hosting a “Fireworks Night” following their August 4 contest against the Danville Dans. Come watch the Bombers as they make their final push for the 2007 CICL title and enjoy a fireworks show courtesy of Sky Magic Pyrotechnics following the game.
Thursday, July 26, 2007Gems Score 3 in 8th to Defeat Dragons 5-2
|The Quincy Gems picked up their third consecutive win with a 5-2 victory over visiting Dupage. The Gems pounded out 12 hits in the win, improving to 18-20 on the season.
Dupage struck first with a run in the first inning. Sean Osborne picked up a one out single and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Two batters later Osborne would score on a single by Gabe DeMarco.
Quincy tied the game in the bottom of the second when Ryan Hook started a two out rally with a double down the left field line. Curt Courtwright followed with a single up the middle that tied the game at 1-1.
The Gems took the lead in the seventh inning playing small ball and taking advantage of a Dragons error. Hook started the inning with a bunt single and advanced to second on an errant throw. After a sacrifice bunt moved him to third, Hook scored on a sacrifice fly by Zach Troilo to make the score 2-1.
The Dragons tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the eighth. An error by the Gems shorstop put a runner on and a walk moved him to second base. With one out it appeared that the Gems would get out of the inning with the lead intact after forcing a groundball to second. However the ball took a high hop over the Gems second baseman, going from a possible inning ending double playe into a game-tying RBI single. The Gems were able to get out the inning with the game tied at 2-2, forcing the Dragons to strand two runners in scoring position.
The Gems quickly answered back, scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning. A leadoff infield single by Jon Myers put the tying run on for the Gems. The next batter, Thomas McCormick ripped a two-run home run to right-field to give the Gems a 4-2 lead. The Gems added another run when Courtwright drove in Cory Coquillard from second base with a single down the right field line.
Frank Allen worked 1 1/3 innings to record the win while Dan Weston suffers the loss. Both teams return to action tomorrow night at QU Stadium. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007Coach Profile: Brian Smiley, Dubois Bombers
|Leading the Bombers in his first season coaching with the CICL is Head Coach Brian Smiley. Brian is from Evansville Indiana. Brian is a recent Alumnus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he majored in Advertising and Public Relations.
His junior year at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Brian started in 49 of the 50 games he played. He started 36 games at third base, eight as the designated hitter and five in the outfield. Brain has an all around impressive record, with a .286 batting average and ranking second for the Trojans with 15 stolen bases. He scored 33 runs and tied for fifth on the team with 29 RBI.
Before playing for the Trojans, Brian spent a season at both Triton College and Lincoln Trail Community College, batting a .411 at Triton and a .370 in 2005 at Lincoln Trail.
Brian was awarded three-time All Big 8 Conference selection while playing for Mt. Vernon High School and helped his team win conference titles in both 2002 and 2003.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007Gems Defeat Dragons 6-1
|The DuPage Dragons were defeated by the Quincy Gems 6-1 in the first of a three-game series. The Gems (17-20) opened up a big lead with five runs in the fourth inning and never looked back as they handed the Dragons (19-17) their second straight loss.
The Dragons were the first to get on the board as Dan Weston and Mike Tokarski started the first inning with back-to-back singles against starter Tyler Cox (2-3). After a flyout to center moved Weston to third, Tokarski attempted to steal second and reached safely as the throw from catcher Tyson Blaser flew into centerfield, which allowed Weston to score.
Dragons starter Matt Jernstad (4-3) didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning but once he did, the hits kept coming. Tom McCormick started the frame with an infield single and took second on a soft base hit to right by Blaser.
Cory Coquillard reached on a throwing error by Jernstad which loaded the bases for Wes Freie, who knocked home McCormick with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1. The Gems took the lead on Scott Hauber's RBI single. Zach Troilo made it 3-1 with a run-scoring base hit while Matt Wille made it 5-1 with a two-run single.
In the fifth, the Gems were able to add to their lead as McCormick reached on an error to lead off. After a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball, McCormick scored on a groundout by Coquillard to put Quincy on top 6-1.
The Dragons had their chances the rest of the night but couldn't come up with the big hit as they left 13 runners on, including the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings. Cox worked six innings while allowing five hits. Blaine Cravens worked the final three innings for his first save of the season.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007Bombers Defeat Dans 5-1
|Dubois Bombers right-hander Dallas Sims allowed just one run on three hits as he went the distance to earn his fourth victory of the season in a 5-1 win over the Danville Dans.
Sims struck out three and walked two as the Bombers defense turned a double play in the seventh, right-fielder Derek Melton made two nice catches in the fifth, while center fielder Venson Doster made three really nice running catches.
Dubois took advantage of a pair of Danville errors in the third inning to score all the offense they would need against Dans starter Ricky Bowen.
The Bombers added to their advantage with Casey Hanrahan's run-scoring single in the sixth and then Wes Fink drove home two in the ninth with a triple to right. Fink went 2-for-5 to lead the Dubois offense.
Danville took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against Sims when Ryan Schimpf singled to center to score Robby Kuzdale, who led off the inning when he reached on a hit-batsmen.
The Dans managed only a bunt single in the final six innings against Sims.
The two teams will continue their three-game series on Thursday at League Stadium in Huntingburg, Ind.
Dubois will start right-hander Marc Harmon and Danville will counter with right-hander Jake Walsh.
Monday, July 23, 2007CICL Stars Outslug KIT Leaguers 7-2
|The CICL Stars broke a 1-1 tie wide open with four runs in the bottom of the third inning.
The KIT League struck early with a run in the top of the first. Fulton’s Allen Bolden opened the game with a double. Bolden came around to score on Derrick Washington’s (Sikeston) RBI single.
With two outs in the third, Danville’s Ben Wolgamot doubled. DuPage County’s Ryan Duffy followed with a walk. Quincy Gem Tyson Blaser’s RBI single scored Wolgamot and Duffy came around on an error by the pitcher. A Connor Powers (DuPage) RBI single and a Thomas McCormick (Quincy) RBI double wrapped up the four-run inning.
Bradley Goldsmith (Dubois County), Wolgamot, Blaser, and Powers each finished with two hits for the CICL which finished with seven runs on twelve hits. Powers was named the game’s MVP after finishing 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
Washington and Hunter Nolen (Tradewater) finished with two hits apiece for the KIT League. Tyler Owen (Fulton) added a hit and an RBI.
Greg Hellake took the win for the CICL Stars after firing a perfect third inning.
The KIT League schedule resumes tomorrow with all six teams in action. CICL play opens back up on Wedneday.
Monday, July 23, 2007Player Profile: Robby Kuzdale
|Robby Kuzdale, #3 for the Danville Dans, attends High Point University where he plays for the Panthers baseball team. Robby will be a sophomore next year and is majoring in Business.
As an outfielder this year Robby has a .275 batting average, 17 runs, 28 hits and 14 RBI. Robby is also one of the league leaders in on base percentage with .417.
Robby is from Lutz Florida and graduated from Tampa Jesuit High School where he was a member of a four time Florida state semi-finalist team. He was also honored as 1st team All Conference, All County, and All State in 2005.
Sunday, July 22, 2007PLayer/Pitcher of the Week
|This week's Pitcher of the Week is Michael Manus of the Dubois County Bombers. In two appearances for the week, including one start, Manus was 1-0 in 7.2 innings pitched. He allowed 0 earned runs on only 3 hits, all singles, while fanning 5 batters. Batters averaged .111 against him. For the season, the left-hander from Greensburg, Indiana, is 1-1 with a save and an ERA of 2.52 in 25 innings pitched. Manus recently completed his career at Lincoln Trail Community College.
This week's Player of the Week is James Meador of the Danville Dans. For the week, Meador batted .333 (6-18) and drove in 6 runs and had 2 homers and a triple. He was 1st in RBI, 1st in homers, 1st in slugging at .778, 1st in total bases with 14, the only player with a triple and tied for the league lead in walks with 3. A versatile utility player, Meador is from Ramona, California, and will be a sophomore this fall at San Diego.
Saturday, July 21, 2007KIT League Announces All-Star Roster
|The KIT League announced its roster for the first ever CICL-KIT League 2007 All-Star Game to be held Monday night, July 23, at League Stadium in Huntingburg, Indiana.
The CICL previously announced its All-Star Roster.
Tickets are still available for the All-Star game by contacting the Dubois County Bombers office at 812-683-3700 or email@example.com. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. with a home run derby beginning at 5:30.
Fans can listen to the CICL vs. KIT League all-star game on a pay-per-listen basis. The game will be broadcast through “Teamline.” CLICK HERE or on the Teamline Logo on the right side of this page to access this service.
Josh Manning of the Farmington Firebirds (Three Rivers CC)
Chris Craycraft of the Fulton Railroaders (Kentucky)
Aaron Varnum of the Fulton Railroaders (Hill CC)
Cory White of the Fulton Railroaders (Rend Lake CC)
Matt Shelton of the Owensboro Oilers (Indiana State)
Alex Love of the Owensboro Oilers (Delta State)
Lance Young of the Sikeston Bulls (Jefferson CC)
Brandon Robinette of the Tradewater Pirates (Kentucky Wesleyan)
JB MacDonald of the Union City Greyhounds (Boston College)
Drew Robertson of the Fulton Railroaders (Middle Tennessee State)
Hunter Nolen of the Tradewater Pirates (Hill CC)
Tony Spencer of the Farmington Firebirds (Southeast Missouri State)
Zak Shy of the Fulton Railroaders (Jefferson CC)
Kevin Gillespie of the Fulton Railroaders (Lincoln Trail CC)
Tyler Owen of the Fulton Railroaders (Murray State)
Will Devick of the Owensboro Oilers (Brescia)
Derrick Washington of the Sikeston Bulls (Hill CC)
Matt Toffaletti of the Tradewater Pirates (Penn)
Jeff Reach of the Union City Greyhounds (Montevallo)
Ryan Dickerman of the Farmington Firebirds (William Woods)
Alan Bolden of the Fulton Railroaders (David Lipscomb)
Mason Mosby of the Sikeston Bulls (Rhodes)
Logan Neal of the Tradewater Pirates (Mid-Continent)
Blake McDade of the Union City Greyhounds (Middle Tennessee State)
Saturday, July 21, 2007Bombers Outdistance Dragons 7-4
|Casey Martin’s two RBI single in the bottom of the sixth broke open a 4-3 game and the Bombers held on to win 7-4.
The Bombers capitalized on six Dragon errors leading to four unearned runs. Bomber starter Michael Manus (1-1) recorded the win after he pitched 5-2/3 innings and allowed no earned runs. Marc Harmon came on in the sixth and worked 2-1/3 scoreless innings to preserve the Bomber lead.
The Dragons scored one in the ninth as walks to Dave Reynolds and Johnny Lee and a single by Chad Bisnette off of Dylan Cupples plated one run. Andrew Scheid entered the game with two runners on and nobody out and retired three of the four batters he faced to earn his first save.
Martin finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs for the Bombers who improved to 18-17. Langdon Potts added two RBIs and Vince Doster chipped in two hits.
Chad Bisnette did the big damage for DuPage, driving in three of the four Dragon runs. Dan Weston added two hits for the visitors who fell to 19-16.
Saturday, July 21, 2007Gems Rally to Beat Dans 4-3
|The Quincy Gems rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Danville Dans 4-3 at Danville Stadium on Saturday night.
The Gems snapped a four-game losing streak with the come-from-behind victory as relief pitchers Brian Morrell and Andrew Deain threw three scoreless innings with Deain getting out of first and second situation in the ninth with Quincy's Zack Troilo making a nice sliding catch in left and third baseman Jon Myers snared a hard shot from Danville's Ben Wolgamot to get the final out.
Danville (18-18) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning off of Quincy starter Kyle Hein. Ryan Schimpf had a run-scoring single in the frame and James Meador followed with a RBI triple to right to highlight the inning for the Dans, who had won nine straight over the Gems (16-20) coming into Saturday's contest.
Heim didn't allow another run in the next five frames as he got out of bases-loaded situation in the fifth inning when he struck out Danville's Steve Esmonde.
Quincy closed with 3-2 on a pair of sacrifice flies from Cory Coquillard in the second and seventh innings. The Gems took the lead for good in the eighth with a pair of runs, The first scored when Troilo reached on an two-out error, scoring Ryan Hook, who led off the inning with a bunt single. Thomas McCormick drove home Troilo with a single to center on a 3-2 pitch after fouling off two pitches.
The Dans and the Gems have the next three days off for the all-star break. Danville returns to action on Wednesday with a 6:30 p.m. contest with the Dubois Bombers, while Quincy will play DuPage.
Friday, July 20, 2007Dans Complete DH Sweep of Gems 7-2
|The Danville Dans completed a doubleheader sweep of the Quincy Gems with a 7-2 victory in game two at Danville Stadium and the two victories allowed the Dans to move one game over .500 for the first time all year.
Quincy (15-20) scored first with back-to-back two-out doubles by Jon Myers and Thomas McCormick to take a 1-0 lead, but Danville (18-17) responded with three runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted by James Meador's bases-loaded two-run single.
The Gems cut it to 3-2 on a sacrifice fly by Jon Myers in the third, but once again the Dans responded in the bottom half of the frame on Jet Butler's two-out run-scoring single to left giving Danville a 4-2 lead.
Danville, which had been 7-of-56 with the bases loaded entering the game, got its second bases-loaded, two-run single in the fifth when Robby Kuzdale lined a single to center after Chris Lewellyn had drawn a bases-loaded walk for an RBI.
Danville's Tyler Whitney went five innings, allowing five hits and two runs, to improve to 3-1 on the season, while Quincy's Dave Nykiel sustained his first loss, dropping to 3-1.
Myers and McCormick led the Quincy offense with two hits each. Multiple hits for Danville came from Robby Kuzdale, Chris McGuiness and Jet Butler.
The five-game series between the Dans and the Gems will conclude Saturday night with a 6:30 p.m. contest at Danville Stadium. Danville will send left-hander Brandon Godfrey (3-1) the mound against Quincy and their left-handed starter Kyle Heim (2-1).
Friday, July 20, 2007Bombers Fall to Dragons 3-2
|Connor Powers’ solo home run in the top of the eighth inning off of Travis Lamar broke a 2-2 tie and the Dragons held on Friday night in Huntingburg.
The first seven innings featured an outstanding pitcher’s duel between Dubois County’s Dan Kapala (3-2) and DuPage County’s Andrew Beatty (4-2). The two hurlers each pitched seven strong innings and allowed only two runs. Beatty picked up the win for DuPage while Kapala received a no-decision for the Bombers. Travis Lamar (3-2) took the loss for Dubois County.
The Bombers struck first with two runs in the bottom of the third. Bomber second baseman Andy Smith reached on an error, stole second and scored on a Casey Martin single. Martin would come around to score as the next batter, Wes Fink, roped an RBI double to left field.
DuPage bounced back with two runs of their own in the top of the fifth. A walk to Johnny Lee started the inning. Lee scored after the next Dragon hitter, Dave Reynolds, laid down a bunt that was mishandled by Bomber third baseman Rich Gorman. Reynolds then came home on Adam Melker’s RBI knock.
The Bombers threatened in the eighth after singles by Bradley Goldsmith and Rich Gorman with no outs, but a muffed sac bunt attempt and two strikeouts ended the threat.
Powers and Ryan Duffy each finished 2-for-4 for the Dragons who improve to 19-15. Derek Melton finished as the lone Bomber with two hits as the team drops to 17-17.
The same two teams conclude their series tomorrow at League Stadium in Huntingburg. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. It will be “Miller Chill Night” at the ballpark. Come meet the Miller Lite Girls and sample the new Miller Chill. Also the first 80 fans will receive a free two-liter of Coke Zero.
Friday, July 20, 2007Dans Win 1st Game 6-3
|Danville's James Meador went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning to help the Dans beat the Quincy Gems 6-3 at Danville Stadium Friday night in game one of a doubleheader.
It was the second consecutive night for Meador to have a home run against Quincy and the win was Danville's fourth in a row.
Dans left-hander Connor Sestak went the distance, allowing three runs on four hits, to pick up his third win of the year.
Danville pounded out 12 hits in the contest with Robby Kuzdale, Ben Wolgamot, Steve Esmonde, Kevin Cahill and Meador each picking up two hits each.
Quincy scored all of its runs in the third and fourth innings as Matt Wille and Tyson Blaser had run-scoring singles in the third, while Cory Coquillard gave the Gems a 3-2 lead with a RBI groundout in the fourth.
Danville came back with a three-run fourth, highlighted by Meador's blast off Quincy starter Greg Hellhake, who fell to 1-3 with the loss.
Thursday, July 19, 2007Dans 4, Gems 1
|The Quincy Gems dropped their second consecutive game, falling 4-1 to the Danville Dans. The Dans pitchers once again shut down the Gems hitters, holding the Gems to just six hits and striking out 11 batters.
Danville grabbed the lead quickly with a run in the top of the first inning. The Dans Schimpf started the game with a double and was follwed by a two-base error that allowed him to score. The Dans opened up a 2-0 lead with another run in the fifth, this time on a solo home run by Meador.
The Gems answered back in the bottom half of the inning when Zach Triolo, who singled and stole second and third, would score on a single by Ryan Hook.
That was all the offense the Gems could muster however, managing just one hit in the final four innings. The Dans added insurance runs in the sixth and eighth for a 4-1 win.
Jake Walsh picked up the win, going six innings and allowing one run on six hits with five strikeouts. A.J. Griffin recorded the save, going one inning and striking out two batters. Patrick Doyle suffered the loss for Quincy, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits.
Quincy is now 15-17 overall while Danville improves to 16-17.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007Dans Kayo Gems 2-1
|The Danville Dans blew past Quincy, striking out 15 Gems players in a 2-1 win at QU Stadium. Dans starting pitcher Ricky Bowen went seven innings, allowing one run on just three hits while striking out 11. A.J. Griffin came on in relief to strike out all four batters he faces while picking up his fourth save of the year.
Danville broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Trent Diedrich hit a sacrifice fly that scored Ben Wolgamot. Quincy tied the game one inning later scoring on a Matt Wille RBI single.
With the game tied at 1-1, the Dans were able to scrape up a run in the eighth putting together a two-out rally and scoring on an RBI double by Wolgamot.
Tyler Cox was the no-luck starter for the Gems, going seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits while striking out five. Quincy falls to 15-17 overall while Danville improves to the same 15-17 overall. Both teams are in action tomorrow night at QU Stadium.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007Dragons Win Game One, Game Two Suspended
|The DuPage Dragons were 4-2 winners over the Dubois County Bombers in game one of a scheduled doubleheader at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex. There were only three pitches thrown in game two before the game was suspended because of inclement weather. It will be picked up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, July 29 th at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex.
The Bombers (17-16) got on the board first in game one as Bradley Goldsmith was hit by a pitch and then put himself in scoring position by stealing two bases. A groundball off the bat of Wes Fink was not fielded by Cole Tyrell which allowed Goldsmith to score the game's first run.
In the second, Dubois County added to their lead as Brandon Knox reached on a one-out single and also stole second and third which set up Matt Hamaker, who came through with an RBI double to give the Bombers a 2-0 lead.
It wasn't until the fourth that the Dragons (18-15) got to Bombers starter Cole Uebelhor (2-5) as Connor Powers led off the frame with a single. The next batter, Gabe DeMarco, pummeled his team-leading fourth home run to deep left which tied the game at 2-2.
The Dragons weren't done as Cole Tyrell followed up the long ball with a single to restart the rally. Tyrell was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dave Reynolds, which gave Johnny Lee a chance to give the Dragons the lead. Lee came through with an RBI single up the middle as Tyrell scored to make it 3-2.
Eric Stephens provided an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as he singled home Dave Reynolds to put the Dragons in front by a pair.
That was more than enough for Kenny Smalley (4-0) who made the lead hold up. Smalley pitched the team's first complete game of the season as he worked the full seven while only allowing four hits.
The Dragons will travel to Dubois County on Friday night as they look to clinch home-field advantage for the CICL Playoffs. The game will begin at 7 PM in League Stadium. The Dragons return home to the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex on Wednesday, July 25 th at 7 PM as they host the Quincy Gems.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007Dragons Fall Back into First Place Tie
|The DuPage Dragons allowed four unearned runs to score in the second inning as they lost to the Dubois County Bombers 6-3. Mike Manns (1-2) suffered the tough loss as he only allowed one earned run in six innings while striking out a team-high 10 batters.
The only earned run that Manns gave up came in the first inning as Bradley Goldsmith pounded out his second home run of the year to left-center which gave the Bombers (17-15) a 1-0 lead.
The Dragons (17-15) battled back in the bottom of the first with three singles, the last of which by Cole Tyrell scored Adam Melker to tie the game.
In the second, Manns got the first two outs without an issue and was about to get the third on a groundball but a low throw by Tyrell allowed the inning to continue. After a walk to Venson Doster, Langdon Potts reached on an infield single. Johnny Lee's throw to first to try get Potts skipped by Eric Stephens which brought home Casey Hanrahan to put the Bombers on top 2-1.
Rich Gorman followed up with a bloop double to left-center which scored Doster. Potts and Gorman came in on a base hit by Goldsmith to make it 5-1 Bombers.
The Dragons cut into the lead in the fourth as Stephens led off with a single. A single by Chad Bisnette and an error by Potts allowed Stephens to go to third. Sean Osborne drove Stephens home with a sacrifice fly which could have been more if it weren't for a diving catch by Goldsmith. Goldsmith shined again on the next play as he threw Bisnette out at the plate after a single by Melker to keep the Bombers in front by three.
Derek Melton's RBI single in the sixth made it 6-2 Bombers until the bottom of the sixth when Lee nailed his first home run of the season off Dallas Sims (3-1) to make it 6-3. The following hitter, Bisnette, struck out on a check swing on a call that nobody on the Dragons' side agreed with. This resulted in the ejections of first base coach Ed Zeifert, Bisnette and manager Mark Viramontes.
The Dragons didn't manage to get another hit as Michael Manus and Dylan Cupples combined for three perfect innings out of the bullpen to preserve the win for the Bombers.
The Dragons will face off with the Bombers again tomorrow in a doubleheader starting at 5 PM at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007All-Star Game Roster Selected
|The Central Illinois Collegiate League is proud to announce the roster for the upcoming league All Star Game that will be played Monday, July 23rd at League Stadium the home of the Dubois Bombers. The 2007 CICL All Star Team will be coached by the head coach of the league’s 1st place team, as of the end of this Saturday’s action. Each of the other head coaches will serve as assisting coaches.
Each All Star player was first nominated and then selected by the league coaches based on their outstanding performance so far this season. The CICL has put together a competitive team to take on the KIT League, consisting of the following players.
Josh Crockett of the Danville Dans (Sierra Community College)
Dylan Cupples of the Dubois Bombers (University of Memphis)
Andrew Deain of the Quincy Gems (Northern Illinois University)
Greg Hellhake of the Quincy Gems (Creighton University)
Matt Jernstad of the DuPage Dragons (Northern Illinois University)
Dan Kapala of the Dubois Bombers (University of Notre Dame)
Dave Nykiel of the Quincy Gems (Northern Illinois University)
Connor Sestak of the Danville Dans (Purdue University)
Dallas Sims of the Dubois Bombers (Lee University)
Chris Affinito of the Dubois Bombers (Seton Hall University)
Tyson Blaser of the Quincy Gems (University of Iowa)
Casey Martin of the DuBois Bombers (Indiana State University)
Ben Wolgamont of the Danville Dans (Danville Area Community College)
Connor Powers of the DuPage Dragons (Mississippi State University)
Jon Myers of the Quincy Gems (Meramec Community College)
Cole Tyrell of the DuPage Dragons (University of Dayton)
Wes Fink of the DuBois Bombers (Jackson State Community College)
Bradley Goldsmith of the Dubois Bombers (St. Edwards University)
Thomas McCormick of the Quincy Gems (University of Missouri- Rolla)
Derek Melton of the Dubois Bombers (Wabash Valley Community College)
Ryan Schimpf of the Danville Dans (Louisiana State University)
Utility Players/Designated Hitters:
James Meador of the Danville Dans (University of San Diego)
Rich Gorman of the Dubois Bombers (University of California)
Ryan Duffy of the DuPage Dragons (Mississippi State University)
Tuesday, July 17, 2007CICL Alumni Pitches in MLB All Star Game - Jon Papelbon
|43,965 fans showed up at the AT&T Park in San Francisco last Sunday to watch the MLB All Star Tournament, where the National League All Stars took on the American League All Stars.
Playing in that game was CICL alumni player Jonathan Papelbon, now #58, the closing pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. This is Papelbon’s second year playing in the MLB All Star Tournament, and this year he was accompanied by five of his teammates including; Manny Ramirez, David Oritz, Hideki Okajima, Mike Lowell and fellow pitcher Josh Beckett. Pitching one inning in the All Star game, Papelbon had two strike outs giving up only one run.
Papelbon played with the CICL in 2001, pitching for the Danville Dans. He then went on to be drafted by the Red Sox in 2003 and made his Major League Baseball debut on July 31, 2005.
Monday, July 16, 2007What Others Are Saying About the CICL
|Click here for a link to a CICL article in the Evansville Courier Press (Indiana)
Sunday, July 15, 2007Weekly Awards
|This week's Player of the Week Award goes to Ryan Duffy of the DuPage County Dragons. The catcher/first baseman led the Dragons to a 4-1 record for the week against the Danville Dans by driving in 13 runs in the series. The only game Duffy failed to drive in a run was the only loss of the week, though he had 3 base hits in the game.
Overall for the week, Duffy batted .421 (5th), led in slugging at .842, led in RBI with 13, led in doubles with 5, led in total bases with 16 and tied for 3rd in hits with 8. He leads the Dragons in batting at .291 and is now tied for the league lead in RBI with 27. Duffy is from Naples, Florida, and will be a junior this fall at Mississippi State.
The Pitcher of the Week is also a Dragon, left-hander Matt Jernstad who wins the honor for the second time this summer. During the week, Jernstad was 1-0 in one appearance, a start against Danville where he pitched 7 shutout innings allowing only 3 singles while striking out 5 Dans. The Dans' 3 hits added up to a .130 batting average for the game.
Jernstad once again leads the league with a 1.95 ERA and 4 wins. Matt is from Oswego, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at Northern Illinois.
Sunday, July 15, 2007Gems Handle Bombers 10-5
|The Quincy Gems rallied from a 5-4 deficit to post a combined six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to top the Bombers 10-5.
The Bombers posted their five runs in the fourth and fifth innings. A Chris Affinito two-run home run in the top of the fourth highlighted the Bombers’ offensive attack. Shortstop Wes Fink finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs and Rich Gorman chipped in two hits for the Bombers who fall to 16-15.
Eric Smith (2-3) took the loss for Dubois County after he allowed 10 hits and six runs (four earned) over his seven innings of work.
The win goes to Gem right-hander Frank Allen (2-3) who secured the victory after entering in the top of the sixth and firing two scoreless frames. He turned it over to closer Andrew Deain who continued Allen’s scoreless ways. Deain tossed two shutout frames of his own to pick up his fifth save of the season.
Quincy jumped on top early with three runs in the first inning taking advantage of a pair of Bombers errors with Wes Freie picking up the big hit in the inning, a two run single. The Gems grabbed the lead with two runs in the seventh, scoring on an RBI single by Zurliene and a suicide squeeze by Curt Courtwright that scored Scott Hauber.
The bottom half of the Gem order did most of the damage Sunday night as number five hitter Wes Freie and number seven hitter Brett Zurliene combined to record seven RBIs and six base hits. The Gems opened the game up with four runs on four hits in the eighth. The Gems started the eighth by putting the first four batters on base. Quincy finished the game with 15 hits and improves to 15-16 overall.
Sunday, July 15, 2007Dans Avert 5 game Sweap, Defeat Dragons 4-3
|The DuPage Dragons fell just short in their attempt to record a five-game sweep against the Danville Dans as the Dans (14-17) picked up a 4-3 victory. Trent Diedrich's pinch-hit home run to lead off the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie to set up the win for Danville.
The scoring didn't start until the fifth inning thanks to timely defense by both ballclubs. With a runner on second in the top of the first, Adam Melker sprawled out to rob James Meador of a base hit which would have put the Dans in front. In the bottom of the first, a hit was taken from Connor Powers, who was robbed on a diving play by second baseman Ben Wolgamot
Danville finally broke through in the fifth against starter Erik Forestiere as Jet Butler reached on an error by second baseman Johnny Lee. Butler came around on a double by Wolgamot to give the Dans the first run of the game.
The Dans scored twice more in the sixth inning as Zach Rodeghero hit a line drive to left that Dan Weston lost in the sun. That allowed Chris McGuiness to score which gave the Dans a 2-0 lead. Rodeghero ended up scoring on a single by Butler to give the Dans a three-run cushion.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Dragons (17-14) closed the gap. Melker singled to start the inning and took third on the third double of the game by Ryan Duffy. On the throw to second by Meador, the ball bounced away from the shortstop Butler, allowing Melker to score.
The Dragons didn't stop there as Powers reached on an error and Cole Tyrell was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With reliever Zach Scott in the ballgame, Chad Bisnette was hit by a pitch, bringing Duffy into score, cutting the Danville lead to 3-2. To the next batter, Scott uncorked a wild pitch which brought Powers into score the tying run.
The game remained tied until the ninth as Altbach and A.J. Griffin worked scoreless innings out of the bullpen in the seventh and eighth. The Dragons threatened in the bottom of the ninth as Dave Reynolds and Eric Stephens came off the bench with one-out singles. Unfortunately, the Dragons couldn't push them home as Lee and Melker flew out to end the game.
Saturday, July 14, 2007Gems Stop Skid, Defeat Bombers 11-5
|The Quincy Gems snapped a nine-game losing streak, topping the Dubois County Bombers 11-5 in a rain delayed game on Saturday night.
Quincy struck quickly with a two-run home run by Thomas McCormick in the bottom of the first inning. The Bombers plated a run in the fourth inning on a solo home run to cut the score to 2-1.
The Gems got that run back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by McCormick. The Gems extended their lead with two more runs in the fifth on a two run single by Matt Wille.
The Bombers cut the score to 5-2 with a run in the sixth. The game was delayed for an hour and half in the middle of the seventh. When the game resumed the Gems started with a bang, scoring six runs on six hits to open an 11-2 lead. The Bombers scored two late runs in the eighth and one in the ninth for the final score of 11-5.
McCormick went four for five with four RBI, missing the cycle by just a triple. The Gems are now 14-16 overall and will face the Bombers again tomorrow evening at QU Stadium.
Saturday, July 14, 2007Dragons Win 4th Straight Over Dans 6-5
|The DuPage Dragons hung on late as they defeated the Danville Dans for the fourth straight night 6-5. The Dans (13-17) threatened late in the ballgame, but a solid effort from Dave Reynolds kept the Dragons (17-13) in front as they took over sole possession of first place in the CICL.
As has been the norm in this series, the Dragons jumped out to an early lead. After a one-out single in the first by Dan Weston, Connor Powers connected on an opposite-field home run to right-center, his second of the season to put the Dragons in front 2-0.
More fireworks from the Dragons came in the third after Weston reached on a walk which gave Ryan Duffy a chance to add to his RBI total. Duffy lined a pitch over the wall in right to put the Dragons up 4-0. It was Duffy's third homer, giving him a league-high 26 RBI.
In the fourth, Reynolds was hit by a pitch, took second on a stolen base and advanced to third when Eric Stephens reached on an error by second baseman Ben Wolgamot. Reynolds came into score on a sacrifice fly by Adam Melker which gave the Dragons a 5-0 lead.
Danville finally got a hit and a run against starter Brandon Copp (2-1) in the fifth. Chris McGuiness broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff double and scored on a groundout by Chris Lewellyn. The Dans got two more against Copp in the sixth as Jet Butler singled home James Meador and Trent Diedrich, cutting the Dragons' lead to 5-3.
The Dragons scored once more in the bottom of the sixth as Duffy knocked in Stephens with a single, giving Duffy 13 runs batted in during the last four games.
The Dans got closer in the seventh as Wolgamot and Ryan Schimpf walked. Each advanced a base on a double steal which set up Dan Black who looped a single to right to score both runners, pulling the Dans within a run.
Danville's greatest threat to the Dragons came in the eighth as Tom Filip and Reynolds combined to walk the bases loaded. With two outs, Reynolds struck out Schimpf on a 3-2 pitch to preserve the lead. Reynolds finished the ballgame with a perfect ninth inning to record his fifth save.
The Dragons will look for the sweep against the Dans tomorrow evening at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex at 5 PM. Tickets are available by calling the Dragons at (630) 241-2255 or by visiting the website at www.dupagedragons.com
CORRECTION: It was reported yesterday that Steve Crnkovich worked 2 1/3 innings in his Dragons' debut yesterday. That was incorrect as Brad Altbach pitched after Andrew Beatty left the game in the sixth inning and worked 2 1/3 innings. We apologize for the inaccuracy.
Friday, July 13, 2007Profiled Player Venson Doster-Dubois Bombers #6
|Coming to the CICL from Ohio Dominican is #6 for the Dubois Bombers, Venson Doster. He is from Lanham, MD and is a senior Business Administration Major.
Doster, who is playing outfield for the Bombers, has a .273 Batting average, 11 runs, 21 hits, and 12 RBI so far this season. With 16 steal attempts Doster is also one of the leading players in this category.
Doster is the fastest player on the Ohio Dominican Panther’s team, running the 60 yard dash in 6.5 seconds. Doster also stole 56 bases in 61 attempts and in only 57 games last season.
Friday, July 13, 2007Bombers Stay Hot With 6-3 Win
|The Dubois County Bombers are red hot. The Bombers broke open a 1-1 tie with a four-run fourth inning en route to their fifth straight victory, 6-3 over the Quincy Gems. The Bombers plated 4 runs on 3 hits in the inning and were aided by a costly Gem error. Bomber starter Marc Harmon would take it from there.
The 6’ 4” –215 lb. right-hander pitched seven strong innings and allowed only 6 hits and 3 runs. The win pushes Harmon’s record to 2-0. Andrew Scheid pitched a scoreless eighth then turned it over to Dylan Cupples who recorded his sixth save.
Bradley Goldsmith finished 3-for-5 to lead all Bomber hitters. Rich Gorman added 2 RBIs and Derek Melton finished with 2 hits and 2 runs scored.
Brett Zurliene finished with another 2 hit game for the Gems.
Gem starter Greg Hellhake (1-2) took the loss after pitching 4-2/3 innings and allowing 7 runs (6 earned).
The Bombers travel to Quincy tomorrow for a 2-game series. After an off day the team travels to DuPage County for a 3-game set before returning home Friday July 20.
Friday, July 13, 2007Dragons Top Dans Again 7-4
|The DuPage Dragons rode the coattails of a strong effort from Andrew Beatty (3-2), who allowed just one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings as he led the Dragons (16-13) to a 7-4 victory over the Danville Dans.
It was all Dragons early as the team took advantage of some wildness from Connor Sestak (2-2). Sestak walked the first two hitters he faced and uncorked two wild pitches which set up a sacrifice fly from Ryan Duffy to make it a 1-0 game.
In the third, Duffy knocked Adam Melker in with another sacrifice fly after Melker was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a double by Sean Osborne. Osborne scored to make it 3-0 on a sacrifice fly by Dan Weston.
The Dans (13-16) put a tally on the scoreboard in the fourth as Ryan Schimpf led off the inning with a single. After a walk and an error, Chris McGuiness walked to force home Schimpf, cutting the Dragons' lead down to 3-1.
The Dragons, however, added to their lead in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Duffy grounded into a fielder's choice in the fourth to score Johnny Lee which made it 4-1. Weston scored in the fifth inning on a single by Lee, who was 3-for-3 in the ballgame.
In the sixth, the Dragons scored two runs. Melker singled and scored on a double by Duffy, who ended up with four RBI, giving him nine over the last two games. Chad Bisnette put the Dragons in front 7-1 with a single to score Osborne.
Danville cut it close in the eighth as Robby Kuzdale singled home a run. Two batters later, Schimpf knocked home two with a double down the leftfield line. It could have been worse for the Dragons if it weren't for two Dans' runners getting thrown out at the plate including Chris Lewellyn, on Schimpf's double to end the eighth inning.
Steve Crnkovich made his Dragons' debut and lasted 2 1/3 innings out of the bullpen, allowing the three runs in the eighth. Bradley Riegler faced the minimum in the ninth to notch his second save.
The Dragons will look for their fourth straight win against the Dans tomorrow night at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex at 7 PM.
Thursday, July 12, 2007Bombes Bomb Gems 11-2
|The Dubois County Bombers pieced together a solid all-around effort to defeat the visiting Quincy Gems 11-2 Thursday night. The offense produced a combined 9 runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth and the Bombers’ pitching trio of Cole Uebelhor, Eric Smith and Taylor Land allowed only 2 runs on 6 hits.
The Bomber offense broke a 2-2 tie with 5 runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Bombers sent 10 men to the plate and recorded 3 base hits.
First baseman Chris Affinito led the Bomber hitting attack with a 3-for-5 night including a 2-run homer in the bottom of the eighth and 4 RBIs. Second baseman Andy Smith added 2 hits and 2 RBIs for the Bombers who improve to 15-13 and sit atop the CICL.
Bomber starting pitcher Cole Uebelhor (2-4) pitched 7 strong innings and allowed only 6 hits to record his second win of the season. Patrick Doyle (2-4) took the loss for Quincy after surrendering 7 runs (5 earned) in 5-1/3 innings of work.
The Bombers and Gems close their three-game series Friday night at League Stadium in Huntingburg. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. CDT.
Bombers Probable Starter for 7/13: Marc Harmon
Gems Probable Starter: Greg Hellhake
Thursday, July 12, 2007Dragons Drub Dans 12-1
|The DuPage Dragons used big nights from Ryan Duffy and Matt Jernstad (4-2) to defeat the Danville Dans for the second straight night 12-1. Duffy picked up a Dragons' season-high five RBI while Jernstad worked seven scoreless innings as the Dragons (15-13) remain on top in the CICL.
The scoring started early for the Dragons as Adam Melker nailed a one-out double and took third on a wild pitch. With Duffy at first after a walk, Cole Tyrell laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt up the first base line which allowed Melker to come in, giving the Dragons the early lead.
Two innings later, the Dragons would add to their lead as Danville starter Jake Walsh (1-4) struggled with his control. Dan Weston walked with one out and scored on a two-out base hit by Duffy. After a single by Tyrell, Gabe DeMarco walked to load the bases for Chad Bisnette. On a 3-2 pitch, Bisnette was hit by a breaking ball which put the Dragons in front 3-0.
In the fourth, the Dans (13-15) fell into an even bigger hole. Johnny Lee and Eric Stephens drew bases on balls to start the frame while the bases became loaded on a seeing-eye single by Melker. Just like last night, the Dragons got a big, three-run double as Duffy came through with the heroics to put the Dragons ahead by six.
The offense provided plenty of cushion for Jernstad who shut the Dans down on just three base hits. Danville 's biggest threat came in the seventh as they loaded the bases with no outs, but Jernstad pushed through and finished strong as a lineout, strikeout and flyout ended the scoring chance.
The Dragons kept the runs coming throughout the ballgame as Duffy knocked home Weston with a fielder's choice in the sixth. The Dragons scored five in the eighth as Dave Reynolds provided a two-run double. Stephens and Weston also picked up run-scoring hits.
The Dans finally crossed the plate in the ninth against Mike Manns as Steve Esmonde knocked in Ryan Schimpf with a single.
The Dragons will look for their third straight win against the Dans tomorrow night at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex at 7 PM.
Thursday, July 12, 2007Profiled Coach: Chris Martin-Quincy Gems
|This is Chris Martin’s first season as head coach for the Quincy Gems, but he is no stranger to the CICL or the city of Quincy. While playing ball in college Chris also played with the CICL, before eventually going on to play with the New York Yankees. Chris believes that what he learned as a CICL player was major a stepping stone to getting into the majors.
Chris just finished his first season as head coach at Quincy Notre Dame High School. He played for Quincy High School where he received Quincy Herald Whig player of the Year. Throughout his college career Chris played for Eastern Illinois University, a division one school.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007Dragons Pound Dans 14-6
|The DuPage Dragons scored a season-high 14 runs as they beat the Danville Dans 14-6 at Danville Stadium on Wednesday.
DuPage first baseman Eric Stephens went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, scoring two runs and driving home four, including a three-run double to right-center during the Dragons' four-run second inning. The five doubles for DuPage was a season high.
The Dragons, who 15 hits in the contest, had three different players with three hits in the contest. Those were Adam Melker, Cole Tyrell and Chad Bisnette.
DuPage right-hander Kenny Smalley improved to 3-0 going 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, five hits, walking six and striking out four.
Reliever Bradley Riegler finished the game, allowing one unearned run.
Danville's bright spot was the arrival of Trent Diedrich, who went 2-for-2 with an RBI single in the seventh, while shortstop Jet Butler went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
The two teams will continue their five-game series with the next four at the Lisle Benedictine Sports Complex. Thursday's game will start at 7 p.m.
The Dragons will send left-hander Matt Jernstad (3-2, 2.40 ERA) to the mound, while the Dans will counter with right-hander Jake Walsh (1-3, 3.13 ERA).
Wednesday, July 11, 2007Bombers Top Gems 5-2
|Bomber starter Dallas Sims (2-1) pitched eight strong innings and Dylan Cupples picked up his league-leading fifth save as the Bombers topped the Quincy Gems 5-2. Sims allowed only 5 hits and struck out 7 to record his second victory of the season.
The Bombers offense struck early with a run in the bottom of the second on the strength of a Wes Fink single, a walk to Chris Affinito, a Casey Hanrahan sacrifice bunt and a Vince Doster RBI groundout. Doster recorded another RBI in the fourth when his single scored Affinito, who reached on a walk. The Bombers rounded out their scoring with three runs in the bottom of the eighth as pinch-runner Brandon Knox, Affinito and Hanrahan each scored.
Hanrahan led all players with three hits and also recorded an RBI and scored a run. Doster finished 1-for-3 with 3 RBIs. Bradley Goldsmith also drove in a run.
Tyler Cox (1-3) pitched well for Quincy but suffered the loss after allowing three runs over 7-plus innings of work.
Cory Coquillard and Tyson Blaser each knocked in a run in the ninth for the Gems.
The win pushes the Bombers back over .500 to 14-13 and leaves them in a tie for first place in the CICL. The Bombers play host to the same Gems tomorrow at League Stadium in Huntingburg. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
Bombers Probable Starter for 7/13: Marc Harmon
Tuesday, July 10, 2007Profiled Player Jason Nappi- Danville Dans #7
|Playing outfield and 3rd base for the Danville Dans is #7 Jason Nappi. This is Nappi’s first year playing with the CICL .
Nappi is from Birmingham Alabama and attends Mississippi State University where he will be a sophomore majoring in Banking and Finance.
Nappi was a three-year starter at multiple positions and two-time all-state standout at Mountain Brook High School. He hit .505 with nine home runs and 36 RBI as a senior in 2006. He earned Birmingham News Super All-State honors as a third baseman and Alabama Sports Writers Association "Super 10" honors as a designated hitter.
Monday, July 9, 2007News Regarding 2007 CICL All-Star Game
|The Dubois County Bombers are proud to host the 2007 All-Star Game in Huntingburg, Indiana at League Stadium. The game will be held on Monday, July 23 at 7 p.m. The format has changed this season with the Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL) taking on the Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee Summer Collegiate League (KIT) in a 9-inning game.
Each league will be represented by 22 all-stars, which will be picked by the general managers and coaches of their respected leagues. The rosters should be set and released no later than the morning of Tuesday, July 17.
New to this season is the introduction of a workout for the players who are not picked as all-stars but have professional potential. That workout will precede the all-stars workout and will start at 1:45 p.m. (CST) and conclude by 4 p.m. We plan on putting the players through a pro-style workout and have the pitchers throw 15-20 pitches in the bullpen. These players are to be selected again by the coaching staffs, general managers or by a recommendation of a scout of someone they want to see. This list of players participating should also be available by Tuesday, July 17.
Sunday, July 8, 2007Player and Pitcher Half-Season Awards
|The 2007 Player of the First Half Award goes to Thomas McCormick of the Quincy Gems. The Gems outfielder from Missouri-Rolla started and played all 26 games and finished the first half leading the league in slugging at .564, leading in homers with 5, leading in total bases with 57, was 2nd in RBI with 22, 2nd in hits with 34, 5th in on-base percentage at .437, 3rd in batting at .337 (34-101) and tied for 3rd in runs with 20. McCormick is from Houston, Texas and will be a junior this fall at Rolla.
The Pitcher of the First Half Award goes to Dan Kapala of the Dubois County Bombers, capping off an excellent half that saw the right-hander also garner two weekly awards. Kapala's 0.69 ERA leads the league by almost two full runs (qualifying pitchers = 1 IP/game). In the first half, Kapala made 5 appearances, including 3 starts, and allowed only 3 total runs, 2 earned runs, in 26 innings pitched. Batters averaged only .223 against him, struck out 22 times and had only 2 extra base hits out of the 21 allowed, both of them doubles. Kapala is from Royal Oak, Michigan, and will be a senior this fall at Notre Dame.
Sunday, July 8, 2007Player and Pitcher of the Week
|This week's Pitcher and Player Awards go to two key players who helped the Dubois Bombers to a 5-2 record pulling them into a 4-way tie for the league lead at 13-13.
The CICL Pitcher of the Week Award for the week ending July 8 is Dan Kapala of the Dubois County Bombers. The right-hander made two appearances during the week including one start and earned the victory in each game. He was the starting and winning pitcher Saturday in the Bombers' 3-0 victory over DuPage, pitching 6 innings and allowing only 4 hits.
For the week, Kapala was 2-0 in 11 innings pitched while allowing 2 runs, only 1 earned, while striking out 10. This is the second weekly award this summer for the Notre Dame senior-to-be who hails from Royal Oak, Michigan.
The CICL Player of the Week Award this week goes to Derek Melton, also of the Dubois County Bombers. For the week, the left-handed hitting outfielder led the league in batting at .448 (13-29); led in hits with 13; led in slugging at .621; led in total bases with 18; tied for the lead in runs with 8; tied for 2nd in RBI with 6; tied for 3rd in doubles with 2; was 4th in on-base percentage at .469 and was one of 9 players who hit a homer during the week.
Melton is from Trenton, Ohio, and recently completed his career at Wabash Valley Community College.
Player and Pitcher Awards for the first half of the season will be announced later today.
Saturday, July 7, 2007Bombers Shut Out Dragons 3-0
|Four pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout Saturday night as the Dubois County Bombers blanked the visiting DuPage County Dragons 3-0. The Bombers struck early with a run in the second inning as Casey Hanrahan's RBI single scored Derek Melton. The Bombers added two more in the fifth on the strength of a Vince Doster single and two stolen bases, a Langdon Potts walk, a Bradley Goldsmith sacrifice fly and an error by Dragons third baseman Connor Powers.
The Dragons loaded the bases in the first but Dan Weston grounded out to shortstop Wes Fink to end the threat. Connor Powers finished as the only Dragon with two hits on the evening.
Derek Melton continued his hot hitting with a 3-for-4 night and Vince Doster chipped in two hits and two stolen bases.
Dan Kapala (2-1) took the win and tossed six shutout innings. Cole Uebelhor and Dallas Sims each pitched an inning before turning the ball over to closer Dylan Cupples who picked up his fourth save.
Brandon Copp (1-1) took the hard-luck loss for DuPage County despite allowing only two earned runs in seven innings of work.
The Bombers will enjoy three off-days before resuming play on Wednesday, July 11 versus the Quincy Gems. First pitch is set for 7
p.m. CDT in Huntingburg.
Saturday, July 7, 2007Dans Top Gems Again 4-3
|The Quincy Gems came up short in snapping their losing streak, dropping their sixth consecutive game, falling to the Danville Dans 4-3 at home.
Quincy started the game strong when Matt Wille led off the bottom half of the first with a single and promptly stole second base. Scott Hauber followed with a single and Thomas McCormick loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Two batters later Jon Myers got the Gems on the board and gave them a 1-0 lead with an RBI single to right. However in what would turn out to be a theme in the game, the Gems hit into a double play and left runners in scoring position.
The Dans tied the game in the third and took the lead in the fourth on a two-run home run to make the score 3-1. Quincy answered back in the bottom of the fourth with a run when Hauber picked up an RBI single that scored Wille.
The Dans extended their lead to 4-2 with another run in the fifth. The Gems scratched their way back into the game, cutting the lead to one, when Zack Troilo scored on a sacrifice fly by Curt Courtwright in the sixth.
Quincy had their chances late in the game, leaving two runners on in the seventh and bases loaded in both the eighth and ninth innings. In the ninth, the Gems had bases loaded with one out however the final two batters struck out, dropping the Gems to 13-13 on the season.
Friday, July 6, 2007Bombers Come From Behind in 9th to Win 10-9
|Trailing 9-7 with nobody on base in the ninth inning, the Dubois County Bombers were one out from losing their second consecutive game to the DuPage County Dragons. Then a Wes Fink single, a Casey Martin single and a walk loaded the bases for second baseman Eric Smith. Smith, who is primarily a pitcher but playing the field due to injury, lined a three-run game-winning single to left field.
Derek Melton finished 1-for-4 with a grand slam in the bottom of the first. Wes Fink added three hits in five at-bats and scored two runs. Travis Lamar (3-1) picked up the win for the Bombers after entering in the seventh and pitching 2-1/3 innings. Lamar allowed only one run and struck out three.
Dan Weston (0-1) surrendered all three Bombers runs in the ninth to blow the save. Ryan Duffy finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The Bombers and Dragons conclude their three-game series tomorrow night in Huntingburg. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. CDT.
Friday, July 6, 2007Dans Hand Gems 5th Straight Loss 13-2
|The Danville Dans handed the Quincy Gems their fifth consecutive loss, winning 13-2 on Friday night.
The Dans plated two runs in the first inning to take the early lead. Quincy cut into the lead with a run in the bottom half when Thomas McCormick singled in Bret Zurleine.
The Dans broke the game open with four runs in the fourth and added four more runs in the sixth. The Dans added three more runs in the eighth, coasting to a 13-2 win. Danville pounded out 14 hits in the game and were handed four walks while the Gems commited three errors.
Quincy falls to 13-12 on the season while Danville improves to 12-13. Both teams are in action again tomorrow night at QU Stadium.
Friday, July 6, 2007Player Profile: John Lee- Dupage Dragons
| #11 for the DuPage Dragons is John Lee from Naperville, IL. This is Lee's first season with the CICL playing infield for the Dragons.
Lee attends Michigan State University where he is entering his sophomore year. In 2006, Lee saw action in 25 games and started in eight for the MSU baseball team. He collected 12 hits, six RBI, six runs and a double in 41 at bats. He also had a batting average of .293.
Friday, July 6, 2007Dans Defeat Gems 7-6 in 10 Innings
|Robby Kuzdale scored from second on a dropped third strike to give the Danville Dans a 7-6 victory over the Quincy Gems before 620 at Danville Stadium.
It's the second straight extra-inning victory for the Dans (11-13) at home, while it's the fourth straight loss for the Gems (13-11).
Kuzdale started the 10th inning with a one-out broken-bat single to center, he stole second.
After an intentional walk to Ryan Schimpf, who went 2-for-4, Danville's James Meador, who was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, fell behind in the count 2-2 against Quincy's Andrew Deain.
Deain got Meador on a breaking ball in the dirt that got past Gems catcher Tyson Blaser. As Meador ran for first, Blaser's throw sailed into right field allowing Kuzdale to score from second with the game-winning run.
Quincy rallied from 6-4 deficit with single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Matt Wille, who went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI scored on a perfectly executed double steal in the ninth as Quincy right-fielder Ryan Hook stole second.
Danville's Josh Crockett earned the victory, improving to 2-0, while Deain suffered the loss (0-1).
The two teams will continue their three-game series on Friday and Saturday night at QU Stadium in Quincy. The Dans will send left-hander Tyler Whitney to the mound against the Gems and left-hander Kyle Heim. First pitch in Quincy is set for 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 5, 2007Dragons Top Bombers 7-4
|The Dubois County Bombers dropped a 7-4 decision Thursday night to the visiting DuPage County Dragons. The Dragons took the lead for good in the top of the first inning with two runs on two hits. The Bombers would cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second, but would never pull closer as the Dragons posted four runs in the top of the fifth on three hits and a costly error.
Adam Melker finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Dragons and Cole Tyrell chipped in a hit and 2 RBIs. DuPage County scored 7 runs despite recording only one extra-base hit. The Dragons were aided by four Bomber errors, leading to four unearned runs.
Derek Melton finished 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Bombers and Casey Martin recorded two hits, both singles, and scored a run.
Tom Filip (2-2) takes the win for the Dragons after entering in the fifth and pitching 1-1/3 innings, allowing no runs. Dave Reynolds picked up the save (4) after allowing one run over the final three frames.
The Bombers continue their homestand Friday night as they take on the same Dupage County Dragons. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. CDT in Huntingburg.
Thursday, July 5, 2007Profiled Player: Zack Troilo
|Playing outfield and wearing #3 for the Quincy Gems is Zack Troilo. So far this season Zack has a .277 batting average with 2 homeruns and 9 RBI's. Zack is also leading the league in runs scored with 17.
Zack is a Junior at Rockhurst University majoring in biology. He plays for the Rockhurst Hawks and started 51 games as a sophomore last year, batting .294 with a team high of 39 runs, 26 stolen bases, 2 home runs and 17 RBI.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007Bombers Over Dans 6-5
|The Dubois County Bombers treated a packed house Wednesday night with a thrilling 6-5 victory. Down 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, the Bombers pushed across 3 tallies on the strength of a Wes Fink infield single, a Casey Martin single to left, a Chris Affinito double to right and an Eric Smith single to left. Danville threatened in the top of the eighth, but Michael Manus came in to slam the door. He retired Dan Black to end the eighth and retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up his first save.
Vince Doster, Derek Melton, Martin, Smith and Affinito finished with two hits apiece for the Bombers. Bradley Goldsmith belted a two-RBI triple in the second.
Chris Lewellyn drove in two runners with a single to right in the top of the sixth. James Meador, Jason Nappi, Steve Esmonde and Tyler Bullock each had two hits for the Dans who dropped to 10-13.
Travis Lamar (2-1) picked up the win after allowing two earned runs over 2-1/3 innings of work.
The Bombers continue the home stand Thursday night as the DuPage County Dragons roll into town. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. CDT at League Stadium.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007Dragons Top Gems 4-2
|The DuPage County Dragons completed their three-game sweep over the Quincy Gems with a 4-2 win on Wednesday at QU Stadium.
Quincy jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring one run in both the second and third innings. The Gems got on the board first in the second when Ryan Hook scored from second on a single and error. The Gems added another run in the third when Cory Coquillard doubled to score Thomas McCormick and make the score 2-0.
DuPage tied the game in the fifth on a two run home run by Stephens. They grabbed the lead in the sixth on another two-run home run this time by DeMarco. That would be all the scoring in the game, with the Gems managing just four hits in the contest.
Quincy falls to 13-10 overall while DuPage improves to 12-11 overall.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007Dans Defeat Bombers in 14 Innings with Walkoff Homer
|Ryan Schimpf's leadoff walk-off home run in the 14th inning gave the Danville Dans a 7-6 victory over the Dubois Bombers on Tuesday night at Danville Stadium.
Schimpf drilled a 2-1 pitch off of Dubois reliever Andrew Scheid (2-1) over the right-field fence.
The Dans, which snapped a three-game losing streak, rallied from a 4-2 deficit with two runs in the ninth and they rallied from a 6-4 deficit in the 13th inning with two runs.
Danville's James Meador (2-1) got the victory, tossing three innings, allowing two hits, two runs, none earned, walking two and striking out four.
Dubois offense was paced by Andy Smith, Derek Melton, and Langdon Potts with two hits each.
Danville's Ben Wolgamot had three hits in the contest.
The Bombers and the Dans conclude their four-game series on Wednesday night at League Stadium in Huntingburg, Ind. Danville will send right-hander Jake Walsh to the mound, while Dubois will counter with right-hander Marc Harmon.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007Dragons Defeat Gems 7-2
|The DuPage County Dragons picked up their third win in a row and second straight over the Quincy Gems with a 7-2 win on Tuesday night.
The Dragons opened the game strong, plating two runs in the first and one more in each the second and third to open a 4-0 lead. The Dragons added another run in the seventh and two more in the ninth. Quincy allowed six walks, including one hit by pitch, and committed three errors in the game.
The Gems were able to cut the Dragons lead to two, with a pair of runs in the fifth to make the score 4-2, putting together three hits in the inning. However the Gems left the bases loaded in the inning and were never able to generate any more scoring chances.
Quincy and DuPage return to action tomorrow night at QU Stadium in their series finale.
Monday, July 2, 2007Bombers' Bats Explode in Double-header; Defeat Dans 11-2 and 11-2
|The Bombers' bats heated up in a big way Monday night in Huntingburg. The team pounded out a combined 25 hits in the two games as they took each game by a score of 11-2.
The first game picked up a June 23 contest which was suspended. Dan Kapala (1-1) took the win after pitching 5 innings and allowing 1 earned run while striking out 8. Vince Doster and Rich Gorman combined to go 7-for-8 with 5 RBIs. Bradley Goldsmith added 3 hits, 2 runs scored and an RBI. Dans starter A.J. Griffin (1-1) took the loss after surrendering 5 runs in 2-2/3 innings.
The second contest featured more Bomber dominance. The Bombers exploded for a combined 11 runs in the second and third innings. Bradley Goldsmith led the attack with 3 hits in 4 at-bats and drove in 2 RBIs. Shortstop Wes Fink chipped in 2 hits, 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
Cole Uebelhor (1-4) picked up his first win in the nightcap. Uebelhor pitched a gem, going all seven innings and allowing only one earned run.
The Bombers travel to Danville on Tuesday before returning home to take on the Dans July 4. Fireworks will follow the game. Tickets are still available in the Bombers' office.
Monday, July 2, 2007Profiled Player - Ricky Bowen
|Pitching for the Danville Dans is Ricky Bowen from Jasper Alabama. Ricky attends Mississippi State where he will be a Sophomore and is majoring in physical education.
Ricky was a two-time all-state selection at Sumiton Christian School in Jasper, Alabama. With a 1.54 earned run average as a senior and a team-best of 96 strikeouts and issued only 20 walks in 80 innings. He was also named in 2005 to both the Alabama Sportswriters and Alabama High School Athletics Association all-state teams.
Monday, July 2, 2007Dragons Knock Off Gems 7-5
|A six-run third inning was enough for the DuPage Dragons to knock off the Quincy Gems at home on Monday night, winning 7-5.
The Gems jumped on top with two runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Scott Hauber and a sacrifice fly by Curt Courtwright.
The Dragons answered right back however, plating six runs on six hits in the third inning. The Dragons put together five consecutive hits in the inning and used a three run home run by Tyrell to take a commanding 6-2 lead.
The Gems cut into the lead with two runs in the sixth inning doing so on just one hit but using a hit-by-pitch and walk to their advantage. DuPage added an insurance run in the seventh with a solo home run by Duffy.
Quincy threatened in the eighth, loading the bases but were only able to push across one run on a groundout. Tyler Cox is handed the loss while Jernstad picks up the win and Smalley the save for the Dragons.
Monday, July 2, 2007Alumni Update
|Jon Papelbon (Danville Dans 2001) has been selected as a 2007 MLB All-Star with a 1.50 era, 1 loss and 19 saves.
Chris Coghlan (Danville Dans 2004) has been selected to play in the 2007 All-Star Futures Game. The nation's top minor-league players will play World Teams (players from 11 countries) on July 8, 2007 to kick off the Major League All-Star weekend. The game will be televised by ESPN2 with an 11:00 AM start (1:00 PDT). Coghlan is currently playing 2nd base (3rd base for the Dans) for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, hitting a healthy .329 with 10 hom runs, 4 triples, 25 doubles and 91 hits to go along with 37 K's and 45 walks.
Sunday, July 1, 2007Player and Pitcher of the Week
|The CICL Pitcher of the Week Award for week #4 of the 2007 season is shared between Connor Sestak of the Danville Dans and Matt Jernstad of the DuPage County Dragons.
Matt Jernstad pitched a 7 inning complete game 1-0 shutout at home against the Dubois County Bombers on June 26, scattering 6 hits and a walk. The victory raised Jernstad's record to 2-2 for the year, lowering his earned run average to a league-leading 1.54. A left-hander, Jernstad hails from Oswego, Illinois and will be a senior this fall at Northern Illinois University.
Connor Sestak of Danville earned his second weekly honor for the 2007 season by also pitching a 7 inning complete game shutout as the Danville Dans defeated the DuPage County Dragons 2-0 at Lisle on June 29. Sestak successfully kept the Dragons scoreless despite walking 7 and giving up 4 hits. The victory ran Sestak's record to 2-1 and lowered his earned run average to 2.14, second only to Jerstad. Also a left-hander, Sestak is from Springfield, Illinois, and will be a sophomore this fall at Purdue.
The Player of the Week this week is Casey Martin of the Dubois County Bombers. Martin led the league in hitting this week at .423 (11-26), led in hits with 11, led in RBI with 8 and was tied for 2nd in total bases with 12. He was also 5th in on-base percentage at .464 and 5th in slugging at .462. A right-handed thrower and batter, Martin is from Chesterton, Indiana, and will be a junior this fall at Indiana State.
Sunday, July 1, 2007Dans and Dragons Split a Pair
|The DuPage Dragons and Danville Dans split a doubleheader as the Dans (9-10) took the first game 4-2 while the Dragons (9-11) came back to win the nightcap 6-4.
In the first game, the Dragons’ offense sputtered against Dans starter Tyler Whitney (1-0), who was making his Danville debut. Whitney only allowed two base hits in five innings.
The Dans started the scoring in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by Chris McGuiness which allowed Ben Wolgamot to come in from third. The Dragons responded in the fourth as Cole Tyrell led off with a single and ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Duffy.
The game stayed tied until the fifth when the Dragons’ defense let down starter Andrew Beatty (2-2). McGuiness singled to start the rally while James Meador reached on an error by Tyrell. A dropped fly by Chad Bisnette allowed McGuiness to come in which made it 2-1. Danville went ahead 4-1 on run-scoring singles from Steve Esmonde and Jason Nappi.
The Dragons threatened in the seventh inning as a run came in on Adam Melker’s RBI single but Cole Tyrell bounced into a fielder’s choice to end the ballgame.
Things also didn’t get off to a hot start in the second game for the Dragons as the Dans scored three times in the first inning off starter Brandon Copp (1-0), who was making his Dragons debut. Esmonde started the scoring with a two-run triple down the right field line while Ryan Schimpf followed with a single.
The Dragons began their comeback in the second as they scored twice before tying the game in the fourth on a base hit by Bisnette.
After Danville went back on top in the bottom of the fourth on a single by J.J. Mascalo, the Dragons took the lead for good thanks to a two-out, two-run single in the fifth by Gabe DeMarco.
The Dragons added a run in the top of the seventh while the Dans made it interesting in their half of the seventh, putting runners on second and third with no outs. From there, closer Dave Reynolds went to work as he struck out Robby Kuzdale and induced back-to-back groundouts to end the game, preserving his second save of the season.
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