Thursday, August 16, 2007Coach of the Year
|The final award selected by the 2007 coaches was the Coach of the Year Award. Winning the vote nearly unanimously was Dubois County Field Manager Brian Smiley, who led the Bombers to both the 2007 regular season title and tournament title.
Brian is from Evansville Indiana, and 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. Brian had an all-around impressive record with a .286 batting average and ranked 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.
Thursday, August 16, 2007Final 2007 Season Awards
|The CICL announced its end-of-year awards for the 2007 season today. The awards were primarily selected by the vote of the coaches with other league officials voting to break any ties.
The Mike Schmidt MVP Award for 2007 goes to Quincy Gems outfielder Thomas McCormick. McCormick led the league in 7 of 8 top offensive categories: batting at .337 (64-190), slugging at .542, runs with 41, hits with 64, RBI with 40, homers with 9 and total bases with 103. Several of McCormick's stat totals were far ahead of all other players. The Schmidt MVP Award follows previous awards for best player in both the first and second half seasons. McCormick hails from Houston, Texas, and will be a junior this fall at Missouri - Rolla.
The 2007 CICL Pitcher of the Year is left-handed pitcher Dallas Sims of the League Champion Dubois County Bombers. Sims was the league workhorse this season, leading the league in starts with 11 and innings pitched with 66. His second best earned run average of 2.86 led to a 4-1 won-loss record. Batters found Sims the toughest to hit in the league among qualifying pitchers - batters hit only .236. His 49 strikeouts tied for 2nd in the league. Sims is from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, and will be a senior this fall at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.
The Fireman of the Year Award goes to Dylan Cupples, also from Dubois County. In 21 appearances for the Bombers this summer, all in relief, Cupples pitched 28 innings earning 9 saves and one victory. He had a hand in 10 of the Bombers' total 27 wins. Cupples, a right-handed pitcher, is from Dyersburg, Tennessee, and will be a sophomore this fall at the University of Memphis.
The Top Prospect award goes to another Dubois County player, outfielder Bradley Goldsmith, who was also second in the Mike Schmidt MVP voting. For the season, Goldsmith led the league in stolen bases with 28; batted .313 (60-192) to place 3rd in the batting race; scored 38 runs, 2nd only to McCormick; had 60 hits, 2nd only to McCormick; had 81 total bases, 2nd again only to McCormick; and had 31 RBI, 4th in the league. Goldsmith is from Richmond, Texas, and will be a senior this fall at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.
The coaches also selected a post-season all-star team for position players:
Catcher: Tyson Blaser, Quincy Gems, .276, 1 homer, 26 RBI, Iowa
First Base: Casey Martin, Dubois County Bombers, .299, 33 RBI, Indiana State
Second Base: Ben Wolgamot, Danville Dans, .329, 14 RBI, 18 SB, Danville Area CC
Shortstop: Cole Tyrell, DuPage County Dragons, .287, 3 homers, 19 RBI, Dayton
Third base: Conner Powers, DuPage County Dragons, .302, 5 homers, 19 RBI, Mississippi State
Outfield: McCormick, Goldsmith (see above) and Matte Wille, Quincy Gems, .299, 23 RBI, 23 SB, St. Joseph's
Sunday, August 12, 2007Final 2007 CICL Awards
|To date, all Player/Pitcher awards this season have been selected by CICL statisticians and press observers. Early this week, the CICL Coaches will select the following additional awards based on their personal observations:
Player of the Year (Mike Schmidt Award)
Pitcher of the Year
Fireman of the Year
Coach of the Year
End of the season all star team:
Sunday, August 12, 2007Player, Pitcher of the Half
|The Pitcher of the Second Half of the 2007 CICL regular season is Ricky Bowen of the Danville Dans. The right-hander from Jasper, Alabama, made 5 starts in the second half of the regular season, won 2, pitched a complete game, and had a league-leading 2.61 ERA. He also led the league in strikeouts with a whopping 44 K's in 31 innings pitched, 18 more than the runner-up in strikeouts. Batters averaged only .218 and managed only 26 total hits in his 31 innings of work. Bowen didn't join the team until late June so did not have enough innings to qualify for season leading statistics, but his overall 2.43 ERA would have been one of the best had he pitched 8 more innings with similar results. Bowen will be a junior this fall at Mississippi State University.
The Player of the Second Half of the 2007 regular season is left-handed hitting Thomas McCormick of the Quincy Gems. McCormick, an outfielder, finished in the top 3 of 8 offensive categories for the half, leading in 3 of those categories. He led the league in runs with 20, led in hits with 29 and led in total bases with 42; he was 2nd in average at .345 (29-84), 2nd in RBI with 16, 3rd in slugging at .500, 3rd in on-base percentage at .423 and tied for 2nd in homers with 3.
McCormick also garnered the Player of the First Half award and Player of the Week for Week #8. McCormick hails from Houston, Texas, and will be a junior this fall at Missouri - Rolla.
Sunday, August 12, 2007Final Player, Pitcher of the Week - Week #9
|The final week of the season was a long week, running from Monday, July 30, through the end of the regular season, Tuesday, August 7.
The Player of the Week for that final week is Matt Wille of the Quincy Gems. For the week, Wille led the league in batting at .438 (14-32), led in hits with 14, led in total bases with 17, was 5th in slugging at .531, 2nd in on-base percentage at .500 and led the league in stolen bases with 7. The productive week enabled Wille to end the year tied for 6th in the batting race at .299 and 3rd in stolen bases with 23. Wille is an outfielder (L/L) from Crystal Lake, Illinois, who will be a senior this fall at St. Joseph's.
The Pitcher of the Week is Matt Nichols of the Dubois County Bombers. During week #9, the right-handed Nichols made 1 start, a 7-inning complete game shutout victory over Danville on August 3 and also pitched 3 innings of shutout relief against Quincy on August 7. In the two appearances, Nichols allowed a total of 5 hits in 10 innings, all singles, while fanning 14 and walking only 4. Nichols joined the Bombers in mid-July and compiled a 2-0 record with an ERA of 1.04 during his short stint with Dubois. Matt is from Newburgh, Indiana, and will be a junior this fall at Southern Indiana.
Sunday, August 12, 2007Player, Pitcher of Tournament Named
|A Pitcher and Player of the Tournament were selected by the press box at the conclusion of last night's Championship game won by the Dubois Bombers over the DuPage Dragons by a final score of 5-2.
Left-handed pitcher Mike Manns of the DuPage County Dragons was named Pitcher of the Tournament for 2007 for his 7 innings of 3-hit (all singles), shutout relief in the Dragons opening round victory over the Quincy Gems on Friday, August 10. Manns entered the game to start the 5th inning with the score tied at 3, and pitched through the 11th inning of the Dragons 12 inning 5-3 victory over the Gems. Manns earned the victory with his effort, which improved his final season record to 3-2 with a league-best ERA among qualifying pitchers (minimum 45 innings) of 2.75. Mike is from New Lenox, Illinois, and will be a senior this fall at Eastern Illinois University.
The Player of the Tournament was outfielder Brandon Knox of the Dubois County Bombers. In his two games, Knox (R/R) was 5-7 with 4 singles and a double, and scored 4 of the Bombers 10 runs in the tournament. In addition to going 5-7, Knox also reached on a walk for an astounding .750 on-base percentage, paving the way for the majority of the Bombers' scoring. Knox finished the season at .329, which would have put him in second place in the batting race had he joined the team at the start of the season. His 86 plate appearances were very short of the minimum 125 required. Brandon is from Omaha, Nebraska, and will be a junior this fall at Creighton University.
Saturday, August 11, 2007Bombers Sweep CICL Titles; Nip Dragons 5-2
|The Dubois County Bombers topped the DuPage County Dragons Saturday afternoon in Lisle, Ill., 5-2 to capture the CICL tournament title. The victory gives the Bombers, who captured the regular season title on August 6, a sweep of the CICL.
The Bombers struck first with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Brandon Knox singled and came around to score on a Chris Affinito double.
Rich Gorman led off the bottom of the third with a double and scampered home on a Casey Martin groundout to increase the lead to 2-0.
DuPage County struck back in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Duffy and Connor Powers opened the inning with back-to-back singles and each scored after Cole Tyrell produced the Dragons’ third straight base hit.
The Bombers broke the tie for good with a run on three hits in the seventh. Rich Gorman reached on a fielder’s choice and came around on a Casey Martin single to score his second run of the afternoon.
The eighth inning produced more of the same as the Bombers tacked on two insurance runs. Brandon Knox singled to open the frame and then stole second. Consecutive walks to Chris Affinito and Langdon Potts loaded the bases for Vince Doster. Doster responded with a single over a drawn in infield, scoring Knox and Affinito.
Dallas Sims started the game for the Bombers and lasted 5-1/3 innings. The right hander allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out four. From there the Bomber bullpen slammed the door. Andrew Scheid, Travis Lamar and Dylan Cupples combined to hold the Dragons scoreless over the final 3-2/3 innings. Lamar (5-3) picked up the win and Cupples recored his league-leading ninth save.
Tom Filip (4-3) relieved for starter Andrew Beatty in the fifth for DuPage and took the loss despite allowing only one run over three innings.
Brandon Knox led the Bomber hitting attack with three hits and also scored two runs. Bradley Goldsmith finished 2-for-3 and Rich Gorman added a hit and two runs scored. Casey Martin and Vince Doster each added two RBIs for the Bombers who close their season at 27-23 including tournament games.
Friday, August 10, 2007Dragons Outlast Gems, Advance to Championship
|The DuPage Dragons held off the Quincy Gems in 12 innings as they picked up a 5-3 victory to advance to the CICL Championship Game, which will be held tomorrow at 1:30 against the Dubois County Bombers.
The Dragons (25-24) grabbed the early lead as the visiting team due to being the lower seed in the tournament. Dave Reynolds reached on a walk and scored on a two-run homer by Ryan Duffy, putting the Dragons on the board. After a Connor Powers double and a single by Cole Tyrell, Chad Bisnette knocked Powers home with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 Dragons.
Matt Jernstad started for the Dragons and kept the Gems (24-25) off the scoreboard until the fourth inning. Matt Wille led off with a single and came in on a home run by Tom McCormick. Jon Myers walked to restart the rally and ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Hook to tie the game at 3-3.
From there, it turned into a battle of the bullpens. Greg Hellhake worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings for Quincy, but it was Mike Manns (3-2) who stole the show for the Dragons. Manns worked seven innings, while allowing just three base hits and striking out six.
The biggest threat for the Gems came in the bottom of the 10th as Hook led off with a single and took second on a sacrifice bunt. After a walk, Wille grounded a base hit to rightfield, but Bisnette charged quickly and fired a strike to the plate to retire Hook. The next batter, McCormick, popped out to Manns, ending the threat.
The Dragons finally broke through in the 12th thanks to a throwing error by Austin Siwiec (5-1) on a bunt attempt by Adam Melker. A stolen base and a wild pitch put Melker on third while Reynolds and Duffy walked to load the bases with no outs. After a strikeout, Tyrell was hit by a pitch which gave the Dragons a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, Sean Osborne watched a wild pitch go by which allowed Duffy to score, making it 5-3 Dragons.
The Gems threatened in the bottom of the 12th as Scott Hauber and Hook walked to start the inning. That put Brett Zurliene in a sacrifice situation, but his bunt stayed in the air, giving Eric Stephens a chance to catch it. Stephens trapped it and tagged Zurliene out. With Hook unaware if the ball had been caught or not, he was stuck between first and second, and Stephens threw him out for the second out of the inning. Zach Troilo flied out to end the game, pushing the Dragons into the title contest while giving Reynolds his eighth save.
The Dragons will take on the Dubois County Bombers in the CICL Championship Game tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 PM. Tickets are available by calling the Dragons at (630) 241-2255 or by visiting the website at www.dupagedragons.com.
Friday, August 10, 2007Bombers Advance in Tournament; Slide by Dans 5-1
|The Dubois County Bombers got some timely hitting in the middle innings to defeat the Danville Dans 5-1 in the first game of the CICL post-season tournament held at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle. The top-seeded Bombers will move on to tomorrow's final against the winner of the second game between the second-seeded Quincy Gems and the third-seeded DuPage County Dragons.
The underdog Dans scored the game's first run in the third inning, as Robby Kuzdale walked to start the frame and moved up to second on a single by Ben Wolgamot. The two advanced to second and third, respectively, on a passed ball by Bombers catcher Chris Affinito as Jason Nappi struck out. Kuzdale came in to score as the next batter, James Meador, delivered a sacrifice fly.
From there, though, it was all Bombers. They got one run in the fifth as Brandon Knox singled to start the inning and came all the way around to score on three walks to Langdon Potts, Venson Doster and Bradley Goldsmith. The walk to Goldsmith signaled the end of the line for Dans' starter Meador, who picked up a no-decision.
The man who relieved Meador, Zach Scott, escaped the threat in the fifth by retiring the next two batters. But he ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing a leadoff walk to Casey Martin. Knox came through with a double to bring him home, then Potts singled in Knox to give the Bombers a 3-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Rich Gorman's homer to right field in the seventh inning brought in Goldsmith and gave the Bombers more insurance than they would need.
Marc Harmon (1-0) earned the win for the Bombers, going seven innings, allowing just one run (it was unearned) on four hits with five strikeouts and just one walk. Meador went four-and-a-third, allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Scott (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in one inning of work.
Also of note was A.J. Griffin of the Dans pitching perfect final inning and a third, striking out three. Dylan Cupples finished the ballgame for the Bombers, allowing just one walk and no hits in an inning of work.
The final game goes tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex. Tickets are available by calling the Dragons at (630) 241-2255.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007Tournament Pairings Set
|The 2007 CICL Tournament pairings and game times are now official. The first game of the tournament on Friday, August 10, will feature the 4th seeded Danville Dans as visitor against the top seeded DuBois County Bombers at 4:00 PM.
The second game on Friday will feature the third seeded DuPage County Dragons as visitors against the second seeded Quincy Gems. Quincy and DuPage ended the season with identical 24-24 records, but the Gems defeated the Dragons 11 of 16 games this season to earn the higher seed.
The Championship Game is scheduled for 1:30 PM on Saturday. All three games are at the Benedictine Sports Complex in Lisle, Illinois, home of the DuPage County Dragons. Tickets are available by calling the Dragons at (630) 241-2255 or by visiting the website at www.dupagedragons.com.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007Gems Defeat Bombers in Season Finale
|The Dubois County Bombers regular season officially closed Tuesday night with a 6-0 loss to the Quincy Gems. Despite the loss the Bombers finish the regular season as the CICL champions with a 25-23 record.
The Gems tallied all the offense they would need with a run in the top of the second. First baseman Wes Freie opened the inning with a walk and moved to third on a single with a throwing error. Freie scored on a Cory Coquillard fielder’s choice.
The Bombers didn’t record a hit until the sixth inning and only advanced one runner to third base all game. Casey Martin, Brandon Knox and Wes Fink recorded a hit apiece.
Quincy tacked on five in the eighth on the strength of three doubles and two singles. Scott Hauber finished with two hits and Ryan Hook and Cory Coquillard each record two RBIs.
Danny Potje (2-0) took the win, allowing only two hits over 5-2/3 innings of shutout work. Relievers Greg Hellhake and Austin Siwiec closed the game for the Gems.
Matt Nichols was one of the few bright spots in the Bomber loss. The late season addition fired three innings of shutout baseball.
The Bombers travel to DuPage County on Friday, August 11 to take on the Danville Dans in the opening round of the CICL playoffs. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007DuPage Defeats Danville in Season Finale
|The DuPage Dragons were 12-8 winners over the Danville Dans to close up the regular season. The Dragons (24-24) overcame three different deficits in the ballgame before finally taking the lead for good in the seventh inning.
The scoring started in the first inning for both ballclubs as the Dans (23-25) got a one-out double from Ben Wolgamot to start their first-inning rally. Jason Nappi followed that with a double to score Wolgamot for the game's first run. After a strikeout, Ryan Schimpf came through with a triple to score Nappi. Schimpf came in on a base hit by Trent Diedrich to make it 3-0.
The Dragons weren't down for long as Adam Melker led off the bottom of the first with a single. After an error and another single, the Dragons had the bases loaded with no outs. Connor Powers walked which brought Melker home while Dave Reynolds knocked in Cole Tyrell with a groundout. With two outs, Gabe DeMarco lined a base hit to right which allowed Ryan Duffy to score the tying run.
In the second, the Dans reclaimed the lead as Jet Butler singled while Robby Kuzdale reached on an error. After a wild pitch by starter Erik Forestiere, Wolgamot drove home both runners with a single to put the Dans up 5-3.
The Dragons worked quickly to tie the game again in the third as Powers led off with a single and scored on a double by Reynolds. Once again, it was DeMarco, who came through with the game-tying single as Reynolds crossed the plate.
After Dan Weston misplayed a flyball into a double to start the fifth inning for Wolgamot, Nappi singled to put Danville back on top. The Dragons squandered scoring chances in the fifth and sixth innings before coming through in a big way in the seventh.
Duffy and Powers began the inning with singles but were still at first and second with two outs. However, DeMarco lined a single to right-center, scoring Duffy to tie the game at 6-6. It was DeMarco's third game-tying hit of the day. From there, Eric Stephens came off the bench to hit for Weston and lined a three-run homer over the wall in right to give the Dragons a 9-6 lead.
The Dragons tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the eighth as they loaded the bases before Chad Bisnette knocked in Tyrell and Duffy with a double. A sacrifice fly by DeMarco put the Dragons up by six. Danville would get two more in the ninth off Reynolds, who picked up his seventh save.
The Dragons will have two days off before the start of the CICL Playoffs at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex on Friday, August 10 th. The playoffs will begin with the regular season champion Dubois County Bombers playing the fourth-seeded Danville Dans at 4 PM while the Dragons will be in action at 7:30 PM against second seeded Quincy Gems. The playoffs will conclude with the CICL Championship Game on Saturday, August 11 th at 1 PM. Tickets are available by calling the Dragons at (630) 241-2255 or by visiting the website at www.dupagedragons.com.
Monday, August 6, 2007Bombers Capture Title
|The Dubois County Bombers rallied from a 6-2 defecit to defeat the Quincy Gems 11-6. The win pushes Dubois County Bombers to 25-22 and the regular season CICL title.
After pushing across one run in the bottom of the sixth, the Bombers opened the flood gates in the seventh. The Bombers used seven hits, four Gem errors and three wild pitches to plate eight runs. Brandon Knox, Casey Hanrahan, Langdon Potts and Bradley Goldsmith each record RBIs in the inning.
The Gems came back in the top of the eighth to load the bases. A fielder’s choice by Brett Zurliene and back-to-back singles by Ryan Hook and Matt Wille left the bags full. They would remain that way after a Zach Troilo flyout to right and a Thomas McCormick strikeout.
Casey Martin, Knox and Potts each recorded three hits to lead the Bombers. Wes Fink and Brian Thomas chipped in two hits for Dubois County who pounded out 17 hits.
Travis Lamar (4-3) took the win after entering in the sixth. The 6’6” hurler pitched 1-2/3 innings of shutout baseball. Brian Morrell (2-3) suffered the defeat.
Troilo and Hook each finished with two hits for the Gems who dropped to 23-24.
The Bombers and Gems close their series tomorrow night in Dubois County. It will be fan appreciation night at the ballpark with free admission, great prizes and thirty percent off of all merchandise.
Monday, August 6, 2007Dans Overwhelm Dragons 21-8
|The DuPage Dragons surrendered the most hits and runs in franchise history as the Danville Dans scored 16 times in the eighth inning en route to a 21-8 win. The 21 runs and 24 hits allowed by the Dragons (23-24) topped the previous marks of 18 and 19, respectively.
The Dans (23-24) jumped on the scoreboard early as they picked up a run in the first inning after loading the bases with no outs. Robby Kuzdale was hit by a pitch, Ben Wolgamot walked and Jason Nappi singled before a groundout by Ryan Schimpf plated Kuzdale.
In the second, Danville extended their lead while knocking starter Kenny Smalley from the ballgame. Chris McGuiness led off the inning with a double and scored on a single by Kevin Cahill. After Jet Butler singled, a double by Kuzdale brought Cahill in which put the Dans up 3-0. Kuzdale scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0 Dans.
An RBI double in the fifth by Trent Diedrich put the Dans up 5-0 while the Dragons got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth as Ryan Duffy smacked his fourth home run of the season off starter Ricky Bowen (2-3).
The game got away from the Dragons in the eighth inning as Dan Weston came into pitch and walked Wolgamot to start the rally. After a single by Nappi and a walk to James Meador, Schimpf knocked home Wolgamot with a sacrifice fly. After another walk, McGuiness and Kevin Cahill recorded back-to-back two-run doubles to put Danville on top 10-1.
A single by Jet Butler set things up for Kuzdale, who drove in a run with another double. Wolgamot followed that with a run-scoring single as did Nappi to make it 13-1. Two batters later, Schimpf doubled down the left-field line to score two more and was followed up by run-scoring singles from Diedrich and McGuiness. Two hitters later, Butler cracked a grand slam off Adam Melker to put the Dans in front 21-1. In all, the Dans sent 21 hitters to the plate in the inning while picking up 16 runs on 13 hits.
The Dragons put up a seven spot in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a couple errors by Danville third baseman Chris Lewellyn. The highlight of the inning was a grand slam by Duffy, his fifth homer of the season, giving him a team-high 33 RBI.
Sunday, August 5, 2007Title and #1 Seed in Hands of Dubois County Bombers, Historic Season Entering Final Week
|By far, this season has been the most competitive season in CICL history.
As we enter the final two regular season days of the 2007 season, the Dubois County Bombers are in the driver's seat for both the regular season title and earning the #1 seed for the 2007 Tournament. The tournament will be held in Lisle at the home of the DuPage Dragons, who were in 1st place on July 23. The two-day tournament is scheduled to begin Friday, August 10 and conclude on Saturday, August 11.
Two 2-game series remain on the schedule for each team. The Bombers host Quincy while DuPage hosts Danville, all games on Monday and Tuesday. Only Danville has been eliminated from the race for the regular season title and #1 tournament seed.
If teams end the regular season with identical records, those teams are officially tied in the standings for historical record keeping. However, because we also have a year-end tournament driven by team seedings, the CICL uses head-to-head competition as the first level of tie-breaking (followed by runs allowed head-to-head, if necessary).
Here are the scenarios, all driven by the results of the upcoming Dubois/Quincy two-game series in Huntingburg:
1) If Dubois sweeps both games against Quincy, Dubois wins the regular season title outright and #1 seed.
2) If Quincy sweeps both games against Dubois, Quincy either wins the regular season title outright or ties DuPage (DuPage would also have to win two over Danville), but earns the #1 tournament seed regardless what DuPage does by virtue of beating DuPage 11 of 16 games in the regular season.
3) If Dubois and Quincy split their games and Danville and DuPage split or Danville sweeps, Dubois wins the regular season title outright and the #1 seed.
4) If Dubois and Quincy split their games and DuPage sweeps Danville, Dubois and DuPage share the regular season title, but DuPage earns the #1 seed because DuPage was 9-7 against Dubois in the regular season.
The picture could become a bit clearer after Monday's results. If Dubois wins and DuPage loses on Monday, Dubois clinches both honors. But if both Quincy and DuPage win on Monday, everything will come down to the final day of the season on Tuesday.
There is only one possibility that no tie-breakers will be needed for any of the seedings. If both Dubois and DuPage sweep, Dubois would finish 26-22, DuPage 25-23, Quincy 23-25 and Danville 22-26. For all other scenarios, here is more information to stimulate your thinking of the tie-breaking possibilities in case teams end up with identical regular season records:
Dubois is currently 8-6 against Quincy, finished 7-9 against DuPage and finished 9-7 against Danville.
Quincy is currently 6-8 against Dubois, finished 11-5 against DuPage and finished 6-10 against Danville.
DuPage is currently 9-5 against Danville, finished 5-11 against Quincy and finished 7-9 against Dubois.
Danville is currently 5-9 against DuPage, finished 10-6 against Quincy and finished 7-9 against Dubois.
Of course, the easiest thing to do regarding all of this is simply to wait until the last game is played and see where it all stacks up then!
Sunday, August 5, 2007Bombers surive the rain and the Dans, 4-3
|The visiting Danville Dans struck first with a single run in the opening inning when Ryan Schimpf walked, James Meador singled, and Bomber pitcher Mike Manus issued walks to Chris McGuinness and Trent Diedrich, the latter scoring Schimpf.
The Dans pushed one more run across, in the second inning, before the Bombers could hit their stride.
Bomber Brandon Knox started the home second inning with a double to left. Casey Hanrahan followed that with a single to left, scoring Knox. Two outs later, Vince Doster singled Hanrahan home from third: Dans 2, Bombers 2.
One inning later, in the bottom of the third, Dubois County's Bradley Goldsmith led off with a walk, advanced on a Wesley Fink sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Casey Martin double to left: Bombers 3, Dans 2.
The game was suspended by rain after six innings. Play resumed at 12:09 a.m. Rain delayed the game twice for a total of 3 hrs., 10 mins.
Pitcher Marc Harmon secured the win for the Bombers. Losing pitcher was Danville's Arthur Griffin.
With the win, the Bombers sit atop the CICL standings with a record of 24-22, one full game ahead of DuPage County and the Quincy Gems.
The Bombers go back into action on Monday night against the Quincy Gems, in Huntingburg. First pitch is at 7 p.m. CDT.
Sunday, August 5, 2007Gems Sweep Dragons
|The Quincy Gems swept a doubleheader from the DuPage County Dragons at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex as they won game one, 6-5 in eight innings and game two, 5-1 in 14 innings. Gems reliever Austin Siwiec (5-0) was the winning pitcher in both ends of the doubleheader.
In the first game, the Gems (23-23) got out to the early lead as Zach Troilo singled with two outs in the third inning against starter Andrew Beatty. Matt Wille followed that with a double to score Troilo which put Quincy up 1-0.
In the fourth, Wes Freie reached on a single with one out and took third on a base hit by Tyson Blaser. Scott Hauber bounced into a fielder's choice to give the Gems a 2-0 lead.
The Dragons (23-23) struck back in the bottom of the fourth as Ryan Duffy singled home Adam Melker to put the Dragons on the board. Quincy, however, tacked on three more runs in the fifth as Brett Zurliene scored on an error before Wille and Freie knocked in runs with base hits.
A two-run single by Sean Osborne in the bottom of the fifth pulled the Dragons within two, giving them a chance to tie the game in the seventh. Johnny Lee led off with a walk and went to second on a single by Eric Stephens. Melker drove Lee home with a single to make it 5-4 Gems. With pinch-runner Chad Bisnette on third, Shane Zegarac uncorked a wild pitch to tie the game.
It didn't stay tied for long as Jon Myers led off the eighth inning with a walk against Dan Weston (0-3). A sacrifice bunt by Freie gave Blaser a chance, and Blaser came through with a single to score Myers, giving Quincy a 6-5 lead.
In the second game, Myers broke a scoreless tie with his fourth home run of the season in the third, which was the only blemish on Brandon Copp's line. Copp went seven innings while allowing a run on four hits while recording 10 strikeouts.
The Dragons tied the game in the fourth as Ryan Duffy singled and was worked around to third, setting up Mike Tokarski, who came through with a run-scoring single.
After numerous missed opportunities by both teams, the Gems finally broke the 1-1 tie in the 14th inning as Cory Coquillard knocked home Freie with a single to left. The next batter, Curt Courtwright put the game out of reach with a three-run homer off Dave Reynolds (0-2). Reynolds was terrific for the Dragons before running out of the steam in the 14 th as he worked four innings out of the bullpen. The Dragons' pitching staff set a franchise record by picking up 20 strikeouts in the ballgame.
The Dragons are back in action on Monday afternoon as they host the Danville Dans at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex at 1 PM.
Friday, August 3, 2007Bombers Take Nitecap from Dans 3-0
|Dubois right-hander Matt Nichols tossed a seven-inning complete game shutout in just his second appearance, leading the Bombers to a 3-0 victory over the Danville Dans on Friday night at Danville Stadium.
Nichols (2-0) allowed just four hits - two of those were infield singles - while he walked two and struck out a Dubois season-high 11.
The Bombers (23-22) got all the offense that Nichols would need in the second inning against Dans left-hander Tyler Whitney (3-2).
Casey Martin, who went 2-for-4, started the inning with a single to left. Brian Thomas walked and Brandon Knox singled to right to load the bases. Dubois catcher Casey Hanrahan singled to center to score Martin and then Thomas and Knox scored on an error by the Danville center fielder.
The Dans best opportunity to score came in the third when Dan Black singled to right, J.J. Mascalo sacrifice him to second and Jet Butler reached on an error. Nichols got out of the inning with a strike out of Chris Lewellyn and a pop out by Ben Wolgamot.
It was the final home game of the season for the Danville Dans, which went 11-14 at Danville Stadium.
The Bombers will host the Dans on Saturday night at League Stadium in Huntingburg, Ind. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Danville will send left-hander Brandon Godfrey to the mound, while Dubois will counter with left-hander Michael Manus.
Friday, August 3, 2007Dans Win Opener over Bombers 2-1
|Danville relievers James Meador and A.J. Griffin tossed four shutout innings to preserve the Dans 2-1 victory over the Dubois Bombers in a game suspended from July 27.
Meador, who took over starter Connor Sestak, allowed just one hit and one walk in his three innings, while striking out three. Griffin took over in the seventh to get the save as he got Bradley Goldsmith to ground out for the final out of the contest.
The Dans got all their offense back on July 27 when Meador blasted a solo home run in the second and Jason Nappi, who led off the third with a double, scored on an error by the Bombers.
Dubois got its only run in the third inning on July 27 when Rich Gorman singled home Casey Martin. The Bombers had runners on first and third against Sestak with two outs, but the Dans successfully threw out Gorman trying to steal home as part of a double steal with Brandon Knox to end the threat.
Thursday, August 2, 2007Dragons Double up to 10-8 Win over Danville
|The DuPage Dragons tied a CICL record with nine doubles in a 10-8 victory over the Danville Dans on Thursday night at Danville Stadium.
The first-place Dragons (23-21) had five doubles in the first two innings en route to building a 5-0 lead against Dans left-handed starter Connor Sestak (3-3). Gabe DeMarco had two of those doubles, driving in three runs.
DuPage starter Tom Filip (4-2) allowed two runs, only one earned, in six innings.
The Dragons built their lead to 10-2 with a two-run double from Connor Powers, who went 3-for-3 with three doubles and two walks and three RBIs, and a two-run double from Chad Bisnette.
Danville rallied with a six-run eight, sending 10 batters to the plate in the frame with Chris McGuiness providing the key hit, a two-run double to left center.
The Dans rally ended when the Dragons brought in reliever Dave Reynolds, who struck out three of the final nine batters to get his sixth save. Reynolds got out a bases-loaded situation in the ninth inning when he got McGuiness to ground into a game-ending fielders' choice.
The DuPage Dragons are off on Friday before playing a twinbill with the Quincy Gems, while the Danville Dans will pick up a suspended game with Dubois at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by the regularly scheduled seven-inning game.
Thursday, August 2, 2007Bombers Score 4 in 9th to Beat Gems 11-10
|The Quincy Gems blew a 10-7 lead going into the top of the ninth to Dubois County falling to 21-23 overall this season and concluding their home schedule for 2007.
Dubois scored first with a run in the top of the first however the Gems busted out their bats, scoring three runs in the first and three more in the second. Tyson Blaser had the big hit in the first with a two-run single while Scott Hauber had a two-run RBI single in the second.
The Bombers took a 7-6 lead, scoring six runs on five hits and two errors in the fourth inning. The Gems grabbed the lead back in the fifth with three runs, including a two-run home run by Thomas McCormick. The Gems extended their lead to three with a run in the eighth when Hauber picked up another RBI on a single that scored McCormick.
It appeared as though the Gems would even their record to .500, taking a three run lead into the top of the ninth and one of the league\'s top closers, Andrew Deain, coming into the game. However back to back singles quickly made the game closer than orginally thought. Brandon Knox cut the lead to 10-9 with a two-run double and Matt Hamaker tied the game on a single to right center. The Bombers grabbed the lead when Rich Gorman hit a grounder to deep first base and beat the fielder to the bag, allowing the runner at third to score.
The Gems put the tying run on with a two-out single by Matt Wille but popped out into foul territory to end the game.
Thursday, August 2, 2007Dans Win Nitecap 1-0 in 8 Innings
|Danville left-fielder Ryan Schimpf delivered a game-winning run-scoring single to center in the eighth inning to lead the Dans to a 1-0 win over the DuPage Dragons in the second game of a doubleheader at Danville Stadium.
Schimpf's one-out single off of DuPage reliever Steve Crnkovich scored Ben Wolgamot, who started the inning with single to right and moved to second on James Meador's single to right.
Danville reliever A.J. Griffin got the win to improve to 4-1. Griffin faced and retired only one batter in the eighth as DuPage infielder Connor Powers blasted a 1-2 pitch to left field. Schimpf glided back and made the catch against the fence with runners on first and third.
Danville starting pitcher Jake Walsh pitched seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing six hits, while walking two and striking out seven.
The game featured a pair of ejections in the sixth inning as DuPage shortstop Cole Tyrell was tossed after being called out on strikes. Dragons manager Mark Viramontes was also ejected on the play.
The two teams will conclude their three-game series on Thursday night at Danville Stadium. Danville will send left-hander Connor Sestak to the mound against DuPage and right-hander Tom Filip.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007Gems Rally Late to Defeat Bombers 5-3
|The Quincy Gems used a late rally to defeat the Dubois County Bombers 5-3 at home. The Gems scored five unanswered runs in the seventh to improve to 21-22 on the season.
Dubois County started the scoring with a run in the first inning putting together back-to-back hits to start the game. The Bombers added two more runs in the sixth to open a 3-0 lead.
The Gems, who were held hitless for the first five innings were finally able to break through with five runs in the seventh. A lead off single by Thomas McCormick was followed by a two-run home run by Jon Myers that put the Gems on the board. Wes Freie and Scott Hauber followed with singles and each advanced on a wild pitch. After a fly ball to right field, an errant throw allowed both runners to score and take the lead. Adam Hook, who singled, would later score on another wild pitch to give the Gems a 5-3 lead.
Austen Siwiec picked up the win, going one inning of relief work and allowing just one hit while Andrew Deain recorded his eighth save, going two innings and allowing just one hit while striking out four.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007Dragons Take Opener of DH from Danville, 2-1
|DuPage left-hander Matt Jernstad didn't allow an earned run as he went the distance in the Dragons beat the Danville Dans 2-1 before 2,156 fans in the first game of a doubleheader at Danville Stadium on Wednesday night.
The only run scored against Jernstad (5-3) came in the first inning when Ben Wolgamot reached on an infield single and scored on an error by left-fielder Michael Tokarski. After that, Jernstad allowed only three singles, walked one batter and hit another, while he struck out six.
DuPage (22-20) tied the game in the third on a RBI double by Connor Powers down the right-field line scoring Adam Melker, who led off the inning with a single.
The Dragons scored the eventual game-winning run in the fourth as Dave Reynolds and Chad Bisnette had back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third with no outs. Reynolds scored on a passed ball to make it 2-1.
Danville starter Ricky Bowen (1-3) suffered the loss, despite allowing just one earned run and seven hits in his seven innings. Bowen retired his final seven batters in a row.
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