Thursday, October 30, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The fall is just the beginning for the Cardinals. Coaches will have individual meetings with the players beginning tomorrow leading up to off-season workouts.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Torres had the kind of outing that solidifies a weekend rotation spot. Whether that will play out or not is yet to be determined, but he looked in control on the mound. Torres threw seven scoreless innings allowing 4 hits with 4 strikeouts and Team 2 couldn’t get anything started offensively because of Torres’ domination. Andrew Wulbecker continued to swing the bat well for Team 1 going 2-for-2 in the game with 3 RBI. Ulises Ortiz added two hits and scored a pair of runs for Team 1. In a losing effort, Dusty Gilbreth went 2-for-3 for Team 2 who managed only four hits total on the day.
The team will have some time to recharge their batteries before the seniors take control of conditioning workouts. Hopefully the play of the last few weeks can carry over into the team’s performance in the weight room. Countdown to spring training…98 days.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Team 2 will play Team 1 for the fall championship tomorrow at 8 am. Team 1 holds a 5-3 season series advantage over Team 2, including the last two games. The Tom Purcell Alumni Classic will follow the title game with a 10:30 projected start time.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Teams 1 and 3 would play in a double-header to decide who would get Friday off. Team 1 had a chance to clinch on Tuesday but Team 3 ended those dreams in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 victory. Team 3 looked to play spoiler again and keep their own hopes alive of winning the regular season title. They wasted little time scoring single runs in each of the first two innings. Team 1 cut the lead in half in the third but that would be all they could manage. A three-run fourth inning sealed the game, but a run in the sixth gave Team 3 two extra points. Eric Vogrin and Phil Munson paced Team 3’s offense with three hits each with Munson adding a pair of runs batted in. Ben Mottashed threw all six innings for Team 3 scattering five hits and striking out four.
The 6-1 win earned Team 3 10 total points and brought them within eight points of the lead. A duplicate performance would give them the title. The third time was the charm for Team 1, however, sending a message early that they were still the team to beat. Three runs in the first and four more in the second gave Team 1 an insurmountable lead. Although a four-run fourth cut it to a one-run game, Team 1 came right back with five runs of their own, finishing off Team 3 for a 12-7 victory. Andrew Wulbecker had himself a day with five hits on the day for Team 1.
With Team 3’s performance over the past few days, they have actually leap-frogged Team 2 in the standings to finish in second place. Tomorrow’s action will begin at 3:30 pm.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Team 3 needed the momentum from the walk-off win in game one to carry over in game two. But Team 2 took a 1-0 lead in the third thanks to a Dusty Gilbreth RBI-single. If Team 3 had its choice, it would have liked Eric Vogrin’s game-tying sacrifice fly to come in the sixth or seventh, rather than the fifth. The run scored in the bottom of the fifth which earned two points, leaving Team 3 one point short in the 1-1 final. Scott Randecker allowed one run and struck out four in six innings pitched for Team 3. For Team 2, Nate Gomez allowed a run on two hits over five innings.
The standings have tightened heading in to the final day of regular season play. Team 1 needs to split their double-header with Team 3 to win the regular season and play for the fall title on Saturday. A Team 3 sweep could earn them the crown if they can earn enough points. Meanwhile, Team 2 is idle and is guaranteed to play on Friday. The only thing in question is whether they will be the #2 seed or the #3 seed. In six previous meetings, Teams 1 and 3 have split the series with three wins apiece. The double-header will take place on Thursday beginning at 1:30 pm.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Team 3 has some work to do and will be playing in all four of the remaining games. Team 1 can clinch the top-seed and a spot in Saturday’s Fall Championship Game with a win against Team 3 in either today’s game or in Thursday’s double-header. A Team 2 loss today will knock them out of contention for the top-seed. If Team 3 wins their final four games, then they would earn a spot in Saturday's Championship Game. That was a lot to say but the good thing is that it will all be settled on the field starting this afternoon.
Tuesday Schedule (10/14)
Team 1 v. Team 3, 1:00 pm
Team 2 v .Team 3, 3:30 pm
Thursday Schedule (10/16)
Team 3 v. Team 1, 1:00 pm
Team 1 v. Team 3, 3:30 pm
Friday Schedule (10/17)
Saturday Schedule (10/18)
Winner Friday v.
Tom Purcell Classic Alumni Game, 10:30 am
Sunday, October 12, 2008
In game two, Team 1 would face-off against Team 2 in a battle for first place. Team 1 would strike first with a run in the first. The game would see-saw back and forth when Team 2 scored twice in the top of the second. Team 1 would answer with two of their own making the score 3-2 in favor of Team 1. Team 2 would come back with two more in the top of the third giving them a 4-3 lead. It would stay that way until a 4-run fifth for Team 1 broke the game open. Team 2 would add a run in the sixth but it was too little, too late. Justin Moriarty was the only one from Team 1 to post a multi-hit game and Michael Corrigan continued to swing the bat well, driving in two. For Team 2,
After the sweep, Team 1 has taken a sizeable lead in the standings, but the point crown is still up for grabs. Action will pick up on Tuesday at 1:30 pm.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
The win actually gives Team 2 the overall points lead but they trail Team 1 by a game in the win-loss column. A double-header is slated for 10 am on Saturday.
Friday, October 10, 2008
In the first game of the day, Team 2 defeated Team 3 by an 8-2 score. Peter Romanello and Adam Dobrez each had a pair of hits and Dan Cladis belted his second home run of the fall. Team 2 was aided by three Team 3 errors which led to two unearned runs in the second inning. Michael McGrath allowed both runs scored by Team 3 in three innings pitched but only one was earned.
Action will pick up today at 3 pm with Team 2 and Team 3 squaring off. In six meetings thus far, each team has won three games apiece, with Team 3 winning three of the last four.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Rain caused the field to be unplayable in the middle of play in game two. The matchup between Team 1 and Team 3 was scoreless in the bottom of the second and will be made up later in the fall. The forecast calls for rain through Wednesday morning which should be enough time for the coaching staff to get the field playable.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Team 1 holds the current tie-breaker having an overall win-loss record of 5-3-1 as opposed to a 5-4 overall record for Team 3. Both Team 1 and Team 3 have won the same number of innings at 26 and despite their poor record recently, Team 2 has won 25 innings.
Offense: The offense is in full swing, producing a number of runs scored in the 14 total games. 160 runs have been scored overall with eight home runs. The downside has been lack of execution with runners on base and less than two outs. With the emphasis on winning each inning, we could stand to see a few more “quality at-bats” with opportunities to move runners and drive them in.
Pitching: With over 11 runs being scored per game, the pitching staff has been under fire. The problems have resulted from inability to consistently throw strikes. The pitchers that have been around the plate have been more successful. It sounds simple but over 100 years of baseball history can’t be wrong.
Defense: The defense has been a little shaky so far. But to be fair, several players may have been playing out of position with the squad being split into three teams but the general lack of consistency may be an early cause for concern.
The sky is always darkest before dawn. So with whatever has gone wrong to this point, there is an eternity to fix them before we open the season in 2009. This game is hard enough without focusing on the negative aspects. With two weeks remaining, some players are starting to separate themselves from the pack. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the fall plays out.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
This will be the first of many posts from inside North Central baseball. This is for Cardinal fans to get a little more insight into the program and for those future Cardinals to see what’s in store for them. Enough delay, here we go…
We are now in week three of classes and week two of fall ball and the transition from schools has been great. Coming in to a new program always has its difficulties, especially remembering the names of so many players. But after nine games, I am recognizing names from the play on the field.
As for the play on the field…The squad was split into three teams who would compete against each other for the four-week fall season. While we are still keeping score in the traditional sense, we have added a twist to make the games more competitive. We have placed an importance on winning each inning, awarding one point for each inning won in that game. Not to dismiss the final score, an extra five points are awarded to the team who wins the game. Now, looking at the box score can resemble that of a hockey game. Getting past the initial confusion, the new format has added another element to the style of game.
After nine total games, each team has played six games, thus giving us a chance to fairly evaluate each team. Team 2 is out to the early lead, but there are still plenty of games remaining for Teams 1 and 3 to catch up. Here are the point standings to date.