Friday, October 30, 2009

Broken Record

I'm really getting tired of talking about it but this weather stinks! Not only did the weather wreak havoc with our practice schedule the entire fall, but most recently the rain forced the cancellation of the Riverwalk Series after only one game. The series was scheduled to be a best-of-3 format but after a gorgeous day for the series opener, the next two days were washed out.

Even though the series was cut short, the game that was played was full of positives. No, we didn't get to see everyone play (the player/managers were hoping to get in two more games) but the ones who did play showed a lot. The Black team took game one and ultimately the series by an 8-3 count. If it is fair to give a MVP award after one game then Joe Wietecha would have earned it. Wietecha went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and another two driven in. Oh yeah, he also swiped two bases. Sophomore/pitcher Tyler Herman picked up the win allowing zero runs scored on one hit in 2.0 innings pitched.

RIVERWALK SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
Black 8, Red 3
Black Team
Nick Robinson, SS: 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI
Michael Corrigan, C: 2-for-3, R
Mike Charles, P: 2.0 IP, R (0 ER), 2 H, 4 K

Red Team
Dave Williams, OF: 2-for-3
Nate Dobrez, DH: 1-for-2, 2 RBI

Friday, October 16, 2009

Another Wash Out

Mother Nature has involved herself in matters that don't concern her once again. For what seems like the tenth time this fall, a practice was canceled due to rain. But thanks to a team effort by the Cardinal players, most of the standing water was cleared off the field. The goal is to intersquad tomorrow, provided there isn't too much rain overnight. We'll see what happens over the next few days. In the meantime, here's a little of what's happening in the program.

CARDINAL NEWS & NOTES
  • Fall Prospect Camp set for Sunday with 66 recruits signed up
  • Riverwalk Series scheduled as Best-of-3 series to begin on Monday
  • Entering final few days of practice for Fall '09

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Halfway Home?

We finished our second week of fall practice yesterday with what all the coaches agree was a productive practice. What made it so productive, or at least played a role, was the lack of rain. Something that has not been the case the past few days. In fact, as I write this, puddles are beginning to form in the infield so this weekend could be in question. We have already had more days this fall affected by weather than we did the entire fall in 2008. I suppose this means we will have a great spring!

A Division III baseball season is 19 weeks long, including conference tournaments and fall ball. Each team has to decide how to use those weeks for practice. Northern teams are obviously at a disadvantage but because the CCIW schedule starts a week later, we may decide to use that week in October as opposed to January. We have used two of four so far but if the weather looks better later this month, we may use it then. If the rain keeps up all month, we will probably use it in the winter.

CARDINAL NEWS & NOTES
  • Freshman Brendan Ryan is back at practice after taking a foul ball off the mask, suffering a minor concussion.
  • Over 40 high school players have registered for the 2009 Fall Prospect Camp
  • Tom Purcell Classic set for Saturday, October 24 at 9:00 am
  • Riverwalk Series will be played from October 19-23 at The Zimm