Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lab Notes: Summer Edition, 7/31

On a day when the Twitterverse may explode due to the MLB Trade Deadline, Lab Notes: Summer Edition takes a look at the Canton Terriers and Shannon Fence other Terriers of the Tri-State League.

JD Ingalls (@JDIngalls), Shannon Fence - JD appeared in four of the Storm's final seven games after returning from injury and continued on his comeback trail by logging a significant number of innings as a starter this summer.

Heath Kelley, Shannon Fence - Heath resumed his duties as a dual-position player by racking up time on the mound and in right field. In addition to his main role this past spring in the bullpen, Heath made a few starts for Shannon Fence.

Patrick Kilway (@PatrickKilway), Canton Terriers - Pat hit .346 this summer with eight doubles, 17 runs scored, 12 RBI and notched a .894 OPS.

Logan Nordquist (@Logan_Nordquist), Canton Terriers - Logan posted a 2-2 record with a 4.38 ERA in 24.2 IP for the Terriers. He held opposing hitters to a .277 average and had a 1.257 WHIP.

Pat Sinko, Shannon Fence - Pat continued the trend of Storm relievers getting time as a starting pitcher during the summer. In his third season with Shannon Fence, Pat worked out of the bullpen but saw significant time as a starter.

Stay tuned to The Coach's Cave all summer for updates on all your favorite Storm baseball players. Keep tabs through Twitter by following @thecoachscave for instant updates. If you have summer stats that you would like to see on The Cave, please send them to ebunnell@lec.edu. Thanks for reading! RAGE ON!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Backhanded Compliment

One of the most beneficial plays for an infielder to possess is the backhand. But not enough players use proper technique with the backhand and rely too much on timing. Too many players try to turn every play in the hole into a highlight play, instead of planting their feet and working through the ball. Take a look at this simple drill to help any fielder get in the proper position to make the backhanded play.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Lab Notes: Summer Edition, 7/29

In this edition of Lab Notes: Summer Edition, we take a look at one of the teams with the strongest ties to the Storm baseball team. Formerly known as the Carolina Stingers, the Ballantyne Smokies have hosted several Storm players each year including current players Zach Mosbarger and Jimmie Shaw, as well as former players in Mike Backes, Jae Leeworthy, Mike Morgan, Reid Rizzo, and Ryan Rua. The Smokies recently clinched the SCBL World Series title with a 12-2 victory over the Carolina Chaos.

Cody Blood (@cblood17), Ballantyne Smokies - Cody is hitting .250 in 27 games. In only 68 at-bats, Blood has racked up 4 doubles and driven in 10 and has an OPS of .670.

Tyler Minnich (@tylerminnich), Ballantyne Smokies - Tyler is 2-1 with a 5.25 ERA in 36 innings pitched. He has made eight appearances with seven of them coming as starts. It's good news when Tyler pitches. The Smokies are 7-1 (6-1 as a starter) when Tyler takes the ball on any given day.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Lake Erie Lasher

Last night you may have been at an incredible rock concert, seeing The Dark Knight Rises for the third time, or just enjoying the summer nights on the shores of Lake  Erie. If any of these are the case, you would have then missed former Lake Erie Storm standout, Ryan Rua (@Rua_Numba_2) belting his third home run of the season for the Spokane Indians in an extra-inning loss to Yakima in Northwest League action.

From the Spokane Indians July 27, 2012 recap on their official website:
The Indians had 10 hits in the loss, including three from Gabriel Roa and a long homer from third baseman Ryan Rua over the Supercuts sign in the sixth inning.
Rua's offensive prowess has him hitting in the middle of the Indians' order, and with his latest home run, has the team lead in round-trippers along with runs batted in (16), total bases (54) and slugging percentage (.372). He currently ranks in the top three in nine offensive categories among Indians' hitters. "The Lake Erie Lasher" ranks in the top 20 in the Northwest League in five offensive categories including hits (T-15th), doubles (T-18th), home runs (T-14th), total bases (15th), and slugging percentage (19th).

Follow Ryan on his journey through the Texas Rangers' farm system by checking his stat pageStay tuned for more updates on Storm baseball on Twitter (@thecoachscave) and The Coach's Cave blog. RAGE ON!

Friday, July 27, 2012

It's Showtime

In continuing with my recent series on summer baseball, here are some stats submitted by recent graduate, Matt Vanni (@Vanni_6). As you can see, he's been on fire and a dynamic force both on the mound and at the plate. I'm not sure which league he's been playing in, possibly the California Penal League, although this is the more probable scenario. Don't call it a comeback, he's been here for years...but you can call him Junior.

Matt Vanni
 .356 12 doubles, 3 triples, 14 HR 39 RBI. 3-1 1.26 ERA 19 K

If anyone has any real statistics they'd like to share that are not on their summer team's or league's website, send them to ebunnell@lec.edu. Stay tuned to Twitter (@thecoachscave) for more updates throughout the summer. RAGE ON!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lab Notes: Summer Edition, 7/26

Last week we took a look at the Great Lakes League. This week, we'll look into the Atlantic Baseball Confederation and the Prospect League. Storm players have made their mark in both respective leagues last season and are making their mark as well. Here are the latest updates on a few more Storm players during the summer months.
Doug Fox (@dfox508), Toms River Hurricanes - Doug is coming off his second-straight All-GLIAC season and made his way out to the Jersey Shore to get in his summer work. Lake Erie fans would best know Dooouuug for coming out of the bullpen, but the to-be senior added starting pitcher to his resume, getting the ball in several first innings instead of just the ninth. Doug is starting the Hurricanes opening playoff game tonight.
Adam Beach (@BeachAdam), Lorain County Ironmen - Adam rejoined the Ironmen for his second straight summer and has been their most dominant pitcher in 2012. Beach leads the team in wins (3), games started (9), strikeouts (53), and innings pitched (57.2).

Shaun Gaydos (@TherealGDos), Lorain County Ironmen - Shaun was a mid-season pick-up for the Ironmen where he served as the battery mate for fellow Storm teammate, Adam Beach. Shaun got two starts in a predominantly upperclassman league.

Send me your summer stats and I'll include them in the next few posts. Check back throughout the summer and stay posted on Twitter @thecoachscave. RAGE ON!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Cure for the Summertime Blues

Typically during the summer months, college campuses are ghost towns and Lake Erie College is no different. Sure, there are administrators going through their day-to-day routines, getting caught up on TPS reports, and preparing for the upcoming academic year, but overall, you will be hard-pressed to find vary many athletes walking around the Osborne Center. If you are, however, looking to find Lake Erie students this summer, a good place to start would be a baseball field. Each of the Storm returners are busy honing their skills in various wood bat summer leagues throughout the country.

Here's a look at just a few of the Storm players, starting with the Great Lakes League. Stay tuned for more updates on other summer league featuring Storm players.

Garrett Emling (@GarrettEmling), Stark County Terriers - Garrett is hitting .298 this summer with 11 runs scored and 13 driven in. Garrett has added seven extra base hits, leading the team in triples with two and ranks fourth in doubles with five.

Brian Kilway (@BrianKilway), Stark County Terriers - Brian has posted a 3-1 record for the Terriers with a 4.58 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched, and ranks third on the team with 25 strikeouts.

Zach Mosbarger (@ZachMosbarger10), Dayton Docs - The Storm captain is fourth on the Docs in average, hitting at a .300 clip, ranks fourth in runs scored with 13, and fifth in doubles with five.

Check back in throughout the summer and stay posted on Twitter @thecoachscave. #RageOn!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Running Man

Want to get faster? Of course you do. Every athlete would like to take a split second off their 60 time or their time from home to first. But how do you get faster? The answers may be much easier than you thought. Check out my latest article in STACK Media to find out how you can snag that extra base that may be the difference between a win and a loss.