Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Crunching the Numbers: Pitching Stats

In our continuing look at the fall season, we take a look, albeit a quick one, into the pitching stats in Crunching the Numbers

The collective staff posted a 5.16 ERA during the fall and held opposing hitters to a .282 average and had a WHIP of 1.64. This included the two scrimmages against Lakeland Community College where the staff strung together 9-straight scoreless innings. On the individual side of things, there were a few players lobbied for some increased playing time in the spring. The innings were regulated by the coaching staff but there were several individuals who made the most of their opportunities. Here is a look at the top five pitching performances of the fall.

5. Freshman Parker Devenney crossed state lines to get a taste of college baseball. The Indiana native posted a 3.52 ERA in 7.2 IP this fall. Parker issued five walks in the fall but he minimized the damage by allowing only a .172 opponent average.

4. Red-shirt sophomore Brandon Grunda added some velocity to his fastball but more importantly some movement to his secondary pitches. The change in his game showed on the mound, limiting hitters to a .171 average and a team leading 0.93 WHIP.

3. Senior Logan Nordquist is no stranger to this list. Logan posted a team low 0.96 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP. Opponents only hit .275 over 9.1 IP. Nordquist was the winning pitcher in the SFL championship game, throwing two innings in relief.

2. Junior Brian Kilway had another impressive fall where he was at times unhittable. The 6'4" right-hander posted a 1.86 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a .250 average against in 9.2 IP. Had the Black team hung on for a SFL title game victory, Kilway was in prime position for the Cy Young Award.

1. If there was one person who benefited most from increased velocity, it was junior DJ Stastny. The extra zip on DJ's fastball allowed for his secondary pitches to dazzle. In 9.0 innings, DJ kept opposing hitters to a mere .194 average while posting an even 1.00 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP. Stastny averaged an impressive 13.0 strikeouts per nine innings, leading the team.

1. Nordquist 0.96
2. Stastny 1.00
3. Kilway 1.86
4. Beach 3.00
5. Devenney 3.52

1. Wargolet .160
2. Grunda .171
3. Devenney .172
4. Stastny .194
5. Ingalls .211

1. Grunda 0.93
2. Stastny 1.11
3. Kilway 1.14
4. Ingalls 1.25
5. Devenney 1.27

1. Stastny 13.0
2. Wargolet 12.3
3. Beach 12.0
4. Ingalls 11.5
5. Fox 10.2

1. Kilway 1.9
2. Minnich 2.3
3. Grunda 2.8
4. Nordquist 2.9
5. Fuller 3.4

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Crunching the Numbers: Hitting Stats

It has been almost two weeks since the fall ended with the Green team walking-off with an 8-7 victory in the 14th inning of the SFL Championship Game. Now that we've had time to take a breath and digest the 5-week fall season, it's time to look at how we did by Crunching the Numbers. We will start by taking a look at the offense and some of the individual performances at the dish.

The offense collectively hit .288/.365/.399 with 45 extra-base hits, including 9 home runs. As far as the team's overall productivity, they were sitting at 1.48 (meaning the average hitter touched 1 1/2 bases per at-bat). These numbers include every intersquad and SFL, and both scrimmage games against Lakeland Community College.

On the individual side, there were several breakout performances. Here's a look at the top five.

5. Sophomore Josh Hudeck (.359/.457/.410) was top five in virtually every offensive category, but Josh separated himself by the way he ran the bases. A very opportunistic base runner, Hudeck routinely put himself in scoring position with a combination of stolen bases, dirtball reads, and good anticipation. 

4. Freshman Louie Peterlin (.303/439/.576) brought home the Ryan Rua MVP Trophy (not really called that) after going 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles and 3 runs batted in during the SFL championship game. Peterlin's performance in the SFL finals just added to his fall totals where he tied for the team lead in doubles (6), extra-base hits (7), and was the leader in runs batted in (11).

3. Dylan Yankle returned for his sophomore season with something to prove. With the starting catcher job wide open after the departure of 4-year starter Nick Lovick, Yankle made his case (.425/.489/.550) by tying for the team lead in hits (17), leading outright in on-base (.489) and was second in average (.425).

2. Senior Cody Blood continued to swing the bat well after being named to the All-GLIAC team in 2012. Cody quietly put together a great fall (.405/.419/.595), and was at the top in hits (17), runs (9), doubles (6), among other categories. Add his steady defense at the hot corner, and you have a great fall season.

1. It would take a lot to surpass what Cody Blood did this fall, but if there was a performance that did, it was turned in by junior Garrett Emling. Garrett (.432/.447/.838) won the batting title by seven points hitting .432, belted four home runs, three more than any other player, and was four RBI's shy of winning the triple crown this fall. In addition to the triple crown categories, Garrett was second in hits (16), tied for the lead in runs (10), and was the most productive (2.05) with each of his at-bats.

Honorable Mention: Sean Mathews (.385/.429/.436), Pat Kilway (.345/.371/.517), Rutger Luebke (.343/.415/.371)

1. Blood 17
1. Yankle 17
3. Emling 16
4. Mathews 15
5. Hudeck 14

1. DeCamp 10
1. Emling 10
3. Blood 9
4. Mathews 8
T-5. Hudeck/Mosbarger/Yankle 7

1. Peterlin 11
2. Kilway 10
3. Emling 7
3. Hudeck 7
T-5. Blood/DeCamp/Mathews 6

1. Emling .432
2. Yankle .425
3. Blood .405
4. Mathews .385
5. Hudeck .359

1. Yankle .489
2. Hudeck .457
3. Emling .447
4. Peterlin .439
5. Mathews .429

1. Emling .838
2. Blood .595
3. Peterlin .576
4. Yankle .550
5. Kilway .517

1. Emling 2.05
2. Kilway 2.00
3. Peterlin 1.82
4. DeCamp 1.81
T-5. Hudeck/Mathews 1.74

Be sure to check back later this week when Crunching The Numbers looks at the pitching stats. RAGE ON!

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

2013 Schedule Released

Believe it or not but we are a mere four months from the start of the 2013 season, and just like last year it will open on the banks of the Ohio River in Evansville, IN against the University of Southern Indiana. The Storm will square off with the Eagles in a 3-game set beginning February 22nd. The Storm's spring trip will begin March 2nd in Charleston, WV featuring a 4-game set with the University of Charleston before continuing down I-77 to the Carolinas to complete their 7-game trip. The Storm will face Limestone College (SC), Greensboro College (NC) and Pfieffer University (NC) before heading back home.

The Storm will make what is hopefully one of two trips to Chillicothe, OH when they take on Notre Dame College at Veterans Memorial Stadium March 16-17. The all-turf field will again play host to the GLIAC Tournament May 8-11.

Conference play will begin on the road on March 20 at Ohio Dominican University. Exactly one week later, the Storm will play their home opener against the very same ODU Panthers on March 27 at the KZone. The regular season wraps up May 4-5 when the Storm hosts Northwood University at Braggs Field. The playoffs will begin the following week.

Click here for the complete schedule, and stay tuned to www.LakeErieStorm.com for the latest news on Storm athletics.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I'm Not Brad, I'm Me. Nice to Meet You!

The fall season ended last Wednesday with the Green team taking the title with an 8-7 victory in the 14th inning. The Green team continued their success against the Black team, picking up from where they left off in mid-September when they took two of three games in the opening weekend of SFL play.
Freshman Louie Peterlin was named the offensive MVP going 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles and three driven in. Junior Brad Raley was named the pitching MVP after throwing a perfect inning in relief. Three up, three down, three strikeouts. It was Raley's first live game action since April 11, 2012 when he went on the disabled list due to a SLAP tear in his right shoulder. "My shoulder feels much stronger than it did before the surgery," said Raley. Brad spent all summer rehabbing and was able to light throwing during the fall season but didn't throw in any game situations until the SFL finals. "It felt great to get back on the mound," said rejuvenated hurler. "I was chomping at the bit all fall."
Smaller Sample Size: In the four previous years of the SFL, there have been three teams with games every weekend, compared to only two teams this season. This fall, the weather played a bigger role than ever before, cancelling several weekend contests. Another contributing factor in the lighter SFL schedule was the addition of scrimmages against Lakeland Community College, playing on consecutive weekends.
Up Next: The off-season workouts are in full swing as the semester winds to a close. The Storm will workout both as a team and in individual position groups for the next four weeks before preparing for finals week. The semester ends December 7th.
Spring Training 2013: Once students return from winter break, the team will hit the Osborne Center floor for six weeks of spring training begining January 15th before opening the season at Southern Indiana on February 22nd. The full schedule will be released later this week.
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Green Machine

The fall season concluded in dramatic fashion on Wednesday in the bottom of the 14th when the Green team walked-off with a 8-7 victory to claim the 2012 SFL title. The Green team erased deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and 6-5 on Saturday, and 7-6 on Wednesday before scoring finally walking-off in the 14th. Sophomore Sean Mathews got the offense going in the final frame with a double to left which was just out of reach of the left fielder, tipping of his glove. Mathews advanced to third on a ground out and scored two batters later on a passed ball.

There were offensive stars galore for both teams. The aforementioned Mathews went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two driven in. The freshman combo of Zak DeCamp and Louie Peterlin were major contributors to the Green movement. DeCamp went 2-for-6 with a pair of runs scored, runs batted in with a double and a stolen base. There's an old adage that "it's not what you hit but when you hit," and Peterlin did both. All three of his hits either tied the score or gave his team the lead. Senior Zach Mosbarger, sophomore Dylan Yankle, and freshman Matt Avromov all had a pair of hits.

The Black team had their share of hitters as well. Sophomore Josh Hudeck led the way with four hits and two runs scored.Seniors Patrick Kilway and Cody Blood each had three hits and a run batted in, as did freshman Rutger Luebke. Kilway drove his run in by belting a solo home run in the top of the 1st. Junior Garrett Emling followed suit with a solo shot in the 2nd.

There were just as many stars on the mound for both teams. With it being a staffed game, everyone had an opportunity to pitch, and there were definitely those who took advantage. Among those for the Black team were senior Tim Birch, red-shirt sophomore Josh Porter, and freshman Parker Devenney, each of which threw a scoreless inning with at least one strikeout. Junior Brian Kilway threw three scoreless innings but was on the mound when the Green team scored the winning run.

On the side of the victors stood four pitchers who didn't allow a run. Freshman Connor Fuller went a single inning, as did junior Brad Raley, but Raley came in and stuck out three straight hitters in his first action of the fall. Junior DJ Stastny and red-shirt sophomore Brandon Grunda also had scoreless outings in two innings of work. Senior Logan Nordquist picked up the win in two innings of work where he allowed three unearned runs.

Lake Erie College is on fall break and the team will take a few days off before strength, speed, and agility workouts begin on Monday. Individual position workouts will also begin next week. The four-week workouts will wrap just before finals and the team heads home for winter break.

Stay tuned this off-season for updates on the Storm baseball team, including the MVP and Cy Young winners from the SFL championship game. The coaching staff will announce the winners on Monday.  Who is your vote for MVP and Cy Young? Let me know on Twitter @thecoachscave #SFLMVP. Thank you to all the fans who attended SFL games this fall...see you in the spring! RAGE ON!

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunny with a Chance of Long Balls

Today's conclusion of the 2012 Storm Fall League Championship has been postponed until Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for approximately 4:30pm at Kiwanis Rec Park. The forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 70's. Hope to see you there! RAGE ON!

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SFL Uncaged

Green Team 6. Black Team 6. Sure play on Saturday ended in a tie but don't go kissing you're sister just yet. The SFL Championship Game will finish its play tonight at Kiwanis Rec Park at 3:30pm. The Green and Black squad have three of the 13 innings from Reid Rizzo Day (@RRF_4) left to finish and it is guaranteed to be an uncaged, drag 'em out, battle...literally. The hitting shell that was used due to the parking situation for the football game on Saturday will be sitting comfortably down the left field line, outside the field of play.

The game ended in a tie when the Green Team rallied late to push a run across just before the cover of darkness fell on Braggs Field.

            1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  0  -  R
Black   1  1  0  0  1  0  0  3  0  0  -  6
Green  0  0  2  0  2  0  1  0  0  1  -  6

For the Black Team, Pat Kilway (@PatrickKilway), Josh Hudeck (@jhudeck8), Rutger Luebke (@rut_lueb), and Cody Blood (@cblood17) all have three hits through the first 10 innings. Kilway started the offense with a solo shot in the 1st and Garrett Emling (@GarrettEmling) followed that in the 2nd with a solo shot of his own.

The Green Team matched the offensive output thanks to multiple hits from Zach Mosbarger (@Bossbarger), Sean Mathews (@smathews21), Zak DeCamp (@ZeekersTweeters), and Louie Peterlin (@Skip_2_My_Lou). Freshman DeCamp and Peterlin each drove in two while DeCamp also scored twice and swiped a base.

Game action will continue tonight at 3:30pm at Kiwanis Rec Park. Rain dates are scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesdat, October 17.

I would like to send out a special thank you to friends and family, alumni and colleagues who partook in the festivities on Saturday. Your support makes a world of difference as we "Press On" through the 2012-13 year and beyond. Thank you for just being there!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Reid Rizzo Day

Family Day has been a staple among the Lake Erie fall season. This year is no different. But the 2012 version has undergone a facelift. After the passing of Storm shortstop Reid Rizzo this past June, the day has been renamed in his honor. Reid Rizzo Day was originally scheduled for Sunday, October 14 at 11am, following Homecoming events which consisted of the Lake Erie Baseball Alumni Game on Saturday at 4pm. But impending weather has forced a change in the Storm's schedule, yet again, and the Alumni Game has been rescheduled for a date in the spring while Reid Rizzo Day will now be held on Saturday, October 13 at 3pm at Kiwanis Rec Park.

The first pitch will take place while the Storm football team is still on the field taking on Malone University and will continue well after the football game ends. The game is scheduled for a 13-inning contest, the number of innings Reid played in his final game with the Storm. A ceremony is scheduled to take place during the 7th inning stretch, where the team, family and friends will release balloons to celebrate Reid's life. The balloons will be on sale through the top of the 7th inning along with Storm Baseball apparel (available the entire game). Proceeds will benefit the Reid Rizzo Foundation.
The primary goals of the Reid Rizzo Foundation will be to: (1) Provide financial assistance to those seeking to enhance their primary or secondary educational experience (2) Enhance education, awareness and research relative to medical conditions that affect the cardiovascular system & (3) Support athletic organizations wishing to enhance the support structure provided for the athletes they service.
The game itself will feature the Green and Black teams of the Storm Fall League in a winner-take-all 13-inning battle royale. The Green team holds a 2-1 SFL advantage, after a 3-game series in mid-September. The event is open to all those interested in attending and is free of charge. Donations to the Reid Rizzo Foundation will be accepted the entire day.

Schedule of Events
1:00 pm - Storm Football v. Malone University
3:00 pm - First Pitch (13-inning Game)
4:30 pm - On-Field Ceremony (During 7th Inning Stretch)
4:45 pm - Picnic
6:30 pm - Conclusion of Events

Find out more about the Reid Rizzo Foundation at www.reidrizzofoundation.com. Stay involved on social media by visiting the Foundation's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ReidRizzoClassic and on Twitter @RRF_4.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Little X-tra

Technically, there have only been three SFL games in 2012 and the Green Team still holds a 2-1 advantage, but there hasn't been a shortage of games during the fall season. Split-squad scrimmages have been played about three days a week, leaving two days for individual and team drills. There are ten new players in the Storm program this year and the multitude of games have given them plenty of opportunities to audition for playing time this year.

One of the main stats the coaching staff concerns itself with is a player's "X-Bases" total, or better yet, his productivity number. Simply put, the "X-Bases" are the number of bases a player touches per at-bat. To find the player's productivity, we add runs batted in, sacrifice bunts, X-Bases and divide by at-bats. This gives one number and lets the staff know how much a player is contributing. A player who reaches on an error, steals a base, advances on a ball in the dirt, and scores on a ground out would actually have a higher productivity number for a single at-bat than a player who doubles in the gap to drive in a run and is later stranded on second. That doesn't make much sense in a conventional sense, but when given a sample size of 50 games instead of one at-bat, the numbers make more sense and reveal which players have done the most to put runs on the board.

Here are the statistical leaders in X-Bases and Productivity:

Runs Batted In
1. Pat Kilway, 8
1. Lou Peterlin, 8
3. Josh Hudeck, 6
4. Garrett Emling, 5
5. 3 tied at 4

1. Garrett Emling, 41
2. Sean Mathews, 35
3. Zak DeCamp, 33
4. Dylan Yankle, 32
5. Lou Peterlin, 29

1. Garrett Emling, 2.25
2. Zak DeCamp, 2.00
2. Pat Kilway, 2. 00
4. Lou Peterlin, 1.82
5. Josh Hudeck, 1.68

Lab Notes:
  • The Storm's scrimmage game at Lakeland Community College will be held as scheduled on Saturday, October 7 at 10am.
  • The 2012 Alumni Game will be held on Saturday, October 13 following the Storm football game v. Malone. Alums who plan on attending should contact the baseball office.
  • Reid Rizzo Day will be held on Sunday, October 14. More information can be found at LakeErieStorm.com.
  • Check out my latest video and article available on STACK.com.
  • The Lake Erie athletic department has opened its online merchandise store. Get the latest Storm gear at http://shop.lakeeriestorm.com.
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