Don’t be this OTHER guy – By Bob Ryan

the other guy logoAs Baseball winds down, we’ll take a look at some of the 2nd half stars, best rookies, surprises and inter-mingle in a few “spots”….

The highest 10 NL hitters for the 2nd half with over 100 AB have a few surprising names..

….At the top is Joey Votto with a .374. He’s been criticized for looking for walks and not swinging often enough….it turns out he’s doing both…hitting .374, drawing 75 walks so his OB% is .558 (that means he’s getting on base more than HALF of his AB), his slugging is .665, OPS(on base + slugging) is 1.223. Votto is leads the NL in ALL FOUR CATEGORIES!

…..2nd in Average for the 2nd half is little noticed David Peralta of Arizona .354

Buster Posey is 3rd in NL average at .350…btw…Posey has 70 hits (2nd in NL)

…..Another Arizona OF AJ Pollock has been terrific..he’s at .340. It appears the Diamondbacks have a strong nucleus for the middle of their lineup for the future.

….Bryce Harper (Wash) hit .337 but led the NL in HR with 14 in 2nd half

….None of you would have guessed…at least I wouldn’t… the #6 hitter for 2nd half in NL—Oduble Herrara—OF from the hapless Phillies hit .333 raising his season average to .296 !

….The Cards Jayson Heyward is 7th for 2nd half (do you hear the clanging of coins in the background as Heyward approaches Free Agency?) with a .326 mark

At 8-9-10 come three middle-infielders

…#8 Consistent Washington SS, Yunel Escobar, hit .321 in 2nd half and holds a .317 season average

…#9 Speedy Dee Gordon (Miami 2b) continued hitting well in 2nd half after sizzling in the 1st half…Gordon is hitting .321 in 2nd half and causing havoc on the bases for several teams

…#10 Tied for this spot at .319 were Brendan Phillips (Cincy)…many thought he was “over the hill” …also at #10 Ryan Braun…who has lost some power since he lost his pills but he still can hit

 

Now for a short break….

Hi…I’m Matt Carpenter….I’m the slugging 3B of the StL Cardinals…I can rake with the best of them but best of all…I’m over 20 HR…

….I’m the other Matt Carpenter….I was the 2B of the Cardinals, batted 1st in the lineup with the goal of drawing walks, hitting singles & doubles and scoring runs but I didn’t go for the long ball..

…..Matt#1, “Don’t be like the other Matt Carpenter….go for that big contract…heck I’m 29 I only have one more big contract”

 

Hi…..….I’m OJ Simpson I was the superstar running back of the USC Trojans where I led the nation in rushing during my Jr & Sr years. In the pros, I was drafted and played most my career for the Buffalo Bills. I was the only runner in NFL history to rush for 2000+ yards in a 14 game season. I was in six Pro Bowls and voted into NFL HOF in my 1st year of eligibility in 1985.

I’m the other OJ Simpson…after my football career I was used for many commercials and am most remembered for my Hertz commercials as I ran through the airports….I ran…oops …my bad….I moved into areas that caused much trouble with the law and have been incarcerated.

OJ#1….don’t be like that OJ….stop running in airports!

 

….Hi…I’m the 2015 Maty Mauk…I’ve led my teams to 3 very lacklulster wins over cupcakes to start the season…my leading receivers from last year are now in the NFL…these new guys couldn’t catch a fish out of a fish pond….I’ve passed for 329 yards and have a rating after 2 games of 114….I’m worried for a couple reasons….our Mizzou fans are spoiled…they now expect us to win the SEC East and win most games convincingly AND since my backup …Drew Lock….has NFL written all over him….ya never know…

Hi….I’m the other Maty Mauk…the Mizzou QB of 2014…..I led the Tigers to an 11-3 record as I passed for 2648 yards, 26 TD won the SEC East before losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Then I led the Tigers to a win over Minnesota in the Crap…oops… Citrus Bowl. I had a 53.4% completion rate and QB rating….don‘t ask me to explain that…of 120.8

….Maty #1…don’t be like him….just let me scramble, run around and heave it…my only returning running back is already injured …and Coach Pinkel has ALWAYS chosen a QB in soph/jr year and stuck with him until graduation….I’m like Eliot Ness…I’m an untouchable as a starter

 

Now the top 10 AL hitters for AVG in the 2nd half…#1 is a shocker…a young rookie whose name has probably never come off your lips….this guy was just picked up in our Family Fantasy league in the last 2 weeks so….who’s heard of the guy?

……At #1 is SS Francisco Lindor who banged out a .361 avg this half and now holds a .319 season average for the Indians…is OPS is .959

……Toronto slugger Edwin Encarcion is 2nd in AL for 2nd half at .355….this guy has taken off as a hitter since he doesn’t have to go into the field where he committed multiple miscues….he can just think about hitting…he has 14 dingers and an OPS over 1.1 !

……Cleveland has a 2nd player in the top 3 of the AL…OF Michael Brantley hitting .352…any surprise that the Indians crawled back into the WC race..long shot but at least there was a chance for the Indians.

….At #4 is Xavier Bogoerts the SS of the BoSox….he’s about the only star of this lowly team…X hit .345 in the 2nd half.

….Jose Altuve (Houston) is putting together another fine season as a lead-off hitter for the Astros..he checks in with a .342 average…one of the few high average hitters in this lineup

….Mizzou-grad, Ian Kinsler comes in at #6 and continues to perform at a .339 clip although the Tigers have lost their bite and linger in the mid-section of the division.

….causing some…maybe just me….to wonder….the venerable David Ortiz is hitting unbelievably for an old-timer (20 HR and .339 average)…once found to have used drugs….I’m just saying…

…in the #8 spot is Tampa Bay’s SS-Asdrubal Cabrera….pushed aside in Cleveland with Lindor (see #1) rising out of the farm system, Cabrera’s .338 average is really robust on the mild hitting Rays team.

…Ben Revere arrives in the #9 spot with a .329 mark….in the powerful Toronto lineup, maybe he’s ignored because he doesn’t hit many round-trippers…his speed is a real asset to this #1 division leader

…rounding out the top 10 in the AL is Tx OF Sin-So Choo…god bless you…his .328 2nd half comes after a dismal 1st half

 

Hi…I’m Jaime Garcia…I’m in the final year of my contract….I’ve really had injury problems since I signed my 4 year $26 mil contract…it’s just been too painful….yea…I had surgery…but that’s expected, right?….heck I’ve racked up 24 wins for $26 mil…a mil a win…that’s plenty good…I don’t want to push it too hard

Hi…I’m the other Jaime Garcia of 2015…I hold a 9-5 record with a 2.82 ERA..I’m on the way to pitching my most innings since 2011..which means I’ll have exceeded the massive total of 121 innings in 2012, 2013, and 2014…I’m in my final year of this contract with the club having an #11.5 mil option for 2016 and a $12 mil contract for 2017

….Jaime #1…don’t be like other Jaime…..pitch just good enough to sign another big one…heck…if the Cards buy me out for $500,000…some other chump…I mean team will gladly open up their wallets….my arm might hurt but not enough to cash in those checks.

 

Hi…I’m Jack Clark…I was a tremendous power hitter back in the pre-steriod days…I earned $20 mil for my career for the SF Giants and Cards

Hi…I’m the other Jack Clark….I earned $20 mil in my career…I declared bankruptcy on listed debts of $11.4 mil with assets of $4.8 mil…I had some hobbies….kinda expensive hobbies…I owned 18 automobiles, including a 1990 Ferrari that cost $717,000 alone…my three customized Mercades were $125,000 each…all in all I owe on 17 of these cars and on the race track that I was going to race them on..

Jack#1…don’t be like that jack Clark…go into radio….oops…can’t do that I’m too blunt and get sued….so be a “power” man and step up…sell those darn cars by opening up a Auto Dealership or a restaurant with your buddy, Ozzie!

 

A quick look at some of the excitement/news surrounding HS football…

….Ladue scored 2 TD’s in last 5 minutes to rally for a 38-35 win over Cape Central

….Occasionally when a successful coach departs from a school, it’s because he sees the cupboard is bare for future teams…..Not so in this case…Coach Ferrell Shelton compiled a dazzling record of 130-37 @ Eureka in his 15 seasons there. He moved to Kirkwood for that prestigious job….he’s led the Pioneers to a 4-0 mark this year while Eureka is still winning…they’re 5-0….win-win for both teams

….best thing that ever happened to Pattonville was the breaking up of the Suburban North into 2 conferences…Pattonville still has tough teams (Kirkwood, Summit, Webster, Pk North and Ritenour) but the Pirates are 4-1 after crunching Webster Groves 40-0 …sometimes removing teams that have beat you year after year elevates the approach and attitude of players & coaches alike

…one of wildest games this weekend was the O’Fallon Christian 50-35 win over DuBourg…Christian trailed 35-27 but scored 3 TD’s in the last 8:51 seconds for the win.

 

Hi…I’m Sam Bradford that was drafted with lots of anticipation by the Rammies….many thought that I had a gun for an arm…that my personality was squeaky clean…others knew that I had an aptitude for the game…I had the OU pedigree…I was the whole package..

Hi…I’m the other Sam Bradford…the one that has been out for 3 seasons with the Rams…I was a brittle as a frozen limb of a dead tree….my signing bonus became an issue – especially with the fans…I spent more time on the sideline than the X-pt kickers…I was everything that nobody wanted..

Sam#1…don’t be that Sam….my new coach has me releasing the ball quickly….calling plays at the LOS so that I can use my analytical skills…I actually have a line that can block for more than a mini-second….this is the year for me…I’m in Philly

 

Hi….I’m Peter Stasny …I was acquired last year by the St Louis Blues…I had much anticipation…I was coming home and to a good team….I finished with 16 goals and most fans seemed frustrated with me

Hi…I’m the other Peter Stasny…I played 8 years in the prime of my career with the Denver Avalanche….I averaged 20 goals a season during that time…I was voted #2 in the Rookie of the Year voting….generally chalked up several assists in the playoffs….after that, I was injured on a few occasions and often missed games but most appreciated my skills

….Peter #1….don’t be like that Peter….I’ll continue to slide since I’ll be 30 in December…the quick skating Blues don’t fit my finesse style…and my salary will still rile up the Blues faithful

 

Hi….I’m Bob Ryan….no..Not the Boston Globe Bob Ryan….I write sports blogs trying to elicit emotion from the readers…my thrill is that people will actually take their time to read this “stuff”

Hi…I’m the other Bob Ryan…I taught HS math 40 years…how can I write anything with those credentials? The only thing I wrote was my name on the bottom of a check.

Bob#1….don’t be like that Bob…..read this silly stuff mixed in with some facts and some quasi-facts covered with lots of Irish malarkey covering in on the top….:)

 

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If you’re a real glutton for punishment and have missed these blogs…give em a try

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Sep 6..the official start of fall…. http://prepcasts.com/fall-is-officially-here-by-bob-ryan/

Aug 31…Red vs Blue M&M … http://prepcasts.com/red-vs-blue-mm-by-bob-ryan/

Aug 27…looking in rear view mirror…http://prepcasts.com/bob-ryan-looks-into-the-rear-view-mirror/

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Aug 20…Bob Ryan goes to Judge Roy Beans Court http://prepcasts.com/bob-ryan-goes-to-judge-roy-beans-court-by-bob-ryan/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Punching Ticket to District Title Match!

Bob-RyanPunching Ticket to District Title Match!

Next weekend will bring us the District Finals for all classifications….let’s take a look at some of the story lines of the semifinals…

How about some OT to start things off…in Class 5, District 1, #1 seed, the Jackson Indians, had to go overtime to beat a fired-up #5 seeded, Oakville Tiger team 41-35! This thrilling see-saw battle saw the Indians holding a 14 point lead at half 21-7 but when Jackson fumbled the KO to start the 2nd half and the Tigers pushed it across for the TD, momentum switched quickly. Oakville tied it up at 21-21 at the end to 3 quarters to set the stage for the 4th quarter. The final quarter saw both teams moving up and down the field for 2 TD’s each. At the final buzzer, it was still tied 35-35. Jackson’s Xominique Davis caught the TD pass in the OT but the kick failed. Oakville punched out a quick 1st down only to have the ball fumbled when the QB was scrambling trying to elude the heavy pressure. When Jackson recovered, it was over 41-35. Next week Jackson faces Vianney for the 2nd time this year. In the 2nd week of the season, the Indians edged Vianney 30-23. This time for the Class 5, District 1 title.

 Click here to VIEW that REPlay …

The turning point of the game…..Blue Springs avenged the earlier 31-13 loss to the Ray-Pec Panthers (7-3) as the Wildcats raced to a 40-17 win on Friday. A fumble with only 11 seconds left in the 2nd quarter gave the Wildcats possession on the Panther 2 yard line. A pass from Ian Brown to Terrance Sanders, followed by a 2 point conversion made it 17-10 Blue Springs. That play seemed to be the moment that turned the tide in this game. Rockhurst will host Blue Springs on Friday for the Class 6, District 4 title.

 Bouncing back from a 41-6 defeat? Gateway STEM lost their regular season game to Miller Career 41-6. Most observers felt that this semifinal game would be more of the same—the #5 Jaguars visiting the top seeded Phoenix. BUT WAIT JUST A MINUTE! Shocking almost everyone, Gateway STEM (7-4) shocks Miller Career (9-2) 7-6 as soccer star, Amir Osmanovic, booted the winning PAT. Both TD’s came in the 2nd quarter so no one expected the 7-6 lead to “stand up” for the rest of the game.But….it did! Congrats to Coach Jason Dulick and his staff for a huge win for his program! The Jags will now face the unbeaten #2 seed, Affton Cougars (10-0), at Affton for the Class 4, District 2 title.

The quietest 9 win team of the State? …. The Orchard Farm Eagles notched their 9th win of the 2014 season has they handled Centralia 35-13. The Eagles of the Gateway North finished 2nd in their conference to St Charles West so major headlines avoided them during the regular season. Now the #1 seed of Class 3, District 5 with 9-2 record hosts the #2 seed, Macon (8-3). Macon barely escaped O’Fallon Christian 20-19 on Friday!!

 Best comeback of the night? … Easy one…it’s the St. Francis Borgia Knights. Falling behind by 13 points in the first 4 minutes of the game to the Union Wildcats, it was going to be an uphill battle all night. It was still 29-7 Union midway in the 2nd quarter and at halftime, Borgia was behind 37-14! On this chilly night, maybe…maybe-but not likely…some Knight fans wanted to leave at half. But…what a 2nd half it was for #2 seed, Borgia. Scoring 21 unanswered points in the 3rd quarter, the Knights were still behind 37-35. Justin Baylard ran for a TD, then threw the 2 point conversion with 9:29 left in the game. That made it 43-37 for the first Knights lead of the game. The Wildcats answered on a 5 yard pass from Blake Hulsey to Nick Eads from 5 yards out with 7:35 left but…the 2 point conversion failed and we were tied at 43-43. After all these offensive fireworks, it was a pick-6 by Hunter Warmack that ended the scoring with 3:43 left and Borgia(10-1) winning 50-43. #3 seed, Union’s season ends with a 9-2 record.

 Jays build huge lead early…. Elijah Pittman rushed for 301 yards on 21 carries for Jefferson City in their win over Ft Zumwalt West. The Jays built up a 42-7 lead but Ft Zumwalt West scored the last three TD’s of the game before falling 42-28 to the Jays. Jeff City will now travel to the #1 seed of Class 6, District 3- the Howell Vikings. Howell used a relentless defense that capitalized on two huge turnovers and a power run game led by Sutton Smith as they beat Blue Springs South 41-7. Watch the replay on

 Wildest scoring game of the week….57-50 was the final as Bishop DuBourg outlasted Soldan in a Class 3 District 2 game. DuBourg was behind 42-21 at half but scored 36 points in the 2nd half to notch the win. Maxwell Buck broke the tie of 50-50 when he he Thomas Kinney on a 52 yard TD pass with 5:18 left in the game.

Watch this exciting replay–

Ups & Downs in Single Game…Smithville raced out to a 31-10 lead early in the 2nd quarter. Platte County fought back to tie it at 31-31 in the 3rd quarter. Smithville grabbed lead again 38-31 only to see Pirates tie it again at 38. Finally with only 3:51 left, the Warriors started their final drive on their own 35 yard line. On the 6th play, Charlie Nihart raced across the goal line on a 15 yard run. Nihart was phenomenal all night. He scored on his first two touches of the night—15 & 71 yard TDs. With his final (3rd) TD, Nihart had racked up 312 yards in 35 carries as Smithville wins 44-38. Platte County finishes their season with a 9-2 mark. Smithville advances to the Class 4 District 8 title game against Kearney.

 Look who’s up next!!….Carl Junction (#3 ranked, Class 4 team) upended a feisty West Plains Zizzers team 28-21. Some early stellar defense and a long drive gave Carl Junction a 14-0 lead that they would not relinquish. Now, Carl Junction faces the #1 ranked team of Class 4 – the seemingly invincible Webb City Cardinals.

 End of an era….Waynesville’s Rick Vernon ended his 37 years of Football coaching on Friday when the Tigers fell to 21-17 to the Battle Spartans. The #3 seed, Battle scored with only 18.3 seconds remaining. Nash Sutherlin crossed the goal line on a 4 yard run to end the wonderful carerr of a highly successful coach (220-169). Battle now has the tall order of facing the top seed of Class 5, District 4- the Camdenton Lakers (9-2).

Snapshot of Week 5-MO HS Football

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Best Game of the Week…

Ok….a 48-47 game is terrific in itself BUT when the winner (winless in 4 games) knocks off an unbeaten team that makes the game really unbelievable. Glendale (now 1-4) shocked the Kickapoo Chiefs (4-1) with the win. New Falcon Coach, Mike Mauk wins his 1st game in MO after chalking up over 220 wins in Ohio. His 5 wideout formation had QB Mike Alexander going 57 of 82 (yes…82 passes!!) for 582 and 5 TD’s. Taking the lead with 1:49 remaining, the Falcons had their breath taken away when the Chiefs returned a punt for the distance but….a penalty nullified the score and Glendale rejoiced at the buzzer.

Btw..Mike Mauk is the father of Mizzou starting QB, Matty Mauk

 

Other Games that you wished you been there……

….From goat to hero (in about 2 minutes of game time)…In a game between two 3-1 teams, the momentum see-sawed back and forth in the waning minutes of the game. Chillicothe fell behind 10-0 in 1st half, rallied to take a 23-16 with only about 1:30 left in the game, Bishop LeBlond of St. Joseph, MO scored but missed the extra point conversion so they still trailed the Hornets 23-22. It appeared to be over! After forcing a quick 3 & out, the Golden Eagles had a huge gainer to put themselves in FG position. Kicker T.L. Romesburg then redeemed himself by booting the winning 26 yard FG. The Golden Eagles push their record to 4-1.

 

…trailing 14-0 at half, the Summit Falcons (3-2) exploded on the opening KO return of the 2nd half as Keecie Powell went 86 yards for the score. This ignited the Falcons who scored 21   3rd quarter points to hold a 21-20 lead. The Ritenour Huskies (3-2) regained the lead as Seyvon Kenney hauled in a pass with 5:42 left in the game. The Huskies took a safety as the clock expired to hold on for the 26-23 win. I don’t ever recall ANY games ending in a safety!!!  Click here for the replay …

 

….Only Five points separates the Salem Tigers (2-3) from an unbeaten season! After dropping a 23-21 game to the Ava Bears on Friday, Salem has lost its other games by scores of 14-12 to Thayer and 21-20 to Reeds Springs. Behind, but always challenging, the Tigers just couldn’t get the final “stop” to take the ball away from the Bears late in the game as Ava ran out the clock.  

 

…Hillcrest scored 20 unanswered points in the last 6:09 of their game against Lebanon to eke out a 34-28 win. Eric Savage hauled in the winning throw from Brady Petry.

 

…in a defensive tussle, the Sikeston Bulldogs held on for 14-13 win over the Farmington Knights. Farmington had a 60 yard TD nullified in the 2nd half as both offenses were stymied much of the 2nd half. The fans just kept waiting for that “one big play”.

 

…What was that 3:28 minute explosion?

It was the Westminster Wildcats scoring FOUR TD’s in the 4th quarter in just 3:28 to rally to beat Lutheran South 35-21. The Wildcats trailed 21-7 entering 4th quarter!

 

“Gutsiest” Call of the night…

Scoring a TD with 1:35 left in game to make it 27-28, Ft Zumwalt East against rival, Ft Zumwalt North, went for the win on the 2-point conversion. The run failed but our hats off to the Lions for their call.

 

What kind of score is this?

Lawson 7 Lathrop 0….a 7-0 game in 2014? What’s next…helmets without face masks?

 

Turnaround

…in 2012 the Affton Cougars went 1-9. After their 49-16 win over Perryville, the Cougars are 5-0 in 2014. Congrats to Coach Dan Oliver and the Cougars for “making it happen

 

If you want points…you would have enjoyed….

Van Far 46   Montgomery County 35

Orchard Farm 61   Winfield 28

Christian (O’Fallon) 66 Bishop DuBourg 35

Santa Fe 50 Concordia 34

Union 55 St Clair 35

New Madrid County Central 72 Charleston 30

Maysvill 42 King City 32

 

Some ugly scores…no team names…

74-0, 67-7, 56-7, 55-6, 53-8, 53-6, 51-0

 

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Pleased to announce the addition of The DuBourg Sports Network

dubourgsportsPrepcasts LLC is proud to add another High School Sports Network to the Family … The DuBourg Sports Network.

Here are just some of the games slated for coverage next sports season …

FALL:

Football:

  • Friday, August 22nd vs. Lutheran South @ 7pm
  • Friday, September 19th vs. Christian O’Fallon @ 7pm
  • Friday, October 3rd vs. Trinity @ 7pm
  • Friday, October 10th vs. St. Charles @ 7pm (Homecoming)
  • Friday, October 17th vs. Liberty-Wentzville @ 7pm

Boys’ Soccer:

  • Tuesday, September 2nd vs. Lutheran St. Charles @ 6:15pm
  • Friday, October 3rd vs. St. Mary’s @ 1pm (early-out game)

Girls’ Volleyball:

  • Tuesday, September 9th vs. Trinity @ 4:15pm
  • Tuesday, October 7th vs. Kennedy @ 4:15pm

WINTER:

Girls’ Basketball:

  • Tuesday, December 9th vs. Christian O’Fallon @ 5:15pm
  • Monday, December 15th vs. Herculaneum @ 6:45pm
  • Friday, February 13th vs. Kennedy @ 5:15pm
  • Tuesday, February 24th vs. Lutheran South @ 6:45pm

Boys’ Basketball:

  • Tuesday, December 9th vs. Christian O’Fallon @ 6:45pm
  • Tuesday, January 13th vs. Trinity @ 6:45pm
  • Monday, January 26th vs. John Burroughs @ 6:45pm
  • Friday, February 13th vs. Kennedy @ 6:45pm

Dragons edge Cavaliers in 4-1 victory!

BY BOB RYAN

St Mary’s scored single runs in four different innings while the outstanding pitching of Matt Causino held the Cavaliers to just a single run and three hits to gain the complete game victory. WATCH the replay of this rapidly, well-played game on demand with the following link—

http://prepcasts.com/apr-17-hs-boys-baseball-bishop-dubourg-st-marys-st-marys-sports-network/

The Dragons jumped ahead in bottom of the 1st when leadoff hitter Zach Ortinau drew a walk and was driven home by the next batter-Joe Ross. The leading hitter on the SM roster, Ross doubled to deep left field scoring Ortinau.

SM pushed across a run in the bottom of the 2nd when Luke Yelnick drew a walk to begin the inning.  One out later, Alex Hines attempted a sacrifice bunt. The errant DB throw went past 1B down the RF line allowing Yelnick to come all the way around the bases with an unearned run making it 2-0—SM.

In the 4th with 2 outs and the bases clear, SM got three consecutive hits from Luke Yelnick, Mark Cooper and Alex Hines to tack on another run making it 3-0. Next batter, Zach Ortinau, had his line drive caught on a wonderful running catch by DB CF Jerry McCloskey. Ironically, McCloskey caught all three outs in this inning for the Cavaliers.

Meanwhile, Dragon starter, Matt Causino, breezed through the first 4 innings. He retired the first 11 batters then Tom Bick lined a double to snap the hitless streak.  In the 5th the Cavs Jason Jordan led off with a single.  The next batter Thomas Kinney hit a ground ball headed for the hold into right field. 2B Alex Cooper ranged to his left and 1B Yelnick to this right. Cooper fielded the ball and fed the alert Causino covering 1B for the out. After the 2nd out, DB catcher Holden Kiefer laced a double to left driving home Jordan to put DB on the board and make it 3-1. SM answered right back in the bottom half of the inning. Leadoff hitter Joe Ross drove LF John Pierce back to the track on a well hit ball for the 1st out. Causino doubled to left. Joe Dattoli singled but Causino was held up at 3B. The pinch runner for Dattoli was picked off 1B. When Jack Gathard walked, Tim Greer was brought into the game in relief for starter Nick Legrand. Greer induced a ground ball to the infield that was misplayed and SM scored. Greer retired the next batter to end the inning. It was now 4-1.

Causino retired the next 6 batters, quickly and efficiently, to end the game. Causino went the distance, surrendering just 3 hits, striking out 4 and the key—no walks! SM’s final numbers were 4 runs (only 2 earned), 8 hits, no errors and 8 LOB.  Click here for the game

Dragons edge Cavaliers in 4-1 victory! – Bob Ryan Blog – St. Mary’s -DuBourg Baseball

dubourg crest SMSN logo Bob RyanDragons edge Cavaliers in 4-1 victory! Click here for the game –

St Mary’s scored single runs in four different innings while the outstanding pitching of Matt Causino held the Cavaliers to just a single run and three hits to gain the complete game victory. WATCH the replay of this rapidly, well-played game on demand with the following link—

http://prepcasts.com/apr-17-hs-boys-baseball-bishop-dubourg-st-marys-st-marys-sports-network/

The Dragons jumped ahead in bottom of the 1st when leadoff hitter Zach Ortinau drew a walk and was driven home by the next batter-Joe Ross. The leading hitter on the SM roster, Ross doubled to deep left field scoring Ortinau.

SM pushed across a run in the bottom of the 2nd when Luke Yelnick drew a walk to begin the inning.  One out later, Alex Hines attempted a sacrifice bunt. The errant DB throw went past 1B down the RF line allowing Yelnick to come all the way around the bases with an unearned run making it 2-0—SM.

In the 4th with 2 outs and the bases clear, SM got three consecutive hits from Luke Yelnick, Mark Cooper and Alex Hines to tack on another run making it 3-0. Next batter, Zach Ortinau, had his line drive caught on a wonderful running catch by DB CF Jerry McCloskey. Ironically, McCloskey caught all three outs in this inning for the Cavaliers.

Meanwhile, Dragon starter, Matt Causino, breezed through the first 4 innings. He retired the first 11 batters then Tom Bick lined a double to snap the hitless streak.  In the 5th the Cavs Jason Jordan led off with a single.  The next batter Thomas Kinney hit a ground ball headed for the hold into right field. 2B Alex Cooper ranged to his left and 1B Yelnick to this right. Cooper fielded the ball and fed the alert Causino covering 1B for the out. After the 2nd out, DB catcher Holden Kiefer laced a double to left driving home Jordan to put DB on the board and make it 3-1. SM answered right back in the bottom half of the inning. Leadoff hitter Joe Ross drove LF John Pierce back to the track on a well hit ball for the 1st out. Causino doubled to left. Joe Dattoli singled but Causino was held up at 3B. The pinch runner for Dattoli was picked off 1B. When Jack Gathard walked, Tim Greer was brought into the game in relief for starter Nick Legrand. Greer induced a ground ball to the infield that was misplayed and SM scored. Greer retired the next batter to end the inning. It was now 4-1.

Causino retired the next 6 batters, quickly and efficiently, to end the game. Causino went the distance, surrendering just 3 hits, striking out 4 and the key—no walks! SM’s final numbers were 4 runs (only 2 earned), 8 hits, no errors and 8 LOB.  Click here for the game

 

 

Archive! – Apr. 17 – HS Boys Baseball – Bishop DuBourg @ St. Mary’s [St. Mary’s Sports Network]

dubourg crest video cam logo SMSN logomcmahon fordHS Boys Baseball – Bishop DuBourg @ St. Mary’s [St. Mary’s Sports Network] – Click here to view the game

St. Mary’s hangs on against DuBourg rally in Early Out Thriller! – Bob Ryan Blog – Basketball

SMSN logo Bob Ryan dubourg logo—St. Mary’s hangs on against DuBourg rally in Early Out Thriller! —

The annual “Early Out” game had just about everything. It was a packed house with both large cheering sections highly engaged in the game. The two top scorers in the AAA Conference each scored 30 (or more points). SM had their “run” in the first half and DB in the 2nd half. The Dragons held on for a 68-65 AAA Conference victory but there were plenty of anxious moments for each team. Watch the exciting replay on demand at –

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                SM came out of the chutes flying as they raced to a 9-2 early lead. By the end of the first quarter, the Dragons held a 18-8 lead when Matt Causino hit a 3 pointer just a tad prior to the buzzer. William Kayser kept the Cavaliers in the game during this stretch as he knocked down 5 points and engineered the offense. Kayser (5.6 ppg) finished the game with 19 points including five buckets from beyond the arc.

                The Dragons came out blazing again! Running off an 8-2 stretch, the scoreboard read 26-10 after Josh Robinson had drilled a Loonnnggg 3-pointer. Jake DeWeese scored some buckets from the paint area to chip in on the offense. At halftime, Josh Robinson led all scorers with 18 while Joe Carr had 5 points during the first half. It was 34-18 at halftime as SM had played one of their strongest halves of the season with good ball movement, solid rebounding ( DeShawn Wilson grabbed most of his ten rebounds in the 2nd quarter) and some slick passes.

                The 3rd quarter began with SM and DB trading points. It was 44-27 midway in the quarter when Soph Jared Hall scored a twice under the basket after outstanding inside pass work. These points, Hall’s only points of the game, seemed to bring to life the Cav offense. Joe Carr came alive and William Kayser continued to drain the 3-balls as DB ran off a 15-6 spurt to cut the lead to 50-42-SM. Carr scored the last 4 points of the quarter in the waning seconds on fast break baskets so it was SM by 52-46 margin. Tristan Papes, rebound leader for DB with 9 boards, had a strong quarter.

                When Josh Robinson hit both ends of a 1&1 in mid-quarter, it was still 61-42-SM.  After Robinson’s FT, DB had treys from David Hennen and Joe Carr and a driving basket by Hennen and suddenly it was a scant 1 point game-61-60! The crowd was going crazy at this point! Robinson hit 4 consecutive FT on 2 different trips down the court, SM breathed easier 65-60. Carr sliced through the Dragon defense for a basket. Robinson hits 3 of 4 on the next 2 trips and the lead was stretched to 68-62. A late 3 by Carr gave us the final of 68-65. For the most part it was a battle between Robinson (SM) and Carr (DB) in the 4th quarter. Robinson scored all of the Dragon 16 points in this quarter and Carr dropped in 14 during the final quarter. Robinson had 48 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals for the game. DB’s Joe Carr finished with 30 points, 7 of 7 from the line, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

                All in all, it was a terrific game to enjoy! Click here for the game

                               

Archive! – Feb. 21 – HS Boys Basketball – DuBourg vs St. Mary’s [St. Mary’s Sports Network]

dubourg logo video cam logoSMSN logoHS Boys Basketball – DuBourg vs St. Mary’s [St. Mary’s Sports Network] – Click here to view the game