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Here’s a quick and dirty look at the teams that impressed us most in Week 13 by posting strong weekends against quality competition.

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Emphasizing series wins against ranked opponents, or other loud sweeps and road series wins.

Texas Tech

The Red Raiders earn highest honors this week for going on the road and sweeping No. 3 Oklahoma State. Jace Jung and Owen Washburn each went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the Tech offense Sunday in support of Chase Hampton (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 9 K), as the Raiders won 6-4 to complete[…]





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Cleburne 8, Kansas City 4 (10 innings)    Box Score

The Cleburne Railroaders (12-29) shock the Kansas City Monarchs (27-14) to take the second game of the series.

The Railroaders struck first, scoring 3 runs in the top of the 3rd inning thanks to CF Zach Nehrir (3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and 3B Chase Simpson (1-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs). The Monarchs would respond in the bottom half of the frame with 2 solo home runs thanks to CF Willie Abreau (1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) and 3B Darnell Sweeney (3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs). Cleburne and Kansas City took a 4-4 tie into the top of the 10th inning before Cleburne erupted for 4 runs. The Railroaders scored off of an RBI double from 1B Kacy Clemens (3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs), an error by Monarchs RF Jan Hernandez (0-for-3), an RBI single from RF Hunter Wolfe (1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI), and a run by LF Chuck Taylor (2-for-5, 2 runs). The Monarchs were not able to respond to Cleburne’s 10th inning push, ending the game.

The Cleburne Railroaders and Kansas City Monarchs will be back at Legends Field on Wednesday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. for the series finale.

 

Lake Country 3, Milwaukee 2 – Box Score

The Lake Country DockHounds (15-27) started off their series with a home win against the Milwaukee Milkmen (20-20) on Tuesday night at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park. 

Things didn’t look good initially for the DockHounds when LF Correlle Prime (2-for-4, 1 RBI) hit a home run in the first inning and scored a run for the Milkmen. The Milkmen’s second and last run was scored in the top of the 3rd inning by SS Mason Davis (1-for-5) after 1B Keon Barnum (2-for-4, 1 RBI) hit a double to bring him home. Things took a major turn for the DockHounds in the bottom of the 8th inning starting with DH Aaron Takacs (2-for-2) stealing home after a passed ball. 3B T.J. Bennett (2-for-4) scored after 1B Gio Brusa (2-for-4, 1 RBI) hit a double. 2B Manuel Blanco (0-for-0) came in the game as a PR for Brusa and later scored after an error by the pitcher and a single that was hit by C Wilfredo Gimenez (0-for-2). The DockHounds scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and did not allow the Milkmen to score in the top of the 9th. 

The DockHounds and the Milkmen will play game 2 of their series on Wednesday, June 29th at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park at 6:35 p.m. 

 

Kane County 4, Lincoln 1 – Box Score

The Lincoln Saltdogs (21-19) fell to the Kane County Cougars (21-20) on Tuesday night at Haymarket Park. 

Until the bottom of the 6th inning, the Cougars held a 4-0 lead against the Saltdogs. In the 2nd inning, DH Josh Rolette (1-for-3, 1 RBI) hit a single home run to score the first run of the game. 3B Dylan Busby (1-for-4, 3 RBIs) joined in on the home run party and scored a 3-run home run that brought home LF Cornelius Randolph (1-for-3), 1B Sherman Johnson (0-for-3), and himself. The Saltdogs scored their first and only run in the bottom of the 6th inning. 2B Josh Altmann (2-for-4) hit a single to advance to first. 3B Ryan Long (2-for-3, 1 RBI) hit a double that allowed Altmann to score. 

The Cougars and Saltdogs will play the 3rd game of their series on Wednesday, June 29th at Haymarket Park at 7:05 p.m. 

 

Sioux Falls 4, Sioux City 3 – Box Score

The Sioux Falls Canaries (14-27) came out victorious against the Sioux City Explorers (16-23) on Tuesday night at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park.

The Explorers first scored in the bottom of the 1st after CF Chase Harris (3-for-5, 1 RBI) scored off of a sacrificed fly ball out to left field that was hit by LF Danny Amaral (0-for-5). The Canaries scored their first run in the top of the 4th when 1B Trey Michalczewski (2-for-4) made it home after a double was hit by 3B Gavin LaValley (2-for-4, 1 RBI). After the bottom of the 6th inning, the Explorers led the game 3-1 after 3B Blake Tiberi (2-for-4) scored off of a single that was hit by C Shane Podsednik (1-for-4, 1 RBI), and SS Zack Kone (2-for-4) scored off of a single that was hit by Harris. The Canaries came back in the top of the 7th after DH Jabari Henry (1-for-3, 3 RBIs) hit a home run that brought home himself, LF Nick Gotta (0-for-2) and SS Angelo Altavilla (1-for-4) to score 3 runs that put the Canaries in the lead. The Canaries kept the Explorers from scoring the rest of the game and finished with a 4-3 win.

The Explorers will take on the Canaries again on Wednesday, June 29th at 7:05 p.m. at home at Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park.

 

Winnipeg 6, Fargo-Moorhead 4    Box Score

The Winnipeg Goldeyes (23-17) hold off the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (29-12) to take the first game of the series Tuesday night at Shaw Park.

The RedHawks lit up the scoreboard first, scoring 2 runs in the 3rd inning thanks to a 2-run home run from CF Evan Alexander (2-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs). The Goldeyes responded in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single to center from 3B Ian Sagdal (1-for-3, 1 RBI). The RedHawks led the Goldeyes 3-1 before a 4th inning grand slam from Winnipeg CF BReggie Pruitt Jr. (1-for-3, 1 run, 4 RBIs). The Goldeyes tacked on another insurance run in the bottom of the 6th inning to lead the RedHawks 6-3. In the top of the 8th inning, Fargo-Moorhead 3B Leobaldo Pina (1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) hit a sacrifice fly out to score a run, but it was not enough to catch up to the Goldeyes.

The Winnipeg Goldeyes will look to take the series Wednesday, June 29th against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Shaw Park at 6:30 p.m.

 

Chicago 7, Gary SouthShore 4    Box Score

The Chicago Dogs (26-14) win a back-and-forth battle against the Gary SouthShore RailCats (20-22) Monday night at the Steel Yard.

The Dogs immediately got on the scoreboard with a 1st inning sacrifice fly out from C Ryan Lidge (1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI) to lead the RailCats 1-0. In the 5th inning, Gary SouthShore would respond, scoring 3 runs from a 2 RBI triple from SS Daniel Lingua (2-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs) and a sacrifice fly out from C Michael Cruz (2-for-2, 1 RBI). The‘ Cats took a 4-3 lead into the top of the 9th inning before 3B Steve Wilkerson (1-for-3, 1 run, 4 RBIs) hit a go-ahead grand slam to take the lead and win the game for the Dogs. Other notable performances from the Dogs include CF Michael Crouse (2-for-5, 2 runs) and 1B K.C. Hobson (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.) For the RailCats, 3B Tom Walraven (2-for-3, 1 run) extended his hitting streak to 12 consecutive games with a hit.

The Chicago Dogs and Gary SouthShore RailCats will be back in action Wednesday, June 29th at the Steel Yard at 6:45 p.m.



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The college baseball coaching carousel continues to spin in a big way around the country. In the last 24 hours, Northwestern made a terrific hire by adding Army’s Jim Foster as its head coach.

Expect other programs to follow suit in the coming days.

Overall, there have been 35 head coaching changes in Division I Baseball — only nine of those jobs have yet to be filled.

We have the very latest on coaching searches at USC, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nevada, Akron, and UT-Arlington.

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  1. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (29-11, 1st in West)

The RedHawks are simply on fire right now. Since June 11, the league leaders have gone 13-2, with the two defeats coming by a combined two runs. Their roster is peppered with All-Star selections, including three West Division starters (Drew Ward, Manuel Boscan and John Silviano). Their pitching staff has plenty of representation too, with starters Tyler Grauer, Sebasitan Kessay and Kevin McGovern all earning a trip to Chicago, alongside closer Alex DuBord. Veteran Leobaldo Piña, another All-Star selection, earned his second straight Batter of the Week award this week, the first player to accomplish that feat since 2008. The RedHawks’ schedule gets tougher this week, including a showdown with Winnipeg, but they’ve shown they’re up to the challenge. 

 

  1. Kansas City Monarchs (27-13, 2nd in West)

The Monarchs had a brief slip-up in Sioux Falls over the weekend, losing two out of three to a feisty Canaries team that hit two grand slams in the series finale. Still, the Monarchs remain an extremely talented side with a hold on the second spot in the standings. Jan Hernandez continues to mash, leading the Association with 17 home runs and 44 RBIs. (His .368 batting average isn’t too shabby either.)

 

  1. Winnipeg Goldeyes (22-17, 3rd in West)

The Goldeyes are coming off one of the biggest series wins of their season, a three-game sweep at Lincoln where their pitching staff allowed a combined three runs. Rookie starter RJ Martinez continues to impress, with a victory in Cleburne on June 23 lowering his season ERA to 3.37. Landon Bourassa, who earned the win in Sunday’s game, has a 2.14 ERA in four appearances in his return to the Goldeyes. Plue, closer Tasker Strobel has emerged as one of the top relievers in the Association, with 10 saves and a minuscule 0.85 ERA. 

 

  1. Chicago Dogs (25-14, 1st in East)

The Dogs racked up accolades and wins last week. After sweeping the Lake Country DockHounds on the road over the weekend, Chicago had seven players named to the East Division all-star team, including all four position player reserves. All that has added up to a firm hold of first place in the East Division standings. One potential area of concern for the Dogs: They’re currently 14-1 against the three teams at the bottom of the Association standings and 11-13 against everyone else. 

 

  1. Lincoln Saltdogs (21-18, 4th in West)

Lincoln have weathered the storm a bit in a difficult West Division, earning a much-needed home victory against Kane County on Monday night. Losing All-Star starter Justin Byrd to the Mexican League, but the team still features a solid pitching staff, led by All-Star Greg Minier (2.60 ERA). Brett Jodie’s team will look to find a rhythm against Kane County this week before heading to Fargo for a big series this coming weekend. 



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