The Danbury Westerners got a two run single by Brett Knief (UNC) in the seventh inning to erase a 1-0 deficit and lead the Westerners to a 2-1 victory over the North Adams SteepleCats in the final game of their Western Division Series. Danbury right-handed starting pitcher Mike Hauschild (Dayton) was masterful giving up three hits while giving up one run on three walks while striking out 13 batters. (FULL BOX SCORE) Danbury will head on the road for Game 1 of the NECBL Championship Series on Sunday at the North Shore Navigators.
The final games of the opening round of the NECBL Playoffs took place on Wednesday night with North Shore holding off a late Sanford rally to win their series two games to one. Danbury used a great start from Sean Hagan to defeat the Danbury Westerners 2-0 while the North Adams SteepleCats outhit the Keene Swamp Bats 10-5. North Shore Navigators will take on Newport in the Eastern Division final while North Adams will play the Danbury Westerners.
The 2010 NECBL All-Star Game took place this year at Cardines Field in Newport Rhode Island which serves as the home of the Newport Gulls franchise. The NECBL features players from power conference teams like Vanderbilt and Georgia while also having players from lesser known schools like Nova Southeastern and UMass-Lowell.
FROM IVY LEAGUE RELEASE
The Dartmouth Big Green (Rolfe Division) emerged in a three-game series against host Columbia (Gehrig Division) and will travel to the NCAA as the Ivy League representative. However, unlike a year ago when Bob Whalen’s club won its first championship in 22 years, the boys from Hanover won without any household names. It was a classic case that the sum of the Dartmouth team was stronger than its individual parts. If Dartmouth needed offense, timely hitting and intelligent base running emerged to manufacture runs. If they needed to keep the score low, the pitching staff responded. The combination of opportunistic offense and stout defense was effective, as the Big Green finished the regular season 26-17.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
NEW YORK, N.Y. — While Dartmouth baseball head coach Bob Whalen earned his 400th career victory yesterday, number 401 turned out to be much sweeter as the Big Green (25-16) defeated Columbia (26-21) in the third and decisive game of the Ivy League Championship Series on Sunday afternoon, 11-5. Every Dartmouth hitter had at least one hit and scored at least one run to help the team win the conference title for the second straight year.
Freshman Kyle Hunter (2-0), who had six no-decisions this year (five of which Dartmouth won), earned the victory by hurling 5.2 innings while yielding four earned runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out six as well. Sophomore Cole Sulser shut the door on the Lions in relief of Hunter, tossing the final 3.1 innings and allowing just a solitary run in the ninth on a total of three hits while fanning five for his fourth save.
We will see on Sunday the first bid to the NCAA Tournament punched as Dartmouth and Columbia will face off in the third game of the three game Ivy League Championship series in New York. Columbia won Game 1 on Saturday by a score of 13-2 before Dartmouth won Game 2 15-12. I predict that Dartmouth will take it since they won the conference last year.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. — Howling winds, with gusts reaching over 40 mph blowing out to right field, wreaked havoc on the Ivy League Baseball Championship held at Columbia’s Robertson Field on Saturday afternoon as Dartmouth and the host Lions split the doubleheader to force a decisive game three on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Columbia (26-20) cruised to a 13-2 triumph in the first game behind the pitching of Pat Lowery and five RBIs from Dario Pizzano, while the Big Green (24-16) won a 15-10 slugfest as both senior Jim Wren and freshman Chris O’Dowd homered and drove in five runs.
The Ivy League championship series starts on Saturday at noon down at Columbia between the host Lions and the Dartmouth Big Green. TCBB contributor Katherine Cornetta did an excellent preview of the series which you can check out by clicking here.
The biggest series on the West Coast taking place this weekend is between San Diego and the University of Portland. San Diego took Game 1 of the series 2-0 behind an outstanding performance from Kyle Blair. He pitched a complete game shutout while allowing only one hit and three walks while striking out 15 batters. He brought a no-hitter into the ninth inning when he gave up a two-out single to Kris Kauppila before finishing out the one hitter. Kyle Kraus was solid on the mound for the Pilots also as he went 8.1 innings while giving up seven hits and two runs while striking out 10 batters but ended up getting the loss. The teams will be back in action on Saturday when San Diego sends Sammy Solis (7-1, 2.69 ERA) to the hill to face off against Portland’s Zach Varce (5-1, 3.08 ERA).
“I think offense, in the post season, is the difference maker,” claimed Boretti in a chat this week. “It is tough for both teams to get started offensively.”
The Big Green (23-15, 13-7) and Lions (25-19, 14-6) both are chock-filled of new players on offense, and when they faced each other in April, they played two very similar games, according to Boretti. “We both evenly played a day of baseball,” he said of the split. “We had one big inning one day, they had one big inning the next. Otherwise, it was even.”
I have been hearing all the national media praising Drew Pomeranz for his strong start to the season but has anyone flown under the radar more then Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast. Sale picked up a 4-2 victory over Clemson on Saturday where he went eight strong innings allowing only four hits and two runs. Continue reading