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Lincoln JV Legion baseball vs. Mattoon

[JUNE 17, 2002]  Mattoon handed the Lincoln Junior Varsity Legion a pair of defeats at Lindstrom Field in Lincoln Saturday afternoon, dropping the Lincoln record to 4-7 for the season.

Mattoon pounded out 14 hits in the first game as they posted an 11-2 victory. The visitors connected for 11 hits in the second game, an 8-1 decision.

Lincoln will be at home Monday at 6 p.m. against Clinton.

Lincoln scored a run in the bottom of the first on a single by Bob Maestas, a stolen base and an RBI single by Drew Olson. Lincoln did not score again until the seventh. Chris Boward was hit by a pitch and moved into scoring position on a single by Maestas. An error on the catcher allowed Boward to score.

Paul Phillips was the starting and losing pitcher, permitting 11 hits, 10 runs (five earned) and a pair of walks. Trent Kavelman pitched the final two innings.

In the second game, Lincoln was hitless until the sixth inning, when Maestas led off with a double, moved to third on an infield out and scored on a single by Jaron Harnacke.

Alex Dahm was the starting and losing hurler for Lincoln, giving up 11 hits in six innings. Four of the eight runs he allowed were earned.


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First game

Mattoon      040 150 1 ó 11-14-1

Lincoln       100 000 1 ó 2 -10-6

Burson (W), Hood (7) & Miller; Phillips (L), Kavelman (60) & Rohrer.

Second game

Mattoon      030 030 2 ó 8-11-1

Lincoln        000 001 0 ó 1- 2-4

Clausing (W), Hood (7) & Miller; Dahm (L), Harnacke (7), Carroll (7) & Olson.

[Bill Martinie]

Lincoln JV baseball team hands
Bloomington double loss

[JUNE 15, 2002]  The Lincoln JV Legion baseball team handed Bloomington Blues a pair of five-inning setbacks at Lindstrom Field in Lincoln Friday night

Lincoln won the opener 20-1 in five innings behind a strong two-hit pitching effort by Bob Maestas. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the top of the fifth before giving up a single to center and a slow roller to second for an infield hit. Maestas finished the game with 12 strikeouts.

Alex Dahm led Lincoln at the plate with a pair of doubles, a triple and a single. Dahm scored a pair of runs and had six RBIs for the game. Mitch Sheley chipped in with three hits and a pair of runs for coach Pat Hake.

In the second game, Mike McCullen and Chris Boward combined for a no-hitter. McCullen worked the first two innings and started the third before running into trouble by loading the bases on walks. Boward took over on the mound with one out and fanned the next two batters to get out of the inning. Boward struck out seven of the nine batters he faced.


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Lincoln had just three hits in the second game, the big blow being a bases-loaded double by Maestas to drive in three runs.

First game

Bloomington    000 01 ó  1- 2-5

Lincoln            914 6x ó 20-13-1

Hartema (L), Costello (1) & Frank; Maestas (W) & Rohrer.

Second game

Bloomington    000 00 ó  0-0-3

Lincoln            018 1x ó 10-3-0

Wheet (L) Stover (3) & Hartema; McCullen, Boward (3-W) & Olson.

[Bill Martinie]

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Soccer bandwagon?

By Jeff Mayfield

[JUNE 13, 2002]  People are asking us if weíre getting on the United States soccer bandwagon after their rather impressive showing in their first two matches. I guess you can call it "bandwagonning" if you wantÖ I call it reporting the sports news that actually means a lot to soccer fans.

It also means something to sports fans like me. And I admit, I basically know nothing about the sport.

But I always want the USA team to do well in any sport. I think it lets countries all over the world who are oppressed see that a free country can still do well in the athletic arena without being a "state-supported" organization. That men and women can rise up from our largest cities or our smallest towns and represent us on the international stage.

Iím happy for the athletes themselves who have worked and sacrificed their whole lives for an opportunity like this.

And Iím really happy for soccer fans who feel like their sport is relegated to the back pages of the sports section. When World Cup soccer comes calling, they get to be center stage ó or if not center stage, at least mentioned with the so-called major sports.

So, if Iím jumpiní on the bandwagon, so be it! Congratulations to the team so far, and GO USA!

Hopefully they will pick up the other point that they need and advance to the second round. Some of the supposedly giant world powers have already been eliminated. I donít know the sport well enough to say that anything can happen, but I hope that this great event serves as a catalyst to show the world that we really can live together in harmony and that we donít have to blow each other up every time we disagree with one another!

And special thanks to Lincoln College soccer coach Mark Howard for calling me at 3:30 a.m. to let me know that the United States was leading their match!


Summer baseball in full swing

I know that Lincolnís Legion teams are already playing on the diamonds and that youth baseball is already going full tilt. So if you want to see some good baseball, go on out to the ballpark!

Cubs, Cards and Sox going in three different directions

I donít think that itís unusual, but all three of our area teams are headed in different directions at this point in the season. It appears that the Cubs are playing a little bit better, the Cards are holding their own, and the White Sox seem to be sputtering.

I really like the Cubs pitching staff (the starters), and I think that as the weather has heated up their bats are starting to come alive. Itís a good thing that Cubs management didnít listen to most of the SCOREís callers who wanted players sent down or traded. Because as bad as Chicago has looked at times, theyíre not that far behind the leaders.

The Cards continue to struggle with health issues. Garrett Stephenson had surgery and is out until after the All-Star break, and this week they have placed Jim Edmondson on the 15-day disabled list. Edmonds was on a tear; will he come back as strong and not miss a beat? Last night in a potential save situation, you looked into the bullpen and you saw no Jason Isringhausen warming up. The closer who has saved 15 out of 16 chances is experiencing some tightness in his forearm. He was not used, as a precautionary measure.


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It sure seems like the Redbirds use a lot of caution. I now know that Iím getting old. In my day we just sucked it up and played ball.

The White Sox, on the other hand, seem to have gotten some bad breaks, but have also disintegrated due to bullpen breakdowns. I believe that even Fulke, their closer, has been removed from that role for the time being. Two late-inning collapses at home versus the Yankees especially hurt. Hopefully they can right the ship and encourage the good starting pitching that has put them in a position to deserve a better fate.

Speaking of baseball

The interleague matchups are finally starting to produce the kind of marquees that I was hoping for when the idea was first introduced. Growing up as a purist, I still donít like it; but if youíre going to force it on me, at least give me some good games. I do like the Cards versus the Mariners. But you have to like the Giants versus the Yankees or the D-backs versus the Yanks and the Red Sox. I sure would like to see anybody beat up on the Reds!

Itís over.

The Nets might win a game or two, but itís all over but the crying. I donít know if anyone can beat the Lakers and Phil Jackson. He is a great coach, and I donít want to take anything away from him. However, I sure would have loved the opportunity to coach Michael and the Bulls, and Shaq and Kobe and the Lakers. How bad a job could I have done? I guess thereís no call for a washed-up small college or former high school assistant coach.

No bother, Iím really enjoying coaching the 1Ĺ year-olds. They have some slick moves that NO NBAíers even dream about!

The Stanley Cup seems to be about over as well. The íCanes too may win another game or two, but I donít think they or anyone can beat the Red Wings this year. Perhaps the Blues gave them the best run of all!



I didnít get to see the fight, but the reports have been interesting. Some say Lewis dominated; others say it was a good fight and maybe could have had a different outcome. More amazing might be the way that Tyson has handled himself following the bout. Of course with the gravy train that those guys are cashing in on, it probably behooves everyone to act like gentlemen. But when has that ever stopped one of the heavyweights?

Thatís all for this edition of midweek mutterings. Have a great week, everybody, and if youíre looking for a great place to go canoeing or to take a rather inexpensive camping trip, give me a call or e-mail me at

[Jeff Mayfield]

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