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
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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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.
030 030 2 ó 8-11-1
000 001 0 ó 1- 2-4
Clausing (W), Hood (7) & Miller; Dahm
(L), Harnacke (7), Carroll (7) & Olson.
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.
Bloomington 000 01
914 6x ó
Hartema (L), Costello (1) & Frank; Maestas (W) & Rohrer.
Bloomington 000 00
Lincoln 018 1x
Wheet (L) Stover (3) & Hartema; McCullen, Boward (3-W) & Olson.
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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