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Title: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on January 09, 2006, 11:38:52 pm
Hello, Ohio Athletic Conference baseball fans.

Sure, it is snowy and cold outside.

I know you just can't wait much longer.  The "Hot Stove League" is calling!   The highs in Texas have been in the low 80's.  A little early spring weather to warm that baseball blood! ;)

I know the 'Etta Express is coming to Abilene, TX in March for the Key City Classic at beautiful Driggers Field against McMurry among other schools.

http://www.mcm.edu/sports/baseball/DriggersField.htm

Pat Coleman has allowed me to moderate the Message Boards for Baseball.

I am asking for volunteers to assist me in the effort.  There are plenty of D3Baseball fans, and some good D3Baseball websites.  But hopefully this will fill a void that many of have seen in our D3 community.

Please email me if you are interested.  You can look at the ASC, the ODAC, the NESCAC and the NCAC message boards for some ideas of what is happening in those conferences.

Play Ball! :)
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tezbaseball on January 22, 2006, 12:29:20 am
Interesting site. You can see by where a MLB player went to school.

http://baseballreference.com/schools/
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on January 25, 2006, 06:30:23 pm
Who are the region's top teams? Wooster is the obvious choice as they are #1 in the nation, but who follows them if they stumble?

Does Marietta still have it? What about Ohio Wesleyan, Anderson, Albion, Allegheny??? Talk to me. What's the 4-1-1?

Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: kdoggy on January 26, 2006, 12:56:19 am
Adrian College in the MIAA in Michigan has to be a top team in the region.  They went 27-16 last season, return their number one and two pitcher and seven starters from a team that finished fourth in the Mideast Regional.  They lost one outfielder and their catcher.  Wooster blew them out in round one, but AC defeated a pretty talented Millsaps team in round two, and got eliminated in round three by Manchester in 10 innings.

New president at Adrian and has announced he is spending a ton of cash in the next year.  Already building a 6.5 million dollar football stadium and a 1.1 million dollar baseball stadium isn't far behind.

My pick from Michigan is Adrian.  Look for them to be back in the Regionals this upcoming spring and actucally make some noise.

Very talented team that pitches well, plays great defense and hits enough.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: David Collinge on January 26, 2006, 01:34:53 am
You two sure look a lot alike... :)
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: tdubs on January 30, 2006, 08:01:19 pm
Where was this board 4 years ago?lol
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: bodhi5 on February 01, 2006, 11:23:04 am
Who are the region's top teams? Wooster is the obvious choice as they are #1 in the nation, but who follows them if they stumble?

Does Marietta still have it? What about Ohio Wesleyan, Anderson, Albion, Allegheny??? Talk to me. What's the 4-1-1?



Don't forget about the top HCAC teams when discussing the Mideast Region.  Manchester College has made the NCAA tourny three out of the last four seasons ('02, '04, '05) and winning the Mideast Regional Championship (at Wooster by the way) in 2004.  Franklin College looks to have another solid season in '06 as well.  Franklin won the HCAC regular season in '06, but fell to Manchester in the HCAC tournament and did not receive a Pool C bid to the NCAA tournament. 
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: tdubs on February 06, 2006, 11:57:52 am
Who are the teams to beat this year?
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on March 14, 2006, 06:46:32 pm
McMurry 11, Marietta 1.

http://www.mcm.edu/sports/baseball/mcmmar.htm

McMurry moves to 12-4, Marietta 2-4.

This still has to be considered "spring training" for Marietta, which used 4 pitchers.

Marietta plays Southern Nazarene (NAIA) this afternoon and Hardin-Simmons tomorrow.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: woosterbooster on March 14, 2006, 07:28:51 pm
Ralph, what level is Hardin-Simmons?  I remember as a kid in New York in the fifties reading the football scores on the back page of the Daily News and always seeing them getting pummelled by the bigger and better Texas schools.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: formerd3db on March 20, 2006, 08:08:03 pm
Hope loses two to Ohio Wesleyan this past weekend on Sat down in Florida.  Good start for OWU, not so good for Hope. :o
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: johnworms on March 21, 2006, 04:00:52 pm
Ralph Turner,
       One of Coach Brewer's former players (Marc Thibeault) has gotten John Carroll off to a 10-2 start!
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on March 25, 2006, 01:30:04 pm
Ralph, what level is Hardin-Simmons?  I remember as a kid in New York in the fifties reading the football scores on the back page of the Daily News and always seeing them getting pummelled by the bigger and better Texas schools.

Hardin-Simmons is NCAA Division III.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on March 25, 2006, 01:53:04 pm
Ralph, what level is Hardin-Simmons?  I remember as a kid in New York in the fifties reading the football scores on the back page of the Daily News and always seeing them getting pummelled by the bigger and better Texas schools.

Wooster Booster,

Sorry to get back to you so slowly.  Hardin-Simmons was major college in all sports until 1990.  They dropped football in about 1963 but continued to be what became Division I-AAA (major college, no football).  In about 1990, they adopted the non-scholarship model, joined the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association and added non-scholarship football.  The TIAA competed in NAIA-2, until the formation of the ASC in 1996 and the move to D3 as a conference.

HSU has a proud history in football.  They claim 2 HOF'ers, Bulldog Turner (no relation) and Head Coach in the 1950's Sammy Baugh.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: woosterbooster on March 25, 2006, 03:53:32 pm
Wow.  That makes the first two coaches of the New York Jets (although they were the Titans back then) products of Hardin- Simmons.  Baugh, two years, 1960 and 1961, and Turner, 1962. That's pretty strange.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on March 25, 2006, 04:42:46 pm
Wooster,  Sammy Baugh went to TCU for undergrad.

http://www.collegefootballnews.com/Top_100_Players/Top_100_Players_3_Sammy_Baugh.htm
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: David Collinge on May 14, 2006, 02:04:02 pm
OAC Tourney Page (http://www.otterbein.edu/athletics/Baseball/OACtournament2006/index.htm)

It's down to Marietta and Otterbein, with the Pioneers needing to take two from the Cardinals to take the title.  'Etta ousted Mt. Union this morning, 12-5, after the Raiders had done in the Student Princes, 11-9.  Otterbein pinned an 11-6 loss on Marietta on Saturday.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: David Collinge on May 14, 2006, 05:11:53 pm
Marietta takes the first, 12-5, forcing a one-game showdown at Otterbein, presumably underway now.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 14, 2006, 07:04:03 pm
Tied 4-4 in the 12th. Cannot get on either Web feed (Marietta or Otterbein, I presume both are full).

I would think between Ott beating MC three times and St. Thomas and winning the OAC they're in, and with Marietta winning 35 games and getting to the final game they're in as well.

One possibility that's crossed my mind is Marietta going south and never seeing Wooster or western Indiana, considering where I am in South Carolina right now is about as close to Marietta as Terre Haute.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on May 14, 2006, 07:12:58 pm
Otterbein is on Sportsjuice. That stream should not be full. But I cannot get it either.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 14, 2006, 07:25:41 pm
5-4 Otterbein in 12.

Eisenberg, Dunn, Knowlton and Merryman the pitchers for Marietta. Merryman was the last one I think.

What can you say...4 times they've come from behind to win at home. We had 15 hits.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: jdean on May 19, 2006, 01:13:25 pm
Anybody have any idea how Ott and Mary are doing in the tournie?
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on May 20, 2006, 12:19:55 am
There's a large amount of baseball NCAA Tournament discussion on the multi-regional baseball topics board.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: seventiesraider on January 16, 2007, 08:06:24 am
Another Marrietta Player goes pro:

DeMark inks minor league contract with San Diego Padres
 (http://pioneers.marietta.edu/baseball/archive/2006-07/20070115.html)

Also link at end of article about Express players in the pro's
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on March 02, 2007, 08:24:37 am
Six Killed in Bluffton baseball bus crash... this is just awful.   Our thoughts and prayers to all in the Bluffton Family:

http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/6522208
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: BoomerIL on March 02, 2007, 08:58:41 am
My deepest sympathies go out to all of the families whos kids were killed or injured, and to the Bluffton community who are also traumatized by this awful accident.

Prayers from our family go out to all of those affected by this terribly accident.  May god bless them all.

Rich Cannon and family
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: njlincolnlion on March 02, 2007, 11:24:42 am
My sincerest condolences to the Bluffton University community and to the families that lost loved ones.  My prayers are with you, and may God comfort you all during this most difficult time.   :(
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Stout survivor on March 02, 2007, 04:58:51 pm
On behalf of UW-Sout  I would like to offer our condolences to the program and family's of the Bluffton baseball team
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on March 04, 2007, 08:48:27 am
http://www.marietta.edu/athletics/baseball/archive/2006-07/20070303.html

Marietta opens 2007 with a pair of wins behind Tony Piconke's bat.  Piconke, who homered in last year's National Championship game, picked up where he left off as he hit home runs in both games Saturday afternoon. 
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ADL70 on March 10, 2007, 08:16:45 am
In maybe the biggest mismatch since Thermopylae, Otterbein hosts the 16 Spartans of Case Western Reserve (that's the toal of the squad) today in a DH.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on March 12, 2007, 09:15:00 am
In maybe the biggest mismatch since Thermopylae, Otterbein hosts the 16 Spartans of Case Western Reserve (that's the toal of the squad) today in a DH.
Well, considering Case only had 16 players dressed for this DH vs. the preseason #1 team in the country, it has to be considered a pretty signifcant upset that Case was able to gain a split of the DH.  After losing to AA Dan Remenowski and co. 5-1 in the 1st game, Case rallied to upset Ott 9-7 in the nightcap!  Congrats to the Spartans on the upset!

Funny thing.  I had just read Ott's season preview on their homepage before checking out their schedule.  Here's a quote from Ott's coach regarding the Cards garnering the preseason #1 ranking:

Quote
“If somebody has to bear the burden of being the preseason No. 1, let it be us,” said eighth-year head coach George Powell. “We were always fighting to get the respect and now that we've gotten it, it's a motivating source. Our players know the target is on us.”

Guess it wasn't motivating enough to sweep a DH from a totally overmatched Case Western?!
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on March 13, 2007, 08:57:20 am
Marietta took care of business yesterday, sweeping Tx-Dallas and McMurry in the Abilene Classic.  They improve to 5-0 on the year and have 5 games remaining on their Texas spring trip.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: countyroad on March 13, 2007, 11:16:21 am
Being that I'm living in Columbus now and not Wooster my most likely chance to see them play is at Otterbein. I'm looking forward to that game.  Should be a good one. I hope to seen Otterbein play quite a bit now. I like a good baseball game.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on March 23, 2007, 09:57:38 am
Hey B-Rah, nice to see someone else representing on here.

Marietta's now 10-3 following a very challenging southern schedule in which practically every game was against at least a decent ballclub. We split against the best one, NAIA ranked Texas Wesleyan, playing two very close low-scoring ballgames. The VERY young pitching staff has allowed only 10 runs in their last 5 games.

Next up is Brockport State, annually one of the better teams in the New York region and owner of last week's pitcher of the week nationally.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gimme on March 30, 2007, 12:06:06 am
Etta Express is good this year.  Otterbein will get everything together and we will see one helluva OAC tournament championship.



Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on March 30, 2007, 03:02:52 pm
Hey someone else on the board lol...

I hope you're right. I listened to the Denison game on the web and it sounded like we didn't play very well offensively. Muskingum is 14-1 and a few other teams have put together solid starts, so it looks like there's decent competition in the conference.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 07, 2007, 01:03:41 pm
Marietta-Otterbein on the radio.

http://pioneers.marietta.edu/onlinebroadcasts.html

30 degrees, gusts to 30mph blowing out. Otterbein has their top two going. Marietta searching for reliable pitching.

Johnny and Mark are on the radio.

Edit: Otterbein won game 1, 16-3.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 07, 2007, 03:55:03 pm
Edit: Marietta 8, Otterbein 5 in the back end. Big pitching performance by TJ Knowlton. Otterbein still got several bloop hits but nothing came of most of them. Tyler Penwell finished up and gave up the two inherited runs and one of his own, but never faced the lead run.

Otterbein's 3-1 in the league, Marietta 2-2.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: WLCALUM83 on April 09, 2007, 06:42:22 pm
Final just in:  Denison 3, Muskingum 2 (10 innings)
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 09, 2007, 07:34:04 pm
Thanks...sounds like a dandy between a couple of pretty decent teams.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 12, 2007, 05:17:20 pm
Marietta drops the first game of their doubleheader against Capital, 7-4. TJ Knowlton pitched pretty well as the starter but the freshman-filled bullpen couldn't hold it. Offensively Marietta still has no luck at all...hitting numerous line drives right at fielders, particularly in the late innings.

Marietta takes the second game, 4-3. Justin Merryman goes the distance, ending it in dramatic fashion, as Capital leaves the bases loaded in the 7th and Merryman records the last out on a K looking.

Marietta's 15-7, 3-3; Capital 9-12, 3-3.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 16, 2007, 06:08:21 pm
Marietta gets a much-needed doubleheader sweep with 1-0 and 4-1 wins at Ohio Northern.

The game was played in winds of up to 45 mph with sustained winds near 30. Marietta had 1 hit in the first game but took advantage of 3 ONU errors in one inning to scratch a run. MC strung together several hits in the 7th of the second game to score all 4 runs in the last frame.

Nate Eschbaugh and T.J. Knowlton your complete game winning pitchers.

Back at it tomorrow with MC baseball community day against Mount Union. Let's hope for a nice day, a good crowd and two Etta Express wins.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 16, 2007, 11:09:43 pm
Other OAC results

Capital splits with Otterbein; winning 12-10 and losing 10-6. That breaks a 13 game losing streak to OTT for the Crusaders. Been some week for them.

HEID and WILM split, HEID winning 16-2 then losing 17-5.

HEID and OTT are now 6-2, leading the conference. JCU is 5-2, Marietta 5-3. Capital 4-4, Baldwin-Wallace 3-3.

I think pretty much everyone plays tomorrow.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on April 17, 2007, 08:12:18 pm
Marietta takes both games from Mount today, coming from behind to score 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th in game two. The top of the OAC now stands at:

Ott 8-2
Heid 7-2
Mar 7-3
BW 7-3
JCU 5-4

Marietta still has doubleheaders with Heid, BW, and JCU to come. Should be a great last few weeks leading up to the OAC tourny.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 17, 2007, 09:31:25 pm
Beat me to it. One correction though, B-W is 3-5, but Capital is 6-4 after a stupendous comeback from 12-2 down in the second game against Muskingum.

Capital is really starting to develop some momentum. They've won 4 of 6 against Marietta, Otterbein and Muskingum. They were losing close games consistently, now they're starting to win some of them.

Four runs allowed the last 4 games for Marietta. Merryman allowed 1 on 4 hits and K'ed 7, while a combined effort got the job done in the second.

You can tell we're getting close to May because Ryan Eschbaugh's starting to lock it in. Seems like every year we try to take his spot away from him in March because he's hitting his weight and by May you can't budge him. The team is developing some depth in the lineup as well.

If we can get Baumler back healthy (and today was a good sign in that regard, the 1 inning was planned according to Chris Wharff), I think this is a pretty good team right now, for all their struggles. Could use a little more offense for sure, but I think there are enough options there that all of the experimenting Brewer and Deegs are doing will eventually pay off.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 21, 2007, 02:47:48 pm
Marietta turned four double plays and allowed 1 runner past first base in a 3-1 first-game win over John Carroll.

TJ Knowlton with the win. Joe Litke homered.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on April 21, 2007, 09:57:32 pm
- JCU comes from behind to defeat Marietta in game two 6-5, and salvage a split at home.
- OTT and HEID split to stay tied for first at the top of the league.
- Capital blows a big opportunity to pick up some ground today and gets swept by Mount.
- ONU splits with MUSK.
- BW splits with WILM.

Current OAC standings:

OTT 9-3
HEID 9-3
MAR 8-4
JCU 8-5
CAP 6-6
BW 5-7
MOUNT 5-7
ONU 4-8
WILM 4-7
MUSK 1-9
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 21, 2007, 10:23:52 pm
Thanks...had to go away for the afternoon. Defense let down the Pio pitchers in Game 2. Missed a big opportunity to control their own destiny as a result. Now even if they were to sweep Heidelberg they need help to host the tournament. Big win for John Carroll though...beat Marietta at their own game...they got the bunts down, we couldn't field them. Then they got the clutch hit when it absolutely had to happen. Thibeault and his clubs battle hard and it showed today.

Capital apparently fired all their bullets over the past 6 days.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on April 28, 2007, 11:47:54 pm
Marietta and Heidelberg split today.  Otterbein swept Mount Union.  Capital and John Carroll split today.

OAC standings:

OTT 11-3
HEID 10-4
MAR 11-5
JCU 9-6
CAP 7-7
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 29, 2007, 12:29:30 am
Yikes. We struggle for pitching in the 2nd game today and have two at Wooster tomorrow? Any chance for a miracle heal on Baumler by tomorrow? Oy.

The Wilmington loss is the one that's hurting us right now. Splitting with the others isn't bad and Otterbein still has to play JCU.

Good news is I believe we officially have a #3 pitcher now. Eschbaugh continues to do the job.

2 big ones tomorrow, probably against their top two. Tall order; great challenge for the guys.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 29, 2007, 01:14:06 pm
Marietta-Wooster underway. Brian Hesson (3IP, 0.00 ERA) for Marietta vs. Adam Samson is the pitching matchup.

Update: Wooster won game 1. It's 3-0 Wooster in Game 2. Trapuzzano vs. Van Voorhees.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 29, 2007, 01:53:38 pm
Btw, does anyone know why Marietta thought Wooster was throwing a right hander in Game 1? Chris Wharff said they changed the lineup from a LH-heavy one to RH-heavy at the last minute.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 29, 2007, 05:09:05 pm
Wooster completes the sweep, 7-3. Marietta took a chance and brought in a rusty Jason Baumler with two runners in scoring position in the fifth, down 3-2. Pat Christensen doubled on a 2-strike count.

Let's hope that means Baumler is starting to make his way back. From what Chris Wharff said, he may pitch against Baldwin-Wallace on Friday. Tough spot to try to come back though.

David Van Voorhees had thrown pretty well up to that point but with two walks in the inning, the staff went to their injury-plagued ace to try to get the third out.

A healthy Baumler down the stretch makes this a much better team, obviously, even though they'd still be down one starter. But he would give them a fairly established top 4 and Van Voorhees may have taken a step up beyond that today. I just hope people don't just look at the scores today and think Marietta can't compete and doesn't deserve Pool C consideration if it came to that. Anyone with a clue about baseball knows what a tough challenge this was. You're talking #8 and #7 against #1 and #2. I think the guys battled back well in game 2, where really one swing of the bat made the difference in the game.

Back at it Tuesday and Wednesday.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on April 30, 2007, 07:47:45 pm
Otterbein got swept today at Ohio Northern to fall to a three way tie for first in the OAC at 11-5.  How in the world did this happen?

Otterbein 11-5
Heidelberg 11-5
Marietta 11-5
John Carroll 9-6
Capital 9-7
Baldwin-Wallace 8-8

Final OAC doublheaders coming up this Saturday:

OTT @ JCU
BW @ MAR
MUSK @ HEID
ONU @ CAP
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on April 30, 2007, 08:54:08 pm
No gimmies this year in the OAC!

Unfortunately, unless OTT and HEID both lose again, this doesn't really help Marietta all that much. The exception is if

OTT, HEID and MAR all split head to head. Capital split with all three as well. Heidelberg should be in the driver's seat for ties with a sweep of John Carroll.

If all three teams sweep, Otterbein's sweep of B-W puts them first (both OTT and HEID swept John Carroll) with Heidelberg second, Marietta third.

If all three split, Heidelberg is first because of their sweep of JCU. Otterbein would be second with a sweep over Baldwin-Wallace, with Marietta third.

If all three somehow get swept, then John Carroll is the outright #1 seed with the possibility of a 4 way tie for 2nd if CAP swept ONU.

If Heidelberg and Marietta are tied for first, Heidelberg would win the tiebreaker because of the sweep of JCU.

If Heidelberg and Otterbein are tied at 13-5, Otterbein would win by a sweep of B-W. A tie at 12-6 would be Heidelberg's by way of the sweep of JCU.

If Marietta and Otterbein are tied for first, Otterbein wins the tie.

There's just one other exception to this, and that's if someone other than JCU, Cap or B-W finishes above 7th. OTT was the only team to sweep WILM, and the only team to lose to ONU. They all swept Mount Union. So if Marietta and Otterbein were both tied for first at 12-6 and Ohio Northern finished 6th, Marietta would host.

I don't think I missed anything, but feel free to reply if you figure out a scenario I missed.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 02, 2007, 10:25:09 pm
Big win for Marietta tonight, 4-1 over Washington & Jefferson. Nate Eschbaugh started and went 4, giving up one run and Tyler Penwell was very good in relief, getting the win. W&J ace Sam Mann was the hard-luck loser, giving up two unearned runs on his own throwing error. Ron Mitko gave up 2 runs in 3 innings of relief.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: tdubs on May 06, 2007, 11:17:49 am
Congrats to CAP on making the OAC tournament for the first time in a long time!
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 06, 2007, 01:33:23 pm
1995 was it?
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 06, 2007, 02:12:41 pm
Marietta and Thiel are underway: Van Voorhees for Marietta; the ace Wadowsky for Thiel.

This may be the first pitching matchup I've ever seen in which both pitchers say the hell with triskadekaphobia and wear #13.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 06, 2007, 06:08:31 pm
Thiel won, 7-3. Marietta threw three different guys and had 11 hits but couldn't convert into runs as efficiently.

Big win for Thiel, which is now very quietly 27-13.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: FranElia on May 08, 2007, 08:35:17 am
Congratulations to former Marietta ace Matt DeSalvo for his impressive major league debut last night with the Yankees (three hits, one run allowed over seven innings vs. the Mariners). Too bad he ended up with a no decision.

I remember Matt striking out about a thousand batters vs. Salisbury in the 2001 Div. III World Series. Great to see him succeeding on the major league level.

Fran Elia
Cortland SID
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 08, 2007, 05:55:04 pm
Speaking of strikeouts, did you ever think he'd put up those numbers in his debut with ZERO strikeouts?

I had to laugh when they took him out after 89 pitches. I'm thinking "heck he's just getting going!"
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on May 10, 2007, 11:11:51 pm
Finals from day one of the OAC tourney:

Ott beat Marietta by the final of 7-3 and it was Cap over Heidelberg 8-7.

This sets up a really interesting losers bracket with 'Etta taking on the Berg to see who's post-season hopes remain alive. 

Interesting that the Berg came in as the #1 seed in the OAC and they could be 2 and done!
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 11, 2007, 12:20:46 pm
I don't know that it's a battle to stay alive for postseason for Marietta. It may be, but it may not be. Otterbein was ahead of them in the regional rankings, and Transy lost their first game as well. W&J may be Pool B in which case what they do wouldn't matter much either.

It certainly would be advisable for Marietta to win, but not sure it's lose and you're out for sure.

Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on May 11, 2007, 01:42:45 pm
I was just of the opinion that going 0-2 in the OAC tournament could be pretty damaging.  Maybe not quite as much so to Marietta, but if Hiedelberg were to lose, I don't see them having much of a shot at a Pool C.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 11, 2007, 02:10:41 pm
Agree. Heidelberg won't get a Pool C.

Going 0-2 in the OAC tournament would be damaging, but not sure it would be terminal.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on May 14, 2007, 09:57:29 am
Congrats to Capital for a great season.  I know the record was sub-.500, but to make it to the OAC championship game is pretty impressive.  Looking through their results from the season, there were a lot of close losses.  I saw them play at Transy in the cold in early April, and I certainly saw a good ball club that hung with a nationally ranked (at the time) team.  Coach Weyrich certainly has that team headed in the right direction, and with the improvements being made to Clowson field and in other areas, it seems that the Crusaders are a team on the rise.

What stings is that Cap had the upper hand in the OAC tourney and only had to win one more game.  Instead they get swept by the hated Otters.  I would definitely have been a first for Cap to have made the NCAA's in Football, Basketball, and Baseball in the same season.  It isn't just a baseball team on the rise, it is the whole athletic department.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on May 15, 2007, 10:12:04 am
I posted this on the football board (my regular board):

The OAC has sent two representatives to the NCAA D3 tourney in each of the three "big" men's sports:  Cap and Mount in football, Cap and JCU in Basketball, and Etta and Otterbein in baseball.

I know the OAC gets its props for being a great football conference, but it would seem that we are starting to be recognized in other sports as well.  Let's hope this trend continues.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on May 15, 2007, 10:35:15 am
JK,

The OAC hasn't just recently started to establish itself as a power conference in basketball and baseball.  It has been one of the top 3 to 4 conferences in the country in basketball  for a while now with Ott, ONU and JCU all making trips to the Final 4 in the last 10 years and Ott winning it all in the '01-'02 season.  Not to mention BW's and Cap's recent appearances in the NCAA's. 

As for baseball, it's hard to top Marietta's success on the diamond with all of their National Championsips.  The NCAC might have challenged the OAC as the top baseball conference in the region, but over the past couple years with the weakening of a couple of NCAC schools, the OAC is arguably the best conference in the region now. 

The OAC is just a quality sports conference in the so-called 'big' sports and it's been that way for quite some time.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on May 15, 2007, 01:02:16 pm
ScotsFan,

I completely concur.  As a Cap grad and an OAC "homer,"  I have always felt the OAC was a top league in all sports.  I never meant to insinuate that I didn't think that.

Despite your and my opinion, however, it seems that the OAC, at least outside of Football, has had a hard time getting more than their AQ into certain NCAA championship tourneys.  I can recall the year OTT won the basketball championship that Cap only lost three league games, all to Otterbein, and was left out.  There was a lot of talk on the basketball boards this year about the OAC not measuring up as a conference, and whether or not JCU would get in after losing the AQ to Cap.
 
In baseball, outside of Marietta, which is pretty nationally known, there doesn't seem to be a lot of respect for the OAC outside of the region.

Maybe I am wrong, as I don't follow Basketball and Baseball as much as I do Football, but I can't recall a year that the OAC put two teams in each touney in the same school year in the big three mens sports.  I think that says that while a lot of people familiar with the OAC and this region have felt that the OAC was one of, if not the top league, that the powers that be are starting to recognize that as well and rewarding it with a second bid to the tourneys.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on May 15, 2007, 02:59:01 pm
I totally remember that Cap team getting jobbed by the selection committee.

I think part of the problem when it comes to getting 2 teams in, at least in basketball, has to do with the competitiveness of the league.  When you look at the NCAC, Witt and Wooster might pin a loss on one another, but outside of that, there aren't many teams in the NCAC that put up much of a challenge.  But, in the OAC, there aren't many teams you can sleep on at all.  You have to be on your toes for every game, or else you might slip up. 

Just look at last season as an example.  ONU was the preseason pick to win the OAC.  They were ranked in the top 10 nationally early in the season and then they got into OAC play and fell apart and failed to make the NCAA's.  B-W was also considered a favorite and they failed to make the NCAA tournament as well.  And I think both of those teams could have probably done some damage in the tournament.  Heck, ONU knocked off Wooster who made it to Salem!

Other power basketball conferences that lose bids because of the competitiveness of the teams in their conferences are the CCIW and the WIAC.  Usually their OOC records are the best in the country in those 2 leagues, yet, they beat up on each other in league play and usually the conference champ is the only bid given out.  With the expanded field, things are getting a bit better, but even last year, there were a couple of teams from those respective leagues that were left out that many felt were stronger than some of the at large teams that were selected.

But, that's the nature of the beast.  Playing in a tough conference prepares you as your team readies for the post-season, but it also gives less room for error. 
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Pat Coleman on May 15, 2007, 05:02:43 pm
Part of it also was the seven total Pool C bids that year.

Capital ended the 2001-02 season No. 8 in the D3hoops.com Top 25.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on May 17, 2007, 09:07:29 pm
Marietta and Otterbein took the field for the 11th time in the past 2 seasons.  This time Marietta was victorious 4-0, getting a complete game shutout from TJ Knowlton!! 

Marietta has been consistent in the regional so far, only giving up 1 run in 18 innings.  They are now the lone team left in the regional with ZERO losses.

Otterbein will face Wooster tomorrow at noon in an elimination game, with the winner of that game facing Marietta at 7pm.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 17, 2007, 09:09:23 pm
Amazing job so far by this bunch of young guys. 2 wins to go to Appleton. A win I was hoping for. A three-hit shutout was beyond wildest dreams. Great job TJ and the Etta Express!
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on May 18, 2007, 08:59:22 pm
Marietta is getting another great pitching performance from it's young staff.  Nate Eschbaugh has held Wooster scoreless. 

End of 6:
WOO - 0
MAR - 6
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 18, 2007, 09:50:29 pm
So you're the one that ruined the shutout with your jinx! :)

Esch got a couple of balls up and lost command a little, but he and fellow frosh Tyler Penwell "keep 'er in the mowed place" for a 6-3 win to eliminate Wooster.

The only two #1 ranked teams this year in the ABCA poll were Wooster and Otterbein. Neither will make the final day of the regional and both lost games to Marietta.

There should be a moratorium on ranking Wooster #1 until they actually live up to it just once.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on May 18, 2007, 09:52:54 pm
a HUGE win for the Etta Express as they defeat Wooster 6-3 behind a nother great pitching performace, this time from Nate Eschbaugh (7 IP, 3 runs).

You can't say enough about the young pitching staff this series.  27 innings and only 4 runs allowed.  

This is a staff that is pitching WITHOUT it's top 5 pitchers from last year's National Championship team!!

One more to go tomorrow.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 18, 2007, 10:02:57 pm
a HUGE win for the Etta Express as they defeat Wooster 6-3 behind a nother great pitching performace, this time from Nate Eschbaugh (7 IP, 3 runs).

You can't say enough about the young pitching staff this series.  27 innings and only 4 runs allowed. 

This is a staff that is pitching WITHOUT it's top 5 pitchers from last year's National Championship team!!

One more to go tomorrow.

Not to mention two of their top five or six from this year. Kind of wondering what we do tomorrow as far as that goes. Maybe Penwell with a Justin Merryman ETA of the 7th?
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: oacfan on May 21, 2007, 08:40:31 pm
GOOD LUCK ETTA EXPRESS.... DEFEND THAT TITLE!!! 
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 21, 2007, 10:17:42 pm
It sounds like Marietta has a tall order in their first CWS game. From following on D3 baseball pages, it looks like Chapman is loaded with quality arms. What their offense like? Seems like they won some low scoring games at regionals.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: oacfan on May 22, 2007, 12:35:48 am
Marietta had "Tall Orders" in regionals, but they got the job done.  The numbers they put up in regionals were pretty good if you compare it to what they have done all year.  The depth of the Etta's staff seems to be getting better with the return of some injured players.  Should be interesting
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 22, 2007, 07:38:30 am
OACfan, maybe it didn't make myself clear. I was inquiring about Chapmans offensive abilities.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on May 22, 2007, 08:01:13 am
OACfan, maybe it didn't make myself clear. I was inquiring about Chapmans offensive abilities.

I'm not too sure about their offense, but they were held to only 3 runs last year in the series by Marietta's #3 and #4 guys.  The question is though will Marietta be able to score off of Drag, and if so, will it be enough to win.....I'm not sure.  I hate to count out my boys, but I agree with you, it will be a very Tall Order.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: BigPoppa on May 22, 2007, 10:54:38 am
OACfan, maybe it didn't make myself clear. I was inquiring about Chapmans offensive abilities.

Chapman does not light it up with the bats, but they rely on their pitching... Drag and Kitchens are an amazing one-two punch. They have huge weaknesses in the bullpen... other than Yacko who closes. Drag is 15-0 on the season, but he has numbers that are behind those of their #2, Kitchens.

Offensively, the play small ball and will bunt at any time. Anytime they get the leadoff man on in an inning, expect them to try to execute something. They run a bit, bunt a lot and hit and run quite often as well.

I think Marietta/Chapman will be the best Day 1 game.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on May 22, 2007, 11:00:07 am
Question for mideastfan or Spence.  Was it Baumler who started the season as Marietta's #1 but has been injured?  And, if so, wasn't he getting close to being able to contribute again?  Will he be available to them at the CWS?  That would greatly improve Etta's pitching depth if he were able to return.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: oacfan on May 22, 2007, 11:01:57 am
Well look what happened when Marietta faced one of, if not the most, potent offense in the country in Wooster. (6 hits, 3 runs) With the #3 on the hill.  Wooster was 8th in the country in scoring with 9.4 runs per game.  But then again thats another story there why wooster cant win the big one
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 22, 2007, 11:51:34 am
Thanks for the info BigPoppa. Sounds like Chapman tries to take advantage of every baserunner.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: oacfan on May 22, 2007, 12:54:51 pm
Two very similar styles of play will be going at it in round one here.  Looks like the Hands down best match up of round one.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on May 22, 2007, 01:21:43 pm
Question for mideastfan or Spence.  Was it Baumler who started the season as Marietta's #1 but has been injured?  And, if so, wasn't he getting close to being able to contribute again?  Will he be available to them at the CWS?  That would greatly improve Etta's pitching depth if he were able to return.

Correct, Baumler was this year's ACE and he has been injured off and on through most of the year.  He hasn't contributed for the last month, and I'm not sure of his status for the World Series (he wasn't available in the regionals). 
Baumler was the only top 5 pitcher returning from last year's squad also, so basically the team has been succeeding this year wihtout it's top 5 from the Championship team of a year ago....pretty good job by the Marietta coaching staff!
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on May 22, 2007, 03:29:16 pm
Well look what happened when Marietta faced one of, if not the most, potent offense in the country in Wooster. (6 hits, 3 runs) With the #3 on the hill.  Wooster was 8th in the country in scoring with 9.4 runs per game.  But then again thats another story there why wooster cant win the big one
Marietta wasn't the only team to quiet the Wooster bats in this year's regional.  They only scored 11 runs in their 4 games played.  They didn't even match their average runs per game in their 1st 3 games played.  We touched on this over on the NCAC board.  I have come to the conclusion that Coach Pettorini does not spend nearly enough time coaching the fundamentals which include situational hitting, moving baserunners along and bunting, and also defense.  They pound the defensless NCAC to oblivion year after year mashing their way through the conference weaklings.  But, when it comes time to face teams that can acutally pitch and field, Wooster is like a deer in headlights!  Wooster needs to take a serious look at how teams like Marietta and Chapman and SUNY Cortland end up having success year after year in post season play.  It is because they are very very fundamentally sound baseball teams.  Wooster can get by without being fundamentally sound against the majority of the NCAC.  But, as their poor showings in the past 2 Mideast Regional tournaments can attest, they have major work to do to become a fundamentally sound ballclub all around!

Two very similar styles of play will be going at it in round one here.  Looks like the Hands down best match up of round one.
I totally agree.  It's unfortunate that 2 of the teams I would consider favorites in this field are meeting right off the bat.  I think this is by far the best match-up of the 1st round.  Too bad that one of these teams is going to find themselves in a hole after the 1st game.  Just to let you all know, I'll be pulling for the 'Etta Express!
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: oacfan on May 22, 2007, 05:16:25 pm
Yes Rumor is Baulmler is back with the Etta Express for the world series but only as a reliever, he is taking secondbaseman Ryan Belangers spot.  The Etta went to regionals one person shy on their roster because Belanger was a late scratch.
Title: Re: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on May 23, 2007, 09:41:38 am
Hopefully both Baumler and Belanger will be back with the club this weekend. Given the nature of Belanger's absence, I wouldn't think that Baumler's addition would necessarily mean Belanger's subtraction.

If one or neither can go, we'll go with what we've got.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: oacfan on January 21, 2008, 11:46:51 pm
how does the oac look this year?? predictions?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on January 22, 2008, 03:40:11 am
how does the oac look this year?? predictions?

Same song, different verse.

Marietta and Otterbein looking really good again, Heidelberg not looking quite up to that level pure talent-wise but always ends up right in the thick of it with them.

Hoping all 3 of them make the NCAAs, though that's a longshot.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan on January 24, 2008, 05:54:17 pm
Football season is coming to an end and I'm ready for spring.  Can't wait to see the MC boys in Texas, should be some great competition this year!

The games with TX Wesleyan have become somewhat of a nice little rivalry for both schools.....those are the ones I'll be watching!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on January 30, 2008, 02:04:11 pm
Capital was pretty good last year.  Do they have a lot of returning starters?  What about their pitching?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on January 31, 2008, 10:17:50 pm
Capital was pretty good last year.  Do they have a lot of returning starters?  What about their pitching?

Sure would be nice if they had a roster up to answer this question.

But I think their all-region guys and Holmberg were seniors last year, so unless they have some very good recruits, I'm guessing they'll struggle to break into that top 3.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on February 14, 2008, 08:59:18 am
Capital's roster is now up.  Looks like they have quite a few players back.  Know anything about their pitching?  They may be in the top 4 or 5 in the league along with Marietta, Otterbein, Heidelberg.  How do Baldwin Wallace and John Carroll look this year?  Anyone know?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on February 14, 2008, 10:26:43 am
Welcome spectator!

The Mideast Region preview should be out in a few days.

Good luck to the Crusaders, and tell your friends about D3baseball.com!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on February 15, 2008, 01:15:43 pm
Capital's roster is now up.  Looks like they have quite a few players back.  Know anything about their pitching?  They may be in the top 4 or 5 in the league along with Marietta, Otterbein, Heidelberg.  How do Baldwin Wallace and John Carroll look this year?  Anyone know?

You might know better than me the answer to what I think is a pretty important question. What happened to Nick Dewitt last year? Was he injured? He performed quite well against Marietta early in the conference season but then was hardly heard from again.

In limited time, he showed an ability to miss bats and get strikeouts that the rest of the staff just didn't. Uy was respectable as a freshman but his low strikeout number has me skeptical that he can make a big leap. Trainer and Brown are decent arms but I don't think are going to lead Capital to the next level in the OAC. I'm intrigued by what I read about Zach Ellashek. He played in a successful program in HS and had a lot of success.

How did Veenstra end up at Capital? Last I knew he was going to Ohio Dominican. Obviously that seems like a good recruit for them. The Florida kid Bartek may be a contributor as well. He wasn't a star down there, but was a decent player and in even the weaker part of Fla. that shows a little something.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on February 15, 2008, 07:36:06 pm
Spence,  what about John Carroll and Baldwin Wallace?  Mideast Region preview did not say much.  I was hoping for more detail. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on February 15, 2008, 07:49:41 pm
Spence,  what about John Carroll and Baldwin Wallace?  Mideast Region preview did not say much.  I was hoping for more detail. 

DAngit, was hoping you wouldn't ask :)

Don't know much at all about B-W. They have about a million FR, dunno if any of them are any good.

JCU has a couple decent looking prospects from John Carroll Prep (St. Iggy) and a kid that started on an undefeated team in Pittsburgh (West Allegheny) but other than that, I don't really know that much about them either.

It's always so hard to tell about newcomers in D-III until the season starts because there are so few standout high school players that go D-III.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on February 18, 2008, 09:47:57 am
How about Wilmington?  I see the freshman pitcher they had last year, Bryce Deweese is not there - went to Wright State I think.  I think they also lost Jameson George - graduated.  They do have Brad Hatfield on their roster.  He was a grad of Washington Court House several years ago.  Don't know if he transferred from somewhere?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on February 19, 2008, 04:29:58 am
How about Wilmington?  I see the freshman pitcher they had last year, Bryce Deweese is not there - went to Wright State I think.  I think they also lost Jameson George - graduated.  They do have Brad Hatfield on their roster.  He was a grad of Washington Court House several years ago.  Don't know if he transferred from somewhere?

Basically what I know is what I can google on most everyone. I live in SC, don't have a lot of inside info...just good at reading between the lines and projecting numbers. But unless some of the local recruits they have can shoulder a lot of weight in a hurry, they don't look to have a lot of pitching, even if Hatfield pans out. I could be wrong and they do hae some guys coming in from some pretty good programs (Adena and Zane Trace in particular).
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on February 27, 2008, 02:57:49 pm
Best of luck to all teams in the OAC this weekend.  Looking forward to seeing scores and news.  Good Luck Etta Express in Georgia.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on March 22, 2008, 01:34:06 pm
Not sure anyone is out here, but Heidelberg at Marietta is postponed to tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 23, 2008, 04:53:59 pm
Spence,

Since you seem to basically be the entirety of the OAC baseball posters I figured you are the only person to pose this question to.  I am listening to the Etta/Berg DH on the radio (thanks for the heads up) and it got me thinking what a nice job Matt Palm has done with the Princes.  While they haven't won a pile of conference titles, they are consistently competitive.  And I am not talking about just over .500 competitive like the bulk of the conference.  I'm talking about competing for an OAC championship.  So my question is who has the best chance of emerging as the next Berg?  Obviously Otterbein has put together a very nice little run the last few years, so I guess I was thinking about that group of mid-pack squads that seem to bounce between 3rd-4th in one season and 7th-8th the next.  Can any of them become another Heidelberg, establish consistency and become a conference tourney regular?     
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 23, 2008, 05:16:40 pm
I'll throw my 2 cents in, although Spence may or may not agree.

I would say Capital.  Spense may be able to give the reasons, or come up with another team, but it's pretty much Marietta, Otterbein, Heidelberg...and then everyone else.  But Capital has a chance to turn it's program around, which ws seen last year.


*****  By the way, Marietta took game one 3-2 over the Berg, and the bats are now alive and they are leading the second game 9-4.

Good start to OAC action for the Etta Express.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 23, 2008, 06:03:36 pm
Thanks mideastfan2.  Your 2 cents are much appreciated.  I didn't want to throw any names out, but Cap was my initial thought as well.  My only concern about Cap is that you already have a number of good programs in the Columbus area you will be competing for talent with.  Namely Otterbein, Ohio Wesleyan, Denison and Ohio Dominican.  All of those schools have solid to very good programs.  Also, do you know if Cap has moved their baseball field on campus?  When I was in school in the early 00's it was off campus in an area that can politely be described as not high rent.  Bexley is a very nice area, but that field was not in such an area (when Cap's coach tells you as a visitor to send 2 guys and take bats w/ you to chase foul balls that's probably not a good sign).

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 23, 2008, 06:25:28 pm
Etta ended up finishing them off 10-6 in that 2nd game. 

JCU swept Cap today as well.  7-6 (9 inn) and 5-0.  Any time you're not one of the top 3 and you can get a sweep that's a nice job.  Especially on the road.  Good start for the Streaks at 10-3.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 23, 2008, 06:45:33 pm
I answered my own question regarding Cap's field.  As soon as I saw "turn left on Main St." in the directions I started having flashbacks.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 23, 2008, 06:58:29 pm
Thanks mideastfan2.  Your 2 cents are much appreciated.  I didn't want to throw any names out, but Cap was my initial thought as well.  My only concern about Cap is that you already have a number of good programs in the Columbus area you will be competing for talent with.  Namely Otterbein, Ohio Wesleyan, Denison and Ohio Dominican.  All of those schools have solid to very good programs.  Also, do you know if Cap has moved their baseball field on campus?  When I was in school in the early 00's it was off campus in an area that can politely be described as not high rent.  Bexley is a very nice area, but that field was not in such an area (when Cap's coach tells you as a visitor to send 2 guys and take bats w/ you to chase foul balls that's probably not a good sign).



the other school I would maybe throw out there (if they can get the right coach) is Wilmington.  If they can get a coach with ties to the Cincinnati area, and start recruiting out of there, they could turn that program around.  There is a lot of talent in Cincy, and many of those kids end up in the Columbus area, or walking on at UC, Miami, XU, or some other MAC schools.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Spence on March 23, 2008, 08:20:18 pm
Thanks mideastfan2.  Your 2 cents are much appreciated.  I didn't want to throw any names out, but Cap was my initial thought as well.  My only concern about Cap is that you already have a number of good programs in the Columbus area you will be competing for talent with.  Namely Otterbein, Ohio Wesleyan, Denison and Ohio Dominican.  All of those schools have solid to very good programs.  Also, do you know if Cap has moved their baseball field on campus?  When I was in school in the early 00's it was off campus in an area that can politely be described as not high rent.  Bexley is a very nice area, but that field was not in such an area (when Cap's coach tells you as a visitor to send 2 guys and take bats w/ you to chase foul balls that's probably not a good sign).



the other school I would maybe throw out there (if they can get the right coach) is Wilmington.  If they can get a coach with ties to the Cincinnati area, and start recruiting out of there, they could turn that program around.  There is a lot of talent in Cincy, and many of those kids end up in the Columbus area, or walking on at UC, Miami, XU, or some other MAC schools.



I'm a little late but my answer would have been John Carroll (easy to say now). Good coach after Brewer built a foundation, renovated field, decent success of late.

There are a lot of really good players around Cincy and I wish MC could start getting some players from over there again. Remenowsky and some of the other Otterbein players are from over there as well.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 23, 2008, 09:10:48 pm
Thanks for the feedback.  I guess my thoughts are as follows, and please feel free to agree/disagree.  I'm just throwing these out since I have to be at work and this kills time.

Cap--My choice based mainly on their location and the apparent upward trend the last 3 yrs. 

JCU--My second choice based on a younger coach, quality facilities and the opportunity to tap the Parochial pipeline outside their immediate geographic location (see Sean McCarthy).  They are usually in the hunt for that 4th slot.  The question is how long do you give Thibeault to build it?  I believe he was hired while I was in school and that was 7 years ago.  I still think he can do it.

BW/MUC--I lumped these 2 together because they both have pretty good facilities, both are in NE Ohio and both pretty much bounce around .500 every year it seems.  Their Head Coaches are by all accounts great guys, but as long as both are in charge I don't see a sudden ascent to the top on the horizon based on past performance.   

Musky--No offense, but I think Gregg Thompson should have a job for life.  Being .500 at Musky is an accomplishment (unless it's softball).  I don't see how they can consistently be much more than that.

Wilmington--I will have to defer to you guys.  I don't know much about them at all.

ONU--Not sure what to think.  Their record the last few years is all I've seen and it's not good.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on March 24, 2008, 01:36:57 pm
I do know that the coach at ONU is new, 2007 his first year.  I believe he is from Indiana somewhere.  He is hungry and this year should be a better test from him as last year he had a late start as far as recruiting and inherited the previous coach's team.  We'll see, he seems to be pretty driven.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: lhpdiggy on March 24, 2008, 04:54:51 pm
I am new to this site and looking forward to a great spring baseball season in the OAC.  Do you know who the premier pitchers are in the league and what are the critical success factors to achieve good results?  I am sure command  is criticial, but do many of the kids have a lot of velocity and is that something that prevails in the OAC.  Just wandering and thanks for your time.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 26, 2008, 01:30:15 pm
Welcome aboard lhpdiggy.  To answer your question, I think most people would point (not surprisingly) to the top 3 teams when you're looking at the best returning pitchers.  Obviously Remenowsky is back for Ott and he was the Tekulve award winner last year.  Stevens is also back for Ott and he is a 2 time all-conference guy.  Paddock and McFarland are back for Heidelberg.  Paddock pitched very well at Etta on Sunday.  And like every year, Etta has the arms.  This year it's probably Knowlton, Eschbaugh and Merryman for them, but Spence is much better qualified to talk about that.

I think for the most part the top guys have good velocity.  Etta's top guys are usually bringing it pretty good every year.  But I think one thing I noticed is that with VERY few exceptions the top guys seem to have at least 2 good pitches (i.e. they're not just going to blow it by you all day w/ fastballs).  The example I always think of was a kid at JCU in the late 90's named John O'Rourke.  He had pretty good velocity, but what made him good was that he had a very good slider to go with it.  He had confidence in both and changed speeds effectively.  The fact that he could throw either one (and locate it) in any count made him very difficult to face.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: lhpdiggy on March 26, 2008, 09:45:59 pm
Thanks for the welcome....my wife and I attended our first OAC DH in brutal conditions....both teams played well considering the weather....having watched my son in pretty competitive leagues it is great to see the level of play in the OAC....very good athletes....it should be a great year.  I really look forward to the effort of the kids....no doubt they love the game.

Based on what I have seen so far...my bet is that defense will win the day this year...plus decent pitching...no surprise I'm sure for you folks that love baseball.

Take care and I look forward to sharing the news in the OAC

Thanks
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 26, 2008, 10:20:04 pm
Which DH did you take in lhpdiggy?  Regardless, enjoy the season.  My dad still talks about OAC baseball games and I graduated years ago.  He still misses those road trips.  Best of luck to your son and safe travels as you follow him. 

I guess the sayings "Good pitching beats good hitting" and "Defense doesn't slump" are around for a reason.  I recall back in the early 00's Heidelberg had a ridiculous line up.  They were top 5 in the nation in team batting average (something in the neighborhood of .375 as a team)...and I believe they finished 3rd in the OAC tourney.  Mount and Musky also had mashers and didn't even make the tourney most of those years.  I actually remember that Heidelberg and Mount tied that year 21-21!!  In baseball!!  I guess the point is that when the dust settles the reason teams are there at the end is good pitching.  And in Etta's case, superior depth of good pitching (oh, and usually a potent offense as well).     
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on March 27, 2008, 10:20:09 am
Congrats to Wooster on a nice win yesterday down in southeast Ohio.  Hats off to Marietta for making a game out of it as well!  I was listening in every other inning or so and when the Scots stretched their lead to 6-0  with Adam Samson yet to come on through 5 innings, I figured the game was as good as over.  My thought was that Samson would come in and pitcth the 6th and 7th and then Warren in the 8th and Miller in the 9th.  Instead, Samson came in and let Marietta right back in the ballgame with his 2nd shaky outing of the spring. 

I really can't figure Samson out.  He's been a very hot or cold pitcher this year.  Just to show what I mean, he's pitched a total of 25 innings this season and allowed 16 runs.  Twelve of those runs were allowed in just 5 innings of work.  He allowed 8 runs in 4 innings vs. UWSP and then yesterday he gave up 4 runs in just one inning.  That means in the other 20 innings pitched, Samson has only given up 4 runs?!

I happened to catch the pregame interview with Coach Pettorini and he mentioned something about a lot of the returning pitchers have lost velocity from where they were last year.  He didn't really expound on it very much at all either fwiw.  I know that Trapuzzano has been dealing with arm issues, but I haven't heard of any others on the Scot's pitching staff dealing with any injuries.  Right now, I'm just hoping that Samson can start to string together some solid outings to get some confidence back.  He was so lights out last year and that is not the case this year...

BTW, I agree with everyone in that Marietta will definately be around come post-season time.  I think the Pios definately garnered the rest of the OAC's attention with their sweep of Heide to open conference play that they are still, more than likely, the team to beat despite their slow start down south.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on March 27, 2008, 05:01:12 pm
Just so you guys know, Spence, who I actually respect as a baseball poster, was suspended from the boards by Pat Coleman for becoming a "troll" on the football page.  It had gotten ridiculous over there and he really gave Pat no choice.

It's a shame because he really was the most knowledgeable OAC baseball poster on here (despite his ties to Etta)  ;)

I hope some of the others can keep this board moving a little while he is gone.

BTW, I am a Cap guy, an ex-FB player, but both of my roomates were pitchers for Cap in the mid 1990's.  I still try to keep up with Cap sports as best I can (I just got out of the Army after 10 years as an officer on active duty, and am now doing the Natl Guard thing, but I live in Georgetown, KY), and I am a regular on the football board and occasionally post on the basketball board.  I have posted a couple of times on this board, but hope to follow baseball a bit more now that I have more time on my hands.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: lhpdiggy on March 27, 2008, 10:34:38 pm
Great game today at Wooster.  BW came through strong w/ the victory.  Luthman pitched a great game and the bats were solid for the Yellow Jackets.  It is great for the program and the OAC to beat a team that is #2 in D3.  It should be a great season for D3 Ohio baseball.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 28, 2008, 05:57:16 pm
Very nice win for the Jackets on the road.  Were you there lhpdiggy?  I was just wondering how Wooster's bats looked.  Obviously BW's pitching looked pretty good.  But based on the fact that neither side threw their front line guys I guess I was expecting a few more tallies for the Scots.     

p.s. As I read my post I want to make sure that no one thinks I'm taking anything away from Luthman by implying that Wooster just had an off day at the dish.  Any time you hold the Scots to 3 runs in 8 innings you pitched VERY well.  Excellent job by him.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: lhpdiggy on March 28, 2008, 10:11:00 pm
Yes, I was at the game.  No problem regarding the issue around front line pitchers...Luthman may very well be one....he is very athletic, tall and deceptive...I know he pitched through some pain in some previous outings this year.  The Scots have some very impressive athletes on their team...but pithing and very good defense ruled the day for the Jackets. 

BW is pretty young, they have beaten some good teams this year and have lost to some teams that they should have won handidly, but that is baseball.  We will see how things turn out.

I am optimistic
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 29, 2008, 11:18:56 am
Thanks for the info JK.  I was wondering where Spence was.  I regularly lurk (and occasionally post) on the football board, but I started losing interest a little w/ the back and forth going on w/ him and the regulars.

lhpdiggy, I made the mistake of assuming (and we all know what happens when you assume).  I just remembered that Luthman wasn't one of the guys who got the ball against Musky so I assumed he wasn't one of the top 2.  But I didn't know they were that young, so as you pointed out he could very well end up as a front line guy for them.  Especially if he hasn't been 100% yet.  I couldn't help but smile at your comment about beating good teams and losing to teams you should beat.  My jr year we were young and that was the story of the season.  Which team was going to show up?  Never a dull moment though! 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on March 29, 2008, 11:37:07 am
Just so you guys know, Spence, who I actually respect as a baseball poster, was suspended from the boards by Pat Coleman for becoming a "troll" on the football page.  It had gotten ridiculous over there and he really gave Pat no choice.

It's a shame because he really was the most knowledgeable OAC baseball poster on here (despite his ties to Etta)  ;)
While he may have been the most knowledgeable OAC baseball poster, I, for one, am not shedding any tears upon hearing the news of him being suspended yet again.  It wasn't a matter of if Spence would be suspended again as it was a matter of when he would suspended again.  And quite frankly, I'm surprised he lasted this long between suspensions...

JK, I think many of us on the NCAC baseball page felt the same way you and your fellow OAC football posters felt about him over there which is why I am celebrating the news that Spence won't be joining us for a while... ;D

BTW, I'm glad to see some activity over here by some new faces not named Spence.  It's nice to talk baseball with others that don't have a vendetta or an ax to grind against Wooster. 

That was definitely a nice pitching performance by Luthman for B-W.  Wooster's offense had been better than expected so far this spring averaging almost 9 runs per game, but Luthman completely shut them down.  Good luck to the Jackets the rest of the way in the OAC.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 29, 2008, 12:27:22 pm
For anyone else stuck in the office today here are a few links to follow some of the OAC action today.  May have to copy and paste as I'm not good at the whole hyperlink thing (sorry):

Etta/Cap radio:  http://pioneers.marietta.edu/onlinebroadcasts.html

Ott/Wilm radio:  http://ocwobn.otterbein.edu/wobn.htm

Musky/Berg radio:  http://muskingum.edu/home/athletics/broadcast.html

MUC/ONU live stats:  http://www.onusports.com/livestats/index.html

BW/JCU is postponed until Sunday at 1pm per BW's web site.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 29, 2008, 03:15:17 pm
Game 1 finals so far....

Ott 8, Wilm 0--Good news for the Cards is they got a complete game 2 hitter.  Bad news for the OAC is that it was junior Jeremy Williams on the hill and not Remenowsky or Stevens.

MUC 6, ONU 3--MUC SS Craig Knott went 4 for 4 w/ a couple 2b's.  Good start for the freshman as he is hitting well over .400 so far.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 29, 2008, 06:01:13 pm
Marietta taking care of their OAC business again.  They improve to 4-0 in conference play.

Game one:

MC - 4
Captital - 1

Game two:

MC - 8
Captial - 1
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 29, 2008, 06:34:30 pm
Game 2 finals...

Ott 5, Wilm 2--Cards sweep behind another solid pitching performance this time from soph Michael Taylor.  The announcers mentioned he was clocked at 87 in FL.  Obviously this may be inflated (plus it's freezing in OH), but nonetheless that's nice zip.  

MUC 7, ONU 6--The Bears left 2 on after pushing across 3 in the bottom on the 9th without a base hit thanks in part to 2 of the Raiders' 7 errors.  Mariotti (7 IP, 3 ER) and Thomas (8 IP, 3 ER) were both solid in improving to 3-0 and Warner finished the day 5 for 7 w/ 6 RBI for MUC in the sweep.

Haven't heard anything on the Musky/Berg games...    
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 29, 2008, 06:40:00 pm
Spoke too soon...

Heidelberg swept Musky 4-0 and 4-0.  Paddock and McFarland both fire 3 hit shutouts. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 30, 2008, 01:58:29 pm
Marietta is playing Allegheny today in a double header. 

Marietta wins game one 9-4.  They are really starting tom come around both on the mound and at the plate.  Their defesne has been solid the last 2 weeks as well.

Game two coming up. 

http://pioneers.marietta.edu/onlinebroadcasts.html
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 30, 2008, 04:18:41 pm
The tough luck loser in game two for the Etta Express is Joe Pitrone.  He had 13k's in a complete game 4-2 loss to the Gators.

Marietta splits with Allegheny to bring their season recrod to 7-11 (4-0 in the OAC).  Marietta's pitching is looking great after brushing off the rust in the southern trip.

Next up, at Denison on Wed night.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 30, 2008, 07:59:07 pm
Finals from today (make up of 3/25 games)....

MUC 10, Wilm 7
MUC 9, Wil 4

Tough to play back-to-back conference DH.  A little taste of the NCAC style for these two.  Throw in the fact that each had one long trip and this was a LONG weekend for these two teams.  Of course, Mount came out of it 4-0 so I'm sure it was much more fun for them than the Quakers (0-4). 

Sweeping other mid-pack teams is huge so this could have been a big weekend for the Raiders.  Unfortunately in the OAC you're never certain who exactly the other mid-pack teams are from year to year...   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 30, 2008, 08:14:59 pm
The tough luck loser in game two for the Etta Express is Joe Pitrone.  He had 13k's in a complete game 4-2 loss to the Gators.

Marietta splits with Allegheny to bring their season recrod to 7-11 (4-0 in the OAC).  Marietta's pitching is looking great after brushing off the rust in the southern trip.

Next up, at Denison on Wed night.

Nice outing by the soph.  It's just a never ending line of quality arms at Etta.  I've never seen any of their current kids pitch.  Are they cut from the same cloth as the top guys in the past?  Tough shoes to fill depending on who you compare them to...   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 30, 2008, 09:10:47 pm
I've seen most of them throw and I would say that Knowlton is close to a #1, and then Merryman, Eschbaugh, Stewart, Baumler, Pitrone are all in the #2 or #3 range.  They are all quality arms that can have a great day at any given point, but none are dominating #1's like in the past with Davies, Thomas, Bradley, Buirley, Desalvo, Eisenberg, Demark.

A major bonus though is that Knowlton, Merryman, Eschbaugh, and Baumler have all played a major role in past Regional and World Series teams.  That experience is nice to have.  If they can put together a few great outings in a row come tournament time though, they will be tough to beat....really tough to beat.  Then again, Otterbein has 4 good arms as well (and Remenowski is as good as they come in the OAC).
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on March 30, 2008, 09:54:33 pm
Capital, thus far, looks to be in the running for biggest disappointment of the OAC.

With the season they had last year and most of the pieces returning, including the last 2 OAC batting champs, it looked like they would continue the rise, but this season has really been rough.

We'll see if they can turn it around.  Needs to be soon, though.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 30, 2008, 10:05:25 pm
JK,

I'll take the blame for that.  If you go back a couple pages I picked Capital as the team with the best chance to make the jump up to consistent OAC tourney participant.  I jinxed them!  (I think mideastfan2 picked them as well, so maybe it was him!)

That being said, I wouldn't panic yet because 2 of those losses were to Marietta.  I figured they would be 1-3 right now.  For the most part the teams they will be competing with to be in the top 4 are likely going to be swept by Etta also so it's almost a wash.  The sweep by JCU stings, but if they can split w/ Berg or Otterbein then they're right back where they need to be. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on March 31, 2008, 08:42:43 am
Yeah, I agree with you, and I still think they are up and coming as a program.  However, getting to the OAC tourney is one thing, but to REALLY "take the next step" Cap needs to start being above .500 every year.  Last season, though they made it to the championship series of the OAC tourney, they still finished 20-21.

Thus far this season, that is what I am most disappointed in.  With the OAC being so competitive and doubleheader splits occurring often, you need to come into league play with a winning record to have a reasonable chance to finish above .500.  Cap hasn't done that this year.  They may, as you say, quickly find themselves back to where they were a season ago in league play, but overall, it still looks like .500 or below again.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 31, 2008, 12:36:33 pm
I absolutely agree with that, JK.  If they wanted to have any shot at a winning record they almost had to play well out of the gate.  As you said, for the second tier teams the split is so common that you're probably going to be happy finishing 10-8 (or if you're lucky, 11-7).  Tough to dig out of a hole when 2 games over .500 would be a good run in conference. 

Of course I suppose I would always rather finish 20-21 w/ a nice OAC tourney run than finish w/ a winning record but 3-15 in conference (see Muskingum).   

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 31, 2008, 01:16:51 pm
However, getting to the OAC tourney is one thing, but to REALLY "take the next step" Cap needs to start being above .500 every year. 

Of course I forgot to mention the one thing I wanted to.  I think with the emergence of Otterbein and Heidelberg as regular contenders, making the tourney is a much bigger accomplishment than it used to be.  That is going to be an absolute dog fight for the 4th slot. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: lhpdiggy on April 04, 2008, 10:14:54 pm
Looks like another OAC team beat Wooster and has a few Scots fans upset.  Relax Wooster, you guys will be fine.  Good weekend coming up...lets hope its a tight race to the finish.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: lhpdiggy on April 04, 2008, 10:27:35 pm
My bad...I heard so much bad news from Scots fans I thought they lost...hope springs eternal...especially w/ the record you folks have.  The kids read this stuff so support them and let have an Ohio team go all the way this year.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 05, 2008, 03:33:52 pm
Marietta wins game one versus John Carroll 1-0. TJ Knowlton pitched a complete game shut-out to improve to 3-0 in his OAC starts (all have been complete games).

Marietta improves to 5-0, while JC drops to 3-2 in OAC play.   Game two will be starting shortly.

The Heidelberg vs Otterbein games have been pushed to SUnday b/c of weather.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 05, 2008, 07:10:00 pm
I'll be honest, when Mount swept ONU last weekend on the road I thought it may be another long season in Ada.  But then the Bears go to Berea and sweep BW today 8-1 and 8-5.  I guess the only thing you can say is that's the OAC!  ONU is now an even 2-2 in conference play while BW slips to 2-4.   

Boy, TJ Knowlton seems to be turning it up a notch each time out for the Pios.

To piggyback on mideastfan2's updates...Wilm/Musk is postponed to Sunday and Cap/MUC was pushed back to 3pm today at Munson so no news yet. 

 

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 06, 2008, 09:10:34 am
John Carroll took game two against Marietta; while Mount Union stayed hot and swept Capital. 

Otterbein/Heidelberg and Muskingum/Wilmington need to be played today.

As of right now. the OAC standings are as follows:

Mount Union            6-0
Otterbein                 2-0
Marietta                   5-1
John Carroll              4-2
Heidelberg               2-2
Ohio Northern          2-2
Baldwin-Wallace      2-4
Muskingum              1-3
Wilmington              0-4
Capital                    0-6

The games between Otterbein/Heidelberg today are pretty big.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 06, 2008, 12:56:21 pm
You're right mideastfan2, that Otterbein/Heidelberg DH is pretty big.  I don't want to say that the Berg needs at least a split, but given how MUC and JCU have looked thus far I wouldn't want to be swept to say the least.

JCU only gave up 2 runs on the day.  That would scare me a little if I'm the rest of the OAC because that doesn't happen often against Marietta.

I have to admit that I never suspected a start like this coming from Mount.  I took a quick peek at their stats this morning and their top 6 in the order are hitting a collective .372.  And their top 3 starters are a combined 11-0 w/ a 2.51 ERA.  No wonder they're 6-0 thus far. 

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 06, 2008, 03:09:17 pm
Game 1 final...

Heidelberg 7
Otterbein 4

I listened to this one and the first 5 innings were pretty much what you'd expect from a Remenowsky vs. Paddock game...not much offense.  The Cards had some minor threats early, but the Berg wasn't mounting much of anything (Remenowsky was perfect through 4).  The Berg had a huge 6th when they took a 6-1 lead started by Wentworth's 2b plating the go ahead run. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 06, 2008, 04:42:32 pm
^^^^ didn't think Otterbein would lose with Rem on the mound this year in the OAC, but then again every team has seen him so much since his Freshman year...same with Stevens.

just checked, and in game two Heidelberg leads 5-2 after 5 innings.  This would be a big sweep for the Burg, especially on the road against 2 of the top pitchers in the conferecne...there's still a lot of game left though.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 06, 2008, 06:12:56 pm
Heidelberg holds on for the sweep....that makes the OAC standings pretty tight for the top 4 spots:

Mount Union 6-0
Marietta 5-1
Heidelberg 4-2
John carroll 4-2
Otterbein 2-2
Ohio Northern 2-2

Baldwin Wallace 2-4
Musk, Wilm, Cap (safe to say they are all out of it already)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 06, 2008, 06:26:19 pm
It may be too early to tell, but there's a chance that a truly good baseball team is going to finish 5th.  Anyone who follows this conference knows there have been years where the 4th team in the tourney was above average at best.  That certainly doesn't seem to be the case this year.  Hopefully this will result in an exciting regular season finish and tourney.

p.s.  With road trips to Marietta Wed. and Heidelberg Sat. we are about to find out what Mount is made of.  Big week for them if they want to make a statement.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 06, 2008, 08:31:03 pm
Finals from New Concord:

Musky 14, Wilm 0
Wilm 12, Musky 9

The Muskies are now 2-4 in the OAC and Wilmington is 1-5, so as mideastfan2 said...pretty much out of it.

Musky catcher Brock Whiteman had a great day going 7 for 11 w/ 5 doubles and 7 RBI.  Wow.  Haven't looked at many other box scores, but that looks like OAC hitter of the week numbers to me.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 06, 2008, 09:58:19 pm
^^^^ sounds like a great day for the Musky catcher.

Muskingum has always been a great hitter's park.  I remember back in '99 when we (Marietta) played there and set a record with 11 doubles in the first game of the double-header (plus 2 HR's), and had 5 more extra-base hits in game two.  A total of 37 runs on the day, with 18 extra base hits.  That was fun.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 09, 2008, 06:19:29 pm
So far today...

Wilmington 2, ONU 1
Wilmington 8, ONU 5

Who knows what to make of this.  I don't know what to think of ONU right now.  Sweep at BW.  Get swept by Wilm at home?   

Mount Union 4, Marietta 1

I said this would be the week for MUC to make a statement and this is obviously a good step.  Mariotti goes the distance moving to 5-0.  Knowlton drops to 5-2.  Appeared to pitch very well every inning but 1.   

Heidelberg 5, Capital 1

Poor Cap needs to get a W before JK yells at mideastfan2 and I for picking them to break out!  He's an army guy...I don't need that kind of trouble!

BW/Ott and Musky/JCU were both PPD.     
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 09, 2008, 08:19:50 pm
big win in game one for Mount Union over Marietta.

The Etta Express is bouncing back nicely, leading game two 11-2 after 5 innings.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 09, 2008, 09:37:32 pm
The Etta Express is bouncing back nicely, leading game two 11-2 after 5 innings.

The Pios kicked a field goal and won 14-2.  Cimino drove in 7 for Etta and Merryman was solid.   

Heidelberg ended up sweeping Capital by a 5-3 count in the second game.  Wentworth finished 6 for 8 on the day for Berg.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bronko7 on April 10, 2008, 11:38:30 am
Does anyone want to take a crack at a top 5 in this region? It will be tough to rank them.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on April 10, 2008, 04:54:57 pm
Marietta
Heidelberg
Otterbein
John Carroll
Mount Union
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 10, 2008, 05:47:41 pm
Does anyone want to take a crack at a top 5 in this region? It will be tough to rank them.

Region or conference?  Not that either one is easy...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on April 10, 2008, 05:55:36 pm
Otterbein drops a pair to BW 1-0 and 7-2

I'm surprised to say the least

p.s. Hopefully this is the first of many posts on here
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 10, 2008, 06:07:30 pm
Welcome aboard fundamentalswin!  We need more posters around here.

I was a little taken back by that BW/Ott result as well.  It seems to me that there is more quality pitching in the league right now than I remember in the past.  Maybe not the top tier raw talent (I haven't seen any games so I can't say), but from box scores and stats it seems there are a lot of quality starts every week.   

The other make up..
JCU 8, Musky 5
JCU 11, Musky 2

The Streaks are in that 6-2 log jam for 2nd right now.  
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: lhpdiggy on April 10, 2008, 10:05:04 pm
2 great games today at Berea.  Great pitching by both teams.  The 1st game lasted 1hr 20min's...and the 2nd was the same pace until the 8th.  Hopefully the Jacket's will build on this big day. 

While I am new to this board it is good to see the interest from others.  Lets keep it going.

BW faces Capitol on Saturday and I have to think they are better than there record right now....good luck to all...I wish the OAC conference stats were updated in real time...it is fun to follow.  Does anyone know a quick way to get the scores?

Take care
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 10, 2008, 11:51:43 pm
How was that Williams kid that threw game 1 for Otterbein, lhpdiggy?  He has sick numbers (ERA below 1). 

I'll tell you what is NOT the quickest way to get scores...the OAC web site.  I usually go to the school's site (some are quicker than others to get things posted and you'll quickly figure out which).  If anyone has a better option I would love to hear it also.  That being said, this board is a decent bet since there are several people that are pretty good about posting scores. 

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 11, 2008, 09:10:21 pm
the OAC standings as of April 11th:

Mount Union (7-1)
Marietta (6-2)
Heidelberg (6-2)
John Carroll (6-2)
Baldwin-Wallace (4-4)
Wilmington (3-5)
Otterbein (2-4)
Ohio Northern (2-4)
Muskingum (2-6)
Capital (0-8)


this weekend's matchups:

Mount Union at Heidelberg, 1p.m.
John Carroll at Ohio Northern, 1p.m.
Marietta at Wilmington, 1p.m.
Baldwin-Wallace at Capital, 1p.m.
Otterbein at Muskingum, 1p.m.

feel free to update the games as the day goes along....should be a big OAC weekend, with some upsets over the last few weeks.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 12, 2008, 09:02:27 am
Mount at Heidelberg is PPD until Sunday.  This is obviously the big match up of the weekend.  As was the case at Marietta Wednesday, I feel like a split would be a good day for Mount. 

I would say that it's pretty safe to think that Otterbein and Marietta will take care of business today.  I would have thrown JCU in that statement as well, but I'm scared which ONU squad will show up.  If it's the one that got swept at home by Wilmington, then I would feel confident.  If it's the one that swept BW on the road, then I'm not so confident.     
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 12, 2008, 11:50:23 am
More weather issues...

BW/Cap PPD until Monday
JCU/ONU PPD until Sunday
Marietta/Wilm PPD until Sunday
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Post by: lhpdiggy on April 12, 2008, 05:28:24 pm
Dr Acula,

The Williams kid pitched lights out.  Very good control, and had the kids on there heals for the most part.  He was the most impressive pitcher BW saw that day in my opinion.  3H, 5SO and not a walk in 6.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 12, 2008, 11:39:49 pm
The lone finals from Saturday...

Otterbein 13, Muskingum 1
Otterbein 7, Muskingum 4

Ott is now 4-4 in the OAC and Musky is 2-8.

Otterbein got complete games from Remenowsky and Stevens.  Mauck was 5 for 10 w/ 5 RBI for the Cards.  Good to see them get the bats going.  This is probably what Coach Powell expected to see more often...3 ER given up in a DH w/ nice offensive support from their lineup. 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 12, 2008, 11:46:04 pm
The Williams kid pitched lights out.  Very good control, and had the kids on there heals for the most part.  He was the most impressive pitcher BW saw that day in my opinion.  3H, 5SO and not a walk in 6.

Thanks lhpdiggy.  It will be impossible to replace Remenowsky and Stevens, but Williams, Taylor, etc. appear to be very talented.  The one thing I learned that always separated Marietta from the pack wasn't necessarily the pure talent of their pitchers (which was great), but it was the depth of quality pitching they had.  It seems like Otterbein is heading that direction.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 13, 2008, 08:51:31 am
Marietta at Wilmington is postponed to Monday now.

This will give Marietta the opportunity to use Knowlton and Merryman on full rest, then have them ready again for Saturday against Otterbein.   One instance where the bad weather actually has a positive effect!
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 13, 2008, 01:05:58 pm
Looks like Monday will be a busy day in the OAC.  All of the other DH scheduled for today have been PPD. 

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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 14, 2008, 05:50:51 pm
Marietta sweeps Wilmington.

ONU and John Carroll split.

any word from Tifiin, on how the MUC/Heid games went???
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 14, 2008, 09:04:26 pm
Heidelberg sweeps Mount Union 5-4 (11) and 9-4.
BW sweeps Capital 5-3 and 5-4 (10).

Current standings:

Marietta 8-2
Heidelberg  8-2
JCU 7-3
Mount Union 7-3
BW 6-4
Otterbein 4-4
ONU 3-5
Wilmington 3-7
Musky 2-8
Capital 0-10
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 14, 2008, 09:12:46 pm
wow...big sweep for the Berg.  They are having a great year, and if they can't win the OAC, they could be in line for a Pool C tournament bid.

That sweep helps out Marietta as well.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 14, 2008, 09:23:38 pm
Berg is definitely playing well.  Mount hung 4 on Paddock in the 1st and then got shut out for the last 10 innings! 

I originally had Heidelberg on top of the standings, but due to their sweep at the hands of the Pioneers I had to switch them for the sake of accuracy...no matter how much it pains me.    :)

A couple more big DH tomorrow.  BW @ MUC and JCU @ Ott. 

Anyone want to take a stab at an OAC tourney prediction?
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Post by: fundamentalswin on April 14, 2008, 11:37:57 pm
Mount got out managed all day today and it reflected in the results... two losses
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Post by: Ryder16 on April 15, 2008, 01:06:18 pm
mount
'berg
etta
BW

Etta wins on the strength( and depth) of their pitching
and I think the runner-up ( H-Berg) will get a pool C and prob. a rematch(or 2) in the regional finals
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 15, 2008, 01:56:04 pm
Mount got out managed all day today and it reflected in the results... two losses

Can't say that I'm shocked.  Palm is a good coach.  Were you there fundamentalswin?  Just wondering if there were specific incidents that bothered you.  It's kind of difficult to gauge something like that from a box score so any first hand comments about any games are always appreciated.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 15, 2008, 02:01:27 pm
And I need to make my guess for the OAC tourney before any finals today...

Marietta (via tiebreaker)
Heidelberg
JCU
Mount

I'll tell you what, it was nearly impossible to pick only 2 out of JCU, MUC, Ott and BW.  I almost said Ott sweeps MUC the last day of the regular season to take the last spot, but that sweep at BW scared me a little.   
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Post by: fundamentalswin on April 15, 2008, 02:46:20 pm
There were alot of things that bothered me... How about sending your ace back out in the 7th when he is over a hundred pitches and having no one ready to go once he got in trouble... In a 4-4 game in the bottom of the eleventh the leadoff man reaches and everyone in the park knew berg was going to bunt with the leadoff man... meanwhile mount has a lefty ready in the pen but instead of letting him face the two lefties at the top of bergs order he leaves the right hander... sac bunt, then a double... game over... and the guy left in the on deck circle was right handed.

Second game there were more pitching decision problems but I'll go into that if you really want...
The biggest issue was that how you do you take the offensive catalyst (henderson) out of the lineup after a 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI game one
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 15, 2008, 03:18:02 pm
I figured that was an issue for MUC.  You could piece together that Mariotti probably ran out of gas from the box score.  Not having anyone throwing is inexcusable even if he was cruising.

I don't recall Henderson.  Does he usually start?
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 15, 2008, 03:20:39 pm
BW @ MUC is PPD.  Slated for Wed.

JCU just won the first game 8-7 over Otterbein. 
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 15, 2008, 05:18:29 pm
Marietta won the first game at Musky 10-3.

They are leading the second game 6-5 in the 7th inning.

A sweep today would be HUGE for the standgins, with Heidelberg already dropping a game to ONU.
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Post by: JK on April 15, 2008, 05:39:06 pm
Revisiting what I said a couple of weeks ago...

Capital, by far, is the biggest disappointment in the Conference this year.

Now 0 and freaking 10 after the sweep by the flaming piles (BW for you uninitiated folks), what looked like a promising season based on the finish last season and the early spring results has gone away.

Rough times at the alma mater.  What happened?!?!?!?!  Did the fact that they had to go to Chillicothe to play "home" games early in the season since Clowson was under water hurt them?  Can they not get any timely hitting this year?  Anyone seen them play?  The box scores are all over the place... blowing leads, rallys that fall short, I can't figure it out.

That other Columbus school, the hated Otters, also have to be in the running for biggest disappointment as well.  Given that they have one of, if not the best, pitchers in D3 in Remenowski and where they were predicted to finish, to be at 4-4 in OAC play right now has to be a bit of cause for concern.  However, unlike Cap, if the Otters get hot, they can still get in the tourney.  Cap is already out of it.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 15, 2008, 06:06:43 pm
Marietta completes the sweep, winning game two 9-6.  The bats have come alive the last few days (that's what playing at Wilmington and Muskingum will do for ya - hitter's parks), and the pitching is staying consistent.....just in time for a late April - early May push.  Marietta is back to .500 on the season (14-14) for the first time since March 1st when they were 1-1; hard to believe.

They now stand alone at the top of the OAC with a 10-2 record!!
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Post by: a spectator on April 16, 2008, 04:27:50 pm
Any word yet on a BW-Mt. union score from the first game today?
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 16, 2008, 10:05:07 pm
they split today and scored a ton of runs in both games.  looks like both teams were hurting for pitching.

That makes the current OAC standings:

Marietta (10-2)
Heidelberg (9-3)
John carroll (8-4)
Mount Union (8-4)
Baldwin Wallace (7-5)
Otterbein (5-5)
Ohio Northern (4-6)

others are out of it.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 17, 2008, 10:42:51 am
they split today and scored a ton of runs in both games.  looks like both teams were hurting for pitching.

BW beat MUC 25-17?!?!  I would say that's a football score, but most years those two don't score that much on the gridiron against each other! 

p.s. I enjoyed the fact that BW only used 4 pitchers all day.  They made a lot of errors, but still 30 runs is 30 runs.  I've had days like that and it takes a lot to swallow your pride and eat innings when you're struggling simply because you know it's best for the team.  I applaud that.     
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Post by: old scot on April 18, 2008, 09:52:38 am
How is Marietta getting it done? Second to last in the conference in BA and ERA. I guess the pitching staff is getting timely strikeouts as well as the offense taking advantage of walks and timely hitting. Their defense seems to be pretty solid.
I haven't checked the remaining OAC schedule but, it looks like it should be an exciting finish to the season.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 18, 2008, 05:29:50 pm
not sure what the Conference stats are compared to the overall stats, but I'm guesing they are night and day for Marietta.  Through their first 11 games (southern trip), the pitching staff had an ERA of over 8.50.  Since then it's been a TON better.  Same with the bats.  They were hitting close to .225 after 11 games, but it's gotten a lot better since they've been up north.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 18, 2008, 08:44:47 pm
Current OAC standings:

Marietta (10-2)
Heidelberg (9-3)
Mount Union (8-4)
John Carroll (8-4)
Baldwin-Wallace (7-5)
Otterbein (5-5)
Ohio Northern (4-6)
Wilmington, Muskingum, Capital (all out of it)


Matchups for 4/19/08:

Heidelberg at Baldwin-Wallace, 1p.m.
Muskingum at Mount Union, 1p.m.
Wilmington at John Carroll, 1p.m.
Ohio Northern at Capital, 1p.m.
Otterbein at Marietta, 1p.m.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 19, 2008, 03:24:00 pm
Otterbein takes game one from Marietta 8-5.  The game was back and forth until the 7th as Marietta led 4-3, but Otterbein scored 5 unearned runs on a few costly Marietta errors, a strange reversed OUT call by the umpire at first base, and a very wierd inside the park 3-run homerun (Marietta's left fielder hit the wall and didn't throw the ball in).  To say the wheels came off would be short-changing what happenned...very strange inning after a GREAT first 6 innings; what you would expect in your typical Mar-Ott matchup.

Game two will begin shortly.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 19, 2008, 04:36:20 pm
Otterbein is carrying the momentum from the 7th inning of game one into the nightcap.....they lead 15-0 after 3 innings.  They brought the bats today!!!

This sweep will help them get right back into that fourth place spot for tournament play.


In other games:

Heidelberg took game one against B-W.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 19, 2008, 07:11:38 pm
the 2nd game with Mar/Ott has been pretty crazy.  Otterbein jumped out to a 15-0 lead after 3 innings....Marietta came back to score 15 runs in the last 6 innings but it wasn't quite enough, as they dropped the 2nd game 19-15 in the rain.

Between the wierd 7th inning in game one, all the rain, and all the scoring in game two...it was a very strange day at Schaly Stadium.

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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 19, 2008, 07:34:31 pm
Otterbein swept Marietta

Heidelberg swept B-W

Muskingum swept Mount Union (kinda surprising)

John Carroll swept Wimington

ONU and Captial postponed to Sunday

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Post by: fundamentalswin on April 20, 2008, 01:05:01 pm
Its never surprising when the team that wants it more sweeps a lifeless unfocused team... things might end up terribly disasterous for MUC
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Post by: Ryder16 on April 20, 2008, 11:50:36 pm
after this weekend , anyone wanna revise their picks for the OAC tournament... I am thinking I might !
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 21, 2008, 08:36:04 am
Marietta, Heidelberg, Otterbein (those 3 like always).....and John Carroll
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Post by: ScotsFan on April 21, 2008, 09:09:16 am
Marietta, Heidelberg, Otterbein (those 3 like always).....and John Carroll
Those look like the four I would favor at this point as well.  Amazing what a difference a weekend makes.  Just last week, there was a lot of speculation that Ott might not even make the OAC Tournament.  And why not with a DH at Marietta looming for them.  So, what do the Otters do?  They go and sweep the 'Etta Express.  And with MUC and B-W getting swept, they are once again in the tournamen picture. 

That's the OAC for ya'!  :)

So, Heide is all alone in 1st now after their sweep of B-W.  They are followed by Marietta and JCU who are 1 game back.  And Ott is now alone in 4th.

It should be fun to see how many more changes we have at the top as the regular season winds down.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 21, 2008, 09:47:57 am
Its never surprising when the team that wants it more sweeps a lifeless unfocused team... things might end up terribly disasterous for MUC

Talk about a back breaker to my tournament prediction.  Honestly, how does this happen?  I know it's baseball, that's why they play the games and all those other cliches.  But how do you score 30 runs in a DH and then 3 days later put up 3 against Musky?  When I was looking at the remaining schedule to make my picks I remember thinking "Musky basically has 3 guys hitting over .300 and their top 2 pitchers have ERA's around 5.  At worst a split for MUC and that would be a bad day."   
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Post by: old scot on April 21, 2008, 06:26:35 pm
Can Northern capture the 4 seed? If I read the schedule correctly they have  a DH with Cap and Etta. A sweep would get them in?

I guess Etta answered my own question over the weekend. It sounds like their defense let them down in the first game against Otterbein. They gave them extra outs and it came back to hurt them.
The second game seems like their  ERA is true but, give credit their team for not packing it in after being down 14 or 15 to nothing. The best thing about baseball is you have to get 27 outs before the game is over.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 21, 2008, 07:49:21 pm
Can Northern capture the 4 seed? If I read the schedule correctly they have  a DH with Cap and Etta. A sweep would get them in?

I guess Etta answered my own question over the weekend. It sounds like their defense let them down in the first game against Otterbein. They gave them extra outs and it came back to hurt them.
The second game seems like their  ERA is true but, give credit their team for not packing it in after being down 14 or 15 to nothing. The best thing about baseball is you have to get 27 outs before the game is over.

Ohio Northern needs A LOT of help.  They have doubelheaders with CAP, MUSKY, and on the road against OTT and MARIETTA.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 24, 2008, 02:03:02 pm
Does anyone have any thoughts on who the front runners are for the Special Awards?  I'll throw in my 2 cents...

Rafeld:  1) Whiteman, Musky 2) Lash, Heid 
Tekulve:  1) Evanko, JCU 2) Remenowsky, Ott
Schaly:  1) Thibeault, JCU 2) Palm, Heid

I will say that I think Remenowsky has a better chance of actually winning the Tekulve, but I think Evanko deserves to win it.     
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Post by: lhpdiggy on April 24, 2008, 10:23:33 pm
Evanko deserves it for sure
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 25, 2008, 03:51:07 pm
It seems like the JCU/Mount DH tomorrow will be the one to keep an eye on.  If MUC has any hopes of making the OAC tourney they need at least a split (and even then they would have to sweep Ott).  Unfortunately they come in having lost 8 of 9 while JCU is riding a 5 game winning streak.   

With Otterbein playing Cap anything could happen, but I'm not counting on it.  If I'm MUC or BW I'm expecting a sweep in Bexley so I better take care of business tomorrow.

With Etta sitting a game back I think they need a sweep at BW to keep realistic hopes of hosting alive (Heid's got Wilm).  Heid closes w/ JCU, so no easy task.  Then again, neither is sweeping at BW.  Should be fun.   
 
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 26, 2008, 03:33:26 pm
Marietta takes game one at Baldwin-Wallace 5-4.  Game two is under way.


*** oy yeah, and the Chiefs are on the clock with the 5 pick in the NFL draft.....I love draft day!
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 26, 2008, 05:48:25 pm
Otterbein SWEEPS Capital.

Marietta now leads game two over B-W 10-7 in the 8th.

any other OAC scores from today out there?????
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 26, 2008, 07:47:27 pm
Marietta swept B-W
Otterbein swept Cap
Heidelberg swept Wilm
Mount Union swept John Carroll (big sweep)

current standings:

Heidelberg (13-3)
Marietta (12-4)
Otterbein (11-5)
Mount Union (10-6)
John Carroll (10-6)

the fight for the four tournament spots will come down to next weekend's games. It's going to be good with JCU at Heid & Mount Union at OTT.  Marietta will host Ohio Northern.
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Post by: fundamentalswin on April 27, 2008, 12:10:07 pm
It is going to be a fun final week in the OAC... Mount finallly started playing with enthusiasm and they look like they looked about 3 weeks ago... If they can overcome some injuries and keep the enthusiasm I not only think they will make the tournament but will also have a chance to compete in the tournament.  If the enthusiasm is there this team can even play through their managerial issues
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 28, 2008, 11:15:47 am
It absolutely is going to be a fun weekend in the OAC.  JCU and MUC battling for the last spot.  Heid and Etta battling for home field.  And the match ups couldn't have worked out better to set the stage for a great finish. 

 

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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 28, 2008, 11:38:36 am
Here's a question of strategy for this weekend...

Mariotti is clearly MUC's ace.  He's 6-1 including wins at Etta and JCU.  His lone defeat was a 2-1 loss to Musky in which he went 6.1 allowing 1 ER.  Remenowsky is clearly Ott's ace and I think we all know what he's bringing to the mound.  If you're MUC's coach do you consider starting Mariotti in game 2?       
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Post by: fundamentalswin on April 28, 2008, 08:40:55 pm
I think that move is a no-brainer... Now with this move I am assuming that JCU isnt going to sweep Berg in the Peaceful Valley.  Berg is 9-2 at home this year and is competing for home field through the tournament.  If you have to win one game dont try and do it against the other ace.  MUC has some depth and otterbein has struggled at the plate during certain points in the year.  I look at it this way.  If MUC wins game one without mariotti on the mound then they are in a great position to sweep and move into the 3 spot for the tournament with mariotti on the mound game two.  If MUC loses game one then who else do you want on the mound if you NEED one win to get in.  I would want my ace out there giving me the best chance if I only had to win one game on the day.  Now if you are in the camp that believes that JCU will sweep Berg @ Peaceful valley then MUC's game plan is completely flawed
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 28, 2008, 08:54:05 pm
My opinion, and I've seen this situation many times.....throw your ACE in the short 7 inning game.  If you're going to steal a game on the road against the hottest team in the OAC, it's going to be the short game.   You need to be confident that your ACE is going to be just that, an ACE, and shut down Otterbein.  If your offense can't score a few runs off Remenowksi, then how are they going to score runs in the OAC tournament if they make it in??

Let it all hang out there and PLAY TO WIN one game; the first one.  If it doesn't work out, then your "depth" will come in handy in game two when you NEED to win to hopefully advance.  Never save your ACE in hopes that he comes through in a desperate situation, b/c if he doesn't, then you just gave away TWO games.

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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 29, 2008, 06:24:20 pm
I was hoping we would get differing opinions on this!  fundamentalswin, I absolutely agree that if you need to win 1 game to get in there's no other choice than Mariotti.  But FAR crazier things have happened this year than JCU sweeping Heidelberg so I feel like you have to assume the worst if you're MUC.  Based on that I would probably agree w/ mideastfan2 and stick with Mariotti in the short game.  By throwing him in game 2 you are all but removing the possibility of him throwing a complete game.  If he's my horse, I'm giving him the best chance to go the distance and carry us into the tourney.  Even if it is against Remenowsky (gulp).  I think it's actually Otterbein's depth that will be the issue in game 2.  With Stevens (who just threw 9 inn against Cap) and Williams, Taylor, etc. they have A LOT of quality arms to throw at you over 9 innings.  I'm not as familiar with MUC's staff beyond that I know that Thomas and Irwin have been solid.  I'm guessing those will be the main guys we will see.
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Post by: fundamentalswin on April 30, 2008, 11:49:00 am
I guess I can see that side of the arugument especially if JCU were to sweep Berg.  If that happens I would really put MUC in a bind on getting in the tourney but I just dont see that happening.  I guess I am not sold on JCU.  I am not sold on MUC either but after seeing them play each other last weekend I was really confused on how  they have got to this point in the year.  I was not impressed at all with their lineup... not alot for power and the only potent weapon was their leadoff hitter who can just cause all sorts of problems.  I was even more confused on their two starters.  From what I grasped they were JCU two best and I was baffled on how they have a top 10 ERA in the country.  MUC has issues too.  Right now they have a depth issues at pitching with an injury and poor overall performance but there is a glimmer of hope.  They have got some solid relief outings as of late and if they are managed right their bullpen numbers could be alot better than they reflect currently.  MUC also can be jekel and hyde at the plate.  Somedays all their top 6 hitters show up other days 2 of the top 6 hitters show up.  But MUC's back was against the wall last saturday and they went to JCU on senior day played well and swept.  Their backs are against the wall again on saturday because I think they will need one win against a team that has won 13 of 15.  So I guess after all of that here is my argument. 
IS MUC's #1 better than OC's #1?  Answer: Push at best and history says adavantage OC.
Is MUC's #1 better than OC's #2?  Answer: Advantage MUC. 
Is MUC's #2 better than OC's #2?  Answer: Advantage OC.

So strategy wise the win one game approach I think is the best strategy out there for two reasons.  You cant go to OC and lose both and miss the tournament after you start the year 7-1 in conference when you as a coach could prevent this by making a matchup choice.  You also cant go to OC lose both and back into the tourney with no confidence against the teams in the tournament (if this happens MUC would be 1-5 against teams in the tournament).  If you can prevent both of those by making a matchup choice then I think you make the change.  MUC has got burnt before by not making crucial coaching decisions in crunch time.  I would rather be proactive in trying to get a split than be passive.

Great discussion by the way
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 30, 2008, 02:29:46 pm
^^^^Now that's a post!  Nice job fundamentalswin.  I actually had to go get a drink before I dove in.

I'm totally with you that I don't see JCU sweeping the Berg.  But I also would never have said BW would sweep Ott or Musky would sweep MUC.  The latter of which, by the way, will be what haunts the Raiders if they miss the tourney. 

That sounds like a classic JCU team.  You'll rarely find them raking from top to bottom, but they usually have solid pitching and execute the little things to win games.  Evanko and Fort are their top 2 and with good reason.  If you can run those 2 out there, given their season's work as a whole, you have to give them a chance to sweep Saturday. 

I absolutely agree that the pitching depth is a concern for MUC.  Who is injured?  Hopefully nothing serious in any event.  Aren't 2 of the top 6 hitters freshmen?  I would expect them to be inconsistent, but people like Warner need to be the constants.   
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Post by: oacfan on May 03, 2008, 03:34:20 pm
Do we know whats going on with Heidleberg and JCU???... Marietta is washed out they will play ONU tomorrow at 1
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 03, 2008, 04:04:58 pm
^^^^ no clue.  Neither team updates their website very quickly....and I'm not sure if they're even playing today b/c of weather.

Otterbein and Mount are in the 5th inning and OTT leads 5-0. 

**** side note - Mount is throwing their ACE in game one vs Remenowski....kinda what I thought would happen, as previously discussed.  Doesn't look like it really matters, as Mariotti has given up 5 runs in the first 4 innings.  Mount will have to win game two to most likely get into the tournament.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 03, 2008, 06:43:11 pm
Otterbein wins game one over Mount Union.

Mount leads game two 8-3 in the 8th inning. (if Mount holds on for the win, they are the #4 seed in the tournament)


_______________________________________ ____

Heidelberg wins game one over John Carroll.

Game two is in a rain delay.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: oacfan on May 03, 2008, 07:39:51 pm
JCU leads game two i believe??? not sure though
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 03, 2008, 07:50:42 pm
Mount now leads 10-6 in the 9th inning.  If they hold on, which they most likely will, then John Carroll will only be playing spoiler.  A JCU win could give Marietta the opportunity to host with a sweep tomorrow.

Regardless, the OAC tournament field will be set with Marietta, Heidelberg, Otterbein, Mount Union.  The seeding will be determined after the Marietta results (and the 2nd Heidelberg game results).

Congrats to Mount Union for coming back to win game two and getting into the tournament as the #4 seed!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 04, 2008, 01:06:54 am
Otterbein and Mount Union split.

Heidelberg swept JCU.

The tournament field is set, and will be hosted by Heidelberg.

(1) Heidelberg
(2 or 3) Marietta
(2 or 3) Otterbein
(4) Mount Union

The #2 and #3 seeds will be determined after Marietta's games against ONU.  If MAR wins one game, they are the #2 seed.  Regardless, they will play OTT in the first game of the OAC Tournament.....and HEID will play MOUNT.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 04, 2008, 04:09:15 pm
Marietta took game one over ONU.

The tournament field is set:

(1) HEID
(2) MAR
(3) OTT
(4) MOUNT

I think this tournament could be really competitive.  All four teams have very solid #1 starters, and somewhat deep pitching staffs.   Whoever wins the tournament and represents the OAC in the regional will be very qualified.

My early pick is with Marietta; then again I think MAR, HEID, and OTT are all about equal and any of them could win three in a row if their bats get hot.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 05, 2008, 05:37:37 pm
I would have to agree mideastfan2.  This year's field is very competitive.  The Etta/Ott match up is intriguing.  I feel like those are the 2 teams best equipped to survive an opening loss.  And the last time Paddock and Mariotti faced off the game went 11 innings, so that should be fun. 

Kudos to MUC for rebounding from a 12-0 loss and hitting the ball well in the nightcap.  Big homers from Warner and Ferrell late for MUC.  Ferrell and Lash (Heid) are going to be fun to watch considering both are freshmen making a big impact already.

Talk about a tough pill to swallow for JCU.  Fort and Evanko gave them a chance to sweep, but they just coudn't quite seal it.  As usual, Heid got good pitching and timely hitting.  Guess that's why they're hosting...   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 05, 2008, 05:40:03 pm
Does anyone (fundamentalswin?) know why Thomas went 3 innings for MUC and then Irwin came in?  Didn't know if that was planned, Thomas got injured or they just made the switch because the coaching staff didn't think he was throwing well.  Just curious. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 07, 2008, 07:13:19 pm
O.K. OAC boys lets hear your take on this weekends tourney.( I'm going back to my roots, Wooster was in this conference when I was there.)

I like the Berg, just because I think they are playing the best at this time. I'll never count out Etta though. They seem to raise their level of play in the post season.

I thought Otterbein would have been more dominate this year with their pitching. They may be a dark horse. Mount is an unknown factor. They may take the "we are just glad to be here attitude and nothing to loose", which could make them dangerous.

It should be a wide open and exciting tournament.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on May 07, 2008, 09:50:03 pm
Dr. Acula...

You seem to be a fairly intelligent guy... Do the math
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 08, 2008, 05:08:32 pm
Marietta takes care of business in game one and beats Otterbein (and Remenowksi) 5-2.

Can't say I'm surprised at all.

Knowlton pitched very well, and the Marietta bats got to Rem early and often.  Some timely two out hitting helped as well.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 08, 2008, 08:42:40 pm
The OAC tourney went as planned, 1 beat 4 ( Berg over Mount) & 2beat 3 ( Etta over Bein). No surprises according to the seeding.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2008, 12:09:39 pm
again, I'm not surprised by this morning's outcome.

MAR - 8
HEID - 4

FINAL....Marietta advances to tomorrow's championship game. Heidelberg will play the winner of the next game between Mount & Otterbein.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2008, 02:13:05 pm
Stellar work by the Etta bullpen today.  Eschbaugh and Merryman shut out the Berg the final 4.1 innings. 

Ott leads MUC 5-2 after 5 innings. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2008, 02:59:08 pm
Otterbein eliminated Mount Union 5-3.  Doug Stevens went the distance.

Otterbein will take on Heidelberg in the losers bracket final this afternoon....the winner plays Marietta tomorrow.  Both Otterebin and Heidelberg have used up their top 2 pitchers.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2008, 03:02:14 pm
That will be a good match up this afternoon.  I'm curious to see who gets the ball for both teams.  Regardless, Etta is sitting pretty right now.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 09, 2008, 04:24:46 pm
I have got to hand it to Marietta. They had a poor start to the season and even into mid season, they didn't play very well.
Come tourney time, they always " kick it up a notch". The tourney is not over yet but, Etta certainly has put themselves in the drivers seat.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2008, 06:37:08 pm
^^^ Marietta played a very tough schedule to be ready for the end of the season...and it's showing.  They are playing extremely well right now.

Heidelberg eliminates Otterbein.  Tough season for Otterbein; the senior class had a great four years but couldn't quite get to the World Series.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 09, 2008, 08:19:48 pm
Mideast Fan,
              I don't think their early schedule has anything to do with preparing for the post-season. Etta is just manning up and playing better baseball.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2008, 11:18:33 pm
^^ I beg to differ.  I watched them play early in the year and spoke with the coaches.  They scheduled hard to make sure they played tough competition, to be ready for the post-season.  Directly from the staff.

They don't go to Texas for the chicken fried steak (although it's a nice bonus).  And playing Piedmont and Rhodes early, isn't a coincidence either.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: woosterbooster on May 09, 2008, 11:46:52 pm
I wouldn't eat a chicken-fried steak even if 500 leggy Texas blondes walked one to me all the way in Wooster.  But I agree with you that Marietta's trip to Texas had to help them.  They always seem to play their best ball at this time of year, and when you do it over and over, it's no accident.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 09, 2008, 11:56:22 pm
I wouldn't eat a chicken-fried steak even if 500 leggy Texas blondes walked one to me all the way in Wooster.  But I agree with you that Marietta's trip to Texas had to help them.  They always seem to play their best ball at this time of year, and when you do it over and over, it's no accident.
How about a steak from the Perini Ranch (http://www.periniranch.com/)...    without the blonds.  ;)

 :D
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: woosterbooster on May 10, 2008, 12:22:33 pm
How about a steak from the Perini Ranch (http://www.periniranch.com/)...    without the blonds.  ;)
 :D

Now THAT's a steak; bring it on! :)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 10, 2008, 12:24:00 pm
^^^^  haha....nice!!

the OAC title game is under way.  you can listen online through WMOA:

http://www.wmoa1490.com/
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 10, 2008, 02:54:48 pm
Heidelberg wins game one 5-3 over Marietta.

The winner-take-all game starts at 3:15pm.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 10, 2008, 06:01:19 pm
game two has been kinda crazy.  Marietta led 2-0, then Heidelberg tied it 2-2, before having a huge 5 run inning to take a 7-2 lead.  Marietta battled back, and heading to the bottom of the 9th......

HEID - 9
MAR - 8

middle of the order up for Marietta.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 10, 2008, 06:12:37 pm
Marietta gets runners on the corners with only 1 out and hits into a 6-4-3 DP to end the game.

Good luck to Heidelbrg in the Regional.....they are by far the most talented team heading to Terra-Haute.  If it's an 8-team regional, their pitching depth will show through big time!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 12, 2008, 03:25:33 pm
Congrats to the Berg.  They have played well all season and will be great representatives for the OAC.  Best of luck!  And best of luck to everyone else going forward...with their young talent they will be good for a while.  That freshmen middle infield duo is terrifying. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 12, 2008, 03:36:56 pm
Whiteman wins the Rafeld Award and Remenowsky wins the Tekulve AGAIN.  Great career for him.  Both were very deserving.

The All-OAC (or any such awards) are great fuel for debate.  I never like to say a kid didn't deserve an award, so I'll limit my comments to a couple kids I would like to have seen bumped up.  Evanko (JCU) got 2nd team.  Obviously I thought he deserved 1st team considering earlier I posted that I thought he should win the Tekulve Award.  The other one was Ferrell (MUC).  He was 3rd in the conference at .412.  He was HM.  Both are freshmen, so no surprise.  They will have plenty of time to make 1st team in the future.     
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 26, 2008, 03:43:21 pm
All-Mideast Region Teams were announced.  15 OAC guys were honored including 7 freshmen/sophmores.  Congrats to all those selected:

1st Team
Whiteman, Musk
Hiscox, Ott
Lash, Heid
Wentworth, Heid
Knowlton, Etta

2nd Team
Cimino, Etta
Ferrell, MUC
Lewis, JCU
Remenowski, Ott
Sankovich, ONU
Thomas, Heid

HM
Kovanda, Ott
Grassley, Heid
Evanko, JCU
Lowe, Heid

All-Mideast Region Teams (http://www2.muc.edu/athletics/athletics_archive/men_s_teams/baseball/2008_Season/2008_div_iii_rawlings_abca_all_mideast_region_team_announced.aspx)

Revised for formatting -- Thanks for the link.  Ralph Turner
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: WLCALUM83 on May 27, 2008, 09:59:41 am
Here's an update on Bobby Wright (played for Otterbein):

(Gateway's in the Frontier League-the link below provides his stats).

http://www.gatewaygrizzlies.com/team/stats/?type=player
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on July 28, 2008, 01:38:31 pm
First of all congrats to Remonowsky (SP?).  How do things look for the 2009 season in all schools?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on August 08, 2008, 10:31:32 am
First of all congrats to Remonowsky (SP?).  How do things look for the 2009 season in all schools?

I certainly can't talk about ALL teams, but I think it's safe to safe the favorites based purely on returning talent have to be Heidelberg and Etta.  They both have a lot back. 

BERG:  Return 5 position players that earned All-Conference in 2008.  They also return 3 pitchers that earned All-OAC recognition including their ace, David Paddock.  And based on the fact that 4 of these 8 players were freshmen in 08, I think it's safe to assume that Coach Palm has the recruiting cranked up.  A regional appearance doesn't hurt on that front either.

ETTA:  I feel like I shouldn't comment too much since mideastfan2 is the resident Etta expert, but I will just throw out there that they return 5 All-OAC performers including their ace, TJ Knowlton.  Throw in the fact that they're Marietta and it's not hard to do the math...they'll be good. 

OTT:  They graduated A LOT of talent most notably the top of their rotation.  They're at a point now where I assume that they're going to be good every year though.  Jeremy Williams and Michael Taylor will likely emerge as their top starters.

MUC:  They exploded out of the gate last year and then kind limped to the finish line.  They graduated a middle of the order guy in Andy Warner, but other than that they return the bulk of their position players as well as their starting pitching including their ace, Paul Mariotti.  The question for them is whether they can build on 08's early success and put together a consistent conference run in 09.

Those are my top 4 based on what I know today. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on August 08, 2008, 10:35:25 am
Congratulations to Dan Remenowsky.  He signed with the White Sox and reported to Bristol (VA) of the Appalachian League.

http://www.otterbein.edu/athletics/baseball/baseball.htm
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on October 01, 2008, 09:46:35 pm
Well, I guess everyone's fall season is beginning.  How do the OAC teams look?  I see that Marietta and Heidelberg have posted their 2009 schedules.  Ott has not and I didn't check the others.  Looks like Marietta going to NC this year instead of Georgia for their first trip to play some great competition. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on October 22, 2008, 12:41:53 pm
Now that fall practice has ended what are some outlooks around the league.  Anyone ready to make some perdictions on how the confrence will turnout?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on January 06, 2009, 10:09:30 am
Congrats to Marietta and Heidelberg on their pre-season ranking in the poll.  How do both of these teams look for this spring?  How many returning letterman/seniors for each? 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on January 17, 2009, 03:13:11 pm
Also congrats to Brock Whiteman on being named 2nd team, d3baseball.com Preseason All-American.  The only OAC (or NCAC) representative on the team.  Hopefully that changes after the season.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on January 18, 2009, 01:30:28 pm
Congrats to Marietta and Heidelberg on their pre-season ranking in the poll.  How do both of these teams look for this spring?  How many returning letterman/seniors for each? 

Etta has 10 returning lettermen and here is the blurb from their web site regarding key returning players:

Seven seniors, including All-Mideast Region pitcher T.J. Knowlton (Greenwich/Mapleton) and All-Mideast Region third baseman Cameron Cimino (Boardman), will anchor Marietta’s lineup this spring. All-OAC pitcher Jason Baumler (Crownsville, Md./Old Mill), second baseman/third baseman Brennan Cribbins (Middleburg Heights/Midpark), All-OAC utility player Justin Merryman (New Philadelphia), All-OAC pitcher Chris Stewart (Dublin/Coffman) and second baseman/third baseman Josh Spicer (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) will also be asked to provide the senior leadership that is a staple of the Marietta baseball program.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: lhpdiggy on January 19, 2009, 12:10:48 am
Hope springs eternal, and here is hoping that Etta and the Berg do great things this year!  If you look at the major 2008 stats it will come down to pitching again, and I am hopefull that we have some new teams in the OAC tourny.  It comes down to how the kids can be a TEAM. 

I can't wait for the games to be begin
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on February 04, 2009, 01:11:09 am
Quote
Congrats to Marietta and Heidelberg on their pre-season ranking in the poll.  How do both of these teams look for this spring?  How many returning letterman/seniors for each? 


The Berg lost three seniors from 2008. Heidelberg will be returning all 8 position players. Hitters: Jeremy Wentworth, Sr, OF, 3rd team All American, 1st team Mideast Region, 1st team OAC, OAC tournament team, .420 Avg.; Jason Lash, Soph, SS, 2 time OAC Hitter of the Week, 1st team Mideast Region, Mideast Region tournament team, 1st team OAC, .425 Avg;  Matt Grassley, Sr, OF, 3rd team Mideast Region, 2nd team OAC, OAC Tournament team, .366 Avg; Gar Keene, Soph, 2nd, 1st team OAC, OAC Tournament team, .330 Avg; Willie Brechun, Soph, 3rd, OAC Tournament team, .309 Avg; Andrew Buelow, Soph, OF, .350 Avg; Biagio Boytim, Sr, 1st, OAC Tournament team, .277 Avg; Steve Decker, Jr, Catcher, OAC Honorable  Mention , .260 Avg.
Pitchers: Dave Paddock, Sr, 6-3, 2nd team OAC; Everett Thomas, Jr, 8-1, 2nd team Mideast Region; Jake Gossman, Soph, 4-3, OAC Pitcher of the Week, OAC Honorable Mention; Andy Lowe, Soph, 5-1, OAC Pitcher of the Week, 3rd team Mideast Region, OAC Honorable Mention, OAC all Tournament team, MVP OAC Tournament; Brian Koehl, Soph, 5-1; Branden Stucky, Soph, 1-0.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on February 04, 2009, 01:40:56 am
Correction on the Berg article by Gramps: Andy Lowe was an OAC  2 time Pitcher of the WeeK. My Bad. This is all new to me, so bear with me and my mistakes.

The Berg starts their Spring Training March 1st in Port Charlotte, Fla. We plan on being there and I will keep a log of the highlights to present to the message board.

  GO BERG!!!!!!!
Title: Top Teams in OAC?
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on February 05, 2009, 08:44:08 am
How does the OAC look this year?  Hear that Heidelberg, Etta look good but how about ONU?  Heard a lot has changed in the last few years... Let me know!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on February 05, 2009, 09:04:33 am
How does the OAC look this year?  Hear that Heidelberg, Etta look good but how about ONU?  Heard a lot has changed in the last few years... Let me know!

Welcome to the boards!

The OAC board gets active later in the season, when the last ice storm has melted!  :D
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on February 05, 2009, 01:42:49 pm
Well thanks alot!!! Please, let me know your thoughts!  I am very curious!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on February 05, 2009, 02:20:14 pm
How does the OAC look this year?  Hear that Heidelberg, Etta look good but how about ONU?  Heard a lot has changed in the last few years... Let me know!

Welcome to the boards!

The OAC board gets active later in the season, when the last ice storm has melted!  :D
Or when spence's ban is lifted...  :P  ;D
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 21, 2009, 05:31:54 pm
It certainly doesn't feel like it outside, but the season is officially starting today.  Capital is down in VA playing Averett (3-6) in a DH today.  The results of game 1 haven't been posted yet.  The Crusaders then head to Myrtle Beach for a DH tomorrow and a game Monday.

The majority of the OAC will begin play the first week of March with Etta, Musky and JCU on 3/1, ONU on 3/2 and Berg and Bein on 3/4.  The rest begin the following week.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on February 22, 2009, 01:04:26 am
I certainly agree with the cold part, but according to the Berg schedule, they start the season in Florida on March 1st.  They have a game with John Jay at 10am on Sun the 1st and another game with them on Mon. at 1:30pm.  The rest of their Florida games are:

                                       3-3     Eastern Mennonite     12:30pm
                                       3-4     Bluffton                       12:00pm
                                       3-5     Winona State               7:30pm
                                       3-6     Bluffton                         3:00pm
                                       3-7     Mount St. Joseph          2:00pm

And then on 3-8, local rival Wooster, at 12:00pm.  This should be a good preview for the season.
For their final game in Florida, the Berg will meet Benedictine College at 10:00am.
On the way home, they will stop off in Demorest, Ga., for two games against Piedmont. The first game on Thursday, 3-12 at 7:00pm and the second Friday, 3-13 at 3:00pm.

Regular season starts on 3-17 vs Bluffton at Bluffton at 4:00pm.

I will be in Florida for the majority of the games and if I can get to  a laptop, I'll try to highlight each game. Looking forward to a successful and fun filled season.  GO BERG!!!!!



                                         
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on February 22, 2009, 01:07:29 am
I certainly agree with the cold part, but according to the Berg schedule, they start the season in Florida on March 1st.  They have a game with John Jay at 10am on Sun the 1st and another game with them on Mon. at 1:30pm.  The rest of their Florida games are:

                                       3-3     Eastern Mennonite     12:30pm
                                       3-4     Bluffton                       12:00pm
                                       3-5     Winona State               7:30pm
                                       3-6     Bluffton                         3:00pm
                                       3-7     Mount St. Joseph          2:00pm

And then on 3-8, local rival Wooster, at 12:00pm.  This should be a good preview for the season.
For their final game in Florida, the Berg will meet Benedictine College at 10:00am.
On the way home, they will stop off in Demorest, Ga., for two games against Piedmont. The first game on Thursday, 3-12 at 7:00pm and the second Friday, 3-13 at 3:00pm.

Regular season starts on 3-17 vs Bluffton at Bluffton at 4:00pm.

I will be in Florida for the majority of the games and if I can get to  a laptop, I'll try to highlight each game. Looking forward to a successful and fun filled season.  GO BERG!!!!!
                                       
In-region games in bold.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on February 22, 2009, 12:20:39 pm
I certainly agree with the cold part, but according to the Berg schedule, they start the season in Florida on March 1st.  They have a game with John Jay at 10am on Sun the 1st and another game with them on Mon. at 1:30pm.  The rest of their Florida games are:

                                       3-3     Eastern Mennonite     12:30pm
                                       3-4     Bluffton                       12:00pm
                                       3-5     Winona State               7:30pm
                                       3-6     Bluffton                         3:00pm
                                       3-7     Mount St. Joseph          2:00pm

And then on 3-8, local rival Wooster, at 12:00pm.  This should be a good preview for the season.
For their final game in Florida, the Berg will meet Benedictine College at 10:00am.
On the way home, they will stop off in Demorest, Ga., for two games against Piedmont. The first game on Thursday, 3-12 at 7:00pm and the second Friday, 3-13 at 3:00pm.

Regular season starts on 3-17 vs Bluffton at Bluffton at 4:00pm.

I will be in Florida for the majority of the games and if I can get to  a laptop, I'll try to highlight each game. Looking forward to a successful and fun filled season.  GO BERG!!!!!
                                       
In-region games in bold.
Thanks Ralph,   It's good to know all the information when assessing a schedule.  It shows the coaches strategy in scheduling and adds to the knowledge and enjoyment  of the season.
                                    Thanks again,
                                                   Gramps
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 22, 2009, 01:43:51 pm
I certainly agree with the cold part, but according to the Berg schedule, they start the season in Florida on March 1st.  They have a game with John Jay at 10am on Sun the 1st and another game with them on Mon. at 1:30pm.

Thanks Gramps.  I didn't go to each school's site for obvious reasons.  In fact, I was going to put an "All scheduling info per oac.org" disclaimer on my post, but I thought maybe this would be the year the OAC website would be a reliable source.  That hope didn't last long.

Enjoy Florida.  Nothing is better than sitting in the sun watching some baseball.  6 years later and my dad still talks about going to FL to watch us my junior & senior years.  I've never seen him happier.       
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 22, 2009, 01:58:00 pm
Capital split at Averett yesterday.  Dropped the opener 7-1, but rebounded to take the nightcap 9-2.

Marc St. John went 3 for 7 w/ 2 2B, 3 RBI, 3 runs on the day. 

Matt Uy was very solid picking up the CG win allowing only 2 ER.   
 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on February 23, 2009, 12:56:33 am
Congrats to the teams who won this past week.  Has anyone heard how the teams not talked about should do?  (Mount, ONU, Wilmington)

Curious who will be coming back from these teams and anyone's predictions

Thanks!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on February 23, 2009, 10:41:33 am
I look for Muskingum to make some noise this year with some new pitchers - Matt Fryer and Isaac Free.  I know Wilmington has Iles returning, don't know anything about ONU or Mount.  I am sure all will be competitive.  But I see Heidelberg, Marietta and Otterbein being the leaders in the league, imo.
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Post by: lhpdiggy on February 24, 2009, 07:49:57 pm
BW will also be in the mix.  They did extremely will offensivly and defensivly last year, and they have veteran pitching returning w/ solid younger kids that will make an impact in the rotation.  I do believe ETTA and BERG will obviously be the top TEAMS.  Ott, Mount, BW and ONU will be fighting for the other spots.  JC may surprise everyone though, even though they lost a lot of kids, it is a very solid program.  Good luck to all!!!!!!!!
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Post by: Dr. Acula on February 24, 2009, 09:08:45 pm
Capital is sitting at 2-3 after splitting w/ Alma and dropping one to Richard Stockton 29-28.  I looked it up and Richard Stockton is an actual college in NJ.  Maybe I'm the only one that had never heard of it.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 24, 2009, 09:56:32 pm
Has anyone heard how the teams not talked about should do?  (Mount, ONU, Wilmington)

I'll try to tackle MUC as best I can.  I'm no help w/ the other 2 though.

They return a lot from a team that went 11-7 in the OAC last year.  Here's my quick rundown on the key guys coming back:

Paul Mariotti (Jr, P):  He was their ace in 08 going 6-2.  All-OAC in 08.  Mariotti is just solid.  He gives them a chance to win every time out.   
Greg Ferrell (So, CF):  Hit .411 w/ 4 HR, 31 RBI and 10 SB as a freshmen.  Earned All-OAC and All-Region honors.  It will be hard to improve on that kind of start to your college career.
Cory Slaybaugh (Sr, 1B):  Hit .372 w/ 23 RBI in 08.  All-OAC in 08. 
Craig Knott (So, SS):  Hit .315 w/ 32 RBI and 23 extra base hits (5 HR).  I think it had to be the most difficult on Knott last season being a freshmen SS.  His production was very good for a freshmen.  When I was in school we had 3 freshmen battling for starting SS and it was so hard for any of them to consistently play at a high enough level to keep the job.  The lumps Knott took last year should start paying off in 09.
Connor Nell (Jr, C):  Started just over half the season.  Hit .324 w/ 16 RBI in that time though.  Looks to take over full time in 09.
Grant Sevek (Sr, OF):  Hit .331 w/ 4 HR, 25 RBI in 08.

MUC also returns their #2-4 starting pitchers and their starting 3B as well.

They have a good nucleus back and many of them are going to be around for a while.  It's really a matter of whether they can finish strong.  They started out fast last year at 7-1 in OAC play, then went 4-6 the rest of the way.  The sweep by Musky was probably the low point of the 08 season.  The sweep by Berg was up there not because they got swept, but because of the manner in which they were swept (blew a 4-1 lead in the 7th).  But they played Etta and Berg tough, so there shouldn't be that mental aspect to deal with (as much as in the past anyway).  It will be interesting to see how it plays out.       
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on February 25, 2009, 08:48:47 am
I think with Mount it will again come down to their pitching and how it is managed.  They have alot of quality arms but IMO they dont really have a direction or plan to use those arms.  If they figure something out past the starters and utilize the quality of arms they have then I think they can be more successful than last season.  If they did what they did last and lose games due to poor management of pitching assets then they will be in the mix but could find themselves on the outside looking in come tournament time
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 25, 2009, 12:45:21 pm
MUC needs better pitching in general.  Their team ERA was not good and it was downright bad after Mariotti.  I think we'll see some of those young guys numbers come down this year with a year under their belt.  If they can get consistent starts from Thomas and Irwin I think they'll be in good shape.  With what they have back if they put up numbers similar to 08 that would be a major disappointment. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 01, 2009, 02:46:35 pm
Capital swept Lyndon St. on Thursday to improve to 4-3 thus far.  Scores were 10-1 and 13-8.  Can't give you any other details as Cap's web site doesn't have anything on the last 5 games.  No offense, but how hard is it to submit box scores?  They're down south in a hotel...do hotels even have rooms WITHOUT internet at this point?   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 01, 2009, 03:08:43 pm
OK, it's the first day of March.  Marietta's weekend trip to NC was cancelled.  So I figured the best thing to do is post some links to season previews. 

BW (http://www.bw.edu/athletics/bb/features/08_09/09preview/)

JCU (http://www.jcusports.com/news/2009/3/1/BB_0301090318.aspx)

Marietta (http://pioneers.marietta.edu./baseball/archive/2008-09/20090220.html)

Musky (http://www.muskingum.edu/home/athletics/baseball/index.html)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 03, 2009, 10:25:01 am
The Berg is off to a good start, 2-0.  But before I report on the sport of baseballl, I'd like to thank
the heart of baseball.  All of the fans and followers of the Berg who came down to Florida, some
80 strong.  My congrats to the fans.
Sun - vs John Jay - 22-0 - Dave Paddock, 8 innings, 11 Ks (career best) 9 hits - Fr. Eric Biggs - 1 inning -
2 Ks 1 Go.  HITTERS:  Grassley - 4-5, Decker, Wentworth, Keene with multiple hits. Alex Monroe - HR.
Mon - vs John Jay - 21-2 - Brian Koehl, 8 innings, 5 hits - Andy Lowe, 1 inning, 2 Ks Go.
HITTERS: A. Monroe - 3-4, J. Lash - 3-5, Wentworth, Buelow, Grassley, Brechun, and Decker with multiple hits. Jason Lash - HR.
Todays game, Tues, vs Eastern Mennonite U. will be at 12:30 PMl

GO BERG!!!!!


Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 03, 2009, 07:21:42 pm
Tues - vs Eastern  Mennonite U - Berg jumps to 3-0, with a 9-0  victory.  E. Thomas throws a shutout
for 7 innings allowing 5 hits with 5 Ks.  E Biggs came in for the final 2 giving up 1 hit with 2 Ks to
complete the Shutout.  HITTERS:  J. Wentworth, 3-5, and 2 hits each for G. Keene, A. Monroe, and
T. McClarney.
The Berg was bumped up in the NCBWA top 25 poll from 8th to 5th.
Wed. vs Bluffton - 1:30 PM
Listen to the game on "www.heidelberg.edu/stacrew/mbb/xlive.htm"
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 03, 2009, 08:27:32 pm
Man that John Jay school is off to a rough start.  Drubbed twice by the Berg and I believe Musky beat them by 20 some runs also. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 04, 2009, 10:06:25 pm
The Berg goes to 4-0 with 20-1 win over Bluffton.  Jake Gossman went 5-2/3 innings allowing 3
hits with 10 Ks, followed by M Jones, 1-1/3 innings, 0 hits, B Hartman, 1 innings, 2 Ks, 1 hit, 1
earned run, and finishing in the 9th,  E Williams, 1 K, 0 hits.
HITTERS:  2 hits by G Keene, J Bault, T McClarney.  Willie Brechun had 3 RBIs and 1 HR.
Heidelberg has a team batting average of .404.

Thurs. 3-5 Winona State 1:30PM.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on March 04, 2009, 10:30:33 pm
Guys,

Not real knowledgeable on the Baseball team, but I am a Cap graduate (1998) and a regular on the football board.  I try to keep up with the other sports (basketball and baseball) and have even caught a couple of games live the last few years.

I think that Cap has some talent.  THey flashed a bit of it making the final game of the OAC tourney a couple of years ago and then collapsed last year because of a lack of pitching depth.  If they can fix that, they might have a shot at the OAC tourney.  Outside of Etta and Berg, your guess is as good as mine.  I see no reasons to dispute anything in the previous posts about MUC, BW, JCU, ONU, and the hated Otters being contenders for the other OAC spots.  But, Stevison and the St. John boys can hit, but we all know pitching and defense wins.

We'll see.  For now, it's off to the Hoops boards to see what's up with the Cap men and women (both in NCAA's this weekend)...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: lhpdiggy on March 04, 2009, 11:06:43 pm
Thanks for jumping in....it's nice to see the interest.  Looks like a little sarcasm is coming our way from the Dr.  I say the way teams set up there season season speaks volumes and we can all learn a lot from ETTA.  It will be interesting to see how the OAC see teams come out of their spring schedules, and then how they do, in the OAC.   My bet is those that take the tough road will be better off at the end of the season.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 05, 2009, 08:45:47 pm
Good point on the scheduling, lhpdiggy.  The hard part is trying to schedule a tough spring trip if you're not doing what Etta does.  If you're just going to the Gene Cusic in Ft. Myers or the Snowbird in Port Charlotte you can only do so much with it.  Look at JCU, Musky and Berg.  Check out their schedules in FL.  JCU has already played Bluffton twice and they play John Jay a second time tomorrow.  Same w/ Berg.  A lot of it is luck as far as who has spring break when you do and who decides to go to what place.  But your point is dead on.  Playing a weak schedule down south (or out of conference in general) does little to help you in the long run.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 05, 2009, 09:05:16 pm
A quick update on what's going on in the Sunshine State...

Berg (4-0)--Thanks to Gramps for all his info.  Much appreciated.  The only additional interesting things I saw were that they have won their 4 games by a combined score of 72-3.  Also, their starting pitchers have yet to allow an earned run.  Finally, Soph. Alex Monroe is off to a blazing start hitting an even .500 and slugging .929 thus far.     

JCU (5-1)--As I mentioned above they have played Bluffton twice already and will undoubtedly move to 6-1 when they play John Jay tomorrow (they beat them 19-1 the first time and everyone is abusing JJ).  Bluffton is not going to want to see an OAC team again for a LONG time after this trip.  And John Jay might not want to see anyone in the opposing batter's box for a long time. 

Musky (4-2)--Ho hum, Wes Carder and Brock Whiteman are off to good starts at the plate.  Big surprise, right?  I'm sure no one is surprised that they're hitting .478 and .474, respectively.  What I was surprised by though was taking a look at their stats and seeing that the Fish have had 5 solid starts in their 6 games so far.  They can always hit, but if they can somehow pitch a little too...

Cap (4-3)--I know they're not in FL, but this is my chance to give everyone an update.  Still no box scores on the Cap website since the Averett DH.  In case you can't tell I am still unhappy with this.  Do they miss Lenny Reich that much?  Do we need to ask JK to throw his clout around?  Do I need to make the 10 minute drive from downtown to Bexley and offer to post them myself?
 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 05, 2009, 09:37:09 pm
The Berg is now 4-1 after being defeated by Winona State 5-3."Sly" Nino Fr RHP gave up 5 runs on 7 hits. He also had 3 Ks . HITTERS: Having two hits each were M. Grassley and J. Lash, J. Wentworth had 3 hits.
 :(
Fri. 3-6 vs Bluffton at 12:00PM :
   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on March 05, 2009, 10:44:28 pm
Do they miss Lenny Reich that much?  Do we need to ask JK to throw his clout around?  Do I need to make the 10 minute drive from downtown to Bexley and offer to post them myself?

I miss Lenny that much.  The guy was a great SID.  I actually wrote him an email asking for some old stuff from my playing days and he responded and sent it to me.  Have you checked out how much MUC's websites have improved since he got there? 

However, give the SI department some slack here.  They had the womens OAC hoops tourney there this past weekend, are hosting the first and second rounds of the men's NCAA hoops tourney, and the OAC indoor Track and Field Championships are also there this week.

Lots going on.  Early season baseball is on the back-burner right now.

Finally, I wish I had that kind of clout at Cap.  Maybe if Coach Welsh (my football coach back in the day) were still AD and Lenny were still SID, then I might.  ;D
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: bballfanatic1984 on March 06, 2009, 12:37:25 pm
Does anyone know if/when BW is going on their spring trip??? How are they going to do this year, will they be able to compete with the big three? Are they sleepers in the conference?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: RSSmith on March 06, 2009, 01:34:42 pm
Does anyone know if/when BW is going on their spring trip??? How are they going to do this year, will they be able to compete with the big three? Are they sleepers in the conference?

They leave for Florida this weekend.  http://www.bw.edu/athletics/bb/sched/

They were 19-19 last year with some quality wins (e.g. DH vs. Otterbein, Haverford) and quality losses (e.g. Heidelberg, Marietta) and return a dozen players from that team, including 4 starting pitchers.  They should not be overlooked.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 06, 2009, 06:21:29 pm
JCU moved to 6-1 w/ an 11-4 win over John Jay this morning.  The Bloodhounds have allowed 119 runs in the first 7 games.  The Streaks finish up in FL w/ a DH against Becker tomorrow.  Becker is starting their season against Musky today. 

ONU lost to #22 Thiel 12-8 today.  They're now 2-3 on the season.  Just based on looking at stats, it looks like Northern's pitching is a little slow coming out of the gate.  But it also looks like some Fr/So are getting starts, so it's not a major concern. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on March 08, 2009, 03:32:11 pm
How does ONU and Wilmington look this year?  Good PItching and or hitting?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 08, 2009, 09:25:50 pm
MUC's season got off to an exciting start.  Their bus caught fire right after they crossed the border into FL early Saturday morning.  Players had to push out windows and jump out.  Luckily no one was hurt, just some damage to their belongings.

MUC split with Albion today.  Paul Mariotti tossed a CG shutout to pick up the 4-0 win in the opener.  Albion pushed across a couple insurance runs in the top of the 7th and held off MUC 7-5 in the 2nd game.  Greg Ferrell went 4-8 on the day.  Soph. Dan Henderson DH'd and went 3-7 on the day.

And JK, I'm adding Lenny Reich to my holiday card list.  The DH started at 4pm today and they had live stats, audio and the box scores are already up.  The guy is my hero.       
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 08, 2009, 11:20:45 pm
Arrived home Sat. night to much rain, indicating that our Florida baseball junket was over.

Heidelberg now has a 7-2 record after splitting a doubleheader with #13th ranked Wooster on Sun.
I have no details just the information that they were both lively games.

Dr. Acula was right about the experience of following baseball in sunny Florida.  The team was brought closer together and so were the parents and grandparents at a special get together hosted by Bob and
Julie Lowe. Much appreciated by all who attended.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 09, 2009, 12:36:50 pm
3-8 /sun: Game one - Wooster 16 - Heidelberg 12
                Game two - Heidelberg 12 - Wooster 4

3-9 Mon: vs Benedictine 2 - Berg 11 Sorry, no details.The Berg stands at 8-2 for the Florida trip.

The team will now travel to Demorest, Ga. for two games with Piedmont College, Thurs. 3/12, 7:00PM
and Fri 3/13 at 3:00PM.

Than back up North for a game with Bluffton on St. Patrick Day, Tues. 3/17 at 4:00PM.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ECSUalum on March 09, 2009, 03:38:21 pm
Scott Chiasson now pitching for Baltimore vs Mets on SNY Network.  score is 3-3
His first inning 0 runs, no hits, no errors, 1 walk, (Mets ground into DP)

Pitched just one inning

Matt DeSalvo now pitching for Mets 0 runs 1 hit no errors in his inning
 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 10, 2009, 05:35:54 pm
MUC moved to 4-1 after sweeping Waynesburg yesterday and beating Mt. St. Joe's 10-9 today. 

I took a quick look at their stats and was surprised to see 3B Nate McFarland has 7 doubles already.  He's 9-17 overall (.529).  Not too bad.

Anyone have any updates on the other teams in FL this week?  If not, I'll check later before I leave work.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 10, 2009, 07:37:14 pm
Here are the OAC teams' records through today (or at least through the early games) in order of winning %:

Ott  (1-0)   
JCU  (8-1)
Berg  (8-2)   
MUC  (4-1)   
Etta  (3-1)
Musky  (6-3)
ONU  (4-3)   
Cap  (5-5)
BW  (2-2)
Wilm  (1-2)

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on March 10, 2009, 08:51:24 pm
Who are the top pitchers in the OAC so far?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 10, 2009, 09:47:32 pm
be proud of Marietta....they are playing an extremely tough schedule in Texas on their spring trip, and are taking care of the teams from the ASC. 

They beat #3 UT-Tyler last night 6-5, and took down McMurry 11-5 tonight.  The Pioneers got a GREAT performance on the mound from freshman Brian Gasser (7 IP, 9 K's, 8 hits, 3 runs).

Tomorrow they will play UT-Dallas, and Hardin-Simmons (both teams have winning records on the year and have each played at least 15 game already).

MC is representing the OAC down south!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 11, 2009, 12:18:25 am
The Berg's bus broke down on the way to Georgia.  First it was a broken fuel line, got that fixed, than
another problem with the bus.  Hope the bad luck is only on the bus and not on the team, as they play
two games with Piedmont on Thurs and Fri. 

Whats this with all of the bus problems???   First MUC, than Heidelberg. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 11, 2009, 10:25:41 am
Who are the top pitchers in the OAC so far?

Hard to say as most guys have only made 1 start, maybe 2 at most by the end of their spring trip.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 11, 2009, 10:30:07 am
be proud of Marietta....they are playing an extremely tough schedule in Texas on their spring trip, and are taking care of the teams from the ASC.

Yeah, when I was looking for the records so far last night I saw their schedule and thought "that is a BRUTAL schedule".  But they're doing very well and definitely representing the OAC well.  Always do. 

And as was mentioned earlier, this is the kind of scheduling that prepares you for the OAC tourney and regionals later.       
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 12, 2009, 05:15:21 pm
I just pulled up the live stats for the MUC/Wittenberg game only to find that the Raiders are down 11-6 in the top of the 3rd.  My initial reaction was to feel bad for whatever youngster was taking the lumps today, but much to my surprise I find that it's Paul Mariotti on the mound.  Even stranger is that he threw a CG on Sunday so by my math that would be 3 days rest.  Please tell me I've been looking at numbers too long today and my math is wrong.  I mean, you wouldn't throw your #1 guy on 3 days rest the first week of the season, right?  Not when today's a 9 inning game and you have a DH tomorrow.  Worst case don't you have to pitch by committee today and then get your 1-2 their 2nd starts tomorrow on full rest?  Am I missing something?     
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 12, 2009, 06:22:01 pm
The Berg rescheduled their two games with Piedmont.  They played one varsity game today at 3:00PM.
The only facts that I have are that Dave Paddock pitched and got the win and that Heidelberg won
with a score of 4-0.  The second game will be played at 7:00PM tonight.  I'll report the score as soon
as I get the results. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 12, 2009, 08:22:32 pm
I feel like Paddock has been at the Berg forever.  That tends to happen when someone is good.  My guess is by the time Jason Lash graduates I'm going to swear he's been there since 2001 or something.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 12, 2009, 08:27:52 pm
MUC came back to beat Wittenberg 13-12 to go to 5-1.  They scored 2 in the 6th, 4 in the 7th and 1 in the 8th and got 6.2 shutout innings of relief from Soph. Matt Lambert to complete the comeback.  SS Craig Knott went 3-5 w/ a 2B and his 3rd HR of the season.  He's off to a good start so far.


Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 12, 2009, 09:32:15 pm
Again, I have no stats or any other info except the score, which turns out to be another win for
the Berg with a 6-4 score. This ends the Florida experience for another year.  Back to the cold north.
Brrrr!!!!! 
GO BERG!!!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on March 13, 2009, 09:27:40 am
I feel like Paddock has been at the Berg forever.  That tends to happen when someone is good.  My guess is by the time Jason Lash graduates I'm going to swear he's been there since 2001 or something.

Hence the jokes about Rocky being at Cap forever on the football boards  ;D

I mean, you wouldn't throw your #1 guy on 3 days rest the first week of the season, right?  Not when today's a 9 inning game and you have a DH tomorrow.  Worst case don't you have to pitch by committee today and then get your 1-2 their 2nd starts tomorrow on full rest?  Am I missing something?     

I personally don't disagree with this statement, although there may be some reason.  Don't we start OAC DH's soon, like next week.  Without looking at their schedules and doing the math, it could be that MUC is trying to get Mariotti another start before the OAC schedule kicks in to get him aligned with the conference games they want him to pitch????
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 13, 2009, 05:12:52 pm
MUC swept Trine (IN) today.  They're now 7-1.  They have a single game at LaGrange (GA) tomorrow and then back to Alliance. 

Joe Irwin had his 2nd excellent start of the spring throwing 6 shutout innings allowing 2 hits in a 9-0 win.  Bobby Huth went 4-5.  What a nice spot to be in having 2 catchers that can swing the bat.   Nate McFarland went 3-4 continuing his early season tear.

The Raiders took the 2nd game 10-5.  Brett Thomas went 3 giving up 3 ER.  I think it's safe to say that Irwin is the #2 right now, but Thomas is a proven starter and I have no doubt he will be back to form.   Cory Slaybaugh and Connor Nell each had 3 hits.  And freshman Kyle Von Duyke went 2-3 picking up his 1st varsity hit (at least according to the season stats).  Very cool for him.

I'll try to give some updates on the other OAC schools shortly. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 13, 2009, 05:21:38 pm
BW lost 16-9 to Thomas More.  The Jackets are 2-5 and somewhere SaintsFan is smiling.

We need lhpdiggy to let us know what's going on with BW so far since I think he's the resident BW guy.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 13, 2009, 05:40:39 pm
Musky is 7-3 after beating Bluffton 10-2. 

Through 3 starts so far Jr. Nathan VanMeter is 2-0 w/ a 2.16 ERA.   

Obviously Whiteman and Carder are known commodities, but what about the starts that these two have had:

Erik Spitzer, So:  .391 w/ 17 RBI
Colton Newell, Fr:  .390 w/ 16 RBI

For what seems like the 100th straight year, a trip through the heart of the Fish lineup looks like a nightmare for opposing pitchers. 

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: lhpdiggy on March 14, 2009, 11:21:44 pm
BW finished the FL swing at 4-6.  3 very tough losses for a number of different reasons. The kids played very well the last 2 days and are looking forward to the OAC season getting underway.  Better competition down south this year, and the old saying, "its not how you start it's how you finish" seems to carry the day for BW right now.  They have very good team chemistry with solid veteran leadership and some young guys who will suprise a few folks.  I am optimistic about this year...it should be fun!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on March 16, 2009, 11:42:24 am
Congratulations to Ohio Northern for defeating Adrian Mi. 3-0.   Looks like the young pitcher Fisher pitched very well.  By the game reports and stats, looked like Junior Miller (1-2) and Freshman Drerup (0-2)  had rough outtings, but senior Hill (2-1) had a good outting until the 6th inning.  Hope the team can continue to improve.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on March 16, 2009, 12:01:41 pm
Capital dropped three to Hanover over the weekend.  Two one run losses in a DH and a blowout 15-2 loss on Sunday's single game.

Cap is now 6-8 on the season.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 16, 2009, 05:24:50 pm
The Bergs first accolade of the season:

SR., LHP, DAVID PADDOCK is named OAC pitcher of the week for 3-16-09.  Dave is 3-0 and only allowed 1 earned run in 24 innings, with wins over John Jay, 22-0, St. Joseph, 14-0, and Piedmont, 4-0.  He had a career high 11 Ks against John Jay.

A big round of applause for David!!

GO BERG!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 17, 2009, 07:59:15 am
Further congrats to the Berg, they just jumped from 6th to 3rd in the top 25 in the D3 Baseball Poll.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 17, 2009, 08:02:24 pm
MUC lost @ Walsh today despite their 21 hits, 13-12.  They took a 12-10 lead into the bottom of the 8th, but Walsh plated 2 in the 8th and the winner in the 9th on a 2 out double.  Quite frankly I'm a little concerned about the pitching right now.  They have a number of guys that can perform, but there's a lack of consistency right now outside of a couple guys.  Hopefully just working the kinks out early on.

On to the good...8 Raiders had multi hit performances led by Cory Slaybaugh and Dan Henderson both going 4-5.  Thus far 6 of their everyday starters are hitting over .370 (including 5 over .400). 

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 18, 2009, 01:32:17 am
The Berg and Bluffton have just put on a tremendous display of firepower this afternoon at Bluffton Memorial Stadium.
     The Berg had 51 AB, 29 RUNS, AND 24 HITS;   Bluffton had 46 AB, 20 RUNS, AND 23 HITS.
      Contributing for the Berg were:
      J Bault , 4-6, 5 RUNS, 6 RBI; J Wentworth, 3-7,  5 RUNS, 1 RBI; G Keene, 3-5, 3 RUNS, 4 RBI;
      T McClarney, 3-7, 3 RBI; W Brechund, 4-6, 5 RUNS, 3 RBI; S Decker, 2-7, 3 RUNS,  2 RBI;
      J Lash, 2-3, 4 RUNS, 3 RBI, 1 HR; B Boytim, 1-4, 1 RUN, 2 RBI.
      N James, 2-0 got the win.

      The Berg, 11-2 will travel to meet Ohio Wesleyan Weds, 3-18, at 4:00pm

      GO BERG!!!
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 18, 2009, 09:53:03 am
Gramps, how is Bluffton's stadium?  I heard they were planning some major renovations but then there were some delays and problems.  How does it look?  Did they even complete the renovations?
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Post by: Gramps on March 18, 2009, 10:18:04 am
Gramps, how is Bluffton's stadium?  I heard they were planning some major renovations but then there were some delays and problems.  How does it look?  Did they even complete the renovations?
Dr. Acula,  The stadium can be seen at the Bluffton Web site.  They have pictures of the dedication, and of the memorial section. I think that they have more to do, because they only have removable bleachers for the fans.  The scoreboard is nice and big, and they have student announcers, which I think is a nice touch.
The team dugouts are pro-style, in that they are actually lower than the ballfield. You do get a god view of the ballfield from the bleachers, and there is also room for folding chairs behind home plate.  It'll be a good experience just to see the memorial.  Gramps
PS   We'll also be at todays game at Ohio Wesleyan, so I'll probably have something to write on that.
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Post by: ScotsFan on March 18, 2009, 11:18:07 am
      The Berg, 11-2 will travel to meet Ohio Wesleyan Weds, 3-18, at 4:00pm

      GO BERG!!!
Gramps.  OWU's record for the season is 5-6, not 3-18 just to let you know.   :)
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Post by: fundamentalswin on March 18, 2009, 01:59:09 pm
Scots fan...  I am pretty sure 3-18 was in reference to todays date not OWU's record

As for Mount pitching it has so many screwed up components from the coaching aspects/philosophies to overall excecution by the players that if they dont get the ship righted and soon it could prove to be another mediocre year for the Purple Raiders despite their offense
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 18, 2009, 02:53:22 pm
As for Mount pitching it has so many screwed up components from the coaching aspects/philosophies to overall excecution by the players that if they dont get the ship righted and soon it could prove to be another mediocre year for the Purple Raiders despite their offense

I was hoping you would post soon.  I'm down here trying to decipher things from stats and box scores.  What's the issue?  I would think boiling it down to it's simplest...right now they have a clear 1-2 going into OAC play in Mariotti and Irwin (although Mariotti has not been himself the last 2 times out).  Beyond that I assume you go with Thomas and Miller (?) as the other starters.  My issue has been that sometimes the coaching staff isn't sure what each guy's best role is.  The starters are clearly defined (and set in stone almost to a fault in my mind) but beyond that it's unclear.  It's hard to prepare when you don't know whether you're spot starting or closing that week.  I hope that's no longer the case, but I haven't followed it closely enough to say either way.  So what are your thoughts fundamentalswin?
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Post by: bballfanatic1984 on March 18, 2009, 07:38:31 pm
OAC is starting off this weekend. Who do you guys have winning the opening games of OAC play???
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Post by: Gramps on March 19, 2009, 12:22:40 am
      The Berg, 11-2 will travel to meet Ohio Wesleyan Weds, 3-18, at 4:00pm

      GO BERG!!!
Gramps.  OWU's record for the season is 5-6, not 3-18 just to let you know.   :)
Thanks Scots Fan , but Weds date is 3-18 not 5-6.  As for OWU's record, it is now 6-6, as they defeated the Berg by a score of 7-6.
Jason Lash led the Berg, going 2-3, w/1 run scored, and a BB.
Gar Keene went 2-4, with 2 RBI
Derek Andrzejczak had a solo blast in top of the 7th.

Brian Koehl started and went 5 innings before being releaved by Elvin Williams, who was responsible for 1HIT and getting 3 Ks.

Heidelberg now stands at 11-3.

The OAC starts Sat. 3-21 with a doubleheader in Happy Valley vs. Marietta. 1st game 1:00PM, 2nd game 4:00PM.
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Post by: Gramps on March 19, 2009, 12:55:52 am
WHOOPS!! My bad,make that "Peaceful Valley" not "Happy Valley"  where the Berg and 'Etta will meet.

By the way, the Peaceful Valley complex has been improved with the addition of seating for fans. 

GO BERGS!!!
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Post by: bballfanatic1984 on March 19, 2009, 12:39:09 pm
who do you guys have winning the Musky BW games this weekend?
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 19, 2009, 03:33:54 pm
OAC is starting off this weekend. Who do you guys have winning the opening games of OAC play???

My predictions are:

Berg/Etta split--Obviously both very good teams.  It's in Tiffin, but Etta has also played great competition on the road already this year.  I'm not sure how I feel about a series that will be this crucial in determining the conference title being played the first weekend.  As a fan I would like it later in the year.

MUC sweeps Wilm--The Quakers seem to be struggling a little.  MUC can hit, we know that, but they also should get solid starting pitching this DH too.  It will be interesting to see how the pen is used in the 2nd game, but I still like MUC to sweep.  They proved to me last year that they can sweep the series they should and this appears to be one of those cases.

Musky/BW split--My initial reaction was to go with the Fish sweep, but I'm just not confident enough to take them on the road against a BW team that I just don't know anything about.

JCU/Cap split--Basically the same as above.  JCU should sweep I suppose, but their schedule to date hasn't been great and Cap is by no means a pushover.  It's the OAC, when in doubt assume a split.   
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Post by: ScotsFan on March 19, 2009, 05:51:15 pm
Thanks Scots Fan , but Weds date is 3-18 not 5-6.  As for OWU's record, it is now 6-6, as they defeated the Berg by a score of 7-6.
Sorry Gramps.  I guess I just saw you had the Berg's record after them and I was just assuming the 3-18 following OWU was what you thought their record was...  :-\

That will teach me for not reading more carefully...  :P
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Post by: bballfanatic1984 on March 19, 2009, 07:34:43 pm
Thanks Dr. Acula
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Post by: JK on March 20, 2009, 10:29:23 am
Cap scored 10 runs in the last three innings against Kenyon to win 13-7 and move their record to 7-8.

Tommy Stevison continues to hit well with a 2-4 day at the plate.

Cap seems to be hitting really well (although for NO power... they only have 2 HR's on the year as a TEAM), but their pitching is letting them down.  We'll see how it goes with the OAC season.  I think .500 will be a realistic goal.
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Post by: Gramps on March 20, 2009, 04:02:31 pm
FYI: For those interested.  The Berg and 'Etta's doubleheader at Peaceful Valley this Saturday will be "ON THE AIR", and LIVE STATISTICS w/play by  play.  Select your choice by going on the Berg web site at:

http://www.heidelberg/edu/athletics//teams//baseball

ENJOY!!

GO BERG!!!
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Post by: bballfanatic1984 on March 21, 2009, 09:31:47 am
Good luck to all teams today... hopefully the Ohio weather will hold out for all of them
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 21, 2009, 10:35:49 am
Not sure about elsewhere, but it's clear and cool in Columbus right now. 

I'm stuck in the office all day today so I'll post score updates as I have time.   
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 21, 2009, 01:28:05 pm
As expected, we've got Paddock and Knowlton going in Game 1.  Berg struck first and is up 1-0 going to the 3rd.

BW and Musky are scoreless in the 2nd.  If I'm not mistaken, Patterson is going for Musky and Fredericks for BW. 

No luck on the other 2 games right now. 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 21, 2009, 02:14:51 pm
Etta leads 6-2 in the top of the 6th.

BW and Musky tied 1-1 in the 5th.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on March 21, 2009, 02:28:44 pm
a win for Marietta in game one will go a long way in taking any unneeded pressure off game two starter, Freshman Gasser (I'm guessing he'll be the game two starter, unless Stewart gets the nod).


Marietta now leads 7-2, heading to the bottom of the 7th.

the action can be heard live online at http://www.wmoa1490.com/
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Post by: mideastfan2 on March 21, 2009, 02:40:21 pm
Stewart came in to close out the 7th for Marietta.

FINAL

#18 Marietta - 7
#3 Heidelberg - 2
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 21, 2009, 03:02:47 pm
FINAL--Musky 2, BW 1

Both starters go the distance allowing 1 ER each, but the Fish score on a sac fly in the top of the 7th and close it out.  Brandon Fredericks falls to 0-3 and Jared Patterson improves to 3-0.     
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 21, 2009, 04:42:02 pm
Musky leads the 2nd game 4-0 going to the bottom of the 6th.  BW needs to get the bats going.

Brock Whiteman just came out of the game.  He went down grabbing his hamstring after going 1st to 3rd on a double.  Hopefully it's just a cramp. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 21, 2009, 04:44:59 pm
Etta leads 11-6 after 5.  You can't make 5 errors against a team like Marietta, they're just too good and they'll make you pay.  The good news for the Berg is there's still 4 innings to go.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 21, 2009, 05:08:56 pm
7th inning stretch time...

Musky 9, BW 0


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Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on March 21, 2009, 06:14:48 pm
Went to Ada to watch some baseball, expected to see a good game, but not as good as it was.  In game 1, Senior Brian Hill threw a 3 hit shutout, striking out 10 to lead the Polar Bears to a 4-0 win.  In game two, Davenport came out swinging and put up 4 runs.  Going into the 7th, ONU had had only 3 hits.  In the 7th, they put up 4 runs to tie the game with 2 outs, and a man on first and third.  A walk to Freshman Matt Hampshire brought up Sophomore Erik Stegman.   Stegman blasted a game winning Grand Slam to give the Polar Bears an 8-4 win.  Congrats to the Polar Bears!  BEating 21-4 (now 21-6) Davenport.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 21, 2009, 06:30:15 pm
Nice to see baseball in person again, let alone a game like that!  Good day for the Bears.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 21, 2009, 06:35:22 pm
MUC sweeps Wilm. 11-10 and 7-0.

Musky finished off BW 10-0 to complete the sweep.
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Post by: bballfanatic1984 on March 21, 2009, 08:17:46 pm
By the looks of what Dr. Acula posted it looks like BW is going to have to wake their bats up if the want to be in the OAC tourney ... Musky congrats on the sweep on the road
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Post by: lhpdiggy on March 21, 2009, 09:43:10 pm
BW will be OK w/ the bats, tough one at the yard today though, and the scores reflect it. 

In the operner Musky's Patterson and BW's Fredericks each faced 3 over the minumum and both pitched great games.  In the 2nd game, Musky's Fryer did extremely well, and BW's Jaskowak after giving up 3 earned, settled down and pitched well.  The rest is history. 

Whiteman's was injured in the 2nd game, pulling up between 2nd and 3rd w/ what appeared to be a severe hamstring pull.  He was on the floor at 3rd for quite sometime, and walked off limping.  Hope all is Ok w/ him.

Intersesting day in the OAC.  It is going to fun to be a part of it again this season!

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Post by: JK on March 22, 2009, 01:11:54 am
Cap and JCU split today. 

Cap won the opener 8-6 as catcher Zach Byers went 2-3 with 2 RBI and 2b Steve Veenstra went 2-4 with an RBI.  Josh Belknap picked up the win in relief going 2 and 2/3 and giving up only 2 runs.  Cap scored all 8 of their runs in the 5th and Belknap made the lead stand up.  JCU's catcher Chris Cairo went 3-4 with 2 RBI for the Streaks.

JCU took the second game 18-6 as Cairo went 4-5 with 4 RBI, 1b Tom Hickey also went 4-5 with 4 RBI, and 3b Brian Benander went 2-5 but scored 5 runs.  JCU's Chris Koller got the win on the hill to go to 5-0 on the season.  Cap 1b Ian Smith went 4-6 with an RBI and Veenstra went 2-5 with an RBI for Cap.  Justin Stegman took the loss for the Crusaders.

Next up for Cap is Hiram tomorrow.
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Post by: a spectator on March 22, 2009, 10:32:38 am
Congrats to Marietta on a sweep of #3 Heidelberg yesterday in Tiffin. 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 22, 2009, 03:07:11 pm
Wanted to give some comments on the MUC/Wilm DH now that I had a chance to read the game stories and box scores...

I'm worried and excited about game 1.  I'm worried because Mariotti struggled a little bit again and seemed to be having issues with his control.  He walked 5 in 2.2 innings yesterday including 4 straight in the 1st.  Luckily he's also extrememly talented so he's got strikeout stuff that gets him out of jams.  I'm very excited because the Raiders trailed 10-3 going into the top of the 6th.  They scored 7 and tied it on Slaybaugh's Grand Slam that inning, then took the lead on Knott's HR in the 8th.  That was each guy's 4th HR of the season. 

Boy is Joe Irwin throwing well for MUC right now.  He threw a CG shutout in game 2 and had his 2nd consecutive start not allowing a run.  Lewis for Wilmington had a very solid start as well (6.1 inn, 2 ER) in a game that featured all of one extra base hit combined.         
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 22, 2009, 03:22:03 pm
For the sake of conversation, here are the team batting averages as of this morning:

MUC  .379
Berg  .354
Musky  .338
Cap  .336
ONU  .317
JCU  .310
BW  .305
Etta  .295
Ott  .286
Wilm  .266
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 22, 2009, 03:26:17 pm
And here are the team ERA's...

Ott 2.38
Musky  3.22
JCU  3.57
Berg  3.78
Etta  4.86
MUC  5.81
Wilm  6.40
ONU  6.98
BW  7.12
Cap  8.59

I'm impressed by Musky's pitching numbers across the board.  Excellent opp BA, total runs allowed, etc.  I think that's the surprise so far to me.  Only time will tell if they can keep it up.
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Post by: fundamentalswin on March 22, 2009, 03:34:44 pm
The win in game one of MUC/Wilmington was blessing and curse at the same time.  The win is great MUC gets off to a great start and eventually moves to 2-0 in the conference but the curse is more worry some.  Knowing the staff there nothing is going to change in philosophy because the results were a win.  The problem stems from the entire approach.  The team has a great depth of quality arms but you would never know that from the box scores because the depth isnt utilized.  Certain people get more opportunities than others plain and simple instead of things being earned and there being a living breathing bullpen fueled by competition thus establishing a pecking order in those roles from the closer on down to the long reliever.  Couple that with an expectation of the starters finishing the game instead of getting as many quality outs as you can and utilizing depth.  The problems with Mariotti are mental but are compounded because there is very little teaching of pitching by the coaching staff and thus when someone struggles there is not support system.  For him to get on the right track he has to trust his stuff again and pound the strike zone on a consistent basis with multiple pitches
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 22, 2009, 04:08:38 pm
That's not what I wanted to hear fundamentalswin!  But sadly, as a former MUC baseball player myself I know all too well what you're referring to.  That's what I meant in my post the other day regarding the starting rotation being set in stone.  If guys aren't answering the bell you need to give other guys a shot. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 22, 2009, 06:47:56 pm
Jusy like like last year, the Berg has lost the Conference openers to Marietta.  After the loses last year, the Berg went on to a 13-1 run in the next 14 games, and this years team is potentially a better team than last years.  It will be up to the team leaders to inspire their team mates to play up to that potential.

As to yesterdays game one, J. Wentworth and W. Brechun had 2 hits each, and Travis McClarney racked up the first HR of his collegiate career.  Good going "T-MAC".

In game two, J. Wentworth had 3 hits, 1 run, and 1 RBI, while T. McClarney had 2 hits.  But the hit of the day, was Derek Andrzejczak's, pronounced (Andrej - chak), GRAND SLAM in the 3rd inning. Great job, Derek.

     Next game: Denison at Granville  -  Tues. 3/24  -  4:00PM

     GO BERG!!!
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Post by: JK on March 22, 2009, 07:52:30 pm
Cap beat Hiram today to even their record at 9-9.
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Post by: Gramps on March 24, 2009, 12:07:01 am
Some thoughts on my visit to Peaceful Valley last week.  They are continuing with the renovations with the addition of 102 stadium seats.  I hear that bleachers will be added behind each section of seats.
Also, a new scoreboard was partially completed behind right center field. Have not heard when it will be completed.  Will add updates as they are being done.
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Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on March 24, 2009, 01:59:54 pm
Curious what everyone thinks of this weekends games...

LOTS of OAC matchups! 

Let me know!
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Post by: bballfanatic1984 on March 24, 2009, 08:31:13 pm
Marietta will sweep Cap
Heidelberg will sweep Musky
ONU will split with MUC
BW will split with JCU
Otterbein will probably sweep Wilmington*


*havent seen Otterbein in OAC play yet so not too sure
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 24, 2009, 09:32:02 pm
Cap beat Hiram today to even their record at 9-9.

And MUC beat them today 14-0.  They must be a little light in the offense department to get shutout by the Raiders!   
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 24, 2009, 09:39:25 pm
Marietta will sweep Cap  Agree
Heidelberg will sweep Musky  Agree
ONU will split with MUC  Just to change it up I'll take MUC to sweep.  Plus I'm a homer, obviously.
BW will split with JCU  Agree
Otterbein will probably sweep Wilmington*  Agree minus the "probably" part.  I guess I haven't seen them either but Ott has good pitching, Wilm has poor hitting...I think this is the 2nd safest pick behind Etta.


*havent seen Otterbein in OAC play yet so not too sure
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Post by: lhpdiggy on March 24, 2009, 10:31:12 pm
Musky's Whiteman did not play today against Wittenberg, they dropped 2.  That kid can flat out hit, and I hope he is on the mend soon. 

The weather is not looking good for NE Ohio this weekend, so I say anything goes for those of us playing up North. 

BW's bats will come around, lets hope it starts w/ DII Lake Erie tomorrow.

Best of luck to all!

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Post by: Gramps on March 25, 2009, 12:49:36 am
Congrats to "THE BERG" on their 11-6 victory over Denison on Tues. at The Big Red Ballpark.

Also, a pat on the back to B. Boytim, "Killer Bbs", on having a great game: 4-5, 2 RBIs, and 2 Rs.
Chipping in with 2 hits each were:  M. Grassley, J. Lash, D. Andrzeczak, and S. Decker.

A big tip of the hat to Elvin Williams on his first collegiate win. I'm sure that it will be the first of many for this fine young pitcher.

THE BERG meets Case Western Reserve up in Cleveland on Weds. 3-25-09 at 4:00PM.

GO BERG!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on March 25, 2009, 09:32:02 am
THE BERG meets Case Western Reserve up in Cleveland on Weds. 3-25-09 at 4:00PM.

Good luck getting that one in...  :P
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on March 25, 2009, 09:34:21 am
Marietta will sweep Cap  Agree
Heidelberg will sweep Musky  Agree
ONU will split with MUC  Just to change it up I'll take MUC to sweep.  Plus I'm a homer, obviously.
BW will split with JCU  Agree
Otterbein will probably sweep Wilmington*  Agree minus the "probably" part.  I guess I haven't seen them either but Ott has good pitching, Wilm has poor hitting...I think this is the 2nd safest pick behind Etta.


*havent seen Otterbein in OAC play yet so not too sure

Ill agree with the Marietta Sweep over Cap
Ill say Heidelberg will split with Musky
After watching ONU play this past week i would have to go to the opposite end and say that they will Sweep or split with MUC
Otterbein SHOULD sweep Wilmington
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 25, 2009, 11:58:21 am
Ill agree with the Marietta Sweep over Cap
Ill say Heidelberg will split with Musky
After watching ONU play this past week i would have to go to the opposite end and say that they will Sweep or split with MUC
Otterbein SHOULD sweep Wilmington

I liked the Musky split as my change of pace pick, but I'm not sold if Whiteman is out.  I wasn't confident enough to back them against the Berg minus the OAC POY.  But then I go ahead and pick a team with inconsistent pitching to sweep.  Guess that's why I stick with my day job.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on March 25, 2009, 09:08:51 pm
The Etta Express rolls on....defeated Denison tonight 8-1 Jason Baumler gets the win - congrats to the young men of Marietta.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: bballfanatic1984 on March 25, 2009, 10:36:59 pm
BW beat Lake Erie today 12-8. Brian Boveington had a really nice game and Freshman Josh Scott pitched really well... its good to see good pitching performances from the young Jackets
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 26, 2009, 12:33:40 am
THE BERG meets Case Western Reserve up in Cleveland on Weds. 3-25-09 at 4:00PM.

Good luck getting that one in...  :P
Thanks "ScotsFan", the rain held off, and the weather was no problem as Heidelberg U posted a 21-2 victory over Case Western Reserve U.
Double "B", Sr, 1st, Biagio Boytim had his second "Awesome Day" in a row, with a 4-4, 5 RBIs, and 2 Runs scored.  Contributing were J. Lash, 3-4, 1 RBI, 3 Runs; G. Keene, 3-4, 1 RBI, 2 Runs, W. Brechun, 3-5,   2 RBI, 1 Run. and T. McClarney, and  S. Decker with 2 Runs each.

Special mention goes to Elvin Williams, whose family and friends, from nearby Euclid, were there to cheer him on.  He rewarded them by hitting an in-the-park Grand Slam  HR as he went 2-2 at the plate with 4 RBIs.

Nathan James, So, RHP,  picked up his third win of the season while limiting Case to 3 hits over 5 innings and picking up 4 Ks along the way.

Sat 3-28-09 vs Muskingum - DH - 1:00PM  and  4:00PM at New Concord.

GO BERG!!!
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Post by: Gramps on March 26, 2009, 11:49:21 pm
FYI!!  For fans of both Heidelberg and Muskingum:  Muskingum will air Saturdays doubleheader at:

http://www.muskingum.edu/home/athletics/broadcast.html

Enjoy the games.

GO BERG!!!
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Post by: Dr. Acula on March 27, 2009, 04:11:53 pm
I'm going to be in the office all day tomorrow so I will post updates as I can.  The good thing is I can keep tabs on 3 games at once (Berg and MUC via live stats and 1 of the other 2 via audio).  Marietta may have live stats, I should check...

Have a good weekend everyone and let's hope the rain holds off!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 27, 2009, 05:28:31 pm
I'm going to be in the office all day tomorrow so I will post updates as I can.  The good thing is I can keep tabs on 3 games at once (Berg and MUC via live stats and 1 of the other 2 via audio).  Marietta may have live stats, I should check...

Have a good weekend everyone and let's hope the rain holds off!
Dr. Acula: Just checked the weather forecast for New Concord on the weather channel.  Rain is supposed to hold off until late PM.  We will be coming down for the games. 
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Post by: mideastfan2 on March 27, 2009, 06:01:29 pm
I'm going to be in the office all day tomorrow so I will post updates as I can.  The good thing is I can keep tabs on 3 games at once (Berg and MUC via live stats and 1 of the other 2 via audio).  Marietta may have live stats, I should check...

Have a good weekend everyone and let's hope the rain holds off!

Marietta always has LIVE stats and AUDIO.

stats at - http://www.marietta.edu/athletics/


audio at WMOA - http://www.wmoa1490.com/




Marietta improves to 10-3 with a win over Washington & Jefferson this evening, 10-7.  Tyler Penwell hit the go ahead grandslam in the 8th inning for the Etta Express.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 28, 2009, 08:34:09 am
FYI!!!   MUSKINGUM AND HEIDELBERG FANS:

GAMES CANCELLED FOR TODAY . EXPECT 80% CHANCE OF RAIN AT 4:00PM AROUND NEW CONCORD.

WILL NOTIFY ALL WHEN I KNOW RESCHEDULE DATE.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on March 28, 2009, 08:39:54 am
ONU @ MUC is on for today...

First pitch of the day has been moved up to 1215 pm
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 28, 2009, 10:19:31 am
Marietta always has LIVE stats and AUDIO.

stats at - http://www.marietta.edu/athletics/


audio at WMOA - http://www.wmoa1490.com/

Thanks mideast, I figured they did but I usually listen to their audio since it's the best of all the schools.

And thanks fundamentals for the heads up on the ONU/MUC game. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 28, 2009, 10:38:00 am
FYI:    MUSKINGUM AND HEIDELBERG FANS

BOTH COLLEGE WEBSITES HAVE THE GAMES RESCHEDULED FOR 1:00PM TOMORROW, BUT THE WEATHER CHANNEL PREDICTS RAIN SHOWERS FOR  SUNDAY, SO BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR SCHOOL'S WEB SITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 28, 2009, 10:54:59 am
hopefully the weather holds and teams can get games in today (or Sunday)

Schedule:

Capital at Marietta (postponed to Sunday)
Ohio Northern at Mount Union
John Carroll at Baldwin-Wallace
Heidelberg at Muskingum (postponed to Sunday)
Wimington at Otterbein (Sunday)


OAC Standings:

Mount Union             2-0    (10-2)
Marietta                  2-0    (10-3)
Muskingum               2-0    (10-6)
John Carroll              1-1    (10-4)
Capital                    1-1     (7-9)
Otterbein                 0-0     (6-5)
Ohio Northern           0-0     (8-7)
Heidelberg                0-2    (13-5)
Baldwin-Wallace        0-2     (6-8)
Wilmington               0-2     (3-9)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 28, 2009, 12:23:34 pm
Well, my plan to update scores has already hit a bump as MUC has elected to go live audio for the baseball game and live stats for softball since both are at home.  The only problem is that "live audio" once again today actually means "Non-stop Oldies" as opposed to play-by-play.  Hopefully the game will come on at some point, but first pitch was at noon and it's still not on.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 28, 2009, 12:31:34 pm
Ahhhhh, the game is a half hour late starting.  It looks like I may be getting some audio of the ONU/MUC game after all.  And there's a link for live stats now too.  I knew my alma mater would come through for me!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 28, 2009, 01:59:10 pm
MUC leads ONU 6-0 middle of 5.  Mariotti has 8 K's and 1 H allowed through 5 for Mount.

Marietta/Cap and Berg/Musky are ppd until Sunday at 1pm.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 28, 2009, 02:02:31 pm
BW leads JCU 11-4 after 5.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 28, 2009, 02:47:08 pm
Final--BW 13, JCU 5

Both teams are now 1-2 in OAC play.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 28, 2009, 03:41:56 pm
Through 4 innings...ONU 3, MUC 1
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 28, 2009, 04:12:57 pm
ONU 6, MUC 1 after 6.

The Bears have scored all 6 of their runs w/ 2 outs.  If you're MUC, you just have to get out of one of those innings without damage.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 28, 2009, 05:53:23 pm
Final--ONU 11, MUC 7. 

The Bears get multi-hit efforts from 6 guys.  They really bounced back nicely when you consider they were facing the OAC leader in ERA in game 2 a half hour after being 2 hit.  That's a great sign if you're an ONU fan because they refocused and battled back for the road split. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on March 28, 2009, 09:33:38 pm
Tried to get Updates for the ONU/MUC game but it looked like SP Brian Hill in game one had no help.  After the first 2 innings looked like he settled down and pitched well.  Marriotti seemed tough on the hitters, though in game 2, ONU Pounded the ball.  Congrats to both teams.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 29, 2009, 09:29:53 am
Marietta vs Capital has now been rescheduled for Monday at 4pm.
Heidelberg at Muskingum has been moved to Monday.
Wilmington at Otterbein has been moved to Monday as well.


ONU and Mount split yesterday.  (7-0 MTU, 11-7 ONU)
JCU and BW split yesterday as well.  (13-5 BW, 7-3 JCU)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 30, 2009, 08:21:50 am
HEIDELBERG AT MUSKINGUM  Games on, sunny and 47 at 1:00PM and sunny and 53 at 4:00PM in New Concord. 
Listen at Muskingum web site.
GO BERG!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: bballfanatic1984 on March 30, 2009, 02:13:48 pm
Can BW still play for an OAC spot in the playoffs with a 1 and 3 record, and still having to go through the big three (MUC, BERG, Marietta)?

Hopefully all the OAC teams that didn't play over the weekend can get their games in.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 30, 2009, 05:42:45 pm
Berg swept Musky today.  They're both 2-2 in the OAC now.  Didn't catch the score of game 1, but game 2 was 7-3.  It was tied 3-3 after 6.  Hopefully Gramps will have some details for us later.

Also, Etta was leading Cap 4-2 in the 5th inning of their game.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 30, 2009, 06:08:04 pm
Marietta wins game one against Capital 7-2.  Knowlton gets the complete game victory.

Marietta takes game two 4-3 in come from behind fashion.  Cimino hits a 3-run HR in the 6th, and Merryman came in to get the final 9 outs for the save.

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Otterbein sweeps Wilmington
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 30, 2009, 08:36:56 pm
updated standings....


Marietta 4-0
Otterbein 2-0
Mount Union 3-1
Heidelberg 2-2
Muskingum 2-2
John Carroll 2-2
Ohio Northern 1-1
Capital 1-3
Baldwin-Wallace 1-3
Wilmington 0-4
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 30, 2009, 11:47:52 pm
Berg swept Musky today.  They're both 2-2 in the OAC now.  Didn't catch the score of game 1, but game 2 was 7-3.  It was tied 3-3 after 6.  Hopefully Gramps will have some details for us later.

Also, Etta was leading Cap 4-2 in the 5th inning of their game.
Game 1 - Heidelberg - 8      Muskingum - 4
Game 2 - Heidelberg - 7      Muskingum - 3

First, congrats to Biagio Boytim, on  acheiving the honor of the OAC "HITTER OF THE WEEK".

D. Paddock pitched 6-1/3  allowing 7 Hits, with 7 Ks. A. Lowe finished the game for his 3rd save of the year

Leading the hitters were B.Boytim, 2-4, 1 RBI, J. Wentworth, 2-3, and G. Keene and M. Grassley with 2 RBIs each.
 Steve Decker contributed with a towering HR over the LF fence.

In game  two, E. Thomas pitched 5 innings with 5 HITS and 7 Ks.  A.Lowe came in to relieve in 6th and got his first win of the season with a 1 HIT and a 3 K outing.


The Berg came up with 3 runs in the 6th inning  to tie the Muskies with a 2 RBI dbl by B.Boytim and an RBI by M. Grassley.  They went ahead in the 7th with a walk to J. Wentworth, a dbl by J. Lash, and a pinch hit single by D.Andrzejczak.  Two insurance runs were added in the 8th.

Leading the hitters, were B. Boytim, 2-5, 2 RBIs, 1 Run and J. Lash, 3-5 (2 Dbls)
3 RBIs AND 1 Run. Chipping in with 1 Hit each were D. Andrzejczak, J. J. Ciennik, M Grassley and W. Brechun.  J. Wentworth scored 2 Runs.

Heidelberg takes a two-game break from league action beginning with Division II the University of Findlay tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. at Peaceful Valley. The Berg then hosts Ohio Wesleyan University on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. before entertaining OAC foe Otterbein College on Saturday. Fans are reminded that they can follow all the action for the week online at www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/mbb/xlive.htm.





























Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 31, 2009, 08:43:10 am
Marietta has some tough non-conference action this week....

Tues - Franklin (Ind).
Wed - at Wooster
Thurs - at Ohio Wesleyan

and back to the OAC with a DH on the road at John Carroll this Saturday.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on March 31, 2009, 10:53:01 am
First, congrats to Biagio Boytim, on  acheiving the honor of the OAC "HITTER OF THE WEEK".
I nominate him for name of the week honors as well!   ;D
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: bballfanatic1984 on March 31, 2009, 06:43:46 pm
BW beat Case Western today 9-1. Good win for the Jackets! Luthman pitched a very good game. Nordquist threw 2 guys out one stealing second and the other he picked off at first.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 31, 2009, 06:44:27 pm
in non-conference action, Marietta defeated Franklin (Ind). tonight 18-4.  Marietta got a great pitching performance from Baumler, who threw 6 strong innings.

They also had 7 Homeruns on the day....2 each from Cimino and Beaty.  Cimino now has 4 in his last three games.

Tomorrow, the Etta Express heads to Wooster, and then travels to Ohio Wesleyan on Thursday.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 31, 2009, 07:46:53 pm
First, congrats to Biagio Boytim, on  acheiving the honor of the OAC "HITTER OF THE WEEK".
I nominate him for name of the week honors as well!   ;D

Thanks ScotsFan,  he's named after his grandfather with that very proud Italian first name and his father's  Czechoslovakian last name.  Sort of rolls off the tongue, doesn't it.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 31, 2009, 08:03:52 pm
I really have no stats, but Heidelberg took 10 innings to defeat Findlay 7-6.  Thats five
Ws in a row, taking their record to 16-5.

Heidelberg next meets Ohio Wesleyan on Wed. at 4:00PM at home. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on March 31, 2009, 09:53:48 pm
How does any team play without a pitching coach... Ohio Northern has NO pitching coach... what are reactions to this
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: bballfanatic1984 on March 31, 2009, 10:44:55 pm
How does any team play without a pitching coach... Ohio Northern has NO pitching coach... what are reactions to this

I would try and talk to the coach or talk to the AD about that. See if they could bring in a pitching coach. If they don't agree about bringing in a pitching coach... then that might not be a program you would want to be a part of. But to answer your question I think its terrible that ONU has no pitching coach. Pitchers need some sort of direction. THey need a coach that can look at a pitchers mechanics and tell you when you are doing things right and things that you are doing wrong. Thats the only way a pitcher can get better is by having someone critique their mechanics. I have to ask you a question though... What pitcher would want to go to a school that doesn't have a pitching coach?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 01, 2009, 11:07:16 am
I will never understand this.  When I went to MUC we had a pitching coach.  He helped us with mechanics and the like, but his biggest job was mental stuff.  He was great at reading our players and knowing how to motivate/calm/critique/praise each guy in the most effective manner.  When he left our head coach took over as pitching coach and our staff suffered.  You just can't expect the head coach to be the pitching coach unless he has such strong assistants elsewhere that he can devote almost 100% of his time to the pitchers.  Pitchers are weird and I think it would be very difficult to coach them if you've never pitched.  This is especially true of the mental aspect.  There's a certain mindset when it comes to the battle with the batter and you can't understand it unless you've done it.

I guess that was a longwinded way of saying I think ONU's situation is a shame.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 01, 2009, 08:31:08 pm
I think its ridiculous too.  My son played baseball against Senior Brian Hill, and my son was coached in pitching by Brian also.  He said that Brian knew all of his stuff and helped with mechanics and the mental approach... possibly this is where the pitching gets its leadership?  If not him, im not sure who then, because they are a young staff.  My son also said that Brian is going to coach him again when he returns to Dayton this summer.  It is just a crying shame that there is no COACH guidance to help this situation.  If you hadn't noticed, i am a fan of ONU just because of what Mr. Hill has done for my son and his high school team.  Im not trying to be bias on any of these posts, i just wanted to get some reaction to this tragedy.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on April 01, 2009, 10:04:03 pm
While I completely understand the problem at ONU and sympathize with the concerns you are making just understand that no pitching coach may be better than the wrong pitching coach.  Let me tell you that it has been my experience that the wrong pitching coach not only does not fill his job description.  He doesn't teach, he doesn't motivate and he doesn't manage and the big question is what does he do?  Well the answer is nothing but make the continuous wrong decisions that talent has to overcome if MUC is to win ball games.  Having no coach is bad but having the wrong coach who is incompetent at his job makes the situation worse than having no coach at all.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 01, 2009, 10:35:37 pm
I know some people might read fundamentals' post and think "Now that's just a bitter MUC guy railing against the coach."  Well, I'm not one of those people because I would have written pretty much that exact post when I was at MUC myself.  And I was even one of those guys in the good graces that always got the ball, even when I didn't deserve it.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 01, 2009, 10:47:46 pm
He said that Brian knew all of his stuff and helped with mechanics and the mental approach... possibly this is where the pitching gets its leadership?  If not him, im not sure who then, because they are a young staff.

Every team needs the veterans to step up and lead.  They can set the tone in practice, in preparation, etc.  Brian already has the responsibility of being a front line starter for them.  He should be an example in practice and help out the young guys as much as he can, but his primary job is to work on HIS stuff to help ONU win games.  I feel sorry for him if he has to wear both hats, so to speak because that's not fair to him or his teammates.  And I also feel sorry if there's no one there to help him if he's struggling with anything himself. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 01, 2009, 11:03:00 pm
Dr. Acula,
I just spoke to my son who said he called Brian today.  I guess Brian threw against Defiance today 3 & 2/3 innings, 2 hits, 6 k's.  Got the W.  He asked him if Brian was the basic pitching coach, but Brian said most younger guys looked to him for answers and he gave them those answers, but it was hard to get answers for his own pitching.  I guess the team Tapes Brian while he is on the mound and in the bullpen and he takes hours out of his nights to look over the tapes and figure out what he is doing wrong.  Talk about a strong kid...   I just wish they would get someone in there to help these boys.  They are GOOD pitchers, with GOOD arms, but no one to look to but a lonely senior.  My son said he could tell Brian seemed stressed, but from what i have seen, BRian is happy-go-lucky and just loves to play the game.  Some day, i wish this coach would listen up and realize he NEEDS a pitching coach.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 02, 2009, 12:45:37 am
Just got home from "Happy Valley" on the Heidelberg campus, and the Berg fans are happy again today as they beat Ohio Wesleyan in 11 innings by the score of 6-5. After being behind most of the game, the Berg tied the game and went into extra innings. In the Berg half of the 11th inning, L. B. 
Emrhein started things off with a single, followed by a walk to J. Wentworth bringing up Jason Lash to the plate.  He responded with a RBI single to right field driving in the winning run.  B. Boytin had  a HR, G. Keene had 3 RBIs, and A. Lowe got the win.
     Sorry for the abreviated summary of the game, but it's getting late, and it was a long drive home.



















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Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on April 02, 2009, 10:32:09 am
Dr. Acula,

Fact is that I am living it now and even though I make these comments and it may seem I get the shaft the opposite is true.  I play but the simple truth to anyone wondering why MUC isnt competitive on a consistent basis cannot be based on the talent level at the school.  They have loads of talent whether it is hitting it throwing it or catching it but unforutatley if MUC EVER wants to compete at the levels of Marietta, Heidelberg, and Otterbein it has to develop the people who throw it.  There is loads of raw talent at the Jr and So. level on this team but the simple truth is that despite their experience and some good leadership by players the majority of these players (Jr. and So.) are still the same pitchers they were in HS.  I am pretty sure Mideastfan and Gramps will tell you that doesnt happen at the elite schools in this conference. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 02, 2009, 11:51:01 am
fundamentals, I'm on the same page as you.  I wasn't implying that you were a guy mad about not playing.  I was trying to say quite the opposite because I thought non-MUC people might mistakenly read your post that way.  I guess what I was trying to convey (albeit poorly) was that those of us that went to MUC know exactly what you're talking about and we feel your pain.  Anyone that has been in the program knows exactly what you mean and it has nothing to do w/ whether that individual starts or never plays.  If you attended practice every day, you know what you're talking about.  Your comment about juniors being no better than when they came in is my biggest gripe in a nutshell.  Sure there is some level of progress, but it's due solely to increased practice time, more games and physical maturation over your HS years.  Somewhere in that equation should be fine tuning your skills as a player based on input from coaches.  Until that improves they will be fighting for the 4th spot most years.


Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 02, 2009, 03:48:00 pm
Sorry about the abreviated version of the Heidelberg win over Ohio Wesleyan last night.  As exciting as the 11th inning was, it would have never happened without the heroics of a couple of other timely hits by J. Wentworth with a RBI single and G. Keene with a single that plated two runs to tie the game in the 9th inning.

Many thanks to the Berg players for an exciting and entertaining game.  It shows the character of both the team and the training of the coaches that you are never beaten till the last out. 

Heidelberg now stands at 17-5 and will meet Otterbein Sat. 4-4-09, for a conference doubleheader
in Peaceful Valley begining at 1:00PM.

GO BERGS!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on April 02, 2009, 07:42:47 pm
im new here but i gotta agree with both Dr. Acula and fundimentalswin. i cant see how a team can operate without a pitching coach. I also have seen what happens when bad coaching sets in. ive seen high school coaches who allow a whole 5 minutes for a pitcher to warm up, then go right on the mound to throw 120 pitch bullpen sessions. then no ice. he doesnt believe in ice. I found in interesting that this topic has come up right when ONU played Defiance College this week. DC's pitching coach is Mark Sankovich from Poler Bear and 2008 First-Team All OAC and All Mid-east Region fame.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: bballfanatic1984 on April 02, 2009, 08:27:33 pm
Congrats to BW for beating the number 7 team in the nation Wooster. The bats really came alive, they won 17-8... if the jackets keep playing like that they could earn a berth to the OAC playoffs
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 02, 2009, 09:07:25 pm
Congrats to BW for beating the number 7 team in the nation Wooster. The bats really came alive, they won 17-8... if the jackets keep playing like that they could earn a berth to the OAC playoffs

That's a good win for the Jackets.  Didn't they beat CoW last year also? 

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 02, 2009, 10:47:45 pm
Well, we might as well start talking about our first full slate of OAC games Saturday.  I'll be the sacrificial lamb and make my predictions first.

BW @ ONU -- Split.  Too close to call for me.
Marietta @ JCU -- Pios sweep again.  Nothing made me even consider JCU splitting this one. 
Musky @ Wilm -- Fish sweep.  The Quakers don't seem to be very strong this year.
MUC @ Cap -- Split.  I picked MUC to sweep last week and look what happened.  I'm saying split based on the reverse jinx coupled with Cap's pitching looking fairly solid against Etta.  That being said, MUC really NEEDS to sweep here.   
Ott @ Berg -- Berg sweeps.  This was the toughest call of the week for me.  I really think Ott has the pitching to win, but I know nothing about their lineup this year.  Berg is hot so I said eff it, maybe they'll sweep.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: lhpdiggy on April 02, 2009, 11:06:48 pm
2nd year in row for BW over Wooster.  The kids got fired  up after dropping the 2nd game last Saturday to JCU.  It should be really interesting how things unfold as we get deeper in the season.  BW's defense had some issues today, but they can hit and the pitching is coming around. 

As far as the coaching (pitching) goes, at the end of day the kids are playing college ball, and they need to find help, either w/ the coach they have or elsewhere.  You would be amazed at the help the kids can get if they just ask.

Good luck to all this weekend



Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: bballfanatic1984 on April 02, 2009, 11:43:09 pm
Well, we might as well start talking about our first full slate of OAC games Saturday.  I'll be the sacrificial lamb and make my predictions first.

BW @ ONU -- Split.  Too close to call for me.
Marietta @ JCU -- Pios sweep again.  Nothing made me even consider JCU splitting this one. 
Musky @ Wilm -- Fish sweep.  The Quakers don't seem to be very strong this year.
MUC @ Cap -- Split.  I picked MUC to sweep last week and look what happened.  I'm saying split based on the reverse jinx coupled with Cap's pitching looking fairly solid against Etta.  That being said, MUC really NEEDS to sweep here.   
Ott @ Berg -- Berg sweeps.  This was the toughest call of the week for me.  I really think Ott has the pitching to win, but I know nothing about their lineup this year.  Berg is hot so I said eff it, maybe they'll sweep.


I well have to agree on all of these except i think BW will sweep ONU since they are pumped after a big win over Wooster, and they are playing with a chip on their shoulder from last weekend losing that second game to JCU. They have won 5 out of the last 6 games as well.

And i would have to say MUC will sweep Capital. Marriotti pitched his heart out last weekend earning pitcher of the week, and i think that will get them jump started to have a good weekend this weekend. They have a solid lineup and i think the flood gates are going to open with the bats on this game for MUC.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on April 03, 2009, 12:38:14 am

Marietta @ JCU -- Pios sweep again.  Nothing made me even consider JCU splitting this one. 


that being said, am i missing something in the strength of JCU's schedule or something? keeping my eyes on the top 25, i keep seeing them receiving votes week in and week out. i know it is never enough to get close to the actual top 25, but i was just curious. do they have an actual claim to these votes or just a couple of buddies in the media in cleveland.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 03, 2009, 08:37:34 am

Marietta @ JCU -- Pios sweep again.  Nothing made me even consider JCU splitting this one. 


that being said, am i missing something in the strength of JCU's schedule or something? keeping my eyes on the top 25, i keep seeing them receiving votes week in and week out. i know it is never enough to get close to the actual top 25, but i was just curious. do they have an actual claim to these votes or just a couple of buddies in the media in cleveland.

this is just my guess, but I've been around long enough to have some sort of knowledge on the subject...they started off looking strong with a good spring trip, although they dind't play any good competition.  At that pint they started receiving votes in the poll b/c of their record.  Once a team receives some votes they usually just stay the course and keep receiving a few votes here and there (if they are near the bottom of the top 25) b/c it's too much work for every pollster to research every team.

It's sort of the same thing as a team starting the year in the top 5 and going 13-5, versus a team starting at number 25 and going 13-5.  You are going to maintain your starting position, and usually not rise or fall too many spots as long as you keep winning some games.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on April 03, 2009, 09:35:28 am
I wouldn't put too much credence in the BW win over Wooster after the 11 game the night before with Marietta, many pitchers used, etc.  The same for the OWU win over Marietta last night.  Again, both teams have used many pitchers and are saving #1 and #2's for conference games this weekend.  Marietta has played 5 games this week.  Not sure how many Wooster has played.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 03, 2009, 11:19:28 am
this is just my guess, but I've been around long enough to have some sort of knowledge on the subject...they started off looking strong with a good spring trip, although they dind't play any good competition.  At that pint they started receiving votes in the poll b/c of their record.  Once a team receives some votes they usually just stay the course and keep receiving a few votes here and there (if they are near the bottom of the top 25) b/c it's too much work for every pollster to research every team.

I have nothing to add other than to say that this is very well said.  The point about teams at the bottom flying under the radar because there is not enough time to research all those teams is very true.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on April 03, 2009, 09:17:25 pm
I wouldn't put too much credence in the BW win over Wooster after the 11 game the night before with Marietta, many pitchers used, etc.  The same for the OWU win over Marietta last night.  Again, both teams have used many pitchers and are saving #1 and #2's for conference games this weekend.  Marietta has played 5 games this week.  Not sure how many Wooster has played.
Wooster used 5 different pitchers in yesterday's loss at B-W.  Four of them were freshmen.  All of whom have only appeared in 5 or fewer games and the Scots' final pitcher of the night, who the Jackets touched up for 5 runs was only making his 2nd appearance of the season.  And the lone non-freshman pitcher was a jr. who also leads the Scots for having the highest ERA on the team...  And it was still anybody's game through the 6th, until B-W finally found separation in the last 3 innings.

I still say that was disappointing to see Wooster's young pitchers not step up when finally given the opportunity to prove themselves...

Nice win for B-W, but Wooster put all their big guns out the night before in that 11 inning slugfest with regional rival and nationally ranked Marietta.  And they threw out their sacrificial freshmen to take one for the team last night as they were saving their experienced arms for their 4 conference games this weekend.
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Post by: lhpdiggy on April 03, 2009, 09:54:59 pm
Thanks for the "nice win" comment ScotsFan....2 years in a row feels pretty good.  Good luck using those big guns this weekend against NCAC Hiram, followed by NCAC Kenyon.  Maybe those sacrificial freshman can bounce back against Case at Progressive.

GO OAC!
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Post by: Gramps on April 04, 2009, 01:07:26 am
Otterbein Visits Peaceful Valley Saturday
Fans can follow the action online with live statistics, including play-by-play, or listen live with Heidelberg's WHEI 88.9
Weather forecast: Sunny - 50 degrees - Looks like good baseball weather.  Come out and enjoy the game, and if you can't, either follow on live stats or on radio.  First game starts at 1:00PM
and the second game will began at approximately 4:00PM.

GO BERG!!!
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 04, 2009, 02:11:30 pm
Scores so far...

Berg 3, Ott 2 (top 6th)

JCU 5, Etta 2 (bottom 4th)

MUC 4, Cap 0 (bottom 4th)
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 04, 2009, 03:11:16 pm
Game 1 finals...

Berg 3, Ott 2.  Paddock goes to 5-1 on a solid effort today.

JCU 5, Etta 3.  Pios made it interesting loading the bases in the 7th, but couldn't score.  According to the JCU stat tracker Marietta made 6 errors.

MUC 9, Cap 0.  Mariotti followed up his Pitcher of the Week line (CG shutout, 2 H, 10 K) with another strong one today: 6 shutout innings, 1 H, 8 K.
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Post by: bballfanatic1984 on April 04, 2009, 04:15:09 pm
BW beat ONU first game 8-4
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 04, 2009, 04:27:38 pm
Lots of offense so far in the 2nd games...

Berg 12, Ott 7 (bottom 3).  Starters retired 3 batters combined in this one.

MUC 8, Cap 0 (bottom 2)

JCU 4, Etta 2 (bottom 3)
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 04, 2009, 05:50:55 pm
Updates...

Marietta 9, JCU 7 (top 8)

MUC 17, Cap 7 (top 7)

FINAL--Berg 15, Ott 8.  Great job by the Berg bullpen.  9 IP, 2 R.   
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Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 04, 2009, 08:58:25 pm
ONU has TERRIBLE coaching.  I went to the game and watched as Brian Hill was pulled with 2 outs, bases loaded in the 6th with a tie game, pitching to a person who was 1-3 vs him with a bloop single.   The next pitcher came in and gave up a triple, to make the game 7-4.  THIS IS LUDACRIS.  ONU NEEDS a pitching coach.  The fact that he was pulled right after he struck out a batter, regardless if he walked the next, is stupid.  It was HIS game to lose, no one elses.  All of the fans were in agreement and felt sorry for the kids as they watched this happen. 

In the second game, Justin Miller DOMINATED.  He pitched all 9, but threw almost 150 pitches.  Once again... NEED a pitching coach for these kids.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 04, 2009, 09:13:27 pm
I'm glad that I was smart enough to know that putting the ) after top 8 in that score update would make that face appear.  Shows how much I know.

Summary of today:

Marietta and JCU split.  JCU takes game 1 (5-3) and Etta takes game 2 (15-13)  Looked like there were a lot of errors too, but that's based on stat tracker only.  A little surprised the Streaks scored that many runs today, but I'm also the moron that said I didn't even consider the possibility of a split. 

Berg swept Otterbein 3-2 and 15-8.  I'm waiting on Gramps for the details as I'm assuming he was in attendance.

MUC swept Cap 9-0 and 21-7.  Cap's pitching struggles after they looked decent against Marietta last week.  I would say Mariotti is the front runner for Pitcher of the Week except...

ONU and BW split.  BW wins the 1st 8-4 and ONU takes the 2nd 2-0.  Miller's effort for BW in the 2nd game is going to have to get him Pitcher of the Week, IMHO.  BW's bats had been hot and he absolutely shut them down.  9 inning complete game 3 hit shutout w/ 11 K.  Wow.  Great performance.     
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 04, 2009, 09:21:58 pm
In the second game, Justin Miller DOMINATED.  He pitched all 9, but threw almost 150 pitches.  Once again... NEED a pitching coach for these kids.   

I'm a proponent of pitch counts.  I think they should be used as a guide, but I also think you have to take into account the kid, how he feels, the situation, etc.  That being said, I think approaching 150 is a little much regardless of any other factors. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 04, 2009, 09:36:12 pm
ONU has TERRIBLE coaching.  I went to the game and watched as Brian Hill was pulled with 2 outs, bases loaded in the 6th with a tie game, pitching to a person who was 1-3 vs him with a bloop single.   The next pitcher came in and gave up a triple, to make the game 7-4.  THIS IS LUDACRIS.  ONU NEEDS a pitching coach.  The fact that he was pulled right after he struck out a batter, regardless if he walked the next, is stupid.  It was HIS game to lose, no one elses.  All of the fans were in agreement and felt sorry for the kids as they watched this happen.

I see your point about giving Hill the benefit of the doubt considering he's a senior and your ace, but allow me to play devil's advocate for a moment.  My guess is the coach had the following thought process:

"It's the 6th inning and we're tied.  Hill sandwiched a couple K's around a walk, but then he threw a wild pitch, walked the pinch hitter and gave up a single to the 9 hitter to turn the lineup over.  Kidd hasn't hit him well, but he's also a .436 hitter.  Do I want to risk it if Brian is getting tired or do I think my pen can get me 1 out?" 

Obviously I wasn't there so I have no clue what I would have done in his shoes, but I wanted to take a stab at his logic.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on April 04, 2009, 10:22:20 pm
That being said, I think approaching 150 is a little much regardless of any other factors. 

150 is crazy. i threw 165 in hs and my 72 mph fastball put 0 strain on my arm. i slept with my arm over my head and woke up the next morning with my arm stuck over my head. so stiff i couldnt move it down. i can only imagine how he is going to feel the next couple of days.
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Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 05, 2009, 01:26:33 am
Dr. Acula,
I see your point and agree with it.  If the pitcher had been warmed up, i would completely agree.  The pitcher was the Right Fielder, who had warmed up only a handful of pitches in the bullpen.  That was my biggest concern with everything.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 05, 2009, 11:21:18 am


Berg swept Otterbein 3-2 and 15-8.  I'm waiting on Gramps for the details as I'm assuming he was in attendance. Quote from Dr. Acula

I can't disappoint Dr. Acula.

Game 1 was a pitchers duel with D. Paddock coming away with his 5th W of the season and gaining 9 Ks along the way. A Lowe came in the last inning for his 4th Save .

G. Keene started the scoring by driving in J. Wentworth who had walked than R. Lizcano, DH, drove in Keene and B. Boytim, on base with a walk, with a 2 RBI double.


Now game 2 was a different story as Otterbein started off the 1 st inning with a 6 run opening before E Williams was called upon to quench the flames. Releiving for the 5th & 6th innings was S. Nino, 1 Run, 3 Ks.  Closing was B. Koehl with 2 Ks. E. Williams got the W for his 3rd of the season.

The Berg came back with 3 runs in the 1st, 9 runs in the 2nd and 3 more runs along the way.
J. Wentworth, 3-5, 2 Runs and B. Boytim, 3-5, 4 RBIs, 3 runs, with one of his hits being a HR, led the comeback.  G. Keene, 2 Hits, L. B. Emrhein, 2 Hits, with one of them being a 3 Run HR in the 2nd inning. J. Lash scored 4 Runs. R. Lizczno added 2 RBIs.

Next for The Berg: Capital for a Conference Doubleheader on Weds. 4-8-09 

GO BERG!!!



Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on April 05, 2009, 11:39:36 am
I was in Columbus, so I caught the last few innnings of the second game of Cap-MUC.  It was 10-6 in the top of the 5th when I got there.  MUC got their leadoff guy on but cap got two outs before giving up three more runs.  Then MUC started plating runs in bunches as Cap's pitching and defense went to hell.  The final ended up 21-7 in 9.

It was 21-7 going into the bottom of the 9th.  I made the joke that I didn't think we could score two touchdowns that late, since we were playing Mount.  Everyone laughed.  (I only WISH the score of the football game was that close, actually).

Disappointed I didn't get to see Mariotti pitch in the first game...

Cap has some issues.  They have some experience in the field, but their staff, especially their relief corps, is young and it really showed yesterday.  Once they got close, Cap's pitchers couldn't keep them close.

MUC, especially their position players, look like MEN.  They have some big guys.  And they can swing the stick.  A pretty significant wind was blowing in yesterday, but there were a couple of guys that hit some balls that might have been real deep on a calm day that only went to the warning track or off the fence.  In fact, when I made my joke with the reference to MUC football, one of the Cap parents said "I think some of these guys play football too, at least they look like it."

Cap doesn't have anyone big.  They're all kind of skinny, lanky kids or short stocky kids.  Tommy Stevison was really the only Cap player who looked like he could have been sitting in the MUC dugout.  Some weightroom time might not hurt.

I should qualify this by saying I haven't seen any other OAC baseball teams, but, much like their football team, when MUC gets off the bus, I bet more than a few folks say "Wow."
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 05, 2009, 12:06:41 pm
Dr. Acula,
I see your point and agree with it.  If the pitcher had been warmed up, i would completely agree.  The pitcher was the Right Fielder, who had warmed up only a handful of pitches in the bullpen.  That was my biggest concern with everything.   

I noticed it was Katana that came in.  Tough to bring a guy into a situation where he HAS to throw strikes if he's not loose.  I'm sure all Katana was doing was making sure he got it over the plate...don't walk in the run, at least make Kidd beat you with a 2 out base hit.       
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 05, 2009, 05:23:12 pm
MUC dropped a 9 inning non-conference affair to Walsh U. today 9-6.  Walsh is now 2-0 against MUC and 9-19 against everyone else.  I always hated losing to Walsh because I felt like they always nickel and dimed us to death.  You'd leave thinking "How'd they score X runs?  Their lineup stinks.  They have 6 kids hitting below .300"   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 05, 2009, 06:11:57 pm
Musky swept Wilmington today 8-4 and 12-10.  Fish are 4-2 in conference, Quakers are 0-6.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 07, 2009, 07:25:27 am
Congrats to Andy Lowe on being named the OAC "Pitcher of the Week"

The Berg Plays Capital Weds. 4-8-09.  Games are at 1:00PM and 4:00PM

GO BERG!!!
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Post by: a spectator on April 07, 2009, 09:57:56 am
Congrats to Cam Cimino of Marietta on OAC Hitter of the Week also. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 07, 2009, 11:44:10 pm
Predictions for Wednesday:

ONU @ Wilm:  ONU sweeps
Etta @ MUC:  Etta sweeps
BW @ Ott:  Ott sweeps
Cap @ Berg:  Berg sweeps
JCU @ Musky:  Split

Considering this is the OAC we're talking about, the fact that I have only 1 split is absurd.  I wanted to pick MUC to split, but my reverse jinx worked last time at Cap so I have to ride it out.  Next closest in my mind was BW.  If they were playing in Berea I take a split. 
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Post by: fundamentalswin on April 08, 2009, 09:47:00 am
Marietta @ MUC has been postponed to tomorrow at 1pm
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 08, 2009, 02:51:46 pm
Berg is up 12-0 on Cap in the 7th.

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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 08, 2009, 02:52:52 pm
Of course as soon as I post they give the score of this game...

Ott 7, BW 5 after 5.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 08, 2009, 03:53:08 pm
FINAL--Ott 8, BW 7.

Kreisher hits a 2 run HR in the 7th w/ 1 out, but Ott holds on.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 08, 2009, 06:16:07 pm
Wilmington sweeps ONU 12-3 and 14-13.  Scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th to win the 2nd game. 

Berg sweeps Cap, winning the 2nd game 8-3.

BW gets a big road split at Otterbein. 

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 08, 2009, 07:50:19 pm
JCU got a key sweep at Musky today.  They held the normally potent Musky lineup to a grand total of 1 run on the day.  1-0 (10) and 5-1 were the finals.

Thankfully I wasn't betting the mortgage on the games because I went a very solid 1 for 4 on my predictions (with the '1' being Berg sweeping last place Cap...aka the lay up).  Don't worry, I didn't throw my shoulder out patting myself on the back for that one!
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Post by: bballfanatic1984 on April 08, 2009, 10:53:22 pm
Dr. Acula this question is for you, and anyone else who wants to answer.

We are now wrapping up the 4 round of games and heading into the weekend for the fifth round. Out of all the teams in the OAC who do you think will be the four teams in the OAC playoffs? And who are the teams that are on the bubble right now?
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 08, 2009, 10:57:00 pm
Does anyone know why the Etta/MUC DH was postponed?  Was the field in bad shape?  I saw on the MUC website that the softball team played Cap at home.  In the pic the girl is wearing sunglasses!  Just curious.  I'm guessing this means we'll likely see a Knowlton/Mariotti match up thanks to the extra day off.  Let's hope so because that should be a good one.

Changing topics...has anyone seen Otterbein in person this season?  I can't figure them out so far.  BW gave them all they wanted today.  I will definitely make the short jaunt to Westerville soon.  Much safer than going to a Cap game!    
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 08, 2009, 11:17:09 pm
Dr. Acula this question is for you, and anyone else who wants to answer.

We are now wrapping up the 4 round of games and heading into the weekend for the fifth round. Out of all the teams in the OAC who do you think will be the four teams in the OAC playoffs? And who are the teams that are on the bubble right now?

I think I should wait until after that ppd DH tomorrow, but as of this second...

Locks:  Etta, Berg

Probable:
JCU:  I put them next because they have a win against Etta in their pocket.  They blew a crucial sweep by splitting w/ Cap, but they got back to even by sweeping Musky today (hence why I said I thought it was a big sweep). 

Contenders:
MUC:  They've swept the 2 worst teams and split w/ ONU.  I was down on their split w/ ONU after the Bears' performance today, but you have to remember MUC faced Hill and Miller I believe.  Wilm faced their 3 & 4 today.  Bottom line, they're where they need to be, but a win tomorrow helps them immensely. 

Ott:  They're in a position they're not used to recently...playing the old sweep the bottom, steal a game from the top and split w/ everyone else game.  They're used to being one of "the top".  That being said they haven't lost any backbreaking conference games yet.  And they still have Etta on 4/18 at home.

Musky:  Same as above.  The only reason I have them below Ott and MUC is because I'm a little concerned after today.  1 run in 17 innings?  Not confidence inspiring.

BW:  I won't count them out yet.  Good split today.  That Musky sweep still hurts.  They need to sweep MUC to get back in this thing. 

Out:
ONU:  Today killed them.  But they're going to be a thorn in some sides the rest of the year.  With their 1-2 they have the potential to ruin some seasons.

Cap/Wilm:  Just not their year.   

 
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Post by: lhpdiggy on April 08, 2009, 11:46:57 pm
I was at the first BW/OTT game today and it could have gone either way.  Hayes pitched for OTT and he has a great bender but I don't think he was landing it today.  The top of the line up for BW seem to sit on the FB and hit it hard w/ Kriesher getting 2 HR's w/ the help of the wind(at least on the 2nd one).  They are very athletic up the middle, and in LF and RF.  Kidd got another SB, so if you are fast and smart.....?????

Good luck this weekend and tell Knott he is much better that what he thinks he is.....he is a stud in my book

Thanks

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Post by: inthecrease on April 09, 2009, 12:25:52 am
Dr. Acula,

Granted we will get to see knowlton/mariotti tomorrow, but what do you think that will do to the game against the berg this weekend seeing how the princes had a throw away game today and an extra day rest then the raiders. I remember last year where the raiders were 6-0 in oac play entering this week and were 7-3 by the end of the week and their dynamic of the season changed from a regular season championship to fighting for 4th. This just seems like deja vu all over again.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 09, 2009, 12:52:28 am
Jason Lash hit for the CYCLE in Game 2 with a double in the 1st, an RBI single in the 2nd, followed by a 2 Run HR in the 4th and a triple in the 6th. "It took 19 years to get this (THE CYCLE)" said Jason as he presented the game ball to his grandfather.  What a thrill.
Jason was 4-5, 3 RBIs, 1 Run, while G. Keene and S. Decker had 2 Hits each.
Reliever Brandon Stucky, 1 Hit and 3 Ks, got his 1st W of the season  by an 8-3 score over Capital.

In game 1, DHer R. Lizcano, 4-4, 2 RBIs, 3 Runs; B. Boytim, 3-4, 1 RBI, 3 Runs; L. B. Emrhein, 2-2, 1 Run; and G. Keene, 2-3, 2 Runs led the way to a 12-2 Win  over Capital.
Brian Koehl pitched a good outing with 4 Hits and 6 Ks.

Sat. 4-11-09:  The Berg vs Mount Union 1:00PM and 4:00PM

GO BERG!!!

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 09, 2009, 08:41:36 am
Dr. Acula,

Granted we will get to see knowlton/mariotti tomorrow, but what do you think that will do to the game against the berg this weekend seeing how the princes had a throw away game today and an extra day rest then the raiders. I remember last year where the raiders were 6-0 in oac play entering this week and were 7-3 by the end of the week and their dynamic of the season changed from a regular season championship to fighting for 4th. This just seems like deja vu all over again.

I understand the frustration, but that's what you get with weather up north.  PLUS, the main thing is that regardless of how the season goes, if you want to do well in the post-season, you need THREE or more quality pitchers.  And an opportunity like this (playing DH's so close to each other), shows a team's true pitching depth.

If a team is good enough to make the post-season and play deep into it, then they should have no problem playing 4 games in three days.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 09, 2009, 11:34:20 am
Dr. Acula,

Granted we will get to see knowlton/mariotti tomorrow, but what do you think that will do to the game against the berg this weekend seeing how the princes had a throw away game today and an extra day rest then the raiders. I remember last year where the raiders were 6-0 in oac play entering this week and were 7-3 by the end of the week and their dynamic of the season changed from a regular season championship to fighting for 4th. This just seems like deja vu all over again.

First off, as usual mideast and I are in agreement.  The thing that separates the top teams from the rest of the conference is depth of pitching.  Is there that much  difference between Marietta's 1-9 and say MUC, Musky or BW's?  Probably not a ton.  Where Etta, Berg and up until this year Ott have pulled away is pitching depth.  It's not a coincidence that that's Marietta's calling card and they've been consistently a top program. 

As for your specific question, I honestly think that if MUC wakes up Sunday morning sitting at 7-3 that's a HUGE victory for them.  If they go 2-2 against Etta and Berg they're in great shape to make the OAC tourney.  But I think there is tremendous pressure on them today to at least split.  In particular, I think this could be the biggest start of Mariotti's career.  If he pitches well and they win the opener that relieves tons of pressure.  If he pitches poorly and they lose, then the pressure mounts on Irwin because he knows they have Berg Saturday with their 3-4 (not exactly a recipe for success considering you're going to see Paddock). 
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Post by: a spectator on April 09, 2009, 03:23:25 pm
Marietta wins first game 6-4.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on April 09, 2009, 04:05:19 pm
Mark Sabatino is starting for mount. saving irwin for a showdown against paddock on saturday. 1-0 etta, top 2
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 09, 2009, 05:22:52 pm
this one is going to be HIGH scoring....Mount has come back to score 10 runs in the last 2 innings.

End of the 5th

MC - 7
Mount - 10
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Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 09, 2009, 06:45:19 pm
ONU vs JCU

Positives for ONU- Miller/Hill get start, younger guys stepping up

Negatives for ONU- Wilmington..., starting 1b Robinson suspended for a week, defense


who wins and why
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 09, 2009, 07:07:30 pm
MUC gets the split winning the 2nd game 19-11.  Berg, Etta and MUC all 6-2 now.
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Post by: Gramps on April 09, 2009, 08:31:03 pm
MUC gets the split winning the 2nd game 19-11.  Berg, Etta and MUC all 6-2 now.

You're right Dr. Acula, big showdown at MUC  this Sat. as they go head-to-head with the Berg.
I'm anticipating a couple of very exciting and hard played games.  Good Luck to both teams.
Normaly I'd be there, but we celebrate Easter on Sat. with our families.  We will be following the
action on the computer in between festivities.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 09, 2009, 08:54:10 pm
Bummer about the timing Gramps.  That would be a good one to see.  I'm interested to see how MUC approaches the pitching match ups.  They saved their #2, Joe Irwin, for Saturday.  Will they start him game 1 to use their best guy in the 7 inning game?  Or will they avoid Paddock and let Irwin start the 2nd game as he's accustomed to?  I don't know who's getting the ball in the other game.  Brett Thomas?  Maybe Erik Miller since he only threw 2 innings today?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on April 09, 2009, 08:57:44 pm
i would expect to see irwin pitch the first game against paddock since last year the raiders handled paddock pretty well. they really had problems against andy lowe. game 2 will probably be pieced together. see miller for a few, thomas, colly, and wise. atleast thats how i would approach it if i were at the helm
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Post by: fundamentalswin on April 10, 2009, 11:36:53 am
inthecrease,

Clearly you have never benn around the MUC program...

The logical thing to do is always the last possible option and that is if logic was ever an option to begin with
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 10, 2009, 11:59:25 am
Curious, does anyone remember when the last time someone "Hit for the Cycle" in the OAC.  Let me hear from some of the Baseball Gurus.  Thanks in advance for your input.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 10, 2009, 06:22:48 pm
I've only been following OAC baseball for around 10 years, but I don't remember any off the top of my head.  The Cycle is rare in general so when you factor in 7 inning games the majority of the time the odds are even less.  It's hard to get 4 hits in a 7 inning game, let alone the Cycle! 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 10, 2009, 06:49:38 pm
I've only been following OAC baseball for around 10 years, but I don't remember any off the top of my head.  The Cycle is rare in general so when you factor in 7 inning games the majority of the time the odds are even less.  It's hard to get 4 hits in a 7 inning game, let alone the Cycle! 

Dr. Acula: Jason Lash's Cycle was in game 2, and usually game two is a 9 inning game. He was actually up one more time after he got the Cycle and he drove the ball to fence where the left fielder caught up to it.
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Post by: DenisonFan on April 10, 2009, 06:52:39 pm
In 2006, in the NCAC, Denison player Todd Pitt hit for the cycle in a game in Florida -- and hit Johnny Pesky, too.

http://tinyurl.com/d935rw
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on April 10, 2009, 07:05:33 pm
here is what i have found from researching every schools media guide i could find online (i have that kind of free time)

OAC Cycle:
April 12, 2001 - Mike Van Schepen for Muskingum vs. Wilmington
May 12, 1994 - Chris Matejcik for B-W vs. Mount Union

Non-OAC Cycle:
April 14, 2005 - Mike Farrell for B-W vs. Hiram
March 12, 2001 - Steve Conter for B-Wvs. Thomas More (Ky.)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 10, 2009, 08:24:46 pm
Dr. Acula: Jason Lash's Cycle was in game 2, and usually game two is a 9 inning game. He was actually up one more time after he got the Cycle and he drove the ball to fence where the left fielder caught up to it.

I guess I was saying that it's obviously harder to do it in 7 and between FL, non-conf DH and the first half of OAC DH there are a lot of 7 inning games.  So it just cuts down the chances even more thus making it more impressive to me.  I couldn't have hit for the cycle in a season so I'm jealous.

p.s. Thanks inthecrease for the research. 

Title: OAC action - 4/11/09
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 11, 2009, 09:40:22 am
we are almost halfway through the OAC season, here are today's matchups....

Heidelberg at Mount Union
ONU at John Carroll
Wilmington at Marietta
Musky at Otterbein
Capital at B-W


current standings:

Marietta                (6-2)
Heidelberg            (6-2)
Mount Union         (6-2)
John Carroll          (5-3)
Muskingum           (4-4)
Otterbein              (3-3)
Baldwin-Wallace   (3-5)
Ohio Northern       (2-4)
Wilmington            (2-7)
Capital                  (1-6)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 11, 2009, 02:11:59 pm
Game 1 in Alliance is flying by...

Berg leads 2-0 middle of 5. 

Paddock has OWNED Mount thus far.  4 innings, 1 hit and three 1-2-3 innings.  Irwin gave up 2 in the first and has settled in now tossing 4 straight scoreless frames himself.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 11, 2009, 02:39:25 pm
Game 1 in Marietta....

The Pioneers scored 4 in the bottom of the 6th, capped off by a big 2-run HR by Cimino, to take a 8-6 lead.  Wilmington got a lead-off HR in the 7th to narrow the score at 8-7, but left the tying run on third as the last two batters struckout.

FINAL
Wilmington - 7
Marietta - 8
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 11, 2009, 05:16:01 pm
Other game 1 finals:

Berg 3, MUC 0

Ott 12, Musky 8

BW 1, Cap 0

ONU 5, JCU 4
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 11, 2009, 05:28:50 pm
Marietta caps off sweep of Wilmington.

Heidelberg caps off sweep at Mount Union.

Marietta (8-2)
Heidelberg (8-2)
Mount Union (6-4)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 11, 2009, 05:33:58 pm
Great pitching from Berg today...2 runs in 16 innings to an offense like MUC's is outstanding.  Mount got pretty good pitching as well.  Irwin settled down and gave up only 1 run the final 6 innings of game 1 and the bullpen work of Wise and Griffith in game 2 was fantastic (8 IP, 1 R).  Rocky starts in both games combined with good Berg pitching did the Raiders in today. 

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 11, 2009, 05:45:09 pm
I'm not gonna lie...yesterday if someone had offered me Marietta -3.5 runs for the DH against Wilm I would currently be homeless. 

Along the same lines...if someone had offered me over under on runs scored by BW in game 1 against Cap at 1.5 I would likewise be homeless.  I think I would have taken the over without thinking up to probably 7.5 

That's why baseball is great.  Also why I don't gamble (for further evidence, see my predictions every week on this board).
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 11, 2009, 07:04:29 pm
results & new standings:

Marietta sweeps Wilmington
Heidelberg sweeps Mount Union
Otterbein sweeps Muskingum
ONU and John Carroll split
B-W sweeps Capital


Marietta (8-2)
Heidelberg (8-2)
Otterbein (5-3)
Mount Union (6-4)
John Carroll (6-4)
Baldwin-Wallace (5-5)
Muskingum (4-6)
Ohio Northern (3-5)
Wilmington (2-8)
Capital (1-9)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bears54 on April 13, 2009, 09:15:18 am
ONU has TERRIBLE coaching.  I went to the game and watched as Brian Hill was pulled with 2 outs, bases loaded in the 6th with a tie game, pitching to a person who was 1-3 vs him with a bloop single.   The next pitcher came in and gave up a triple, to make the game 7-4.  THIS IS LUDACRIS.  ONU NEEDS a pitching coach.  The fact that he was pulled right after he struck out a batter, regardless if he walked the next, is stupid.  It was HIS game to lose, no one elses.  All of the fans were in agreement and felt sorry for the kids as they watched this happen.

I see your point about giving Hill the benefit of the doubt considering he's a senior and your ace, but allow me to play devil's advocate for a moment.  My guess is the coach had the following thought process:

"It's the 6th inning and we're tied.  Hill sandwiched a couple K's around a walk, but then he threw a wild pitch, walked the pinch hitter and gave up a single to the 9 hitter to turn the lineup over.  Kidd hasn't hit him well, but he's also a .436 hitter.  Do I want to risk it if Brian is getting tired or do I think my pen can get me 1 out?" 

Obviously I wasn't there so I have no clue what I would have done in his shoes, but I wanted to take a stab at his logic.   

That's just it......there IS no logic. When it is obvious that a kid is getting tired and should be replaced Bergman has no one in the pen ready to go, or he gets his relief staff up and throwing for 4 innings before he finally pulls the starter.
Case in point is this weekend's first game at JC.
Miller was dominating through 6, had to sit through a LONG top of the 7th, and walked the first guy he faced (#6 hitter). Obviously he was tired, arm was dropping and he had no leg drive. Berg went to the mound and instead of pulling him, left him in for 5 more batters, before FINALLY going to the pen and bringing in a freshman with bases loaded and one out to face the meat of the order. ONU NEEDS A PITCHING COACH!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 13, 2009, 10:49:16 am
i would like to say though that the bears defense and offense this year are atrocious.  The second game agains JC, there were NO earned runs and 5 errors... hill struck out 13 and gave up 4 hits (they considered a popup dropped a hit  to make it 5) but what else can you ask for?  who deserves to lose like that?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on April 13, 2009, 05:54:39 pm
Dr. A.
       I'm responding to you post on the NCAC board regarding J. Quimby of Otterbien.
John was a very productive player at Wooster during his fresh and soph year at Wooster. Very good offensive player but, couldn't catch a cold on defense. Still, he could play on my team.
This is only my assumption on why he left. It's called academics. Junior and Senior Independent Studies can be pretty intimidating. It is hard to recruit good athletes and good students.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 13, 2009, 09:08:20 pm
I think this would be cool to see where people stand....

If you could make an OAC all star team... WHO would it consist of?  (NO BIAS OPINIONS)

2 Catchers
2 - 1b
2- 2b
2- ss
2- 3b
2- Lf
2- Cf
2- Rf

8- Pitchers

BE HONEST!!!  EVERYONE PLEASE TRY TO DO THIS!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: bballfanatic1984 on April 13, 2009, 10:11:03 pm
I think this would be cool to see where people stand....

If you could make an OAC all star team... WHO would it consist of?  (NO BIAS OPINIONS)

2 Catchers Ryan Nordquist (Leads the OAC in runners caught stealing)
2 - 1b Reily Kreisher (Has 40+ RBI's)
2- 2b
2- ss Craig Knott (Power hitting SS)
2- 3b Nate McFarland
2- Lf Jason Isles
2- Cf Cody Kidd
2- Rf

8- Pitchers Paul O'Donnel, Brandon Fredericks, David Paddock, Paul Mariotti,

BE HONEST!!!  EVERYONE PLEASE TRY TO DO THIS!

I only have some of the positions down. I dont know the OAC well enough to give all the positions, anyone want to help?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on April 13, 2009, 10:11:43 pm
i love the idea. just thought id tweak it a bit.

East - BW, JCU, MUC, Etta, Musky
West - Cap, Berg, ONU, Ott, Wil

1 deep at each position and 3 pitchers.
It would be a fun concept to find a time to work an all-star game into the season
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 13, 2009, 11:01:24 pm
I think this would be cool to see where people stand....

If you could make an OAC all star team... WHO would it consist of?  (NO BIAS OPINIONS)

2 Catchers Ryan Nordquist (Leads the OAC in runners caught stealing)
2 - 1b Reily Kreisher (Has 40+ RBI's)
2- 2b
2- ss Craig Knott (Power hitting SS)
2- 3b Nate McFarland
2- Lf Jason Isles
2- Cf Cody Kidd
2- Rf

8- Pitchers Paul O'Donnel, Brandon Fredericks, David Paddock, Paul Mariotti,

BE HONEST!!!  EVERYONE PLEASE TRY TO DO THIS!

I only have some of the positions down. I dont know the OAC well enough to give all the positions, anyone want to help?

I hate doing this because I'm a Mount guy, but if you're only choosing one take a look at Quimby from Ott at SS and Cimino from Etta at 3B.  But I'll get right back on the bandwagon and suggest Matt Tracy from MUC at 2B.  He's quietly having a great year for a soph hitting .380.

I'll try to come up with my team in the next couple days.  Unfortunately I'm a little slammed at work right now so I don't have the time to do a full squad tonight.     
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 14, 2009, 12:55:40 pm
I think this would be cool to see where people stand....

If you could make an OAC all star team... WHO would it consist of?  (NO BIAS OPINIONS)   

EAST VS WEST

East - BW, JCU, MUC, Etta, Musky
West - Cap, Berg, ONU, Ott, Wil

1 deep at each position and 3 pitchers... USE EVERY TEAM... cant just leave a team out

EAST TEAM
1 Catchers
1 - 1b
1- 2b
1- ss
1- 3b
1- Lf
1- Cf
1- Rf

3- Pitchers


WEST TEAM
1 Catchers
1 - 1b
1- 2b
1- ss
1- 3b
1- Lf
1- Cf
1- Rf

3- Pitchers

BE HONEST!!!  EVERYONE PLEASE TRY TO DO THIS!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 16, 2009, 05:23:30 pm
BW took game 1 from Mount 3-2 in 8.  MUC gets a strong performance from Mariotti (7 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 10 K), but can't piece together enough offense against Jaskowak who went all 8 for BW.

MUC leads game 2 in the 7th 9-1.  Sabatino is giving the Raiders a strong pitching performance in this one. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 16, 2009, 05:27:24 pm
FINAL--Berg 3, ONU 1

Lash goes 2-3 and drives in 2.  Nice efforts from all the pitchers in this one.  Koehl and Lowe from Berg and Miller from ONU.

Berg leads game 2 in the 7th 8-1.

 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 16, 2009, 05:31:42 pm
FINAL--JCU 7, Ott 4

Game 2...JCU 3, Ott 1 top 5th.


Game 1...Musky 4, Marietta 2 in the 6th.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 16, 2009, 05:55:21 pm
Marietta scores 4 in the 6th and one in the 7th to come from behind and defeat Muskingum 5-4 in game one.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 16, 2009, 08:41:33 pm
Heidelberg finishes off SWEEP of ONU
JCU finishes off SWEEP of Otterbein
B-W and Mount Union SPLIT
Marietta and Muskingum SPLIT


updated standings:

Heidelberg (10-2)
Marietta (9-3)
John Carroll (8-4)
Mount Union (7-5)
Baldwin-Wallace (6-6)
Otterbein (5-5)
Muskingum (5-7)
Ohio Northern (3-7)
Wilmington (2-8)
Capital (1-9)

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 16, 2009, 10:54:29 pm
FINAL--Berg 3, ONU 1

Lash goes 2-3 and drives in 2.  Nice efforts from all the pitchers in this one.  Koehl and Lowe from Berg and Miller from ONU.

Berg leads game 2 in the 7th 8-1.

 

To add  to Dr. A's summary, Gar Keene added 4 more runs to the 7th inning with a Grand Slam to make the score 12-1 after 7.  They than added 2 more runs in the 8th on 2 walks and 2 singles.  Gar Keene led off the 9th with his 2nd HR  of the game to finish off the scoring for the night.
Nate James pitched 7 strong innings before being relieved by Elvin Williams for the final 2 innings.

The Berg's record is now 25-5 with a win streak of 14 in a row.

B. W. comes to the Berg on Sat. for a DH.


GO BERG!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 17, 2009, 10:16:58 am
I'm literally the only person in my department here today, so needless to say I'm a little bored.  Bad news for you guys is that means I'm going to throw out some random observations about our beloved OAC. 

--There are a few ONU supporters on this board so I wanted to take a second to applaud one of their guys.  Justin Miller.  I looked it up and he's made 4 starts in OAC games and has gone at least 6 2/3 in every one.  Even better, he's posted a 2.32 ERA in those games.  Just from looking at stats it looks like their lineup is struggling, but with Miller and Hill I wouldn't want to see them if I needed a sweep to make the tourney.

--Why is it that even when Marietta has a season like this where they split with JCU, MUC, Musky I think that it's all part of their plan?  In my mind Brewer is sitting there thinking "We'll sweep Berg to show everyone we can, then we'll split a DH here and there to make them think we're down.  Then we'll just take the bus up to Peaceful Valley and win the OAC tourney.  That will make my guys tougher for regionals if we have to win it in Tiffin."

--Has anyone looked at Andy Lowe's numbers?  They're nauseating.  His 0.96 ERA in OAC play is unreal.  He's made 8 appearances in conference play and has allowed a grand total of 0 ER in 7 of those.  His only 2 ER came in 5 innings of relief against the Pios.  Not a bad line score against the Express.  Nice luxury for Palm to have in the bullpen.

--JCU should be sitting pretty good on Sunday.  They're already 8-4 and sitting alone in 3rd and they're at Wilm tomorrow.  I would say this is a lock for a sweep, but JCU did split with Cap and the Quakers have been showing signs of life lately.

--I'll confess I've never heard of JCU's Tom Hickey until about 10 minutes ago, but does everyone realize this kid is a freshman?  In case you're ignorant like me...he's a 6'5" lefty 1B hitting .454 right now.  And he's from Chicago.  Why can't there be Methodist high schools that produce studs for my Raiders? 

--I'm the first to admit that I was a little concerned about MUC ace Paul Mariotti earlier this year.  Well, as usual I'm an idiot.  Mariotti has allowed 3 or fewer hits in 3 of his 4 OAC starts.  His 1.80 ERA and 11.2 K/9 are stats put up by dominant pitchers, not guys that office jockeys like myself should be concerned about. 

--How long has it been since Ott has been in the position they're in going into this weekend?  A while.  Yesterday's sweep by JCU was a signal that JCU is no joke and Ott has some issues to solve.  The good news is that they're 5-5 and are a DH behind most of the OAC, so they have some time.  Also, they play the team currently in 4th (MUC) the last DH of the season.  The bad news is that the starting pitching that has carried them for years hasn't come around like they hoped.  The 2 guys who looked poised to step into the 1-2 spots after Remenowsky and Stevens mercifully graduated haven't pitched at the same levels as in the past.  I think a split against Etta tomorrow would help immensely as it would give them a boost going into Cap & ONU, which they need to sweep.

--BW is also sitting at .500, but they're in a much different position.  With back to back road trips to Tiffin and Marietta it may be out of reach for the Jackets. 




       
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 17, 2009, 11:03:25 am
Dr Acula,

We few ONU supporters appreciate you recognizing Miller and Hill.  Their two tough pitchers who deserve better than they have!  I just wish the hitting would show signs of life to support these two pitchers.  Miller has 2 years of eligibility left after coming off of Tommy John surgery.  Hill is done after this year, so i pray that a freshman sophomore or junior steps up and helps out a bit. 

Keep up the good work on this board!  You guys do an excellent job recognizing teams of the OAC.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 18, 2009, 09:06:44 am
the playoff race is heating up, and with only three weekends left the fight for the FOUR spots will be quite interesting.  Here's today's schedule.....

Marietta at Otterbein
B-W at Heidelberg
Muskingum at Mount Union
John Carroll at Wilmington
Capital at Ohio Northern


current standings:

Heidelberg (10-2)
Marietta (9-3)
John Carroll (8-4)
Mount Union (7-5)
Baldwin-Wallace (6-6)
Otterbein (5-5)
Muskingum (5-7)
Ohio Northern (3-7)
Wilmington (3-9)
Capital (2-10)

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 18, 2009, 11:51:56 pm
Peaceful valley was anything but Yesterday as The Student Princes split a double header with BW.  The visiting team  took the opener by a score of 6-5, while the Berg erupted for a 19-8 vict                                                                                                                               the nightcap.

In between  the games,  Biagio Boytim,  L. B. Emrheinem, Matt Grassley, Jack Bault, Jeremy Wentworth,  Dave Paddock, and Bryan Hartman,  The Berg's Senior Members who have contributed  to the success of the program.  We wish them luck in  their  chosen career paths.  A GREAT BIG  THANKS .

Andy Lowe set the new carrer "Save" record with 16 over coming  the 15 saves set by Ben Thorpe, from 2003-2005.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 19, 2009, 12:16:17 am
today's recap:

Otterbein SWEEPS Marietta
Heidelberg SPLITS with B-W
John Carroll SPLITS with Wilmington
Mount Union SPLITS with Muskingum
Capital SWEEPS Ohio Northern


current standings:

current standings:

Heidelberg (11-3)
Marietta (9-5)
John Carroll (9-5)
Otterbein (7-5)
Mount Union (8-6)
Baldwin-Wallace (7-7)
Muskingum (6-8)
Ohio Northern (3-9)
Wilmington (4-10)
Capital (4-10)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 19, 2009, 12:58:00 pm
Big split by BW yesterday.  That keeps the Jackets alive for the OAC tourney another week.  If they can split at Marietta they finish with Wilm, so they at least have a potential sweep to end the season (although Wilm continued to play pretty well).   

And that was a HUGE sweep for Otterbein.  They're sitting very pretty now with Cap and ONU next.  They've got total control so if they go any worse than 4-2 from here on out it's on them.  The Pios are still in good shape in my mind.  9-5 with BW and ONU left.

JCU had a golden opportunity to really give themselves some breathing room yesterday, but they mustered only a split with Wilm.  It might not seem like a big deal looking at the standings as they're in 2nd, but they finish at MUC and home to Berg so there's a chance that split yesterday is the difference between 11-7 and 10-8.  And anyone that knows the OAC knows that's a huge difference.

MUC escaped New Concord with that split yesterday to keep their chances alive.  They won the first game 3-2 on a grand total of 3 hits off of Nathan VanMeter.  A 2 out single in the 6th was followed by an E4 and a clutch 3 run HR from Craig Knott.  The Raiders also control their destiny as they finish w/ JCU and Ott at home.  You can't ask for anymore than a chance to play the teams ahead of you.  If you deserve to be in, prove it and win the games. 

Congrats to Cap who notched a sweep yesterday too.  Cap, Wilm and ONU are the bottom 3 teams in the standings, but I think it's safe to say that none of them are pushovers this year.  All 3 have shown that they can play with the upper level teams on a given day and that's really all you can ask when teams are down.  You may have flaws, you may not win a lot of games, but you're competitive.   

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 22, 2009, 02:04:16 pm
We've got some quality NCAC/OAC action prior to this weekend's big DH's. 

As of now OWU is at JCU at 4pm today and Marietta is at Denison at 7pm tonight.

Tomorrow Berg hosts Wooster and Denison for single games and MUC hosts Allegheny.

Pitching could get interesting tomorrow as all teams have been pushed another day closer to their respective weekend conference games by weather. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 22, 2009, 08:28:09 pm
We've got some quality NCAC/OAC action prior to this weekend's big DH's. 

As of now OWU is at JCU at 4pm today and Marietta is at Denison at 7pm tonight.

Tomorrow Berg hosts Wooster and Denison for single games and MUC hosts Allegheny.

Pitching could get interesting tomorrow as all teams have been pushed another day closer to their respective weekend conference games by weather. 

Marietta won a single game yesterday against Waynesburg.  Today's game at Denison was cancelled.  Tomorrow they play Shawnee State, and Friday they play a non-conference single game against Muskingum.  The pitching will be used sparingly leading up to the weekend, I'm sure.

Then comes OAC play on Saturday, as they host B-W in a big DH on Alumni Day.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 23, 2009, 03:42:29 pm
To say I'm a little concerned about MUC right now is an understatement.  Anytime your website has a headline that reads "Baseball Rallies for a Split with Case Western Reserve" you can't be breathing easy.  The offense has been falling off lately including again so far today.  They've scored 4 or less runs in 7 of their last 10 games.  Right now they're down 11-1 to Allegheny in the 5th and they've managed only a lead off single to start to game.  Needless to say I'm not confident going into Saturday knowing that JCU has excellent starting pitching.  Hopefully they start finding some green today and carry it into the weekend. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 24, 2009, 04:58:13 pm
this weekend should bring some great WEATHER and some great OAC baseball action. Heidelberg looks to have the top spot wrapped up, but the fight for the final three tournament spots will most likley come down to the final weekend.

Saturday's Schedule

B-W at Marietta
John Carroll at Mount Union
Ohio Northern at Muskingum
Capital at Otterbein
Heidelberg at Wilmington


Current Standings

Heidelberg (11-3)
John Carroll (9-5)
Marietta (9-5)
Otterbein (7-5)
Mount Union (8-6)
Baldwin-Wallace (7-7)
Muskingum (6-8)
Capital (4-10)
Wilmington (4-10)
Ohio Northern (3-9)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 24, 2009, 04:59:41 pm
The Berg split a DH at the Pleasant Valley BB Complex.  Wooster won Game #1 by a score of 5-4 and The Berg won Game #2 vs Denison 7-4.

Freshman Elvin Williams, in his debut as a starter, pitched a good game vs Wooster giving up just 3 hits, with 4 Ks and 2 BBs.  Good Work Elvin, better days are coming for this fine young pitcher.

G. Keene and M. Grassley had solo HRs and J. Lash with 2 hits, 1 RBI, 1 Run, led the Berg scoring.

In Game 2 vs Dennison, B. Koehl picked up his 5th win, ably aided by B. Stucky and A. Lowe, who recorded his 8th Save.

G. Keene and M. Grassley had their second HRs of the day.  R. Lizcano, 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 Run; B. Boytim, 2-3, 1 RBI, 2 Runs; and J. Lash, 2-4, 1 RBI,1 Run accounted for most of the damage.

The Berg meets Wilmington at Wilmington in DH Sat. 4-25-09


GO BERG!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 26, 2009, 02:09:30 am
Marietta SWEPT B-W
JCU SWEPT Mount Union
Heidelberg SWEPT Wilmington
Otterbein SWEPT Capital
Muskingum SWEPT Ohio Northern



current standings:

Heidelberg (13-3)
John Carroll (11-5)
Marietta (11-5)
Otterbein (9-5)
Mount Union (8-8)
Muskingum (8-8)
Baldwin-Wallace (7-9)
Capital (4-12)
Wilmington (4-12)
Ohio Northern (3-11)

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 26, 2009, 10:35:59 am
The Berg took a DH from Wilminton yesterday.  Game 1 - 11-2.  Game 2 - 11-3

In Game #1, D. Paddock went 5 innings, allowing 4 Hits, 1BB,  and 4 Ks. B. Stucky got in 1 inning of work, as did E. Biggs.

Matt Grassley led the offense with 3-4, 3 RBIs, and 1 Run; J. Wentworth added 3-4, 2 RBIs, 2 Run; W. Brechun 2-5, 1 Run; J. Lash 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 Run.  Lash also hit his 5th HR of the season to lead off the 6th inning.

"Sly" Nino was the starter in game #2.  He went 7 innings giving up 4 Hits with 2 BB and 4 Ks, and got the W. Everett Thomas relieved for the last 2 innings.

Leading the hitters  were J. Wentworth with 3-5, 1 Run;  M. Grassley 2-5, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs; G. Keene 3-5, 1 RBI, 2 Runs; W. Brechun  3-4, 3 RBIs; R. Lizcano  3 RBIs.  Grassley and Lizcano are also credited with shots over the fence.

Heidelberg will be in Springfield Tues. 4-29-09 for a rare game under the lights  against Wittenberg.
Game time 7:00PM.

go berg!!!

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 27, 2009, 08:37:23 pm
Wow.  Wooooooow.  Saying that my Raiders took one on the chin today would be an insult to the phrase.  Wooster scored 9 in the 1st, 7 in the 2nd and cruised in a 31-5 laugher at MUC.  Mercifully it was only a single game. 

MUC has now dropped 8 of their last 9 in yet another season ending swoon.  How many times will I put my hand on the burner before I figure out it's hot?  Every year I look at the talent coming back and think "this is the year they get into the OAC tourney comfortably for once" and every year I get disappointed.  I feel bad for the kids because one, I know they have the talent to win, but more so because I know they're giving 100% and it's not paying off.  Most of all I feel bad for the seniors because every senior class thinks that they're going to be the ones that will overcome the internal situation there and still find a way to win.  It stings when you see that chance slip away.  I know this firsthand. 

 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 29, 2009, 02:34:01 am
The Berg traveled to Wittenberg for a DH under the lights last night and came away with two W's.  Game 1 was 12-4 and game 2 was 9-3.  Just got home from the 3 hour drive, will supply details later this morning.    By the way, the Berg's record is now 31-7.  Congrats to Coach Matt Palm and the entire team.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 29, 2009, 10:25:21 am
I don't think enough can be said about the job Palm has done and continues to do.  Berg was quite literally a mess when he got there.  If you need evidence, take a look at the career coaching records from about 1980 until Palm came to town in 2000.  They were winning at almost dead on a .300 clip.  Not exactly a program on the rise.  I think one thing that helped was when he arrived he found some talent there.  I recall playing Berg in 00-01 and Frank Balogh was one of the best guys to ever play for them.  I don't remember if Fischer was a senior Palm's 1st year or not, but I feel like he was.  Regardless, he quickly got the momentum going and it seemed like over night, taught those guys how to win and how to expect to win.  The difference between 1998 Berg and 2001 Berg was sick.  They just had a swagger about them.  It was great to see because you knew that all it took was a great young coach to scrap a couple decades of futility.  Unfortunately, no other OAC schools have duplicated the success (although JCU has a very good young coach, they weren't in the condition Berg was in).  I won't say that Palm walked into the worst situation, but it's not like he walked into Marietta (the stadium, the titles, the tradition) or even an Otterbein or JCU (nice program, great location to recruit kids to).  We're talking about convincing kids to come to Tiffin to play for a .300 program.  That is unbelievable.  He sold that program and he's backed it up.  Congratulations to Coach Palm.  He most certainly deserves it.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 29, 2009, 10:39:22 am
Boy, was it cold in Springfield last night, but only for the fans, as the Berg was red hot with a DH sweep of Wittnberg, 12-4 and 9-3.

In Game 1, B. Koehl turned in a fine game going 6 innings with 1 Run, 4 Hits and 2 K's for the W. Senor B. Hartman pitched the last inning.
Top Hitters were: G. Keene, 4-5, 2 RBI's, 1 Runs;  M. Grassley, 3-5, 2 RBI's, 2 Runs; B. Boytim, 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 Run; R. Lizcano, 3-4, 2 Runs; J. Wentworth, 2-5, 3 RBI's 3 Runs.

E. Williams, 4-0, started Game 2 and allowed only 1 Hit with 3 Ks over the first 5 innings.  Getting in some work were pitchers N. James, B. Stucky, M. Jones, and A. Lowe.
Hitting was supplied by G. Keene, 2-5, 2 RBI's, 1 Run; J. Lash, 2-4, 2 RBI's, 1 Run; J. Wentworth, 2-5, 2 Runs.

Sat. 5-2-09 vs John Carroll, Away.  Games at 1:00PM and 4:00PM.

GO BERGS!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 29, 2009, 11:50:53 am
I don't think enough can be said about the job Palm has done and continues to do.  Berg was quite literally a mess when he got there.  If you need evidence, take a look at the career coaching records from about 1980 until Palm came to town in 2000.  They were winning at almost dead on a .300 clip.  Not exactly a program on the rise.  I think one thing that helped was when he arrived he found some talent there.  I recall playing Berg in 00-01 and Frank Balogh was one of the best guys to ever play for them.  I don't remember if Fischer was a senior Palm's 1st year or not, but I feel like he was.  Regardless, he quickly got the momentum going and it seemed like over night, taught those guys how to win and how to expect to win.  The difference between 1998 Berg and 2001 Berg was sick.  They just had a swagger about them.  It was great to see because you knew that all it took was a great young coach to scrap a couple decades of futility.  Unfortunately, no other OAC schools have duplicated the success (although JCU has a very good young coach, they weren't in the condition Berg was in).  I won't say that Palm walked into the worst situation, but it's not like he walked into Marietta (the stadium, the titles, the tradition) or even an Otterbein or JCU (nice program, great location to recruit kids to).  We're talking about convincing kids to come to Tiffin to play for a .300 program.  That is unbelievable.  He sold that program and he's backed it up.  Congratulations to Coach Palm.  He most certainly deserves it.
I have only been involved with the Heidelberg Baseball program for the past two seasons and the vibrancy and the enthusiasm that Coach Palm brings to the playing field rubs off on his players. But not only to the players, it also spread to the familys and fans of the players who come out to encourage not only their respective favorite players, but the team as a whole.  We are all truly a family , sometimes out numbering  home team fans at away games.  Coach Palm has brought out the best into the whole Baseball experience for all envolved.










Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on April 29, 2009, 06:10:41 pm
Just my opinion on why Matt Palm has had success at Heileberg. He learned how to win when he played at Wooster. He learned how the game was supposed to be played, he saw what kind of student/athlete it takes to win, and he instilled a winning attitude. Great coaches are made. I'm sure he took what he learned along the way and tweaked it with his own personal touch. It gives me great pleasure to see an ex-Scot succeed.

Topic for debate: How are the Student Princes ranked ahead of the Scots in the region rankings? Their overall records are similar and Wooster has beat the Berg in 2 out of 3 this year.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 29, 2009, 11:18:18 pm
Just my opinion on why Matt Palm has had success at Heileberg. He learned how to win when he played at Wooster. He learned how the game was supposed to be played, he saw what kind of student/athlete it takes to win, and he instilled a winning attitude. Great coaches are made. I'm sure he took what he learned along the way and tweaked it with his own personal touch. It gives me great pleasure to see an ex-Scot succeed.


+1


couldn't have said it better.  It just shows that coming from a strong program can lead to GREAT things.


Fischer was a SR in 2000.  He won the OAC player of the year award, and helped turn the program in the right direction, along with Balogh.  Fisher's POY was debateable, as Coakly hit .450 with 19 HR's, and 93 RBI's that year....but it was still deserved.  Both catchers were GREAT players, and guys like Fischer helped pave the way for what HEID has become today!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 29, 2009, 11:32:20 pm
Ugh...Jay Coakley.  My neck hurts just reading that name!!  That guy hit LASERS.

Without question Palm's pedigree has played a big role in his success.  Coach P has to be proud of him. 

mideast, are there any young Pioneer alums coaching?  Just wondering if there's a chance they could land in the OAC elsewhere at some point.  Maybe some of the lower level teams would be looking to catch lightning in a bottle like Berg did.  Or better yet, maybe one of the perennial .500 teams will finally get sick of being mediocre and make a change. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 30, 2009, 12:14:04 am
Ugh...Jay Coakley.  My neck hurts just reading that name!!  That guy hit LASERS.

Without question Palm's pedigree has played a big role in his success.  Coach P has to be proud of him. 

mideast, are there any young Pioneer alums coaching?  Just wondering if there's a chance they could land in the OAC elsewhere at some point.  Maybe some of the lower level teams would be looking to catch lightning in a bottle like Berg did.  Or better yet, maybe one of the perennial .500 teams will finally get sick of being mediocre and make a change. 

the only one I can think of would be Deegan, who is currently the head assistant at MC (and has been since 2004).   He was a 2001 MC grad and a great player....he could turn around an OAC school is given the chance.

The region is full of those types of guys right now, with Jeff Mountain (Allegheny, 2000) coaching at Wshington & Jefferson, and Tyler Mott (OWU, 2003 i think) at OWU.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 30, 2009, 07:47:49 am
Just one more thing to add about Coach Palm.  With every thing that has influenced his baseball career, it would never have gotten off the ground without the support and encouragement of his parents during his formative years and now.  They still attend most games and also help in forming the family atmosphere for the team and the fans.
And certainly, you have to add in his wife and children, as they are a constant source of support.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 30, 2009, 10:20:50 am
the only one I can think of would be Deegan, who is currently the head assistant at MC (and has been since 2004).   He was a 2001 MC grad and a great player....he could turn around an OAC school is given the chance.

The region is full of those types of guys right now, with Jeff Mountain (Allegheny, 2000) coaching at Wshington & Jefferson, and Tyler Mott (OWU, 2003 i think) at OWU.

I know the ONU coaching staff has been a topic on here this season, but on some level I like that ONU rolled the dice with a young coach.  I guess it depends on where you fall as an athletic dept.  There are some schools that are undeniably content with being .500 programs (the length of time their respective coaches have been there is such overwhelming evidence that you can't even argue against it).  I like that ONU said "Screw it, we're shaking things up and we're either going up or down, but we're going to take a chance."  Maybe it works out, maybe it doesn't.  I just like the will to get to the top. 

What the Berg situation should do is give everyone hope.  Why can't my school or your school be the new Berg?  The OAC isn't like 10 years ago when it was Etta going 18-0 and everyone else hoping to just get a weekend at Pioneer Park playing for 2nd to end their season.  Will Berg be the favorite going into the OAC tourney?  Of course.  But let's say it's Berg, Etta, JCU and Ott...are you telling me you would say one of those teams has no chance to win it?  JCU just keeps winning, Etta already swept Berg in Tiffin and Ott seems to be peaking. 

I guess the point of this rant is that the kids all think they can compete and win, but the message comes from the school.  When you continue on your path and keep getting the same results it becomes second nature.  When you do what ONU did you're at least saying you want to get away from that and the best way is to take a chance.  And if that chance fails, then just call "dibs" on Deegan and try again.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on April 30, 2009, 11:05:17 pm
OAC fans, show some moxie!!! No one has answered my question of why is Heidelberg ranked ahead of Wooster in the region rankings? Wooster owns a 2 games to one advantage in head to head play and their overall records are equal. What is your opinion of why "it is what it is".
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 30, 2009, 11:24:27 pm
OAC fans, show some moxie!!! No one has answered my question of why is Heidelberg ranked ahead of Wooster in the region rankings? Wooster owns a 2 games to one advantage in head to head play and their overall records are equal. What is your opinion of why "it is what it is".

I haven't answered to this point b/c honestly, it doesn't matter until THE LAST REGIONAL rankings come out.  I've been around long enough to know that rankings and such just don't always make sense b/c thy are done somewhat subjectively by a committee of coaches who haven't seen every team play every game.

I've also seen teams ranked #1 heading into the last week, they odn't lose a single game that week, and then drop to #2 in the final regional rankings before the Tournament Selection Sunday....it's just hard to figure it all out.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on April 30, 2009, 11:42:22 pm
Mid East, I appreceate  your responce. I'll never figure out the the rankings. I'm guessing that if your ranked in the top 2 in region, you'll get a pool C bid even if you don't win the auto-bid in your conference tourney.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on May 01, 2009, 10:26:01 am
Mid East, I appreceate  your responce. I'll never figure out the the rankings. I'm guessing that if your ranked in the top 2 in region, you'll get a pool C bid even if you don't win the auto-bid in your conference tourney.
My guess would be that Wooster and the Berg should both be considered Pool C locks at this point if they happen to not win the automatic bids from their respective conferences. 

Personally, I don't put as much stock into the regional rankings in baseball as I do, say, in basketball.  This is because the regional hosts are already predetermined in baseball. Whereas in basketball, the team ranked #1 regionally usually has the inside track at hosting at least one weekend in the NCAA tournament.  And as far as using the rankings for seeding in the regional tournament, there doesn't seem to be a large gap anymore
between the higher seeds and the lower seeds in the Mideast Region anymore.  You need not look any further than last year when Adrian (a five seed) avanced out of the Mideast Regional to the CWS.

I guess I just don't see what advantage there is to being ranked #1 or #2 except bragging rights...

OAC fans, show some moxie!!! No one has answered my question of why is Heidelberg ranked ahead of Wooster in the region rankings? Wooster owns a 2 games to one advantage in head to head play and their overall records are equal. What is your opinion of why "it is what it is".

As for oldscot's question about why the Berg is ranked ahead of Wooster even thogh Wooster owns a 2-1 advantage head to head?  Head to head is just one of several criterea the ranking committee uses when determining the rankings.  Regional strenth of schedule seems to carry more weight than head to head results and  I would definitely say that the Berg has the edge when it comes to SOS or whatever formula the committee uses to determine who has the more difficult schedule.  With Wooster and the Berg having identical regional records, the edge is almost always going to go to the OAC school because the OAC is far deeper and allows for higher numbers to be added into whatever SOS formula is being used than Wooster can hope for playing in the weaker NCAC.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 01, 2009, 10:02:49 pm
ScotsFan,
       Good explanation on why Heileberg is ranked ahead of Wooster in the regional rankings. Strength of schedule must hold a lot of weight.
Personally, I put more importance on head to head match ups.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 02, 2009, 10:35:58 am
The OAC wraps up league play this weekend. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, May 2nd
Heidelberg at John Carroll
Otterbein at Mount Union
Marietta at Ohio Northern
Muskingum at Capital
Wilmington at Baldwin-Wallace
Sunday, May 3rd
Otterbein at Ohio Northern


Current Standings

Heidelberg (13-3)
John Carroll (11-5)
Marietta (11-5)
Otterbein (9-5)
Mount Union (8-8)
Muskingum (8-8)
Baldwin-Wallace (7-9)
Capital (4-12)
Wilmington (4-12)
Ohio Northern (3-11)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on May 02, 2009, 11:58:51 am
How huge is the MUC-OTT series today?

Too bad it's not down here in Columbus for you Dr. A...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 02, 2009, 06:52:30 pm
RESULTS:
Heidelberg SWEEPS John Carroll
Otterbein SPLITS Mount Union
Marietta SPLITS Ohio Northern
Muskingum SWEEPS Capital
Wilmington SPLITS Baldwin-Wallace

Schedule - Sunday, May 3rd:
Otterbein at Ohio Northern


Current Standings:

Heidelberg (15-3)
Marietta (12-6)
John Carroll (11-7)
Otterbein (10-6)
Muskingum (10-8)
Mount Union (9-9)
Baldwin-Wallace (8-10)
Wilmington (5-13)
Ohio Northern (4-12)
Capital (4-14)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 02, 2009, 09:49:59 pm
Congratulations to Coach Matt Palm and the Heidelberg Student Princes on being the OAC Regular Season Champs for the 2009 Season.  The  Berg swept John Carroll by the scores of 5-3, and 14-9.  This brings Coach Palm one game away from his 300th career win.

The OAC Tournament will be held at Heidelberg's Peaceful Valley May 7-9. Joining top seed Heidelberg will be John Carroll, Marietta and a team to be decided by Sundays OAC  games.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 02, 2009, 10:16:35 pm
Congratulations to Coach Matt Palm and the Heidelberg Student Princes on being the OAC Regular Season Champs for the 2009 Season.  The  Berg swept John Carroll by the scores of 5-3, and 14-9.  This brings Coach Palm one game away from his 300th career win.

The OAC Tournament will be held at Heidelberg's Peaceful Valley May 7-9. Joining top seed Heidelberg will be John Carroll, Marietta and a team to be decided by Sundays OAC  games.

Heidelberg wrapped up the #1 seed (congrats!), while Marietta will be either the #2 or #3 seed.  John Carroll has clinched a spot, as well as Otterbein (even if they lose two tomorrow, they own the tie-breaker over Muskingum). 


So they field is set, should be a great tournament next weekend!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 02, 2009, 10:42:36 pm
How huge is the MUC-OTT series today?

Too bad it's not down here in Columbus for you Dr. A...

Even more agonizing because I was actually up in NE Ohio for a family obligation today.  I debated sneaking over to Alliance for the 1st game since I didn't have to meet up w/ the family until 5pm, but I knew if I went and they won I would want to stay.  Considering MUC won the opener I'm lucky I steered clear otherwise I would be in the doghouse right now...along with being disappointed. 

Things turned out well for what looks to be a great OAC tourney this year.  Very competitive field.  Whoever wins it will be battle tested to say the least. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 04, 2009, 09:03:07 am
Marietta has added a few games this week to hopefully get some work in before the conference Tournament.  Because of wet field conditions, all games are on the road.

Today, they are scheduled to play Pitt-Greensburg in a DH at Thiel College.

Tuesday they will play at Thiel, against Thiel, in either a single game or a DH.

Hopefully they can pull out some much needed in-region victories to help boost their Pool C resume, if needed.  Currently they stand at 24-12, with a strong strength of schedule.  A few wins this week, and a couple wins in the Tournament could give them an at-large bid....we'll see.

It would be nice to see 2 OAC teams in the Regionals.
Title: 2009 OAC Tournament
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 04, 2009, 09:07:09 am
May 7-9 in Tiffin, Ohio

Thursday:

#3 Otterbein vs #2 Marietta - 1:00pm
#4 John Carroll vs #1 Heidelberg - 4:00pm
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on May 04, 2009, 09:21:19 am
Congrats to all the teams in the tournament.  I had a chance to catch the ONU Marietta game.  ONU finally showed some signs of life, as Hill and Miller pitched well again.  I hope this team can turn around their troubled last few seasons.  Thanks to all on the board for a great season and keeping everyone updated.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 04, 2009, 09:24:14 am
Marietta has added a few games this week to hopefully get some work in before the conference Tournament.  Because of wet field conditions, all games are on the road.

Today, they are scheduled to play Pitt-Greensburg in a DH at Thiel College.

Tuesday they will play at Thiel, against Thiel, in either a single game or a DH.

Hopefully they can pull out some much needed in-region victories to help boost their Pool C resume, if needed.  Currently they stand at 24-12, with a strong strength of schedule.  A few wins this week, and a couple wins in the Tournament could give them an at-large bid....we'll see.

It would be nice to see 2 OAC teams in the Regionals.

I like that.  If they can get to that 30 win mark one would have to think that their regional record, their SOS and the 30+ wins would make for a very hard resume to pass over.  I hope they find a way to get it done...2 OAC teams in are always a good thing.  
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on May 04, 2009, 10:00:09 am
Wet field conditions, really??????????????
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 04, 2009, 10:21:37 am
Wet field conditions, really??????????????

that's what the website says, at least.  Originally, the Pitt-Greensburg games were supposed to be in Marietta, but have been changed to Thiel.

Either the field is too wet, or Brewer wants to get the guys out of town for a few days to avoid Senior Week activities :)

http://www.marietta.edu/athletics/
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 04, 2009, 10:27:37 am
CORRECTED SCHEDULE

2009 OAC Baseball Tournament Schedule at Heidelberg



Thursday, May 7
Game 1 John Carroll(4) vs. Heidelberg(1)1:00 p.m.
Game 2 Marietta(3) vs Otterbein(2) 4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 8
Game 3 Winners of Game #1 and Game #2 9:30 a.m.
Game 4 Loser of Game #1 and Game #2 12:30 p.m.
Game 5 Winner Game #4 vs. Loser Game #3 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 9
Game 6 Winners of Game #3 and Game #5 12:00 p.m.
Game 7 same teams as Game #6 (if necessary) 3:00 p.m
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 04, 2009, 05:23:57 pm
Since the regular season is officially over I will be the first to throw out my picks for All-OAC.  I only had time to come up w/ a 1st team, but I will put together a 2nd team and HM as soon as I have time.  I know these things don't matter, but it's fun to debate while we wait for the OAC tournament to start.

1B - Kreisher, BW
2B - Keen, Berg
3B - Cimino, Marietta
SS - Quimby, Ott
C - Whiteman, Musky
OF - Wentworth, Berg
OF - Gessner, Ott
OF - Kidd, BW
DH/UTL - Hickey, JCU
P - Paddock, Berg
P - Lowe, Berg
P - Van Meter, Musky

Note: I had a pretty good idea who I was going to go with at every position except the 3rd pitcher.  Nathan Van Meter had a great season for the Fish.  His record isn't great at 4-3, but his ERA is 1.30.  But that can be deceiving so I combed through the pitching stats.  His hits/inning and opponents' BA are unreal.  The toughest question in my mind is who wins the special awards?  You could make an argument for several people on all of them. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 05, 2009, 04:55:06 pm
Marietta has added a few games this week to hopefully get some work in before the conference Tournament.  Because of wet field conditions, all games are on the road.

Today, they are scheduled to play Pitt-Greensburg in a DH at Thiel College.

Tuesday they will play at Thiel, against Thiel, in either a single game or a DH.

Hopefully they can pull out some much needed in-region victories to help boost their Pool C resume, if needed.  Currently they stand at 24-12, with a strong strength of schedule.  A few wins this week, and a couple wins in the Tournament could give them an at-large bid....we'll see.

It would be nice to see 2 OAC teams in the Regionals.

I like that.  If they can get to that 30 win mark one would have to think that their regional record, their SOS and the 30+ wins would make for a very hard resume to pass over.  I hope they find a way to get it done...2 OAC teams in are always a good thing.  

The Pioneers swept Pitt-Greensburg on Monday, and split with Thiel today....they end their regular season at 27-13.

Just about every pitcher saw action these last two days, and hopefully all those at-bats will keep the bats ALIVE heading into the tournament.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: d3baseballnut on May 05, 2009, 05:05:53 pm
While Marietta pulled back into the race with Otterbein for a Pool C bid after Otterbein had a mediocre weekend, the game they have together is a must win for Marietta.

I do not think the committee will take Marietta over Otterbein if they have lost to Otterbein 3 times....
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 05, 2009, 10:43:23 pm
While Marietta pulled back into the race with Otterbein for a Pool C bid after Otterbein had a mediocre weekend, the game they have together is a must win for Marietta.

I do not think the committee will take Marietta over Otterbein if they have lost to Otterbein 3 times....

you could be right....then again, Otterbein didn't play a tough schedule like Marietta, and their only win against a ranked team was a victory over Carthage back in the first week of the season.  They got swept by Heidelberg, and didn't play any of the other top teams in the region.

Marietta beat Heidelberg TWICE on the road, beat Franklin, and beat Washington & Jefferson...all three of those schools were the regular season champs in the OAC, HCAC, and PAC (all mid-east conferences). 
  Plus they beat a top 10 UT-Tyler team.

Honestly, you are comparing Marietta (27-13) and Otterbein (22-15) to each other for Pool C bids, but in my opinion Otterbein doesn't even deserve to be in the conversation...they just don't have the wins and the resume.

We'll just have to see how this weekend plays out, and see who's left to get those Pool C bids.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 05, 2009, 11:59:43 pm
I don't really see how Otterbein's resume is that much better than JCU's right now.  If we're using the "can't pass over a team that beat them 3 times" then Ott better hope they don't lose to JCU at any point since they're already 0-2 against them.  I think Ott's non-conference schedule was definitely better than JCU's, but they didn't beat any top notch regional teams outside of the OAC.  The bottom line is it's in each of their respective hands...win the OAC tourney and sleep easy! 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: a spectator on May 06, 2009, 09:47:13 am
Does the Pool C bid only come from the OAC, what other conferences will be considered in an at large bid?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 06, 2009, 09:54:08 am
Does the Pool C bid only come from the OAC, what other conferences will be considered in an at large bid?

ALL DIII teams can earn a Pool C bid...doesn't matter what conference they come from.

Pool A bids are handed out to 35 conference champions, and Pool B bids are handed out to 6 teams who don't play in a conference that qualifies for the automatic bids......after that, all other teams are in the hunt for the 13 remaining Pool C bids.

If you need to know more, go to the homepage and check out all the info....it's also on the National Topics forum under multiple different threads.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 07, 2009, 12:16:28 pm
First pitch of the OAC tournament is less than an hour away.  I don't have much to do this afternoon so needless to say I will be posting updates as often as I can.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 07, 2009, 01:17:44 pm
I'm off the next few days so I'll be following online and over the online radio broadcasts as well. 

Looks like they may be in a rain delay???  I checked the weather and today could be a long day of dodging raindrops, and tarp removal fun!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 07, 2009, 01:21:48 pm
Yep, looks like Game 1 is pushed back to 2pm due to rain.

#1 Berg (Paddock 8-2, 2.40) vs.#4 JCU (O'Donnell 6-2, 3.50)

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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 07, 2009, 03:01:59 pm
As of now, game 1 is starting at 3:30.  Mother Nature is gonna make this a busy next few days if this keeps up.
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Post by: Gramps on May 07, 2009, 03:16:39 pm
At Heidelberg:  Taking tarp off now,  game will start at 3:25.  I am not at the game, my daughter is texting me all the information.  Ain't technology great. 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 07, 2009, 03:43:14 pm
Grassley homers in the 1st.  1-0 Berg after 1.

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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 07, 2009, 04:11:40 pm
JCU tied it up with a run in the 2nd...but Heidelberg has scored 6 times in the 3rd, on six hits.

End of the 3rd

JCU - 1
HEID - 7
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 07, 2009, 05:07:43 pm
bottom of the 6th

JCU - 3
HEID - 8

will be interesting to see what they do with game Two today...if they start it b/c wihtout lights they won't be able to finish.  Or if they just wait until tomorrow.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 07, 2009, 05:15:05 pm
I hope they just wait until tomorrow for game 2.  I know it will be hard because they were already supposed to be starting at 9:30 tomorrow, but I would rather squeeze an extra game in Saturday than break that game into two days.  Especially because that first game is so big.

Berg added 1 more...now lead 9-3 after 6.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 07, 2009, 05:57:45 pm
Game ONE FINAL:

JCU - 3
HEID - 13

remaining schedule......

FRIDAY, MAY 8
Game 2  #3 Marietta vs. #2 Otterbein 9:30 a.m.
Game 3 Winner of Game One vs. Winner of Game Two 12:30 p.m.
Game 4 Loser of Game One vs. Loser of Game Two 4:00 p.m.
Game 5 Winner of Game Four vs. Loser of Game Three TBA

SATURDAY, MAY 9
Game 6 Winner of Game Three vs. Winner of Game Five 12:00 p.m.
Game 7 If necessary, same as Game Six  3:00 p.m.
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Post by: Gramps on May 07, 2009, 06:19:14 pm
Game 2 will be played at 9:30 in the morning.  They are still discussing about Game 3.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 07, 2009, 06:21:17 pm
Glad to hear.  Worst case they have to bump the games back and play a game at 9:30 Saturday morning.
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Post by: Gramps on May 07, 2009, 09:40:37 pm
With today's Win, Coach Matt Palm reached the Magic Plateau of 300 wins over his 10 year career. A  tip of the battered top hat to Coach Palm, may there be many more wins in his duffle bag.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 07, 2009, 11:37:00 pm
In other mideast conference tournament action...

Franklin (29-9) and Rose Hulman (29-11) held serve as the top 2 seeds in the HCAC tourney today defeating Anderson and Mt. St. Joe's, respectively. 

Top seeded W&J (30-11) and 3rd seed Thiel (28-13) won the opening games in the PAC tournament today.  Grove City (17-18) gave W&J a scare falling 2-1.

Wooster (33-8) and Kenyon (24-19) square off tomorrow night at 6pm in game 1 of the NCAC championship.

And Adrian won the MIAA.  I didn't even realize they didn't have a post-season tournament.  Shows how much I know about the MIAA.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 08, 2009, 09:46:06 am
They just posted on the tournament website that the first game (Game Two: Marietta/Otterbein) will start at 11:00am.

That would push game Three to about 2:30, and a possible game Four would start around 6:00.....unless the first couple are quick ones, I don't see them getting all three games in today...we'll see!!!
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 08, 2009, 11:45:31 am
Marietta/Otterbein has been pushed back to 12:15. 
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 08, 2009, 12:39:43 pm
wooohooooo, finally we're under way in Tiffin!!!  Marietta (Gasser) vs Otterbein (Williams).

crazy first inning.  both teams loaded the bases with NO outs, then they each ended up hitting into double-plays.  Otterbein won the inning though.

End of 1
MAR - 2
OTT - 4
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 08, 2009, 01:28:35 pm
Otterbein had a huge 2-out rally in the bottom of the 3rd.  They scored 5 runs with 2 down, topped off by a 3-run HR by Rudman.

top of 4th

Mar - 2
Ott - 9
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Post by: ScotsFan on May 08, 2009, 01:41:25 pm
I might have to change my stance on whether or not Ott deserves a Pool C more than Marietta if they keep pouring it on like they are today.  Going 0-3 head to head could be tough to overcome for Marietta.  And then add the fact that Ott finished the season ahead of Marietta in the OAC regular season standings.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 08, 2009, 01:49:44 pm
It's 10-4 Ott in the top of the 5th, but Marietta is battling back.  They've scored 2 already in the 5th and have chased Cards starter Jeremy Williams w/ runners on 2nd & 3rd and nobody out.  This is far from over.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 08, 2009, 01:50:16 pm
I might have to change my stance on whether or not Ott deserves a Pool C more than Marietta if they keep pouring it on like they are today.  Going 0-3 head to head could be tough to overcome for Marietta.  And then add the fact that Ott finished the season ahead of Marietta in the OAC regular season standings.

understandable.....side note though, they finished the regular season tied in the OAC standings at 12-6.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 08, 2009, 01:52:46 pm
It's 10-4 Ott in the top of the 5th, but Marietta is battling back.  They've scored 2 already in the 5th and have chased Cards starter Jeremy Williams w/ runners on 2nd & 3rd and nobody out.  This is far from over.

couldn't have said it better....

MC scores a few more, including a huge 2-run HR by Beatty.  Score is now 10-9 OTT heading to the bottom of the 5th. 

This will be a bullpen game and a lot of runs could be scored.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 08, 2009, 02:28:14 pm
Otterbein came back with 3 in the bottom of the 5th, all with 2 outs.  They have now scored 10 runs with 2 outs today....crazy.  MAR scored 1 in the 6th, but OTT answerred with one (again, with two outs).

Top of 7th
MAR - 10
OTT - 14
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 08, 2009, 03:08:49 pm
Ott adds 4 in the bottom of the 7th...18-10 Cards in the 8th.  That 7th may be too much to overcome with only 6 outs to play with.

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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 08, 2009, 03:41:36 pm
Game Three: Heidelberg vs Otterbein - 4:05pm

HEID better come out fast, b/c OTT has been swinging some hot bats today, and they already have about 5 or 6 at-bats a piece under their belt for the day.

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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 08, 2009, 03:44:48 pm
Game 2 Final:  Ott 18, Marietta 10.  Alex Hayes picks up the W giving up 1 run over the final 4 innings.

mideast, is there a reason Gasser started instead of Knowlton?  Just curious.

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Post by: d3baseballnut on May 08, 2009, 03:52:13 pm
Not good for Marietta's Pool C chances.....good for Otterbein's
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 08, 2009, 04:10:44 pm
Game 2 Final:  Ott 18, Marietta 10.  Alex Hayes picks up the W giving up 1 run over the final 4 innings.

mideast, is there a reason Gasser started instead of Knowlton?  Just curious.



wish I knew the answer, but I don't.  I'm sure there was some reason though.



d3baseballnut - they will most likely play each other again this weekend....I wouldn't venture a guess as to what the Pool C situation is, until the tournament is over.  Heck, if the mideast is an 8-team regional, they both could get in.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 08, 2009, 04:40:20 pm
Fireworks early in game 3...Berg plates 5 in the 1st forcing Coach Powell to go to the pen just 2 outs into the game.  But Ott comes right back and has already scored 5 times in the 1st as well. 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 08, 2009, 04:47:31 pm
Game 2 Final:  Ott 18, Marietta 10.  Alex Hayes picks up the W giving up 1 run over the final 4 innings.

mideast, is there a reason Gasser started instead of Knowlton?  Just curious.



wish I knew the answer, but I don't.  I'm sure there was some reason though.

I'm sure there's a reason too.  I was just a little thrown that they would go with a freshman in their opener.  Maybe Brewer felt Gasser was throwing the best on his staff right now. 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 08, 2009, 04:51:28 pm
In the interest of Pool C watching...

Top seeds in 2 other conferences lost today.  Thiel beat W&J and RHIT beat Franklin.  Both top seeds are still alive, but thought I would update everyone since I would think everyone in here is pulling for the top seeds to help our chances to get multiple teams in.   
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 08, 2009, 06:10:55 pm
Berg leads Ott 12-5 middle 7.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 08, 2009, 06:54:36 pm
Otterbein had big innings in the 7th and 8th to tie it up at 12.....Heidelberg came back with a run in the 9th, and is trying to hold on for the win.

Bottom of 9th
HEID - 13
OTT - 12
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Post by: Gramps on May 08, 2009, 07:10:15 pm
Berg scrambles to win with a run in the 9th and good D in the bottom of the 9th.
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Post by: d3baseballnut on May 08, 2009, 11:24:53 pm
Berg scrambles to win with a run in the 9th and good D in the bottom of the 9th.

otterbein is in.....Pool C bid.....
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2009, 11:54:31 am
Marietta and JCU are tied 6-6 going to the 8th.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 11:55:23 am
MAR and JCU are in a nail biter....loser goes home.

Top of 8th
MAR - 6
JCU - 6

either there's a delay, or the stats stopped updating.  It's been in between innings for quite a while now.  And the Marietta radio broadcast has been off all game; or at least I can't get it to come in.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2009, 12:02:08 pm
Berg scrambles to win with a run in the 9th and good D in the bottom of the 9th.

otterbein is in.....Pool C bid.....

They are?  I thought Berg won...
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 12:04:59 pm
Berg scrambles to win with a run in the 9th and good D in the bottom of the 9th.

otterbein is in.....Pool C bid.....

They are?  I thought Berg won...

he's just guessing that OTT will get a pool C bid..nothing set in stone yet.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2009, 12:08:03 pm
I thought the implication there was that Ott was now probably getting a Pool C bid because they almost beat Berg.  I'm just not a believer in "good losses".
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 12:09:16 pm
I agree Dr Acula....I think you and I agree on most things!!!


action is back up on the live stats and it looks like the 8th was a good one....Marietta win and advances.

FINAL
MAR - 8
JCU - 7
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2009, 12:51:47 pm
Man is Cameron Cimino swinging a hot bat for the Pios!  I believe he's now 7 for 9 so far in the tournament.  Ridiculous.

Anyone know what the story is with Hickey from JCU?  I noticed in the box score from game 1 that he was replaced late in the game.  I assumed possibly because they were down big and maybe Thibeault wanted to get an upperclassmen an AB or something.  But then he didn't play against Etta today at all.  I hope he's not hurt or anything, but I can't imagine another reason to remove the conference's leading hitter from the lineup.

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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 01:42:23 pm
both offenss are rolling, only OTT is the one that is cashng in.  They have once again scored runs with 2-outs....so far 3 of them this game.    Marietta hit into a bases loaded DP to end the first.

Middle of the 2nd
OTT  - 4
MAR - 0
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 02:30:51 pm
Cimino is on fire right now, hitting everything!!!!  he's 3-3 in the game, with a triple and HUGE 2-run HR to tie the game in the 4th at 6-6.

End of 4
OTT - 6
MAR - 6
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2009, 02:45:57 pm
If there was any question who the POY is this year I think that debate is all but pointless now.  I thought Cimino was the frontrunner anyway, but how can you argue against a guy that plays like this when it matters most.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 02:49:30 pm
If there was any question who the POY is this year I think that debate is all but pointless now.  I thought Cimino was the frontrunner anyway, but how can you argue against a guy that plays like this when it matters most.

that will be interesting, b/c I know they used to have the coaches meeting to determine the all-OAC teams, POY, etc on the first night of the OAC tournament (Wed or Thurs night).  If that's still the case, the tournament stats won't factor in to it...we'll see.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 03:08:49 pm
ughhhhh , these live stats keep getting stuck...and with Cimino up with no outs and a runner on, and down 7-6 in the 6th!!!
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 03:33:18 pm
finally, live stats are back!!   looks like both teams had some chances in the last two innings, but no one scored.

Bottom of 8th
OTT - 7
MAR - 6

Cimino, Beatty, Levens coming to the plate.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 03:35:52 pm
Cimino k's (now 10 for 15), then Beatty follows with a HR to tie the game 7-7...he's been hot this tournament too (8 for 13)!!  Levens singles, moves to 2nd on a wild pitch, and scores the go ahead run on a 2-out single by DeSico. 


Top of the 9th

OTT - 7
MAR - 8
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2009, 03:52:15 pm
Holy crap...I just checked the live stats for the PAC championship.  Thiel blows up for 8 runs in the top of the 2nd only to see W&J score 16 in the bottom half of the inning.  16!!!  Then Thiel comes right back and answers w/ 6 more in the 3rd!  Talk about a bad day to be a pitcher.  W&J needs a win to force a winner-take-all title game.

Franklin beat Mt. St. Joe's and moves into the HCAC championship game(s) against RHIT this afternoon.  Franklin needs to beat RHIT twice.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 04:01:59 pm
^^^^^ crazy!

Otterbein scores 2 in the 9th, and now leads 9-8.  Marietta has Cimino and Beaty coming up 3rd and 4th in the bottom of the 9th....things could get interesting.


******* side note - with all the high scoring games this tournament, it shows how there isn't a clear-cut domitating pitcher in the OAC this year.  will be interesting to see who gets the Tekulve Award.
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Post by: ScotsFan on May 09, 2009, 04:04:24 pm
What a game between Ott and Marietta!  This one looks as one of those games where you like to be the home team with the last at bat as Marietta is!
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 04:06:02 pm
^^^ i agree.  just like the 06 and 07 seasons between these two!

Saunders singles, and is bunted over to  2nd...it's up to Cimino and Beatty.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2009, 04:14:15 pm
HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beatty homers with 2-outs, and Marietta wins 10-9...classic!
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Post by: old scot on May 09, 2009, 04:27:10 pm
Sounds like an exciting game. Nice win for Etta. Will they have anything left to take down the Berg? Can they fight off a let down after 2 emotional one run wins?

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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2009, 05:09:26 pm
******* side note - with all the high scoring games this tournament, it shows how there isn't a clear-cut domitating pitcher in the OAC this year.  will be interesting to see who gets the Tekulve Award.

It's going to be interesting for sure.  I think Lowe has been the most dominant pitcher by a large margin.  I went through his appearances on a game by game basis and he just doesn't give up runs (or hits, really).  But what are the odds that they give the award to an underclassmen reliever?  If I was betting on it I guess I would bet on Paddock.  Good numbers, ace of the top team, senior.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2009, 05:11:17 pm
HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beatty homers with 2-outs, and Marietta wins 10-9...classic!

Wow!  Talk about a fun game.  Today definitely would have been a great choice if anyone wanted to check out some OAC baseball in person.
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Post by: d3baseballnut on May 09, 2009, 08:17:43 pm
I thought the implication there was that Ott was now probably getting a Pool C bid because they almost beat Berg.  I'm just not a believer in "good losses".

I believe Otterbein and Marietta are both in.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2009, 09:01:02 pm
I thought the implication there was that Ott was now probably getting a Pool C bid because they almost beat Berg.  I'm just not a believer in "good losses".

I believe Otterbein and Marietta are both in.

I hope you're right!  I haven't looked at Franklin and RHIT's resumes against Ott's.  One of them is going to be a 30 win conference runner up.  Just don't know how strong their 30 W's are...

Oh, and I agree Marietta is in. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: d3baseballnut on May 09, 2009, 09:14:39 pm
I thought the implication there was that Ott was now probably getting a Pool C bid because they almost beat Berg.  I'm just not a believer in "good losses".

I believe Otterbein and Marietta are both in.

I hope you're right!  I haven't looked at Franklin and RHIT's resumes against Ott's.  One of them is going to be a 30 win conference runner up.  Just don't know how strong their 30 W's are...

Oh, and I agree Marietta is in. 

IF Marietta is in, Otterbein I beleive is in since they were ranked ahead of Marietta on thursday. They split, and Marrietta has one more win this weekend, but thats only because they lost their first game so they played an extra one.

I doubt Rose Hulman or Franklin has a chance since they fell out of the rankings last week. Personally, I think Rose Hulman deserves a bid, and I do not understand why they fell out after winning 10 straight games. But, given that you are an otterbein fan, it bodes well for you. I really think Otterbein is in bc of a tough schedule
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 09, 2009, 09:51:24 pm
^^^^^ Good points.  I think the OAC is the only multiple bid conference this yr, but I'm also biased. 

The only thing you were off base on is that I'm not an Otter...I'm a Mount fan.  This obviously means when it comes to hoping for regional qualifiers I'm relegated to rooting for any OAC team to get in since my team can't even make the OAC tournament, let alone the Regional.  (Cue the violins)
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Post by: Gramps on May 09, 2009, 11:22:32 pm
Posr season accolades to Heidelberg Baseball:

Named to the ESPN "Academic All American" District 4, are:

          !ST TEAM:     Biagio Boytim, 3.50 GPA

          2ND TEAM:    Steve Decker, 3.51 GPA

                               Jason Lash,     3.55 GPA

Congrats to these young men, they are a credit to their team and their school.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on May 10, 2009, 10:31:54 am
I thought the implication there was that Ott was now probably getting a Pool C bid because they almost beat Berg.  I'm just not a believer in "good losses".

I believe Otterbein and Marietta are both in.
With the way the rankings are and all of the favorites winning the A's so far in the Mideast, I would agree that it looks pretty good for both Ott and Marietta for Pool C's right now.

Franklin and RHIT both seem to be deserving and as Drac said, the loser of their game today will more than likely be staying home with 30+ wins. 

As it stands, I think the HCAC is the only Mideast Region conference that could have a beef about not getting a C bid.  I don't see anyone even remotely worthy from any of the other Mideast region conferences which is why the OAC has a real possibility of getting 3 teams into the tournament. 

Also, if the OAC is to get more than one Pool C, don't be surprised to see one of those teams shipped out to another region like what happened to OWU last year...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 10, 2009, 11:30:32 am
Mideast Regional updates:
- Adrian is the MIAA champion
- Wooster is the NCAC champion
- Washington & Jefferson is the PAC champion
- Franklin vs RHIT for the HCAC championship today (Franklin must win twice)
- Marietta vs Heidelberg for the OAC championship (Marietta must win twice)
- Otterbein, and the loser of the OAC title game, have great shots at Pool C bids!!!


OAC Championship game is under way!!

Top 3rd
HEID - 0
MAR - 0
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 10, 2009, 01:04:33 pm
Heidelberg has a big 7th inning to take the lead.

Bottom of 7th
HEID - 5
MAR - 1





Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 10, 2009, 01:38:24 pm
FINAL
HEID - 5
MAR - 1

Heidelberg wins the OAC championship and gets the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament...congrats!!!!!!

Marietta and Otterbein will have to wait until about 2am to find out if they are granted at-large bids.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 10, 2009, 03:29:15 pm
Mideast Regional updates:
- Adrian is the MIAA champion
- Wooster is the NCAC champion
- Washington & Jefferson is the PAC champion
- Franklin vs RHIT for the HCAC championship today (Franklin must win twice)

Franklin beat RHIT in extra innings yesterday, so they were playing a winner-take-all game at noon today.  Should have the result on that one soon I would think.

Congrats to Berg on their OAC crown too.  I think Etta is in and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the Cards too. 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 10, 2009, 03:30:57 pm
And no sooner do I post and that HCAC score is up...

RHIT wins it 17-10 over Franklin.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 10, 2009, 04:11:36 pm
All-Tournament Team

Most Valuable Player/Second Base: Gar Keen, Heidelberg
Designated Hitter: Chris Beatty, Marietta
Pitcher: David Paddock, Heidelberg
Pitcher: Elvin Williams, Heidelberg
Pitcher: Chris Stewart, Marietta
Catcher: Steve Decker, Heidelberg
First Base: Adam Milanovich, John Carroll
Short Stop: Jason Lash, Heidelberg
Third Base: Cameron Cimino, Marietta
Outfield: Matt Grassley, Heidelberg
Outfield: Jeremy Wentworth, Heidelberg
Outfield: John Sansbury, Otterbein
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: INbaseballfan on May 10, 2009, 07:03:34 pm
I think we can all agree that the Mideast is a loaded region this year.

My personal opinion is these 8 teams should be playing in Adrian come Wednesday.  If not, maybe one of the Pool C's gets shipped to Rock Island and a team like Thomas More or Thiel is in this regional.  Thoughts?

Wooster
Heidelberg
Adrian
Rose-Hulman
Otterbein
Marietta
Franklin
Washington and Jefferson
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Ralph Turner on May 11, 2009, 02:37:45 am
Congratulations to Marietta, and sorry about that Otterbein.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 11, 2009, 02:39:56 am
The regional is set:

Hosted by Adrian, Adrian, Michigan
1.   Heidelberg (36-7)
2.   Wooster (35-8)
3.   Marietta (29-15)
4.   Adrian (31-9)
5.   Concordia Chicago (33-13)
6.   Rose-Hulman (31-12)

Ott didn't get in and W&J got shipped to Salisbury.  Best of luck to the Berg and Etta! 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: d3baseballnut on May 11, 2009, 08:14:51 am
The regional is set:

Hosted by Adrian, Adrian, Michigan
1.   Heidelberg (36-7)
2.   Wooster (35-8)
3.   Marietta (29-15)
4.   Adrian (31-9)
5.   Concordia Chicago (33-13)
6.   Rose-Hulman (31-12)

Ott didn't get in and W&J got shipped to Salisbury.  Best of luck to the Berg and Etta! 

That region is stacked...wow...what a tough draw for heidelberg first round with RHIT
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on May 11, 2009, 11:06:58 am
Do coaches put players in for all OAC teams?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 11, 2009, 11:42:57 am
As mideast mentioned earlier, in the past the coaches used to get together right at the start of the OAC tournament to come up with the All-OAC teams.  My understanding was that they all kind of threw out their guys they thought deserved it, gave an explanation and then they all went through and voted.  I would assume this is still the case.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 11, 2009, 11:47:16 am
Here is the link to the Mideast Regional website:

http://adrianbulldogs.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/09mideastregional.html (http://adrianbulldogs.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/09mideastregional.html)

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 11, 2009, 12:09:20 pm
All-OAC teams are out:

http://www.oac.org/documents/BaseballAll-OAC2009.pdf (http://www.oac.org/documents/BaseballAll-OAC2009.pdf)

Special award winners were Cimino and Lowe.  IMO, the correct choices for both.  Congratulations to both guys.



Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 11, 2009, 03:15:04 pm
Just had a chance to look over the All-OAC picks.  I'm very disappointed in MUC coach Paul Hesse.  How can you not successfully get Nate McFarland in there somehwere?  He's a senior and a captain and got beat out by a sophomore.  Their resumes looked similar on paper except one guy hit 45 points higher and was a senior.  How does the senior not get the nod? Sad.  Well, I'll at least thank Nate for putting together a nice career at the hot corner for the Raiders.  He and Slaybaugh will be tough to replace in the lineup in '10.     
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on May 11, 2009, 03:16:31 pm
I feel you there.  Senior Brian Hill had almost IDENTICAL stats to sophomore Justin Miller.  had one more win and one more loss, and Bergman didnt get him on there for even honorable mention.  what a coach.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 11, 2009, 03:27:42 pm
I feel you there.  Senior Brian Hill had almost IDENTICAL stats to sophomore Justin Miller.  had one more win and one more loss, and Bergman didnt get him on there for even honorable mention.  what a coach.

Take a look at the pitchers that got HM.  There a couple of SHAKY picks in there.  And that's being generous.  I'll put it to you this way, given ONU's overall talent level and how Hill pitched for them he is almost embarrassingly more deserving to be at least HM.  I feel terrible for the kid now that I took a better look at who got recognized ahead of him.

The good news is this is all politics and as of this morning we have a 1 in 3 chance of winning the Regional.  Time for all of us to band together and pull for the OAC! 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on May 11, 2009, 05:30:08 pm
I feel you there.  Senior Brian Hill had almost IDENTICAL stats to sophomore Justin Miller.  had one more win and one more loss, and Bergman didnt get him on there for even honorable mention.  what a coach.

Take a look at the pitchers that got HM.  There a couple of SHAKY picks in there.  And that's being generous.  I'll put it to you this way, given ONU's overall talent level and how Hill pitched for them he is almost embarrassingly more deserving to be at least HM.  I feel terrible for the kid now that I took a better look at who got recognized ahead of him.

The good news is this is all politics and as of this morning we have a 1 in 3 chance of winning the Regional.  Time for all of us to band together and pull for the OAC! 

Looking over the people on the All OAC picks, there is no way that the coach put him up for the honor.  My son called Brian and i guess Brian was very upset but cant do much about it.  All Brian said was "senior year down the drain".  Im not sure if i can blame his attitude after all that i have seen this year.

Congrats to all of the all oac picks.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on May 11, 2009, 09:15:55 pm
Just had a chance to look over the All-OAC picks.  I'm very disappointed in MUC coach Paul Hesse.  How can you not successfully get Nate McFarland in there somehwere?    

Im not sure what happened this year, however i was privy to some inside information from last years meeting and from what i heard, Mount Unions coach was like the little boy trying to play stick ball with his older brother in the park. He would try to do something, be unsuccessful, and then just let it go without a fight. Overmatched in personality and ego to promote his own players. Same reason why Ferrell was an OAC HM last year but 2nd team All-Region.

and by the way, i hate to say i told you so, but . . .
I remember last year where the raiders were 6-0 in oac play entering this week and were 7-3 by the end of the week and their dynamic of the season changed from a regular season championship to fighting for 4th. This just seems like deja vu all over again.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 11, 2009, 10:40:32 pm
Just had a chance to look over the All-OAC picks.  I'm very disappointed in MUC coach Paul Hesse.  How can you not successfully get Nate McFarland in there somehwere?    

Im not sure what happened this year, however i was privy to some inside information from last years meeting and from what i heard, Mount Unions coach was like the little boy trying to play stick ball with his older brother in the park. He would try to do something, be unsuccessful, and then just let it go without a fight. Overmatched in personality and ego to promote his own players. Same reason why Ferrell was an OAC HM last year but 2nd team All-Region.

and by the way, i hate to say i told you so, but . . .
I remember last year where the raiders were 6-0 in oac play entering this week and were 7-3 by the end of the week and their dynamic of the season changed from a regular season championship to fighting for 4th. This just seems like deja vu all over again.

Let's just say I'm NOT privy to any inside info, but I would guarantee that's been the case for 13 straight years now when it comes to All-OAC voting. 

As for the other part...after this many years I would guess most Raider fans don't get too high on early season starts.  We know our best case scenario is normally backing into the 4th spot of the tourney.  Other than that we wait around for the crushing sweep by some middle of the road team that derails the season.  Sad, but the truth hurts. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on May 12, 2009, 09:43:07 am
Dont get me started about Paul Hesse and the MUC program...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 12, 2009, 11:25:47 am
Dont get me started about Paul Hesse and the MUC program...

Since there's nothing going on today I was going to suggest that you and OACbballfan3 should have a post-off to determine who has a lower opinion of their team's coach, but I'm afraid it may be too depressing. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on May 12, 2009, 11:29:11 am
All I am going to say is that I am now an alum like you and any criticism is fair game now
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on May 12, 2009, 11:35:25 am
Guys,

On this Hill and McFarland debate...

I surely can't speak for all coaches, but the general theory (at least in football) about HM all-OAC is that you nominate guys for that team who are underclassmen so you can have some "returning all-OAC performers."  It is very rare for a Sr. to get HM, unless they were previously 1st or 2nd team, had a good year, but got passed by guys who had great years, like Knowlton.

Plus, I belive there is a rule (if not a rule, then a tradition) making sure that every team has at least one all-OAC rep.  Cap and Wilma had to get one each, taking two spots from others.

Not saying other guys aren't more deserving, but that's just kind of the way it goes.  Rarely do coaches nominate a Sr. for HM to say "thanks for a great career."  Plus, their careers are most likely over.  It's not like it helps the player anymore like an HM all-league as a Sr. in HS can help going into college.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 12, 2009, 12:11:33 pm
JK, your logic on seniors getting HM when they were previously 1st/2nd team guys (ala Knowlton) makes sense to me.  I'm fine with Knowlton, he's earned it.  But there were 2 other seniors and a junior that had not previously been All-OAC.  At that point I think Hill needs to be in the discussion.

I'm obviously biased on McFarland's behalf, but the bottom line is the only 3B who had better numbers than him was Cimino.  I could understand if it was a trade like "I'll concede McFarland if you guys give me a spot for this underclassmen of mine."  That makes sense.  But MUC didn't get any borderline guys in.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 12, 2009, 12:44:15 pm
They started a new tradition at Heidelberg after the ceremonies at the plate celebrating the winning of the OAC Tournament.

Saturday was GRADUATION DAY at Heidelberg, but the baseball team seniors had to be at Peaceful Valley.  So, Coach Matt Palm arrainged for  a graduation at home plate for the five seniors who missed the official ceremonies and instead of moving the tassels on the motor board to the left, they switched the brims of their baseball caps to the left.

Congratulations and best of luck in your chosen proffesions to:  B. BOYTIM, J. WENTWORTH, M. GRASSLEY, L. B. EMRHEIN, D. PADDOCK.

A very neat idea, seeing as they spent the better part of their college days at the baseball field.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on May 12, 2009, 01:15:19 pm
Dr. Ac,

Doesn't always hold true.  Their coaches  might have thought those guys deserved it and had some young guys on 1st or second team, so they already have some "returning all-OAC-ers."

Looking at the All-OAC teams:
Lassak (Ott) and Grassley (Heid) were two of the other Sr. on the HM list and they were previous all-OAC guys like Knowlton.  The one Sr who wasn't a returning all-OAC was Cairo (JCU) and they had a couple of Jrs and Sophs on the Second Team.  Put a Jr. on the HM list is fine...he'll return next year.

This rationale makes sense for everyone but BW, who looks like only nominated Seniors...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 12, 2009, 02:35:56 pm
I see your point.  I was only looking at pitchers I guess.  As I said, there are, IMO, some suspect HM picks as far as pitchers go.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on May 12, 2009, 05:28:16 pm
Guys,

On this Hill and McFarland debate...

I surely can't speak for all coaches, but the general theory (at least in football) about HM all-OAC is that you nominate guys for that team who are underclassmen so you can have some "returning all-OAC performers."  It is very rare for a Sr. to get HM, unless they were previously 1st or 2nd team, had a good year, but got passed by guys who had great years, like Knowlton.

Plus, I belive there is a rule (if not a rule, then a tradition) making sure that every team has at least one all-OAC rep.  Cap and Wilma had to get one each, taking two spots from others.

Not saying other guys aren't more deserving, but that's just kind of the way it goes.  Rarely do coaches nominate a Sr. for HM to say "thanks for a great career."  Plus, their careers are most likely over.  It's not like it helps the player anymore like an HM all-league as a Sr. in HS can help going into college.

Jk, im not saying your wrong... BUT if you look at the pitchers on first, second and HM, Hill matches up to everyone of them.  Not only did ONU have a bad offense, but the defense was pitiful also.  He had many loses that shouldnt have been given to him (John Carroll 0 ER).  I honestly believe that Bergman didnt put him up for it, because the second team performers matched up equally to what he did with better teams behind them.

Im not saying they did not deserve it, i am just voicing a lonely opinion.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 12, 2009, 06:30:28 pm
They started a new tradition at Heidelberg after the ceremonies at the plate celebrating the winning of the OAC Tournament.

Saturday was GRADUATION DAY at Heidelberg, but the baseball team seniors had to be at Peaceful Valley.  So, Coach Matt Palm arrainged for  a graduation at home plate for the five seniors who missed the official ceremonies and instead of moving the tassels on the motor board to the left, they switched the brims of their baseball caps to the left.

Congratulations and best of luck in your chosen proffesions to:  B. BOYTIM, J. WENTWORTH, M. GRASSLEY, L. B. EMRHEIN, D. PADDOCK.

A very neat idea, seeing as they spent the better part of their college days at the baseball field.

pretty neat.  I remember at Marietta, we held our graduation at Pioneer Park (home plate in caps and gowns) for 2 or 3 of the years that I was there.  It always coincided with graduation weekend, and with the rain, it usually coincided with the ceremony.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 12, 2009, 07:03:01 pm
WOW!!!  Two years in a row, Heidelberg Coach MATT PALM, named OAC "COACH OF THE YEAR".  And a more deserving person can't be found. 

CONGRATULATIONS Coach Palm and best of luck in the regionals and hopefully in the nationals.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 12, 2009, 10:09:03 pm
Gramps,
       While I enjoy reading your posts and admire your loyalty to Heidelberg, take an objective look at coach of the year honors. In my perspective of coach of the year, honors should go to the coach who does the most with the least. I don't think Matt Palm did that. The Berg was loaded and favorites to win the OAC. I would think Marietta coach Brian Brewer would be a more deserving candidate.

In the NCAC I don't think Wooster's coach deserves that honor just because they won the conference. I would vote for Kenyon coach Matt Burdette.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 13, 2009, 12:25:08 am
Gramps,
       While I enjoy reading your posts and admire your loyalty to Heidelberg, take an objective look at coach of the year honors. In my perspective of coach of the year, honors should go to the coach who does the most with the least. I don't think Matt Palm did that. The Berg was loaded and favorites to win the OAC. I would think Marietta coach Brian Brewer would be a more deserving candidate.

In the NCAC I don't think Wooster's coach deserves that honor just because they won the conference. I would vote for Kenyon coach Matt Burdette.
Thanks "old scot", I try to be entertaining with my posts and as far as loyaty, yours is just as much for Wooster. Go to your Posts 26,27,& 28 pertaining to Coach P., and you have every right to expound on his virtues.
Regarding OAC "Coach of the Year", that was voted for him by his Peers (Fellow Coaches).  For their own personal reasons, they believed that he deserved it.  If you feel that he didn't deserve it, than you have your personal reason for it, and you'r entitled to it. All I did was pass on the information that he received the award , passed on to him by his fellow coaches.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 13, 2009, 09:47:40 am
Touche Gramps.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 13, 2009, 10:04:43 am
As for the regional, I would have to say Heidelberg would be my pick as the favorite. I think they have the depth required on the mound to go deep in this type of tourney.

Don't count out Wooster. If they can get strong pitching I think they can hang in there. If the opposition gets into their bullpen they will have to out slug them.
 
Also, Etta could be a dark horse. They have a history of elevating their game come playoff time.

Good luck and good baseball to all. I'm looking forward to an exciting series!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 13, 2009, 02:11:25 pm
Berg is still in a rain delay. 

Looks like RHIT is starting Derek Eitel opposite Paddock.  Eitel is 9-1, 4.34 ERA, 74 2/3 IP, 58 H, 75 K, .214 Opp BA.  It looks like he's one of three very solid starters for RH.

On O they're led by HCAC MVP Tim Tepe.  He hit an even .500 w/ 7 HR, 6 3B, 20 2B and 57 RBI. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on May 13, 2009, 02:30:08 pm
Hill does match up with all the pitchers on the All-OAC teams... all of them.  I never said he wasn't deserving based on his performance.  Just trying to offer a perspective as to why he didn't get it.  If Bergman did it out of spite, then that is between them and not very professional.

And how do we know he wasn't in the discussion.  He could have been nominated for 1st team, not voted in, nominated for 2nd and not gotten it, at which point Bergman said "I better nominate a couple of young guys to have some returning all-oac'ers."  We'll never know.

I hope that the young man doesn't need an all-OAC HM nod to justify his career.  I hope he is proud enough to have represented his University well and pitched his heart out every time he went to the hill.  I know it stings now, having been such a big part of ONU for 4 years, but eventually he'll get over it and see the bigger picture.  I did and I think those of you who played any sport did as well...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OACguy on May 13, 2009, 08:59:40 pm
I'm obviously biased on McFarland's behalf, but the bottom line is the only 3B who had better numbers than him was Cimino.

Hiscox from Otterbein didnt have better numbers than McFarland?? 18 homeruns, 50 rbi, led the league in total bases, hit .380, pretty much top 5 in every other offensive category...

As far as coach of the year going to palm, he deserves it. Great coach and a great guy. Someone who I would have liked to see get the award was coach Powell from otterbein. Anyway, who thought that OC would even be in the tournament, let alone the 2 seed. Alot of people thought otterbein was going to be in the gutter after losing so much.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 13, 2009, 10:18:35 pm
Hiscox from Otterbein didnt have better numbers than McFarland?? 18 homeruns, 50 rbi, led the league in total bases, hit .380, pretty much top 5 in every other offensive category...

Wow, terrible oversight on my part regarding Hiscox.  I was only looking at 2nd team/HM and totally forgot that he was also on the 1st team.  Obviously more than deserving given his great year. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 20, 2009, 07:28:12 am
I would like to send my congratulations to two outstanding athletes from Heidelberg who achieved "ALL AMERICAN" :
   2nd Team - Andy Lowe and  Honorable Mention - Gar Keene

In addition, Six members of this years team have been named to Mid-East All Regional Team.  They are:

    1st Team - Dave Paddock, Andy Lowe and Gar Keene

    2nd Team - Jeremy Wentworth and Biagio Boytim

    3rd Team - Jason Lash

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 20, 2009, 08:37:34 am
^^^ I'm guessing that you're referring to the D3baseball.com "All-American team"  & the ABCA All Mideast Regional team.

They are two different organizations who pick their teams differently. 

When a player is First Team All Mideast Region (ABCA), they then qualify for the ABCA All-American Teams.  Those will be announced at the banquet tonight in Appleton.

Congrats to those guys!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 20, 2009, 12:59:02 pm
^^^ I'm guessing that you're referring to the D3baseball.com "All-American team"  & the ABCA All Mideast Regional team.

They are two different organizations who pick their teams differently. 

When a player is First Team All Mideast Region (ABCA), they then qualify for the ABCA All-American Teams.  Those will be announced at the banquet tonight in Appleton.

Congrats to those guys!

Your assumption is correct.  Thanks for the clarification.


The OAC just put out the 2009 Baseball Academic All-Conference Recipients and I'd also like to give a head's up to these Student-athletes from Heidelberg University.

Willie Brechun,Jason Lash, Steve Decker, and Biago Boytim (Academic All-OAC)
Nathan James - (Honorable Mention)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 20, 2009, 08:41:56 pm
Marietta had Cimino (1st team), Beatty (1st team), and Stewart (3rd team) named to the All Mideast Region Teams.

Cimino and Beatty are now eligible for All-American notice from the ABCA.


Congrats guys!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on May 21, 2009, 10:43:22 am
Anyone know who the leading candidate is for the Capital job?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: HOF on May 21, 2009, 10:49:51 pm
Capital has an opening?  I didn't know?  What happened?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on May 22, 2009, 12:46:42 pm
Yea I didnt go to capital but I am from the area and I have to sources independent from one another that have told me that he resigned soon after the season was over
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 22, 2009, 05:51:53 pm
congrats to the ABCA All-Americans!!

First Team
Cameron Cimino (Marietta)

Third Team
Gar Keen (Heidelberg)
Brian Hiscox (Otterbein)

ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team
Greg Ferrell (Mount Union)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 22, 2009, 07:29:10 pm
congrats to the ABCA All-Americans!!

First Team
Cameron Cimino (Marietta)

Third Team
Gar Keen (Heidelberg)
Brian Hiscox (Otterbein)

ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team
Greg Ferrell (Mount Union)

Further congratulations go to Andy Lowe - Heidelberg, who also made ABCA Third  Team All American according to the Heidelberg web site.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 22, 2009, 08:58:33 pm
^^^^ he wasn't listed on the press release or website...that's why I didn't list him above.

http://www.titans.uwosh.edu/NCAAChampionship/2009/BaseHits/2009AllAmericans.html

If it was a mistake by the ABCA committee or World Series press committee, then congrats!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 25, 2009, 09:36:09 pm
Anyone know who the leading candidate is for the Capital job?

I feel like the Cap job would be a double edged sword.  You would have the advantage of being a good school in a great location.  Recruiting kids to a good school in suburban Columbus should be easy.  But their field is gawd awful (it's not even in Bexley and anyone familiar with where it is knows what I mean).  And you're starting out in a hole because you're competing for kids w/ other established programs in central OH in Ott, OWU, Denison and ODU.  At the end of the day I still think it's a good job, especially for an up and coming young coach.  If they can get a young guy in there to build momentum and sell the program I think they can be very dangerous.  And based on the past it looks like the school would be patient enough to let someone try to build a program.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 31, 2009, 12:38:58 pm
Speaking of coaching...

MUC assistant Joe Gilhousen applied for the head coaching job at Massillon HS.  Only 4 others applied and none have anything close to his resume as an OH HS Hall of Famer w/ 2 state titles.  His departure would be a HUGE blow to MUC, but at this point it would seem to be almost a certainty.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on May 31, 2009, 10:40:14 pm
wow. that would be a huge blow for mount. he is the only semblance of a coach they have and his hitting instruction has carried the team the past handful of years. We might be entering into some real dark years for the purple raiders, but hey, atleast there is football
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on May 31, 2009, 11:41:18 pm
Wow wow wow When does Massilion make their decision on that one?

Some other inside information... Larry Groves contract was not renewed after the season either
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 01, 2009, 03:25:00 am
Wow wow wow When does Massilion make their decision on that one?

Some other inside information... Larry Groves contract was not renewed after the season either

According to the article in the Inde the AD wants to move fairly quickly so the new HC can be in place for summer ball to watch his kids play.  There were only 5 applications and the paper said they could start interviews as early as Tuesday.  The problem was that there are no open jobs at Massillon, so they didn't get a ton of interest. 

Interesting side note:  One of the other applicants is former MUC pitcher Kevin Baker who's been an assistant at Wooster HS for a number of years.  I played with him at MUC.  He always had arm troubles that limited his playing time, but he definitely is a "baseball guy".  He knew the game as well as anyone I played with (probably better than anyone actually) and I was happy when I heard he was coaching at Wooster because I knew he would be a good coach. 

As for Grove...that could be good or bad.  Either they hire another pitching coach or....well, they don't.  And that's BAD. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on June 01, 2009, 03:28:31 pm
there was talk that grove was going to retire before this year too. came back this year but he always seemed to be a pitching coach by name only. it will be real interesting to see where the program goes from here. It might just be hesse and a lot of student assistants. oh boy could that be fun.

I was talking to a former mt union player that said he might put in for the capital job. i could easily see him return to 23rd street field in a different shade of purple and sweep his former coach.

Isnt it interesting how a lot of former players look to other schools to continue coaching insead of staying on with the raiders . . .
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on June 01, 2009, 03:42:05 pm
That coach wouldn't be Rick Oyster would it?

Acula, did Spike Ridgely put his name in the hat for the Massilion job as well?  I know his dad is the AD there and that was a huge rumor floating around before I left Alliance for the year
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 01, 2009, 03:55:40 pm
That coach wouldn't be Rick Oyster would it?

Acula, did Spike Ridgely put his name in the hat for the Massilion job as well?  I know his dad is the AD there and that was a huge rumor floating around before I left Alliance for the year

I played w/ Oyster as well, but I don't know what he's up to.  Last I heard he was living in Hilliard, so who knows.  I'm curious to see who applies for the Cap job.  Any chance you would tell us who the former player is, inthecrease?  Maybe PM us if you don't want to throw it out here, but I think us other Raiders would be interested.

Spike didn't apply.  The 5 were Gilhousen, former MUC guy Kevin Baker, Andy Hargrove (Mike Hargrove's kid), one of the assistants at Massillon (not the guy that was the interim HC) and an asst from a school I had never heard of.  I'll post the link in a second...

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 01, 2009, 04:02:23 pm
Here's the link for the article.  I was surprised Spike didn't take a shot at it too.  That would have been great...one assistant is gone and the other two are fighting over the same HS job! 

Massillon Independent (http://www.indeonline.com/sports/x313658773/Five-in-for-Tiger-baseball-vacancy)

p.s. Sorry if the thread has been hijacked by this stuff, but let's be serious...there isn't much else to talk about.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 01, 2009, 04:19:49 pm
Dan Remenowsky (Ott) is with the White Sox Class A team in Kannapolis and looks like he's doing well.  He's made 18 relief appearances, 3-2 w/ 7 saves and a 2.33 ERA and a very impressive 36 K's in 19.1 innings. 

Stats (http://kannapolis.intimidators.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_ibp&cid=487&stn=true&sid=t487)

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on June 02, 2009, 12:25:37 am
I was talking to a former mt union player that said he might put in for the capital job. i could easily see him return to 23rd street field in a different shade of purple and sweep his former coach.

I've seen nothing yet out of Cap to indicate Weyrich resigned/ was fired.  Don't know as many folks as I used to around there, especially with the baseball program, but I would think it would get reported somewhere?? ???

Is this good info you have?

I know Weyrich is an ordained minister and had (HAS?) a construction company that he owns.  His wife is a professor at Columbus State CC, and he has two girls who are starting to enter that age where they have lots of "activities" that you get in trouble if you miss.  So, he has lots of other stuff going on, but he's a Capital grad and when he was hired a few years ago, he said it was his "dream job, coming back to my hometown and alma mater."  I can't imagine that he would leave unless 1) he was forced out (unlikely- given the new administration), or 2) the rumor of Capital "de-emphasizing" athletics is true and he was frustrated by it (and the lack of admin support he would receive over the next few years)... this was ALLEGEDLY the "unspoken" reason Jim Collins went looking to move on from the football program 2 years ago.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 02, 2009, 01:11:05 am
I was talking to a former mt union player that said he might put in for the capital job. i could easily see him return to 23rd street field in a different shade of purple and sweep his former coach.

I've seen nothing yet out of Cap to indicate Weyrich resigned/ was fired.  Don't know as many folks as I used to around there, especially with the baseball program, but I would think it would get reported somewhere?? ???

Is this good info you have?

I know Weyrich is an ordained minister and had (HAS?) a construction company that he owns.  His wife is a professor at Columbus State CC, and he has two girls who are starting to enter that age where they have lots of "activities" that you get in trouble if you miss.  So, he has lots of other stuff going on, but he's a Capital grad and when he was hired a few years ago, he said it was his "dream job, coming back to my hometown and alma mater."  I can't imagine that he would leave unless 1) he was forced out (unlikely- given the new administration), or 2) the rumor of Capital "de-emphasizing" athletics is true and he was frustrated by it (and the lack of admin support he would receive over the next few years)... this was ALLEGEDLY the "unspoken" reason Jim Collins went looking to move on from the football program 2 years ago.

It's funny you ask JK because I tried to find anything substantive about Weyrich leaving and was unable to do so.  If he did indeed leave I would have to think it was his choice.  Cap seems to be patient and we're not far removed from him taking them to their first OAC tourney final ever and winning COY.

Also, this is the first I've heard of the rumored possible de-emphasizing of athletics.  Would that simply entail shifting some funds previously earmarked for sports toward academic pursuits?  Or is it more of a "cultural thing" than a fiscal thing?  I guess I've just never seen anyone do anything like that in the OAC so I'm curious what it would mean.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on June 02, 2009, 10:03:22 am
I think cap has started to de-emphasize the athletics program because that is the one thing that is holding him up about applying. He thinks the position isn't a full time job anymore.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on June 02, 2009, 10:12:52 am
I have two independent sources in Central Ohio that have told me the Capital job is open
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on June 02, 2009, 11:34:24 am
I have no idea what it means.  It's not something that they "advertise."  It's just whispers in the wind right now, heresay and innuendo backed up by people who believe it with examples that they think fit.

You know I played FB at Cap for former AD Roger Welsh and in my fifth year I was a student assistant coach for Jim Collins in his first year there.  So I have some people I talk to.  No one has ever used the phrase "de-emphasize athletics" except for hscoach on the football board immediately after Collins left.  But I had heard things floating around Capital circles in that time frame along the same lines.

It all happened when President Ted Fredrickson retired in 2006.  Ted was president from 2001-2006.  He oversaw a lot of the growth of Capital, athletic facilites and budgets in particular.  He and his wife were regulars at almost every Cap sporting event.  In late May of 06, the faculty threatened him with a no confidence vote because of a 5.3 million operating budget deficit that he pledged the year before to reduce to below $2 million.  He retired shortly thereafter, presumably because of the situation, though no one ever said as much.  There were rumors at the time that a lot of the faculty were upset about the amount of money going to the sports programs, especially those in the Conservatory of Music.  After Ted's retirement, Dr. Denvy Bowman was named interim president and then the 15th president of Capital in 2007.

Shortly after Bowman became president, it was announced, in no particular order, that SID Len Reich was leaving (for MUC), that Roger Welsh was retiring as AD, and that Jim Collins was named the HC at Saginaw Valley (MI) State (a D2 school).  There were also some other changes made throughout the Athletic Department and around the same time each varsity sport had an alumni led "association" created for it to pander for donations to "support travel and other expenses incurred by the team."

Taken seperately and at face value, there seems nothing dramatic here.  MUC, desipte Alliance being a smaller market than Columbus, is a step up for an SID given the football program's national exposure and the fact that the Alliance paper is dedicated to MUC rather than having to compete fro space with The Ohio State University.  Roger had been at Cap for nearly 30 years, and his grandkids were starting activities he wanted to be a part of.  Jim had about as much success as you can have in football in the OAC, given the fact that Mount wins the league title every year.  He was still only in his 40's but had been at Cap for 10 years and aspired to bigger things and needed to make the jump before his kids got to Jr. High (his oldest started last year).

None of it was really surprising, but then a friend told me that Jim didn't really want to leave until after his kids graduated HS but "the new president essentially forced his hand when Jim told him about SVSU."  Supposedly Roger retired thinking that Dixie Jeffers (the women's BB coach) would be named the new AD, but was informed after he submitted his retirement that would not be the case because the new president wanted "to go in a new direction."  Never heard any ulterior motive for Len leaving, but lumped in at the same time as the others, it seems suspicious as well.

hscoach, being a Mount FB broadcaster, has access to the SID's and information has a way of flowing around the pressbox.  Don't know where he heard the term "de-emphasize," but right after Jim left we had a discussion about it on the FB board.

So, never anything official, though every department, including athletics, took a cut when Bowman took over.  DOn't know if the athletic budget cut was proportional or not.  Just, I think, more of a change in mind-set.  Bowman isn't a regular at games, events aren't publicized like before (though that could be attributale to the fact that Len was/ is a GREAT SID- you are seeing that at MUC), and there isn't a lot of support (lots of empty seats as Capital hosted, for the first time ever, a first round men's BB game this year).

So if Greg is leaving, it might be attributable to the general malaise toward sports that is emanating from the president's office at Capital.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 02, 2009, 11:49:19 am
Wow, GREAT post JK.  +k

I agree with you.  Taken individually each of those departures could be explained away, but in the context of the larger picture it keeps getting harder to call it coincidence.  Plus, as you said earlier, Weyrich is an alum and this was his dream job.  I guess the more we talk about it on here the more I'm concerned that Cap's program may suffer. 

There was an article not long ago about Dr. Bowman in one of the business publications down here praising him for his fiscal sense.  To a normal person I'm sure it was kind of boring, but as someone who follows the OAC I thought it was very interesting because of some of the undertones to what he was saying.  If I recall, there was a very "my way or the highway" vibe.  I'm going to try to find the article and I'll post the link if I do.  I think you would be interested in it if you haven't read it already.  The thing I was most surprised by was Capital operating at a deficit of that magnitude.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 02, 2009, 11:58:52 am
Here's an article from Business First about Cap's new President.  The article I was thinking of was in Columbus CEO within the last 6 months, but I can't seem to find it.  I just remember reading it during a conference call to stay awake.

Cap Article (http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2007/01/08/story5.html)

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on June 03, 2009, 10:53:31 pm
Interesting read.  If you find the other, PM me or something.

I am not a Bowman fan, for the record.  You are right on the "my way" vibe.  I get it too from everything I read that he's written and other stuff I hear.  He definitely has an "air" about him.  I don't know if it is fair of me, since I don't really know him.  It just seems that way to me.

I just get upset when a new president with no athletic background comes in and immediately looks at the athletic department as a way to cut costs becuase they don't think sports are that important or "are consistent with the academic nature of the university" (or other code phrases they use to say the same thing).  I think sports are an INTEGRAL part of the college experience. 

And, the lessons you learn in sports are hard to teach elsewhere.  You just develop an innate sense of how your actions impact others, how you fit into a bigger picture.  There are also the physical things you learn, like a greater sense of what your body is trying to tell you, hand-eye coordination, etc.  And then there is the competitive nature that you develop.  You and I and everyone who played sports can tell in an instant almost who has a background playing sports and who doesn't.  It doesn't even have to be a varsity sport in college or even high school.  It can be church league softball or weekend golf or bowling league...whatever.

Trust me.  Once you see kids trying to accomplish something physical you can tell almost immediately.  In my 10 years as an Army Officer I commanded a Basic Training Unit and was an ROTC instructor.  SO I trained both brand new Enlisted Soldiers and brand new Officers.  I knew those who had some athletic background and those who were in the band or art club or whatever. 

I hate to say it that way because there is NOTHING wrong with that.  I appreciate a good art exhibit and have seen my fair share of Broadway musicals, etc.  I respect the hell out of people who can sing and draw because I can't. 

In recruiting for ROTC we wanted what we called SAL's- Scholar, Athlete, Leader.  Active in sports/ other athletic pursuits, good grades/ test scores, and active in the community and other organizations.  Well rounded kids.  That's the goal, and you could tell those who lack the Athletic part.  A lot of them struggle with Physical FItness and teamwork and in a lot of cases, confidence in front of others.  Sometimes they overcompensate in other ways.  Like the "I'm smarter than you" vibe I get from Dr. Bowman.  I dunno... random ramblings late in the evening.

I really do fear that Bowman is going to damage the Athletic department.  No offense to our NCAC friends, but my worst fear is that Bowman pushes us into that realm... and don't get too defensive, NCAC guys... you know what I mean, Oberlins of the world.

I think OAC schools, especially MUC and ONU should be looked at as models for D3 schools rather than outliers.  Both have integrated powerhouse athletic programs seamlessly into their school's mission and experience.  MUC with football and ONU overall (look at the all-sports standings the last few years).  The OAC as a whole, those institutions seem to think of sports and academics as virtual equals, whereas some of the NCAC and UAA schools have the sports lag far behind.  Cap could easily slip into that realm, and it scares the crap out of me.  There are a lot of benefits to a good sports program... recruiting, increased visibility, $$$.  MUC has seen it, but for many years, a lot of Cap faculty and administrators have fought it.

We'll see how it goes.  I might just be completely nuts...who knows.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 04, 2009, 12:47:26 am
Obviously most of us on here are biased when it comes to the value to sports as part of the college experience, but I think there's basis for that feeling. 

If someone is playing a sport at a D3 school they're most likely taking a fairly rigorous academic course load while doing so.  I know at MUC we had study table, but compared to what I've seen at OSU it's not even close to the same level of structure or support (not surprising).  My point is that D3 athletes learn to be good time managers and multi-taskers and they do so largely on their own.  You're responsible for yourself.  Guess what?  That's what being an adult is all about so it's a good thing to figure out before you're in the real world.

JK you did a much better job talking about the lessons and physical benefits of sports than I could, but I want to go off on a tangent kind of.  When you're on a team you share common goals, common experiences, etc.  But more importantly, you physically spend A LOT of time together.  That's my favorite thing about playing sports at MUC.  I've made friends that I will have my entire life.  Sure you would have plenty of friends without sports, but there's something about spending hours together daily in that environment that bonds you whether you want it to or not.  To this day I'll run into former teammates and even if we're not friends we'll stop, chat and inevitably laugh.  "Did you hear about so and so?" 

Not long ago a kid I played ball with passed away.  My buddy and I attended the service.  Not surprisingly we walked in and saw probably a dozen guys from the team.  Some that hadn't talked to the kid since graduation.  One kid flew from Chicago to be there.  And none of this surprised me even though we graduated 7 years ago.  When it comes to the guys you played sports with it's like time stopped.  You knew them so well at one point that it will take years for that familiar feeling to fade away.  We haven't reached that point yet and honestly I hope we don't for some time.  But I just don't know if there's a way to replicate that connection outside of the context of a sports team. 

I guess my point, albeit longwinded, is that I wouldn't trade the friends I've made for all the wins in the world.  To me that's the most underappreciated aspect of the college sports experience.  I hope Capital, or any institution, keeps that in mind.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on June 04, 2009, 01:33:33 am
Agreed.  To illustrate for you:

Recently in airports I ran into two former teammates of mine.  One from High School (Jeff Waggoner- now the head baseball coach at Marshall) in Houston- he was a year younger than me and we played football and baseball together, baseball even in little league; and one from College (Keith Boucher- last Capital All-American from the Welsh era) in St. Louis- he was a Sr. when I was a Fr. Hadn't seen either of them in 10-15 years. 

Talked for as long as I could to both like we never missed a day.  Didn't even hesitate.  Recognized each other instantly (not surprising with Jeff, pretty surprised Keith remembered me though given that we only played together for a year) even with the years that had passed, did the one handed bro-hug/ back slap thing, talked about old teammates.

Amazing.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on June 04, 2009, 08:37:08 am
congrats to the ABCA All-Americans!!

First Team
Cameron Cimino (Marietta)

Third Team
Gar Keen (Heidelberg)
Brian Hiscox (Otterbein)

ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team
Greg Ferrell (Mount Union)

Further congratulations go to Andy Lowe - Heidelberg, who also made ABCA Third  Team All American according to the Heidelberg web site.

My apologies to Andy Lowe for not mentioning him in my original lsit....after doing some research, I found that he was a late add-on to the ABCA 3rd team All-American list after Farmingdale State pitcher Heeman was suspended from the World Series and removed from the list.

Lowe deserved the honor regardless, he was such an outstanding pitcher this year for the Berg and for the OAC!!!  Congrats Andy  :)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on June 04, 2009, 11:57:35 pm
OHSAA Baseball Championships this weekend at Huntington Bank Field (the new Clipper's Stadium downtown- behind the arena).

DI- Semi's friday- Iggy and Moeller play first and then Green and Pickerington North.  Final Saturday at 7pm
DII- Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Walsh Jesuit play Saturday at 1pm
DIII- Gnadenhutten Indian Valley and Hamilton Badin play Saturday at 10am
DIV- Semis friday- New Middletown Springfield and Newark Catholic play and then Hamler Patrick Henry and Reading.  FInal Saturday at 4pm.

Here is a link to the bracket:
http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/bb/boys/2009/stbrkt.pdf
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on June 05, 2009, 06:44:05 pm
The OHSAA finals are 7/8ths set.  Last game of the semis starts in about 20 minutes between Green and Pickerington North in Division I.

In addition to the two finals set yesterday, the DIV final will be between Hamler Patrick Henry and New Middletown Springfield

Moeller puched their ticket to the DI final earlier and awaits the winner of the Green-Pick North game above.

If there is anybody out there...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 05, 2009, 09:37:11 pm
I wish I could go to the baseball championships, but I always work track and it's always the same weekend.  If anyone has a chance to go you should go just to enjoy the ballpark.  Very nice venue. 

I did get to see a kid from Gahanna break Brandon Saine's record in the 100 today though.  Kid scorched the track up with a 10.47 in the semis.  It was actually the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium record too which is cool for that kid.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on June 07, 2009, 11:31:00 pm
Moeller played Pick North for the DI title and won
Notre Dane-Cathedral Latin won D2
Gnadehutten Indian Valley won D3 (beat my wife's alma mater- Hamilton Badin- on a throuwing error in the bottom of the 8th inning.  Badin back to back runners up- both tough luck losses)
Hamler Patrick Henry won D4.

And the HS baseball season is over in Ohio...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 09, 2009, 10:28:37 am
To no one's surprise MUC asst. Joe Gilhousen was 1 of the 3 candidates interviewed for the HC position at Massillon HS.  According to the article the school hopes to make a decision in the next couple days, but it won't be voted on until the BOE meeting on 6/24.  If Vegas was taking bets on this Gilhousen would nearly be off the board.  His resume is light years better than the other 2 candidates combined. 

Inde Article (http://www.indeonline.com/sports/x1176008500/Three-left-for-Tiger-baseball-vacancy)

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on June 09, 2009, 10:33:41 pm
I have heard from former teammates that he in fact was offered and took the job at Massilion HS today
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 09, 2009, 11:06:24 pm
No surprise there.  Great hire for Massillon.  Not good news for MUC though.  This adds a new level of intrigue to see how next season goes.  I've heard that Spike Ridgely is a solid young asst, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that at least one other quality asst. is brought into the fold.  Unfortunately, I'm not getting my hopes up.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on June 10, 2009, 12:39:59 pm
To be 100% honest I have no idea where this program will go now.  Joe did so much for this program beyond anyones realization and I dont think Hesse can pick up all the responsibilities that Joe left behind.  Spike is a quality assistant with high energy but he cant do it alone.  I am not suggesting he be fired but I feel like this would be an opportune time to clean house completely.  2 of 3 assistants leave, the economy warrants that a younger coach would make less and save the college money, and the program hasnt really gone anywhere the past decade with him there.  I'm not saying, I'm just saying...

But for reason that only MUC people will understand the common sense thing to is the last thing ever to happen in Alliance
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on June 10, 2009, 10:46:27 pm
common sense is like big foot at mount union. often talked about but never really seen. I know there were talks a few years back about Gilhausen taking over for Hesse, but that never happened. Mount Union's athletics program has turned into the old boys club. There are a good handful of guys there for the past 10+ years with only a fraction of them actually showing true success. I think everything is going to stay the same and they will be spinning their wheels for at least the next five years, or whenever Coach Kheres decides to hang up the whistle. If they bring a new AD in at that point, there could be a new baseball coach before the AD even gets his name on the door.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 11, 2009, 12:32:35 am
I think for the most part MUC is in decent shape in men's sports (football excluded obviously).  Here's my breakdown of the guys I know of:

Hesse:  I think there seems to be a general sense of agreement amongst the MUC posters on this, but I think pushing a decade and a half of mediocrity speaks for itself.  Each year the best case scenario is finishing 3rd or 4th in the regular season and, at best, winning a couple games in the OAC tourney.  But he's been at MUC forever and I don't think any of us see a change coming.  Why would we?  Past performance tells us not to.

Hood:  I touched on this during the basketball season on that board, but he's basically the same situation for hoops that Hesse is for baseball.  The only difference is that he did have one deep NCAA tournament run on the backs of Shipp and N. Richards, but that was almost 15 years ago.  Take a look at his winning % vs. Hesse's.  Eerily similar.

Homon:  The longest tenured coach at MUC and the man responsible for more hardware in the Timken trophy cases than anyone (LK included).  He's won 50+ OAC titles...aided by the fact that he has 3 chances a year (CC/indoor/outdoor), but the bottom line is the guy AVERAGES winning almost 2 OAC titles per year. 

Woj:  Quietly has done a nice job w/ tennis.  They're competitive every year.  They're basically almost a lock to make the semis of the OAC tourney every year.  I have no problem w/ Woj.  I think he does a good job.

MacDuffie:  Young guy has done a great job w/ golf.  They're consistently finishing in the top 3 of the OAC now and he seems to be getting better and better players.  They even made the NCAA tourney which is a bonus in my mind. 

Hawald:  Another young guy who I don't know much about.  What I do know is that the Raider wrestling program fell on some tough times and he seems to have them heading in the right direction (6-4, 4-2 last yr).

??:  I don't even know who the soccer coach is now.  That seems to be the grenade job at MUC.  Someone pulls the pin, leaves and the next guy comes in and...well, let's just say the program is struggling. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on June 11, 2009, 11:57:25 am
nice breakdown. for the most part i was thinking of hood and hesse, because homon, lk, and woj have been there for ages, have won, and dont plan on going anywhere else. what does it say for the programs of mediocrity where they dont even cut. They just keep everyone involved and wait for them to quit year by year. A freshman baseball class of 20 turns into a senior class of 7 very quickly. Same with basketball in a group of 8 freshman, only 1 or 2 seniors come out of it.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 11, 2009, 01:41:22 pm
I know what you mean about cuts.  We had a dress list for JV games because there were too many freshmen.  Can you imagine what the baseball roster would look like if there WERE cuts?  At least this way the right guys might get on the field by accident.  It's been years and several asst coaches since I was there, but half of our starters weren't even really recruited.  A couple were there to play football and also played baseball.  Our top 2 starting pitchers weren't recruited.  Nor was our best position player.  The only reason I was recruited was because I played summer league w/ an asst's son.  He asked me where I was going, I said JCU and he basically convinced me to go to MUC over the summer.  If not for that I would have ended up at JCU.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 12, 2009, 11:56:58 am
Massillon finally went public w/ their choice of Gilhousen.  Just waiting on the red tape of BOE approval now.

Inde article (http://www.indeonline.com/sports/x2085759167/Gilhousen-the-choice-for-Tiger-baseball-job)

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on June 14, 2009, 04:47:12 pm
Just noticed that Weyrich's bio has been taken off the "coaching staff" section of the baseball page on capital.edu.

Guess that means it's official that he isn't coming back next year...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 15, 2009, 10:38:40 am
Nice catch JK.  I didn't see anything posted on their site or elsewhere as of yet as far as the opening goes.

I've said in the past that I thought the Cap job was a good one, especially for a young up and coming coach.  But based on some the discussions on here about the overall direction of the athletic department as a whole at the university I'm not sure what to think these days.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 17, 2009, 11:46:25 pm
Capital's Head Coaching position is officially posted on ncaa.org now.  And yes, it is advertised as a part-time position.  Does anyone know how Cap did it in the past? 

Job Posting (http://ncaamarket.ncaa.org/jobdetail.cfm?job=3137946)

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on June 18, 2009, 10:35:30 am
Thinking back, I think it has always been a part time position.  The HC when I was there, Jeff Bricker, had another job.  I know some guys actually worked for him in the summers.  Weyrich had another job...ran his own construction company.

That's a lot of hours to put in for a part time gig with recruiting, practice, fall ball, spring trip, regular season, weight training and conditioning, etc..
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 18, 2009, 11:57:35 am
Without question, a lot of time for part time.  It would be extremely hard to have another job just because of when you would have to be on campus.  Plus all the time recruiting and keeping up w/ your guys grades, etc.  During the spring it would be next to impossible.  You essentially couldn't work another job on game days.  You almost have to have someone like Weyrich that worked for himself.  I know at MUC Hesse taught a couple classes and also had an admin role (Asst. AD or something) so he was in essence full time at MUC.  Obviously Palm is the AD at Berg.  Not sure about the others (although I'm sure the job is full time at Etta...they don't mess around).
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: oacfan on June 19, 2009, 04:31:00 pm
Brewer is assistant AD and teaches some classes at Marietta.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 19, 2009, 04:59:35 pm
^^^  Makes sense. 

Fisher (BW) is the head of the Health/PE Dept, so he's a professor.  Thompson (Musky) teaches some classes. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 27, 2009, 04:35:53 pm
Denison is looking for a new HC.  This isn't good news for Cap as that program is in better shape than Cap's and it's also a full time position.  Hopefully it will not affect Cap's ability to bring in a quality guy. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on June 28, 2009, 11:05:29 pm
Denison is looking for a new HC.  This isn't good news for Cap as that program is in better shape than Cap's and it's also a full time position.  Hopefully it will not effect Cap's ability to bring in a quality guy. 

Wow

Denison had two players from my son’s high school on the team. They were twins one is a pitcher the other a 2nd baseman. I believe the kid that played 2nd made an all-league team this year as a freshman. Hope it doesn’t effect them.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 29, 2009, 01:40:29 am
Bump, I hope it doesn't affect the kids at Denison either, but it doesn't sound great in Granville based on what DenisonFan posted on the NCAC thread.  Sounds like things are a little messy.  It's a shame.


From the "take it w/ a grain of salt" dept:

I was perusing another message board and a poster said that the Cap job had been narrowed to 3 candidates, but no concrete word on if/when interviews or decision will happen.  Take that for what you will based on the "source".  Hey, it's almost July...I'm grasping at straws at this point.   ;D
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 10, 2009, 10:41:47 am
I saw Greg Ferrell (MUC) was named Player of the Week in the Great Lakes League after hitting .571 last week.  Here are how some OAC guys are doing in the league thus far.  These are the guys that seem to be playing a good amount.

Lowe (Berg):   7 app, 10 IP, 0-1, 0.00 ERA, 1 H, 9K, .030 Opp BA

Koehl (Berg):   2 starts, 13 IP, 2-0, 1.38 ERA, 5th in league in ERA

D. Jones (Etta):   10 games/8 starts, .241 BA

Hiscox (Ott):   12 games/9 starts, .185 BA

Ferrell (MUC):   19 games/18 starts, .359 BA, 9 2B, 8/9 SB, 9th in league in BA

LaCorte (Ott):   6 app/3 starts, 19 IP, 3-2, 5.21 ERA, 16 K
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Buckley on July 14, 2009, 08:03:40 pm
Does anyone know when Capital intends to make a decision by? 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 15, 2009, 12:39:59 pm
Does anyone know when Capital intends to make a decision by? 

I would hope in the next 2 weeks.  I've heard that they have it down to 2 candidates.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on July 15, 2009, 02:23:25 pm
Dr. Ac

Did you catch the news on the football board about Cap's OC, Manny Matsakis, leaving?

As per our discussion following the Weyrich departure, add Manny to the list of "suspicious" departures.  Manny was another Capital grad, hired last year, who left with little or no warning.  Can't say I am too sorry to see him go after the debacle in the last half of last season, but it still adds to the list of Welsh, Collins, Reich, and Weyrich.

At least Damon and Dixie are still there.  But, at this rate, maybe we should be asking ourselves "for how much longer?"
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 15, 2009, 03:09:38 pm
I did see that JK.  It seemed like most of the guys on the football board were viewing it almost as an addition by subtraction thing for Cap and you regulars know much better than me.  Is it normal to be looking for an OC in mid-July though?  I feel like your options would be limited at this point.

In the grand scheme of things I see what you're saying.  I guess the way I look at it as an outsider is that I simply ask "Are the athletic programs in a better place now than they were?"  I don't know that we can say that for anything other than the aforementioned hoops teams (Goodwin/Jeffers).  I think this year is going to be a huge year for football because w/ a healthy Marty Assman they really need to get back on track and prove that it was just injuries and/or Matsakis (and not a larger problem i.e. the departure of Collins) that led to the hiccup.   

Also, I was a little surprised Cap didn't do something like make Jeffers the AD and Goodwin the Asst. AD in order to kind of lock them up so to speak.  Obviously schools like MUC w/ Kehres and Berg w/ Palm have employed this tactic because it's not easy to find quality coaches that want to stay long-term.       
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Buckley on July 15, 2009, 08:26:37 pm
just saw on Capital's website, they hired Ryan Grice from LaGrange in Georgia.   Good guy - I wish him the best of luck
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 15, 2009, 10:36:19 pm
Here's the link:  Grice to Cap (http://www.capital.edu/25885/)

He's an Ohio guy (alum of West Holmes HS and Walsh Univ.), but it looks like no HC experience at the college level outside of summer league.  I said a while ago that I thought they should give a young guy a shot to build it.  Here's the chance.  I wish him well.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on July 15, 2009, 11:18:56 pm
Roger Welsh was my football coach when I was at Cap.  When I was living in Kentucky, I made it back up to Cap for a few games and had the opportunity to talk with Roger on a couple of occasions.  In his last year as AD, one of our conversations centered on what direction Cap would go when he retired as AD.  Though he never said it, I got the impression that the groundwork had been laid for Dixie Jeffers, who has been the associate AD in addition to head women's coach and living legend for as long as I can remember, to succeed him as AD, with the potential for Damon Goodwin (mens hoops HC) or the head football coach to take over as associate AD.  This would have also had the added bonus of freeing up a spot to make the head baseball coach a full-time position.

So, it came as quite a shock to me when Roger did retire and they hired Dawn Mamula (now Stewart) from outside as AD.  I thought it quite the slap in the face to Dixie in particular and to Roger's wishes after so many years of loyal service to Cap.  I certainly don't know if Dixie even wanted the job (or if anyone else inside- like Damon- did either), but it just seemed a strange route to take after a couple of years of great success in the sports programs in general (in a 3 year stretch at the end of Roger's tenure the FB, VB, MBB, WBB, baseball, M Soccer, and W Soccer all made the post season).  You would think that iff someone already there would have wanted the job, it would have been a nice way to reward them and "lock them up" as you put it.

I don't know what is going on.  I will always cheer for my alma mater, but I am starting to have some serious questions as to the direction of the administration in regards to athletics.  Certainly Dr. Bowman has his own agenda, all presidents do, but I don't think it has to be at the expense of what was quickly becoming a top-notch sports program in gerneral.

As for Matsakis, I am not sad to see him go.  The offense lacked balance and imagination last year.  I expected some of it, since Jim Collins was a top-notch offensive mind, but expected to see Manny get more comfortable as the year went on.  He never seemed to settle in as an OC.  Marty Assman getting hurt had a bit to do with it, but the fact that when he lost Marty the offense went in the tank is inexcusable.  He had no developed back-up and couldn't adjust like Collins had done the year before when Marty went down and Cap still made the playoffs.  It was sad to watch the offense roll over at the end of last season.  The D played pretty well and the offense had nothing, hence losing 5 of the last 6.

It is pretty late in the game to bring someone in, I would think.  Spring ball is over, so the time to learn a new offense is not in August.  I would think they would HAVE to hire someone from within or someone formerly on the staff (maybe bring back Mike Ancona???).  We'll see.

As for the rest, to be continued I guess...

I am pretty excited about new blood for the baseball team though.  Hope springs eternal with every new coach.  We'll see if this young man can have some success.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 16, 2009, 10:00:46 am
After I posted I thought I remembered you posting in the past something to the effect that Welsh may have wanted to have Jeffers step into the AD role so thanks for confirming that.  The old memory isn't what it used to be.

I understand that Bowman may have his own agenda, but as the president one of, if not THE most important, item on his agenda has to be enrollment.  Well what's the easiest way to maximize enrollment?  I'm guessing it's by maximizing participation in athletics.  Look at MUC.  LK brings in 120 freshmen every year and how many of them are there because of football?  By no means am I degrading the academics at my alma mater, but let's face reality...those kids had a dozen options comparable to MUC academically.  The differentiating factor was sports.  Another thing you joked about on the football board that's true is buildings.  MUC is constantly upgrading campus.  I was on campus this week and the renovations to the Rec Center and athletic facilities are great.  And the new admissions center looks fantastic as well.  But beyond that, they do a first rate job w/ grounds maintenance and landscaping.  Campus no doubt helps w/ enrollment. 

But Cap has something few other OAC schools have...great location.  I've never walked the entire campus, but what I've seen is nice.  Bexley is one of the best suburbs in Ohio.  And the Cap Center/Bernlohr is outstanding.  I guess my point is, that stuff is already in place.  You already HAD quality FB, MBB, WBB coaches there to maximize those facilities by fielding highly competitive teams every year which should, in turn, maximize your enrollment from sports.  Why not embrace it?  Bowman seems like a bottom line guy and I would have thought that the idea of using the athletics arm to maximize tuition $ would have been a no brainer, especially in light of their financial situation when he came in.  Any port in a storm, right?  That makes me wonder if he's a true bottom line guy w/ business acumen or whether he's an academic idealist (perhaps even elitist?) who talks a good game.  Only time will tell I suppose, but I just hope for the University's sake he doesn't underestimate the role athletics plays in the financial health of the school.  This isn't OSU.  These are D3 schools where you may have 40 or 50% of your male students playing sports.  It's important whether his ideals agree with it or not.         
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on July 16, 2009, 10:18:39 am
Couldn't have said it better myself  ;D
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 16, 2009, 06:34:02 pm
I can understand the reasoning behind putting more emphasis on academics and how that could be attractive to potential students. I have a harder time grasping the rational behind de-emphasizing anything in a time of operating deficits. In most cases you have to spend money to make money. Sports can be a large expense for a university but they also can provide revenue as well as intangible benefits for the student athlete and the university in total. Capitols approach is puzzling to me if what has been outlined in previous posts has any merit.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on July 16, 2009, 08:10:23 pm
I certainly agree, bump.  ALthough it has never been stated that Capital is "de-emphasizing" anything (I believe that was HS Coach's phrase on the football board last year sometime), some of the moves made in the School in general and the Athletic Department in particular have led me to question some things with my alma mater.  A whole lot of little things seem to be adding up to something bigger.  WHere there is smoke (numerous coaches, etc. leaving with little or no warning, fewer number of incoming recruits each year, president not attending home games, etc), there usually is a fire ("de-emphasis" on athletics).

Only time will tell us the whole story, I guess.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Buckley on July 16, 2009, 10:37:49 pm
I don't get administrators.  most small schools are tuition driven - therefore, most coaches are glorified admission counselors.   to underestimate the role that athletics plays in the survival of a small college is just stubborness from an administrator that didn't play athletics.  There reasoning is to "emphasize" how important academics is.  Small colleges is a very competitive market place.   Most of the small schools in the oac and ncac have around 2400 undergrads.  approximately 450 of those are athletes, and i would be willing to bet that another 150 or so came in for athletics and have quit and stayed in school there.  that is 25% of your student body.   problem is, most administrators think coaches are dumb jocks and kids come there based solely on academics alone.    I think that administrators think that kids wake up one day and say that I want to go to Capital or Ohio Weslyan and oh yeah, i think they have a baseball program so i might participate.  this thinking completely underestimate the amount of work and recruiting that is needed to get a player to play at a small college. I don't understand it when administrators don't give the respect to athletics that it should deserve.   Food for thought:   35 man roster - $30,000 tuition each = $1,000,000 gross profit.    total team budget $35,000.   Entire Coaching staff salary $40,000.   - program receives less than 10% from the university.  still don't understand how you can't have a full time coach and a full time assistant at least at every small university. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 16, 2009, 11:46:42 pm
Agreed, Buckley.  At MUC there are usually 50 some kids on the baseball roster.  Do the math there.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on July 17, 2009, 12:36:27 am
you can always just use the simple figure that muc has about 2000 students and around, if not over 200 of them play football. thats 10% of the school to one sport! a very nice chunk of money to the school
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 17, 2009, 07:34:20 am
I believe there was a survey done at one of the OAC schools asking students what things were most important to them when choosing a school. The top three responses were the quality of housing, quality of recreational / athletic facilities and quality of food. Someone may what to rethink his strategy.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 17, 2009, 09:58:11 am
Not sure if anyone checked the front page of d3baseball.com, but there's a story on there about UW-Lax doing away w/ baseball and men's tennis due to financial woes.  Basically they have to raise money by 9/1/09 just to stave off the death sentence for a year.  50k for baseball, 40k for tennis. 

Here's an article from the newspaper:  WSJ (http://www.madison.com/wsj/mad/sports/457996)

The program would then have to raise 350-375k by May 2010 to continue the program beyond next year.  The coach sounds realistic about it saying they would need a couple major donors to make that happen, but that if they could just raise the 50k now it would allow his kids a year to transfer and let his seniors who would be hard pressed to transfer for 1 year to finish out their careers.  Sad.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 17, 2009, 10:04:35 am
I believe there was a survey done at one of the OAC schools asking students what things were most important to them when choosing a school. The top three responses were the quality of housing, quality of recreational / athletic facilities and quality of food. Someone may what to rethink his strategy.

Good point, Bump.  I read an article not too long ago discussing how vital housing was to small colleges competing for enrollment.  The gist of it was that kids these days aren't used to sharing anything, especially bedrooms, so colleges are catering to that by building apartment style housing and converting old dorms that were doubles to singles.   

p.s. I can't even fathom this.  Not only did I have a roommate every year I lived in the dorm, but even when I lived in a house there were 6 of us in a 5 bedroom house.  Yours truly got to share the "master bedroom" with a roommate because we had last pick.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 26, 2009, 01:42:43 pm
Dr. A, how does Mounts recruiting class look this year?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 26, 2009, 06:54:05 pm
Good question Bump.  I'll do some digging and see what I can find out.  They aren't going to be filling many holes as the majority of the starters are back next year.  The biggest losses are Slaybaugh at 1B, McFarland at 3B and Griffith out of the pen.  Sevek is gone, but Von Duyke should slide into his spot in the OF and be fine.  I don't see how they can come close to the production they got at the corner IF spots, but how close they come will play a big role in how the offense goes.  Griffith didn't get a lot of love, but he was just an extremely solid guy out of the pen and you HAVE to have guys like him to win close games.  With Mariotti, Irwin and Sabatino I like the top 3 in the rotation, but you need a couple reliable guys out of the pen.  Wise will have to step up and be one of those guys next year.    

Honestly, I'm more concerned about the fact that as of now MUC has no asst. coaches.  Gilhousen took the Massillon job obviously, but Spike Ridgley went w/ him and Grove is not coming back as pitching coach either.  I figured Spike would follow Gilhousen since he's a Massillon kid (plus his dad is the AD, so he has extra close ties to the Tigers).
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 26, 2009, 08:02:02 pm
I didn’t know that Coach Ridgley went with Gilhousen to Massillon but it doesn’t surprise me. It will be interesting to see how the Massillon baseball program progresses with Gilhousen and the AD’s son at the helm. I am not aware of any Stark Co. players going to MU. It seems like Mount usually gets a player or two from Glenoak,  North Canton, Massillon or Lake every year. I wonder if there is any interest in Jeff Wallace as a pitching coach to replace Grove. He has some ties to Alliance and is a good baseball guy.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 26, 2009, 10:02:06 pm
I think Massillon will be on the rise quickly.  Gilhousen's resume speaks for itself and I sincerely doubt that he would walk into that job without knowing that there would be nothing hindering his way of doing things.  With Gilhousen and Spike running things there will be no second guessing anymore.  At least I hope not!

I'll be interested to see if that pipeline from GlenOak dries up now.  Not saying MUC won't get any GO guys, but I don't think it will be w/ the same frequency.  I'm sure McClellan was quick to send his GO guys over to Alliance to play for his old coach.  

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 26, 2009, 10:05:53 pm
Stark County kids that I've seen in the paper:

To Malone:

Chack (Lake)
Strouble (Marlington)
Joe Monnot (GO)
Messer and Forchione (Perry)

To Walsh:

Dougherty (McK)
Cheyney (Jackson)
Piporo (Lake)
Stinson (Marlington)

To MUC:

McCarthy (Massillon)

   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mucbaseball08 on July 28, 2009, 12:45:28 am
Hello everyone,

First post here but I've followed the board for quite some time.  Anyways I am a former Mount Union player and I actually have some answers pertaining to the assistant coach search and some news for the next season.

One of my former teammates and close friends went and interviewed for an assistant coaching job with Coach Hesse this week and he came away with this from the interview.

- Ryan Armstrong, class of 1999 is one of the new assistants for the upcoming season
- My friend is in the final 3, along with 2 other unknown college assistants for the other assistant position and that decision should be made this Wednesday.  Although if you know Hesse he isn't very good at being on time with anything...
- Speaking of Hesse, he will take over pitching coach duties once again.
- Craig Knott has been dismissed from Mount for poor academics, looking to continue playing at a JUCO in Florida.
- Sadly Hesse told my friend that Paul Mariotti was hurt this summer and is going to the Indians team doctor.  Apparently it may cause him to sit out his senior year.  I remember his freshman year he was sidelined with shoulder bursitis
- Lastly someone asked about recruiting.  While Gilhousen was at the school he would rate recruits and prospective players on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best.  Coach Hesse told my friend that this year the majority of recruits are rated 4/5, this class being the strongest in recent years.  Who is apart of it I do not know, just that Hesse thinks very highly of them.

I'll keep you posted with the coaching update when I find out later this week.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mucbaseball08 on July 28, 2009, 12:53:47 am
I didn’t know that Coach Ridgley went with Gilhousen to Massillon but it doesn’t surprise me. It will be interesting to see how the Massillon baseball program progresses with Gilhousen and the AD’s son at the helm. I am not aware of any Stark Co. players going to MU. It seems like Mount usually gets a player or two from Glenoak,  North Canton, Massillon or Lake every year. I wonder if there is any interest in Jeff Wallace as a pitching coach to replace Grove. He has some ties to Alliance and is a good baseball guy.

While I was at Mount I know Jeff Wallace wasn't the biggest fan of jumping through Coach Hesse's hoops.  We were able to use his facility because in return his summer team used our baseball field for home games and summer camps. 

In my two posts please don't think I have any negative feelings towards Mount Union baseball.  They were the best four years of my life but if you were apart of it you know the ineptness of our fearless leader...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 28, 2009, 01:13:06 am
Yes!  Another MUC poster to join fundamentalwin and me!  We're taking over the baseball board.  Anyway, welcome aboard 08.  +k

I'll post a longer response in a second...phone is ringing and at 1am that can't be good.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 28, 2009, 01:34:27 am
- Ryan Armstrong, class of 1999 is one of the new assistants for the upcoming season
I played with Armstrong for a couple yrs.  He was a very good player and a nice guy.  I would think he would be a good asst, but I'm also basing this only on knowing him personally as I don't know of his past coaching experience.

  - My friend is in the final 3, along with 2 other unknown college assistants for the other assistant position and that decision should be made this Wednesday.  Although if you know Hesse he isn't very good at being on time with anything...
As they say, it's funny because it's true.

- Speaking of Hesse, he will take over pitching coach duties once again.
As I've rehashed on here in the past, this was one of the worst things that happened while I was in Alliance.  I hope this is temporary because it's impossible for any one person to devote their time to being the pitching coach and head coach if they have any intention of being hands on as HC.  On a sidenote, somewhere out there fundamentalswins is solemnly shaking his head at this news.  I'm right there with you...

- Craig Knott has been dismissed from Mount for poor academics, looking to continue playing at a JUCO in Florida.
Obviously a blow for the baseball team to lose their starting SS and a middle of the order guy, but I simply hope that Craig gets his grades straightened out.  Very few of us that play D3 baseball have hopes of playing beyond college so the degree is the ultimate goal.  I wish Craig well and hope he gets that degree no matter where he does so.
 
- Sadly Hesse told my friend that Paul Mariotti was hurt this summer and is going to the Indians team doctor.  Apparently it may cause him to sit out his senior year.  I remember his freshman year he was sidelined with shoulder bursitis
Bad news.  BAD NEWS.  Mariotti was the unquestioned ace of the staff and one the top pitchers coming back in the OAC.  This would be a huge blow if he can't pitch.

- Lastly someone asked about recruiting.  While Gilhousen was at the school he would rate recruits and prospective players on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best.  Coach Hesse told my friend that this year the majority of recruits are rated 4/5, this class being the strongest in recent years.  Who is apart of it I do not know, just that Hesse thinks very highly of them.
I'm glad you clarified that Gilhousen was rating the players because otherwise I think we both know how much stock we should put into the ranking system.  That being said, it sounds like they have a nice class to compliment a good returning nucleus.  Now the question becomes if they can sustain the positive momentum in recruiting they've seen in the past several years now that Gilhousen and his connections are out of the picture.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 28, 2009, 01:48:27 am
In my two posts please don't think I have any negative feelings towards Mount Union baseball.  They were the best four years of my life but if you were apart of it you know the ineptness of our fearless leader...

Trust me, you're not going to offend anyone on here let alone the other MUC posters.  It's a well documented inside joke that anyone that's ever played there is in on.  But as I've said before, I wouldn't trade the friends I've made and the stories I have for a few wins in college.  Sounds like you're in the same boat.  
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on July 28, 2009, 10:52:22 am
Ahh... Jeff Wallace.  That name brings back memories.  We were in HS at the same time... he at Minerva and I at West Branch.  He hit me with a pitch in the back just below the shoulder blade that I swore was going to come out the other side.  Seriously knocked the wind out of me.  I got plunked many other times in my career in HS, but that is the only one I really remember.

Needless to say I went 0-3 the rest of the way that day.  That was a tough way to reach base for the only time in the game.

Why I decided to stick with football at Cap  ;D
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 28, 2009, 06:45:04 pm
- Craig Knott has been dismissed from Mount for poor academics, looking to continue playing at a JUCO in Florida.
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Obviously a blow for the baseball team to lose their starting SS and a middle of the order guy, but I simply hope that Craig gets his grades straightened out.  Very few of us that play D3 baseball have hopes of playing beyond college so the degree is the ultimate goal.  I wish Craig well and hope he gets that degree no matter where he does so.

Mount did have a pretty good SS enroll. Hit about 450 with 36 RBI's last year 1st team all Fed last two years. Coach Ridgley tried to get him to visit MU last winter but he didn't have much interest in baseball at the next level at that time. I think Coach Wojo has other plans for him for this fall.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 28, 2009, 07:14:23 pm
Mount did have a pretty good SS enroll. Hit about 450 with 36 RBI's last year 1st team all Fed last two years. Coach Ridgley tried to get him to visit MU last winter but he didn't have much interest in baseball at the next level at that time. I think Coach Wojo has other plans for him for this fall.

Is that Jeff Meek?  Very nice player.  If so, I would recommend someone just point him to the recent track record of kids from his HS on the gridiron at MUC because it's not pretty.  The last kid I can think of contributing in any real way was Nate Chester in the mid-late 90's and that's pushing it because he was never a top option at WR.  So maybe he should play both?  Not to be a downer, but come on...we need a SS!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 28, 2009, 07:42:02 pm
Had a DE from NC start in 2007. Jeff isn't one to walk away from a challenge.  :)

Like someone mentioned school comes 1st. I don't think that there is enough time to make a commitment to both sports and do it right. But It isn't up to me.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 28, 2009, 08:54:27 pm
Good call Bump.  Andrews was the last name of the DE.  Jon maybe?  Totally forgot about him.

I'm just happy Meek is going to MUC, so I was just being selfish for the baseball program I guess. 

p.s. I played baseball w/ a couple kids that weren't bad w/ the pads on either...Chuck Moore and Mike Miller.   Of course those guys weren't trying to play SS and had a head start on the rest of us just based on athletic ability.  ;D

 


Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 28, 2009, 08:57:32 pm
Doc do you get to watch much Fed League baseball? I am not sure if baseball is out of the question it will depend on how things go this fall and how the grades are come the spring.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 28, 2009, 09:18:32 pm
Used to watch a lot of Fed baseball, but I moved to Columbus in 05 and haven't seen much since.

Like I said as it related to Knott, I just hope these kids excel in school and equally as important...have fun.


Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on July 28, 2009, 10:42:48 pm
One of my former teammates and close friends went and interviewed for an assistant coaching job with Coach Hesse this week and he came away with this from the interview.


Trust me, you're not going to offend anyone on here let alone the other MUC posters.  It's a well documented inside joke that anyone that's ever played there is in on.  But as I've said before, I wouldn't trade the friends I've made and the stories I have for a few wins in college.  Sounds like you're in the same boat.  

We all know how the program is run so sometimes you gotta ask the question of why people are still coming back to coach along side hesse. To quote one of my good friends and former teammates "Everyone bashes him and then they apply 4 a job 2 work under him ... that makes a whole lotta sense..."

I have to agree with him. I need a job, but im not that desparate. Esspecially seeing how other established coaches worked with hesse, why would a young coach with little experience want to attempt to make his name with the purple raiders.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 28, 2009, 11:16:17 pm
We all know how the program is run so sometimes you gotta ask the question of why people are still coming back to coach along side hesse. To quote one of my good friends and former teammates "Everyone bashes him and then they apply 4 a job 2 work under him ... that makes a whole lotta sense..."
I can only speak for myself, but if I ever considered being an asst. there my reasoning would be that I love baseball and I love Mount.  While it's not the perfect situation by any means I would go into it w/ the goal of making playing baseball at Mount as fun and fulfilling as possible.  I know I wouldn't be able to change the way things are done, but you can try to make sure your guys love showing up every day, work hard and never stop having fun.  

I have to agree with him. I need a job, but im not that desparate. Esspecially seeing how other established coaches worked with hesse, why would a young coach with little experience want to attempt to make his name with the purple raiders.
Now this I have no answer for.  If I had aspirations of being a college HC I wouldn't stick around long.  I would do everything I could to get on the staff somewhere like Wooster, Etta, Berg, OC, etc. even if it meant being a volunteer asst.

    
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mucbaseball08 on July 29, 2009, 01:10:02 am
One of my former teammates and close friends went and interviewed for an assistant coaching job with Coach Hesse this week and he came away with this from the interview.


Trust me, you're not going to offend anyone on here let alone the other MUC posters.  It's a well documented inside joke that anyone that's ever played there is in on.  But as I've said before, I wouldn't trade the friends I've made and the stories I have for a few wins in college.  Sounds like you're in the same boat.  

We all know how the program is run so sometimes you gotta ask the question of why people are still coming back to coach along side hesse. To quote one of my good friends and former teammates "Everyone bashes him and then they apply 4 a job 2 work under him ... that makes a whole lotta sense..."

I have to agree with him. I need a job, but im not that desparate. Esspecially seeing how other established coaches worked with hesse, why would a young coach with little experience want to attempt to make his name with the purple raiders.

I know what you mean, I'd never want to go work for the man but as 22/23 year olds and my friend wanting to make a career of becoming a baseball coach preferably in the college ranks this is our only in.  Currently he works for a baseball academy in the Cleveland area and coaches a very good freshman in H.S. aged team but would prefer being near a college campus, recruiting and such. 

With us playing for Coach Bunnell I guess my friend saw how he turned a 4 year stint as assistant at Mount to becoming head coach of the Stark County Terriers and now obtaining his masters at North Central so he can soon take over a program of his own.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 29, 2009, 07:56:01 am
The picture you guys paint of MU baseball isn’t a good one. I have heard that LK expects and demands a great deal from the coaches of all programs. It is difficult to comprehend that a program under LK could be handled the way that has been described in previous posts. I know Coach Wojo was working 16+ hour days 7 days a week last winter and spring. I can’t see how another coach particularly a head coach could not be putting in the effort to run a quality program while working for LK. It just doesn’t add up. I see Coach Hesse at more HS baseball games in Stark Co. than any other college coach. The only other coach that comes close is Coach Mead from Walsh. I guess I am having a hard time understanding the problems with the program. It is easy to disagree with strategy and recommendations for all conference teams. The MU baseball program seems to get its fair share of talent year in and year out. The MU baseball team is competitive in the OAC every year all though they don’t win many OAC titles. I don’t get it. What are the specific problems with the program?  ???

Guys I am not trying to start a Hesse bashing session. I am just curious what in your opinion needs to be done differently to improve the baseball program at Mount.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mucbaseball08 on July 29, 2009, 01:26:44 pm
I think it is more of a respect thing.  The guys on the team don't take the head coach serious and while some of it is the usual nit picking of a person in charge, Hesse doesn't really help his case.  He tells stories of when he played for Kent State as a starting outfielder.  He references Bob Todd as if they are best friends.  Coach Hesse is not married or has children but told another coach in Florida that his two sons are off playing division I baseball.

I think he is a very nice person, just not a baseball guy.  He is also the assistant to the AD in the athletic department so I think he isn't someone that ruffles any feathers and doesn't say No to LK very often.  I guess I look at it as Mount has a Romeo Crennel type coach and they need a switch to a disciplinarian like Mangini.  I thought Gilhousen would have taken over the head coaching job within the first 2 years of him coming to Mount but that never came to fruition.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mucbaseball08 on July 29, 2009, 01:31:18 pm
Sorry I can't seen to find the edit button but I want to clarify if what I mentioned doesn't seem strange.  Coach Hesse ran track, he was not on Kent's baseball team but rather a grad assistant.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 29, 2009, 02:51:32 pm
I'll comment on Bump's question in a bit.

In the meantime 08, if you look at your post after you've posted there is a modify button in the upper right (right by the quote button). 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 29, 2009, 05:18:34 pm
08 you don't get the modify / edit feature until around 25 posts. I think your only feature to fix screw ups at this point is to delete your post and redo it. Believe me it is not comfortable hitting the post button without the edit safety net. I am waiting patiently (I might add) for the karma option to show up.  :)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on July 29, 2009, 05:48:05 pm
I am waiting patiently (I might add) for the karma option to show up.  :)

You mean this one???

+K for everyone, because I can  ;D
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on July 29, 2009, 05:58:45 pm
I guess it is my turn to chime in on my former program as well.  Here is the simple truth:  The MUC program mirrors its leader in every single way.  What is Hesse's overall demeanor? Quiet, reserved, skittish and an overall push over "yes man".  So it directly translates to his team.  When push comes to shove with this program they fold on the field (see the prior two years' starts and thus the finishes).  Now take a look at the successful teams in the conference.  Marietta and Heidelberg have strong leaders who are outwardly competitive in public situations.  General tendency is that people are more reserved in public  and if that is how those two are in public then imagine the practices.  Being in the program for 3 years the practices are attempted at being intense but they fall short.  They are long but there are zero consequences for mistakes.  I have a hard time believing that is the case in the championship programs.  Dealing with pressure isn't a innate ability, it is learned and takes discipline from the top from day one.  The program can get talent in the door but they cant teach the talent the discipline across the board to get them from talented high school players to a championship level college baseball team.  If one of the new assistants believes in discipline and creating pressure situations on a daily basis and Hesse allows him to take the lead in this the program could upshot over the next several years but knowing Hesse and his tendencies he rarely thinks outside the box and ventures outside his personal comfort zone
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 29, 2009, 07:16:06 pm
I am waiting patiently (I might add) for the karma option to show up.  :)

You mean this one???

Yea, that's the one I am waiting on. At what point does that thing show up and where is it located?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Mr. Ypsi on July 29, 2009, 07:22:36 pm
I am waiting patiently (I might add) for the karma option to show up.  :)

You mean this one???

Yea, that's the one I am waiting on. At what point does that thing show up and where is it located?

You'll get it when you hit 200 posts*.  The buttons appear just under the karma count.

*I believe the rationale was that Pat encountered too many 'drive-by' 'haters'; he figured by 200 posts you've proved your bona fides (and perhaps even been socialized into the d3 community's ways!)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 29, 2009, 07:30:31 pm
129 posts to go. If I keep asking Dr. A questions I will get there in no time.  :)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 29, 2009, 07:42:53 pm
I guess it is my turn to chime in on my former program as well.  Here is the simple truth:  The MUC program mirrors its leader in every single way.  What is Hesse's overall demeanor? Quiet, reserved, skittish and an overall push over "yes man".  So it directly translates to his team.  When push comes to shove with this program they fold on the field (see the prior two years' starts and thus the finishes).  Now take a look at the successful teams in the conference.  Marietta and Heidelberg have strong leaders who are outwardly competitive in public situations.  General tendency is that people are more reserved in public  and if that is how those two are in public then imagine the practices.  Being in the program for 3 years the practices are attempted at being intense but they fall short.  They are long but there are zero consequences for mistakes.  I have a hard time believing that is the case in the championship programs.  Dealing with pressure isn't a innate ability, it is learned and takes discipline from the top from day one.  The program can get talent in the door but they cant teach the talent the discipline across the board to get them from talented high school players to a championship level college baseball team.  If one of the new assistants believes in discipline and creating pressure situations on a daily basis and Hesse allows him to take the lead in this the program could upshot over the next several years but knowing Hesse and his tendencies he rarely thinks outside the box and ventures outside his personal comfort zone

You say the practices are long. How long are they? I have heard in the winter they start at 5:00 am and run until 9:00 am. I am surprised that they could be that long. The NCAA has regulations for football on the length of practices. (Hours per day and hours per week.)  Are there no similar regs for baseball?

128 to go!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 29, 2009, 07:52:35 pm
129 posts to go. If I keep asking Dr. A questions I will get there in no time.  :)

Ha!  Sounds like a plan!  I'll be glad to banter back and forth just to keep this board going.  The old guard (mideast, fundamentals, JK, etc.) know what a struggle it was to get posts on here not too long ago.  This kind of action in July on this board would have been unthinkable!  We're getting a nice group of regulars now and I couldn't be happier.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 29, 2009, 08:04:55 pm
129 posts to go. If I keep asking Dr. A questions I will get there in no time.  :)

Ha!  Sounds like a plan!  I'll be glad to banter back and forth just to keep this board going.  The old guard (mideast, fundamentals, JK, etc.) know what a struggle it was to get posts on here not too long ago.  This kind of action in July on this board would have been unthinkable!  We're getting a nice group of regulars now and I couldn't be happier.   

I see that a number of Mount fans post. Do many other OAC schools have regular posters?

127!!

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 29, 2009, 08:38:07 pm
Sadly, not a ton.  We basically get no posts from half the conference.  The other "regulars" on this board are:

mideastfan2 (Etta)
fundamentalswin (MUC)
inthecrease (MUC)
JK (Cap)
Gramps (Berg)
OAC baseball fan 3 (ONU)

lhpdiggy is a BW guy that posts sporadically.  oacfan is an Etta guy (I think?) that does the same.  And a couple Scots guys wander over from the NCAC board too. 

With you and 08 joining us MUC has the strongest presence on here right now I think.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on July 29, 2009, 08:40:38 pm
Bump are you in the program currently
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 29, 2009, 09:15:09 pm
No, I have a son that will be a freshman at MUC this fall. I just enjoy talking sports with you guys. Helps pass the time since I am not at 5 to 8 summer baseball games a week this summer. Thought I would miss it but it has not been that bad.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 29, 2009, 09:27:17 pm
Best of luck to your son, Bump.  I'm biased, but he made a great choice! 

Are you a Stark County guy?  I only ask because you know a lot about the Federal League so I assumed you were.  I grew up in Stark County and am an old Fed guy myself.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 29, 2009, 09:36:21 pm
I have lived in Stark Co. for about 15 years and have followed the FL for about the last tens years. Mostly follow football but have had interest in baseball for about the last 5 or 6 years.  I don't keep up with FL basketball all that much. I am originally from Coshocton. So I keep up with the ECOL a little bit mostly football.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin on July 29, 2009, 09:46:29 pm
Pitcher or Position player?  And you will understand much more of what the 3 alums are talking about come this time next year... I didnt believe what everyone was telling me when I went in either... I was wrong
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 29, 2009, 10:10:08 pm
You say the practices are long. How long are they? I have heard in the winter they start at 5:00 am and run until 9:00 am. I am surprised that they could be that long. The NCAA has regulations for football on the length of practices. (Hours per day and hours per week.)  Are there no similar regs for baseball?

We got caught up in the "Bump to 200" campaign and I forgot I wanted to address this...

When I was there we never practiced in the mornings, that was when softball practiced.  We practiced at night.  But it wasn't the actual practice time that was the problem.  It was getting there a half hr before practice for the meeting, then going to practice for 2+ hrs, then going to run 3 miles, then going to the training room/icing your arm.  It was literally 4 hours a day minimum.  And then most of us were lifting on our own time too, so add another hour 3-4 days/wk.  But in the end it only took me one season to get used to that without it effecting my grades.  Freshmen year...different story.  That was a little rocky with the parents.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on July 29, 2009, 11:11:32 pm
No, I have a son that will be a freshman at MUC this fall.

Must be an interesting way to get an insight into the program before your son actually has a day on campus. I knew I had a great visit, but there was a big difference in how Hesse was received by me when i was in the recruiting chair and when i was in the classroom for a "skull session"

Has your son gotten his mile time down yet?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 29, 2009, 11:42:58 pm
No, I have a son that will be a freshman at MUC this fall.

Must be an interesting way to get an insight into the program before your son actually has a day on campus. I knew I had a great visit, but there was a big difference in how Hesse was received by me when i was in the recruiting chair and when i was in the classroom for a "skull session"

Has your son gotten his mile time down yet?

Hahaha!  I almost forgot about those timed miles!  Classic.  I remember running timed miles in the fieldhouse (10 laps).  I love to run anyway, so I was running 4-5 miles daily so 1 mile was a breeze.  A coach and I got into a screaming match because I sprinted past one of our big burly 1st basemen right at the finish line to lap him and the coach claimed I had only run 9 laps.  I was screaming "He weighs 220 effing pounds and you think I had to SPRINT the home stretch because I was BEHIND him after 9 laps?!?!"  Of course, I lost that argument.    
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 30, 2009, 06:34:55 am
No, I have a son that will be a freshman at MUC this fall.

Must be an interesting way to get an insight into the program before your son actually has a day on campus. I knew I had a great visit, but there was a big difference in how Hesse was received by me when i was in the recruiting chair and when i was in the classroom for a "skull session"

Has your son gotten his mile time down yet?

in the crease, my son isn’t playing baseball at MU. I just like baseball and enjoy talking about it and learning about the MU program from guys who played there. To be honest I followed Denison and West Liberty baseball closer than Mount last spring because some kids my son played high school ball with got some playing time at those schools last year. One of the kids that played for Denison made 1st team all NCAC at 2nd as a freshman.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on July 30, 2009, 01:05:24 pm
Sadly, not a ton.  We basically get no posts from half the conference.  The other "regulars" on this board are:

mideastfan2 (Etta)
fundamentalswin (MUC)
inthecrease (MUC)
JK (Cap)
Gramps (Berg)
OAC baseball fan 3 (ONU)

lhpdiggy is a BW guy that posts sporadically.  oacfan is an Etta guy (I think?) that does the same.  And a couple Scots guys wander over from the NCAC board too. 

With you and 08 joining us MUC has the strongest presence on here right now I think.   

Bump,

I know you are on the football board a lot as well.  I played Football at Cap, so that is my primary home, but I just love sports in general as well.  Both my roomates at Cap were baseball players, so I keep up with that program.  I respect almost no coach as much as I respect Dixie Jeffers, so I follow women's hoops at Cap as well.  The men's team at Cap has had a good run, so I have sporadically posted on the basketball boards just to show support for my alma mater.

It's about the same here as it is on the FB boards.  Lots of Mount fans, a couple of ONU guys, a couple of Cap guys (I am the most regular), and a few others who pop in from time to time who support JCU, BW, and Ott.  We've had some Muskingum and Etta fans off and on.  Haven't seen anyone with H-berg or Wilma loyaties much on the FB boardBack a few years ago there was a poster known as Busta99 who was a former Wilmington player and is a bit of a legend on that board, but he hasn't been around for a long time.  On the football board a former JCU regular named "Deoder" is THE LEGEND (another former JCU regular "traded" him to BW).  Bring them up sometime and see what you get.

This board has become a really good visit lately.  Dr. Ac is right.  In the past it was almost non-existent in the off-season.  Now, to have some of these discussions going... well, I visit this board as much as I visit the football board these days (That will change during the season, I am sure).  In my mind, a lot of that is directly attributable to Dr. Ac.  He's posted updates throughout the off-season and responds to posts to keep conversations rolling.

So, welcome.  Join the fun on both boards.  It's nice to have people who understand and speak intelligently rather than attack and act stupid like some (most) of the other message boards on foxsports or ESPN Ohio state message boards, or even JJ Huddle for the HS Stuff.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 30, 2009, 03:08:22 pm
Bump,

I know you are on the football board a lot as well.  I played Football at Cap, so that is my primary home, but I just love sports in general as well.  Both my roomates at Cap were baseball players, so I keep up with that program.  I respect almost no coach as much as I respect Dixie Jeffers, so I follow women's hoops at Cap as well.  The men's team at Cap has had a good run, so I have sporadically posted on the basketball boards just to show support for my alma mater.

It's about the same here as it is on the FB boards.  Lots of Mount fans, a couple of ONU guys, a couple of Cap guys (I am the most regular), and a few others who pop in from time to time who support JCU, BW, and Ott.  We've had some Muskingum and Etta fans off and on.  Haven't seen anyone with H-berg or Wilma loyaties much on the FB boardBack a few years ago there was a poster known as Busta99 who was a former Wilmington player and is a bit of a legend on that board, but he hasn't been around for a long time.  On the football board a former JCU regular named "Deoder" is THE LEGEND (another former JCU regular "traded" him to BW).  Bring them up sometime and see what you get.

This board has become a really good visit lately.  Dr. Ac is right.  In the past it was almost non-existent in the off-season.  Now, to have some of these discussions going... well, I visit this board as much as I visit the football board these days (That will change during the season, I am sure).  In my mind, a lot of that is directly attributable to Dr. Ac.  He's posted updates throughout the off-season and responds to posts to keep conversations rolling.

So, welcome.  Join the fun on both boards.  It's nice to have people who understand and speak intelligently rather than attack and act stupid like some (most) of the other message boards on foxsports or ESPN Ohio state message boards, or even JJ Huddle for the HS Stuff.

That site has gone down hill rapidly, IMO.  First off, I can rarely find anything I even want to read because it's inundated with threads on top of threads so you have to wade through pages of garbage to find anything you want.  Second, when you do find it there's an 80% chance the thread has eroded into a bunch of HS kids (or idiotic adults) calling each other names.  I usually have to come back here just to remind myself that message boards can be great when mature people are using them.

p.s. I got a little smile on my face when you mentioned Doeder!  I remember waaaay back in the day there was a poster named Van Chat (I think) that I always was entertained by.  I'll throw 4u and Toph onto my list of old posters I wish were still around.  Actually, Ric would be on there too since he's disappeared for quite some time...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 30, 2009, 03:16:35 pm
From the Great Lakes League...

Dan Jones (Etta) was named Player of the Week

John LaCorte (Ott) was named Co-Pitcher of the Week

Here's the link (http://www.greatlakesleague.org/news/view-article.php?id=47)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mucbaseball08 on July 30, 2009, 04:18:59 pm
Just wanted to update on the Asst. Coach search.  No word from Coach Hesse yet, my friend clarified that he said his last interview was Tuesday and he will decide by the end of the week.  My friend was hopeful he would have heard yesterday.  I guess he is supposed to be getting a call either way the decision goes so I will get a name when the other coach is hired.

I browsed and saw a question about practices at Mount.  The 5 weeks before the season we did 6 days a week as NCAA allows 18 hours a week to practice.  Every day but Tuesday usually goes 6-9 or 8-11.  Tuesday mornings went 5-7:30-7:45.  If you have a 7:45 class you get excused at 7. 

Bump, I wish your son good luck.  Mount is a great school that seems to keep growing.  I can't wait to see the new rec center and welcome center.  It keeps growing now with graduate programs and even engineering programs next fall, try to meet Dr. Geise the president of the school.  He is very personable and a great representative of my alma mater.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 30, 2009, 05:20:26 pm
The Physician Asst. program at MUC looks interesting. Do you know anyone that applied and was accepted into the program? The engineering  programs are a great addition to the MU curriculum. I can’t count the number of times we were on visits last winter to D3 schools and potential students asked about engineering and were told either it wasn’t offered or they had a 3 -2 program with another school. Not a very good selling point to a potential athlete. 

I was on campus in the middle of July and the rec center looked to have a ways to go but the welcome center appeared to be pretty close to completion. Both are going to be very nice additions to the college when completed.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mucbaseball08 on July 30, 2009, 05:31:53 pm
In the alumni magazine I did recognize one person I knew in the picture of the PA class.  I remember being in some gen ed classes with him and he majored in chemistry I believe.  Here are the requirements for that...

http://www2.muc.edu/Academics/academic_programs/physician_assistant_studies/admission_requirements.aspx

I was shocked to hear the rec center wasn't completed, when my friend went to interview with Coach Hesse.  He said it isn't anywhere close.  I could have swore they targeted next month as the completion date.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bump on July 30, 2009, 05:40:16 pm
I doubt that the Rec center will be completed by the start of fall semester. I think a more realistic date would be around Xmas break.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 30, 2009, 05:53:02 pm
I got a tour of the rec center when I was on campus a few weeks ago.  The McPherson portion was coming along nicely as it looked like they were done w/ the rough stuff and just about ready for finishing work.  Now the Timken portion from the pool to the fieldhouse was another story.  I couldn't even go down there because it was still blocked off.  Not sure how that's going to get done by school, but I was told that was still the goal.  Color me skeptical though as I think Bump's prediction may be more realistic.


Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on July 31, 2009, 01:45:53 am
Dan Remenowsky (Ott) continues his domination of A ball in Kannapolis.  According to their site (http://kannapolis.intimidators.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_ibp&cid=487&stn=true&sid=t487), Dan is 5-3 w/ a 2.14 ERA and 16 saves.  He's struck out 73 in only 42 innings and has a sub 1 WHIP at 0.86.  And in his last 5 saves he's worked a perfect 9th in 4 of them.  Calling those numbers impressive is obviously an understatement.  Great to see.

   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on July 31, 2009, 10:27:35 am
Dan Remenowsky (Ott) continues his domination of A ball in Kannapolis.  According to their site (http://kannapolis.intimidators.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_ibp&cid=487&stn=true&sid=t487), Dan is 5-3 w/ a 2.14 ERA and 16 saves.  He's struck out 73 in only 42 innings and has a sub 1 WHIP at 0.86.  And in his last 5 saves he's worked a perfect 9th in 4 of them.  Calling those numbers impressive is obviously an understatement.  Great to see.

Kannapolis is in the South Atlantic League, along with the Lexington (KY) Legends and the Lake County (OH) Captains.  Both not too far of a drive for anyone looking to see Remenowsky live.  However, act quickly if you want to go to Eastlake to watch him against the Captains.  They are leaving the SAL to join the MWL next season.

I know Lexington has a really nice yard... Applebee's park.  Tickets are affordable like most minor league games.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on July 31, 2009, 10:31:32 am
After actually looking at the schedule, Lexington only has one more 4-game series against Kannapolis, but it is in NC.

Lake County begins a 4-game set with the Intimidators TONIGHT at Power Park in Eastlake with first pitch at 7pm.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on July 31, 2009, 04:55:28 pm
Dan Armstrong got one of the Asst. Coachs job at Mount
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on July 31, 2009, 10:56:08 pm
The Physician Asst. program at MUC looks interesting. Do you know anyone that applied and was accepted into the program?

I got a friend in the first class of the physicain asst program starting this summer. He likes it alot. Says that he spends a lot of time doing clinical up in cleveland along with the actual classroom work in alliance. Also said it is a lot of work but worth coming back for after being graduated for a year.

I wouldnt be surprised to see MUC add a masters degree for education too. The program is very good and very popular. It just seems like the next logical step in their growth.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on August 01, 2009, 07:13:40 pm
Now that the MLB non-waiver deadline has passed, I have a question:

WHAT THE HELL ARE THE INDIANS DOING???

This team went from on the brink of the world series a couple of seasons ago to, basically, Grady Sizemore and a bunch of triple-A players.

WTF??????????????????????  >:(
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on August 02, 2009, 05:09:03 pm
Dan Armstrong got one of the Asst. Coachs job at Mount

Dan Armstong?  Or Ryan Armstrong?  08 said earlier that Ryan was going to be an asst.  Just trying to figure out if you were talking about him. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on August 02, 2009, 05:14:47 pm
Now that the MLB non-waiver deadline has passed, I have a question:

WHAT THE HELL ARE THE INDIANS DOING???

This team went from on the brink of the world series a couple of seasons ago to, basically, Grady Sizemore and a bunch of triple-A players.

WTF??????????????????????  >:(

You might be overly generous calling those guys AAA!!  At least in the Vic deal they got a big league pitcher in Masterson.  The Lee deal is baffling.  I'm no scout, but when Keith Law says you got 50-60% of what the Jays were asking for and you should have got 90% in his mind...well, I'm not a huge fan of that.  He said they didn't get a single "difference maker" from the Phils instead opting for quantity over quality.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on August 03, 2009, 12:02:55 pm
I have a son in the program but that doesn't preclude him from the wrong name, It could be Ryan, but I thought he said Dan Armstrong.  The amount of changes and rumors alone muddy up the waters,
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on August 03, 2009, 01:26:53 pm
I have a son in the program but that doesn't preclude him from the wrong name, It could be Ryan, but I thought he said Dan Armstrong.  The amount of changes and rumors alone muddy up the waters,

No doubt, Tinman. 

In my mind it seems pretty safe to say that Ryan Armstrong is one of the assistants.  He's an alum and still lives in the area.  And he still plays in the Canton Class A league in the summers, so he still is involved w/ baseball.  It would make sense.  But for all any of us know there was also a Dan Armstrong in the mix for the other spot as well.  Hopefully Hesse makes a decision soon.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 03, 2009, 03:18:05 pm
Bump et al, I found this on youtube.  It sounds like the McPherson and Timken parts will be done in a couple weeks.  The fitness section will be done 9/30 and the fieldhouse will be done mid-October.  Just wanted to pass it along.  We'll see how close to the mark it ends up being!

Timken renovation update (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gox-rS8nxo)

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Post by: Tinman on August 03, 2009, 03:37:14 pm
Hey Dr. A,
Have heard about the Roy hobbs league in the akron area? http://neorh.royhobbs.com/ they are old school wood bat league, 18yrs + a group of local kids 20-24 yrs old is tearing up the league most are Hudson Grads from the past 4+ years plus some local talent.  The Explorers play their championship games this Tuesday They will be playing in a State wide Wood bat Tournment and the finals are at Akron Aeros stadium
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 03, 2009, 04:38:19 pm
Heard of it?  I used to play in it for a short time in my younger days when I still lived in the Akron area.  I can't remember what the team I played for was called, but they're not in that league anymore.  I played in the Canton Class A league, but if I went too long between starts I would go pitch for this team in the RH league.  I loved throwing against those wood bats!

Are there any OAC guys that you know of in the league?  Are the kids from Hudson that go to Mount on the Hudson team?  I'm not surprised a team made up of ex-Hudson kids is good...that's a very good HS program.


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Post by: Tinman on August 03, 2009, 05:02:31 pm
Yes sir, they have two hudson kids from Walsh University, My Son at Mount, 1 Hudson kid from university of Dayton, a couple of Kent State grads, three from the Bowling Green Club team, Here is a picture of the team when they won it all last year and they don't look like they are slowing down http://neorh.royhobbs.com/?q=node/90
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Post by: Gramps on August 04, 2009, 12:21:59 am
The Berg has lost two fine Asst  Coaches this summer.  Matt Talarico, who worked with the infield and the hitters,  and Chad Fitzgerald, who worked with the pitchers.  I have't heard where Chad has ended up, but Matt will continue his coaching career at Toledo.
Many thanks to these young gentlemen for the excellent work that they have done for the past three seasons and "Good Luck" on their future endeavors.
The only holdover is Adam Piotrowicz, who worked with the catchers and the hitters.
Knowing Coach Palm, I'm sure that he will come up with equally talented coaches to replace them.
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Post by: Tinman on August 04, 2009, 10:13:05 am
I have discovered in twenty years of moving around a ball park, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.  ~Bill Veeck
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Post by: mucbaseball08 on August 04, 2009, 12:43:43 pm
Sorry for the absence from the board but I read what I missed and checked with my friend who is a candidate and he confirmed it is Ryan Armstrong.  Speaking of this situation I had mentioned that Hesse wanted to choose the other assistant by the end of last week, well now it is by this Friday so I will keep everyone updated with the latest.

Tinman, welcome to the board.  I checked out the Roy Hobbs team and I think I see your son in there, I graduated 08 so I had one year with him.  Any idea where they want him to play this season?  I know my year on the team with him he was catching then 3rd, then I heard 1st.  With the loss of some key hitters they need his bat in the lineup somewhere..

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Post by: mucbaseball08 on August 04, 2009, 12:48:51 pm
Bump et al, I found this on youtube.  It sounds like the McPherson and Timken parts will be done in a couple weeks.  The fitness section will be done 9/30 and the fieldhouse will be done mid-October.  Just wanted to pass it along.  We'll see how close to the mark it ends up being!

Timken renovation update (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gox-rS8nxo)



Well that is good news, hopefully I will get to check it out during homecoming weekend.  Dr. Acula do you play in the alumni game? 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 04, 2009, 02:18:06 pm
Thanks for the update on the asst. coaching search, 08.  From what Gramps posted it sounds like MUC isn't the only one replacing staff members. 

And to answer your question, no I have never played in the alumni game.  By the time I graduated I could barely throw more than an inning because of my elbow so I thought it was probably time to hang it up for good.  I had been pitching since I was 8 and the doc said my arm just had a lot of mileage on it.  I don't have kids, but I would like to be able to throw the ball with them someday without grimacing so I haven't thrown a baseball since my last OAC game years ago.
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Post by: Tinman on August 04, 2009, 03:15:27 pm
Thanks '08
Yes he put his time in last year he dressed every varsity game and worked his butt off in the bullpen, and played every J.V. game. He got in a couple varsity games at firstbase, but he also played alot of third and first with the J.V. squad.  He has a good head for the game, he is a good singles hitter and is a hard out, I am looking forward to this year.  His Roy Hobbs team is in a championship games tonight at the ball park in Hudson 6:30pm, and they qualify to play in the state wood bat tourney.  I'll let you know how things go.
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Post by: mucbaseball08 on August 04, 2009, 04:05:10 pm
Thanks for the update on the asst. coaching search, 08.  From what Gramps posted it sounds like MUC isn't the only one replacing staff members. 

And to answer your question, no I have never played in the alumni game.  By the time I graduated I could barely throw more than an inning because of my elbow so I thought it was probably time to hang it up for good.  I had been pitching since I was 8 and the doc said my arm just had a lot of mileage on it.  I don't have kids, but I would like to be able to throw the ball with them someday without grimacing so I haven't thrown a baseball since my last OAC game years ago.

Wow this sounds a lot like me... I had a very Justin Masterson look to my mechanics and I can't help from my shoulder popping if I throw extensively.  My time at Mount was riddled with too many arm problems, I don't think as you get to your senior year of college your velocity should drop about 10 mph haha...  I did the game last year and threw 3 innings in the alumni game, rather than a sore shoulder I came away with a massive blood blister.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 04, 2009, 04:28:17 pm
Thanks for the update on the asst. coaching search, 08.  From what Gramps posted it sounds like MUC isn't the only one replacing staff members. 

And to answer your question, no I have never played in the alumni game.  By the time I graduated I could barely throw more than an inning because of my elbow so I thought it was probably time to hang it up for good.  I had been pitching since I was 8 and the doc said my arm just had a lot of mileage on it.  I don't have kids, but I would like to be able to throw the ball with them someday without grimacing so I haven't thrown a baseball since my last OAC game years ago.

 

Wow this sounds a lot like me... I had a very Justin Masterson look to my mechanics and I can't help from my shoulder popping if I throw extensively.  My time at Mount was riddled with too many arm problems, I don't think as you get to your senior year of college your velocity should drop about 10 mph haha...  I did the game last year and threw 3 innings in the alumni game, rather than a sore shoulder I came away with a massive blood blister.

See, yet another reason for me to stay retired...blood blsiters.  I can do without those! 

My problem was less delivery and more just control related.  I couldn't throw a fastball w/o movement no matter what grip I used and my change was in the dirt half the time so I had to use my breaking pitches as my spot pitches because they were the only ones I had good control of consistently.  It took me years of throwing tons of breaking balls to get that control and then once I had it I obviously leaned heavily on them.  Obviously not exactly a recipe for arm health when you dealt with every "gotta have a strike" situation by throwing a slider.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 04, 2009, 11:57:03 pm
Congratulations to Andy Lowe (Berg) and Dan Jones (Etta) on being named 2nd Team All-Great Lakes League this summer. 

Here's the link (http://www.greatlakesleague.org/extras/awards.php)


p.s. Forgot to say welcome to Tinman!  The MUC takeover continues.  +k and let us know how Hudson does in the tourney.

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Post by: Gramps on August 05, 2009, 12:04:47 am
Update on Coach Fitzgerald, he will coach at Seton Hill in Greensberg, Pa.

Also welcome Mr. Tinman to the blog.  How about a few more Berg fans joining up?
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Post by: Bump on August 05, 2009, 06:50:56 am
Bump et al, I found this on youtube.  It sounds like the McPherson and Timken parts will be done in a couple weeks.  The fitness section will be done 9/30 and the fieldhouse will be done mid-October.  Just wanted to pass it along.  We'll see how close to the mark it ends up being!

Timken renovation update (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gox-rS8nxo)



Good to hear the project is closer to completion than it appeared in July. It is going to be great for the students and an asset to the college. Once the Welcome Center, Fitness Center and Field House are complete it sounds like another project will be starting. The MU website mentions they are in the process of selecting a site to build class rooms, labs and offices to house the new engineering department. The improvements at MU seem to be never ending.
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Post by: Tinman on August 05, 2009, 08:35:13 am
The Hudson Team won their tourney 9-8 over the Firestone Rangers the MUC boy had a clutch double (0-2 count) in the 7th to put the tying run in scoring position then he was the winning run.  They start the statewide  wood bat tourney Thursday 6:30 At the ballpark in Hudson
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Post by: Tinman on August 05, 2009, 08:37:54 am
OOps forgot to say thanks for the welcome guys! It should be an interesting year
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Post by: Tinman on August 05, 2009, 04:01:22 pm
They already have the annoucement up http://neorh.royhobbs.com/
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 05, 2009, 11:57:48 pm
The Hudson Team won their tourney 9-8 over the Firestone Rangers the MUC boy had a clutch double (0-2 count) in the 7th to put the tying run in scoring position then he was the winning run.  They start the statewide  wood bat tourney Thursday 6:30 At the ballpark in Hudson

Nice!  How many teams are left Tinman? 
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Post by: Tinman on August 06, 2009, 02:02:33 pm
12 teams for the state they play tonight & tomorrow then top 8 advance to a single elimination to the finals Sunday night
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 10, 2009, 01:00:36 am
Any updates after the weekend, Tinman?
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 10, 2009, 01:05:10 am
Also, saw a rumor on another site that this may be Coach Thompson's last year at Musky.  Obviously nothing but rumors but didn't know if anyone had heard anything from New Concord?  Considering we don't have any Fish posters on here that's probably a dumb question.

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Post by: Tinman on August 10, 2009, 09:27:25 am
What A weekend!!!! the Hudson boys took one on the chin in the first round Thursday with a 17-4 loss, came back and won out in the poll games, got seated 6th, for the 8 team single elimination tourney, and won two games saturday, and the semi and the 9 inning finals on Sunday in some unbelieveable heat! We had a club player from B.G throw a No-No Saturday Morning.  A gutsy performance complete game from our started Sunday morning.  Two players from Walsh and the Muc player were the core of the offense.  The MUC boy went 6 for 9 for the final two games.  Had the team back to the house for alot of water and food, what a great bunch of young men! 
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Post by: JK on August 10, 2009, 11:13:11 am
Who's the kid from BG? 

My cousin's Senior season (5th year) at BG is this spring.  He's playing in a summer league with a bunch of his teammates right now.
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Post by: Tinman on August 10, 2009, 11:14:57 am
Eric Curitore, Rh Pitcher the Hudson Explorers Summer Roy Hobbs season Ended Sunday
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Post by: Tinman on August 10, 2009, 11:20:37 am
Here is how it went down: http://tournaments.royhobbs.com/world_series/NEO%20WBC%20Sked%2009%20Sheet1.pdf
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Post by: Tinman on August 10, 2009, 06:50:39 pm
Pictures form the final game  http://woodysphoto.phanfare.com/4266016#imageID=77712081
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 12, 2009, 06:06:09 pm
That's great Tinman!  Looks they settled in nicely after that first game in pool play. 

Also, Marietta assistant Mike Deegan didn't get the Denison job.  The Big Red hired Emory assistant Mike Clark. 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 14, 2009, 12:31:33 am
Any word on the MUC coaching situation? 
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Post by: mucbaseball08 on August 16, 2009, 04:26:14 pm
^^^ My friend has yet to hear anything despite Coach Hesse saying he'd hear either way so he just assumes he did not get it.  I went to a former players wedding last night and coach was supposed to be there but he did not show.
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Post by: fundamentalswin on August 16, 2009, 10:15:58 pm
Who got married?
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Post by: mucbaseball08 on August 17, 2009, 10:21:45 am
Who got married?

Eddie, last played varsity in 06, only played fall ball that next school year.  I reread my last post and the whole point of that part was I was planning on asking coach what was going on but he did not show....
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 17, 2009, 03:19:03 pm
^^^ My friend has yet to hear anything despite Coach Hesse saying he'd hear either way so he just assumes he did not get it.  I went to a former players wedding last night and coach was supposed to be there but he did not show.

That's a little unprofessional.  If you're non-confrontational like Hesse, simply tell the candidates that you're making your decision by X day and only the selected candidate will be notified.  Don't tell people they will hear either way and then don't communicate the decision.  Of course, would you be shocked if he hasn't made a decision yet either?
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Post by: inthecrease on August 18, 2009, 12:00:04 am
maybe he announced the new coach by posting it on his board outside of his office and no one has checked it yet. Or for you more recent raiders, he may have emailed the decision out, but forgot to attach it.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 18, 2009, 08:58:32 pm
Walther's Cafe from the Canton Class A league made it to the semis of the NABF World Series before bowing out.  Soon to be MUC asst. coach Ryan Armstrong was the team's manager as well as one of it's top players.

Link (http://www.cantonrep.com/recreation/x1886167782/Walthers-season-ends-in-NABF-semifinals)
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Post by: Tinman on August 19, 2009, 08:08:18 am
Outstanding! I hope he brings some new energy to the program!
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Post by: fundamentalswin on August 19, 2009, 09:32:49 pm
You would think that getting your assistant coaches in place before fall ball commences would be a big time priority, but as usual it seems that Seven is again dragging his feet. 

Sorry to be the big negative one on here but Armstrong can try and bring all the energy in the world but if Hesse puts the Kabosh on it expect more of the same mediocre results coming out of Alliance this next year.  And we havent even begun to talk about what kind let alone the effectiveness of the new assistants.

I am also hearing some unconfirmed rumors that Ridgely is heading to Massilion to work under Gilhousen as the heir apparent to that HS program... however these are unconfirmed
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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 19, 2009, 10:53:58 pm
I heard from a reliable person that Spike is going to Massillon.  That was probably a month ago that I heard that I think.
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Post by: Tinman on August 20, 2009, 08:28:48 am
I heard about Spike also however he is still listed as an asst: on the website. 
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Post by: inthecrease on August 24, 2009, 11:02:05 pm
Ryan Armstrong and Evan Agona named assistant baseball coaches for Mount Union

This just came out today. Here is the release from MUC's website
http://www2.muc.edu/athletics/athletics_archive/men_s_teams/baseball/2009/assistant_coaches.aspx


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Post by: Gramps on August 25, 2009, 09:46:29 am
New information, unofficial, pertaining to coaches at Heidelberg.

It seems that Coach Fitzgerald has been rehired as a fulltime assistant coach.  I have'nt heard what
happened to his status in Pa.  We'll just have to wait for an official statement from Coach Palm.
Coach Piotrowicz is still slated to come back for his second season.

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Post by: Dr. Acula on August 25, 2009, 11:43:10 am
Ryan Armstrong and Evan Agona named assistant baseball coaches for Mount Union

This just came out today. Here is the release from MUC's website
http://www2.muc.edu/athletics/athletics_archive/men_s_teams/baseball/2009/assistant_coaches.aspx


I'm not sure what it means, but when I read the release my reaction was....well, I didn't really have one.  Like I said, I like Armstrong and think he'll be a quality asst.  At the same time though it's so hard for me to get excited not because of who was hired, but because of who's not there.  As a fan I'm concerned about the departure of Gilhousen and while I think Agona and Armstrong can do a good job I also worry that they won't have the clout that Gilhousen had. 
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Post by: Tinman on September 08, 2009, 10:20:07 am
Watched a fall ball game at Mount Saturday, Saw Sabatino, Lambert, Hustack, and Douglass all pitch, a little rust on some of them but not bad considering some of them didn't play summer ball.  Douglass is trying to develop a sidearm devlivery he did well as the closer.  As you can expect hitting was a little off switching to wood bats, but Gearhart and Von Duyke both hit the ball hard.  They play again thursday. 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on September 09, 2009, 12:12:16 pm
Watched a fall ball game at Mount Saturday, Saw Sabatino, Lambert, Hustack, and Douglass all pitch, a little rust on some of them but not bad considering some of them didn't play summer ball.  Douglass is trying to develop a sidearm devlivery he did well as the closer.  As you can expect hitting was a little off switching to wood bats, but Gearhart and Von Duyke both hit the ball hard.  They play again thursday. 

Any word on Mariotti circulating at fall ball? 

Von Duyke can hit.  I think he's going to have a good year.  Not familiar with Gearhart.  I take it he's a SO/JR this year?
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Post by: Tinman on September 09, 2009, 02:49:51 pm
He had Surgery and is looking to start rehabing it Oct/Nov with the hopes of being ready for the spring.
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Post by: Bump on September 09, 2009, 07:04:27 pm
Tinman, you must have been at the second game Saturday. I was at the 10:00 AM game. I thought the pitching was pretty solid in the early game. The pitchers had problems finding the strike zone at times but all in all they looked good. They all had decent velocity and could get their off speed and breaking stuff over the plate. I was impressed with both catchers in the early game. They did a good job receiving and made strong accurate throws to second. I know Huth was one of the catchers not sure who was the other catcher. I agree with your point about the hitting adjusting to the wood bats. The one thing I saw in game one that bothered me some was the number of called third strikes. I would rather see a player swing and miss at a marginal pitch than watch a called strike three.  If it was close enough to be called a strike it was close enough to take a cut.                                                               
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Post by: Tinman on September 10, 2009, 03:21:05 pm
Yes It was the second game, and it was a combination of not finding the strike zone.  I am going to the game today. 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on September 10, 2009, 05:47:08 pm
Let us know how that goes today Tinman.

I might stop by OC once they get back in school next week to check out their fall ball. 
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Post by: Bump on September 10, 2009, 09:25:47 pm
Game today was similar to Saturday. Pitching was a little better today. They had problems finding the strike zone at times but pitching wasn’t bad overall. There seemed to be more balls hit solid today. The hitters seem to be adjusting to wood bats. There wasn’t as many called third strikes which was good to see. Those things drive me nuts!!

I think there was only one error by both teams combined in a 7 inning game.
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Post by: Tinman on September 11, 2009, 11:48:40 am
I'm Jealous Bump, that darn work stuff got in the way and missed it I will be there for the first game Sat. AM.  I am told Wood had was solid at the dish.  his team won 8-1?
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Post by: Bump on September 14, 2009, 03:45:10 pm
I saw the second game at MU last Saturday. Hitters seem to be making better contact. The defense remains solid, I don’t remember any errors. IMO there are still way to many called third strikes. I lost count after 7 players watched strike three.  Nick Walker hit the ball hard his first two at bats. I am pretty sure they both would have been HR’s if he had been using an aluminum bat. Tinman, did you make it to the early game?
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Post by: Dr. Acula on September 14, 2009, 05:34:19 pm
I need to start studying the roster early because I'm not familiar with some of these kids.  Talk about out of the loop...I'm clueless!
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Post by: Bump on September 15, 2009, 02:11:05 pm
Dr A, Don’t feel bad I know very few of the players names. The only reason I knew Walker’s name was because he was a guild during the summer preview we attended. I did look up his numbers from his freshman year and he hit pretty well when given a chance. I think he went 5 for 12 last year with 3 starts in the outfield.
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Post by: Tinman on September 17, 2009, 04:26:13 pm
Yes the first game was at 10am Dunham sports looked good and had a good lead throuh 6+ but they pulled the starter and the bullpen was a little overworked They lost it in the 9th (Hello Tribe!) I heard that Cory Douglass and their other decent pitchers had been used up on an extra inning game thursday night.  The teams are stretched so thin I heard they had Van Duykes (outfield) Pitching relief
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Post by: Dr. Acula on September 18, 2009, 05:08:18 pm
It's not everyday in Columbus you see cars driving around with OAC baseball stickers on them and when you do it's usually Ott.  Well, today I saw not one, but two cars with Berg baseball stickers on them.  My guess based on the drivers is one was on a dad's car and the other on a recent grad's car.  Someone tell George Powell that Berg stickers are in his backyard!
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Post by: Tinman on September 25, 2009, 09:40:07 am
Got word that ONU lost their big 6' 5" left hand pitcher Zaebst, dropped from the program
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Post by: Historyprof on October 15, 2009, 08:20:49 am
ONU lost most of the pitching staff from last year.  Zaebst left the program to concentrate on academics, Miller (last years #1) transferred to NDC, Hill ran out of eligibility, Pope, who was effective out of the pen left, to concentrate on his Sr yr of pharmacy school, leaving them with two sophs with any varsity experience (Fisher and Drerup) a Sr in Sigg who has never really been used and an outfielder (Katana) who is good for about 3 innings before everyone figures out that all he has is a fastball.

Bergman STILL refuses to hire a coach with ANY pitching experience, (figures he can do it on his own). You can read all the theory you want, and understand the textbook mechanical things, but until you've had the ball in your hand in a tight spot you just don't know pitching.

It's gonna be a LONG season in  Polarbear land
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Post by: Dr. Acula on October 21, 2009, 10:45:00 pm
Welcome aboard, prof.  +k

ONU's lack of a pitching coach was a fairly hot topic of discussion during the season.  Poor OACbballfan3 had to follow it closer than the rest of us.  I understand having confidence in your coaching abilities, but a good coach (or leader of any kind) knows their limitations.  You were 100% correct when you said that you only truly know pitching if you've toed the rubber.  I feel bad for those kids at ONU because they're getting cheated.  Sad to see their pitching staff take such a hit in the offseason too.

p.s. Why did Miller transfer?  NDC is D2 I believe so maybe they offered him $$? 
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Post by: Historyprof on October 28, 2009, 06:18:41 am
Correct Dr A,
NDC is D2 NAIA and offered him, from what I heard, an almost full ride (depending on whom you believe). I know he had some problems with Bergman, an oil and water thing I think.

Word out of Ada is that the freshmen who came in the fall "throw stikes", in other words, have no velocity.

I see 10-30 this year, and unless I am totally off base Bergman's last season at Northern.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on October 28, 2009, 04:50:13 pm
Correct Dr A,
NDC is D2 NAIA and offered him, from what I heard, an almost full ride (depending on whom you believe). I know he had some problems with Bergman, an oil and water thing I think.

Word out of Ada is that the freshmen who came in the fall "throw stikes", in other words, have no velocity.

I see 10-30 this year, and unless I am totally off base Bergman's last season at Northern.

Hahaha.  Exactly how I would interpret it as well.  Phrases like throws strikes, good command, uses his defense well, makes you beat him, etc. are all code for a soft tosser.  The good news is those freshmen are probably going to get a lot of experience. 

Sounds like it could be a LONG year in Ada and that certainly wouldn't help Bergman's cause.  Players quitting/transferring doesn't help either.   
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Post by: Tinman on November 04, 2009, 01:24:20 pm
Potentially the Last two MLB games this week so starts the baseball winter, wake me up in March
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Post by: Gramps on December 31, 2009, 03:25:09 pm
A new blog site: http://buckeyestatebaseball.com/2009/12/31/preseason-diii-team/
has posted a D3 All Buckeye team.  Check it out, and also check the blog, as it contains many articles pertaining to the state of Ohio.  It has a series of articles containing information about his picks for the top 30 D3 baseball players, with a profile of each player.  You can agree, disagree, post your comments, or just use the information as you wish.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on January 01, 2010, 11:27:08 pm
seems like a nice site. somewhat new, we will see what its like come the spring season. and now that its 2010, its time to start the countdown to the start of spring practices
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Chris Webb on January 03, 2010, 03:01:07 pm
Thanks for providing a link to the site Gramps, always good to see people enjoying the site.

Starting tomorrow I'll coincide the last 8 30 position players with the 10 pitchers to watch this season.

Also I have a few program spotlights to introduce the various programs on the DIII/NAIA level to the site for some of the DI fans or other smaller programs to become more familiar with. The spotlights will have a few questions answered by the coach about their program.

The first should come out towards the end of next week with the spotlight on Baldwin Wallace.

Once February comes around previewing the individual conferences and teams will be rolled out.

I was very class with a lot of friends from the 2008 Otterbein class and my interest in DIII ball has picked up with the friendships.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on January 18, 2010, 07:20:27 pm
D3 preseason All-American is out and the Mid-East Region has a plethora of young athlete's among them including 2B Gar Keene and Andy Lowe of Heidelberg chosen as 2nd team.  Our sincere congrats to them and to all the rest of the Mid-East Region's teams whose members have been picked for this high accolade.  Well, the season is really getting close to the start now, let's began with "PLAY BALL"  At least I think that I'm hearing that in my inner ear.  Looking forward to seeing you all at the ballpark.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on January 26, 2010, 02:56:32 pm
Preseason poll is out....Berg checks in at 10 and Etta at 14.  We're getting closer and closer.  First games are a month away!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on January 27, 2010, 01:04:16 am
heartland conference has their preseason poll out. Should we expect any surprises in the OAC poll besides the Best (Burg, Marietta, Otterbein) the middle (MUC, JCU, Musky) and the Rest (BW, Cap, Wilmington, ONU)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Chris Webb on January 27, 2010, 11:45:43 am
The OAC actually does not do a pre-season coaches poll. We inquired about that and the commish said they do not, but couldn't give a reason why they don't and would look in to it.


So maybe the pressure will produce one this year?!

Anyhow you shouldn't see many surprises, the bottom appears to be making strides but the talent gap 1-3 is still a bit ahead of 4-7 and 8-10.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on January 27, 2010, 01:44:19 pm
heartland conference has their preseason poll out. Should we expect any surprises in the OAC poll besides the Best (Burg, Marietta, Otterbein) the middle (MUC, JCU, Musky) and the Rest (BW, Cap, Wilmington, ONU)

Like Chris said, there's unfortunately no preseason poll in the OAC.  For some reason they don't do them in baseball or softball.

And come on, crease...give the Jackets at least a little love and call them "middle"!! 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on January 28, 2010, 04:33:49 pm
Sorry. I have no idea on how the jackets will be this year. I simply will always have them in the "rest" category as long as their colors and jerseys are mustard and brown.

Additional note: great article about the recent late night talk show wars and relating it to baseball

http://thecoachscave.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-conan-taught-us.html
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on February 01, 2010, 11:44:14 pm
The magic day in D3 has come and many teams are having their first official practices today. Here is a video of Mount's practice today in the newly renovated fieldhouse. It looks really nice, but i think there was some fog that rolled in for the practice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM8rlEgPzcM
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 02, 2010, 06:15:13 pm
That video makes me miss playing.  It does not, however, make me miss throwing off a plastic mound in the fieldhouse!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on February 04, 2010, 08:17:07 am
Found out that video was made with a camera phone, he needs to clean his lens, but even that is enough to give me hope baseball is just around the corner.  I am going to Winter Haven for few days next month to watch MUC, or should I say UMU?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on February 08, 2010, 02:43:26 pm
FYI!!   

The OAC is currently being reviewed by Chad  Markert at Buckeyestatebaseball.com.
As of today, they have covered BW and Capital, with the rest of the conference to be previewed this week.  Should be interesting.
Things are heating up for the start of the season.  Just three weeks till Florida.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 11, 2010, 01:16:42 pm
FYI!!   

The OAC is currently being reviewed by Chad  Markert at Buckeyestatebaseball.com.
As of today, they have covered BW and Capital, with the rest of the conference to be previewed this week.  Should be interesting.
Things are heating up for the start of the season.  Just three weeks till Florida.


Here's a link:  BSB Preview (http://buckeyestatebaseball.com/2010/02/07/ohio-athletic-conference-preview-week/)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on February 11, 2010, 02:01:18 pm
Dr. Acula,   Heidelberg has out their new "Media Guide" which has a preview of this years team with all of the projected changes to the starting lineup.  The most notable will be that Elvin Williams will also be playing in the outfield as well as pitching.  Check out the preview at: http://www.heidelberg.edu/sites/herald.heidelberg.edu/files/2010_BB_Media_Guide.pdf

Looks like a powerful lineup for the coming season.

GO BERG!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 11, 2010, 02:41:16 pm
Thanks Gramps!

Berg is going to be battle tested when they get to the OAC season.  NC Wesleyan, Carthage, Montclair St, OWU, Denison and Adrian on the pre-OAC schedule.  That's a very nice non-conference slate.  Should serve them well as the season rolls on. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on February 12, 2010, 11:54:17 am
It should be an intersting year at MUC. or should I jump the Gun and call them UMU, counting the days til FLA.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 14, 2010, 03:09:05 am
All 10 previews are up at Buckeye State Baseball as are the OAC Q&A with Jim Dixon and Dave Kisor from D3baseball.com and the predictions for 2010.

OAC preview (http://buckeyestatebaseball.com/2010/02/07/ohio-athletic-conference-preview-week/)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on February 14, 2010, 07:18:17 pm
All 10 previews are up at Buckeye State Baseball as are the OAC Q&A with Jim Dixon and Dave Kisor from D3baseball.com and the predictions for 2010.

OAC preview (http://buckeyestatebaseball.com/2010/02/07/ohio-athletic-conference-preview-week/)

Thanks Dr. Acula, I will be attending a fund raiser for the baseball team next week and will be sure to tell all of the other parents and grandparents to check out the web site.  All of the team articles were well written and will add to the enjoyment of the games when we meet that particular team.  Looking forward to more stories as the season progresses.  Keep up the good work, I know, for one, that I certainly appreciate your diligence in researching each team.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 15, 2010, 11:44:42 pm
Great story...kind of OAC related....

The 2007 Bluffton baseball team was awarded the NCAA's Inspiration Award a few weeks ago.  Former Musky player James Grandey is the head coach at Bluffton.  Cody McPherson, a senior of this year's team, accepted the award.  He was a freshman on that team and was on the bus.  Anyone that has ever played a team sport can only imagine the emotions involved in a tragedy like that.   

Article (http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/01/15/Bluffton-baseball-team-wins-prestigious-NCAA-award.html)
   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 15, 2010, 11:46:19 pm
All 10 previews are up at Buckeye State Baseball as are the OAC Q&A with Jim Dixon and Dave Kisor from D3baseball.com and the predictions for 2010.

OAC preview (http://buckeyestatebaseball.com/2010/02/07/ohio-athletic-conference-preview-week/)

Thanks Dr. Acula, I will be attending a fund raiser for the baseball team next week and will be sure to tell all of the other parents and grandparents to check out the web site.  All of the team articles were well written and will add to the enjoyment of the games when we meet that particular team.  Looking forward to more stories as the season progresses.  Keep up the good work, I know, for one, that I certainly appreciate your diligence in researching each team.

Thanks Gramps.  Hopefully I'll get a chance to meet you at a Berg game this season.  Are you heading south for the spring trip?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on February 16, 2010, 12:41:35 am
Dr. Acula,  Looking forward to meeting you also.  Just look for the oldest  man in the Berg stands, That will be me.  Yes, there will be a whole group of us going down.  It'll be good to be back in the old ball park and cheering on the kids. My wife and me have met many nice people while being involved with our grandchildren's sports.  It keeps us young. Can't wait for the start of the season.  Reading all of your articles and the comments of the other blog writers has got me ready to enjoy another year of baseball.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 21, 2010, 12:13:38 am
BW will be looking for a new coach it sounds like....any guesses on who it might be?  Promote an assistant?  Are there BW alumni in the coaching ranks elsewhere?

BSB blurb (http://buckeyestatebaseball.com/2010/02/21/baldwin-wallaces-bob-fisher-to-retire/)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on February 21, 2010, 08:47:35 am
ill put my early money on an assistant, but hired from outside for his first head coaching gig, not promoted within.

with jobs the way they are, you gotta figure you will have any assistant coach with a few years experience in ohio applying. Add that to an alumnus head coach that wants to go back home, and some high school coaches from cleveland who want a challenge at the next level. i think BW will have a fantastic summer of sorting through resumes.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 22, 2010, 01:21:14 am
There's no denying that BW is a good job.  That program is established, it's in pretty good shape and it's in a good location from a recruiting aspect.  It would be a great first job if someone is lucky enough to land it.  I hope a certain former MUC asst. applies.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 22, 2010, 01:24:14 am
Speaking of new coaches....Cap has a good young first time HC.  Check out the article here (http://buckeyestatebaseball.com/2010/02/22/on-campus-capital/).  The Crusaders aren't going to be pushovers much longer.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 26, 2010, 08:20:20 pm
Cap and JCU get the OAC started on Sunday down south.  Season's here!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on February 27, 2010, 01:45:17 pm
I'm ready for a new season!!

Here's to a great year in the OAC....and a great post-season run to Appleton by some of the OAC powers!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 28, 2010, 03:17:41 pm
Cap gets the OAC off to a good start beating John Jay 15-5 in their opener.  JCU is taking on JJ right now.  Congrats to Coach Grice on his first win!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 01, 2010, 10:51:08 pm
Cap dropped a pair to Cedarville today.  4-0 and 6-0.  Crusaders are 1-2 now.

JCU thumped John Jay 23-0 yesterday and got a nice win over NC Wesleyan 4-3 today. 

ONU opened with a 7-3 win over Eastern (PA) today.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: DelawareCityMan on March 04, 2010, 11:39:23 am
What's going on in Westerville, OH with the Otterbein program?  I've heard rumors that there's been some bigtime internal problems with the team that the coach wasn't aware of and the Administration learned about through the wrong channels.  Guess the school is deciding on whether to suspend the players involved for the season to possibly even suspending the program for the 2010 schedule.  This could cause problems with future recruiting.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 04, 2010, 02:21:15 pm
I heard the same.  I was told the entire team was suspended from all baseball activities for a week, but they would not be suspending the 2010 season.  Again, these are rumors around campus, but what I heard amounted to a case of "boys being boys" getting out of hand.  I didn't think it was as big a deal as others, but maybe that's just me.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 06, 2010, 12:26:21 pm
Marietta gets their season started today in Memphis.  The spring trip brings great competition once again!

Memphis, TN
3/6  Rhodes College (DH) 

Abilene, Texas
3/8  Texas-Tyler 
3/8  Texas-Dallas 
3/9  Hardin-Simmons 
3/9  McMurry University 
3/10  Mary Hardin-Baylor

Memphis, TN
3/12  Rhodes College
3/13  Illinois Wesleyan 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: MC Pioneer Fan on March 06, 2010, 06:59:58 pm
The Etta Express got off to  a strong start, beating Rhodes 3-0.
Junior RH Mark Williams threw a CG- 7 inning 2 hitter, with 8 K's and
1 BB.

DH Chris Beatty lead the Pioneers with 2 hits of 6 total, and
SS Tim Saunders went 1 for 2 with 2 SB's.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 06, 2010, 10:46:19 pm
Big win for Berg over #9 Carthage today 3-1.  Especially impressive considering it was their #3 starter against Carthage's ace.

MUC lost 10-4 to Marysville.

JCU split w/ Juniata. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on March 07, 2010, 11:10:35 pm
are the purple raiders playing at a real field in florida or a pitch and putt? Ferrell with 2 home runs in 2 games. That puts him on pace for 20+ (im too lazy to count the total number of games for mount)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 08, 2010, 01:11:05 am
are the purple raiders playing at a real field in florida or a pitch and putt? Ferrell with 2 home runs in 2 games. That puts him on pace for 20+ (im too lazy to count the total number of games for mount)

Haha!  I'm not sure, but their first game wasn't even in FL.  It was at Marysville (TN).  I would assume their home field is at least respectable depth.  And the weird thing is that Berg is in Port Charlotte too and I don't think they have a homer yet (of course they're 4-0 so I'm sure they're very concerned about that).  Hopefully it's just a sign Ferrell is gonna have a huge season.  They need him to.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 08, 2010, 12:14:42 pm
Listening to the Raiders right now...not exactly sure why OF Kyle VonDuyke was brought in to pitch in a 4-2 game.  I didn't even know he pitched?!  He gave up a double (runner thrown out trying to stretch it to 3), a 4 pitch walk and a single before being relieved by Douglass who quickly got a DP ground ball.  MUC is up 7-2 in the 9th so it's a moot point, but it just seemed like an odd situation to bring in a guy with little to no experience on the mound.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin2 on March 08, 2010, 10:08:09 pm
I think we can just chalk that up to something really random when it came to decision making... None of the hitter scheduled were LH and it was the heart of the order in a tight ball game... very bizzare
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 08, 2010, 10:14:04 pm
Marietta split their games today....

They crushed UT-Tyler 18-5, then lost their nightcap against UT-Dallas 2-1 on a walk-off HR in the 9th.

MC now stands at 2-2 on the year, both losses coming in the last at-bat (extra innings vs Rhodes, and today's walk-off).  The pitching looks very promising this year with Williams, Gasser, and Mahaffey giving great performances in their starts; and Lindquist throwing well out of the pen.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on March 08, 2010, 11:35:14 pm
Whoever had Game #3 as the first game of the season where we would question the decision making skills of coach hesse won the pool. I personally had my money on Game #1.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on March 08, 2010, 11:35:59 pm
And is this new and improved fundimentalswin 2.0 we are talking to now?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin2 on March 09, 2010, 12:14:43 am
well last year was the end of an era and thus a new user name must be born
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 09, 2010, 01:46:56 pm
Musky lost 4-2 to Defiance.  Ouch.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on March 09, 2010, 04:01:01 pm
Musky was swept by Defiance. 5-3 in the second game.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 09, 2010, 09:53:55 pm
Marietta wins 2 more today against Texas teams from the ASC.

Marietta - 12
Hardin-Simmons - 10

Marietta leads McMurry 9-1 in the 7th (I'm calling this one a win).

They now stand at 4-2 on the year, and it looks like the bats are going early, and they have at least 4 good arms.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 09, 2010, 11:31:44 pm
Marietta wins 2 more today against Texas teams from the ASC.

Marietta - 12
Hardin-Simmons - 10

Marietta leads McMurry 9-1 in the 7th (I'm calling this one a win).

They now stand at 4-2 on the year, and it looks like the bats are going early, and they have at least 4 good arms.

In other news, water is wet, the sky is blue and the sun will rise tomorrow.   ;D  Just kidding mideast.  I know that was a question coming into the year so it's been very positive for Etta.

I hope Ott plays their DH Saturday.  I feel like we've got a decent feel for Berg and Etta now.  Need to see what Ott has going on.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 10, 2010, 06:08:14 pm
^^^^ nice!  ;D

MC finished off their Texas swing with a 10-2 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor, and got a strong pitching performance from Blaski (their 5th different starter with a great outing).....they now stand at 5-2 on the season. 

They'll play Rhodes College and Illinois Wesleyan in Memphis, TN on their way back to Marietta.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 11, 2010, 09:06:46 am
Just got back from Fla., watching MUC 4-1 overall, Ferrell is on a tear three home runs!, the team bats are doing well, Defensively they are progessing,  they have 3 errors over the 5 games, the venues got a little worse each day, they are playing most of the rest of the games in WinterHaven, man has that place fallen off Tribe has been in Tuscon 2 years and chain o' lakes looks pretty beat.  They start back here Tuesday at Walsh
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 11, 2010, 09:24:16 am
Forgot to mention one new wrinkle, Coach Hesse has left the dugout,  he coaches third now.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Historyprof on March 11, 2010, 01:07:42 pm
Congrats to ONU's Matt Rader named OAC hitter of the week for his performance in Myrtle Beach last week. He was 9-for-17 (.529), drove in six runs, scored eight, had two triples and a double.

Not sure of the level of competition but an impressive week
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 11, 2010, 05:29:15 pm
The Heidelberg varsity game in LaGrange, Ga.has been rescheduled from 6:00PM

to 7:00PM.  It can be followed on "live stats" from the Heidelberg web site: http://www.heidelberg.edu/athletics/teams/mbaseball

GO BERG!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 11, 2010, 07:44:18 pm
7:40PM --- No score on "live stats" yet, as a matter of fact, no action  on "live states" at all. A little frustrating.  I wonder if "live stats" is even working.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 11, 2010, 07:47:17 pm
Just got off the Berg web site, start switched to 8:00PM
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 11, 2010, 08:08:59 pm
A special congrats to "Sly" Nino on winning OAC "Pitcher of the Week" for his masterful win over top ranked Carthage.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 12, 2010, 12:25:35 am
Brian Koehl goes 2-0 as the Berg tops LaGrange  14-5.  Heidelberg pounded out 19 hits, with 7 players having multiple hits led by Williams 4-6 with 5 RBIs and Lizcano 3-6 and 3 RBIs.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 13, 2010, 10:00:59 am
Muc washed out in Fla. Buses roll this morning
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 13, 2010, 09:19:20 pm
Marietta's senior Chris Beatty is making a play for DIII hitter of the week.  His 4-4, 2 HR, 9 RBI performance in today's 20-8 victory over Illinois Wesleyan extended his hitting streak to 7 games, and raises his team leading average.

In the last week (9 games) Beatty has hit .457, with 18 RBI's, 2 HR, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 16 runs, and a nice .857 slugging percentage.

Marietta ends their spring trip at 7-2.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on March 15, 2010, 11:57:53 am
Congrats to ONU's Matt Rader named OAC hitter of the week for his performance in Myrtle Beach last week. He was 9-for-17 (.529), drove in six runs, scored eight, had two triples and a double.

Not sure of the level of competition but an impressive week

The level of competition is pretty bad to say the least.  ONU has few if any tough opponents until league play.  They are hitting the ball well, but pitching still seems to be a rough point.  Congrats to Matt, he deserves all the praise in the world.  After being benched for two seasons and never seeing the light of the field, bergman finally decides to play him.  Still NOT a fan of this coach, he is pretty bad.  The addition of all american coach Jeff Mercer (Wright State) had to be the spark the bears needed.  Very good weekend, going 3-1 in indiana, but playing no competition. 

Congrats to the rest of the OAC for a good weekend!




Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 15, 2010, 05:16:48 pm
Congrats to ONU's Matt Rader named OAC hitter of the week for his performance in Myrtle Beach last week. He was 9-for-17 (.529), drove in six runs, scored eight, had two triples and a double.

Not sure of the level of competition but an impressive week

The level of competition is pretty bad to say the least.  ONU has few if any tough opponents until league play.  They are hitting the ball well, but pitching still seems to be a rough point.  Congrats to Matt, he deserves all the praise in the world.  After being benched for two seasons and never seeing the light of the field, bergman finally decides to play him.  Still NOT a fan of this coach, he is pretty bad.  The addition of all american coach Jeff Mercer (Wright State) had to be the spark the bears needed.  Very good weekend, going 3-1 in indiana, but playing no competition. 

Congrats to the rest of the OAC for a good weekend!






Their pitching is going to be a problem once they get into OAC play, IMO.  The hitting has been great, but they haven't really faced anything like what they'll see on a daily basis in conference play from that aspect either.  That being said, you have to beat the teams you should...and they have.  For that they deserve praise.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on March 15, 2010, 10:45:15 pm
Congrats to ONU's Matt Rader named OAC hitter of the week for his performance in Myrtle Beach last week. He was 9-for-17 (.529), drove in six runs, scored eight, had two triples and a double.

Not sure of the level of competition but an impressive week

The level of competition is pretty bad to say the least.  ONU has few if any tough opponents until league play.  They are hitting the ball well, but pitching still seems to be a rough point.  Congrats to Matt, he deserves all the praise in the world.  After being benched for two seasons and never seeing the light of the field, bergman finally decides to play him.  Still NOT a fan of this coach, he is pretty bad.  The addition of all american coach Jeff Mercer (Wright State) had to be the spark the bears needed.  Very good weekend, going 3-1 in indiana, but playing no competition. 

Congrats to the rest of the OAC for a good weekend!






Their pitching is going to be a problem once they get into OAC play, IMO.  The hitting has been great, but they haven't really faced anything like what they'll see on a daily basis in conference play from that aspect either.  That being said, you have to beat the teams you should...and they have.  For that they deserve praise.

I completely agree.  Im proud of the bears, hope they keep it up.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 17, 2010, 11:59:40 pm
Hi all, Gramps here.  Took a trip to Delaware, Ohio  this sunny afternoon.  Good day for a ball game, a Bishop and Berg baseball game.  They were like two giants in a tug-of-war ---   First OWU goes ahead 3-0, than the Berg at 4-3, the Battling Bishops at the home half of  the 8th inning are cruising at7-4.

Top of the 9th:  1st batter pops up to the ss, 2nd batter, Rickie Lizcano blasts his first HR of the season; (7-5 OWU), Gar Keen HBP, one on, Willie B(rechun) singles, two on; Jason Lash hits his first HR of the year - -WHAM - - -BAM, 8-7 Berg.

Andy Lowe, closer, finishes the game for his first win of the year.

Heidelberg stands at 9-1 for the young season.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on March 18, 2010, 10:09:37 am
Hi all, Gramps here.  Took a trip to Delaware, Ohio  this sunny afternoon.  Good day for a ball game, a Bishop and Berg baseball game.  They were like two giants in a tug-of-war ---   First OWU goes ahead 3-0, than the Berg at 4-3, the Battling Bishops at the home half of  the 8th inning are cruising at7-4.

Top of the 9th:  1st batter pops up to the ss, 2nd batter, Rickie Lizcano blasts his first HR of the season; (7-5 OWU), Gar Keen HBP, one on, Willie B(rechun) singles, two on; Jason Lash hits his first HR of the year - -WHAM - - -BAM, 8-7 Berg.

Andy Lowe, closer, finishes the game for his first win of the year.

Heidelberg stands at 9-1 for the young season.

Sounds like a heck of a ballgame yesterday down in Delaware! 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 18, 2010, 05:45:23 pm
Muc dropped Walsh 8-5 finally decent weather in Ohio Ferrell comes through again 3 run double when it was needed
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 19, 2010, 10:47:13 pm
The Berg does it again, down 9-4 in the bottom of the 5th, they score 8 runs in the top of the 6th, add one more run in the 7th  to win the game over a good Adrian team with a 13-9  final score.

And an exciting game it was with  a total of 27 hits (H 14 - A 11); 22 runs, you wonder what these teams have left in the tank for their double header at Peaceful Valley tomorrow.  If you love this game of baseball, no matter who you follow, show up to watch, you won't be disappointed.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 21, 2010, 01:09:19 am
Peacefull Valley was anything  but peaceful yesterday with the Berg erupting for 8 hits for 5 runs in game 1 and 16 hits for 9 runs in game 2. The pitching was just as strong as Nate James held Adrian to 3 runs and had 9 Ks while gaining his 3rd win and  Andy Lowe no runs, no hits, and 2 Ks for save #3.  In game 2, "Sly" Nino had a 4 hitter with 6 Ks for his second win.  Lowe also finished this game for his 4th save.
It was good to see Drew Buelow back from his injury and contribute with a 1 for 3 in game 1 and 2 for 3 in game 2 and did well in the field.
Game one had the following come up with the 8 hits: Williams, Lizcano, Brechun, Lash, Decker, Monroe & Buelow.
Game two hitting was led by Decker 3-5 with 2 hits each from Williams, Keen, Brechun, Lash, Buelow & Colatrulio with Lizcano getting a hit.
As you can see, this has truly been a team effort.  Every game seems to feature a different player having a good game. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 23, 2010, 11:46:47 am
Heidelberg jumps to #2 in new poll:http://d3baseball.com/top25/2010/week-4

Check it out. 

The Berg travels to Denison for a game this afternoon.  Hope the weather holds out.


GO BERG!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on March 23, 2010, 01:19:59 pm
I posted this over on the NCAC board, but just to let everyone know in here as well, today's Wooster/Marietta game has been ppd. due to weather.  No news about tomorrow's Wooster/Cap game as of yet.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: countyroad on March 23, 2010, 01:28:24 pm
Looks like the Wooster game with Marietta has been rescheduled for Thursday @ 3:30.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 23, 2010, 11:53:55 pm
Berg bats beat out a steady rhythm  as all eight position players contribute to a
14-7 victory over Denison.

Led by by S. Decker's 4 hit, 5 RBI; A. Monroe, a 2 run HR; W. Brechun, a 2 run HR; and the supporting cast of Williams, Lizcano, Keen, Lash, and Buelow, the Berg carved out 16 hits to score the 14 runs.

E. Thomas  goes to 2-0 with a 4 hit, 2 ER, 3 Ks and 6 BBs effort in a 5 inning stint.

What a way to celebrate being named the #2 team in the latest poll.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 24, 2010, 11:19:10 pm
Case Western Reserve ends Heidelberg's six game win streak with a 6-3 win at Peaceful Valley.

Rickie Lizcano led the Berg with a 2 run HR while going 3-4 at the Plate. Gar Keen contributed 2 hits while Elvin Williams and Willie Brechun had a hit apiece.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 25, 2010, 01:19:40 pm
On this rainy day here's a little article about Cap's QB turned baseball player Marty Assmann from BSB to pass the time:

Cap article (http://buckeyestatebaseball.com/2010/03/25/better-late-than-never/)

Hopefully the sun comes out as the OAC slate (kinda) gets under way this weekend.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 26, 2010, 01:40:11 pm
Mount better find their hitting shoes for the Marietta game!
They only had 8 hits in the 15 inning marathon with N.D. (Wood 3b and Ferrell cf had three each)
 or it is going to be a long day on Saturday!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 26, 2010, 02:46:20 pm
Agreed tinman.  The thing that stuck out to me was that they only had 2 hits over the last 8 innings of that game.  Not good.  Hopefully they got that out of their system just in time for the OAC schedule.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin2 on March 26, 2010, 06:47:52 pm
Tomorrow will be interesting to say the least considering MUC's best player is hobbled by an ankle injury and they have struggled to score runs.  Marietta could make it a long day for the Raiders tomorrow.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 27, 2010, 05:13:07 pm
Raiders are really laboring offensively right now.  Etta shuts them out 6-0 in game 1.  MUC has just 4 hits.  In game 2 they're heading to the bottom of the 5th down 3-0.  Just 3 hits so far in game 2.  Tracy had 2 hits in game 1 and Ferrell has a double in each game, but other than that not much going right now.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 28, 2010, 12:01:45 pm
It was tough to watch, Etta made the most out of every situation, they really played well.  MUC needs to get some cohesion,  also tough to start out OAC play with this much of a powerhouse
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 29, 2010, 08:27:56 am
I was busy all weekend so I didn't get a chance to follow Saturday's games.....sure looks like MC played well.  Blaski has been amazing thus far & only adds to the strong one-two punch with Williams.  If Gasser, Lindquist, Mahaffey, and the rest can give some strong innings out of the pen and during the non-conference weekday games, Marietta could definitely be looking at a Regional appearance once again....the schedule sets up very nicely with that many good arms!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on March 30, 2010, 09:04:57 am
Congratulations to Austin Price, freshman pitcher who was named OAC Pitcher of the week!  I am really going to see what happens when the Bears get into the OAC... they have been seeing some easy pitching and hitting (OSU-Lima),, should be a good challenge!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 30, 2010, 07:25:46 pm
Congratulations to Austin Price, freshman pitcher who was named OAC Pitcher of the week!  I am really going to see what happens when the Bears get into the OAC... they have been seeing some easy pitching and hitting (OSU-Lima),, should be a good challenge!

congrats, but it really makes you wonder what is going on with the people who choose the Pitcher of Week.  Price's only outing of the week was the first 5 innings of a game against a Community College team.  When I played years ago, our JV team used to play against the OSU-campus teams.

Anyways, good luck to the young man, his future looks to be bright!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 31, 2010, 12:31:13 am
Peaceful Valley was the scene of an eruption of Berg bats that beat out  a tattoo of 17 hits in game 1 for a 14-11 win ad 21 hits in game 2 for a 20-14 win over Manchester College of Ind.

Among the total of 38 hits were 7 HRs, 2 in game 1 by R. Lizcano and G. Keen; and 5 in game 2 by J. Lash 2 and by R. Lizcano, W. Brechun & S.  Decker, 1 each.

Needless to say,  the Berg Bats were in orbit tonight.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 31, 2010, 08:29:15 am
Marietta picked up 2 more in-region wins over Denison last night, and will be back on the diamond Thursday when they host in-region foe Washington & Jefferson.

http://pioneers.marietta.edu/news/2010/3/30/BB_0330100405.aspx?path=baseball
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 31, 2010, 08:01:14 pm
MUC lost to Walsh 10-2.  Only 4 hits today so the bats need to wake up quickly. 

Also, Cap picked up a win in exciting fashion scoring 3 in the bottom of the 9th to tie Thomas More then getting a walk off homer in the bottom of the 10th to win it.

Berg was in action as well, but that one's all Gramps!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 31, 2010, 10:18:48 pm
AND THE BATS GO ON ------
The Berg exploded for 11 runs on 18 hits with all starters getting a hit. They were led by R. Lizcano, 4-5, 4 RBIs, 2 runs, E. Williams, 3-5, 4 runs; G. Keene 2-5, 3 RBIs; W. Brechun 3-5, 1 RBI; and A. Buelow 2-3, 3 runs.

Ethan Holt was overpowering in silencing the Wittenberg bats to the tune of 2 hits with 1 run scored and knocking out 7 Ks.

OAC opener vs. Muskingum U. Fri., Apr. 2nd. Start time 1:00PM.

GO BERG !!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on April 01, 2010, 08:29:55 am
Walsh's Marc Miller had himself a day 2 doubles, 4 rbi, HPB, single, Muc defense looked ok but the hitting was missing to say the least.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 01, 2010, 01:02:11 pm
Walsh's Marc Miller had himself a day 2 doubles, 4 rbi, HPB, single, Muc defense looked ok but the hitting was missing to say the least.

I expect the hitting to drop off some as they go through OAC play just because the quality of the pitching is better.  But what worries me is that the hitting has been sliding significantly already and they're barely into conference play.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on April 02, 2010, 10:10:36 am
MUC Double header vs Wilmington today, 1,3pm I hope they fare better than the last conf game
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 03, 2010, 12:00:46 am
Heidelberg and Muskingum split a DH today.

In Game 1, the Berg came out on top in a 10-5 win.
W. Brechun hit HR #3 and went 3-3, 4 RBIs & 4 runs; J. Lash, 1-1, 2 RBIs, 1 run, 3 BB; R. Lizcano 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 runs; S. Decker, 2-4, 1 RBI; and A. Monroe with a hit.
N. James gets win #5 and A. Lowe, save #6.

Game #2 saw the Berg go down in defeat 12-10 on the strength of a B. Whiteman Grad Slam in the eighth.
R. Lizcano topped off an awesome week going 3-4, 1 RBI, 3 runs; W. Brechun, 2-5, 3 RBIs and single hits from E. Williams, G. Keen, J. Lash, K. Gainey, S. Decker and A. Monroe.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 03, 2010, 10:53:23 am
Ricardo Lizcano of Heidelberg had an awesome week last week going 15-20 with 17 RBIs and scoring 13 runs with 3 BBs and  2 HRs.  Strong candidate for  OAC  "Hitter of the Week".
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 05, 2010, 12:27:12 am
HAPPY EASTER to all from Gramps.  Hope that your team goes hippity hopping down the road to many wins this season.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 05, 2010, 03:46:02 pm
Ricardo Lizcano of Heidelberg had an awesome week last week going 15-20 with 17 RBIs and scoring 13 runs with 3 BBs and  2 HRs.  Strong candidate for  OAC  "Hitter of the Week".

Ricardo Lizcano was named OAC "Hitter of the Week" today for his accomplishments last week. Best of Luck and continued success to you Ricky from the Berg fans, and from Lucy too.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: countyroad on April 06, 2010, 07:28:04 am
Ricardo Lizcano of Heidelberg had an awesome week last week going 15-20 with 17 RBIs and scoring 13 runs with 3 BBs and  2 HRs.  Strong candidate for  OAC  "Hitter of the Week".

Ricardo Lizcano was named OAC "Hitter of the Week" today for his accomplishments last week. Best of Luck and continued success to you Ricky from the Berg fans, and from Lucy too.

What a week!  Wow. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 06, 2010, 11:22:08 pm
The Berg improved to 18-3 on a 12-3 win over Denison. 

Led by Ricardo Lizcano's 2 solo HRs and Jason Lash's 2 Doubles and 1 Triple and A.  Monroe's 3-4  with 1 HR; also with E. Williams &  W. Brechun each going 3-5,  the Berg out hit the Big Red 16 to 11.

Brian Koehl  comes up with win # 3 against 0 losses.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 07, 2010, 12:17:21 am
It seems like just about every team has at least one guy that you really want to see in person.  Berg has a bunch.  Guys like Hiscox, Ferrell, Whiteman, Beatty, etc. are just a lot of fun to watch hit too.  We're very lucky that Ohio has some outstanding DIII ballplayers.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: inthecrease on April 07, 2010, 01:50:51 pm
It seems like just about every team has at least one guy that you really want to see in person.  Berg has a bunch.  Guys like Hiscox, Ferrell, Whiteman, Beatty, etc. are just a lot of fun to watch hit too.  We're very lucky that Ohio has some outstanding DIII ballplayers.

With that being said, is it time to reopen the discussion of having an all-star game or skills competition as a part of the OAC championships?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 07, 2010, 06:44:18 pm
^^^ I've been around the OAC for the last 15 years and have never heard anyone talk about things like that. 

Personally I don't think it would work.  The OAC tournament usually falls during some of the schools' graduation festivities, so Seniors most likely would be out, plus you can't really expect the student-athletes to pay their own way to a host college to participate...and since it's DIII, they would be paying their own way.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 07, 2010, 10:50:12 pm
In a game switched to Littick Field by threatening thunderstorms in Tiffin, the Berg overturned the Battling Bishops by the score of 9-2.

Starting out the scoring was Jason Lash's 4th HR in  the 2nd inning.  Freshman Korey Gainy socked his 1st collegiate HR in the 4th. All 9 position players contributed hits led by S. Decker 3, 2 each by Lizcano and Lash ,  and hits by E.Williams, G. Keen, W. Brechun, A. Monroe, A.Buelow and K. Gainy.

Ethan Holt turned in a neat 5.2 innings for win #4.  Starring in relief were   Brandon Stucky, Daniel Brannum and Andy Lowe.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 07, 2010, 10:59:02 pm
^^^ I've been around the OAC for the last 15 years and have never heard anyone talk about things like that. 

Personally I don't think it would work.  The OAC tournament usually falls during some of the schools' graduation festivities, so Seniors most likely would be out, plus you can't really expect the student-athletes to pay their own way to a host college to participate...and since it's DIII, they would be paying their own way.



I agree with you as to the All Star Game, but a skills competition coupled together with the OAC  tournament sounds intriguing.  Let's bang this around a bit and see what comes up.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 09, 2010, 06:51:08 pm
Some interesting match ups this weekend.  Find out if ONU is for real I guess. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 09, 2010, 10:18:07 pm
On a cold day (47) at Peaceful Valley, the Berg fans got warmed up by rooting their team to a 3-1 victory over a spirited Defiance nine.

In earning their 20th win of the season, Heidelberg had another team effort as 6 players had hits with W.Brechun & A. Buelow garnering doubles and R. Lizcano, G. Keen, J. Lash & S. Decker with singles.  The RBIs came from  E. Williams, S. Decker & A. Buelow.

Everett Thomas earned his 3rd win of the year & A. Lowe gained his 7th  save.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 10, 2010, 04:47:34 pm
Some interesting match ups this weekend.  Find out if ONU is for real I guess. 

Marietta wins game one 21-4.  Beatty went 3 for 5 with 2 HR's and 10 RBI's.  MC also got HR's from Saunders and Levens.  Williams went 5 innings for the win, and wasn't needed after that.  Price took the loss for Ohio Northern, lasting 3.2 innings while giving up 12 runs on 14 hits.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 10, 2010, 07:31:35 pm
Marietta completes the sweep with a 16-1 game two victory over ONU.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on April 10, 2010, 07:53:43 pm
Strange year in the mid east region.
How can you explain the Berg getting thuumped by previous 2 win Wilmington 11-0 and getting only 1 hit. They came back to win game 2 19-5.

 So far the powers to be in the mid east Berg, Woo, and Etta may have been shown too much respect? Or is their greater parity in the OAc and NCAC?

It seems if you don't show up and play your A game, you very well might get it handed to you.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 10, 2010, 09:32:23 pm
Strange year in the mid east region.
How can you explain the Berg getting thuumped by previous 2 win Wilmington 11-0 and getting only 1 hit. They came back to win game 2 19-5.

 So far the powers to be in the mid east Berg, Woo, and Etta may have been shown too much respect? Or is their greater parity in the OAc and NCAC?

It seems if you don't show up and play your A game, you very well might get it handed to you.

I saw Wilmington last weekend at MUC.  Here's the deal with them...they have a couple very nice hitters in Fogg, Roncolato and Dunlap.  All 3 of those guys are dangerous.  Ramsey is good.  When he pitches they have a chance to beat anybody (like today).  Their problem is that after him they have almost no pitching.  Dunlap could actually be their next best pitcher.  Basically if you win the game Ramsey pitches you're likely going to sweep them.  Problem is neither MUC nor Berg has done that.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 11, 2010, 12:53:48 am
The Berg and the Quakers split.

Game 1 - Strange game - - - A one hitter for the Berg - - - -officially - - - - the strange part is that they really did hit the ball well, but only at people.  This is what makes the game that we love so fascinating, no matter how good the team is, they can lose.

Game 2 - Good teams also never quit, as the Berg came back to a 24 hit, 19 run output for win #21.  It was a team effort as all position players had a hand in it.  Andrew Buelow had his first collegiate HR and Jason Lash blasted his 5th HR of the season in the 4th inning. Having multiple hits were E. Williams, R. Lizcano, J. Lash, W.  Brechun, S. Decker, D. Andrzejczak, & A. Monroe with G.Keen and  A. Buelow getting a hit.

"Sly" Nino went 8 innings for win #4. Ross Pruitt and Daniel Brannum pitched in relief.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 13, 2010, 02:31:33 pm
ONU was playing well, but starter Justin Good seemed to get pretty tired.  I wish the pitching coach (lack there of) would have realized this and possibly put someone up in the pen, taking the pressure off the young starter.  Its a SHAME they have no pitching coach.  I feel bad for the Bears, as they have the talent, just lack of coaching
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 13, 2010, 02:32:46 pm
BUT i do have to say, its a beautiful day, though overcast, here at the 'Berg
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: countyroad on April 13, 2010, 03:26:34 pm
Exciting matchup tomorrow coming between Berg and Wooster.  Anyone going to make the game?  I wish I could, but I no longer live in Wooster.

Who is expected to pitch for the Berg.  Wooster will likely throw Mcdowell.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 13, 2010, 04:22:52 pm
Not sure who Berg will throw as they are playing a DH with ONU today as OACfan said.  Palm will obviously use anyone necessary to win the OAC games today.  Looks like Koehl started game 1.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 13, 2010, 04:57:21 pm
Just browsing through Berg's box scores I wouldn't be surprised if Everett Thomas starts tomorrow.  Then James and Nino against Etta (those 2 started against Wilm). 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 13, 2010, 05:54:34 pm
HEID swept ONU today.  Looks like ONU's great start to the year has been exposed as easy scheduling; once they got into OAC play and faced the traditional powers, the traditional roles have been renewed.

OTT swept WILM as well.

MAR swept CAP too.

HEID, MAR, and OTT look to be atop the OAC once again; some things just don't change  :)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 13, 2010, 11:51:55 pm
The Berg gains wins 22 and 23 over the Polar Bears at Peaceful Valley by scores of 6-2 and 7-3.

Game 1 saw the Berg explode for 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th, to break open a 2-2 tie.  Hits were spread  throughout the lineup with J. Lash's 2 and a hit each from R. Lizcano, S. Decker, D. Amdzejczak, and A. Monroe.

E. Holt garnered win # 6 with a little help from Andy Lowe, who celebrated Birthday #21.

Game 2 - After spotting ONU a 2 run lead, the Berg broke the game open in the 4th with a 6 run outburst. E. Williams led the hits with 2 followed by W. Brechun, J. Lash, S. Decker, D. Andrzejczak, A.Monroe and A. Buelow with a hit each.

B. Koehl went 7 innings to gain win # 4. B. Stucky and A. Lowe aided in relief.

In between games I met and chatted with a few ONU fathers.  Nice guys.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 14, 2010, 11:03:42 pm
Big sweep for MUC today.  They needed that.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 14, 2010, 11:58:58 pm
The Berg looses to Wooster 5-1.

R. Lizcano led the Berg with a 2-4 effort and adding a hit each were E. Williams, J. Lash, Zack Colatruglio, S. Decker, and D. Buelow.

Everett Thomas pitched for 6.1 innings and was relieved by Andy Lowe.

Now on to Marietta for a DH this weekend.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on April 15, 2010, 10:20:04 am
no Doubt the sweep yesterday was a boost for MUC, plenty of ball to play yet
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 16, 2010, 09:49:57 pm
no Doubt the sweep yesterday was a boost for MUC, plenty of ball to play yet

If they can get a split tomorrow they will be right back in the mix for the OAC tournament.  Tall order w/ LaCorte looming though.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on April 17, 2010, 04:09:29 pm
Pios beat the Student Princes 11-8 in game 1.

Game 2 scoreless ofter 1 and a half.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 17, 2010, 05:09:52 pm
^^^^ game 2 has been high scoring, with both teams having big innings...HEID needing theirs to play "catch-up."

after 5 complete:
HEID - 6
MAR - 6

http://www.marietta.edu/athletics/livestats/xlive.htm
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on April 17, 2010, 06:02:02 pm
Wild game 2 at Etta. Pios lead 13-11 after 7.

I guess the OAC plays a 9 inning game in game 2 of the weekend DH?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 17, 2010, 06:50:57 pm
yes...all the OAC doubleheaders are a 7 inning game followed by a 9 inning game.

FINAL
HEID - 15
MAR - 14

lots of scoring, lots of errors, lots of big hits by both teams.

Good DH split for both clubs.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 18, 2010, 08:28:06 am
To quote Chad Markert of "BuckeyeStateBaseball.com" in yesterday's DIII column: "If you’re a fan of DIII baseball, then this is quite a weekend in the OAC. It seemed to be a consensus prior to the season that Heidelberg and Marietta were the class of the conference on paper. Ever since then the two have been circling each other like a couple prize fighters. Tomorrow the bell finally rings."

Well, today the bell finally rang. Etta took Game #1 11-8. The Berg took Game #2 in a give and take, old fashion barnburner 15-14, with the difference being two solo HRs off the bats of Jrs Gar Keen and Jason Lash in the top of the 9th to one solo HR by Etta's Chris Beatty.

To get the details of the games, go to the Berg's website at:http://www.heidelberg.edu/athletics/teams/mbaseball
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OAC baseball fan 3 on April 21, 2010, 03:33:18 pm
FROM ADA

Ohio Northern beats Otterbein 6-2.  Not even that close. lets see if they can get the sweep!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 21, 2010, 09:17:31 pm
Heidelberg swept BW today at Heritage Field by the scores of 4-3 in game 1 and 24-5 in game 2.

Game 1 - Gar Keen started off the scoring with a two out solo HR in the first inning. Other contributing hitters were R. Lizcano 3-4, 1 RBI; W. Brechun 2-3, 1 run; J. Lash 2-2, 1 run; A. Monroe 1-3, 2 RBIs; E. Williams 1-2; and D. Andrzejczak 1-3, 1 run.

Ethan Holt pitched another fine game for win #6 and Andy Lowe earned save #8.

Game 2 - The Berg spread a season high of 27 hits among it's starting 8 led by W. Brechun with 6, and R. Lizcano, S. Decker, G. Keen, A. Buelow, and D. Andrzejczak with 3. Chipping in with 2 hits each were J. Lash and A. Monroe; and with a hit each J. Martin & T. McClarney. S. Decker had a day with a Grand Slam and a triple with the bags loaded.

Brian Koehl got win #5 with backup from B. Stucky, E. Thomas and R. Lizcano.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: countyroad on April 22, 2010, 01:05:11 pm
Muskingum has gone on a nice run starting with their defeat of Wooster last week, including a two game sweep of Marietta yesterday. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on April 22, 2010, 01:46:52 pm
Muskingum has gone on a nice run starting with their defeat of Wooster last week, including a two game sweep of Marietta yesterday. 

Wow!  The Muskies have made a bit of a mess of the OAC standings.

As it stands now, JCU is alone in first with an 8-2 conference record.  The Blue Streaks are followed by Heide and Ott each a game back at 7-3.  Marietta falls to 4th with yesterday's DH sweep with a record of 8-4 and Musky has crept back into the OAC race at 6-4 having won 4 straight conference games and 6 straight overall.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 24, 2010, 09:35:29 am
Heidelberg and Otterbein postponed due to rain.  Maybe tomorrow.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on April 25, 2010, 07:45:46 pm
I guess singing the praises of Musky must have done them in.  They were swept by ONU over the weekend taking them out of the running for the OAC title.  Games involving the top 4 teams in the OAC standings were all postponed and rescheduled for Monday.  Heide will be hosting Ott in a battle of teams tied for 2nd with matching 7-3 records.  And first place JCU will try and hold off the 'Etta Express in the other DH.  The surprising Blue Streaks are currently 2 games better than 'Etta in the standings.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 26, 2010, 08:21:20 am
b/c of rain this weekend, the seeding for the OAC tournament just got a little interesting.  There's no doubt that HEID, OTT, MAR, and JCU will most likley be the 4 teams.....but how they are seeded, and who ends up hosting is up in the air.

Monday 4-26
MAR at JCU
OTT at HEID

Tuesday 4-27
JCU at HEID

Saturday 5-1
MAR at OTT
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 26, 2010, 08:23:22 am
^^^ lol.....forget what I just posted.  Just got a text that the MAR at JCU games are post-poned again.  Guessing rain will wreak havoc with the schedule once again; which will in turn show how deep some team's pitching staffs truly are :)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: jskomra10 on April 26, 2010, 09:42:29 am
Someone has to know more about this John Carroll team. Coming out of the dark to a 8-2 record in conference. Anyone know anything?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: jskomra10 on April 26, 2010, 12:28:12 pm
etta express travels to JCU for the DH on Wed at 1.
JCU has a tough 4 games ahead against the berg tomorrow then etta on wednesday.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on April 26, 2010, 01:14:50 pm
Guessing rain will wreak havoc with the schedule once again; which will in turn show how deep some team's pitching staffs truly are :)

Marietta benefits most from these rain delays out of the top 4 teams in the OAC.  JCU and Heide are scheduled to play 2 tomorrow and then JCU gets to then turn around and play a fresh Marietta squad for 2 more on Wed. weather permitting.  Ott has a DH scheduled for tomorrow as well vs. B-W and then has to turn around and face Heide who will be coming off their DH with JCU.  Marietta is the only team among the top 4 that can sit and rest until their DH with JCU on Wed.

I'd say the baseball gods have been smiling down on 'Etta a bit this season.  Earlier, weather wiped out their scheduled game at Wooster although Wooster still got the pleasure of beting the Pios down at their place.   8-)  And now, while all 3 contenders have to possibly face back to back DH's at a crucial part of the season, 'Etta gets to sit back and watch and rest while the other 3 slug it out tommorow...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on April 28, 2010, 09:55:11 am
Well in a busy day of make-up games, Heide took over sole possession of 1st place in the OAC with a sweep of previous front running JCU.  And the games weren't even all that competitive as the SP's won 5-1 and 13-2. 

Heide is now 9-3 in the OAC and sits a game ahead of a 3-way tie for 2nd as Ott only managed a split with B-W and are joined by Marietta and JCU who are all 8-4. 

And things could get even more interesting today.  How will JCU respond to yesterday's beatdown as they host Marietta?  And can Heide take control of the OAC with another sweep when they host Ott?

ONU and Musky both kept their post-season hopes alive as they managed sweeps over Wilma and Cap respectively.  They are both on the outside looking in 1 game back of the top 4 with identical 8-6 records.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on April 28, 2010, 04:20:03 pm
JCU rebounds quite nicely as they take game one from a rested Marietta side 8-1!

In the other game of note, Heide leads Ott 6-0 through four.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 28, 2010, 07:44:49 pm
HEID sweeps OTT
MAR splits with JCU

updated OAC standings (remaining opponents)
HEID 11-3  (at CAP, at MOUNT) - pretty much locked up first place and will host tounament
MAR  9-5  (at OTT, vs WILM)
JCU  9-5  (at WILM, vs ONU)
OTT  8-6  (vs MAR, at MUSK)
MUSK  8-6  (at B-W, vs OTT)
ONU  8-6  (vs MOUNT, at JCU)
MOUNT  5-7 (at ONU, vs CAP, vs HEID)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 01, 2010, 07:52:03 am
The Berg's DH vs. Capital scheduled for this afternoon has been rescheduled for Weds. due to inclement weather.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on May 02, 2010, 08:20:23 am
With Wooster winning the NCAC title and the NCAA bid, this could possibly open up 2 pool C bids for the OAC depending upon how the conference tourney shakes out.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 02, 2010, 09:05:55 am
With Wooster winning the NCAC title and the NCAA bid, this could possibly open up 2 pool C bids for the OAC depending upon how the conference tourney shakes out.

I agree....but only if a team other than MAR or HEID wins the pool A bid.  If HEID or MAR win the pool A bid, then the other will get a pool C.  I don't think JCU has the resume to gain a pool C bid this year' their stregnth of schedule just isn't there when compared to teams around the country who will also be looking for pool C bids.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: ScotsFan on May 02, 2010, 09:14:01 am
With Wooster winning the NCAC title and the NCAA bid, this could possibly open up 2 pool C bids for the OAC depending upon how the conference tourney shakes out.

I've been thinking that JCU would have to win the OAC for the possibliity of the OAC getting 2 Pool C bids.  But the more I think about it, going by the regional rankings, Marietta is the team that looks like they may be on the outside looking in if the Pios don't win the OAC Tournament.  Say Heide wins the A bid.  Right now, JCU would, in all liklihood get the C and Marietta would be playing the waiting game.

A lot of it is going to be determined by how well both JCU and Marietta finish off the season.  The Blue Streaks have 5 games remaining and IMO, they can't afford another regular season loss.  Likewise, Marietta also has at least 5 games remaining on their schedule and they too can't afford another regular season loss IMO.

As always, there's no shortage of interest in watching how things unfold in the OAC.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 02, 2010, 12:45:43 pm
I think regardless of the regional rankings Etta is currently in much better shape than JCU right now.  JCU only has 21 wins with 5 games to play (plus the conference tourney).  They haven't showed the stuff needed to rattle off a long winning streak against decent/good teams.  Outside of Moonan they haven't had consistent starting pitching.  Evanko has been great at times, but he's been a little hit or miss.  Eggleton has been hot and cold too.  And Schaberl has struggled.  With ONU and Wilm DH on back to back days they need a lot to go right.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 02, 2010, 09:32:35 pm
^^^^^ I agree.  You also have to remember that the Regional Rankings as they currently are, don't determine who gets in the NCAA tournament and who doesn't....they are more like a starting point, that is adjusted throughout the next couple weeks. They are just a set of rankings that will change quite a bit by the middle of May.  The final rankings that are done on selection Sunday are never released to the public, and there have been teams in the past who have made the tournament over others who were higher in the regional ranings heading into the final selection weekend.

Marietta has played a stronger schedule (SOS), and has a better opponent's winning percentage (OWP).....according to the same NCAA regional rankings.  It confuses to me as to why JCU is ranked ahead of both WOOSTER & MAR, but as I said earlier, that will change by the end of next 2 weeks.  

JCU -  .364 SOS, .546 OWP
MAR -   .392 SOS,  .587 OWP

It all depends on how they both finish the next 2 weeks, but my guess if that JCU needs to win the OAC tourny to make the Regionals.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 03, 2010, 06:23:11 pm
Congrats to Ethan Holt for being named OAC "Pitcher of the Week".  He has been a welcome addition to the Berg staff and much will be expected of him for any post season action.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 05, 2010, 11:48:14 pm
The BW job was still posted as of a week or so ago.  I would think they'd want to name a successor relatively soon, but they may wait a little while so as not to steal any thunder from Coach Fisher's finale.

At 15-16, 5-9 I think it's pretty safe to say that MUC will finish with a losing record.  Sabatino and Colly started today.  I assume Mariotti and Lambert will start against Berg Friday.  Who starts Saturday then?  Beau Smith I'm guessing, but who else?

As for the other point, what I saw was basically a .500 team talent wise this year.  With a healthy Mariotti/Irwin anchoring the rotation it would have been a different story, but the lineup is just not that deep.

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 05, 2010, 11:55:37 pm
BERG BATS BEAT OUT AT LEAST A SHARE OF THE OAC TITLE IN BEXLEY. The Berg 13 & 14 to Capital 2 & 9.
Ethan Holt earns win #8 in a 5 inning, 6 hit, 6 K outing. D. Brannum and R. Lizcano came in relief with 1 inning each.
The hits keep coming as the Berg totals 16 big ones with Elvin Williams banging out HR # 1 , R. Lizcano 2-5, S. Decker 1-1, G. Keen 3-3, W. Brechun 4-5, J. Lash 1-3, A. Buelow 1-2, & D. Andrzejczak 3-5.

In game 2, Birthday Boy, Steve Decker (# 22), led off the scoring with a HR in his 1st at bat. R. Lizcano hit his # 11 & # 12 in his 4-6 outing with G. Keen going 3-4, W. Brechun 5-6, J. Lash 1-4, A. Buelow 1-4 and T. McClarney 2-4.
Brian Koehl picks up win #7 with help in relief from B. Stucky & "Sly" Nino.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 06, 2010, 12:02:56 am
Sr. catcher Steve Decker. Heidelberg, is 22 years young today. Happy Birthday Steve from your family, your team mates and the many fans that you have gained over the years.  Also a tip of the hat to you on being awarded the May "OAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE".
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 06, 2010, 05:57:29 pm
The ESPN the Magazine Academic All District 4 College Division has just named the following Heidelberg Student-Athletes to their 2009-2010 Baseball Team:

JR SS JASON LASH 1ST TEAM
SR C STEVE DECKER 2ND TEAM
JR P ANDY LOWE 2ND TEAM
JR OF ANDREW BUELOW 2ND TEAM
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 07, 2010, 04:18:52 pm
Something you don't see everyday....MUC's Kyle Von Duyke went 5 for 5 with a 2B in the 2nd game against Berg today and didn't score or drive in a run.  And he was hitting 5th in the order!  I'm no bookie, but the odds of that happening have to be long.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 07, 2010, 10:57:12 pm
By sweeping Mount Union 9-4 (Gm 1) & 11-4 (Gm 2), the Berg will get to host the OAC tournament at Peaceful Valley Field.
Title: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Gramps on May 08, 2010, 09:52:03 am
The OAC Tournament will be held at Heidelberg's Peaceful Valley Field in Tiffin,Oh. If you have a GPS, like a Garmin, the address to enter will be: 186 Prospect Street, Tiffin, OH 44883. The same address can be used for either Map Quest or Google Map. This will be the entrance way to the field, on the right.
The schedule for the tournament is as follows:

2010 OAC Baseball Tournament

SCHEDULE AT HEIDELBERG

Thursday, May 13

Game1: #3 Seed vs. #2 Seed...Game 2: #4 Seed vs. #1 Seed

Friday, May 14

Game 3: Winners of Game1 and Game 2...Game 4: Losers of Game 1 and Game 2...Game 5: Winner ofGame 4 vs. Loser of Game 3

Saturday, May 15

Game 6: Winners of Game 3 and Game 5...Game 7: If necessary, same teams as Game 6

GAME TIMES (If the tournament is played on an unlighted field, games will begin at the earlier time.)

Game #1-1:00 or 3:30 p.m.
Game #2-4:00 or 7:00 p.m.
Game-#3 9:30 a.m. or noon
Game #4-12:30 or 3:30 p.m.
Game #5-4:00 or 7:00 p.m.
Game-#6 noon or 1:00 p.m.
Game #7-3:00 or 4:00 p.m.

The # 1 Seed is Heidelberg
The # 2 Seed is Marietta
The 3 & 4 seeds will be determined this weekend.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on May 08, 2010, 10:17:37 am
I was there for the Muc-berg games, Berg hit often and early, Muc didn't even have bats out of the bags before they were down a few runs, Von Duyke, had a great effort and Ferrell also woke up with two home runs, it was a disappointing season full of questions after such a good start.......again
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Gramps on May 09, 2010, 12:45:33 am
The Polar Bears drop to 26-12 (10-8 OAC) and no longer control their own destiny, while the Blue Streaks improve to 24-13 (11-5 OAC) and lock up the third seed in the OAC Tournament.

The fate of ONU’s season will be determined tomorrow when Otterbein travels to Muskingum. For the Polar Bears to gain a berth into the OAC Tournament, they need the two teams to split the doubleheader.

If Muskingum sweeps, they will have an 11-7 OAC record and leapfrog ONU for fourth. If Otterbein sweeps, they will have the same OAC record as ONU, but hold the tiebreaker by splitting with John Carroll earlier in the season.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 09, 2010, 01:56:01 pm
it will be interesting to see how today's MUSKY/OTT games end up.  Personally, I hope one of them SWEEPS today to earn the 4th seed in the tournament.  I couldn't imagine ONU sneaking in, after going 0-6 against the 1 thru 3 seeds during the regualr season.


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OTT is out...they lose game one 9-2.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 10, 2010, 08:17:01 am
MUSKY takes spot #4 in the OAC tournament by completing the SWEEP over Otterbein (just wasn't a good year for OTT from the beginning).

Thurs - May 13th
MUSKY vs HEID - 1:00pm
JCU vs MAR - 4:00pm

http://www.oac.org/MENbaseballTournament.shtml
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 10, 2010, 05:14:46 pm
Not only does MUC blow leads in both games Sunday (including a 5-0 lead in the top of the 7th of game 1) to get swept at home by Cap, but then Cap adds insult to injury by sweeping BW in Berea today to go to 6-12 and pass the 5-13 Raiders in the standings.  Tough finish for MUC.  Something to build on for Cap.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 10, 2010, 06:02:18 pm
Congratulations to the Berg's third baseman Willie Brechun on being named the OAC "Hitter of the Week" He's having an AWESOME year. Couldn't happen to a nicer young man.
Title: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Gramps on May 11, 2010, 10:58:55 pm
The link to the OAC TOURNAMENT is:http://www.heidelberg.edu/athletics/teams/mbaseball/oac10
 
Good Luck to all of the teams..
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: ScotsFan on May 12, 2010, 09:51:45 am
Here's a direct link to make it a little easier:

OAC Tournament (http://www.heidelberg.edu/athletics/teams/mbaseball/oac10)
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 12, 2010, 12:04:16 pm
Looks like the weather isn't going to be great Thu/Fri, but the weekend looks pretty good.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 13, 2010, 03:01:46 pm
It's under way and it's not pretty....Berg up 23-2 in the 6th.  10 runs and counting in the bottom of the 6th so far.  Still only 1 out.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 13, 2010, 05:22:38 pm
Game One
MUSKY - 5
HEID - 29

FINAL

In the words of the great Cousin Eddie (Vegas Vacation): "I haven't seen a beatin' like that since somebody stuck a banana in my pants and turned a monkey loose."
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 13, 2010, 05:29:48 pm
Game Two
JCU - 0
MAR - 6

top of 3rd

MAR got 2-run HR's from Beatty and Levens, and Blaski has 5 K's thru 2 innings....looks promising for the Etta Express early.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 13, 2010, 06:16:29 pm
Scratching my head at the Evanko start.  Moonan just beat Etta 8-1 a couple weeks ago.  And Moonan has been their best starter all year anyway.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 13, 2010, 07:41:29 pm
^^^ I'm not sure either; must be a good reason though.

Game Two - Final
JCU - 4
MAR - 13

Friday schedule
Game 3:  HEID vs MAR - 9:30am
Game 4:  MUSKY vs JCU - 12:30pm
Game 5:  Winner Game 4 vs Loser Game 3 - 4:30pm

with rain forecasted for tonight and into the morning, hopefully it clears in time to get started by mid morning.  As long as the games don't run too long, they should be able to get all 3 in tomorrow; could be a tight fit with NO lights at Heidelberg :(
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Gramps on May 13, 2010, 08:05:23 pm
The Berg broke two long standing team OAC Tournament records - Game Hits with 32 and - Game Runs with 29.  Berg ss, Jason Lash also equaled the doubles per game record with 3 doubles and Willie Brechun tied the hits per game record with 5 hits.

It should be a good game tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM, lots of action to wake everybody up.  I don't have a clue as to who the pitchers will be.  I think that both teams are holding their cards close to their vests.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 13, 2010, 08:17:12 pm
^^^^ agreed...tomorrow should be fun!!  and I'm guessing it will most likely be the first of about 4 or 5 meetings between HEID and MAR over the next 2 weeks :)
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: ScotsFan on May 14, 2010, 10:32:00 am
Well.  Heide is off and running this morning as they belt 2 homers in the top half of the first (not sure why Heide is the road team?) to grab a quick 2-0 lead.

But the Pios are answering in the bottom half of one as they had a lead-off homer followed by back to back walks and still nobody out.

Looks like this game is already living up to the hype.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: oacfan on May 14, 2010, 11:19:33 am
Both teams were making the field look small early on. The bats have slowed down, Marietta leads 6-2 going into the 5th.

After the first round of the OAC tourney home team is based off a coin flip. Who know why?!?
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: ScotsFan on May 14, 2010, 11:26:09 am
After the first round of the OAC tourney home team is based off a coin flip. Who know why?!?

No kidding.  Wouldn't it make more sense just to let the higher seeded team be the home team?  I mean, call me crazy for thinking that and all...  :P
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 14, 2010, 12:02:32 pm
After the first round of the OAC tourney home team is based off a coin flip. Who know why?!?

No kidding.  Wouldn't it make more sense just to let the higher seeded team be the home team?  I mean, call me crazy for thinking that and all...  :P

Ha!  I was thinking the same thing when I turned it on this morning.  Doesn't seem like that difficult of a problem to solve.

p.s. Etta up 11-6 after 6.  E. Williams and S. Nino have both been touched up by the Pio bats.  Lindquist has relieved Gasser who also wasn't his best today (although he did give up a few unearned runs if I heard the radio guy correctly).
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: countyroad on May 14, 2010, 01:00:26 pm
Heidelberg wins 12-11.  What a game.  Wow.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: old scot on May 14, 2010, 03:16:25 pm
That sounds like it was an exciting game. Do the Pio's or  Princes possess enough pitching depth to make a long run at Regionals? I think the both possess the bats.
I am assuming Peaceful Valley is the same ball park I played at 30 years ago. It was a little band box, a hitters paradise and pitchers nightmare. Just wondering if the outfield dimensions have changed? I know the field has been remodeled. That is a good thing. It was hands down the worst field in the OAC at the time.

In the 3rd. Fish 8, Streaks 4.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 14, 2010, 04:54:49 pm
crazy game.....as expected!

both HEID and MAR have shown that they have very good offenses; which will come in handy during a long Regional.  As far as pitching goes, both have a true #1 (Holt for HEID, Blaski for MAR), and each have about 3-4 other solid guys who haven't shown the consistency needed in a #2, but could easily turn it on at any given time.

Basically, to answer your question above about pitching depth.....they both have it, and if either of them has guys step up just a little bit, both will be extremely dangerous next weekend.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Gramps on May 14, 2010, 08:13:58 pm
That sounds like it was an exciting game. Do the Pio's or  Princes possess enough pitching depth to make a long run at Regionals? I think the both possess the bats.
I am assuming Peaceful Valley is the same ball park I played at 30 years ago. It was a little band box, a hitters paradise and pitchers nightmare. Just wondering if the outfield dimensions have changed? I know the field has been remodeled. That is a good thing. It was hands down the worst field in the OAC at the time.


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30 years do make a difference.  It's still a ball field, quaint, but with a few amenities added.  A new scoreboard, a laser-leveled field, new backstop, new netting from dugout to dugout,  batting cages behind the third base dugout, new chair-backed seating.  The dimensions are: L 325     LC 340     C 407     RC 352     R 325.  Not a bandbox, and certainly not the worst field in the OAC.
Take a trip tomorrow and see for yourself as the Berg will again meet the Ettas for the Tournament Championship.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 14, 2010, 08:22:13 pm
JCU and MUSKY are eliminated today.

Heidelberg is in the driver's seat tomorrow as they play Marietta for the OAC title.  HEID has the pitching advantage, but as we saw today, both teams can really swing it, and won't give up.

Tomorrow will be game 4 on the season for these rivals, and possibly game 5.  I'm guessing they will face off at least 1 or 2 more times next weekend in the Regionals.....my dream is for HEID to be shipped to the Central regional in Augustana so that the OAC can have the possibility of getting TWO teams in Appleton this year!! :)
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 14, 2010, 10:48:18 pm
Tip of the cap to Musky.  They could have very easily packed it in after that beat down the Berg put on them, but they came out swinging today, eliminated JCU and gave Etta a pretty tough game too.  That's the kind of effort that makes me proud of the OAC.  The 4th place team gets blown out and gets right back off the mat and battles back.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Gramps on May 15, 2010, 08:50:13 pm
Berg Jr. Brian Koehl was lights out terrific today as he threw a complete game, 5 hit shut out over Marietta, to gain a 9 - 0 win.
It was also a big day at the plate for the Berg hitters as they came up with 15 hits,  A. Monroe and G. Keen had 3, Andrzejczak, Lizcano, & Decker with 2, and A. Buelow with 1.
Another solid TEAM performance.

2010 OAC All-Tournament Team
Most Valuable Player: Pitcher Brian Koehl, Heidelberg
Pitcher: Ethan Holt, Heidelberg
Pitcher: Austin Blaski, Marietta
First Base: Tom Hickey, John Carroll
Second Base: Gar Keen, Heidelberg
Third Base: Willie Brechun, Heidelberg
Short Stop: Jason Lash, Heidelberg
Catcher: Brock Whiteman, Muskingum
Outfield: Forrest Wright, Muskingum
Outfield: Britt Meador, Marietta
Outfield: Alex Monroe, Heidelberg
Outfield: Ricardo Lizcano, Heidelberg

Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 15, 2010, 10:12:05 pm
CONGRATS to Heidelberg for winning the OAC title again!!

***  side note - how in the world was 1B Casey Levens (Marietta) left off the all-tournament team???  He went 6-12 with 2 HR, and 10 RBI.  Kinda wierd.
Title: Re: OAC TOURNAMENT 2010
Post by: Gramps on May 16, 2010, 02:13:13 pm
In going over the stats from the OAC Tournament Record Book, under Individual Records, we found 3 more records that were tied: THE GAMES HITS RECORD  of 5 was tied by Willie Brechun;  THE GAME DOUBLES RECORD of 3 was tied by Jason Lash and DOUBLES 4-TEAM SERIES of 5 was tied by Jason Lash.
These were in addition to Heidelberg breaking the Team Records for HITS of 28 (Wittenberg, 1987) to 32; and GAME RUNS of 26 (Marietta, 1993) to 29. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 17, 2010, 02:08:27 pm
Special CONGRATS to RICARDO LIZCANO on being named "OAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR". He had an awesome season.
An equal round of applause is due for ANDY LOWE on being named "CO-PITCHER OF THE YEAR". Andy was "PITCHER OF THE YEAR" last year.
More Awards for the Berg: 1ST TEAM ALL OAC
SO RICARDO LIZCANO
JR ANDY LOWE 1st 2009 HM 2008
SR STEVE DECKER 2nd 2009 HM 2008
JR GAR KEEN 1st 2009 1st 2008
JR JASON LASH 1st 2009 1st 2008
JR WILLIE BRECHUN HM 2009
FR ETHAN HOLT

2ND TEAM ALL OAC
JR BRIAN KOEHL HM 2009

Gramps also congratulates all of the awardees from other schools.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 25, 2010, 05:21:42 pm
Link: http://www.bw.edu/athletics/bb/features/09_10/academicalloac/BaseballAcadAll-OAC2010.pdf

A special nod of recognition goes out to the following members of the Berg baseball team: 

ACADEMIC ALL-OAC

Steve Decker, Everette Thomas, Nathan James, Jason Lash, Andy Lowe

HONORABLE MENTION

Alex Monroe

As much as we admire their skills on the ball field, it's the skills in the classroom that
will define their careers.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 26, 2010, 12:19:25 am
Link: http://d3baseball.com/all-american/d3baseball-allamericans-2010.pdf

Heidelberg got not only one but three ALL-AMERICANS: 

1ST TEAM
RICARDO LIZCANO
WILLIE BRECHUN

THIRD TEAM
ANDY LOWE

Gramps is very proud of these young men, but not only them, for in the eyes of
the Berg fans, the entire team is an ALL-AMERICAN TEAM.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 26, 2010, 10:20:49 am
WOW!!!  And the Honors just keep coming for this TEAM.

MID-EAST REGION "PLAYER OF THE YEAR" -- RICARDO LIZCANO

MID-EAST REGION "CO-PITCHER OF THE YEAR" -- ANDY LOWE

They have both turned in awesome years. Bob Lowe and Pete Lizcano
will have to build new walls in their homes to accommodate all of the
Awards that their sons have earned this year.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 28, 2010, 12:58:38 am
ABCA/RAWLINGS 2010 ALL-AMERICAN

1ST TEAM - RICARDO LIZCANO, WILLIE BRECHUN, STEVE DECKER

2ND TEAM - JASON LASH, ANDY LOWE

ELITE 88 AWARD - NATHAN JAMES

MID-EAST REGION COACH OF THE YEAR - MATT PALM

Congratulations from all your fans.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 28, 2010, 08:22:29 am
congrats to the HEID guys for all those awards; they are well deserved!

hey GRAMPS, any chance a few other OAC guys were named last night at the ABCA banquet???  I can't find any links yet, but I'm hoping our league had a few more  All-Americans!!! :)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 28, 2010, 09:13:39 am
congrats to the HEID guys for all those awards; they are well deserved!

hey GRAMPS, any chance a few other OAC guys were named last night at the ABCA banquet???  I can't find any links yet, but I'm hoping our league had a few more  All-Americans!!! :)

MIDEASTFAN2, been looking half the night and all morning and haven't found a link yet.  As soon as I find one, I'll be sure to post it.
From what I have seen in the OAC this year, there is no doubt in my mind that there are more AA.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on May 28, 2010, 02:57:43 pm
I finally found the list.   Enjoy!!!

http://www.abca.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18900&ATCLID=1246784
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 28, 2010, 03:27:12 pm
No other OAC guys.  Johnson and Van Horn on 3rd team are the only other OH guys it looks like.  I was kind of pulling for Dan Jones, but he won the national Gold Glove at catcher so that's good.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on May 28, 2010, 04:54:23 pm
Here's a story about Ricky Lizcano.  Be sure to check out the audio of Coach Palm's interview with Chris Webb from Buckeye State Baseball at the end of the story too.

Lizcano story and Palm interview (http://buckeyestatebaseball.com/2010/05/28/lizcano-leading-the-way/)

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on May 29, 2010, 09:09:58 am
great win yesterday for the 'Berg!!!!!

chalk one up for the good guys...glad to see Coach Palm and the boys get the first one under the ir belt, now it's on to IWU :)  :)  :)  :)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: OACguy on June 07, 2010, 02:19:15 pm
Otterbein senior Brian Hiscox to be showcased on CBS' NCAA On Campus. Hiscox will be featured Monday evening, 8:30 p.m., on the CBS College Sports Network as part of its monthly "On Campus" program, highlighting college athletes and their unique stories.CBS College Sports network (DirecTV 613;  DISH 152, Cable--check local listings) will air the segment every Monday evening in June as well as the following dates: June 10 at noon, June 11 at 10:30 p.m., June 12 at 1:30 a.m., June 13 at 5:30 a.m., June 15 at 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., and June 16 at 9:30 a.m. In addition, the story will also be posted on facebook.com/oncampus, Youtube, and at ncaa.com and ncaa.org. To watch the episode, go to otterbein.edu/athletics or visit http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal/ncaahome?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/ncaa/ncaa/media+and+events/broadcasting/oncampus.html
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: JK on June 10, 2010, 09:58:11 am
Haven't been on these boards for a while, but thought I would share this.  Four Capital recruits played in the OHSAA State tournament recently and had really good showings. 

http://www.capital.edu/29784/

Looks like Coach Grice is targeting quality kids from winning programs and is really trying to rebuild Capital baseball.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on June 10, 2010, 11:35:44 am
Coach Grice hit the recruiting trail hard.  He barely had any time to recruit before last school year and he still managed to bring in 3 kids that ended up starting for him.  They have almost everyone back next season, but I wouldn't be surprised to see multiple freshmen starting again.  Hoying will be in the rotation for sure.  It's going to take a few years to build the depth, but he is definitely moving in the right direction.
Title: Coaching Changes
Post by: Gramps on August 11, 2010, 04:52:27 pm
Just posted on the Heidelberg website: New Asst Coach for hitters & Infield will be Shaun Pfeil, an alumni of W&J U, where he was an outstanding 3rd baseman. Check out his qualifications at:

http://www.heidelberg.edu/athletics/teams/mbaseball/coachingstaff

Also added to the coaching staff is Keith Theis whose duties will be named at a later date.
Title: RIP
Post by: Gramps on September 28, 2010, 05:18:12 pm
On behalf of the Baseball Fans of The Berg, I'd like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of "Coach Bendo" Bendekovic, an asst football coach at the Berg.  Coach Bendo was an ardent supporter of the baseball team and was seen at many games. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on September 29, 2010, 10:24:41 pm
Things are slow since it's the offseason.  Here's an interview with the new BW Head Coach Brian Harrison if you want a reason to think about spring already. 

Harrison interview (http://buckeyestatebaseball.com/2010/09/29/diii-welcome-to-the-oac-coach-harrison/)

Title: 2011 Pre-Season Poll
Post by: Gramps on December 24, 2010, 04:51:52 am
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has come out with the 1st BB Poll of the season and THE BERG  is the team with the target on it's back, ranked #1 in DIII Baseball.

http://www.baseballnews.com/polls/divIII/currentpolldiviii.htm

Above is a link to the CBN web site.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on February 26, 2011, 05:07:43 pm
Marietta has returned to the diamond after a longgggg winter, and they are looking good to start the season.

The  Pioneers defeated Maryville 5-0 behind a strong pitching performance by Sr. Mark Williams (8 IP, 9 K's, 2 bb's, 3 hits, 0 runs).

Junior Kirby Becker (2 hits & 3 runs scored), and Seniors Casey Levens (2 hits & 2 rbi) & John Snyder (2 hits & 2 rbi) led the offense.

The Etta Express is back in action this evening against Rhodes at 8pm, and takes on Emory tomorrow at 11:30am.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on February 27, 2011, 08:19:08 am
MC (2-0) competed the day-long sweep with a 4-1 victory over Rhodes Saturday night in TENN.

Tim Saunders led off the game with a HR, and the Pioneers never trailed the rest of the way.  The Pitching was once again strong, as Austin Blaski had a good 1st outing (5 1/3 IP, 5 hits, 7 k's, 0 runs),  and closer Kyle Lindquist showed signs of great things to come this year (3 IP, 3 hits, 4 k's, 1 run).

Kirby Becker continued his great start by adding 3 more hits for the Etta Express.

Marietta finishes up their TENN trip with a game against Emory (GA) this morning at 11:30am.

LIVE stats & LIVE audio links provided below:

http://www.sidearmstats.com/rhodes/baseball/index.htm

http://wmoa1490.com/
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on February 27, 2011, 05:37:04 pm
Marietta (3-0) caps off their weekend with a 9-2 win over Emory.

Three games, and three strong starting performances by the Etta Express pitching staff.  Gasser did his part today with a line of 6 IP, 2 hits, 2 walks, 5 k's, 0 runs.

The story thus far for the Pioneers is definitely the experienced starting pitching staff:

Williams - 8 IP, 3 hits, 2 walks, 9 K's, 0 runs
Blaski - 5 1/3 IP, 5 hits, 2 walks, 7 k's, 0 runs
Gasser - 6 IP, 2 hits, 2 walks, 5 k's, 0 runs
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 07, 2011, 06:35:22 am
Port Charlotte, Florida: And the beat goes on.... The Student Prince Baseball team continued their winning ways from last season with a 14-0 win over Mt St Joseph. With a sparkling 7 innings from Ethan Holt, 0 runs - 5 Hits - 5 SO And 1 inning each from Mitch Jones, and Fr. Zach O'Driscoll.
The hitting was also on a par with last season as THE BERG registered 20 on the Pop Meter with 10 players registering at least one hit. Multiple Hit guys were R. Lizcano, 4-5, G Keen, 3-6, D Andrzejczak, 3-5, E Williams, 2-6, W Brechun, 2-6, J Lash, 2-5 and one bingle each from A Monroe, Z Colatruglio, J Martin and J Rourke. Long balls were a double each for Lizcano and Andrzejczak and HRs, one each for Brechun and Lash.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on March 09, 2011, 03:30:55 pm
Thru 8 games,Etta's pitching has been pretty amazing. ERA of 0.51 and opponents BA of .161.
Is pitching deemed to be their strength or is this a pleasant surprise? I don't recall last years team having a dominant staff. So far they have been "lights out."
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 09, 2011, 06:07:10 pm
Thru 8 games,Etta's pitching has been pretty amazing. ERA of 0.51 and opponents BA of .161.
Is pitching deemed to be their strength or is this a pleasant surprise? I don't recall last years team having a dominant staff. So far they have been "lights out."

the pitching staff has all returned from last year, and this was supposed to be ONE of the strong suits of this team....4 shut-outs so far is definitely surprising, but a combination of Williams, Blaski, and Gasser should be able to do GREAT things this year.

If they can stay healthy, the Marietta starting 3 will be very tough to beat when the post-season rolls around in a weekend tournament format.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 10, 2011, 08:37:18 am
THE BERG is now 4-0 with a 7-3 win over Bluffton.

Highlights:

Sly Nino          7 Innings     5 Hits     3 Runs      5 SO
B Stucky         2 Innings     2 Hits     3 SO

Hitting:

G Keen 3-4, 2 Runs; W Brechun 2-3, 1 Run; J Lash 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 Runs;
Z Colatruglio 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 Run; J Martin 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 Run
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: macdade77 on March 10, 2011, 01:18:09 pm
Gramps,
Sly Nino was my son's High School team mate. Please offer him my congratulations for his fine outing today. Just tell him it came from "Mac Daddy".
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 10, 2011, 08:56:43 pm
" Mac Daddy",

Sly is a fine young man and a credit to his past mentors, not  only on the field but off it too. I'll be sure to pass on your congrats tomorrow when I see him.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 11, 2011, 11:58:57 pm
THE BERG treated Coach Palm to his 350th victory with a 9-1 win over Kenyon College. Freshman Zach O'Driscoll got his 1st start and 1st win.

Highlights:
Z O'Driscoll 6 Inn 6 Hits 1 Run 1 SO
T Fruhwirth 1 Inn 1 Hit 1 SO
R Pruitt 1 Inn 1 Hit 2 SO
Teddy Lowe 1 Inn 1 Hit 2 SO

AWESOME DEFENSE 3 DPs

Hitting:
E Williams 3-5. 1 Run; J Lash 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 Run; A Monroe 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 Run; D Andrzejczak 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 Run;G Keen 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 Run; W Brechun 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 Run.

Extra Bases: J Lash 2 Dbles; G Keen, 1 Dbl
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 12, 2011, 01:59:03 pm
Mount has taken it on the chin in Florida, going 2-5 so far (they play 2 today) including blowing a 13-4 lead in the 7th and losing 16-14  they are trying a freshman experiment......
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 12, 2011, 07:18:52 pm
Mount has taken it on the chin in Florida, going 2-5 so far (they play 2 today) including blowing a 13-4 lead in the 7th and losing 16-14  they are trying a freshman experiment......

2 more losses to finish 2-7.  5-4 and 7-4.  The sad thing is that second game was the most they lost by all trip.  Hopefully those youngsters mature and they can win some of these close games otherwise it may be a looong season. 

In other news, Ferrell still rakes. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 12, 2011, 09:02:30 pm
Ethan Holt gains win #2 and THE BERG goes 6-0 with a big test 3-2 win over Rhodes.

Highlights:
Ethan Holt       7 Inn     4 Hits     2 Runs     4 SO
Andy Lowe      2 Inn     0 Hits     0 Runs     1 SO

Hitting:
R Lizcano 2-4, 1 Run; J Lash 2-4, 1 Run; E Williams  1-3; G Keen 1-2;
W Brechun 2 RBIs; D Andrzejczak 1 RBI

Extra Bases:
R Lizcano 1 Dbl; J Lash 1 Dbl
GO BERG!!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 12, 2011, 11:02:50 pm
Mount has taken it on the chin in Florida, going 2-5 so far (they play 2 today) including blowing a 13-4 lead in the 7th and losing 16-14  they are trying a freshman experiment......

2 more losses to finish 2-7.  5-4 and 7-4.  The sad thing is that second game was the most they lost by all trip.  Hopefully those youngsters mature and they can win some of these close games otherwise it may be a looong season. 

In other news, Ferrell still rakes. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 12, 2011, 11:09:37 pm
no they dropped a 7-0 during the week also, they have some very talented freshmen, but this has been the least spring wins by the team in 4 years
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 13, 2011, 08:23:00 am
Marietta finished strong on their Spring Trip with a doubleheader sweep up Central Region powerhouse Carthage.

The Etta Express retunrs north with a 10-1 record, and an even more impressive team ERA under One!!  This could be a team poised to make some noise not only in the OAC, but also a deep tournament run when late May rolls around.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: old scot on March 13, 2011, 10:12:45 am
It is to bad we will have to wait a month to see the Pios and Student Princes battle. It seems like the OAC will be a two horse race.

They could be two of the best teams in the country but, only one will make it out of the Mid East region.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 13, 2011, 02:48:34 pm
no they dropped a 7-0 during the week also, they have some very talented freshmen, but this has been the least spring wins by the team in 4 years

Oops...I blew right past that 7-0 game.  My fault on that!

They're starting freshmen all over the place.  SS, C, OF, 1B, starting pitchers.  Hopefully it pays off down the road, but this could be a down year for wins.

What's going on with Kyle Von Duyke and Jake DeLuca?  I thought they'd at least get some AB's down south.  Von Duyke seemed like their best option at DH last season and I know they were high on DeLuca. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 13, 2011, 02:50:23 pm
Marietta finished strong on their Spring Trip with a doubleheader sweep up Central Region powerhouse Carthage.

The Etta Express retunrs north with a 10-1 record, and an even more impressive team ERA under One!!  This could be a team poised to make some noise not only in the OAC, but also a deep tournament run when late May rolls around.

Etta/Berg is going to be epic.  I wish we could make that a best of 7 series or something!  Who wouldn't want to watch that?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 13, 2011, 09:39:33 pm
THE BERG extended it's win streak to 8 with a 5-2 victory over Montclair State and a 15-5 win over Utica.
Game #1
Highlights:
B Koehl 7 Inn 5 Hits 2 Runs 6 SO - Win # 2
A Lowe 2 Inn 0 Hits 0 Runs 2 SO Save # 3
Hitting:
W Brechun 4-5, 1 Run; J Lash 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 Run;
and 1 Hit each - A Monroe, G Keen, D Andrzejczak,
Z Colatruglio, A Buelow, J Martin
Extra Bases: Dbl Ea. A Monroe, J Lash

Game # 2
Highlights: Inn H R SO
T Fruhwirth 5 6 4 4 Win # 1
R Pruitt 1 1 0 1
D Brannum 1 0 0 0
B Stucky .1 0 0 0
M Jones .2 0 0 0
T Lowe 1 2 1 1
Hitting: RBI R
R Lizcano 4-4 1 1
J Lash3-4 3 2
A Monroe 3-4 3 1
Z Colatruglio 2-3 1
G Keen 2-5 3 2
1 Hit Ea. A Zinczak, W Brechun, D Andrzejczak, A Buelow
Extra Bases:

1 DBL R Lizcano, G Keen
2 DBLs A Monroe, J Lash
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 15, 2011, 08:53:16 pm
The number of BERG wins has risen to a "High Water Mark" of 10 with a win over SUNY Plattsburgh by a 4-0 score.
AWESOME! Their most wins after a spring break.

The shutout is courtesy of "Sly" Nino (7 Inn, 4 Hits,, 0 Runs, 8 SO - WIN # 2) and Zach O'Driscoll (2 Inn, 1 Hit, 0 Run, 1 SO - SAVE # 1)

Top Hitters: W Brechun 2-3, 1 RBI; R Lizcano 2-4, 2 RBI; A Buelow 2-2, 2 RBI; and hits by A Monroe, G Keen, & Z Colatruglio.

Extra Bases: DBLs by R Lizcano & G Keen.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 16, 2011, 05:33:55 pm
Congratulations to THE BERG's 2nd baseman Gar Keen on being named the OAC "Hitter of the Week".  Gar has been hitting lights out down in Florida and is very deserving of the award.

GO BERG!!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on March 17, 2011, 08:56:49 am
Glad to hear it Gramps, I hope to catch a game when The Student Princes are in Central Ohio.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 17, 2011, 10:26:42 am
Glad to hear it Gramps, I hope to catch a game when The Student Princes are in Central Ohio.

ManoCooper, welcome to the boards. Be glad to have you and your son at one of our games. Stop by and say hello and we'll talk some baseball.

GO BERG!!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on March 17, 2011, 10:40:25 am
Hoping to work it out. Depends on his baseball schedule and rain outs.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 17, 2011, 10:28:16 pm
Mount Drops one to Walsh 7-4 they score three in the final innings but the comeback falls short.  worst start in years 2-8
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 18, 2011, 08:58:01 am
Mount Drops one to Walsh 7-4 they score three in the final innings but the comeback falls short.  worst start in years 2-8

The discouraging thing is that their M.O. has been to start off hot and then crash toward the end of the season.  I'm afraid to think what's possible when they come out of the gate at 2-8.  The only good news appears to be that after the big 2 the OAC appears to be down a little this year.  I just don't know if it's down enough to keep them out of the bottom 3.  There isn't a single team in the conference that I feel like MUC SHOULD sweep.  Not saying they can't or won't, but should.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin2 on March 18, 2011, 10:37:23 am
I haven't been on in awhile but I have seen the start (not in person but online) and the only way I can see a positive in a 2-8 start is that they finally started over.  It is clear they are playing a bunch of freshman but they may also be the best player at that position right now.  Maybe it is a build towards the future and instead of being around .500 year after year after year but we wont know that until down the road.  However, given the consistency of mediocrity in the past perhaps Mr. Kerhres will no longer be so patient with Hesse given that programs such as Women's BBall, VBall and Track & Field have also had postseason success.

Who know's... just some thoughts

Hopefully my work schedule will allow me to get to some games this season
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 19, 2011, 08:47:30 pm
THE BERG suffered their first defeat of the young season by a 2-1 score in a 10 inning affair at Adrian, MI. The game was supposed to be played at Peaceful Valley buI due to last weeks flood, the field was unplayable.
The two teams will meet again Sun. at 1:00PM.


GO BERG!!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on March 20, 2011, 05:18:29 pm
The Etta Express improves to 13-1 and extends their winning streak to 9 with a sweep of the Southeast Ohio Invitational this weekend.

Maryville - 4
Marietta - 8

Piedmont - 5
Marietta - 7

Thiel - 0
Marietta - 2


Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 20, 2011, 05:28:37 pm
Bad feeling this is shaping up to be a 2 team race in a big way this year.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 20, 2011, 05:30:26 pm
MUC sweeps Wittenberg yesterday.  Great pitching from Smith and Lambert.  Raiders are 4-8 now with Walsh and Hiram next week before OAC play starts at Wilmington.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 20, 2011, 08:42:10 pm
Heidelberg reversed the scenario from Sat and scored a run in the 10th inning to break a 1-1 tie and win 2-1 over Adrian. Jason Lash scored on a passed ball and Andy Lowe finished the Adrian batsmen 1-2-3 for his first WIN of the young season.
Brian Koehl pitched an outstanding game which featured 10 SOs.

Top Hitters:
R Lizcano 2-3, 1 RBI; D Adrzejczak 2-4; A Buelow 2-5. 1 Run: and 1 Hit Each by G Keen, W Brechun and A Monroe.


GO BERG!!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 22, 2011, 07:27:06 pm
THE BERG suffers their second loss of the season as they fall to Wittenberg by a score of 3-1. Their bats were held in check by a combination of five pitchers. THE BERG had many opportunities to score, as they stranded 10 runners.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 25, 2011, 05:12:50 pm
The Case field is not playable and the Sat DH will be played at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin starting at Noon. Also, the regular scheduled game for Sun. will be played at Tiffin beginning at 1:00 PM.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 28, 2011, 12:47:24 am
It was a 3 game sweep of a hot Case Western Reserve team at Pleasant Valley over the weekend as THE BERG unleashed it's potent hitting machine. All of the regulars participated.

Heidelberg travels to Granville, Ohio for a matchup with Denison on Wed at 4:00 PM and entertains Ohio Weslyan in Tiffin on Thurs at 4:00 PM.


GO BERG!!!!
   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 28, 2011, 11:17:00 am
The weather has pushed Muc's home opener back to this Tuesday, then a home
make up game against Walsh Wednesday
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin2 on March 29, 2011, 07:24:00 pm
Went over to MUC today to watch Mount Union take on Hiram in the home opener and made some observations about the purple raiders.

1.  Greg Ferrell was not in the lineup today and I asked some people I knew why this was the case and was informed that today was the first day of a six game suspension.  I also found out that Cody Colly was suspended for two starts.  Apparently there was an issue off the field and this is why.  I don't want to go into all the details on here but from what I know it was not them directly involved but since they were voted captains they took the brunt of the punishment handed down by the AD.  Seems to be a lot of internal turmoil as well.

2.  Discipline is once again lacking.  Sloppy defensive throws even if they didn't lead to errors.  Poor base running choices.  Throwing helmets and bats.  Same stuff different year.  I can't say I am surprised. 

3.  I don't think that the good talent that is there is ever going to develop further.  I coached in the fall league there and had two of the four freshman they started today.  Neither look like they are any better today than they were 6 months ago.  The same can be said for Craig Knott.  Still the same player he was 2 years ago.  Development has not occurred.

Long story short I think it is going to be a very long year in Alliance.  They lost Hiram today in a poorly played ball game.  If you cant beat Hiram in your schedule it is going to be a very long year.  Would be shocked if they won tomorrow or in the 2 conference games on Saturday.  It is disappointing but I think this is the reality.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 29, 2011, 08:47:30 pm
Losing to Hiram is not a good sign.  Especially when you threw your #2 and 3 starters at them and the Terriers made 4 errors.

The suspensions are concerning.  I mean honestly if you said 'We have to suspend 2 kids, who can't it be?' those are the 2.  By far your best hitter and your ace.  There's no way they beat Etta without those 2.  No chance.  Etta's staff and MUC's lineup minus Ferrell is gonna be ugly.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 29, 2011, 10:38:49 pm
Went to the MUC fiasco today, The freshmen experiment isn't working that I can see, Hiram was coming of a two game loss to Kenyon with a combined score of 29-5 on sunday.  I see some decent freshmen/high school level talent but they need to learn how to play at the next level.  If the staff feel they will ride these guys and let this season be the changing of the guard, that does not show much respect for the upperclass men who have had 3 differnt coaching staffs over the last 4 years.  The three senior Captains (Coly,Ferrel, Wood) have their work cut out for them to keep things together on the bench. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin2 on March 29, 2011, 11:39:24 pm
If the staff feel they will ride these guys and let this season be the changing of the guard, that does not show much respect for the upperclass men who have had 3 differnt coaching staffs over the last 4 years.  The three senior Captains (Coly,Ferrel, Wood) have their work cut out for them to keep things together on the bench. 

I completely understand the argument especially when it comes to respecting those who have had your back for a significant portion of their careers, but if that is the case when does that argument end?  Is it perpetual until Hesse is fired or resigns?  And if that is the case wont the results on the field always be the same.  Mediocre record, etc, etc.  I dont know what the answer is or even how to stomach what appears to be going on to some of the upperclassmen but maybe Hesse has been put on notice by his boss and that is his motivation.  Then again maybe he is clueless.  Who knows... All I know it is frustrating being an alumni.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 30, 2011, 12:54:53 am
no doubt there is pressure, you can't have a 15 year run of .500 ball and not be asked to step things up, let alone with a football team with a ten year .900 winning percentage.  I don't know if it is a talent problem or modivation issue, but I see a lot of talent riding the pine, or in the stands. I hope the plan comes clear with the upcoming conference games
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Post by: Tinman on March 30, 2011, 01:00:29 pm
"I cannot get rid of the hurt from losing, but after the last out of every loss, I must accept that there will be a tomorrow. In fact, it's more than there'll be a tomorrow, it's that I want there to be a tomorrow. That's the big difference, I want tomorrow to come." Sparky Anderson.....

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 30, 2011, 05:57:58 pm
Heidelberg vs Denison suspended after !/2 Inning, Too much snow.  No makeup scheduled as per web site.  


GO BERG!!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on March 30, 2011, 07:30:22 pm
Muc Walsh game moved to Friday 4pm
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Post by: ettanut4life on March 31, 2011, 01:00:51 am
Etta Express is currently 14-2 with a tough road game tomorrow at W and J. They remained #4 this week and are nationalls rakned #1 in ERA with a 1.59 at the moment. The hitting is starting to come around with an 11-2 victory over Montclair State where they knocked out 16 hits and ran wild on the bases. Conference opener this saturday at Baldwin Wallace
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 01, 2011, 09:07:38 pm
The Marietta-Baldwin Wallace doubleheader has been moved to Sunday due to the forecast of rain in Berea.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 02, 2011, 12:34:37 am
Kenworth, I see that this is your 1st trip to the message board. A great big WELCOME from Gramps. May your team have a good season. Happy bloging.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 02, 2011, 04:39:41 am
Thanks Gramps, been watching your posts for some time now.  Its great to see such an avid supporter of their grandkids? and team.  Your team has enjoyed much success in the last few years.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 02, 2011, 08:51:31 am
The Marietta-Baldwin Wallace doubleheader has been moved to Sunday due to the forecast of rain in Berea.

I just went outside and it's ugly here in Columbus too.  Wonder if this is going to be the trend today around the OAC. 

Welcome aboard Kenworth.  +k
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Post by: Dr. Acula on April 02, 2011, 08:55:50 am
Just hopped on Twitter and looks like the Berg/Musky DH has also been pushed to tomorrow. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on April 02, 2011, 11:54:54 am
Mount and Wilmington pushed back one day also
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 03, 2011, 10:50:41 am
The Marietta-Baldwin Wallace doubleheader has been moved to Sunday due to the forecast of rain in Berea.
The doubleheader now has been moved to Monday, according to forecast not much chance of it being played on Monday either.  April weather. :(
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 03, 2011, 06:19:57 pm
Heidelberg takes two from Muskingum today at New Concord both games scored 10-3
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 04, 2011, 12:33:23 am
THE BERG took a trip to New Concord today and came away with two (2) 10-3 victories over the Fish.
GAME 1:
Ethan Holt turned in a 2 Run, 4 Hit, 5 SO affair for W #4, assisted by the Lowe Brothers, Teddy and Andy.

Hitting was led by W Brechun 3-5, 5 RBIs, 1 Run; ably aided by A Monroe, J Lash, D Andrzejczak, & A Buelow with 2 hits each and R Lizcano, G Keen & J Martin with 1 hit each.
EXTRA BASES: HRs by Brechun & Buelow and Dbls by Brechun & Andrzejczak.
GAME 2:
B Koehl threw an AWESOME 9 Inning, 3 Run, 7 Hitter with 11 SO for W # 4.

Top Hitters were J Lash 4-5, 2 RBIs, 2 Runs, A Buelow 3-5, 3 RBIs; W Brechun 3-5, 1 RBI, 2 Run: R Lizcano 2-6, 2 RBIs, 2 Run; A Monroe 2-4, 3 Runs; D Andrzejczak 2-4, 1 RBI.
EXTRA BASES: 2 HRs by R Lizcano and DBLs: 1 by A Monroe and 2 by J Lash
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 04, 2011, 08:35:18 am
Marietta at Baldwin-Wallace postponed once again till Wednesday. :( :(
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 04, 2011, 08:38:56 am
Marietta pitching staff will indeed get a test if all the scheduled games take place this week.  7 games in 5 days-6 of them OAC games.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on April 04, 2011, 11:54:53 am
Mount has managed to get a few wins with the Freshmen experiment.  They have got to get rid of the errors before facing the stronger OAC teams. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 04, 2011, 05:59:26 pm
Marietta pitching staff will indeed get a test if all the scheduled games take place this week.  7 games in 5 days-6 of them OAC games.

it'll be like the good 'ol days in Panama City when we played 16 games in 9 days. :)

they should be alright.  The guys who go Tues can come back on Sat (most likely Williams & Gasser)...and the Wed guys will be in relief on Sat (Blaski & others).  The Wooster game on Thurs will just be a johnny-wholestaff effort, hopefully the bats are ready to score at least 8 runs against the Scots.

Like always though, the league games are what matters at this point in the season.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 04, 2011, 08:12:12 pm
Will soon see who is a fourth starter, Levens injury still nagging or is he able to return this week?  Intra-district games are still important to win. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin2 on April 05, 2011, 07:29:38 am
Mount has managed to get a few wins with the Freshmen experiment.  They have got to get rid of the errors before facing the stronger OAC teams. 

Tinman maybe you can shed some light on this.... Have the errors disappeared because of a shift in focus and philosophy or is it a statistical streak that has netted some wins?

I'm not shocked that better defense has led to more wins... seems to be the new formula all over baseball not just OAC baseball
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 05, 2011, 09:00:06 am
Marietta-Mount Union postponed for today according to the Marietta website. :(
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 05, 2011, 09:35:49 am
Marietta-Mount Union rescheduled for Thursday.  Marietta Wooster will be moved also no date posted yet. Marietta-Baldwin Wallace scheduled for Wed.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 05, 2011, 07:34:34 pm
Baldwin-Wallace and Otterbein split a doubleheader today in Berea   Ott 8-2 in the opener and BW 7-6 in the second game.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 06, 2011, 08:53:43 pm
Update---Marietta now has a schedule consisting of 3 doubleheaders in 3 days   Thurs BW       Fri Mount      Sat Ohio Northern
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 07, 2011, 08:02:08 pm
Marietta over Baldwin-Wallace two times today at Berea.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 07, 2011, 08:09:32 pm
Marietta over Baldwin-Wallace two times today at Berea.

great start to a longggg week.

Gasser throws a no-hitter in the first game; the 20th in Etta Express history.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 08, 2011, 04:12:42 am
Marietta-Mount Union rescheduled for Thursday.  Marietta Wooster will be moved also no date posted yet. Marietta-Baldwin Wallace scheduled for Wed.

Looks like the makeup date is May 1 at Wooster. That's right after the NCAC tournament. Marietta has a conference DH the day before, so this looks a battle of mid-rotation starters at best.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 08, 2011, 06:48:59 am
Marietta-Mount Union rescheduled for Thursday.  Marietta Wooster will be moved also no date posted yet. Marietta-Baldwin Wallace scheduled for Wed.

Looks like the makeup date is May 1 at Wooster. That's right after the NCAC tournament. Marietta has a conference DH the day before, so this looks a battle of mid-rotation starters at best.

If you have followed D3 baseball for very long you would know that it's almost always a battle of mid-week starters when these powerhouses play during the regular season....nothing new.  With the weather as bad as it is, and the limited amount of time to get games in around conference requirements, Wooster & Marietta usually end up meeting and throwing johnny wholestaff at each other.

I wouldn't be surpside at all if this game never gets played.  There is a lot of time between now and May 1st to have plenty more league rainouts to make-up.

The Regionals is where the fun begins with the Big Guns on the mound...everyone knows that.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: fundamentalswin2 on April 08, 2011, 09:43:01 am
Mount and Etta Postponed today via Mount Website not reschedule date has been posted yet
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 08, 2011, 10:24:56 am
Marietta-Mount Union rescheduled for Thursday.  Marietta Wooster will be moved also no date posted yet. Marietta-Baldwin Wallace scheduled for Wed.

Looks like the makeup date is May 1 at Wooster. That's right after the NCAC tournament. Marietta has a conference DH the day before, so this looks a battle of mid-rotation starters at best.

If you have followed D3 baseball for very long you would know that it's almost always a battle of mid-week starters when these powerhouses play during the regular season....nothing new.  With the weather as bad as it is, and the limited amount of time to get games in around conference requirements, Wooster & Marietta usually end up meeting and throwing johnny wholestaff at each other.

I wouldn't be surpside at all if this game never gets played.  There is a lot of time between now and May 1st to have plenty more league rainouts to make-up.

The Regionals is where the fun begins with the Big Guns on the mound...everyone knows that.

I've been following the game for going on 20 years. I remember when these two teams only played in the regionals.

Usually it seems like Wooster has the edge in pitching in this matchup because of a weaker conference and the 4-game series that let them plan a little differently. But this year, it could actually end up being a better matchup than it usually is. #3 vs. #4 or something along that line, depending on how much pitching Wooster goes through. It's odd to have a game the day after the end of a conference tournament. Even in the regular season, the round robin DH schedule the NCAC has now really changes the landscape in that league, IMO for the better.

Lot of season to go though, as you say.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 08, 2011, 01:59:46 pm
THE BERG is now at 20-4 with 2 OAC wins over JCU yesterday by a 2-0 score in game 1 and a 11-2 finish in game 2.

The defense played a huge role in game one with 2 DPs and key inning ending plays with runners in scoring position. In game 2, THE BERG unleashed their powerful bats as they tatooed 19 hits for 11 runs.

Next up for THE BERG is an OAC DH with Wilmington this Sat at Pleasant Valley.


GO BERG!!!!

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 08, 2011, 09:31:29 pm
Marietta Updated Schedule weather permitting

Thurs-Baldwin Wallace-2 wins
Sat-Ohio Northern-doubleheader
Sun-Mount Union-doubleheader
Mon-La Roche-doubleheader
Wed-Capital-doubleheader
Sat-Heidelberg-doubleheader

12 games--10 days make or break
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 09, 2011, 08:10:54 am
FYI:Here is the website for the archieved videos from the DH at John Carrol 4/7/11. Due to technical problems, both games are only partially covered, but it shows that the videos can be done on a local level and is a good way to follow your team when work interfeers: http://www.ustream.tv/user/JCUSports/videos

These are the games between Heidelberg and John Carrol. Isn't technology great, it makes you wonder, why can't all of the D3 schools do the same thing.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on April 09, 2011, 10:59:26 pm
Muc threw their aces trying for a sweep of Musky and barely got a split now they have Marietta tomorrow it might get ugly
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 10, 2011, 07:29:14 am
Muc threw their aces trying for a sweep of Musky and barely got a split now they have Marietta tomorrow it might get ugly


The Etta Express swept visiting Ohio Northern to stay undefeated in OAC action.  They look to keep it going again MUC, as they continue their 10 games in 7 days journey :)

Marietta's pitching situation:

Thurs
Gasser - 7 IP
Blaski - 6 IP
Williams - 1 IP
Lindquist - 2 IP

Sat
Williams - 5 IP
Lindquist - 2 IP
Levens - 6 IP
Emling - 3 IP

Looks like Marietta will be using end of the rotation guys today, and maybe Blaski & Gasser for an inning or two apiece.  Linquist could also get a good chunk of innings if needed....then he could have some rest until needed again on Wed & next Sat in conferecne games.

Tomorrow's non-conference DH with LaRoche will be a patch-work job by the pitching staff.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 10, 2011, 07:40:10 am
Long range weather predictions didn't look good for Heidelberg weekend.  Still a long way off and weathermen do not have the best batting average sometimes. :)
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 10, 2011, 07:51:56 am
Mideastfan--I think there are still plenty of quality pitchers just waiting for the opportunity to show their stuff.  Sophomore and Freshmen pitchers have not had the opportunity just yet with the quality starts of the top four pitchers and relievers that have been used thus far.  Don't be surprised if someone doesn't step up and take advantage of the games on Monday weather permitting.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 10, 2011, 01:25:19 pm
The offense of THE BERG exploaded yesterday as their bevy of batters pounded the Quakers of Wilmington for 31 hits in a DH at Peaceful Valley.

GAME 1 - 15-3
Ethan Holt earned Win #5 with a 4 inning, 1 Hit, 1 Run outing. He was aided by one inning stints from B Stucky, Fr B Kaminski (I believe his first varsity action) and M Jones,
BIG HITTERS were J Lash 3-3, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs; A Buelow 2-3  2 RBIs, 2 Runs; R Lizcano 2-2, 3 Runs; A Monroe 1-2. 3 RBIs, 2 Runs:; A Squibb 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 Run; D Andrzejczak 2-3. 1 RBI, 1 Run
EXTRA BASES: HR J Lash;  3B A Monroe;  DBL A Buelow 2
GAME 2 - 11-3
Brian Koehl picked up Win # 5 with a 6.2 inning, 5 Hit, 2 Run, 6 SO affair. Helping out  were R Pruitt, D Brannum, and A Lowe. Lowe picked up Save # 9.
All of the position players contributed at least one hit. Having 3 Hits were Lizcano, Keen and Lash; 2 Hits - Monroe, Brechun and Squibb; and 1 Hit each from Andrzejczak, Buelow and Martin.
EXTRA BASES: HR - Lizcano, Andrzejczak   DBL Brechun

GO BERG!!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 10, 2011, 03:30:06 pm
Marietta takes game one against Mount Union 10-9 in extra innings(9) with a strong wind OUT blowing in Alliance.

This game never wanted to end as MUC kept coming back, led by Ferrell, but eventually Marietta was a little too much for the Purple Raider offense.

Maheffey started and threw well, but as he gave way to Lindquist the runs started piling up.  Blaski eventually had to finish it off, although he struggled a bit too.

GAME TWO coming up in a few....
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on April 10, 2011, 06:48:17 pm
Muc goes down big in the second game 17-2 Etta just too much to overcome with such a young team
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Post by: Tinman on April 10, 2011, 06:57:50 pm
Mount had their opportunities to take game one They really came back nicely,
some poor baserunning choices cost them.  Having the 3rd base coach try to show up his pitcher didn't help.  After throwing up a late stop sign as the runner is passing him, well after Carlino was out at the plate, he was still posing with the "stop" sign with noone on third I guess it was to make a point that it wasn't his fault....
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 10, 2011, 07:40:08 pm
Muc threw their aces trying for a sweep of Musky and barely got a split now they have Marietta tomorrow it might get ugly


The Etta Express swept visiting Ohio Northern to stay undefeated in OAC action.  They look to keep it going again MUC, as they continue their 10 games in 7 days journey :)

Marietta's pitching situation:

Thurs
Gasser - 7 IP
Blaski - 6 IP
Williams - 1 IP
Lindquist - 2 IP

Sat
Williams - 5 IP
Lindquist - 2 IP
Levens - 6 IP
Emling - 3 IP

Looks like Marietta will be using end of the rotation guys today, and maybe Blaski & Gasser for an inning or two apiece.  Linquist could also get a good chunk of innings if needed....then he could have some rest until needed again on Wed & next Sat in conferecne games.

Tomorrow's non-conference DH with LaRoche will be a patch-work job by the pitching staff.

Any guesses on pitching for an important regional DH against a LaRoche team that didn't pitch its ERA leader over the weekend?

Seems Marietta might have learned something about itself this weekend. The down the line starters performed much better than the recycled top guys.

With another conference DH on Wednesday, it's not even as if they can just throw the best of what they have left. Should be interesting to see what they piece together and whether it can do the job.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 10, 2011, 09:17:32 pm
Marietta Updated Schedule weather permitting

Thurs-Baldwin Wallace-2 wins
Sat-Ohio Northern-2 wins(1 tough one)
Sun-Mount Union-2 wins (1 tough one)
Mon-La Roche-doubleheader
Wed-Capital-doubleheader
Sat-Heidelberg-doubleheader

Great starting pitching today at Mount Union  Mike Mahaffey in the first game and Logan Lewis in the second.  Neither pitcher showed any rust and battled the Mount hitters all game.  Great Job.

12 games--10 days make or break
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 11, 2011, 08:10:34 am
Muc threw their aces trying for a sweep of Musky and barely got a split now they have Marietta tomorrow it might get ugly


The Etta Express swept visiting Ohio Northern to stay undefeated in OAC action.  They look to keep it going again MUC, as they continue their 10 games in 7 days journey :)

Marietta's pitching situation:

Thurs
Gasser - 7 IP
Blaski - 6 IP
Williams - 1 IP
Lindquist - 2 IP

Sat
Williams - 5 IP
Lindquist - 2 IP
Levens - 6 IP
Emling - 3 IP

Looks like Marietta will be using end of the rotation guys today, and maybe Blaski & Gasser for an inning or two apiece.  Linquist could also get a good chunk of innings if needed....then he could have some rest until needed again on Wed & next Sat in conferecne games.

Tomorrow's non-conference DH with LaRoche will be a patch-work job by the pitching staff.

Any guesses on pitching for an important regional DH against a LaRoche team that didn't pitch its ERA leader over the weekend?

Seems Marietta might have learned something about itself this weekend. The down the line starters performed much better than the recycled top guys.

With another conference DH on Wednesday, it's not even as if they can just throw the best of what they have left. Should be interesting to see what they piece together and whether it can do the job.

I'm guessing Gasser will start a game and go a couple innings, so he can be fresh for Wed's conference DH.  The other innings will probably be eaten up by a combination of the end of the roation guys...but who knows.  Levens is probably available for a few innings as well.

This DH is in-region, as you said, but not even close to as important as the conf games.  Marietta has played well enough to this point, where they can afford to save pitching for conf games & not turn these non-conference in-region games into"must win" situations.  BTW, all the conf games are also in-region games, so by winning those MArietta is increasing their in-region resume.

I think MC and HEID have already locked up pool C bids regardless of which one of them wins the OAC tournament in a month.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 11, 2011, 07:49:40 pm
Marietta Updated Schedule weather permitting

Thurs-Baldwin Wallace-2 wins
Sat-Ohio Northern-2 wins(1 tough one)
Sun-Mount Union-2 wins (1 tough one)
Mon-La Roche-doubleheader rained out no make up date yet
Wed-Capital-doubleheader
Sat-Heidelberg-doubleheader

Great starting pitching today at Mount Union  Mike Mahaffey in the first game and Logan Lewis in the second.  Neither pitcher showed any rust and battled the Mount hitters all game.  Great Job.

12 games--10 days make or break
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 11, 2011, 10:29:46 pm
I think MC and HEID have already locked up pool C bids regardless of which one of them wins the OAC tournament in a month.

Agreed.  At this point it seems like it's basically just who will have another trophy for the case.  I would be beyond shocked if those two don't meet in the conference tournament championship.  They just seem to be vastly superior to the rest of the conference this year.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on April 11, 2011, 10:35:29 pm
Muc goes down big in the second game 17-2 Etta just too much to overcome with such a young team


Emotionally down after a tough loss and Etta hangs a 7 spot in the top of the 1st of game 2.  It was all downhill from there.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on April 12, 2011, 08:17:29 am
It was a shame, they rallied several times in the first game; but appeared to be hang dogged after Etta came out strong in the second game.
 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 13, 2011, 09:11:09 am
Weather forecast for Tiffin Saturday took a turn for the worse, rain predictions now at 90% for Saturday and 40% on Sunday with highs in the high 40s to low 50s.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 13, 2011, 05:38:26 pm
Results from Ada:

Heidelberg 2, Ohio Northern 1
Ohio Northern 1, Heidelberg 0
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 13, 2011, 05:40:06 pm
looks like HEID tried to save pitchers for this weekend against Marietta and ended up dropping one, and coming very close to being swept by ONU.  Too bad their bats didn't show up or else they could've easily gotten away with it.


Marietta is taking care of Capital today, and started Gasser in game one, and BLaski in game two.  They got big enough leads thanks to their bats, that they were able to lift both starters after a few innings....they should be ready for HEID whenever they end up playing based on threatning rain storms.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: oacfan on April 13, 2011, 05:48:06 pm
Looks like the Berg was looking ahead. Very unlike them, they normally take care of business.

Go get em this weekend Etta!!!!

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 13, 2011, 09:23:12 pm
Current OAC standings:

Marietta 8-0 (23-2)
Heidelberg 7-1 (23-5)
Otterbein 3-3 (11-11)
Mount Union 4-4 (10-13)
John Carroll 3-3 (9-13)
Capital 4-4 (8-14)
Wilmington 2-4 (7-12)
Ohio Northern 2-6 (15-11)
Baldwin-Wallace 2-6 (14-11)
Muskingum 1-5 (8-15)


This info is sooo easy to find now with the new website layout.....things have come so far in the last 10 years for D3 baseball fans.  I remember the days of the original Yahoo Group for "D3 baseball" with Jim Dixon.  Jim and the guys have done a great service to D3 sports with their work over the years; culminating in this great website & forums.  Much thanks!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 14, 2011, 07:39:47 am
THE BERG split with ONU taking Game #1, 2-1 and losing Game #2, 1-0.
Game #1
N James worked 5.2 Inn with 4 Hits and 5 SO for WIN #4. A Lowe got Save #10.
J Martin led the Hitters going 1-3, with 2 RBIs. Contributing with a Hit each were R Lizcano, W Brechun, J Lash, A Squibb, and A Buelow.
Extra Bases: DBLs-R Lizcano, J Lash, J Martin
Game #2
S Nino went 6.1 Inn with 1 Run, 5 Hits and 10 SO. A Lowe 1.2 Inn, 1 Hit.
Hitters were A Buelow 2-3, A Monroe 2-5 with 1 Hit each from J Lash and D Andrzejczak.
Extra Bases: DBL A Buelow.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 14, 2011, 09:51:01 pm
Marietta Updated Schedule weather permitting

Thurs-Baldwin Wallace-2 wins
Sat-Ohio Northern-2 wins(1 tough one)
Sun-Mount Union-2 wins (1 tough one)
Mon-La Roche-doubleheader rained out no make up date yet
Wed-Capital-2 wins
Sat-Heidelberg-doubleheader



10 games--10 days make or break
Weather does not look favorable for the Saturday doubleheader at Tiffin
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 15, 2011, 08:29:29 am
Marietta and Heidelberg will attempt to get their games in this weekend, and it is only the start....they could easily face each other 7 or 8 times this year with the OAC and Regional tournaments.

It could be like the Otterbein series from 2006 when they played 7 times....OTT won 4 of them, but MC won the Regional Title game when it counted & ended up winning the National Championship.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 15, 2011, 03:08:18 pm
The Heidelberg - Marietta DH scheduled for Sat has been rescheduled for Sun, starting time 1:00PM. This is the latest news as of now.  I will post any changes as soon as I hear it.  Good Luck to both teams, but you know who I'm rooting for.  For sure, they'll both be two hard fought games between two never-say-die teams. They had some classic battles last year and I'm looking forward to the same thing this year.

GO BERG!!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on April 15, 2011, 06:33:39 pm
The Heidelberg - Marietta DH scheduled for Sat has been rescheduled for Sun, starting time 1:00PM. This is the latest news as of now.  I will post any changes as soon as I hear it.  Good Luck to both teams, but you know who I'm rooting for.  For sure, they'll both be two hard fought games between two never-say-die teams. They had some classic battles last year and I'm looking forward to the same thing this year.

GO BERG!!!!

as of right now (6:30pm est) I can't find the change anywhere on Marietta or Heidelberg's websites.  Is it 100% for sure moved to Sunday?
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Post by: Kenworth on April 15, 2011, 09:24:23 pm
Word is that it has been moved to Sunday although both websites do not show updates.
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Post by: Gramps on April 15, 2011, 11:13:09 pm
Thanks Kenworth. That's the word that I got too, but it's not official until both websites verify it. Stay tuned.
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Post by: Gramps on April 16, 2011, 07:44:45 am
RE:HEIDELBERG - MARIETTA GAMES ---- Per Marietta website ----  At 6:15:29AM it was verified that the games were postponed for Sat and rescheduled for Sun to start at 1:0
The GPS for Peaceful Valley Field is: 186 Prospect St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883.

GO BERG!!!!
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 16, 2011, 08:45:44 am
cool...thanks guys!

it'll be easier to follow online tomorrow for me anyways :)
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Post by: Tinman on April 16, 2011, 03:46:57 pm
Another wash out, I can't remember a year more goofed up by so much rain almost all games moved to Sunday
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Post by: Kenworth on April 16, 2011, 09:31:53 pm
Marietta Updated Schedule weather permitting

Thurs-Baldwin Wallace-2 wins
Sat-Ohio Northern-2 wins(1 tough one, one run game)
Sun-Mount Union-2 wins (1 tough one, one run game)
Mon-La Roche-doubleheader rained out no make up date yet
Wed-Capital-2 wins
Sun-Heidelberg-doubleheader



10 games--11 days make or break
Weather does look favorable for the Sunday doubleheader at Tiffin
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Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 17, 2011, 11:37:52 am
Winds blowing a freaking gale mostly in from the north. This seems like it could be a very low scoring day.

ETA: They're saying on the radio that the wind is actually blowing out. Odd..getting different readings from different nearby stations.

Apparently in Peaceful Valley the winds are blowing OUT. Apologize for the error.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 17, 2011, 01:51:26 pm
GAME ONE

- Gasser starting for MAR...Holt starting for HEID.
- the MAR offense was able to manufacture runs like crazy off of Holt (5.2 IP, 11 runs, 11 hits, 5 walks)
- while Gasser was absolutely outstanding (6 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk)....Mulvey came in for mop up duty in the 7th.
- MAR chased Holt in the 6th after 10 runs with a runner on 3rd; and as soon as Chris Thomas came in to pitch he gave up a 2-run HR to Hopper.

Snyder (MAR) - 2 for 4, 2 runs, 2b, 4 rbi
Hopper (MAR) - 3 for 4, 2 uns, 2b, HR, 4 rbi

FINAL
MAR - 12
HEID - 0
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Post by: oacfan on April 17, 2011, 02:49:30 pm
GAME ONE

- Gasser starting for MAR...Holt starting for HEID.
- the MAR offense was able to manufacture runs like crazy off of Holt (5.2 IP, 11 runs, 11 hits, 5 walks)
- while Gasser was absolutely outstanding (6 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk)....Mulvey came in for mop up duty in the 7th.
- MAR chased Holt in the 6th after 10 runs with a runner on 3rd; and as soon as Chris Thomas came in to pitch he gave up a 2-run HR to Hopper.

Snyder (MAR) - 2 for 4, 2 runs, 2b, 4 rbi
Hopper (MAR) - 3 for 4, 2 uns, 2b, HR, 4 rbi

FINAL
MAR - 12
HEID - 0



Now thats a whipping.. Keep it up ETTA!
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 17, 2011, 04:57:19 pm
GAME TWO

live audio - http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wmoa-live
live stats - http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/bb/xlive.htm

- Blaski (MAR) vs Koehl (HEID)
- HEID got to Blaski early thanks to a few Marietta errors and a 2-run HR by Brechun, and took a 6-0 lead after 2 innings.
- MAR scraped across a few runs in the 3rd and 4th, and HEID added another in the 4th to make it 7-4 HEID.
- both starters are out: Blaski (4 IP, 6 hits, 7 runs, 1 walk, 2k's, 2 hbp)....Koehl (4 IP, 6 hits, 4 runs, 4 walks, 5 k's, 2 hbp)
- Willams (MAR) and Lowe (HEID) are both in the game in the 5th.
- in the 6th HEID strings together a walk, a couple singles, a solen base, and a wild pitch to plate their 8th run of the game.
- Lindquist (MAR) on to pitch in the 7th...gets in a jam, but doesn't let a run across.
- Lowe (HEID) has been the story of this one in relief; the only HEID pitcher on the day to succeed (5 IP, 2 runs, 3 h, 1 bb, 1 hbp, 8 k's)
- MAR tried to get going in the 9th and was able to plate 2 runs after a couple hits, but it wasn't enough.

Keen (HEID) - 4 for 5, 2 runs, 3b, 2 rbi
Brechun (HEID) - 1 for 3, 2 runs, 1 bb, 1 hbp, 1 HR, 2 rbi
Monroe (HEID) - 2 for 4, 2 runs, 1 hbp, 2 rbi


FINAL
MAR - 6
HEID - 8
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 17, 2011, 10:44:21 pm

Marietta Updated Schedule

Thurs-Baldwin Wallace-2 wins
Sat-Ohio Northern-2 wins(1 tough one, one run game)
Sun-Mount Union-2 wins (1 tough one, one run game)
Mon-La Roche-doubleheader rained out no make up date yet
Wed-Capital-2 wins
Sun-Heidelberg-Split game one Marietta, game two Heidelberg  this was a good match up of possible finals game of OAC tournament



10 games--11 days make or break 9-1 record 6 different starting pitchers many relief pitchers do very well also

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 17, 2011, 11:11:58 pm
Peaceful Valley was the scene of some very good baseball as Etta and THE BERG split a DH. Etta took game #1, 12-0 and THE BERG won game #2, 8-6.
Game #1 saw E Holt go 5.2 Inn, 11 Hits, 11 Runs with Chris Thomas, in His 1st Varsity appearance, going 1.1 Inn, 2 Hits and 1 Run.
R Lizcano and A Monroe each had 1 Hit.

Game #2 had B Koehl go 4 Inn with 6 Hits, 4 Runs & 2 SO and A Lowe pitched 5 Inn with 3 Hits 2 Runs & 8 SO. Lowe got Win #2.
Leading the offense was Gar Keen, 4-5, 2 RBIs & 2 Runs. Chipping in with 2 Hits each were A Monroe and J Lash. Jumping in with one Hit each was R Lizcano, W Brechun & D Andrzejczak.

Extra Bases: HR - W Brechun; 3B - G Keen
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Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 18, 2011, 01:29:32 am
Looks like the 3 errors killed Marietta, even though was only two unearned runs. Any momentum they had from game 1 was gone, and it may very well have unsettled the Marietta pitcher. It surely picked Heidelberg up after the rough first game. Plus if you let Heidelberg get a lead, it means you get what they got in the second half of the game, perhaps the best relief pitcher in Division III.

Marietta had 10 extra base hits in the DH to Heidelberg's 2. I find that interesting considering coming into the day Heidelberg was the better extra-base hitting team, on paper.

A rematch, presumably in less windy conditions, should be interesting.
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Post by: Gramps on April 19, 2011, 09:38:44 am
It's official, today's DH with BW has been postponed till tomorrow due to inclement weather,

GO BERG!!!!
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 20, 2011, 06:21:07 pm
GAME ONE of the Marietta vs Musky DH.....MAR wins 17-2.

Williams gets the win on the mound, and Senior John Snyder has a huge day at the plate (5 for 5).

double
3-run HR
2-run HR
Grandslam HR
single

10 rbi, 4 runs scored



Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on April 21, 2011, 01:36:46 am
Heidelberg sweeps a DH from BW at Peaceful Valley by the scores of 3-1, & 6-5.
Game #1 - N James pitches a 6 Inn, 8 Hits, 1 Run, 7 SO stint for WIN #5. A Lowe earned SAVE # 11 going 1 Inn, 0 Runs, 0 Hits & 2 SO.
THE BERG's 6 Hits were supplied by R Lizcano, G Keen, W Brechun, J Lash, D Adrzejczak & J Martin. 3 RBIs courtesy of R Lizcano, D Andrzejczak, & J Martin. 3 RUNs were scored by J Lash, D Andrzejczak, & A Buelow.
Game # 2 - S Nino pitched 6.1 Inn, 3 Hit, 5 RUN, 5 SO; A Lowe chipped in with 2.2 Inn,2 Hit 0 RUN 2 SO fr WIN # 3.
Contributing multiple Hits were Monroe 3-3, W Brechun 2-5, Andrzejczak 4-5, Z Colatruglio 2-5 and a Hit each were R Lizcano, J Lash, & A Buelow.
Extra Bases: HR - R Lizcano & W Brechun; Triple - A Monroe and Doubles by W Brechun & J Lash.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 21, 2011, 09:17:05 am
Are you actually at these games? I would be interested to read about how Heidelberg came back at the end of the second game to basically keep their OAC regular season title hopes alive, even if barely flickering (considering they would likely lose a tiebreaker).
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Post by: macdade77 on April 21, 2011, 11:06:48 am
I've seen both Heidelberg and Marietta play this season. Marietta has more and better pitchers than HC. HC might have slightly more power than MC but MC has better at bats. Defensively, they are both very good. If both teams play as well as they are capable, then I give a slight edge to MC. Having said this, either team can win on any given day.
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Post by: Tinman on April 21, 2011, 03:55:07 pm
An error filled effort by the young Mount team first game they lose 10-3
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Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 21, 2011, 05:29:21 pm
I've seen both Heidelberg and Marietta play this season. Marietta has more and better pitchers than HC. HC might have slightly more power than MC but MC has better at bats. Defensively, they are both very good. If both teams play as well as they are capable, then I give a slight edge to MC. Having said this, either team can win on any given day.

Heidelberg is about off the charts in terms of fielding in Division III, at least by the numbers and I don't think they're lacking in athletic ability to be able to get to balls. The record for fielding percentage is George Fox's .979 in 2005. Right now Heidelberg is .982. Marietta is solid but not spectacular defensively.
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Post by: Gramps on April 21, 2011, 06:23:41 pm
forheavendial4999, yes, I was actually at both of these games. The details of the 9th inning are as follows:

Heidelberg's first batter of the 9th inning hits a HR , the 2nd batter hits a double, the next two men up hit singles, driving in the tying run. The 5th man up lays down a bunt for another single, loading the bases for the sixth and last man up for the inning who worked his way for a walk, and an RBI for the winning score. 

THE BERG  fans went wild at the end of the game. It was reminiscent of several games from last season in which the team came back from being behind in the late innings. 
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Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 21, 2011, 06:57:19 pm
forheavendial4999, yes, I was actually at both of these games. The details of the 9th inning are as follows:

Heidelberg's first batter of the 9th inning hits a HR , the 2nd batter hits a double, the next two men up hit singles, driving in the tying run. The 5th man up lays down a bunt for another single, loading the bases for the sixth and last man up for the inning who worked his way for a walk, and an RBI for the winning score. 

THE BERG  fans went wild at the end of the game. It was reminiscent of several games from last season in which the team came back from being behind in the late innings. 


Heidelberg certainly has a knack for the late game heroics. Do you have any feel for how or why? Do they have some way of ratcheting up their focus, I'm really curious. I've seen teams like this before that it seems like you just can't kill and still don't really get how they do it.
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Post by: Gramps on April 21, 2011, 07:56:03 pm
If I could bottle it, I would make a fortune.  Maybe it's the "Rally Twizzlers", maybe it's the large fan base, maybe it's the Coach, maybe it's just the chemistry and talent of this particular group of players; but  whatever it is, we, the fans of Heidelberg are grateful for it and hope that the victories keep coming. Since you're such a great stats man, and I mean that as a compliment because I've seen some of your work, maybe you can spot something in their stats.  All I can say is that this has been a fun team to watch these past four years, as my grandson will graduate this year. It's amazing how quick four years can pass, but they have been filled with many memories. The many friends that we have aquired by being a member of the Heidelberg Family will be in our Hearts and minds forever. At the end of this season, I will recount some memories of the past four years as a Heidelberg Baseball Fan.
Good Luck to you and your team.

GO BERG!!!!
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Post by: forheavendial4999 on April 21, 2011, 11:34:54 pm
Well, having Lowe to (almost always) hold the other team where they are -- and have his teammates confidence that he will do that -- certainly has to help. The rest of it...I don't know, I'll see what I can figure out.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Kenworth on April 23, 2011, 10:52:40 am
Marietta John Carroll doubleheader moved to Monday at 5:00 due to the current rain and forecast of more rain.
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Post by: Gramps on April 24, 2011, 07:34:10 pm
THE BERG and the Cardinals split a DH in Westerville on Sat with THE BERG winning Game #1 - 8-4 and losing Game #2 - 4-3.
Game 1 - Starter E Holt went 5 INN - 8 Hits, 4 Runs & 3 SO - WIN #6
Coming in for Save #12 was A Lowe 2 INN - 2 Hits
The leading hitters were R Lizcano 3-4, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs; with 2 Hits each from W Brechun, A Buelow & J Martin and a hit from G Keen.
EXTRA BASES - HR - 2 from R Lizcano and 1 from A Buelow. DBL - R Lizcano
Game 2 - B Koehl pitched 6 INN, 2 Hits, 4 Runs & 5 SO.
A Lowe came in for 2 INN and gave up 2 Hits.
Leading the hitters were R Lizcano & A Monroe with 2 Hits each and W Brechun & A Buelow with single hits.
EXTRA BASES - DBL - A Monroe
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Post by: EttaFan1 on April 25, 2011, 11:49:26 am
MC and John Carroll postponed again.   :-\  Make up date to be announced later.  I think Marietta is in the midst of finals week and that will influence the reschedule.
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Post by: EttaFan1 on April 25, 2011, 04:49:33 pm
Marietta and John Carroll now scheduled for Sunday.  Marietta has finals this week and could not play the double header any sooner.

So after more than a week off, the Pioneers will play 6 games in three days.

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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 25, 2011, 05:32:25 pm
Marietta and John Carroll now scheduled for Sunday.  Marietta has finals this week and could not play the double header any sooner.

So after more than a week off, the Pioneers will play 6 games in three days.


according to the Marietta website, the JCU games are rescheduled for Tuesday April 26th at 5pm.

http://pioneers.marietta.edu/news/2011/4/25/BB_0425111323.aspx?path=baseball
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Post by: EttaFan1 on April 25, 2011, 07:32:03 pm
Yup. Earlier on jcu's site and the oac site it was on for Sunday but has now changed.
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Post by: EttaFan1 on April 26, 2011, 10:29:00 am
MC vs JCU postponed to Sunday at 1:00 PM.
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Post by: Gramps on April 26, 2011, 01:33:58 pm
Congrats to Marietta on attaining The # 1 Position in the D3 Poll. They have certainly earned it with their steady play over the season. Glad that it's another team from the OAC. How often has it happened that two teams from the same conference have been # 1 during the same year?
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Post by: EttaFan1 on April 26, 2011, 02:36:41 pm
Thanks for the good words...

Being #1 now and being #1 the week before the regionals start are two different things.  Who knows how many teams the mid-east region will have but like last year, in a 7 team field the #1 seed had a much easier road than any of the other six. 

I will take being the top seed in the region following the OAC tournament over being ranked #1 with three weeks to play.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 28, 2011, 05:32:54 pm
Marietta Senior John Snyder has been named National Hitter of the Week after his stat boosting performance last week.

http://pioneers.marietta.edu/news/2011/4/28/BB_0428113119.aspx?path=baseball
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Post by: mideastfan2 on April 30, 2011, 05:40:01 pm
Marietta sweeps Otterbein to start their full alumni weekend of baseball....They have 2 tomorrow with JCU if the weather holds up.

Heidelberg SPLITS with visiting Capital....They are now 3 games behind Marietta in the loss column.
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Post by: EttaFan1 on April 30, 2011, 07:24:40 pm
Marietta's Brian Gasser pitched another gem. Growing a four hit shut out. Austin Blaski pitched six good innings in game 2, allowing only one run. In 16 innings pioneer pitching struck out 18 cardinal batters.

Pioneer short stop Tim Saunders had six hits in the two games including a two RBI triple.

The curious thing from my perspective is why otterbein didn't use David Cydrus who boasted a 1.12 era coming into the game.

In the late going:

Marietta wins two games in their last four and clinches the regular season title. 
Mount union and John carrol need one win in their last four games to clinch a spot in the tourney.
The Berg with one victory in their last two clinches the two seed.

Mc has John carrol and Wilmington.
The berg has mount union.
Mount union has the berg and capital
Carrol has marietta and capital.
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 02, 2011, 08:10:27 am
Otterbein can make the conference tourney if JCU loses all four of their remaining games and they win their two remaining games against Muskingum. (JCU and Otterbein split their double header and the next tie breaker is how they did against the the higer placing teams.  Otterbein split with Heidelberg and JCU was swept by the Berg.)

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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 03, 2011, 11:42:36 am
Marietta vs. John Carroll moved to Chillicothe tomorrow at 1:00PM
Marietta @ Wilmington moved to Athletes in Action stadium in Xenia, 11:00 AM Friday.
Marietta vs. LaRoche scheduled for Saturday at 2:00 now a Double Header.

http://pioneers.marietta.edu/news/2011/5/3/BB_0503115559.aspx?path=baseball (http://pioneers.marietta.edu/news/2011/5/3/BB_0503115559.aspx?path=baseball)

The non stop rain is making life miserable for the pioneers and the rest of the OAC it seems.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 04, 2011, 05:28:28 pm
Marietta sweeps JCU & clinches the regular season OAC title, and the right to play "host" during the tournament.

The Pioneers won 11-1 and 11-0.


They are trying to add a double-header on Monday 5/9 against Pitt-Greenburg to bring their total number of games to 40 for the year.
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Post by: forheavendial4999 on May 04, 2011, 06:41:26 pm
That's some dedication to completing the schedule.

Their schedule page, which includes all their rainouts, looks ridiculous. They've had more cancelled games than game dates I think.

It's amazing how consistently well they've played considering all the interruptions.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 04, 2011, 07:03:59 pm
That's some dedication to completing the schedule.

Their schedule page, which includes all their rainouts, looks ridiculous. They've had more cancelled games than game dates I think.

It's amazing how consistently well they've played considering all the interruptions.

I'm not sure how Brew handles things, but when I played for Coach Schaly the pitchers threw on a regular rotation, whether it be inside or outside, to live hitters.  If games were cancelled and the field was unplayable, we would use the cages out in leftfield and the guys would get live batting practice in 30 min sessions. 

When the weather was decent enough to take the field, we would always have LIVE jv/varsity scrimmages with the varsity guys throwing against varsity hitters & jv pitchers vs jv hitters.

I'm sure many programs use the same sorts of methods, but we loved it b/c it basically gave all the hitters an extra 50-75 LIVE game at-bats throughout the season to stay sharp.
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 06, 2011, 08:44:53 am
Three teams are in the OAC tournament:

1.  Marietta
2.  Heid  elberg
3.  Mount Union

Two teams can gain the fourth spot:
4.  John Carroll
5.  Otterbein

Capital is eliminated.

Mount Union could end up as the #2 seed if they sweep 'Berg this weekend.  'Berg wins one game and they will be the #2 seed.

John Carroll needs to win at least one game against ONU to clinch a spot.  However, if they win 2 to go to 11-7 and Mount Union gets swept and falls to 10-8, then JCU would sneak into the three seed.

If JCU and MTU tie...They split the season series, so the next tie breaker is their record against the top teams of the conference in decending order.   So if the tie is amn 11-7 record, the tie breaker goes to MTU because the raiders would have split with 'Berg.  If the tie is a 10-8 record, it would depend on what Otterbein and capital do in their final series.  If Cap finishes higher than Ott, then the tie-breaker goes to JCU, if OTT finishs higher than CAP, it goes to MTU, I didn't go further down the list. 

If JCU loses two and Otterbein wins two, the tie breaker goes to Otterbein. These two split during the regular season.  However Otterbein won a game against 'Berg where JCU was swept. 

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Post by: Tinman on May 06, 2011, 06:22:10 pm
Have to give an atta boy when one is deserved Muc Coach Hesse arranged for his 4 Seniors to "walk" the graduation mile for their parents today since they will be playingthe berg when the regular graduation takes place
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 06, 2011, 06:52:34 pm
Pios finish the oac regular season at 17-1. Two other seasons 1994 and 1999 they went 18-0.

more strong pitching until the 8th inning of game two when a freshman came in and struggled.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 06, 2011, 07:10:58 pm
Have to give an atta boy when one is deserved Muc Coach Hesse arranged for his 4 Seniors to "walk" the graduation mile for their parents today since they will be playingthe berg when the regular graduation takes place

+1

graduating is a huge part of a young man's life, and making it a point to celebrate that fact while still maintaining the dedication to a commitment (playing baseball on grad day) is sometimes tough to do....well done coach!!
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Post by: forheavendial4999 on May 06, 2011, 08:25:19 pm
Have to give an atta boy when one is deserved Muc Coach Hesse arranged for his 4 Seniors to "walk" the graduation mile for their parents today since they will be playingthe berg when the regular graduation takes place

+1

graduating is a huge part of a young man's life, and making it a point to celebrate that fact while still maintaining the dedication to a commitment (playing baseball on grad day) is sometimes tough to do....well done coach!!

I have to say I wouldn't have wanted it any other way than to graduate how I did; at home plate at the conclusion of a conference championship. I wasn't a player, but I gave 4 years to the program just like they did (not that I didn't enjoy it and wouldn't do it again) and it really felt good and right to get the chance to be on the field in front of the faithful and loyal fans. Really one of the most special moments of my collegiate career. Probably #1. I was nervous as heck just walking from the dugout to the plate. I can't imagine how you guys were the first time you took an at-bat!
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Post by: Gramps on May 06, 2011, 10:52:07 pm
A tip of Gramps hat to the following Student/Athletes from Heidelberg U on being named to the CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT 4 TEAM (2011)
1ST TEAM:     JASON LASH & ANDREW BUELOW
2ND TEAM:    ANDY LOWE, NATHAN JAMES, & ALEX MONROE

http://www.cosida.com/media/documents/2011/5/2011_Baseball_CO_Acad_All_District_Teams.pdf

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on May 07, 2011, 03:09:57 pm
Mount takes the first game at the Berg 8-4
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Tinman on May 07, 2011, 05:05:26 pm
Berg manages a Split with MUC, takes second seed for the tourney!
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 07, 2011, 07:27:16 pm
Just waiting on JCU and northern to play in order to set the field.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 08, 2011, 06:14:38 pm
JCU wins game 1 and grabs the 4 seed.
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 09, 2011, 10:33:39 am
Thursday
Game 1: JCU @ MC 3:30
Game 2: MTU @ Berg 7:00
Friday
Game 3:  Winners 12:00
Game 4:  Losers 3:30
Game 5:  Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 7:00
Saturday
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. winner Game 5 1:00
Game 7: 4:00 If necessary

Now if mother nature can help us out a bit!
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Post by: Gramps on May 12, 2011, 07:50:03 am
As THE BERG Senors participate in their final OAC Tournament I'd like to say that it was my privledge to represent them as their blogger for four years. I'd like to wish them the best for the rest of their career in the postseason. And they are Gar Keen, Jason Lash, Derek Andrzejczak, Andy Lowe, Brian Koehl, Brandon Stucky, Nathan James, Willie Brechun, Andrew Buelow, Alex Monroe, Mitch Jones, Joe Rourke, & Blake Thornton. It has been my pleasure to know them, root for them and appreciate their talents both on the field and off. God Bless.

GO BERG!!!!
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 12, 2011, 08:05:43 am
Kudos to those seniors, Gramps.  They have cetainly made their impression on the OAC in their careers.  They have earned my respect and the respect of the Pioneer faithful.   
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 12, 2011, 05:36:42 pm
GAME ONE:

JCU - 1
MAR - 4

Marietta had runners on all day long, but the timely hitting didn't come until the 7th inning when the Pioneers plated 3 with 2-outs. 

Gasser went the distance to improve to 11-0 on the year, although his 0.89 ERA took a hit with that 1 earned run  ;D
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 12, 2011, 10:27:28 pm
Gasser's era ballooned to a ginormous 0.90 and the "team" era dropped to a filthy 1.66.

Tomorrow is the rubber match between the berg and the pios. Heidelberg beat up on mount union 14-5 in their first round matchup. So the lunchtime special in the winners bracket should be a dandy.

#1 marietta vs #9 Heidelberg.
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 13, 2011, 02:14:47 pm
As well as Gasser pitched last night, Blaski one upped it today.

Heidelberg 0-2-2
Marietta  4-5-0

Blaski with the complete game victory. 

S. Nino takes the loss for 'Berg.  Once he settled down in the fourth inning he was very good.  He had trouble finding the plate early on. 

Andy Lowe pitched an inning plus in relief and is virtually unhittable.  Man he is good.

'Berg comes back tonight to play the MU/JCU winner.  Marietta sits in the proverbial catbirds seat for a 1:00 game on Saturday.

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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 13, 2011, 07:44:40 pm
JCU sends MUC packing, 7-1.  Not a great showing by my Raiders, but I'll be the first to call the season a relative success.  Given the number of freshmen starting I didn't think the OAC tournament was a strong possibility.  They gave themselves something to build on.  Sad to see Greg Ferrell go too.  What a player.
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Post by: Tinman on May 13, 2011, 08:16:53 pm
I was there Doc, they really seemed to fold when JCU put a 3 spot in the 4th and seemed pretty down the rest of the way.  The youthful team will learn it is never over and will figure out how to play through when things get tough.  Some pretty stand up seniors had their last game. 
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 13, 2011, 09:24:03 pm
Looks very likely for a 'berg bs mc matchup in the title game. Berg up 8-1 when I left in the 7th.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 13, 2011, 10:07:00 pm
Looks very likely for a 'berg bs mc matchup in the title game. Berg up 8-1 when I left in the 7th.

you left a few mintues early....for some reason HEID brought in Lowe in the 7th, and he ended up throwing 27 pitches and giving up 3 runs.

That makes 3 appearances in 2 days, plus all the warm-up time....doesn't make any sense.

I know you have to win today to get to tomorrow, but HEID had to have another arm to put out there and enough confidence in their bats to score against a beatdown JCU pitching staff.

They will need Lowe tomorrow, and better hope he isn't the least bit tired....the call doesn't make ANY sense to me at all.

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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 14, 2011, 02:50:22 pm
^^^ hmmm, was I on to something?

Just as HEID started getting some momentum, Lowe comes on in the 7th and gets hit HARD.  Marietta extends the lead to 7-1, and pretty much puts this one away with the way Williams is throwing.

Is Lowe being overused, especially after last night's pointless LONG inning of work????  I think so.
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 14, 2011, 03:33:32 pm
Marietta - 2011 OAC Champs!!

well done fellas!

Snyder wins the OAC Tournament MVP...the first of many awards coming his way this season.

And it doesn't get much better than the Pioneer starting pitchers.

Gasser (vs. JCU) – 9 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 0 bb’s, 8 k’s
Blaski (vs. #9 Heidelberg) – 9 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 4 bb’s, 3 k’s
Williams (vs. #9 Heidelberg) - 7 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 bb’s, 5 k’s
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 14, 2011, 05:18:20 pm
Some things really stood out at this tournament.

1.  Mount union and John Carroll are no where close to what 'berg and marietta are. The difference in pitching staffs and overall offense and defense is night and day right now.

2.  Both 'berg and mc play very good defense most of the time. The first baseman for 'berg is outstanding on d.  He made some plays today that were very impressive. Mc's shortstop (Saunders) is as good as you will see anywhere in d3.   Marietta's thirdbaseman who hadn't played a whole lot this season came up with some stellar plays. Gar keen, berg's 2b is stellar. Lizcano is also very good defensively.

3.  Andy Lowe is an amazing pitcher. As Mideast fan says he may have been used a bit too much. However when you are fighting for your life and have to win to continue, you go with the best you have. That's what coach palm did and I think the pios were ready for him.

4.  The better team won the tournament. The pio pitching staff is ridiculously good.  In four games against each other the scores were 12-0, 6-8, 4-0, and 7-3 marietta winning three. In those three wins 'berg never really threatened to do anything significant.

5.  Both of these teams will be in the NCAA tourney. Find me 13 other pool c teams better than berg. They are legit.

It was great to see the pios win the league and the tourney. Hopefully the can keep rolling through the regional and into Appleton. 
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 14, 2011, 07:35:43 pm
I was there Doc, they really seemed to fold when JCU put a 3 spot in the 4th and seemed pretty down the rest of the way.  The youthful team will learn it is never over and will figure out how to play through when things get tough.  Some pretty stand up seniors had their last game. 


I guess the only thing I don't like is that it was the 4th inning of a 9 inning game.  I don't care if you're playing 9 freshmen you shouldn't be hanging your heads down 4 with half the game to go.  Especially when they know they can score.  Oh well, they'll learn from it hopefully.
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Post by: Dr. Acula on May 14, 2011, 07:40:45 pm
Some things really stood out at this tournament.

1.  Mount union and John Carroll are no where close to what 'berg and marietta are. The difference in pitching staffs and overall offense and defense is night and day right now.

2.  Both 'berg and mc play very good defense most of the time. The first baseman for 'berg is outstanding on d.  He made some plays today that were very impressive. Mc's shortstop (Saunders) is as good as you will see anywhere in d3.   Marietta's thirdbaseman who hadn't played a whole lot this season came up with some stellar plays. Gar keen, berg's 2b is stellar. Lizcano is also very good defensively.

3.  Andy Lowe is an amazing pitcher. As Mideast fan says he may have been used a bit too much. However when you are fighting for your life and have to win to continue, you go with the best you have. That's what coach palm did and I think the pios were ready for him.

4.  The better team won the tournament. The pio pitching staff is ridiculously good.  In four games against each other the scores were 12-0, 6-8, 4-0, and 7-3 marietta winning three. In those three wins 'berg never really threatened to do anything significant.

5.  Both of these teams will be in the NCAA tourney. Find me 13 other pool c teams better than berg. They are legit.

It was great to see the pios win the league and the tourney. Hopefully the can keep rolling through the regional and into Appleton. 

I think anyone who followed the OAC this year expected that.  The conference was very down after the top two.  Neither JCU nor MUC was significantly better than any team below them.  The overall parity in the conference is improving.  Now we just have to hope that the other 8 can all get better overall to close the gap a little.  It'll be interesting to see who gets the ONU job.  That could be a great D3 job for someone.


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Post by: Gramps on May 14, 2011, 09:17:47 pm
Congratulation to the Marietta Pioneers on winning the OAC Tournament. They have proven themselves to be the best of the OAC. Awesome pitching.
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Post by: Kenworth on May 15, 2011, 04:55:56 pm
Gramps thanks for the congrats.  Heidelberg will be playing this week as well.  It seems like your Seniors have been there forever, a fine group of talented players.  I also want to congratulate you on being a fine representative of the Heid Baseball team.  Always nothing but positive posting from you.  It was also a great site to see BOTH sides of the stands congratulating both teams and individuals recognized at the conclusion of the final game. Two fierce competitive teams end up as sportsman after the last pitch.  Good luck to you and your grandson. 
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Post by: Gramps on May 16, 2011, 08:48:06 am
Congratulations to all of the ALL-OAC 2011 TEAM AWARDEES, but especially the following BERG players:
1ST TEAM: R LIZCANO, W BRECHUN, J LASH, A LOWE, & N JAMES
2ND TEAM: A MONROE, D ANDRZEJCZAK, G KEEN, S NINO, E HOLT
HONORABLE MENTION: A BUELOW & B KOEHL

Also, this has been Jason Lash's fourth 1st Team ALL-OAC selection. What an honor, and what a career. SUPER!!!!
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Post by: Gramps on May 16, 2011, 08:57:51 am
Gramps thanks for the congrats.  Heidelberg will be playing this week as well.  It seems like your Seniors have been there forever, a fine group of talented players.  I also want to congratulate you on being a fine representative of the Heid Baseball team.  Always nothing but positive posting from you.  It was also a great site to see BOTH sides of the stands congratulating both teams and individuals recognized at the conclusion of the final game. Two fierce competitive teams end up as sportsman after the last pitch.  Good luck to you and your grandson. 

Kenworth, thanks for the kind words. I just saw the posting of the Mid-East Reginal, and it looks like we'll be seeing each other again. Drop over and we'll talk some baseball.
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 16, 2011, 09:30:30 am
Also, this has been Jason Lash's forth 1st Team ALL-OAC selection. What an honor, and what a career. SUPER!!!!

This is amazing.  He is a special player.

Kudos also to

John Snyder, Player of the year
Brian Gasser Pitcher of the year

Tim Saunders (ss), Kirby Becker (2b), Austin Blaski (p), Mark Williams (p) being named to the first team.
Jordan Grilliot (of),Aaron Hopper (Of) and Kyle Linquist (p) being named to the second team.
And Casey Leavens being named honerable mention. 
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Post by: Kenworth on May 16, 2011, 09:35:09 pm
Unsung HERO of Marietta Baseball team is Catcher Alex Toth.  This gentleman came from nowhere to fill maybe the most important position on the team.  He answered the question of who would or could take Danny Jones' position.  He has done a great job behind the plate and is very adequate at the plate for just a Sophomore.  Congrats on a great season!
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Post by: Kenworth on May 16, 2011, 09:40:43 pm
Just a few FYI tidbits, of the eight fielding positions for Marietta, five have been occupied by Sophomores for most of the season.
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Post by: Baseball Coach Toledo on May 17, 2011, 10:02:12 am
I'm a high school coach from Toledo. Was able to watch Heidelburg play in their tournament, while I was watching a former player. First thing I noticed was their Infield/Outfield Routine to start the game. Very efficient, very different, but I loved it.

Anyone have any idea exactly what the routine is? Or maybe a place where I could find it online


Thanks,

Coach Mack
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Post by: motorman on May 19, 2011, 09:55:33 pm
I'm a high school coach from Toledo. Was able to watch Heidelburg play in their tournament, while I was watching a former player. First thing I noticed was their Infield/Outfield Routine to start the game. Very efficient, very different, but I loved it.

Anyone have any idea exactly what the routine is? Or maybe a place where I could find it online


Thanks,

Coach Mack
Coach,

I'm sure if you call or write to coach Palm he would be happy to share the warmup routine with you. My son is a freshman pitcher on the Berg squad and his high school did a very similar warmup routine. It keeps everybody moving and on their toes
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Post by: Gramps on May 20, 2011, 09:14:44 am
Today's game between Etta & THE BERG has been changed to 1:00 PM due to the rainout last night. Best of Luck to both teams.

GO BERG!!!!
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Post by: Gramps on May 25, 2011, 01:38:27 am
A tip of Gramp's hat to the following BERG players. AWESOME!!!!

2011 ALL MID-EAST REGION

1ST TEAM - JASON LASH, RICARDO LIZCANO, ANDY LOWE
2ND TEAM - NATHAN JAMES
3RD TEAM - GAR KEEN, WILLIE BRECHUN, ALEX MONROE, ETHAN HOLT

GOLDEN GLOVE NOMINEES - GAR KEEN, JASON LASH, JORDAN MARTIN
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Post by: mideastfan2 on May 25, 2011, 08:14:57 am
CONGRATS to all the OAC members on the d3baseball.com All-American teams:

FIRST TEAM
OF John Snyder, Marietta
P Andy Lowe, Heidelberg
P Brian Gasser, Marietta (National Pitcher of the Year)

SECOND TEAM
P Mark Williams, Marietta

HON MENTION
OF Ricardo Lizcano, Heidelberg
P Austin Blaski, Marietta
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Post by: EttaFan1 on May 25, 2011, 11:00:11 am
And the Pioneers named to the All Mideast Region team.

Player of the Year: John Snyder
Pitcher of the Year: Brian Gasser

Joinging them on the first team and the All American Ballot:
Tim Saunders (SS), Austin Blaski.

Second Team
Mark Williams

Third Team
Aaron Hopper

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Post by: Gramps on May 26, 2011, 01:06:36 pm
Congratulations to all of the Studen/Athletes in the OAC on being Named Academic All-OAC.
Especially the following Heidelberg Players.

1ST TEAM - NATHAN JAMES, ANDREW BUELOW, ALEX MONROE, ANDY LOWE, & JASON LASH.

JASON LASH IS A 3 YEAR 1ST TEAM HONOREE.

http://www.oac.org/htdocs/Releases/BaseballAcadAll-OAC2011.pdf
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Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on June 01, 2011, 09:12:42 am
Congratulations to the Pioneers on winning the DIII championship.
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Post by: old scot on June 01, 2011, 12:41:06 pm
Congrats to the Pios on another NCAA Championship. Solid team from top to bottom all year long. Pitching staff, unreal.
The scary part for Mid East opponents is the majority of the team will be back for another run at the title.
A catch phrase for this years team and most likely next year would be, " Don't get caught standing on the tracks when the Etta Express is coming thru."

One last thought. It's a shame the Berg did not get shipped another region. I beleave you had 2 of the top 4 teams in the nation in the same conference and region. It would have been great to possibly see an all OAC match up for the title.

Congradulations to Marietta on a job well done.
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Post by: Gramps on June 04, 2011, 08:13:27 am
OAC GOLD GLOVE WINNERS: 

2009     GREG FERRELL     OF     MOUNT UNION
2010     WES CARDER      SS     MUSKINGUM
2010     DAN JONES         C       MARIETTA
2011     JASON LASH        SS     HEIDELBERG
2011     JORDAN MARTIN  C       HEIDELBERG
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Post by: ettanut4life on October 19, 2011, 06:00:31 pm
did any other teams play a Fall ball Exhibition game like Marietta did? If so, how did they do? Marietta hosted Cortland State and split. They won the first game 10-1 and lost the second 12-10. Good to see a little baseball being played early this year. They got a chance to have their freshman get a little taste of what it's going to be like in the Spring. Both teams were a little sloppy at times but a lot of promise being shown in Marietta once again.
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Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on October 20, 2011, 08:57:30 am
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Quote from: Gramps on October 05, 2011, 02:10:21 am
Word heard from Heidelberg is that the rains caused the field to be flooded and that "Fall Ball" was cancelled.  Can anyone clarify this for me?  We will be at THE BERG  Oct. 16th for the 2011 Awards Banquet and normally. the last game of Black vs Orange  is played that day. 
I'd also like to know how other teams have done in Fall Ball.  It would give a good insight as to what to expect for the 2012 season.
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Fall Ball not cancelled Gramps, just pushed back a week. Big day on Sunday with 2 9 inning DH's on tap. One squad playing at Adrian and the other playing at Sienna Heights.

As per Motorman (in bold) on the NCAC board Hiedelberg played Adrian and Sienna Heights in a split squad. Not sure how it all turned out.
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Post by: BaseballMom22 on October 20, 2011, 06:31:22 pm
Berg varsity did play 1 game against Sienna Heights and 1 game against Adrian. Berg beat Sienna Heights 13-1 and lost to Adrian, I believe the score was 7-3. Sienna had beaten Adrian earlier in the day, but I don't know what the score was.

With all of the holes the Berg has to fill due to graduation, several freshman and sophomores played key rolls in both games. Even with it still being early, several youngsters looked very solid. Even though we will be young, I don't think we will have any trouble being competitive.

Berg JV also played both teams' JV squads, and won both games.
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Post by: ettanut4life on October 23, 2011, 08:05:13 pm
Ring ceremony was pretty sweet In Marietta this past Saturday. Great turn out by the fans and community
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Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on October 24, 2011, 08:39:11 am
Good to hear Etta. They deserve it. They are going to be tough team again this year. Good luck.
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Post by: Gramps on October 24, 2011, 08:59:58 am
Good to hear Etta. They deserve it. They are going to be tough team again this year. Good luck.
Kudos to the Etta team of 2011. Awesome season for an awesome team. Best of Luck in the future. We made some nice friends over our four years of competition with the Etta family which we will treasure in our memory book.
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Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on November 17, 2011, 02:12:14 pm
Here is News from Capitol from the Fall season:
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Crusaders Roll Through Fall Ball
Posted by Bryan DeArdo |
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
COLUMBUS- Heading into his team’s fall baseball training schedule, Capital University coach Ryan Grice was optimistic about the direction of his team. A month later, Grice is even more primed for spring to come.

Grice was pleased to report that each of his players arrived in great shape and took advantage of their 16-practice schedule through the month of September. Capital’s stellar month of practice was highlighted by the team defeating Otterbein twice in Westerville.

Strong chemistry and the team’s peerless work ethic were among the many positives that Grice took from fall ball.

“I couldn’t ask for a better group of kids to build this program with. The chemistry on this team is great … everyone is involved here,” Grice said. “The guys are gym rats, and they kicked it up into high gear this month and were focused on the details that are going to make them better.”

While Grice had to spend the bulk of last year’s fall ball acclimating 30 freshmen to his program, Grice had only 12 new players in camp this year and was able to spend more time coaching this fall as opposed to introducing his philosophy. While the team’s sophomore class is filled with talent and experience after seeing considerable playing time as freshmen, Grice has seen his senior-less team receive newfound leadership from Justin Hoying (Fort Loramie, Ohio) and juniors Jacob Thuman (Westerville, Ohio), Patrick Jackson (Grove City, Ohio), Nate Campbell (Latrobe, Pa.) and Brandon Natale (Westerville, Ohio).

A freshman last year, Hoying anchored the pitching staff with three wins, two complete games and 39 strikeouts. Thuman led Capital with a .320 batting average and a .991 fielding percentage en route to earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference Second Team honors. Campbell was second on the team with a .309 average and led the team with seven stolen bases, while Natale fought through an injury last season and looks to return to the form that saw him lead the Crusaders in home runs in 2010.

The quintet played a key role in Capital’s wins over Otterbein, Heidelberg and Muskingum last year, marking the first time that the Purple and White had defeated those three OAC foes in a season since 2007.

“We don’t have a lot of raw raw guys, which is fine because to me productivity is leadership,” Grice said. “Justin and Nate lead by example, and Jake and Brandon will say things when needed. They’re also all very smart and do well in school, and to me that’s important because they are leading by example in baseball and in the classroom. Those guys are also very hard workers, which is a great thing to have when your best players are also your hardest working kids.”

The Crusaders pitching and defense, two of the main pillars of having a successful team, also made strides this fall.

“I’m excited about the depth of our defensive alignment. They have really grown through their work ethic and their focus on fundamentals. That’s saying a lot considering they fielded .960 last year,” Grice said. “We know we have four very solid starters on our pitching staff, and some very good guys behind them. We’ll have a much deeper staff this year, which means that our guys will be well-rested and can throw their best stuff when it’s their turn in the rotation.”

A major focus last month was spent on retooling an offense that showed signs of brilliance last spring but were not able to sustain that level of consistency throughout the season.

“Our top goal offensively will be just getting guys in scoring position as much as we can,” Grice said. “We worked on having the guys stay aggressive but being more selective with what pitches to hit. We’ll be able to do a number of things offensively, whether it’s moving guys through bunts or stealing bases. We’re a more athletic team this year, and we’re going to take advantage of that.”

Grice is also taking advantage of having a roster full of players that have bought into his philosophies and have a strong desire to get Capital baseball to the top of the conference.

“They’re smart kids, and they take a lot of pride in everything they do,” Grice said. “The kids have always given me their best effort, and they always try to do the right thing. Because of that, the wins and losses are going to turn around shortly.”

The story can be found on Capitols web page:

http://www.capitalcrusaders.net/ (http://www.capitalcrusaders.net/)

Sorry for the long post but looking forward to Spring.
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Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on November 22, 2011, 09:14:27 am
This is from Jdex on the SUNYAC board:



Excerpted from Marietta news accounts ......

MARIETTA - Marietta College and SUNY Cortland each won a game. But the biggest winner at the Oct. 8 twinbill was the Strecker Cancer Center. "It was really nice to see a good crowd out here," said MC skipper Brian Brewer after the NCAA Division III defending national champion Pioneers split a doubleheader with the Red Dragons of New York State, winning the first game 10-1 but dropping the nightcap 13-10. Most of the players on both sides saw some diamond action as the two head coaches subbed freely.

In the opener, MC broke open a close game with a six-run seventh inning. Righty Brian Gasser, the DIII Pitcher of the Year, started on the hill for the Pioneers and threw three innings. The Etta Express ace was relieved by Logan Lewis and Kyle Lindquist. Marietta's top hitter was third baseman Bryan Gregorich, who was 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Second baseman Kirby Becker added three singles, and center fielder Aaron Hopper had a two-basehit.

Bouncing back in the nightcap, Cortland batted around and exploded for six runs in the top of the third inning. Max Rosing, Chris Jackson, Andrew Pezzuto, John Adornetto, and Donny Castaldo each drove in a run. MC got four of the runs back in the bottom half of the frame. All of this occurred with two outs. The Etta Express cut it to 6-5 in the fifth. But the Dragons responded with three runs in the top of the sixth to make it 9-5. In the bottom of the sixth, Marietta tied the game at 9-all. The MC Pioneers then took their first lead 10-9 in the seventh.

Cortland regained the lead in the eighth when it plated four runs. Matt June had one of the big hits, an RBI double. Bryan Mistretta also drove in a run.

"A split's a split, it's never a good thing and certainly not at home," Brewer said. "Having said that, I think we saw some good things. We had some young guys that played really well. I don't think our older guys played that well today. "Said Cortland coach Joe Brown, "It gives you something to improve upon. I certainly knew coming in that we were going to be playing a very good baseball team."
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Post by: Gramps on November 23, 2011, 12:49:47 am
THE BERG did have an intra-squad Fall Ball WS and the following is a report from the new SID, Andrew Middleman:

Home › Athletics › Teams › Baseball › News Releases › 2011
Heidelberg Baseball Wraps Up Fall World Series, Celebrates Strong 2011 Season

The Heidelberg University baseball team recently completed its annual Fall World Series. The Orange team won the series, 4-1.

In Game 1, Lashon Long belted a three-run home run in the first inning and Daniel Brannum pitched the final frame to record the save, as the Orange team won, 4-1. . For the Black team, Ricardo Lizcano had a double.

In Game 2, the Orange team downed the Black Team by a score of 11-7. Sophomore Zach O’Driscoll recorded the win for Orange. Players with multiple hits for the Orange team included Austin Fleming, Steve Kisan, Jordan Martin, Doug Miller and Steve Morse. Sylvester Nino suffered the loss for Black.

The Orange team took a 3-0 advantage in the series by winning game three, 6-5. Karl Boedecker took the win on the mound with Daniel Brannum recording his second save of the series. Elvin Williams and Arneal Squibb led the Orange team with two hits apiece. Chris Thomas started on the mound for the Black team and gave up five runs (two earned) in five innings. Ricardo Lizcano hit a solo home run and had three RBI for the Black team.

The Black team got its first win of series by winning Game 4, 3-0. Junior Tyler Fruhwirth gave up just five hits in a complete game shutout for the Black team. Ben Blystone hit a two-run triple in the sixth inning to give the Black team the lead. Freshman Ryan Minteer pitched well for the Orange team giving up one hit over five innings.

In Game 5, the Orange team won by a score of 6-5. Bryan Peters recorded the win, pitching four innings and giving up four runs (two earned). Steve Kisan had three hits for the Orange team. Ross Pruitt suffered the loss for the Black team. The series concluded the fall season for the ‘Berg.

The Heidelberg University baseball team wrapped up the 2011 season with the annual fall banquet at Camden Falls on October 16, 2011. The night included a dinner, season recap, awards presentation and a 2012 season preview. All players from the 2012 team were in attendance, in addition to the seniors from the 2011 team.

The following awards were presented at the banquet:

All-OAC First Team : Nate James, Andy Lowe, Willie Brechun, Ricardo Lizcano, Jason Lash
All-OAC Second Team: Ethan Holt, Sylvester Nino, Gar Keen, Derek Andrzejczak, Alex Monroe
All-OAC Honorable Mention: Brian Koehl, Drew Buelow
OAC Sportsman of the Year: Andy Lowe
Academic All-OAC: Nathan James, Jason Lash, Andy Lowe, Drew Buelow, Alex Monroe

Ohio Athletic Conference Players of the Week: Gar Keen

OAC All-Tournament Team: Alex Monroe, Gar Keen, Elvin Williams, Jordan Martin

Regional All-Tournament Team: Alex Monroe, Gar Keen, All-Region, Jason Lash (1st), Ricardo Lizcano (1st), Andy Lowe (1st), Nate James (2nd), Gar Keen (3rd), Willie Brechun (3rd), Alex Monroe (3rd), Ethan Holt (3rd)

Team Awards
MVP: Ricardo Lizcano
Pitcher of the Year: Andy Lowe
Hitter of the Year: Ricardo Lizcano
Rookie of the Year: Zach O’Driscoll
Best Defensive Player: Jason Lash
Team Award: Joe Rourke
Coach’s Award: Blake Thornton

National Leaders: Andy Lowe (14 Saves)

All-America: Ricardo Lizcano (HM ABCA) (3rd D3Baseball.com), Jason Lash (2nd D3Baseball.com), Andy Lowe (1st ABCA) (3rd D3Baseball.com)

National Gold Glove: Jason Lash, Jordan Martin

Mideast Region Gold Glove: Jason Lash, Jordan Martin, Gar Keen
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For more information on Heidelberg athletics, contact director of sports information & athletic marketing Andrew Middleman at (419) 448-2140 or amiddlem@heidelberg.edu.


Sorry for the long Post, but some people were interested as to some of the promising Freshmen's progress and of THE BERG's progress since the graduation of the departing Class of 2011. 


Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on December 16, 2011, 07:01:20 am
The Heidelberg website just published their 2012 baseball schedule.  The Florida trip will be a shakedown tryout at several positions.  It will be interesting to see how many Freshmen will be plugged into the starting lineup. Knowing Coach Palm, he will field a very competitive team.

http://vweb.heidelberg.edu/athletics/teams/baseball/schedule
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: motorman on December 22, 2011, 10:32:39 pm
Surprised I am the first one to mention it, but Collegiate Baseball Magazine has posted the first preseason D3 baseball poll. Totally as expected Marietta is #1. Don't know that it was nearly as expected but Heidelberg comes in at #14.

Rank    School Name ’11 Final Record Point Totals
1. Marietta, OH 47-4 270
2. Chapman, CA 37-13 261
3. Kean, NJ 42-11 259
4. Christopher Newport, VA 39-7 255
5. SUNY-Cortland, NY 36-10 252
6. Linfield, OR 33-11 249
7. Wisc.-Whitewater 37-13 245
8. Buena Vista, IA 34-18 242
9. Eastern Connecticut St. 34-13 240
10. Alvernia, PA 38-9 237
11. Western New England, MA 42-11 236
12. Wisc.-Stevens Point 34-10 234
13. Thomas More, KY 29-9 230
14. Heidelberg, OH 36-13 228
15. Redlands, CA 30-13 225
16. Wheaton, MA 32-12 222
17. Salisbury, MD 34-14 219
18. St. Scholastica, MN 37-7 218
19. Carthage, WI 32-12 214
20. Tufts, MA 27-9-1 211
21. Southern Maine 22-19 208
22. Johns Hopkins, MD 27-15 205
23. Birmingham-Southern, AL 30-9 203
24. Piedmont, GA 32-15 200
25. Coe, IA 32-12 195
26. Adrian, MI 31-11 193
27. Rowan, NJ 31-13-1 190
28. Texas-Tyler 33-8 188
29. St. Thomas, MN 28-17 186
30. Illinois Wesleyan 28-18 183


Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: motorman on January 07, 2012, 02:48:58 pm
Don't know about everybody else, but the 50 degree weather yesterday made me want to come out of hibernation. Only 56 days till I leave for Florida and 57 until the Berg plays their first game. The other regions have been talking about where regionals are going to be held. Is the MidEast Regional going back to Marietta? They made the announcement last year in November but no news yet this year. I know the NCAA does things like this when the feel like it, not on any timetable.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: CrashDavisD3 on January 07, 2012, 10:16:48 pm
NCAA is never consistent year to year. Announcement come out for everything almost never at the same time as the prior years, include rule changes, updates to publications etc...
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on January 08, 2012, 06:45:28 pm
motorman & pitchersmon, I envy you about going to Florida and looking forward to another of following THE BERG and your son's baseball accomplishments on the mound.  The last four years of camradarie with THE BERG family has been one of the high lights of following my grandchildren's progress in the arena of life.  The many friends that Lucy and me made over the last four years will never be forgotten.  Best of Luck to THE BERG team for the 2012 Season and know that our thoughts will be with you throughout the year. 

GO BERG, BACK TO GRAND CHUTE!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: motorman on January 24, 2012, 04:36:13 pm
D3.com preseason poll posted today. Marietta unanimous #1, Heidelberg #10. Hope Berg lives up to that ranking. Gonna be tough replacing 6 starting position players. Looks like a slap at the NCAC in that no one from their conference even received a single vote among the others receiving votes. 40 days till the first game in Florida.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: motorman on February 26, 2012, 05:32:26 pm
Gotta love it, next week at this time the Berg should be about done with the first game of the season. Let's get rid of the white stuff while we are in Florida so that we have a decent spring.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 27, 2012, 09:45:54 pm
Season's here!

BW should have that offense clicking going into the meat of their FL schedule.  Drop the opener at Shawnee St. 6-3 then rattle off a couple drubbings of Walsh 16-4 and 14-4.  Since they open in FL with a pair against the always bad John Jay they should be sitting at 4-1 early.

It's no secret I thought Harrison was a good hire.  I thought he could coach, especially offensively, and definitely recruit.  With a couple freshmen in the middle of the order early he's doing exactly what he wanted...incrementally improve his top talent from year to year.  It's a lot like what Grice is trying to do at Cap.  Etta is loaded so everyone's playing for 2nd, but I love watching the movement in that 2nd tier of the conference.

p.s. No slight to the Berg whatsoever saying everyone is playing for 2nd.  NO ONE is a bigger Matt Palm fan than me.  Guy has done as good a job as anyone in the nation.  But Etta is the defending champs with A LOT back.  Berg lost a historic senior class.  One that changed that program in a huge way.  That's tough to replace.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 27, 2012, 10:08:06 pm
Just checked the OAC page.  Ott is 2-0 with a sweep of Centre.  JCU is 0-2 after a DH w/ Case.  Cap is 2-1 heading into FL.

Also, found it interesting that Cap has no seniors.  Only 5 juniors.  And 29 soph/frosh. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: mideastfan2 on February 28, 2012, 07:37:20 am
Marietta will host the 2012 Mideast Regional. This could make it even tougher for another team to make it to Appleton....this could be another huge opportunity for the Pioneers and their loaded pitching staff.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 28, 2012, 01:47:48 pm
mideast, who are you looking at to fill out the rotation after Gasser and Blaski?  I'd assume Mahaffey?  It seemed like he and Levens got a fair number of starts last year.  With their top 2 and Lindquist at the back end that really seems to be the only question is who's the bottom half of the rotation?
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: EttaFan1 on February 28, 2012, 02:11:33 pm
Mahaffey is likely #3
Logan Lewis is likely #4

Spoke to someone today who said Linquist has not been throwing lately, a shoulder problem perhaps.

We also have Luke Langdon who threw several innings last year, and Mike Mulvey who also threw some last year. 

Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 28, 2012, 07:32:31 pm
D3.com preseason poll posted today. Marietta unanimous #1, Heidelberg #10. Hope Berg lives up to that ranking. Gonna be tough replacing 6 starting position players. Looks like a slap at the NCAC in that no one from their conference even received a single vote among the others receiving votes. 40 days till the first game in Florida.

I don't know if there's more pressure on any single player in the OAC than there is on Ricky Lizcano.  He's a stud and they need him to have a huge year because they're going to leaning on him big time with only Williams and the defensive heavy Martin back. 

Any Berg folks see anything during fall ball?  Is O'Driscoll going to be starting or perhaps taking Lowe's spot?  I'll say this...I wouldn't be surprised if Thomas is their #1 at some point this season if he stays healthy.  Holt, Nino, Thomas and O'Driscoll is a very solid staff. 
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 28, 2012, 07:34:21 pm
Mahaffey is likely #3
Logan Lewis is likely #4

Spoke to someone today who said Linquist has not been throwing lately, a shoulder problem perhaps.

We also have Luke Langdon who threw several innings last year, and Mike Mulvey who also threw some last year.

Thanks EttaFan.  Hope Lindquist is okay.  They certainly have no reason to rush him as they're gunning for another long season.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: motorman on February 29, 2012, 07:08:49 pm
D3.com preseason poll posted today. Marietta unanimous #1, Heidelberg #10. Hope Berg lives up to that ranking. Gonna be tough replacing 6 starting position players. Looks like a slap at the NCAC in that no one from their conference even received a single vote among the others receiving votes. 40 days till the first game in Florida.

I don't know if there's more pressure on any single player in the OAC than there is on Ricky Lizcano.  He's a stud and they need him to have a huge year because they're going to leaning on him big time with only Williams and the defensive heavy Martin back. 

Any Berg folks see anything during fall ball?  Is O'Driscoll going to be starting or perhaps taking Lowe's spot?  I'll say this...I wouldn't be surprised if Thomas is their #1 at some point this season if he stays healthy.  Holt, Nino, Thomas and O'Driscoll is a very solid staff.

Dr,

I think the plan is for O'Driscoll to move into Lowe's role. He closed all the fall games. Could be quite an adventure for Berg through the early part of the season because of injuries. Did you see Thomas pitch against Marietta at regionals or are you just going by what you heard? He needs to get some consistency but it looks like he could fulfill your prediction in the near future.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: motorman on February 29, 2012, 07:12:46 pm
I forgot my P.S.

Good luck to all the other OAC teams in Florida. Can't wait to get down there myself.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on February 29, 2012, 08:53:57 pm
D3.com preseason poll posted today. Marietta unanimous #1, Heidelberg #10. Hope Berg lives up to that ranking. Gonna be tough replacing 6 starting position players. Looks like a slap at the NCAC in that no one from their conference even received a single vote among the others receiving votes. 40 days till the first game in Florida.

I don't know if there's more pressure on any single player in the OAC than there is on Ricky Lizcano.  He's a stud and they need him to have a huge year because they're going to leaning on him big time with only Williams and the defensive heavy Martin back. 

Any Berg folks see anything during fall ball?  Is O'Driscoll going to be starting or perhaps taking Lowe's spot?  I'll say this...I wouldn't be surprised if Thomas is their #1 at some point this season if he stays healthy.  Holt, Nino, Thomas and O'Driscoll is a very solid staff.

Dr,

I think the plan is for O'Driscoll to move into Lowe's role. He closed all the fall games. Could be quite an adventure for Berg through the early part of the season because of injuries. Did you see Thomas pitch against Marietta at regionals or are you just going by what you heard? He needs to get some consistency but it looks like he could fulfill your prediction in the near future.

I wondered if that wouldn't be the case for O'Driscoll.  You can't blame Palm.  He's been spoiled with that ability to shorten the game with a great closer for years.  It certainly works for him so why change it?

I didn't see the Etta game at regionals.  I've followed him since HS because he's from Perry (I'm a Lake guy) so I knew he was lights out in a very good DI league.  You don't do what he did without being very good.  Maybe my prediction was partially me being a homer, but I still stand by it!  He'll be a good one.

Who's injured, motorman?  Hopefully nothing serious.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Gramps on March 01, 2012, 12:51:16 am
Dr. Acula, Gramps here. Good to get your insight again.  Based on my observations from last year, a few players that could take up the slack in the hitting department could be Zack Colatruglio and  Arnell Squibb.  Jordie Martin, who won a Gold Glove last season, also has a nice swing. I know nothing about the    Freshmen, but knowing Coach Palm, he recruits well.  I'm sure that he'll have a few surprises for the league.  I also liked Chris Thomas's potential as a starter.  Ricardo Lizcano is a stud and Elvin Williams, barring injuries, will contribute much to the team.
Our family intends to catch a few games this year and who knows, we might get a chance to get together and talk a little baseball.

GO BERG!!!!!
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 01, 2012, 04:42:09 pm
Cap has drilled John Jay the last 2 days 17-0 and 18-5 to go to 4-1 overall.  They play Adrian today and tomorrow so that'll be a good test against a regional caliber team.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 01, 2012, 04:43:49 pm
Dr. Acula, Gramps here. Good to get your insight again.  Based on my observations from last year, a few players that could take up the slack in the hitting department could be Zack Colatruglio and  Arnell Squibb.  Jordie Martin, who won a Gold Glove last season, also has a nice swing. I know nothing about the    Freshmen, but knowing Coach Palm, he recruits well.  I'm sure that he'll have a few surprises for the league.  I also liked Chris Thomas's potential as a starter.  Ricardo Lizcano is a stud and Elvin Williams, barring injuries, will contribute much to the team.
Our family intends to catch a few games this year and who knows, we might get a chance to get together and talk a little baseball.

GO BERG!!!!!

Gramps, hope you're well!  It's tough to extract much from the stats last year about the hitters that may step up.  Only people like yourself that were at games know a lot of these kids.  The one thing that's for sure is that Palm can recruit.  I'm sure they'll be fine by the time OAC play starts.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 02, 2012, 08:31:38 am
Cap lost 23-13 to Adrian in 11 innings.  Tough loss for the Crusaders.  They were up 1 in the 9th.  Struck out the first 2 Adrian hitters in the 9th...then gave up a double, wild pitch advanced him to 3rd and a passed ball on a strikeout allowed him to score as the batter reached safely.  Ouch.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on March 02, 2012, 09:45:08 am
Looks like Grice is doing a good job at Cap. OWU faces them on the 7th. It will good to see how OWU matches up.
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Dr. Acula on March 02, 2012, 01:05:28 pm
Looks like Grice is doing a good job at Cap. OWU faces them on the 7th. It will good to see how OWU matches up.

I think Grice has done a really good job making Cap competitive.  They can hit a little bit.  Their problem has still been arms.  They just don't have the depth that the top tier teams have.  Of course, you could say the exact same thing about basically half the conference every year.  But it's a process and Cap definitely seems to be better each year.   
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: Bishopleftiesdad on March 02, 2012, 02:23:36 pm
Congrats on Otterbein for showing up in the also receiving votes for D3baseball's top 25.

http://www.d3baseball.com/top25/2012/2012week-1
Title: Re: BB: OAC: Ohio Athletic Conference
Post by: motorman on March 03, 2012, 01:07:14 am
D3.com preseason poll posted today. Marietta unanimous #1, Heidelberg #10. Hope Berg lives up to that ranking. Gonna be tough replacing 6 starting position players. Looks like a slap at the NCAC in that no one from their conference even received a single vote among the others receiving votes. 40 days till the first game in Florida.