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National topics / Re: 2020 Season - COVID-19
« on: March 15, 2020, 02:05:24 pm »
Getting ahead of myself a bit here, but does this now mean seniors are free to sign contracts and join spring trainings once baseball resumes?

Secondly, how does this affect the draft? How are scouts able to see players if there are no games prior to the draft? Could this set up an unprecedented number of open tryouts across the nation for kids to be seen? 

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There are a few school districts starting to announce cancellations in MN as well. At least in terms of extending Spring Break an extra week or two.

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... and so it begins... will anyone be left playing by the end of the week?

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Amherst first to cancel baseball season.
Now all NESCAC sports have cancelled their spring seasons.  How very sad for all involved.

https://www.d3sports.com/notables/2020/03/amherst-closes-campus-for-spring?fbclid=IwAR1lICsZlebOKTTt70aVexTNMevDEd5aiukZGnHUR2eXe3QcL_AaUkhcbyc

Grinnell (Iowa) just cancelled all spring sports as well.

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I know neither of these is a CCIW program but the NESCAC and Grinnell (IA) just cancelled ALL spring sports. The NESCAC cancelled for the entire conference.

Is there talk of other institutions (or CCIW programs) leaning this way as well?

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Carthage moved to 3-1 yesterday with a 13-10 win over Marian (WI) in AZ. The Carthage bullpen appears to be a dumpster fire right now (with the exception of Odahl who had another solid relief appearance) as they continue to give up runs. Delabio had his second appearance out of the pen and it left off right where his first ended. He has now walked 6 and only recorded 1/3 inning at this point. He needs to figure it out for Carthage is to have any shot in the CCIW.

In typical Carthage fashion, they are piling up runs. 40 runs in four games.  They are off until Thursday when they face Bethany Lutheran so that should allow the rotation to turn over and we should get a truer sense of how the Carthage arms are this year. Hopefully the bullpen issues have just been nervous hiccups in first outings and they get back on track in their second go-round. If the pens struggles they'll be forced to ride the starters deeper into game and that shows later in the season.

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Is this a new record for the earliest reference?!

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Aside from Jake Reinhardt and Jared Cantu the Vikings aren't hitting much, as they're clearly scrambling to account for the temporary absence of two key injured bats in Ranko Stevanovic and Brad Maurer, but, with the exception of their ugly outing against Webster down in Sauget on February 29, they've recovered nicely from getting their ears pinned back by Birmingham-Southern in the third week of February.

This reminded me...Carthage has been without Vince Schwartz in their first three games.  Not sure what's going on there but he hasn't had an AB yet this season.

He'll be back in the lineup soon. Minor injury they are being safe with.

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Not a huge surprise, but still very disappointing.

Two eastern schools, Pitt Bradford and Ithaca, have canceled their trips to California to play SCIAC teams beginning this weekend. I sincerely hope that's not the beginning of a trend, and I hope  that we'll be able to look back and describe their decision as overly cautious, and not as prescient.

Looks like many of the SCIAC schools will have to play each other in non-conference games. Definitely not a good situation.

I'd assume many other GSAC and PAC-WEST schools are in the same boat... there are a lot of NAIA schools that come through SoCal in March and I think a few of those may have opened up as well.

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Carthage's Big Red Machine jumped out of the gates quickly yesterday sweeping a DH from Luther in Arizona.

Keith Kutzler went 6 innings with 12 Ks. Nate Odahl returned to the mound after missing nearly all of last season with an injury and K'd two of the three he faced. One down side to the pitching was 13 BBs in the DH. That has to be cleaned up a bit but the arms appear to be solid on the front end of the rotation.

Offensively, Carthage had 8 different players collect multiple hits on the day including triples and 4 RBI from BOTH Johnny Belskis and Jake  Mitchell. Here's to hoping Carthage returns to form in 2020.

Good start, but short-lived as they fall to Wabash, 8-7 in 10 innings on Sunday.  Wabash scored on a bases loaded BALK in the top of the 10th.  Starting pitcher in the game on Sunday, Dante Guarascio, gave up 7 earned and 10 hits in 4 innings.  Redmen relievers were good until the 10th, where they hit the lead off guy, walked the next, got a ground ball out and then walked the next to load 'em up.

Apparently Jacob Delabio was touching 96 in game one, but much like Todd Greenlee (reference for Poppa)...couldn't find the strike zone however, walking 4 in a third of an inning worked on Saturday.

YES! Todd Greenlee!!!!! (aka, "Horse") I have stories about THAT guy!  He once tossed a no-hitter and allowed 3-4 runs.... mix in about 8 BBs and 5 HBPs... and a few balls off the backstop... and they were able to scrape together a few runs. I believe he hit the first three batters of the game on three pitches.

While Delabio struggled Saturday, I've always felt the second start is the best indicator of pitchers... many are just throwing off dirt for the first time in 6 months, and have nerves rumbling through them in their first outings of the season. Here's to hoping he settles in for his second appearance.

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Carthage's Big Red Machine jumped out of the gates quickly yesterday sweeping a DH from Luther in Arizona.

Keith Kutzler went 6 innings with 12 Ks. Nate Odahl returned to the mound after missing nearly all of last season with an injury and K'd two of the three he faced. One down side to the pitching was 13 BBs in the DH. That has to be cleaned up a bit but the arms appear to be solid on the front end of the rotation.

Offensively, Carthage had 8 different players collect multiple hits on the day including triples and 4 RBI from BOTH Johnny Belskis and Jake  Mitchell. Here's to hoping Carthage returns to form in 2020.

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West Region / Re: BB: Top Teams in West Region
« on: March 03, 2020, 08:40:05 pm »
Also, most other regions are just getting going so west teams have piled up wins as other teams sit in gyms.

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Central Region / Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 13, 2020, 04:26:35 pm »
CCIW Pre-Season Coaches Poll:
 Rank    Institution    Points (1st Pl. Votes)
 1    North Central    62 (7)
 2    Illinois Wesleyan    53 (1)
 3    Millikin    42
 4    Augustana    40
 5    North Park    38
 6    Carthage    36 (1)
 7    Wheaton    29
 8    Carroll    12
 8    Elmhurst    12

I am not sure sure how Carthage got a first place vote from someone if the rest of the league sees them as a 7/8 team? Does someone know somethings the rest of us don't?

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Central Region / Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 11, 2020, 09:46:18 am »
None whatsoever, aside from North Central being a no-brainer #1 pick by everyone other than Ed Mathey.

 ;D

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Central Region / Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: February 10, 2020, 01:55:46 pm »
Greg- any predictions on the coaches poll? I see NCC and IWU as 1 and 2, but after that....

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