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Balogh leads rushing attack for Glenbard West

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Balogh leads rushing attack for Glenbard West

Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
Posted: 11:37 p.m.

By Mike Clark
YourSeason.com

You knew it was going to be a good night for Glenbard West when Avery Balogh kept ripping off long runs.And you knew it would be a great night for the Hilltoppers when Tommy Schutt came up with their third interception of the night.Big plays on both sides of the ball added up to a31-3 romp for Glenbard West over host Lyons Friday night in a WestSuburban Silver opener in Western Springs.Balogh ran 12 times for 191 yards and threetouchdowns for the No. 2 Hilltoppers. Glenbard West (3-0, 1-0) heldLyons without a first down till the final two minutes of the first halfand limited the Lions to 33 yards on 22 rushes.The win avenged a loss to Lyons in Week 9 of lastseason that cost Glenbard West sole possession of the West SuburbanSilver title.Weve been thinking about this game for a long time, Balogh said.Schutt, a big body on the defensive line for theHilltoppers, has been thinking for a long time about picking off apass. Early in the fourth quarter, his dream came true.We had a couple good screen reads today, saidSchutt, a Penn State recruit who is heading out to see the NittanyLions play Alabama Saturday. That was one I picked out and I read thequarterbacks eyes. ... A score would be nice, but Ill take aninterception for sure.Balogh got the scores as well as the yards.Our offensive line just played outstanding, hesaid. I cant thank them enough. We were trying to establish the pass,but we took what they offered us.Avery is playing unreal right now, Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. Hes got good vision.Balogh gave the Hilltoppers a 14-0 first-quarterlead with a pair of scoring runs. He sprinted 41 yards down the rightsideline for the first touchdown with 5:26 left and then twisted andturned his way for a 39-yard scoring carry with 50.7 seconds left.Dan Cavazos pushed the Glenbard West lead to 17-0with his 38-yard field goal at 8:16 of the second quarter. Lyons got onthe board with 15.7 seconds left in the half when Luke Nelson kicked a22-yard field goal.Balogh gave the Hilltoppers a 24-3 lead with histhird touchdown run, a 50-yarder at 1:25 of the third quarter. JoeZitos 14-yard scoring run made it 31-3 with 8:07 to play.Mike Marston and Matt Marston also had interceptions for Glenbard West.For Lyons (1-2, 0-1), quarterback Connor Onion was 16-of-35 passing for 170 yards with three interceptions.

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Cubs agree to deal with free agent outfielder Steven Souza, per report

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Cubs agree to deal with free agent outfielder Steven Souza, per report

The Cubs have made a roster move.

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the Cubs and outfielder Steven Souza have agreed to a one-year, big-league deal. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported Friday the two sides were nearing an agreement.

Souza, 30, missed the 2019 season after suffering a torn left ACL and LCL at the end of spring training. He also missed a chunk of 2018, playing 72 games while hitting the injured list on multiple occasions. The Diamondbacks non-tendered him last month.

Souza is a career .233/.323/.417 hitter with 70 home runs in five seasons. His best campaign came with the Rays in 2017: .239/.351/.459, 30 home runs, 78 RBIs and a 121 wRC+ — all career-bests, excluding his average. He sported a walk rate (13.6 percent) above league average (8.5) that season, though his strikeout rate (29 percent) was worse than average (23).

Signing Souza likely rules out a return of fan favorite outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. The Cubs have been linked to Castellanos throughout the offseason, but since they're looking to stay under MLB’s luxury tax threshold, re-signing Castellanos would require some financial maneuvering.

Souza has spent most of his career in right field (3,608 career innings) but has minimal experience playing center (33 1/3) and left (20). He’s above average in right (career 6 Defensive Runs Saved) and posted a career best 7 DRS in 2017.

The Cubs have a five-time Gold Glove right fielder in Jason Heyward, so Souza will see time at all three outfield spots. Heyward moved to center full-time last season after the Cubs acquired Castellanos and has played center at times throughout his career.

He's coming off a serious knee injury, but Souza is a low-risk, high-reward move for the Cubs. If he's healthy, he’ll add power to the middle of the order and add another bat to an outfield group with some question marks. Albert Almora Jr. and Ian Happ have each struggled offensively at times since 2018. Souza offers another option in case those two slump again, with room for a larger role.