Tuesday Sept. 6, 2011
Posted: 11:50 p.m.
The Blue Jays scored on a throwing error following a fielders choice in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday night at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium to squeak out a 4-3 victory over Daytona in the first game of the Florida State League playoffs. The best-of-five series continues Wednesday at Dunedin.
Brian Van Kirk led off with a double for Dunedin against Juan Serrano, who had replaced Frank Batista to start the inning. Jon Talley then reached on a bunt single while pinch runner Ryan Schimpf went to third. Serrano intentionally walked Kevin Ahrens to load the bases before Justin Jackson hit a grounder to second.
Daytona second baseman Logan Watkins threw Schimpf out at but catcher Chad Noble made a throwing error while trying to complete the doubleplay, allowing Talley to score the winning run.
Jake Optiz had three hits and an RBI for the Cubs while Elliot Soto added three hits and a run scored. Jeff Antigua is slated to start Game Two for the Cubs while Matt Loosen will go in Game Three.
Boise Short-Season A
Tri-City completed its sweep of Boise Tuesday night at Gesa Stadium, cruising to a 9-1 victory to advance into the Northwest League finals. The Dust Devils will face the winner of the Eugene-Vancouver series for the crown.
Reggie Golden had a pair of hits, including the solo homer that accounted for Boises run. Joe Zeller gave up five runs in 3 13 innings to take the loss.
WHITE SOXGreat Falls Rookie
The Voyagers dropped an 8-2 decision to Helena at Centene Stadium Tuesday night, reducing their lead in the Pioneer Leagues North Division to one with two games left in the regular season. Great Falls, which holds a slim lead over Billings, saw its winning streak snapped at eight games.
Stephen McCray allowed four runs in four innings to take the loss.
Eloy Jimenez is wasting no time endearing himself to the South Side. His game-winning, broken bat homer against the team that traded him away, in his first time back, is the stuff of legend. The Quintana-Eloy trade still probably has 10-15 years of barguments ahead of it, but it's quickly becoming one of the more fascinating storylines in recent memory.
There's apparently baseball going on outside of Chicago, though, and as it turns out, the teams that were still really good last week are still really good this week. The Astros and Yankees are actually probably getting better. The Orioles are not.
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School: West Aurora
Head coach: Nate Eimer
Assistant coaches: Tony Melchiori (DC), Patrick Stremel (LB), Bob Fowler (DL), Charlie Graves (DB), Tim Phelps (OL/DL), Mike Runge (OL), Ron Murphy (QB), Alex Shaw (WR) and Joe Howell (RB).
How they fared in 2018: 9-2 (8-1 Upstate Eight Conference). West Aurora made the 8A state football playoff and beat South Elgin in the opening round. They lost to Edwardsville in second round action.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 vs Plainfield South
Sept. 6 @ Plainfield East
Sept. 13 vs Joliet Central
Sept. 20 @ Romeoville
Sept. 27 @ Yorkville
Oct. 4 vs Oswego
Oct. 11 vs. Plainfield North
Oct. 18 @ Minooka
Oct. 25 vs Oswego East
[MORE: 93 Days to Kickoff - Oswego East]
Biggest storyline: A new home in the Southwest Prairie Conference. Can the Blackhawks fare well and keep up their winning ways with a step up in competition?
Names to watch this season: QB Will Tammaru (Sr.) and DE Matt Johnson (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Blackhawks will welcome back 13 returning starters (seven offense, six defense) and feature several multi-year starters. Standout defensive lineman Denver Warren has transferred to Brother Rice. How will roster depth play a role? Overall numbers can be better for every high school program-- including West Aurora.
EDGY's Early Take: Coach Nate Eimer's Blackhawks depart the Upstate Eight and enter the Southwest Prairie. The program has had great success the last four seasons (all playoff berths), with 30 wins to their credit. The program had 30 wins total between 2005-14. West Aurora is pretty stacked with talent and is expected to challenge the upper tier of the newly-realigned league. They look to get back into the state playoff field for the fifth straight season and make a deeper run come November.