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Defense sparks WW South to easy win


Defense sparks WW South to easy win

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010
10:57 PM

By Steve Tucker

No one will argue with the proficiency of the Wheaton Warrenville South offense, its hard for the defense to get its due.

But Caleb Bednarz got things going with the first of four interceptions for the top-rated Tigers in a 40-20 Class 7A quarterfinal before a standing-room crowd estimated at 8,000 Saturday in Wheaton.

WW South (12-0) got on the board in less than 90 seconds, on a Bednarz interception and 17-yard return.

We definitely wanted the defense to take the momentum, Bednarz said. We knew this was a tough game and we wanted to send a message early. Our defense can get discouraged because we have to go against our offense every day in practice.

After both teams failed to score, WW South got the ball back at the Glenbard West 33. It took one play for them to get back on the board, scoring on a 33-yard pass from Reilly OToole (15 of 20, 239 yards, TD, 62 yards and two TDs rushing) to a leaping Titus Davis.

This was a special game for Reilly, WW South coach Ron Muhitch said. He did everything we asked and more. And our defense, I thought we had a great defense in 1998, but that team had a great offense too. Assistant Mark Jackson has a defense that matches our talent and he has some ex-Tigers like Devon Finn and Ken Hellberg helping.

Glenbard West got on the board with 9:25 to play in the half a six-yard run by Nick Burrello that made it 14-6. After each team punted, the Tigers struck again on a 22-yard run by OToole.

The Hilltoppers answered on a 68-yard scoring pass from Daver Glawe to Mark Hiben to cut the deficit to 20-13. Just under three minutes before halftime was more than enough time for the Tigers, who put together a 10-play drive capped by a four-yard scoring run by OToole.

They are a tough team to beat here, Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. Were working to get to that level. I was proud of our kids. Hibens hands are unbelievable and Jordan Walsh an offensive lineman committed to Iowa played his heart out.

In the second half, Hiben caught a 17-yard TD pass to cut it to 27-20, but the Tigers closed it out with TD runs of one and three yards by Matt Rogers (20 carries, 98 yards).

This was my last game on Grange Field, and Im enjoying this, Davis said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania


White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup


Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

One thing you better do if you play for Rick Renteria is run to first base.

Yet again, Renteria benched one of his players Monday for the sin of not hustling down the line.

Welington Castillo, a veteran, not a developing player in need of ample “learning experiences,” popped up to first base with two runners on and nobody out in the sixth inning of Monday’s eventual 3-2 loss to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. He did not run down to first, instead staying at home plate.

So when the inning ended and the White Sox took the field, Castillo stayed in the dugout.

Ricky’s boys don’t quit, or so the slogan goes. But what happens when a player doesn’t live up to that mantra? What happens when they don’t play their absolute hardest for all 27 outs, as the T-shirts preach? This is what happens. A benching.

“It was towering fly ball in the infield at first, probably had 15, 20 seconds of hangtime,” Renteria explained after the game. “I assumed the dropped ball. It has occurred. He could, at minimum, at least start moving that way.

“That’s uncharacteristic of him, to be honest, it truly is. Maybe he was just frustrated in that he had the fly ball and just stayed at the plate, but there was no movement toward first at all. And you guys have heard me talk to all the guys about at least giving an opportunity to move in that particular direction.

“Everybody says, ‘Well, 99 out of (100) times he’s going to catch that ball.’ And then that one time that he doesn’t, what would I do if the ball had been dropped? Would it have made it easier to pull him? Well, it was just as easy because you expect not the best, but the worst.

“That is uncharacteristic of that young man. I had a quick conversation with him on the bench, and he knew and that was it.”

It might seem a little overdramatic, a little nutty, even, to sit down a veteran catcher brought in this offseason to provide some offense and to do it in a one-run game. But this rebuild is about more than just waiting around for the minor league talent to make its way to the South Side. It’s about developing an organizational culture, too. And Renteria feels that if he lets this kind of thing slide at the big league level, that won’t send the right message to those precious prospects who will one day fill out this lineup.

“There’s one way to do it, you get your action, you start moving toward that direction in which you’ve got to go,” Renteria said. “What would’ve happened if everybody’s watching it — and I’m setting the tone for not only here, our club, (but also for) everybody in the minor leagues — and they’re saying, ‘Well, at the top, they said they’re going to do this and then they don’t do it.’

“It’s really simple. And people might like it, not like it. I’ve got to do this, do that so everybody understands what we’re trying to do here. We’re not done with what we’re trying to do.”

This isn’t the first time this has happened in 2018. Avisail Garcia was taken out of a game during spring training for not giving maximum effort. Leury Garcia was removed from a game earlier this month for not busting it down the first-base line on a weak grounder that went right to the first baseman.

It’s become a somewhat common tactic for Renteria, and while it might strike some as taking things a little too seriously, what good is this developmental season if a culture goes undeveloped? The White Sox have placed their bright future, in part, in Renteria’s hands, and they’ve talked glowingly about how the players have bought into his style and how the team played last season under his leadership.

If Renteria truly is the right man for the rebuild, things like this are how he’s going to establish his culture. And it will, he hopes, impact how all those prospects play when they’re no longer prospects and the White Sox are contending for championships.