Thursday Sept. 9, 2010
Posted: 9:30 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
Chris Archer had been spectacular all season, first for Daytona and then Tennessee. So, it wasnt a surprise that he was on the mound for the Smokies Thursday night as they opened the Southern League playoffs against West Tenn.
What was shocking, however, was what the Diamond Jaxx were able to do to Archer and Tennessee. West Tenn roughed up the opposing ace and pulled off a stunning 8-3 victory at Smokies Park. Archer lasted only three-plus innings, giving up a season-high eight runs on eight hits, two of which were homers.
West Tennessee went up 8-0, finishing off Archer with a six-run fourth inning. Nate Tenbrinks three-run homer was the big blow in the inning.
While Tennessee answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and collected 11 hits overall, the game was never close. Russ Canzler had a homer and two RBIs while Blake Lalli had a pair of hits and two walks.
Jacksonville bested Mobile in the other series opener.
WHITE SOXGreat Falls Rookie
The Voyagers closed out the regular season with a victory on Thursday, 5-2, at Billings. The victory was the sixth in a row for Great Falls and 15th in its last 17 games. The Voyagers will open the Pioneer League playoffs Friday night at Helena.
Ryan Hammes RBI double in the sixth inning broke a 2-2. Jeff Tezak padded the lead with a two-run homer in the ninth as Stephen Hiff pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.
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DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football
VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg
WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin
FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES
(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0
(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13
(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0
(4) Marist 24, Benet 7
(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0
(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41
(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6
(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6
(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15
(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6
(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0
(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20
(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0
(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7
(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6
(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6
Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17
(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12
(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7
Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11
Payton 43, Kenwood 42
Coal City 43, Lisle 14
Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12
Perspectives 32, Solorio 16
SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES
Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel
(8) Simeon vs. Curie
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23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.
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