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On The Farm: Winston-Salem Wins Carolina League Playoff Opener

On The Farm: Winston-Salem Wins Carolina League Playoff Opener

Wednesday Sept. 8, 2010
Posted: 9:15 p.m.

By Kevin czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

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Finding a way to win at Winston-Salem hasnt been easy for Kinston and Wednesday night proved to be no different. The Dash opened up the Carolina League playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the Indians at BB&T Ballpark, once again exhibiting their dominance over the Tribe.

Winston-Salem improved to 10-1 at home against Kinston this season with the win. The lone victory the Indians had at BB&T Ballpark this season snapped a 17-game losing streak on the Dashs home turf. Then again, Winston-Salem was 47-22 at home this season, the second best home record in the minor leagues.

So when Jason Bours RBI single in the sixth inning snapped what had been a 2-2 tie, the Dash were only following the script they had been reading from all-season. Hector Santiago and Tyson Corley made the lead stand up, throwing 3 13 innings of shutout ball with Santiago earning the victory. Corley earned the save with a perfect ninth.

Terry Doyle started and allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 23 innings. He fanned a pair and walked three before turning things over to Santiago.

The Dash took a 2-1 first-inning lead on a Seth Loman fielders choice and an Ozzie Lewis RBI single. Kinston knotted things up in the sixth, setting the stage for what would be Bours game-winning hit in the bottom of the frame.

Lewis finished with two hits as did Andrew Garcia and Greg Paiml.

Great Falls Rookie
The Voyagers made it a clean sweep of division titles Wednesday evening, defeating Billings, 5-2, at Dehler Park to earn another Pioneer League Northern Division crown. Great Falls, which also won the first-half title, opens the best-of-three semifinal at wild-card winning Helena on Friday.

Great Falls scored four times in the eighth inning to break open what had been a scoreless game. Aided greatly by Billings, the Voyagers took advantage of an error and a wild pitch. They scored twice on a pair of bases-loaded walks, brought in another run on a Mike Earley single and closed out the frame when Drew Hayes uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Dusty Harvard to score.

Harvard finished with two RBIs while Earley had a pair of hits.

The eighth-inning outburst made a winner of Doug Murray, who pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Spencer Arroyo started and allowed one hit over six shutout innings in his second Pioneer League appearance. He had been 7-2 with a 2.49 ERA with Bristol before moving up last week. He has a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings with the Voyagers.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

66 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

66 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: St. Edward

Head coach: Mike Rolando

Assistant coaches: Steve McShane, Scot Brockner, Eloy Diaz, Mike Childers, Mike Holte, Tim Wood, Marc Rusinko and Zack McQueen

How they fared in 2018: 5-5 (5-0 Metro Suburban Red Conference). St. Edward made the Class 4A state playoff field and lost to Urban Prep-Bronzeville in opening round action.
 
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Bremen 
Sept. 6 vs Wheaton Academy
Sept. 13 vs Christ the King
Sept. 20 @ Elmwood Park
Sept. 27 vs Guerin Prep
Oct. 4 vs Chicago Christian 
Oct. 11 @ IC Catholic Prep
Oct. 18 @ Westmont
Oct. 25 @ Ridgewood

[MORE: 69 Days to Kickoff - Bremen]

Biggest storyline: Coach Rolando said the Green Wave may have "snuck up on some people" en route to an undefeated conference schedule last year. This year, they'll be the target. Can the Green Wave match last year's efforts and make a deep run in the 2019 postseason?

Names to watch this season: QB Anthony Holte (Sr.) and LB Luke Brier (Sr.)
 
Biggest holes to fill: The Green Wave played a ton of underclassmen last season and welcome back 18 returning starters (nine offense, nine defense), but overall numbers and depth can always be improved. 

EDGY's Early Take: St. Edward and head coach Mike Rolando won last season despite having just 12 upperclassmen on the roster, and another year of experience will only raise the bar come August. The Green Wave will have some challenges on the schedule this fall, including playing 4A state champion IC Prep on Oct. 11. But I also see St. Edward as the team to beat in the Metro Suburban Red. 
 

Blackhawks release 2019-20 schedule: Notes and five games to circle

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Blackhawks release 2019-20 schedule: Notes and five games to circle

The Stanley Cup Final is over. The NHL Draft is in the books. Free agency still looms, but Chicago can officially start looking ahead to next season.

The Blackhawks, in conjunction with the rest of the league, released their 2019-20 schedule on Tuesday so it's time to get out the sharpie and mark your calendars. 

Some quick notes:

— The Blackhawks' longest homestand of the season is seven games, from Oct. 10-24. They also have a five-game homestand from March 22-31.

— The longest road trip of the season is five games, from Feb. 9-16. They also have two four-game road trips from Oct. 29-Nov. 5 and Feb. 23-Feb. 29.

— The Blackhawks have 16 back-to-back games. They had 14 last season.

— Single-game tickets for the team's regular-season home games will go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 12 p.m. on blackhawks.com. The Blackhawks are currently accepting deposits for groups, 21-Game Mikita Plans and 9-Game Hull Plans. Any fans interested can visit blackhawks.com/tickets or call 312-455-7000.

— NBC Sports Chicago is now the exclusive carrier for all local game broadcasts. The complete broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

Here are five dates to circle for the 2019-20 season, in order of how they appear on the schedule:

1. Friday, Oct. 4 at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. — Season opener in Prague

As part of the 2019 NHL Global Series, the Blackhawks play an exhibition game in Berlin on Sept. 29 before heading to Prague, where they will kick off the regular season against the Philadelphia Flyers. It's the first time the Blackhawks are beginning a season overseas since the 2009-10 campaign when they were in Helsinki, Finland. They went on to win the Stanley Cup that season.

2. Thursday, Oct. 10 vs. San Jose, 7:30 p.m. — Home opener

After a five-day break to get reacclimated to the North American time zone, the Blackhawks will take the ice at the United Center for the first time against the Erik Karlsson-led Sharks on Oct. 10. The Blackhawks are 5-2-1 in their last eight home openers.

3. Monday, Dec. 2 vs. St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. — First look at defending Stanley Cup champions

The Blackhawks-Blues rivalry has always felt a little one-sided, but that's not the case anymore. The Blues ended a 52-year championship drought by defeating the Boston Bruins and planted their mark in the Central Division as the team to beat. Expect there to be a little more juice to this rivalry as the Blues look to keep their flag planted in the ground and the Blackhawks aim to make their presence felt within the division again.

4. Tuesday, Jan. 21 vs. Florida, 7:30 p.m. — Joel Quenneville's return to Chicago

This is the game everyone is waiting for. It will be the first time Chicago will get a chance to welcome Quenneville back to Chicago after he helped bring the city three Stanley Cups, and became the second-winningest NHL coach of all-time in the process. 

What could make this game even more interesting: If former Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin joins Quenneville's team in South Florida this summer. The Blackhawks will make their visit to Florida on Saturday, Feb. 29 for a 5 p.m. puck drop.

5. Saturday, April 4 at N.Y. Rangers, 12 p.m. — Closing out at The Garden

For the first time in a while, the Blackhawks will be wrapping up the season on the east coast. And there could be some real playoff implications at stake here, for both teams. The iconic Madison Square Garden isn't a bad place to end things off.

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