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Great Falls Win Pioneer League Title

Great Falls Win Pioneer League Title

Thursday Sept. 15, 2011
Posted: 10:40 p.m.
WHITE SOXGreat Falls Rookie
The Great Falls battery proved to have too much life for Ogden Thursday night at Centene Stadium. With Pioneer League pitcher of the year Blair Walters on the mound and catcher Kevan Smith, the leagues hottest hitter behind the plate, the Voyagers cruised by the Raptors, 7-1, to claim their second championship in four seasons.

The win also marked the 13th time Great Falls has won a Pioneer League crown since the circuit became a short-season league in 1964. The Voyagers, much as they have all season, rode Walters to pick up the win. He scattered four hits over six innings, striking out seven and allowing a run. It was his second win of the post-season, allowing him to finish 11-0 after the Sox grabbed him from The University of Hawaii in the 11th round of this years draft.

Smith, whom Chicago selected in the seventh round from The University of Pittsburgh in this years draft, had three hits to finish with a .478 batting average and a league-leading 11 hits in the playoffs. This after finishing the season on a 15-game hitting streak during which he hit .528.

Walters and Smith had help, though. David Hrbek drove in pair while Marty Medina and Mike Earley each had RBIs. Chris Devenski and Cody Winiarski pitched shutout ball over three innings, striking out four and allowing a pair of hits.
CUBSTennessee AA
Ollie Lintons RBI single in the bottom of the 11th gave Mobile a 1-0 victory over Tennessee Thursday night at Hank Aaron Stadium. The BayBears also grabbed a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Southern League championship series, which will resume Saturday night at Smokies Park.

Ryan Wheeler led off the 11th with a single but it appeared as if he would be stranded after Rafael Dolis retired the next two batters. But Matt Davidson singled, moving Wheeler to second and Linton followed with a ground single to right.

Dolis, the fourth Smokies pitcher, allowed four hits in 1 23 innings. Brooks Raley started, allowing one hit while striking out five over six innings.

Tennessee, which hasnt scored in 15 innings, managed only six hits but also drew six walks. The Smokies were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Blake Lalli had a pair of doubles for Tennessee.

Bears still have much to prove after disappointing loss to Patriots

Bears still have much to prove after disappointing loss to Patriots


 Beating the, arguably, best coach and quarterback pairing in NFL history is a difficult enough task. Trying to do it while allowing two touchdowns on special teams? Good luck. 
 
The Bears will leave Soldier Field frustrated with their 38-31 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday for a number of reasons, but top of the list will be Cordarrelle Patterson’s 95-yard kickoff return score and a blocked Pat O’Donnell punt that was raced into the end zone by Kyle Van Noy. A special teams unit that had been solid all year — and forced a fumble on a Patterson kickoff return in the first quarter Sunday — suddenly became a disaster, allowing an uncharacteristically undisciplined Patriots side back into the game, and then ahead in it. 
 
Add in an inaccurate game from Mitch Trubisky — who completed 26 of 50 passes for 333 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions — and an uneventful afternoon for Khalil Mack and the pass rush, and the Bears had to scratch and claw to hang with New England. 
 
Interestingly, after all week hearing from Bears coaches and players about how they couldn’t let the Patriots take them out of their own game, it felt like Bill Belichick and Tom Brady did exactly that. Mack frequently dropped into coverage — but so did Leonard Floyd, so maybe it wasn’t all about Mack’s injured ankle. While Brady frequently got the ball out quick, when he didn’t he was rarely pressured. 
 
And on offense, Taylor Gabriel had the same number of targets (one) as offensive lineman Bradley Sowell until midway through the fourth quarter. Trubisky dazzled with his legs, covering over 70 yards on an eight-yard touchdown run and dancing his way to a 39-yard scramble that set up a touchdown in the third quarter. 
 
But Trubisky’s struggles were clear, with the second-year quarterback throwing two ill-advised passes that should’ve been picked off in the end zone and then underthrowing Anthony Miller in the fourth quarter, allowing Patriots safety Jonathan Jones to make a tremendous interception. New England drove 96 yards after that pick into the end zone, with Brady taking apart a defense that missed two tackles on a 55-yarder to Josh Gordon, extinguishing any hope the Bears had of a comeback.
 
While Trubisky did lead a scoring drive after Adrian Amos assisted Kyle Fuller for an interception, cutting the deficit to seven. And Trubisky nearly pulled off a miracle with a Hail Mary to Kevin White, which was completed just shy of the end zone. 
 
The loss dropped the Bears to 3-3 and heaps plenty of pressure on Matt Nagy’s side to win seemingly-winnable games in the next three weeks: At home against the New York Jets, on the road against the Buffalo Bills and at home against the Detroit Lions. But then again: When the Jets come to town next weekend, it’ll have been nearly a month since the Bears’ last win. How the Bears fare over these next three games will be a clear window into if this team is a legitimate contender or one that faded after a strong start. 

WATCH: Mitchell Trubisky runs like Michael Vick for 8-yard touchdown

WATCH: Mitchell Trubisky runs like Michael Vick for 8-yard touchdown

The New England Patriots defense wasn’t giving Mitchell Trubisky many options through the air, so he decided to take matters into his own hands at Soldier Field.

The young quarterback’s legs were the Bears’ most-effective weapon in the first quarter, as Trubisky led the team with 35 rushing yards on four carries in the opening period of play.

He capped it off with an eight-yard touchdown scramble that had him looking like Michael Vick on the field.

The Bears will need to have a more well-rounded offensive attack to keep up with teams like the Patriots, but Trubisky found what was working in the first quarter.

Perhaps most importantly, he’s been smart and safe with his running, opting to slide and go to the ground on his big plays to avoid any big hits.

His legs continue to make this offense more dynamic, to keep up with top-notch opponents like New England.