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Smith Powers Great Falls In Pioneer Championship Series Opener

Smith Powers Great Falls In Pioneer Championship Series Opener

Tuesday Sept. 13, 2011
Posted: 11:25 p.m.

WHITE SOXGreat Falls Rookie
Kevan Smith was the hottest player in the Pioneer League before a sore wrist sidelined him as the regular season drew to a close. There was some question as to how effective the catcher from Pittsburgh would be once the post-season began but Smith has been answering those questions with ease and Tuesday night was just the latest example.

Smith had a monstrous night as Great Falls squirted by Ogden in the opening game of the Pioneer League finals, 9-7, at Lindquist Field. The series shifts to Centene Stadium on Thursday for Game Two and, if necessary, Game Three on Friday.

If Smith has another night like the one he had Tuesday then the Voyagers will make short work of the Raptors. Smith had four hits, including a homer, and four RBIs. His RBI single in the seventh snapped what had been a 7-7 tie. Smith also had a three-run homer in the fourth and finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Marty Medina hit the second of his two solo homers in the eighth to pad the Voyager lead. Mike Earley had a homer and drove in two as well.

Stew Brase picked up the win despite allowing a pair of runs on four hits over three innings of relief. Scott Snodgress started and allowed five runs on seven hits over three innings. The Voyagers have Pioneer League pitcher of the year Blair Walters 9-0 starting Game Two. Walters pitched 5 23 innings of shutout ball in defeating Missoula in the opening round.

Cubs reportedly demote Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A Iowa, will call up Rowan Wick

Cubs reportedly demote Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A Iowa, will call up Rowan Wick

Carl Edward Jr.'s return to Chicago didn't last long. 

Three days -- and one appearance -- after being called up from Triple-A, Edwards is reportedly headed back to Iowa: 

His lone appearance over the weekend came in the last inning of Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Padres, facing four batters before getting the last out. He allowed one earned run on one hit, but both walked and hit a batter; the two runners he inherited would score as well.

It's been a rough season for righty, who's spent much of the year on the IL or in Iowa. Back in early June, he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left thoracic strain. When healthy, he's pitched 15.1 innings to the tune of a 5.87 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. 

Up in his place is Rowan Wick, who himself has seen time in both Chicago and Iowa this season. Wick's latest stretch in Triple-A has been lights out: 

39 Days to Kickoff: Providence

39 Days to Kickoff: Providence

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: Providence Catholic

Head coach: Mark Coglianese

Assistant coaches: Mike Hryn (D-Coordinator), Matt Hunniford O-Coordinator)

How they fared in 2018: 5-5 (1-3 CCL Blue Conference). Providence made the Class 6A state playoff field and lost to Washington in first round action.
 
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Willowbrook
Sept. 6 vs Morgan Park
Sept. 13 @ Brother Rice
Sept. 20 vs Niles Notre Dame
Sept. 27 vs Carmel
Oct. 4 vs St. Rita
Oct. 11 @ DePaul Prep
Oct. 18 vs St Laurence
Oct. 25 @ Montini Catholic

[MORE: 68 Days to Kickoff - St. Laurence] 

Biggest storyline: Feeling green. How will the Celtics fare in the new CCL/ESCC Green conference in 2019?

Names to watch this season: OL Jake Renfro (Senior, Cincinnati) and TE Jameson Geers (Junior)

Biggest holes to fill: The Celtics played several underclassmen in 2018 and welcome back 16 starters (nine offense, seven defense); that said, overall numbers and depth can always be better.
 
EDGY's Early Take: The Celtics suffered through various injuries last season and found themselves playing several underclassmen. Coule that pay off come August? Look for the Celtics to challenge for the CCL/ESCC Green title. Keep an eye on the Providence offense, which features four starters on the offensive line. The overall group is stacked in the skills department and they boast an experienced backfield. The opener against Willowbrook should be one of the more-interesting games in the state, as Willowbrook is coming off a 7A quarterfinal appearance.