On The Farm: Great Falls Fires Blanke At Orem

On The Farm: Great Falls Fires Blanke At Orem

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010
Posted: 8:45 a.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
WHITE SOXGreat Falls Rookie
Michael Blankes RBI double in the 10th inning gave Great Falls a 3-2 victory over visiting Orem on Wednesday night. Michael Earley had led the inning off with a single and came around to score on Blankes shot to left.

Blanke, a 14th-round pick out of the University of Tampa in the June draft, extended his hitting streak to 10 games with the double. Hes batting .364 16-for-44 during the streak with eight RBIs. Andy Wilkins, a fifth=round pick out of Arkansas, also had a hit, extending his streak to 12 games, during which he is hitting .353 18-for-51.

Orem had tied the score at 2-2 after the Voyagers went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth. Rene Garcia won for his second consecutive appearance to improve to 2-0.
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Elliot Sotos RBI single in the top of the ninth was the difference as Boise squealed by Tri-City, 7-6.

Peirre LePage reached on an error to lead off the inning by reaching on an error. He then stole second and came around to score on Sotos single. LePage finished with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Jordan Latham picked up his first win of the year with a scoreless eighth while Steven Grife earned his first save by matching the feat in the ninth.
In other action, Scott Thormans homer in the bottom of the 10th was only Omahas fourth hit but it was the biggest as the Royals edged visiting Iowa, 1-0. The I-Cubs managed 10 hits but couldnt push across any runs against a trio of Omaha pitchers. Mitch Atkins, who was one of one of five Iowa pitchers, started and went six innings. Jeff Stevens 0-2 took the loss.

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

Marist 2018 DT Elijah Teague pledges to Minnesota


Marist 2018 DT Elijah Teague pledges to Minnesota

Chicago Marist three star ranked defensive tackle Elijah Teague (6-foot-3, 292 pounds) made his first visit to the University of Minnesota this weekend and earlier this evening gave head coach PJ Fleck and the Gophers his early verbal commitment.

"I'm excited, or as Coach Fleck would say, I'm elite," he told Rivals.com's The Gopher Report. "(The coaches) were excited themselves. They really wanted me, so they were excited -- more excited than me I believe."

Teague has seen his recruiting stock soar over the past few months. Teague, who is the first known State of Illinois verbal pledge to Fleck and the Gophers in the Class of 2018 and the fourth Minnesota pledge overall chose Minnesota over 30 plus verbal offers from Power 5 schools from across the country.

"Everything made it the right place," he said. "Just looking at (Fleck's) background and what he did at Western Michigan, I think he can do the same thing (at Minnesota). I'm excited to be a part of it."

Blown out by Iowa, Maryland stumbles to third straight loss


Blown out by Iowa, Maryland stumbles to third straight loss

It's been a tough week for the teams at the top of the Big Ten standings.

Maryland and Wisconsin both lost earlier this week, and Purdue lost on Saturday afternoon. Saturday night, the horrors continued for the Terps, who suffered their third straight defeat in a blowout 83-69 loss to the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes in College Park.

Maryland's last lead came near the midway point of the first half before Iowa sprinted away on a 22-10 run to build a double-digit lead, an advantage that grew as big as 22 in the final minutes. All in all, the Hawkeyes knocked down 16 3-pointers. The Terps weren't too far behind with 11 deep balls of their own, but they shot just 40.7 percent in the second half, unable to keep up.

The high-scoring Hawkeyes were powered by freshman Jordan Bohannon, who scored 24 points on a whopping eight made 3-pointers. Fellow freshman Tyler Cook joined him with a 20-point night, finishing with 21 points, while Peter Jok and Nicholas Baer each ended with 11.

Iowa, not completely out of the NCAA tournament realm of possibility, helped its shaky case greatly with this victory.

Maryland, meanwhile, is a lock to make the field of 68 teams, but much like the other presumed conference powers, its struggles are hitting at the most inopportune time.

The Terps have lost five of their last seven and three of their last four at home. Back-to-back home losses this week against Minnesota and Iowa have featured big days for opposing offenses. Prior to the Hawkeyes' performance Saturday, the Golden Gophers dropped 89 points on 50-percent shooting.

The woes of Maryland — plus those of Purdue and Wisconsin — set up not just an interesting final week of the regular season but an interesting Big Ten Tournament that could feature a dark horse like Minnesota entering as the favorite. A surging team like Michigan might be more capable of making a deep run than the top three seeds given their recent struggles.

The Terps will have as good a chance as any to make noise in that tournament and the one that follows throughout the month of March. Winnable games against Rutgers and Michigan State remain, but they're on a bad stretch right now, one that should only elevate the panic after Saturday's defeat.