Rohan's Hot Start Continues As Peoria Completes Sweep

Rohan's Hot Start Continues As Peoria Completes Sweep

Wednesday April 27, 2011
Posted: 9:49 p.m.
CUBSPeoria A
Greg Rohan continued his blistering hot start Wednesday evening in leading Peoria to a 7-2 victory at Clintons Alliant Energy Field. The victory was the fourth in a row for the Chiefs, marking their first four-game sweep in Clinton since 1998.

Rohan had a pair of homers and drove in three runs, marking the third time in four games that he ahs driven in three runs. His average climbed to .366 as his hitting streak reached four games. Rohan is 10-for-19 over that stretch. His 20 home runs are tops in the Midwest League and tie Rebel Ridling for most RBIs in franchise history for the month of April since Peorias affiliate change in 2005. Travis Hansen had 26 April RBIs in 2003.

Matt Szczur had three hits, extending his hitting streak to six games and pushing his average to .310. Robinson Lopez earned the victory after allowing a run in four innings of relief. He replaced Dallas Beeler, who retired all nine batters he faced after throwing only 30 pitches before leaving with an undisclosed injury.
Tennessee AA
Jorge Padillas RBI single capped a two-run ninth inning for Jacksonville Wednesday afternoon as it stunned visiting Tennessee, 2-1, at The Baseball Grounds.

David Cales had come on to start the ninth inning and allowed a leadoff single, a fielders choice and a walk before Jake Smolinski lined a run-scoring single to left, tying the score at 1-1. Cales intentionally walked Kyle Skipworth before Padilla lined a single to right to bring in the winning run.

Robert Whitenack started and went six innings in his Southern League debut after going 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in four starts for Daytona. He scattered three hits and struck out three without walking a batter after officially being up a level on Wednesday. Blake Parker pitched two shutout innings before Cales imploded.

Ridling went hitless, which dropped his average to .397 while Nate Samsons second-inning RBI single provided Tennessee with its run. The Whitenack promotion came a day after lefty Luke Sommer was released.

In other action, Daytona dropped an 8-6 decision to Tampa in 11 innings at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
WHITE SOXCharlotte AAA
Charlotte saw its losing streak stretch to six games Wednesday afternoon at Knights Stadium after ScrantonWilkes-Barre took the second game of a four-game set, 8-5. It marked the second time this season that the Knights, who opened the season with five consecutive victories, have lost six straight.

Freddy Dolsi 1-2 got hit hard early, allowing all eight runs in the first two innings. He recovered and lasted five innings but the early Yankees barrage proved to be too much. Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Danks each had a homer and two RBIs.
Winston-Salem A
Frederick had a big day on the base paths, stealing five bases, including a steal of home, Wednesday afternoon at BB&T Park to run by Winston-Salem, 4-2.

The Keys scored single runs in each of the first two innings before plating a pair in the sixth to take a 4-0 lead. One of the sixth-inning runs came via a Trent Mummey steal of home. Jose Martinez and Andy Wilkins each hit solo homers for the Dash. Hector Santiago 0-2 took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits over six innings. LHP Matt Wickswat was added to the roster from extended spring training and pitched a scoreless inning.
Birmingham AA
The Barons game at Huntsville was postponed because of weather and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 15 when Birmingham makes a return trip to Huntsville. RHP Johnnie Lowe was placed on the disabled list while RHP Henry Mabee was activated off the disabled list.
Kannapolis A
The Intimidators were rained out at Lexington Wednesday and will play a doubleheader on Thursday with the first of the two seven-inning games beginning at 5:05.

33 Days to Kickoff: Westmont

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33 Days to Kickoff: Westmont

CSNChicago.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 Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Westmont

Head coach: Dan Woulfe

Assistant Coaches:  Dan McCulloch, Mitch Balek, Joe Helton, Scott Helton, Ryan Cahill

How they fared in 2016: 1-8 (0-5 Interstate 8 Small Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th @ Lake View

September 1st vs Chicago Tech Academy Charter

September 8th @ Wilmington

September 15th vs Seneca

September 22nd @ Reed-Custer

September 29th vs Peotone

October 6th @ Lisle

October 13th @ Streator

October 20th vs Plano

Biggest storyline: Can the Sentinels improve upon it's 1-8 season a year ago?

Names to watch this season:  Senior OL/DL Dustin Samoulis Senior QB Brenton Baldwin

Biggest holes to fill: The Sentinels will look to reload upfront on both the offensive and defensive lines this summer. 

EDGY's Early Take: Westmont first year head coach Dan Woulfe, who takes over for Hall of Fame head coach Otto Zeman this fall will look to get the Sentinels back on the winning track. Westmont welcomes back 9 starters (4 offense 5 defense) and the biggest key will be finding new linemen to step up this fall.

Confident Blackhawks youth ready to take the next step

Confident Blackhawks youth ready to take the next step

Ryan Hartman likes how he feels approaching this season, his sophomore stint with the Blackhawks. Scoring 19 goals, earning the trust of the coaches and gaining a good deal of responsibility in your rookie season will do that for you.

“It’s feeling like I should be there,” he said on Friday. “Maybe sometimes when you first get called up, you’re like, ‘Wow, I’m here,’ and you’re still thinking about that. Now it’s just feeling like hockey for me and how it’s always supposed to be.”

More confidence is there for Hartman, as well as a few other young Blackhawks players who cut their teeth last year. That’s good, because those guys, having shown what they can do, will likely get more responsibility this season.

That includes Nick Schmaltz, who will either get first crack at the second-line left wing vacancy or help the Blackhawks at center, which he says is his preference “but I’m fine with wing, too.” Schmaltz struggled to start last season but following a few games in Rockford, he returned a more confident player. He played well with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik on the top line and filled in for Artem Anisimov later in the season.

“I was nervous coming in. I didn’t know if it was going to work and I gained confidence game by game and felt more comfortable,” he said. “I was making the plays I’m used to making.”

When Tanner Kero was recalled right before Christmas, it was because of Anisimov’s injury. But outside of a bye-week return to Rockford Kero turned that call-up into a full-time gig, giving the Blackhawks another bottom-six center option and earning himself a two-year contract. With Marcus Kruger and Dennis Rasmussen no longer here, Kero is expected to have that third- or fourth-line center role; thanks to experience gained last season, Kero’s more comfortable now.

“It was great,” he said. “Going in, you’re not sure. It’s day-to-day to start and you just want to prove yourself and get those opportunities, get trust and more ice time. As the season went on I got more confident, trusted my game more. Going into the season I’m going in with a lot more confidence.”

John Hayden felt fairly comfortable when he joined the Blackhawks last spring thanks to his senior season at Yale – “I needed that fourth year as a player and a person,” he said. Still, getting in some NHL games, getting a feel for the pro level and gaining familiarity with the Blackhawks will benefit him in September.

“It’s important considering it’s my first training camp and I’ll know a lot of the guys, which helps a ton. From an on-ice standpoint, I have that experience,” he said. “I’ve spent a ton of time addressing areas in need of improvement all in all I’m excited for training camp.”

But Hartman and others don’t see it as weight on their shoulders.

“I don’t think there’s pressure,” Hartman said. “When you look back you want to see improvements every year, you want to see yourself becoming a better hockey player. That’s something I want to do, I want to be able to look back and say I had a good career my first year but each year I got progressively better. That’s where my mindset is at.”

There’s more opportunity for the young players but Hayden says that’s true of everyone.

“I don’t really analyze opportunity. Regardless of the team, it’s going to be competitive,” he said. “Every summer you have to have a hard-working mindset and do what you can to show up in the fall in the best shape of your life.”

The Blackhawks’ young players have all set the bar at a certain level and will be expected to improve. It takes confidence to take that next step. Thanks to experience gained last season, they’re feeling good about taking it.