Update from the Diamond

Tanner Rowe

Baseball

The Black Hawk men’s baseball team is off to a hot start this season, having won nine of their first eleven contests. They will face McHenry County College for a double header this Sunday, while riding a five-game winning streak.

The Braves had the chance to showcase their talent out east, as they started their season by making a trip to Myrtle Beach South Carolina, where they took four out of six games.

Coach Chavera’s team has had the perfect balance of offense and pitching so far on the early season. Offensively the Braves are averaging just a bit more than seven runs per game. Guys like sophomore Anthony Smith, and freshman Pedro Alfonseca both have their averages sitting at over .400 from the dish to start the year.

Sophomore infielder Gama Martinez, has also been productive with the bat, leading the team with 12-RBI and 2 homeruns. The teams on base percentage is a whopping .435, while the team batting average is not much worse at .307.

The pitching staff is carrying their weight as well, combining for a team ERA of just 1.75 to this point. The ace of the staff so far has been Zach Erdman, a sophomore righty from St. Laurence, Illinois. Erdman has allowed just 2 earned runs during 17 innings of work. He has also thrown two complete games, as his record sits at 3-0.

Freshman flamethrower Devin Wessels has struck out 18 batters in just 11 innings of work. Wessels was one of the hardest throwing high school pitchers in the state of Illinois last season for United Township High School.

The Braves were scheduled to host Oakton Community College for two games on March 26th, but that meeting was canceled. A makeup date has yet to be determined.

Softball

The softball team is not off to quite the same start as the Black Hawk baseball team, as they have struggled out of the gate winning just one of their first eight games.

The lady Braves were not able to salvage a victory until their seventh game of the season, which was the first game of double header in which they split with Augustana College.

Freshmen pitcher/infielder Abby Young has been asked to do a lot of work so far, this season. While she is off to a hot start at the dish, hitting .421 so far, it has not necessarily translated to the mound. Young has allowed 37 runs in just 22 innings of work, which leaves her ERA 6.68. The pitching staff seems to be shorthanded, as the only other person to pitch has been Caylla Townsley, and she too has an ERA greater than 5 to start the year.

A slow start may not have been unpredictable for this group that has nine freshmen and only one sophomore listed in the stat book all season long. A learning curve is inevitable for all those freshmen as they are looking to become accustomed to playing at the next level.

Basketball Live Stream

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With the busy schedule’s of college students, it sometimes makes it hard for them to go and support the schools athletic programs throughout the week. For those of you that can’t catch the games in person, but still want to see the action, are in luck.

Black Hawk College now offers a live stream for all men’s and women’s home basketball games on a YouTube channel titled “BHC Athletics”. You can catch the games while they happen, or go back and watch them later.

This feature will not only benefit fans, but players who have aspirations to transfer and play at bigger colleges. Assistant men’s basketball coach, Keith Sutton, had this to say about the games being live streamed,”I think this is great for our guys. I wish there would have been a way for every game to be put online back when I was playing. It really changes the whole landscape of recruiting.”

Hopefully other programs at Black Hawk will follow suit, and start live streaming games to gauge more interest from fans, and to also give more national exposure to the athletes.

Cub’s looking to “Embrace The Target” in 2016

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“Embrace the target” is the message that Cubs second year Manager, Joe Maddon, is trying to get through to his guys after they got a big taste of success in 2015.

It was a long and grueling process for the organization and its fans, after many years of watching their beloved Cubs almost lose on purpose in order to rebuild. Some people are saying the Cubs arrived a year or two earlier than expected considering all the success of the highly touted prospects brought in by team President, Theo Epstein, and General Manager, Jed Hoyer.

For many young ball players, the jump from the minors to the pros is no easy transition, but the five rookies on last years roster made a major impact in the Cubbies run to the National League Championship series.  Continue reading “Cub’s looking to “Embrace The Target” in 2016”

All about staying positive for Lady Braves

Let’s be honest, the season hasn’t exactly gone the way the Lady Braves would have of hoped prior to the start of the season.

With only four games remaining in the regular season, the program is currently 6-15 overall and 1-7 in conference play. Despite the losing record, the team remains confident they can finish the season strong just in time for the playoffs. Continue reading “All about staying positive for Lady Braves”

Mallards’ downward spiral across the ice

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The Quad City Mallards have been on a downward slope since the beginning of December. There have been 21 games played between December 6 and January 31, and only seven victories.   Of those 14 losses, eight have been decided by more than one goal. The most substantial loss for the Mallards came on January 17 against the Kalamazoo Wings; the final score was 7-2. Continue reading “Mallards’ downward spiral across the ice”

T Time: Approaching march madness

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This season of college basketball has had a lot to offer, such as the usual upsets, exciting players,and pleasant surprises. A strong indication of just how this season is playing out, is the fact that the defending National Champion Duke Blue Devils have fallen out of the top 25. Then you have more of a football school in Oklahoma, being lead by arguably the nation’s best player, Buddy Hield, holding down the number one spot in the country. Continue reading “T Time: Approaching march madness”

Braves searching for consistency

After starting off the season 2-0, the Black Hawk men’s basketball team went on to lose eight out of their next ten games, giving them a 4-8 record to begin the year. Now for most teams, a start like this would almost be a sign of a lost season, but coach Bizarri and his guys were able to keep their composure and win seven of their next eight games, giving them a winning record to begin 2016. Continue reading “Braves searching for consistency”