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Hounds split first weekend of 2016

The Chicago Hounds split the first weekend games of the 2016 CMBA campaign, defeating the Red Sox 5-2 at Winnemac Park on Saturday, and then losing 4-3 to the Vikings at Taft High School on Sunday.
*Hounds Defeat Red Sox*
The Hounds had a strange and rare 2-pitcher 2-runs allowed no hitter against the Red Sox on Saturday at a windy and cold Winnemac Park. Brian Hearns (#30, P, 1-0) and Tim Riggenbach (#8, DH/P, 1 Save) combined for 7 innings of no hit ball. Hearns started and made it through 4 innings in between coaching 2 high school games of his own (they had a morning game, he dropped by to pitch, then went on to coach an evening game). Hearns only faced 14 batters, 2 over the minimus–1 reached by error (on a tough error for second baseman Joe Wietecha [see YTECHA 19 on his license plate] who made a beautiful diving stop to his left on the very first play of the game, but then unfortunately threw the ball away) and the other batter reached on Hearns’ only walk of the game. Riggenbach then took over and had 2 stellar innings (5th and 7th), but had a tough 6th where he loaded the bases with walks and hit-by-pitches, let a run in on a walk, and then a runner scored on a fielder’s choice/error. Riggenbach struck out 5 in his 3 innings of work, also allowing no hits, and earning the 3-inning save.
One of the batters that Riggenbach plunked was the final cut of the season from the Hounds, Derrek Krouse. Manager Matthew Steffens (#5, SS) had cut him late in the pre-season, but recommended that he tryout for the Red Sox, feeling he was good enough for the league, but felt the Hounds just didn’t have a spot for him. Riggenbach welcomed Derrek to the Chicago Metropolitan Baseball Association by nailing him in the back on the very first pitch he faced. (Not on purpose.)
The Hounds scored 5 runs in the game, with newcomer Garrett Eddy (#22, RF) scoring in the first inning after reaching on an error. Brent Schoenbach (#7, 3B) “drove” in the run by also reaching by error (since it was after 2 outs, no scored RBI). In the 3rd inning Steffens drew a walk, went to second on a single by Eddy, stole third, and then scored on a sacrifice fly RBI by Wietecha. The Hounds scored 3 runs in the 4th as Max Kiefer (#21, LF) reached on a fielder’s choice (after a single by Tony Correa (#13, C), rookie Stephen Correa Jr. (#20, 1B, no relation to Tony, but both are NOT doctors) then singled, and Riggenbach tripled to right, driving in 2. Steffens then singled (according to the book, but I thought I reached by error), driving in Riggenbach.
After the scare in the 6th when the bases were loaded and the Red Sox scored 2, Riggenbach settled down in the 7th handling things all by himself, with a strikeout, 1-3, and 2-1. Again, according to the book, but that seems weird. Maybe it was a 2-3? In any event, Hounds win the opening game!
McDonald’s count = Matthew Steffens = 0; Marcia Steffens = 1
*Hounds Drop Game in Seventh to Vikin**gs*
The Hounds had hoped to start 2-0, but it would not come to pass on a beautiful mother’s day at Taft High School. Manager Matthew Steffens’ mom had attended the cold game on Saturday, but missed the warm one on Sunday, no other mom’s were in attendance at either contest (as far as I can remember), although there were some wives and girlfriends in attendance at both.
Matt Burch pitched a complete game v. the Vikings, taking a hard luck loss. Burch struck out 5, walked 4, gave up 7 hits (only 1 of the extra base variety, a double), and 2 runners reached by error. The Vikings took a 1-run lead in the 3rd, added a run in the second, but then the Hounds took a 1-run lead by scoring 3 in the 5th off a series of Viking errors. Keith Richardson (#17, 1B) singled, Joe Wietecha (#19, 3B) followed with a single, and then Max Kiefer (#21, LF), Kyle Hanson (#2, 2B), and Matthew Steffens (#5, SS) all reached by errors, scoring 3 to take the lead.
The Hounds added a run in the 7th as Kiefer led off with a double, and Steffens singled him home, and the Hounds went into the bottom of the 7th with a 1 run lead (the Vikings had scored an unearned run in the 6th). Unfortunately the Hounds could not hold the lead as the Vikings took advantage of a slightly gassed Burch (the Hounds probably needed a closer at this game) and the Vikings scored 2 to win the game with a walkoff single.
McDonald’s count = still 0.
Overall, a good weekend start and the Hounds regulars and rookies all contributed. TJ Rinaldi (#1, CF) tracked down everything in center (which was not easy on the windy Saturday game) and Nolan Bielinski (#4, EH/C) got off the early snide in game 2 and overcame his arm injury to catch). Wietecha really flashed the leather in both games. Lots of positives.
The Hounds play the Vikings again next Saturday (9:30 am at Taft) and then play the Orioles at Winnemac on Sunday (12:15 start), hope to see you there!

Hounds suffer rainout / 2016 Schedule attached

The Chicago Hounds were supposed to take the field today at Southwest Park in Park Ridge to face the mighty Marlins for Opening Day of the 2016 CMBA campaign, but the rain gods would not have it, and tonight’s game was cancelled due to flooding.
The Hounds schedule is attached, I will update you all on the rescheduled Marlins game once it is posted.
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Hope you all are well and happy 2016 baseball season!

Hounds win, clinch playoff spot

The Hounds crushed the Rangers tonight behind a complete game win of Jeremy Schmitz, and the Marlins beat the Vikings, so the Hounds have made the playoffs as the sixth and final seed!
The Hounds play the Aviators this weekend in the first round of the playoffs:
*#*
*Date*
*Day*
*Time*
*Opponent*
*H/V*
*Field*
*R1 G1*
*8/1/2015*
*Saturday*
*1:00 PM*
*Aviators*
*V*
*Winnemac*
*R1 G2*
*8/2/2015*
*Sunday*
*12:00 PM*
*Aviators*
*H*
*Winnemac*
*R1 G3*
*8/5/2015*
*Wednesday*
*5:30 PM*
*Aviators*
*V*
*Winnemac*
See you there!

Hounds need to win

The Chicago Hounds lost 5-4 in 10 innings v. the league-leading Marlins yesterday, and then lost 15-6 tonight v. the playoff bound Browns. The score was 4-4 after 4 innings tonight, but then the Browns took over–despite home runs from both Keith Richardson (#17, 1B/SS) and T.J. Rinaldi (#1, CF).
The Hounds are now 12-14-1, and still in 6th place in the CMBA with 25 points, but could be overtaken by the Vikings, Yankees, or Red Sox, who all have potential for more total points as they have more games to play.
The Hounds play the cellar dwelling Rangers the final 3 games of the season–a doubleheader on Saturday and the final game next Tuesday. If they win all 3 games, the Hounds still have the potential to get a playoff spot with 31 points, but it will require the Vikings to have no more than 15 wins (31 points as well, but the Hounds have the tiebreaker), the Yankees to have a max of 15 wins (30 points), and the Red Sox to have a max of 15/30 as well. The Aviators and Orioles do not yet have 30 points either, but with 8 and 6 games remaining, they are unlikely to lose out.
Not impossible, but not necessarily easy either. The Hounds will rest up, try to heal some injuries over the next 4 days, and then look to sweep the doubleheader v. the Rangers at Winnemac on Saturday.

Hounds have won 8 of last 10

The Hounds scuffled today, dropping their first game since June 21. The Aviators beat the overmatched Hounds 14-2 in only 5 innings at a beautiful Winnemac Park.
Brian Hearns (#30, P) drove back early from a family trip only to find just 8 Hounds at the field, no subs, and many regulars were out or injured. Hearns probably was sorry he made the drive, but at least he helped prevent a forfeit, which has not been an issue at all with the Hounds this season–this was a rare game without 11 in the game and a couple subs on the bench.
Only Kyle Hanson (#2, 2B) and Matthew Steffens (#5, SS) were able to score in the game, and Tony Correa (#13, 3B) led the team in getting on base, as he reached by an error and walked in his 2 plate appearances (the Hounds only batted 9 today, and 8 of them only got to the plate 2 times). The Hounds faced a tough pitcher with a good fastball and a slider that was pretty fast as well, and the Hounds batters struck out for 7 of their 15 outs. The umpire was rough today–the zone was really wide, but we cannot blame him, we just got beat.
So today was a rough one, but we will move on and look forward to starting a new win streak with just 7 games left in the 2015 regular season. Playoff spots are not yet determined, and the Hounds will need to keep winning to make it.
Schedule for the remainder of the season:
*#*
*Date*
*Day*
*Time*
*Opponent (Hounds v.)*
*H/V*
*Field*
*24*
*7/14/2015*
*Tuesday*
*5:50 PM*
*Orioles (1-1)*
*V*
*Ridgewood HS*
*25*
*7/15/2015*
*Wednesday*
*5:50 PM*
*Pirates (2-0)*
*H*
*Winnemac*
*26*
*7/19/2015*
*Sunday*
*10:00 AM*
*Marlins (0-2)*
*V*
*Southwest*
*27*
*7/20/2015*
*Monday*
*6:15 PM*
*Browns (1-1)*
*V*
*Columbus Park*
*28*
*7/25/2015*
*Saturday*
*12:15 PM*
*Rangers*
*H*
*Winnemac*
*29*
*7/25/2015*
*Saturday*
*3:00 PM*
*Rangers*
*V*
*Winnemac*
*30*
*7/28/2015*
*Tuesday*
*5:50 PM*
*Rangers*
*H*
*Winnemac*