Tag: 2016

Bad News Bears game today

The Hounds are now 5-3 after losing to the Aviators by 20+? runs in only 4 innings. It was a rough one today as we couldn’t do much right. The highlight of the game was the Aviators catcher stealing both second and third base while up 11 runs, spiking Brent Schoenbach (#7, 3B) in the leg, but this did not prevent Schoenbach from making a diving play later in the contest, seemingly the only defensive highlight on this hot windless day at Winnemac.
When I was a kid we would play “running bases” where you had a runner in the middle and a fielder at each base, practicing run downs. My cousins from Boston called it “pickle.” Well, whatever you call it, the Aviators bested the Hounds in that game 4-0 today.
But have no fear, the Hounds have 5 games in a stretch of 5 days coming up, including a double header v. the Electrons on Sunday, so this is the time for the Hounds to bounce back and win a lot of games. Hope to see you there.
Upcoming games over the next week:
*5:50 PM*
*Red Sox*
*Winnemac Park*
*5:50 PM*
*Winnemac Park*
*9:30 AM*
*Maywood *
*12:15 PM*
*Winnemac Park*
*3:00 PM*
*Winnemac Park*

Hounds win 3-1 over Pirates

The Chicago Hounds defeated the Pirates 3-1 on a warm and sunny day at Winnemac Park this afternoon, before their largest contingent of fans this year. The fans–including family members of Matthew Steffens (#5, SS), Brent Schoenbach (#7, 3B), and Tony Correa (#13, C) all came to the bar at K’s after the game, even little Sylvia, who was all smiles after the Hounds’ win.
Rookie Alex Garcia (#32, P) had a complete game victory, defeating his former teammates and their coach Jeff Panadangagangalopololpolpolouse. Jeff would never pitch Garcia during his short tenure on the Pirates, which was the Hounds’ gain, as Garcia completely shut the Pirates down after allowing just 1 run in the first. Indeed, Garcia gave up 2 hits in the first, and then did not allow another Pirate hit for the rest of the 7-inning game. Garcia also comes from a long line of Hounds players from Dominican University, including Lucas McKinney, Robert Bavone, Alex Hernandez, and Adam Quinn.
The Hounds’ offense today was led by rookies Jacob Tedlund (#31, RF/CF) and Alexander Mora (#8, EH/RF). Tedlund reached on a fielder’s choice in the 2nd and reached second on a Pirate error, and Mora singled and drove in Tedlund. Joe Wietecha (#19, LF) singled and stole a base, Hans Hetrick (#18, DH) walked to load the bases, and then Correa reached on an error, scoring Mora. Tedlund also scored in the 3rd, reaching on a single, Mora walked, and Hetrick drove in Tedlund on a productive groundout.
Jeff P was thrown out by the ump arguing a ground rules call. On an errant Hounds throw to first, Correa–who lost 15 pounds in the offseason–sprinted down the line and saved the ball from going out of bounds with an impressive sliding stop. The ump originally gave the runner second base calling the ball out of play, but after a quick discussion reversed his call to the correct one, as Tony had made the save within our normal field of play. This drove the new league commissioner and manager of the Pirates mad, and he eventually was tossed from Winnemac.
The Hounds are now 5-2 and face the Aviators tomorrow morning at Winnemac at 9:30 am. The Aviators handed the Hounds their first loss of the year, so the Hounds look to exact revenge. See you there!

2016 season ends, we look forward to 2017

The Chicago Hounds lost to the Marlins 6-3 yesterday, and were swept in the best-of-three series. This means that the 2016 season is over, which is always a bummer, but it was a great year. We wish Keith Richardson the best as he is moving to Cleveland soon, but we hope he will make it back for a few games next year just like Vasont Miller did this year.
The Hounds look forward to the 2017 season and thank you for all of your support throughout this year’s campaign!

Hounds lose game 1 v. Marlins 4-3

The Chicago Hounds lost game 1 of the 3 game wild-card playoff series v. the Marlins at Southwest Park in Park Ridge today, by a score of 4-3. The Hounds were leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the final frame, but a base on balls and 3 infield errors led to a disappointing walk-off error win for the Marlins.
Tim Riggenbach (#8, P), the Hounds 2016 Cy Young candidate, was masterful on the mound, and he (and the Hounds) should have gotten the win. Until the last inning Riggenbach had only allowed 2 runs, and those were the only 2 earned Marlin runs of the game. Riggenbach struck out 5 fish and only walked 2 batters, giving up 5 hits.
The Hounds had 10 hits on the day, but only managed 3 runs, as they stranded runners in nearly every inning, striking out 6 times with runners on base. Keith Richardson (#17, 1B) had three hits on the day, including a double, and scored a run. TJ Rinaldi (#1, CF) was hit by a pitch on his elbow guard, and also scored. Kurt Kerrigan (#12, EH) singled and scored. Mike Marra (#15, LF) drove in 2 runs in the 6th with a single. Matthew Steffens (#5, SS) had three singles on the day, and drove in a run. Riggenbach also singled, and was robbed on a ball hit deep to right that dropped in fair territory, but was inexplicably called foul (despite the well-chalked SW Park field). Brent Schoenbach (#7, 3B) reached by a walk and Tony Correa (#13, 2B) singled.
The Hounds look to even the CMBA opening round series tomorrow morning at 10 am at Winnemac Park. As this is a best-of-three affair, the Hounds must win tomorrow to force game 3 on Tuesday at 5:30 pm at SW Park.

Cy Young / MVP

The votes are not unanimous, but they are pretty dang close, and with the votes we have, no one else could overcome as there are not enough votes left, so I move that we suspend the nominating rules, count the votes as counted, and I further move that the following are our CMBA nominees:
Cy Young–Tim Riggenbach MVP–Nolan Bielinski (for the second year in a row!)
Again, it was pretty close to unanimous on both counts.
Congrats to both!