By Tom Robinson Special to The Detroit News Published 1:09 p.m. UTC Aug 22, 2018 South Williamsport, Pa. — Figuring the best pitchers had already been used in the first two games, Matt Kurnet, who manages the Midwest Region champion Grandview team from Des Moines, Iowa, took his coin-flip victory and jumped at the chance to bat first in Monday’s elimination game at the Little League World Series. “Tails never fails,” Kurnet said. Kurnet got his three-run top of the first inning, but his team is done and Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores plays on because of the way it has taken advantage of the chance to bat last. Very little has separated teams, particularly those in the U.S. Division, at this year’s series. Woods-Shores and Peachtree City, Ga., the teams that will meet Wednesday at 3 p.m. in a game that was rained out Tuesday, know just how close the games have been and just how close they are to being one of the teams on its way home. When … [Read more...] about Buoyant Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores team has Georgia on its mind in Little League World Series
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Tommy Birch Des Moines Register Published 5:42 p.m. UTC Aug 21, 2018 The Iowa Cubs will play their final game of the season on Sept. 3. But the game won't be the last for some Iowa players. Big-league rosters expand in September, meaning the Chicago Cubs will likely come calling for some of Iowa's players. Here's a look at some players on Iowa's roster that could be headed up to the majors in September. Luke Farrell, pitcher The reason why: Farrell has already been up in Chicago for four different stints this season. He not only provides big-league experience, but versatility since he can pitch in the bullpen and be stretched out as a starter if needed. While he’s struggled at times in Chicago, Farrell has had some success and, at the very least, can eat up innings when the Cubs need it. Chris Gimenez, catcher The reason why: Gimenez wasn’t a popular pick by Cubs fans when he was first brought up earlier in the season. But the Cubs like his … [Read more...] about Which Iowa Cubs could be headed to Chicago in September?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Sports Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJames Wagner Aug. 19, 2018 WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — In Section I of BB&T Ballpark here on Sunday night, Logan Castellano had the rare opportunity to sit next to a major league pitcher. So he took advantage and asked Steven Matz, a Mets starting pitcher, for tips on throwing a changeup. “He asked me how I gripped the ball and how I threw it,” said Castellano, 13, an outfielder and pitcher for the Mid-Island Little League team from Staten Island. “It was exciting, because I’d never done that before.” For a few innings during Major League Baseball’s second annual Little League Classic, in which the Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-2, four Mets starting pitchers — Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Matz — jammed their large … [Read more...] about Baseball Reaches Out to the Next Generation on Their Own Turf
By Tom Robinson Special to The Detroit News Published 10:24 p.m. UTC Aug 18, 2018 South Williamsport, Pa. — Every time Coeur d’Alene tried to pull away further in Friday night’s Little League Baseball World Series first-round game, Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores third baseman Jarren Purify pulled it back in. On a night when Purify’s highly touted offensive abilities were held largely in check, he used his fielding skills to keep Woods-Shores within range and set the stage for a comeback that kept the Great Lakes Region champions in the U.S. winners’ bracket. As losing manager Sean Cherry predicted in the postgame press conference, the best of Purify’s efforts in the dramatic 5-4 victory wound up in the ESPN "SportsCenter" Top 10 plays of the night at No. 2. The television clip showed off the athleticism that makes Purify one of the most exciting players to watch in Williamsport. The timing, however, is what … [Read more...] about ‘Kid is legit’: Purify’s defensive gems save Grosse Pointe
Jeff Johnson The Gazette Walk, don’t run: Cedar Rapids Kernels shut out by Quad Cities despite a ton of free passes Regina’s 7th-inning rally comes up just shy in Class 2A state title game Cedar Rapids Washington rallies for 4 runs in 7th to stun Valley and get to 4A state title game Another quality start, another win for Cedar Rapids Kernels Regina, Cascade, Monticello dominate all-River Valley Conference baseball elite team All articles by Jeff CEDAR RAPIDS — Luke Ira was bigger and stronger this baseball season, and the result was eye-popping power. The Solon senior hit 19 home runs to break the school record, lead the state and cap a wonderful five-year varsity career. An infielder and pitcher, Ira has been named captain of the Iowa Print Sportswriter Association’s Class 3A all-state team. Only Derrick Loveless and Scott Shulista … [Read more...] about All-state baseball 2018: Solon’s Luke Ira captain of Class 3A team