Baseball in Dickson County: 10 players to watch – The Tennessean


Here are 10 players to watch for in Dickson County baseball this season.

Hunter Crosby, Dickson Co. The senior right handed pitcher is signed to play for Murray State and commands a fastball that reaches 90 mph.

Allen Miller, Creek Wood. The senior scored 15 runs last season and will play shortstop.

Travis Potter, Dickson Co. The all-district catcher hit .351 last year and scored 23 runs.

Garrett Dolinich, Creek Wood. The senior right-handed pitcher finished with a team-best 1.96 earned run average.

Michael Cunningham, Dickson Co. The right-handed pitcher struck out 31 batters in 40 innings last season.

Luke Hinson, Creek Wood. The second baseman is a two-year starter who hit .270 with 14 RBIs and stole 11 bases last season.

Jordan Waynick, Dickson Co. The senior second baseman stole 15 of 17 bases last season while hitting .275.

Kendell Lyles, Creek Wood. The senior outfielder stole three bases and had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage last season.

Colton Thompson, Dickson Co. The junior shortstop has started in every game for the Cougars since his freshman season. He hit .221 and went 2-0 over 22 1/3 innings pitched last season.

Luke Street, Creek Wood. The senior is a three-year starting catcher who gunned down 31 base stealers last season.

 

Reach Andrew Preston at APreston@tennessean.com or 615-259-8015 and on Twitter @AndrewPreston33



Baseball Player Caught Beating Girlfriend On Stadium Surveillance – TMZ


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A professional baseball team in Pennsylvania has cut outfielder Danry Vasquez after a 2016 video surfaced showing him beating the hell out of his girlfriend IN A STADIUM. 

Vasquez was arrested for domestic violence in Texas back in August 2016 — and despite the fact officials had the video showing him backhanding the woman in the face and continuing to beat her while dragging her down a stairwell … he basically got off with a slap on the wrist. 

FYI, at the time of the incident, Vasquez was playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks — the AA minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros.  The team released him days after the incident. 

Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez tells TMZ Sports the victim did NOT want to cooperate with prosecutors and wanted the case dropped. 

Prosecutors WANTED to press but felt it was an uphill battle with the victim not wanting to press charges. Ultimately, Vasquez was ordered to complete anger management courses … and that’s basically it. 

Gonzalez says Vasquez has now completed the terms of his probation and the case was formally dismissed on March 6th.  

“At that point, probation checked with us, and he had done everything we asked him to do so I was forced to dismiss the case,” said Gonzalez told KRIS 6 News

Vasquez went on to sign a contract with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. They have now released Vasquez in the wake of the video being released … saying, “Upon being made aware of the nature of the incident, the Barnstormers made a prompt decision to cut ties with the 24-year old.”

Manager Ross Peeples added, “There is no choice but to sever the relationship. Neither I, nor the Barnstormers’ organization as a whole, can condone or associate with that behavior.”

The Atlantic League of Pro Baseball is not affiliated with MLB — but very high-profile players have competed in the league including Rickey Henderson and Roger Clemens



Fantasy baseball 'do not draft' list – ESPN (blog)


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Los Angeles Angels pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani is clearly quite adept at both throwing and hitting a baseball, though to what degree among the highest competition remains somewhat of a mystery. Because he is so new to the major leagues, he has created unique, and unfortunately unreasonable, expectations. The result in the fantasy baseball world is this: As exciting and intriguing as this new situation is, Ohtani is more likely to disappoint than to earn the excessive value expected of him in ESPN average live drafts. Hey, this works for me, as I will be able to watch Ohtani perform sans the added pressure of being desperate for groundbreaking statistics on a fantasy roster.

Context is always critical when calling any player worth more or less than perceived value, and that is important in an annual article like this with such an oft-misunderstood and grand proclamation of avoidance. This is about numbers and value. ESPN Fantasy projects Ohtani to win 10 games and strike out 148 hitters over his 140 innings, with a modest 3.41 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. At the plate, Ohtani projects for eight home runs and a .236 batting average. Not quite the numbers so many expect, but ultimately there is a value to them. The problem is I perceive those projections to be realistic, and they would not result in warranting close to an eighth-round choice this season, which is his current ADP.

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Welcome to the latest edition of the “Do Not Draft” list, which aims to take into account proper value in comparison with expectations in order to provide a list of players I will be avoiding. Ohtani, 23, dominated in Japan on the mound, at the plate and obviously in the hearts of so many, and it is not the least bit surprising that so many fantasy managers are eager to secure someone with so much promise to their rosters. However, a 3.41 ERA is not what many deem ultimate promise, and that goes for eight home runs as well. There is major upside for Ohtani to be a transcendent star in the United States … but we are probably not at that point yet in 2018, and that is really the point of his inclusion on this list.



Silver baseball team wins Indian Baseball Invitational with victory over Robertson in the final – Silver City Sun-News


Danny Udero, Silver City Sun-News Sports Editor
Published 11:16 a.m. MT March 12, 2018

 

BAYARD — The Silver High baseball team hung strong in the final two games of the Indian Baseball Invitational and wound up winning the championship Saturday evening. The Fighting Colts downed Jefferson High in the semifinals and then beat Robertson High in the championship.

“I’m really, really proud of our kids,” head coach Claudie Thompson said. “WE have a lot of kids we pulled up from junior varsity and they held their own. Now, we will get a few kids back from basketball and our competition for playing time will increase. But, that’s a good thing as it makes us better and our kids will have to understand their role to compete.”

Thompson credits the practices held that helped his squad against the close games faced between Jefferson and Robertson. He said it helped them get mentally tougher to withstand games of that nature.

“Those things win close games,” Thompson said. 

Against Robertson in the final, Silver took a lead and then held on for a 7-5 victory. Austin Larm was brilliant on the mound as he went the distance, giving up nine hits, while striking out 12 and walking four. 

Silver started off the first with a three-run rally. The Colts would add a single run in the top of the third before Robertson would get on the scoreboard with two runs in the bottom of the inning. 

The Cardinals would make it interesting as they scored a single run in the bottom of the fourth to pull within one. Things would remain that way until the last at-bats. Silver scored another three runs in the top of the seventh and Robertson would answer with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning.

 

Five Silver hitters had two hits. Sebastian Rivera led the way, going 2-for-4, with two doubles. Austin Larm was 2-for-2, with a double and three RBIs. He also had two walks. Adrian Saucedo went 2-for-3, with an RBI and a walk, while Anthony Montoya was 2-for-4. Ean Rueda also went 2-for-4, with an RBI. Alex Granado was 1-for-3.

To get to the championship game, Silver had to come from behind to beat Jefferson. The Colts were the home team and were tied at 1-apiece after the first inning of play. Both teams scored single runs in the fourth inning and the score remained tied at 2-all. The Foxes would add a single run in the top of the fifth, but the Colts countered with four runs to gain a 6-3 lead. The top of the sixth would see Jefferson rally for four runs to take the 7-6 lead. But, Silver would counter with three in the bottom of the sixth for the 9-7 lead and the game was called because of the time limit. 

Granado and Saucedo went three innings apiece. Granado gave up one run on four hits. He struck out three, while walking two batters. Saucedo gave up six runs on 10 hits. He walked one and struck out three.

“Overall, I am proud of hour our team came back but we have a lot of work to do defensively,” Thompson said. “We need to start playing more consistent. But, considering our youth, that is to be be expected right now.”

Aaron Larm and Saucedo had three-hit games. Larm was 3-for-4, with a double, a triple and six RBIs. Saucedo went 3-for-4, with a double and a triple and one RBI. Other hitting came from Granado, 2-for-4; Rivera, 2-for-4; Austin Larm, 1-for-2, with two walks; Montoya, 1-for-4, with an RBI; Jerick Grado, 1-for-2; and Rueda, 1-for-1.

The Defensive Most Valuable Player award was earned by Austin Larm. He also made the All-Tournament team along with Rivera, and Granado. 

“I want to thank all of our parents, fans, and students for supporting our kids,” Thompson said. “I’d also like to thank coach (Artie) Sanchez for everything as their tournament is always a class act. And, I’d like to compliment my coaches as they coached their butts off.”

Thompson stated their next stretch of games is going to be a difficult task.

“We might face some adversity,” Thompson said. “But, it will only make us better.”

 



Freshman SP Ma'Khail Hilliard dazzles, LSU baseball crushes Hawaii 14-1 – SECcountry.com


BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU baseball team may have found its Sunday starter.

Behind 5.1 shutout innings from freshman right-hander Ma’Khail Hilliard and a never-ending barrage of hits and runs in the fifth inning, LSU baseball dominated Hawaii 14-1 on the way to a series win. With the victory, LSU improves to 11-6 on the year and finishes the non-conference portion of its schedule 3-1 in weekend series.

“My curveball was on really well and I executed my changeup and two-seamer,” Hilliard said. “I feel like I did really well with that.”

Making the first start of his college career, Hilliard continued on the torrid pace he’s thrown all season. Hilliard allowed 3 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17.1 to begin his LSU career. He also proved to be quite the squeeze breaker, stranding runners in scoring position in each of his first three innings before retiring the side in the fourth and fifth.

“Starting off, working in relief he seemed to be mature about what he does, acting like a junior or senior pitcher,” catcher Hunter Feduccia said about Hilliard. “He’s been consistent all year. He’s just a great competitor, great pitcher for us and he’s going to win a lot of games in his career at LSU.”

RELATED: Zach Watson solo HR propels LSU to victory over Hawaii

From there, LSU’s offense took over. Hawaii starter Logan Pouelsen entered Sunday with a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings pitched, but LSU tagged him for 4 runs in 2 innings before chasing him in the third. Relief pitcher Neil Uskali (ERA 2.55) couldn’t slow LSU down much, allowing 9 runs, 5 earned, in 2.2 innings.

LSU’s offense reached its zenith in the fifth inning, as the Tigers batted around on 4 hits, 2 free passes and 2 errors en route to 7 runs. Left fielder Daniel Cabrera opened up the scoring with a 2-run double, followed by run-scoring doubles from second baseman Brandt Broussard and Feduccia as well as a sacrifice fly from right fielder Antoine Duplantis.

All nine of LSU’s starters recorded at least one hit Sunday, with third baseman Chris Reid pacing the team with a 3-for-4 performance. Feduccia drove in 4 runs behind two doubles and a sacrifice fly, pushing his team-leading RBI count to 15. First baseman Austin Bain finished his day 2-for-4 with an RBI and 3 runs scored, extending his hitting streak to six games along the way.

“We didn’t feel too great after that Friday loss, obviously,” Feduccia said. “We worked hard on hitting in the cage before games, trying to work with our approach and stick to the plan and it worked out the next two games.”

Box score

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What’s next for LSU baseball?

The LSU baseball team returns to action on Wednesday when the Tigers host South Alabama at Alex Box Stadium. Action is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be available to watch via stream through WatchESPN. Freshman A.J. Labas is expected to make his third start of the year.



WATCH: Zach Watson's first HR of 2018 propels LSU baseball to win over Hawaii – SECcountry.com


BATON ROUGE, La. — All it took was one pitch Saturday to see LSU baseball’s most potent slugger is officially back.

In his first week back from an oblique injury that kept him on the bench for nine games, sophomore preseason All-America center fielder Zach Watson homered on the first pitch he saw Saturday, leading off the first inning for the Tigers and setting the tone for a 5-1 victory over Hawaii. With the win, LSU improved to 10-6 this season and gives itself a chance to win the series against Hawaii on Sunday.

Watson’s home run was his first since June 19 against Oregon State in the 2017 College World Series. The outfielder hammered 9 homers as a freshman in 2017, good for third on the team. Since returning from injury on Tuesday, Watson is hitting 7 for 19 (.368) with 4 runs and 2 RBI.

“When I tried him at leadoff during fall practice, I thought maybe he might ambush a fastball and lead off a game with a home run,” LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said of Watson. “He never did it in fall practice. And he never did it in the early preseason. He finally did it today. That was what I had envisioned that he might be able to give us a quick 1-0 lead with one swing. That’s what he did. Maybe he can do it another day.”

Watson wasn’t the only fixture in LSU’s offense Saturday. Freshman shortstop Hal Hughes drove in a run in the second inning with a two-out RBI triple down the first-base line. Playing first base for the first time in his LSU career, senior Austin Bain continued the offensive attack with an RBI single in the third inning, building off his first-inning double, his team-leading seventh of the season.

Catcher Hunter Feduccia provided the biggest blast of the evening later in the third, smacking a 2-run home run into the right-field bleachers to give LSU a 5-0 lead. The home run was Feduccia’s second of the year and tied him for the LSU team high with 11 RBI.

Despite the early offensive blitzkrieg, LSU’s offense slowed in the later innings. The Tigers hit 3 for 11 with runners on base and 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position Saturday, continuing a disconcerting weekend trend. Still, LSU’s offense adhered to its game plan better Saturday than it did in the loss Friday. Mainieri said he wanted the Tigers to push the ball up the middle or opposite field against Hawaii’s pitching, which the Tigers did on six of their seven hits.

“Before the game, we pretty much just crushed oppo, oppo, oppo,” Watson said. “Seeing these lefties, all these people throwing breaking balls outside the plate, you’ve really got to think opposite field. If they jam you in, tip your hats to them. But sometimes you’re going to catch up to that one when they jam you in.”

As for the pitching…

Starting pitcher Caleb Gilbert pitched his way into and out of danger. The junior allowed 4 hits and walked 3 in 5 innings, but worked his way to a scoreless outing behind a couple of double plays and some strong situational pitching. The Rainbow Warriors batted 1 for 10 against Gilbert with runners on base, and 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

RELATED: Despite strong start from Zack Hess, LSU falls to Hawaii

After he completed 5 innings, Gilbert left the game surprisingly early, having thrown 65 pitches. His velocity dipped a bit in his final two innings, which could’ve been the cause of the switch. In the second inning, Gilbert was hit on the inside of his push-off foot with a comeback line drive but stayed in the game after inspection from the training staff.

Gilbert explained postgame that his foot swelled up on impact and he had to have it taped tightly between innings. He said he wanted to stay in the game to help his team win, but the pain rose to a point where he couldn’t generate power off the mound and found himself throwing entirely with his arm, creating the loss in velocity.

“It makes no sense how that was possible to me,” Gilbert said of the ball hitting his back foot. “But it happened. It swung around I guess. It just smoked me. I have no idea. The funny thing is, I looked over at Bain and was like ‘Dude, I didn’t know you were playing first base tonight.’ He was like ‘You’ve already thrown two pickoffs to me last inning.’ We got a laugh out of that.”

LSU replaced Gilbert with sophomore right-hander Matthew Beck, who threw two scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts. He got into a bit of trouble in the seventh, as a fielder’s choice, a single and a walk loaded the bases. But Beck worked his way out of it, getting Hawaii’s No. 2 hitter Dustin Demeter to ground out to first base to end the threat.

The nightmare start to sophomore right-hander Todd Peterson’s 2018 season continued in the eighth inning. Formerly LSU’s Sunday starter, Peterson has been relegated to a mid-inning bullpen role and struggled again with that Saturday. He faced four batters, allowing 2 doubles and a run as his season ERA rose to 7.53.

Peterson was replaced by junior Taylor Petersen, who finished off the game unscathed.

Box score

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What’s next for LSU baseball?

The LSU baseball team and the Rainbow Warriors meet again on Sunday for the rubber match of this three-game series. Action is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. CT and will be available to stream online through the SEC Network+ and WatchESPN.

Freshman Ma’Khail Hilliard will make the first start of his LSU baseball career for the Tigers. Fellow freshman Nick Storz was initially supposed to start, but his LSU debut will have to wait. Storz didn’t suffer an injury setback, but Mainieri said he didn’t think Storz was 100 percent healthy yet and didn’t want to expose the freshman before he was ready. Hilliard hasn’t allowed a run in 12 innings pitched in 2018.