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Dave Phelps Earns The Big League Dream

Phelps' first impression with Yanks strong


BALTIMORE -- David Phelps understands how important first impressions can be in baseball, and the Yankees right-hander is certainly making a positive one.

After firing 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief on Tuesday with four strikeouts -- all looking -- Phelps entered Wednesday's game without having permitted a baserunner over his first two appearances in the big leagues, spanning three frames that included five punchouts.

"I wanted to be comfortable, wanted to have fun," the 25-year-old Phelps said. "It's really carried over. I'm having the time of my life right now."

Phelps made the Yankees' Opening Day roster as a long reliever after going 7-7 with a 2.99 ERA in 20 Minor League starts last season, taking a spot that was created by Michael Pineda's right shoulder injury.

A 14th-round pick of the Yankees in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Phelps said the most important difference this year has been having the ability to drive his fastball down in the zone and attack hitters.

"I just want to go out there and show them that I can do this," Phelps said. "Go out there, have fun and enjoy it while I can. ... I'm trying to prove to everyone -- myself included -- that I can get big league hitters out. It happens little by little."


Tentative Summer Schedule

15U                                                         

May 24-28 Rawlings Gold Glove Games         
June 1-3 Mid-America St. Louis 16U
June 8-10 Mid-America U of Central Missouri
June 15-17 Mid-America U of Missouri
June 22-24 Mid-America St. Louis16U
June 29-July 1 Mid-America Wichita State U
July 12-15 Mid-America World Series (Joplin)
July 20-22 Mid-America Kansas State

17U

June 1-3 Mid-America St. Louis 18U
June 7-10 Mid-America Battle of the Big 12 K-State or Kansas City
June 14-17 Cincy Flames Tournament of Champions (Cincinnati) or Mid-America Oral Roberts U or U of Central Missouri
June 22-24 Mid-America Battle of the MVC Wichita State U or St. Louis
June 25-28 Mid-America Battle of the SEC U of Tennessee
June 29-July 1 Mid-America U of Missouri or Kansas State U
July 5-8 Mid-America World Series West U of Arkansas or World Seris East Western Kentucky
July 13-15 Mid-America Austin Peay
July 17-22 Premier 17U World Series (Joplin)
July 25-29 USA Showcase (Joplin)

18U

June 1-3 Mid-America St. Louis
June 7-10 Mid-America Battle of the Big 12 K-State
June 14-17 Mid-America Oral Roberts U or U of Central Missouri
June 22-24 Mid-America St. Louis
June 25-28 Mid-America Battle of the SEC U of Tennessee
June 29-July 1 Mid-America U of Missouri
July 5-8 Mid-America World Series West U of Arkansas
July 11-15 Premier 18U World Series (Springfield)


Prospect Pitcher Tanner Houck has big day for Collinsville High

Collinsville sophomore Houck looks sharp in 1-0 win over Althoff

COLLINSVILLE • The Collinsville baseball team wasn't able to produce a lot of offense Wednesday afternoon against Althoff, but with Tanner Houck on the mound, the Kahoks didn't need much.

Houck, a 6-foot-4 sophomore right-hander, shut out Althoff on two hits over six innings, and Jacob Riley pitched the seventh inning to earn the save, preserving a 1-0 Collinsville victory.

"(Houck) has some great mechanics and fundamentals," Kahoks coach Pete Trapp said. "He's a very coachable kid and does everything we ask, and on top of that, he's got some special ability."

Collinsville improved to 4-1, while Althoff dropped to 1-1.

"We didn't hit the ball hard very many times and we struck out too much," Althoff coach Brett Isaacs said. "(Houck) did a nice job. We were a little behind him, which is disappointing, but early in the year we haven't faced live pitching enough and hopefully we'll come around."

Collinsville scored the game's lone run in the second inning. Chris Mathes drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a single to center field by Paul Suess. Conner Judge followed with an RBI single to center field.

The Kahoks had a chance to pad the lead when a single by Luke Stewart loaded the bases in the second inning, but Alton starter Sam Lidisky wiggled out of trouble thanks to an inning-ending double play.

Collinsville also threatened in the first, fifth and sixth innings, but each time the inning ended with the Kahoks having a runner tagged out at home. In the first, Althoff's Bryce Richter threw out Seuss trying to score on a fly to right field. In the fifth, Seuss was thrown out trying to score from second on a single to right field. In the sixth, Stewart was cut down at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch.

"On the first one, I wanted to see what kind of play they made and we probably could have held a guy at third on another one, but give credit to them. They made some plays when they had to," Trapp said. "In high school baseball, those things aren't automatic."

Houck, meanwhile, was cruising through Althoff's lineup. He walked two batters in the first three innings, but didn't allow a hit until Lidisky got a two-out infield single in the fourth. Richter got the Crusaders' only other hit, a leadoff single in the sixth, but Houck struck out the last three batters he faced.

"It's always a big help whenever you get ahead of hitters," Houck said. "You don't have to battle back against them and you can get ground balls and strikeouts a lot easier."

Riley took over on the mound for Collinsville in the seventh inning and with one out, hit Austin Bevenue with a pitch. But pinch-runner Mark PFeiffer was thrown out at second base on a disputed call and Riley retired Elijah Beal on a grounder to third for the final out of the game.

"I thought (Pfeiffer) got under him, whether he ended up tagging him on the helmet or not," isaacs said. "He was long enough that he got to the base. That's a big play, but the bottom line is we didn't do enough defensively."

Collinsville had eight hits, including three apiece by Suess and Judge.

"I feel like we have a pretty well-built team right now," Judge said. "We have a stacked defense, and our pitching has pulled through, for sure. Our bats were kind of slow today, but I think we should have some pretty good run production."



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Good Luck to all the Former Prospects in Big League Camp

Sam Lecure-Cincinnati Reds
Max Scherzer-Detroit Tigers
Jacob Turner-Detroit Tigers
Ross Detwiler-Washington Nationals
Blake Tekotte-San Diego Padres
David Phelps-New York Yankees
Lucas May-New York Mets
John Hellweg-Anaheim Angels


Former Worth Prospect Kayla Fortner Receives Conference Honors

Former Worth Prospect Kayla Fortner named Missouri Valley Player of the Week.
 
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Former Prospects Graves, Mach, Turner, Champange, Sommerfeld, Opel Play Key Roles in Mizzou's Romp

Tigers Run Away From Mavericks, 14-4

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Conner Mach drove in four runs in the win.
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March 6, 2012

 

Box Score

 

 

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou baseball team (5-5) defeated the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (2-10) on Tuesday (March 6) night in Taylor Stadium by a final score of 14-4. Brett Graves threw four scoreless innings for Mizzou in his first career start with the Tigers, tallying four strikeouts along the way. Left fielder Dane Opel hit his third home run of the season, a shot over the bullpen in left field, and drove in three runs. Conner Mach went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI on the day at the plate, including a double off the left field well for three runs.

Graves gave up back-to-back singles to the first two batters, then a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Graves then forced a fly to right, and walked the following batter to load the bases. A lineout to center then ended the inning scoreless. Blake Brown reached first after getting hit by a pitch, and Brannon Champagne bunted him to second. Mach's single to left brought Brown in from second, but Mach was thrown out attempting to advance to second. Opel then launched a home run over the bullpen in left field to take a 2-0 lead. Scott Sommerfeld followed with a single to increase his hitting streak to seven games, and Eric Garcia then notched a single of his own. Ben Turner reached on an error by the right fielder, scoring Sommerfeld from second.


In the second, Mizzou registered their first double play of the year on a 4-6-3 putout, helping Graves go through another scoreless inning that ended with his first strikeout of the game. Dillon Everett led off the bottom of the inning with a walk, then Brown moved him to third with a single to right. Champagne's sacrifice fly to right brought Everett in to make the score 4-0. Mach got his second hit of the game with another single to left, but was stranded on second to end the inning. Graves pitched a scoreless third, including two strikeouts. Mizzou then went down in order in the bottom of the frame.

The Tigers again held Nebraska-Omaha off the board in the fourth. In the bottom of the inning, Everett got hit by a pitch with one out, then Brown walked. Champagne notched a single to center, then Mach's double off the wall cleared the bases for Mizzou to take a 7-0 lead heading into the fifth inning. Dusty Ross took over for Graves in the fifth, and held the Mavericks off the board again, but the Tigers went down in order in the bottom of the inning. The Mavericks were able to score in the sixth as they converted a second-and-third, one-out situation into a run. Everett led off with a single in the bottom of the inning, then scored on Brown's double to the right-center field gap to make the score 8-1 Tigers. Champagne walked to put runners on the corners with no outs for Mach, who grounded into a fielder's choice that left runners on the corners for Opel, who tripled in both runners for a 10-1 lead. Garcia's single to left brought Opel in from third, and Quiantanilla registered his first RBI of the season with a single to right. Garcia then scored on a wild pitch to make the score 13-1. Sal Belfonte grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded to grow the lead to 14-1.

Ryan Yuengel came in to pitch in the seventh, and Nebraska-Omaha scored a run after a single and double, cutting the lead to 14-2. The Tigers went down in order in the bottom of the inning, as Case Munson's long fly ball fell just short of the fence. The Mavericks pushed two more runs across in the eighth, coming off a triple and a wild pitch. Gavin Stark came through with his first career hit in the bottom of the eighth, a single to right with a runner on first. Jeff Cline came in for Mizzou to pitch the ninth inning, and he was able to hold the Mavericks off the board.

Mizzou has a four-game series at home this weekend against the Charlotte 49'ers. Keep up to date with Mizzou baseball by following the team twitter page (@MUTigerBaseball) or on the athletics site, MUTigers.com.

 


Former Prospects Matt Robinson Named Rookie of the Week

Matt Robinson
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Matt Robinson

HANOVER, N.H. — Following the first weekend of competition for the Dartmouth baseball team, freshman outfielder Matt Robinson was pegged as the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Week. He is the first Big Green outfielder to earn the award since Nick Santomauro ’10 earned it back on April 10, 2007.


Robinson made his collegiate debut on Saturday, starting in left field at 13th-ranked Louisiana State. The native of Chesterfield, Mo., rapped out a pair of hits, walked once and scored two of Dartmouth’s three runs in a 16-3 loss to the Tigers. The next day, he got the start in center field, driving home the first Big Green run with a single in the fifth inning, then leading off the seventh with a single and coming around to score the go-ahead run in an eventual 5-4 defeat.

The left-hander hitting Robinson finished the weekend going 4-for-6 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI. His on-base percentage was .714 and he caught all four fly balls that came his way.

Dartmouth returns to the diamond on Thursday, March 15 at Sacramento State to start a nine-game trip in California.

Rawlings/Worth Sports Club Night at Busch Stadium

Flyer for Cardinal Night


2012 Rawlings Baseball Club Verbal Commitments

A Good start for the Rawlings Baseball Club

2012 Class

William Dupont-Mississippi State
Tate Metheny-Missouri State U
Sean Ullrich-U of Missouri
Griffin Goodrich-U of Missouri
Josh Moore-Saint Louis U
Dan Holst-Texas A&M
Matt Hasenbeck-Missouri State U
Colin McDonough-Meramec
Sean Murphy-Maryville U
Carson Coffey-Freed Hardeman
Tommy Hager-Austin Peay
Parker Zimmerman-Wichita State U
Spencer Johnson-Missouri State U
Corey Hassel-Oklahoma State U
Tyler Harris-Missouri State U
Kyle Thurman-Missouri Western
Matt Dunavant-Eastern Illinois
Spencer Wilmes-Drury University
Casey Willenbrink-Mineral Area College

Worth Prospects 2012

Brittany Fortner-Wichita State U
Kara Kimball-SIU-Carbondale
Kassi Rupel-Butler U




2013 Class Early Commitment

Matt Brown-University of Arkansas

2011 Commitments

DAVID SCHMIDT-STANFORD
BRETT GRAVES-MISSOURI
DAVID MASTERS-U OF ARKANSAS
KYLE BOUMAN-WICHITA STATE U
CASE MUNSON-JEFFERSON COLLEGE
MATT ROBINSON-DARTMOUTH
ADAM PHIFFER-U OF ARKANSAS
TAYLOR WHEELER-LINDENWOOD U
DEREK CORNELL-U OF CENTRAL MISSOURI
CJ KOEHLER-JEFFERSON COLLEGE
DAN HEIM-WABASH VALLEY COLLEGE
FORREST HERRMANN-SOUTHWESTERN IL
BLAKE KOLONS-U OF CENTRAL MISSOURI
HAGAN DUNN-U OF CENTRAL MISSOURI
TREVOR JONES-U OF CENTRAL MISSOURI
ADAM BAINBRIDGE-TRUMAN UNIVERSITY
JOHN MILES-UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
LOGAN HERSHENOW-JEFFERSON COLLEGE
DYLAN TERRELL-LINDENWOOD U
CLAY MILLER-MISSOURI WESTERN U
NOLAN FISHER-SOUTHEAST MO STATE
MIKE EHRHARD-SOUTHEAST MO STATE
Clayton Meyer-Southwestern IL
Brett Martinez-Carl Sandberg
Tony Forcelledo-Quincy
Jared Haenni-Lindbergh-Missouri S&T
Paul Semore-Maryville U

Worth Prospects

MEREDITH WILSON - SIU-C
LINDSEY FEIGlL - U of TENNESEE MARTIN
KAYLA FORTNER - UNIVERSITY OF EVANSVILLE
KATY MCALLISTER -SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE
KATIE HEIDINGER-MISSOURI S&T
MEGHAN TOUCHETTE-LAKELAND COLLEGE
SHEA DEAN-ST. CHARLES CC
AMANDA TRAMPE-WABASH VALLEY COLLEGE
ARIANNA MUFFO-BLUFFTON UNIVERSITY
CASSI RUPEL-BUTLER UNIVERSITY


12U Hammers Win GMB 2011 Fall Championships

 


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