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2018 HR Derby: Round-By-Round

By Chandler Guadagnin          Updated: 7:33 PT

Round 1:

Round 2:

Harper has a total of 26 home runs through two rounds; while, Schwarber has smashed 37 home runs through two.

Finals:

It was close but in the end, the hometown hero, Harper, pulled it out. The final number of bombs that Bryce hit was 45; while, Schwarber smashed 55. Harper becomes only the third player to win the Derby in his own park. Your 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Champion: Bryce Harper!

Statistics courtesy of ESPN

My HR Derby Pick

By Chandler Guadagnin

Tonight, at 5 PM PT on ESPN, the Major League Baseball universe centers around Washington D.C. as the All-Star Week kicks off with the Home Run Derby. Participants include: Jesus Aquilar, Rhys Hoskins, Alex Bregman, Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy, and Javier Baez. Below are the matchups for tonight’s contest:

Seeding was based on Home Run totals before a specified date in the first half. This derby marks a historic moment in Major League Baseball, as the youngest field to ever compete in a Home Run Derby.

My favorite to win the Derby is Bryce Harper, of the Washington Nationals. While Harper has struggled for the first half of the 2018 season, I believe that the comfort of competing in his home park, coupled with the fan support will push him across the finish line as a champion of the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby. This will be Harper’s second time participating in the event; his first crack at the contest was in 2013.

Stay locked to kpaysports.com for round by round updates of this year’s derby.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Report: Giants Make Samardzija Available

By Chandler Guadagnin

Three days after the Giants traded Austin Jackson, Cory Gaerrin, and Single-A Pitcher, Jason Bahr, to the Rangers, San Francisco has let the Yankees know that Jeff Samardzija is available for trade.

Samardzija, who is owed $46 million over the next 2 and a half years, has tallied a 1-5 record, posting a 6.42 ERA over 40.2 innings pitched. In 9 games, Samardzija has struck out 29 while walking 25 and surrendering 6 home runs. Samardzija has had an injury-plagued 2018; spending 2 separate stints on the disabled list with a pectoral strain and right shoulder tightness.

With the emergence of the Giants young arms, Samardzija has become a trade chip. Combined, San Francisco’s young starters have posted a 14-12 record over 41 games and 224.1 innings pitched. They have accumulated a 4.13 ERA, with 184 strikeouts, 66 walks and a 1.328 WHIP.

The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31st.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com

Heat dominate first half; gear up for stretch run

Big things were expected from the Chico Heat in 2018 but even their most faithful of followers would not have predicted such domination through the first half of the Great West League season.

Chico enters the mid-point of the summer campaign with a 23-6 record with a five game bulge over the Lincoln Potters and seven games clear of the Medford Rogues.

The Heat have done it with a balance of pitching (4.17 ERA) and offense (.307) leading the league in both team ERA and batting average.

The Heat’s starting pitching has been tremendous with Justin Sterner leading the league in wins (5) and strikeouts (49). Will Clawson has four wins while Shane Gustafson has three victories.

The Heat also have three of the top six ERA leaders with Sterner at 2.46, Gustafson at 3.04 and Tucker Weaver at 3.70. The relief corps has impressed as well with Clawson at 1.86 in ten outings. University of Washington products Cole Eigenhuis at 2.25 in six appearances and Cole Galvagno at 2.84 in five outings. Youngster Reid McLaughlin has appeared in 11 games and has a 2.82 ERA and three saves while Brayden Bonner leads the club with 4 saves and has 26 strikeouts in 18 innings.

The Heat offense has been consistent. Up and down their line-up the Heat have gotten production. Brown University product Parke Phillips is leading the GWL in hitting with a .414 batting average. He has banged out 46 hits while driving in 25 runs. The consistency that Creighton Blue Jay Andrew Meggs has given the Heat can not be over-looked. Meggs is hitting .320 while driving in 20 runs. Cole Lemmel is among the league leaders in home runs with 6 and has driven in 18.

UC San Diego is one of Chico State’s biggest baseball rivals but the Triton program has let the Chico baseball fans borrow of couple of their young stars. Sophomore Brandon Stewart has played in 12 games for the Heat has 20 hits and is hitting a cool .400 with 14 RBI’s and 6 stolen bases. Red-shirt freshman Joe DeBaca is hitting .432 in twelve games with 12 runs batted in. The two Tritons have given the Chico Heat a tremendous boost.

Tanner Roundy is hitting .356 in 14 apperances. Arizona product Jordan Parker is hitting .280 and has driven in 18 runs.

One of the biggest challenges for Manager Fred Ludwig has been to keep everyone happy with playing time. It’s a great problem to have with such and competitiveness on the 2018 squad. Ludwig and the brain-trust of Ryan Lauer and Reece Borges know that having depth is important as the 60-game grind can wear down even the best of players.

After tonight’s game with Lincoln the Heat will have 15 more home games and 15 more on the road.

As well as the Heat are playing they know they want to be playing their best baseball in late July into August with the playoffs a little over one month away. But, so far so good for Chico as they look run away with the regular season.

 

Heat Rally from 8 runs down to stun rival Potters…..

After giving their faithful fans 15 memorable games last year in a newly born rivalry, the lid lifter for the Chico Heat and Lincoln Potters in 2018 did not disappoint.

Trailing the 10-2 going to the bottom of the 3rd and 11-9 going to the bottom of the 9th the Heat rallied for an improbable and thrilling 12-11 win over the Potters in front of a packed house at Nettleton Stadium on Friday night.

Lincoln jumped on the Heat scoring two runs in the 2nd and 8 runs in the third to build the 10-2 lead, but the Heat would chip away four in the 5th and three more in the 6th to cut the deficit to 10-9. After the Potters cashed in a three-base error to start the 7th, the Heat would circle the wagons and deliver another fabulous chapter to this great rivalry.

Heat left-fielder Jordan Parker opened the 9th with a bloop down the left field line. Despite protests from Lincoln that the ball landed foul down the line, the umpire ruled the ball was fair and Parker cruised into 2nd with a double. After a fly out to left, Heat 1st baseman Cade Stephens drew a walk as did Alex Crouch loading the bases with only one out against Potters reliever Josh Ragatz.

With Matt Kimura at the plate and the bases loaded, Ragatz was called for a balk that forced home Parker and moved the tying and winning runs into scoring position and also took away the chance for a game ending double play. Kimura would fly out to deep center and that would bring home pinch runner Tucker Weaver tying the game at 11. The next hitter was UC Riverside product Kai Ho, who had homered earlier in the game, Ho would ground a single into right field bringing home Crouch with the winning run setting off a wild celebration at Nettleton Stadium.

With the win the Heat moved to 8-1 on the season and 6-1 on their current home stand, while the Potters had their four game win streak snapped and they fell to 6-4.

Chico out-hit the Potters 11 to 8 but Chico was quite generous to the Potters issuing 9 walks, hitting 4 Potter batters and throwing three wild pitches, when you throw in the two errors Chico committed the Heat gave the Potters 18 free 90’s in the game. The Potters had a chance to put this game away numerous times but left 12 runners on base, leaving runners at 2nd and 3rd in the 5th, bases loaded in the 6th and runners at 2nd and 3rd in the 9th.

Game two of the series is tonight at The Nett with pre game at 6:45pm and first pitch at 7:05pm

 

Heat use pitching and defense to win series opener versus Gold Sox

Starting pitching…check. Relief pitching…check. Timely hits…you bet.

All three facets led to a series opening win for the Chico Heat on Monday night as they knocked off the Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox in game one of a three game series as Chico continues their eight game home stand. Chico starter Shane Gustafsen pitched six solid innings scattering five hits and giving up only one earned. With relief help from Sean McLaughlin and Samson Abernathy the Heat won their fifth game in six  tries.

Chico also flashed the leather as Jordan Parker made a leaping catch at the wall in the 7th quieting a possible Gold Sox rally and Cole Lemmel made a fantastic running catch on the warning track in the 9th to keep the tying run off base. Chico also turned two double plays to keep the Yuba-Sutter bats silent.

Chico didn’t do much offensively but Tanner Roundy drove in a pair of Heat runs with RBI singles in the 2nd and 6th innings.

Chico looks to take game two of the series on Tuesday as they host the Gold Sox at The Nett. Game time is 6:05pm with pregame at 5:45.

Listen to Heat baseball right here on KpaySports.com and on the KpaySports app

Chico Heat open 2018 season in Bay Area….

The Chico Heat open their third season in the Great West League as they take on the San Francisco Seals at the College of Alameda on Wednesday. You can hear the game at 7:05pm with Rory Miller calling the action tonight on KpaySports.com and the KpaySports app. The pre-game comes your way at 6:45pm

Two years removed from capturing the inaugural GWL crown  the Heat fell a couple of games short against the Medford Rogues last year in the League Championship Series. While there are some familiar faces returning the Heat have several new players that will be calling Chico home for the next three months.

Chico opens with a two game set against the Seals before they have their home opener Friday night against the Klamath Falls Gems at The Nett. You can hear every Chico Heat game right here as well as the KpaySports app and on your Amazon Echo with the skill of, “hey Alexa, play KpaySports dot-com.”

 

POST-SCRIPT: Remarkable Chico State Softball Season Ends but Legacy is Cemented

For a team that had so many great hits and moments their 2018 season ended one hit short.

The team affectionately known as #Team50 staged a miracle rally in the elimination game in the  bottom of the 7th inning at James I Moyer Field in Salem, Virginia at the Division II National Championship Tournament,  only to see their rally fall 60 feet short. Southern Arkansas outlasted the Wildcats in a 12-11 thriller that won’t soon be forgotten.

It may take awhile for the Chico State team to look back on this game with admiration, but in due time they will realize it was THAT type of effort and spirited play that made this team so lovable.  This Wildcat team made fans out of all of us, as we sat mezmerized over the last 6 weeks marveling at their amazing win streak (29 games) and their thrilling CCAA Tournament Title, Sub-Regional wins over Cal Baptist in Chico and their gut-churning Super Regional win over perennial power Dixie State. The feats are etched.

Chico jumped on top in the bottom of the 2nd inning after banging out a hit and drawing three walks to score the game’s first run. But Southern Arkansas batted around in the top of the 3rd chasing Chico starter Haley Gilham, scoring four times and taking a 4-1 lead. The Cats immediately came off the mat to score four of their own in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a 3-run blast by Bailey Akins giving Chico State a 5-4 lead.

Chico State Head Coach Angel Shamblin had pulled  Gilham in the top of the 3rd  she went to left-handed reliever Sam Mulock. The southpaw retired seven hitters in a row bridging the 3rd thru 5th innings and after the Wildcats added an insurance run in the 4th, Chico took a 6-4 lead into the top of the 6th inning.

Mulock would walk the lead-off hitter in the 6th and that would spark a four-run Southern Arkansas  rally. They plated four runs in the inning to turn a two-run deficit into an 8-6 lead. The Cats would scratch out a run in the bottom of the 6th on a RBI double by senior Cyrena Taylor, who had a tremendous national tournament. Taylor was on base all five times she came to the plate in Friday night’s game, drawing two walks, banging out two hits and reaching base on an error. Taylor was only retired once in her nine plate appearances at the tournament. But, the Cats would leave Taylor at 3rd and trailed 8-7 heading to the 7th,

Southern Arkansas would once again add runs in the 7th and it came on one swing of the bat by Megan Godoyo, her two-out grand slam had seemingly put the game out of reach going to the bottom of the 7th inning as Chico trailed 12-7.

Chico was down five with only three outs to go, but the Wildcats gave their faithful followers one final thrilling half inning of softball. With one out Bailey Akins hit her 2nd home run of the night cutting the Wildcats deficit to 12-8. The next hitter Megan Bowley would work the count full and eventually hit a liner that was dropped by the Southern Arkansas shortstop for an error, Wendy Cardinali then hit a pop-up in front of home plate that was clanked by the So. Arkansas reliever Brooke Ford-Nelson, she then inadvertently  kicked the ball all the way to the back-stop putting runners at 1st and 3rd with one out. After Kristin Worley’s laser hit the Southern Arkansas second baseman in the shin and kicked into short center, the Cats had cut the deficit to 12-9 and had the tying run coming to the plate in Ari Marsh. Marsh would line one into the left-center field gap and it skipped all the way to the wall both Bowley and Cardinali would score and all of a sudden the Cats trailed only 12-11 and had the tying run at second with only one out. Taylor then lined a single to right moving Marsh to 3rd. Chico had the tying and winning runs on base. After a ground out back to the pitcher by Karli Skowrup moved Taylor, the possible winning run to second, Claire Wayne stepped in. Her pop-up to third base would end it, bringing to a close a remarkable and incredibly entertaining 2018 Chico State softball season.

The Wildcats rallies were stuff of legend, but when they look back they may cringe at the opportunities missed, not only from Friday night but also from Thursday night’s tournament opening loss versus Saint Leo. In that 3-2 loss the Cats managed only four hits but they received seven walks while leaving  9 runners on base all while going 0-for-8 with RISP. On Friday the Cats banged out 10 hits, received 6 walks and 5 base runners due to Southern Arkansas errors. Chico would go 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

#Team50’s season may have ended without a National Championship, but in the end they may have done something even more valuable for their program and school. For one four-month stretch they became the talk of the town, they seized the mantle of most favored status in the athletic department halls  and left a lasting legacy of excellence that will be very difficult to top. Years from now when #Team50 gathers at reunions, they will smile and remember, a season that was, and a legacy that was left behind.

 

Photo Courtesy of Chico State Athletics 

http://www.chicowildcats.com