Heat return home trying to get back in the race

After a brutal two and a half week stretch where the Chico Heat played in five different cities over a 15 days stretch, they finally return home to play in front of their home fans.

Chico dropped 7-of-the-12 games they played, which is good considering injuries to the heart of their order. BYU product and WCC Freshman of the Year Keaton Kringlen fouled a ball off of his shin early on the trip and has been out of the line-up for more than a week. UC Davis product Cameron Olson is also nursing some injuries and has not been available as well. This has led to some make-shift line-ups and has forced Heat manager Fred Ludwig to piece things together.

As the Heat heal they also now get to return home. Chico will play 19 of their next 25 games at home and will not have to make the lengthy trip to Oregon until August. This will certainly be their chance to get right back in the Great West League race.

 

Great West League W L PCT GB STREAK LAST 10
Marysville Gold Sox 17 5 0.773 1L 7-3
Medford Rogues 12 5 0.706 2.5 3W 6-4
Portland Pickles 8 10 0.444 7 1W 5-5
Lodi Crushers 8 11 0.421 7.5 1L 5-5
Chico Heat 8 13 0.381 8.5 1W 4-6
Sacramento Stealth 2 11 0.154 10.5 7L 2-8

 

Chico now takes on last place Sacramento at Nettleton Stadium tonight. Game time is 7:05pm with our Loerke Insulation pre-game show at 6:45pm

 

Giants Set Best 40 Game Mark Since 1954

By Chandler Guadagnin

With a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies last night, San Francisco has improved their record to 48 and 27, extending their winning streak to 4 games, have matched the Chicago Cubs for the best record in the National League, and, perhaps most importantly, increased their division lead over the Dodgers to 7 games. Unbeknownst to many, is that with the win, the Giants have secured a 31 and 9 record in their last 40 games; their best 40 game mark since the 1954 New York Giants went 33-7.

The Giants set the mark with a comeback win. With the bases loaded, one out, and an 0-1 count, Brandon Belt crushed the next pitch from Phillies hurler, Elvis Aurajo, to the right-center field gap scoring 3. That gave the Giants a 2-run lead in the seventh inning. However, it would be the next hitter, Brandon Crawford’s single, scoring Belt, that would give the Giants what proved to be the game winning run. The Phillies would score twice in the eighth inning to cut the Giants lead to one. Despite the slim lead, Santiago Casillia nailed down the save with the help of a game-ending video review.

With the win, Giants starter Jake Peavy improves his record to 4 and 6. Elvis Aurajo, who surrendered the 3-RBI double to Belt, was handed the loss, dropping his record to 1-1; while, Santiago Casilla secured his 17th save of the year. The Giants will send Madison Bumgarner to the hill today to face off against the Phillies’ Jeremy Hellickson. Game time is scheduled for 7:05PM PT and can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, as well as listened to on the Giants radio network, KNBR 680.

Stop the Nonsense

By. Michael Vislosky

I lay here at 11:30 this Monday night, my 2 month old asleep in his bassinet, my wife and dog asleep in bed, and I am on ESPN like most nights. Today is different though, today is that day after Prince James finally won something some what on his own. Every article is all about LeBron, as it should be, and the Warriors collapse. Not all of these articles are about the game though, many are trying to compare LeBron  to Michael, and now compare the Warriors to the 96 Bulls again. As I lay here I get more and more mad as I see what people say in the articles and on the message boards. So I’m going to give my opinion, I mean that is the point of having your own blog right?

First lets talk about Michael and LeBrick, sorry I mean LeBron. 6-0 vs 3-4. End of story.  I do not care about anything else. I hear people everyday say that LeBron is clearly the best, look at the era he plays in compared to Michael, well let’s. Anybody who wants to say that league is tougher now, does not have any clue what they are talking about. Do your homework, be a true fan of the game. Many of today’s stars would not be on teams in the 90’s. LeBron would be a star if he played in the 90’s without question, but if Michael played today he would still be Michael.  Michael might have more rings if he played today. The way games are called today, Michael would shoot 25 free throws a game! LeBron complains everytime he gets hit, let’s see how he would have felt playing the Knicks, the Pacers, even the Heat of the 90’s. LeBron is an all-time great yes, but please stop comparing him to Michael, that shipped sailed years ago.

Number 2, the Warriors vs the 96 Bulls. As I said in my last blog, I found myself rooting for the Dubs this year despite the fact that they were chasing my childhood team. That being said, there is no comparison between the teams, the Bulls would beat them 10 out of 10 series. I read message boards today saying that the Bulls in today’s game would win 50 games! I mean really? The Bulls today would have won 75. People were trying to say that the NBA was watered down in the 90’s! Please people be smarter then this, do not be prisoners of the moment. Today’s NBA is a joke compared to back in the day. You have a 76ers team who is younger then this years National Championship winning team! With all the one and dones in the NBA today it’s the Pacific Ocean! I am not taking away from what the Warriors did this year, I am just tired of reading comments from people who are ignorant to the history of a game I love. Each era is different, but if you are going to make comments, at least take the time to understand what it is you are talking about.

I am not and never will be a fan of LeBron. I was spoiled to watch Michael. I was spoiled to watch art on a hardwood floor. Michael didn’t go join his friends who had championships already, he took his beatings then destroyed everyone in his path, after trying a different sport as well. That being said, congratulations to LeBron and the Cavs for ending 50 years of hardship in Cleveland. To the victors go the spoils.

Warrior nation “RELAX”

By Michael Vislosky

I have grown up as a Chicago Bulls fan. I was spoiled as a kid to see the second of the three-peats that the Bulls had in the 90’s. That’s why to my surprise I found myself rooting for the Warriors this year, despite the fact that they were aiming to beat the record of the first Bulls team that I truly watched. Going into to game 7 of the finals, I have a message for Warrior fans, to quote future hall of famer and Chico native Aaron Rodgers, “RELAX.”

As I watched game 6 the other night, I thought about the Bulls teams of the 90’s. Despite winning 6 championships, the playoffs were always a grind.  The 91 and 96 teams were the only ones that breezed through the playoffs. Watching the Warriors battle and stay in a game where they were playing a driven team, and refs that seemed to want a game 7, I thought to myself, they are going to be fine. After Steph got ejected, I felt even better. The emotion he showed was missing throughout the series, and with one of a thousand LeBrick James flops it was back. Sometimes even the best athletes in the world need that little extra, and that in my opinion was it for Curry.

I told Baca after game 3, that the Warriors would win game 4 by 10 and Steph would have 30, and I nailed that one pretty well. With that being said, the Warriors will win game 7 by at least 7 and Steph and Klay are going to go crazy. I feel 40 each, but I will say at least 30 each.

You play all year for game 7 at home for all the marbles, especially when you have the best NBA record of all-time. The Warriors will not lose this game, so Warrior fans, sit back and “RELAX.”

 

Heat wrap up home-stand knowing defense must improve….

After dropping two of three against the Portland Pickles this week the Chico Heat (2-4) learned the hard way that DEFENSE MATTERS. Chico committed 11 errors in the three game series against the Pickles hamstringing their chances at taking the three game set.

The short-handed Heat pitching staff had some good moments, but there were also other instances of fatigue. This was to be expected as Chico awaits reinforcements from some Division I schools that are wrapping up their seasons and taking finals. While Chico would have liked to win a few more games, there was a realization that this team will get much stronger in the next few weeks.

Expect some of the new faces to be in the line-up this weekend as Chico takes on the Sacramento Stealth. The Stealth are the traveling road show in the Great West League as their stadium plans were delayed and so they will be playing all 45 of their games this season on the road. They have had four days off after a season opening series loss against the Lodi Crushers last weekend.

HEAT NOTES: Chico’s Keaton Kringlen was named a Freshman All-American this week. Kringlen took over in right field for BYU after an injury and made the most of his opportunity hitting .369 with 5 HR’s and 34 rbi. Kringlen has had a great start to his 2016 Heat season banging out 7 hits in four games. Heat catcher Clayton Hubbard leads the GWL in RBI’s with 12. The junior red-shirt from Cal-State Northridge is a key piece for Chico in the middle of their order. Outfielders Jerome Hill  (Dixie State) and Josh Falco (Chico State) are nursing injuries and their status for tonight’s game against Sacramento will be a game time decision.

First pitch 7:05pm with our pre-game at 6:45pm

Heat host Pickles as home-stand continues…..

The Chico Heat continue their season opening home stand tonight against the Portland Pickles at Nettleton Stadium.

If the Chico Heat could erase the 1st innings of both Friday and Sunday’s games they would feel a lot better about the weekend. The Marysville Gold Sox scored 13 runs on 9 hits combined in the Friday and Sunday contests. When you throw in the four errors, three walks and three hit batsmen in those torturous first innings and you can see why Manager Fred Ludwig will be looking for a big bounce back performance from Chico State product Stuart Bradley on Monday night.

Bradley was a vital piece out of the Chico State Wildcats bullpen this year but will be making his second start for the Heat against the Pickles tonight.

Portland dropped two of three against the Medford Rogues over the weekend. The series was competitive with the Pickles holding a late lead in Sunday’s rubber game before falling 8-3 on Sunday.

The Heat have six more games on the home stand including tonight’s lid lifter against the Pickles. Chico will host Portland on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting the Sacramento Stealth for a weekend series starting on Friday.

HEAT NOTES: 

-Lead off hitter and Dixie State product Jerome Hill has scored four runs and stolen three bases for the Heat.

– Cal State Northridge red-shirt junior Clayton Hubbard leads the league in RBI’s with 9. Hubbard drove in six in Saturday’s 10-1 win over the Gold Sox.

-The Heat are waiting for some of their Division I reinforcements. Many of their players are still participating in the D-I NCAA Regional tournaments including players from New Mexico, Washington and Arizona

Get to know your 2016 Chico Heat !!!

We are two days away from the inaugural season of Great West League and the 2016 Chico Heat season. With every new team the fans need a cheat sheet and we have attempted to provide one for the loyal Heat fans. Remember these are college baseball players that still have eligibility at their respective schools. The GWL is a summer wood bat league that helps these players develop and showcase their skills for scouts……Here are your 2016 Chico Heat

Keaton Kringlen- FR BYU University. Kringlen was just named the WCC Freshman of the year after hitting .369 with 5 HR and 34 RBI. Kringlen scored 32 runs and had an OBP of .442.

Josh Goldberg- SO San Jose State. Goldberg had a 4-1 record out of the bullpen for the Spartans. Goldberg struck out 18 in 33 innings pitched and also picked up a couple of saves.

Web Charles- FR Youngstown State. Charles headed to Youngstown after playing high school ball at Bishop Minogue High School in Reno. Charles is a shortstop who got 16 starts for the Penguins. He drove in three runs and had a couple of doubles for Youngstown

Stuart Bradley- JR Chico State. Bradley was vital piece to the Wildcats bullpen. The Yuba City native went 6-2 with a 3.19 ERA. Bradley struck out 31 in 42 innings out of Chico State’s pen.

Kyle Detwiler- Hawaii Pacific. Detwiler went 6-1 with a 2.77 ERA. Detwiler pitched primarily out of the bullpen appearing in 14 games this season. Opponents only hit .226 against Detwiler this season.\

Jerome Hill II- JR Dixie State. Hill started 40 games and patrolled center field for the TrailBlazers. He hit .309 while driving in 19 runs. Hill scored 37 runs and stole 9 bases. Hill had a sparkling .991 fielding percentage in center field committing only one error all season.

Cameron Olson- SR UC Davis. Olson is an outfielder for the Aggies hitting .273 with 5 HR and 28 RBI. Olson had 23 extra base hits for Davis and also picked up 6 steals.

Josh Falco- JR Chico State. Falco was a middle of the line up hitter for the Wildcats all year. Falco hit .324 while driving in 33 runs. Falco had 11 doubles, 3 triples and an on base percentage of .410

Andrew Pratt- FR New Mexico. Pratt got 20 starts for New Mexico as a freshman. Pratt hit .325 with 4 HR, seven doubles and drove in 13. Pratt didn’t commit an error in his 29 appearances

Matt Villalobos- JR New Mexico. Villalobos has pitched out of the bullpen for New Mexico. He appeared in 10 games pitching 14 innings and striking out 7

Joe Raymond- FR Dixie State. Raymond played a reserve role for Dixie in 2016. He helped Dixie make it to the NCAA D-II regionals appearing in 4 games on the year.

Tanner Tokunaga– FR Hawaii Pacific. Tokunaga started all 50 games for HPU. He hit .343 while driving in 27 runs. Tokunaga had 11 doubles and five triples. He also drew a team high 31 walks and had an on base percentage of .447

Jake Wilk– FR Puget Sound. Wilk was a utility player for Puget Sound. He appeared in five games for the Loggers.

Daniel Schneeman– FR BYU University. Schneeman  appeared in 35 games for the Cougars. He hit .318 driving in 10 runs and scoring 20 runs. The Chula Vista native had an on base percentage of .373

Michael Starcevich– SO Indian Hills Community College (No stats available)

Colin Cicere- FR Indian Hills Community College (No stats available)

Jacob Westerman- FR New Mexico. Westerman is an outfielder for New Mexico and has appeared in 19 games. Westerman has had a couple of knocks and driven in two runs.

Johnathan Frost– SO Wayland Baptist University. Frost started 8 games for Wayland Baptist and compiled a 5-1 record with a 3.66 ERA. Opponents only hit .237 against Frost and he allowed only  59 hits in 64 innings pitched while striking out 35.

John White– JR University of Redlands. White was a key piece for Redlands out of their bullpen. White went 4-2 with a 1.67 ERA. White had 3 saves. White struck out 44 hitters in only 32.1 innings. He held opponents to a .242 batting average.

Joel Lamont-FR New Mexico Highlands. Lamont started 14 games for Highlands. He compiled a 3-6 record with a 4.60 ERA. Lamont tossed two complete games struck out 81 hitters in 76.1 innings.

Miles Bice– JR Dixie State. Bice was another key component to the TrailBlazers NCAA D-II regional run. Bice started 47 games hitting .352 driving in 28 runs and compiling a .401 on base percentage. Bice struck out ONLY six times in 165 at-bats

David Noworyta– R-FR University of Hawii. Noworyta saw limited action for Hawaii in the 2016 campaign getting three hits and driving in a run for the Bows…

Jake Nelson– R-FR New Mexico University. Nelson saw action out of the Lobos bullpen  pitching six innings and giving up only 3 earned runs.

Luke Soroko- University of Arizona (No stats)

Ryan Byrd– FR Spokane Falls Community College. Byrd appeared in 11 games and started 4 contests. In 33.1 innings pitched Byrd struck out 25. He went 1.1 with a 4.05 ERA

Clayton Hubbard– Cal State Northridge (No stats)

Brock Bell– Cal State Northridge (No stats)

Adam Davenport- FR Washington Huskies (No stats)

 

Several more players will join the Chico Heat during the 2016 season. You can catch every game on KpaySports.com and the Kpay Sports APP