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Decisive Game 3 showdown as Heat and Rogues tangle for title

The Chico Heat will look to capture the inaugural championship in the Great West League tonight as they take on the Medford Rogues at Harry & David Stadium in Medford.

Chico forced the decisive game behind the splendid pitching of Arizona product Luke Soroko who pitched a 6-hit complete game striking out 7 and allowing only one earned run. Unlike Friday night’s Game 1, where the Heat committed six errors, the Heat flashed the leather on Saturday, including a nifty force play to quell a Rogue rally in the 5th.

The Heat also got great contributions from the heart of their order as hitters 2-thru-5 (Josh Falco, Keaton Kringlen, Cameron Olson and Daniel Schneemann) combined to go 8-for-17 with 6 runs scored.

Chico will hand the ball to Chico State right-hander Stuart Bradley for the title tilt. Bradley has been a revelation in this starting role for Chico. Ever since his season opening defeat in Marysville where he allowed 6 earned runs in 1/3 of an inning, Bradley has given up only 8 earned runs in an eye-popping 71.1 innings. While Bradley relied solely on a fast-ball and curveball during his collegiate season, his change-up has been his out pitch. His penchant for getting ground ball outs and keeping hitters off-balance has been second to none. He comes into the title game with a 7-2 record and an ERA of 1.75.

Game time tonight is 6:35pm with our pre-game coming your way at 6:15pm.  You can catch all the action right here on http://KpaySports.com or the KpaySports app.

Chico Heat prep for post-season; Phelps chases 22nd Gold

By Mike Baca

The Chico Heat saw their seven-game win streak go by the boards as they fell in Medford on Wednesday night 3-0. One night after securing their spot in the Great West League Championship Series the Heat saw their offense stymied.

Chico will play their regular season finale tonight in Medford and then head home to begin the best-of-three title series at Nettleton Stadium on Friday night. By virtue of having the best record in the league, Medford has home field advantage and will host Game 2 on Saturday and if necessary Game 3 on Sunday.

You can hear all the games on KpaySports.com and the Kpay Sports app that you can download for free in the app store.

*Tickets are still available for the Game 1 of the championship series. You can go to ChicoHeat.com and purchase your tickets online and also on the Chico Heat Facebook page. Tickets are also available at the Heat offices at 1722 Mangrove.


(AP) — The blowouts are over. The Olympics are underway for real in basketball.

After nothing but pushovers this summer, the U.S. men’s basketball team faced someone who pushed back.

The U.S. men’s basketball team is 3-0 at the Olympics after rallying to beat Australia 98-88 for its 20th straight victory in Olympic competition. Carmelo Anthony scored 14 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and Kyrie (KY’-ree) Irving added 17 points and five assists.

In his fourth Olympics, Anthony became the most prolific scorer in U.S. men’s Olympic basketball history. He passed LeBron James, who skipped a chance to play in his fourth games after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA title this season. James scored 273 points during appearances in Athens, Beijing and London.

“We showed a lot of character tonight,” Irving said of the come-from-behind victory.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) agreed, saying: “This is the real world now and that’s good for us.”

Next up for Team USA is Serbia on Friday with another group game Sunday against France before the medal round begins.

In other Olympic action:

— Superstar swimmer Michael Phelps has advanced to the final of the Olympic 200-meter individual medley as the top qualifier. Long-time rival Ryan Lochte (LAHK’-tee) will be right next to him again, ranking second. Thiago Pereira sent the Brazilian crowd into a frenzy by staying close to the two American stars, finishing third.

Phelps will be seeking his fourth straight 200 IM title at the Olympics. He’s also got a chance to pull off that feat in the 100 butterfly. Phelps already has won three gold medals this week, and owns 21 gold medals in his Olympic career.

— Katie Ledecky has led the United States to a gold medal in the women’s 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay. It’s her third gold of this Olympics.

— A gutsy performance by Kristin Armstrong provided the American with her third consecutive gold medal in Olympic cycling time trial.

Racing through wind and rain over a demanding course, the soon-to-be 43-year-old finished just 5.55 seconds in front of a Russian. Armstrong also won in Beijing and London.

Armstrong joins speedskater Bonnie Blair as the only American women to win three gold medals in the same event at any Olympics.

— The American men will be seeking gold in the 200-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter freestyle, while the women will be competing in the 200-meter butterfly and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

— American Sam Dorman and Mike Hixon won the silver medal in men’s 3-meter synchronized springboard diving. They finished four points behind the gold medalists from Britain. Favored China took the bronze.

— Diana Taurasi drained a personal Olympic-best six 3-pointers as the Americans Serbia 110-84 in women’s basketball. Taurasi wound up with 25 points to help the U.S. to its 44th straight Olympic win.

— In beach volleyball, Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have finished the Olympic group stage unbeaten, but not before losing their first set of the Summer Games. The U.S. women beat Switzerland 21-13, 22-24, 15-12 to win their pool with a 3-0 record. The round-of-16 begins Friday.

— Nico Hernandez is assured of at least a bronze medal in boxing after beating Ecuador’s Carlos Quipo to improve to 3-0. The medal will be the first in the Olympic boxing tournament for the United States since 2008.

— The United States women’s field hockey team has advanced to the Olympic quarterfinals after defeating Japan 6-1.

— The American beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson has been eliminated from the Olympics on a tiebreaker. They are the first U.S men’s team to fail to advance out of pool play in beach volleyball since the 2004 Games in Athens.

— Bad weather washed out 20 of the 26 tennis matches that were on today’s schedule. And the rowing schedule has also been postponed due to the weather.

— Kazakhstan (kah-zahk-STAHN’) has its first Olympic swimming medal — a gold one, at that. Dmitriy Balandin pulled off a stunning upset in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke. Josh Prenot of the United States claimed silver.

— Rio Olympic officials say military police are stepping up security after a bus carrying journalists had two windows broken by what it calls “unknown projectiles.” Organizers say a preliminary analysis has shown that stones, not bullets, hit a bus carrying journalists, breaking two windows.

Playoff format changes as Chico Heat begin two week sprint to the finish line

Tonight begins a two week sprint to the finish line for the Chico Heat in their inaugural season in the Great West League. Chico enters play tonight tied for second place with the Marysville Gold Sox  at 24-19 just a half-game clear of the Portland Pickles for the second and final playoff spot.

During the recently completed All-Star Break the league office completely changed the playoff format in the GWL. The hope was to have 4 of the 6 teams get into the post-season. But, upon further review this “plan” was deemed unfeasible for the first year league. Too many players on all of the teams need to be back at their respective schools. The school schedule was in direct conflict with the GWL’s playoff schedule and so an adjustment needed to be made.

As the league looks to expand in the 2017 season they will also be looking at how to best determine a champion next year as well. Remedies include shortening the regular season by a few games and lengthening the playoffs, doing away with the All-Star Game thereby allowing for longer playoff series’. Possibly instituting a Super Regional feel to the playoffs and having one site host the entire thing. *I should note these are not options I have heard from anyone with the league, these are simply ramblings from your friendly neighborhood play-by-play guy.*

With that said, the “feel” of these final two weeks takes on a different tone. With Medford comfortably in first place it appears there is a three-way race for one playoff spot.

Medford          30-12     .714     —-

Chico                 24-19     .558     6.5

Marysville      24-19     .558     6.5

Portland          23-19     .548       7

Chico plays three games against Marysville beginning tonight at Nettleton Stadium and that will wrap up their season series against the Gold Sox. Marysville has done a lot of their damage against the Heat this season but they are not nearly the same squad the Heat encountered earlier in the season. The Gold Sox have struggled after a blistering 15-2 start. Portland will host the Heat for a three game series early next week in what figures to be a fantastic series with a playoff berth possibly at stake.

The Heat’s fortunes changed when they finally got their the full complement of players. The rotation is probably the deepest in the league with UW’s Adam Davenport and Arizona’s Luke Soroko. Chico State’s Stuart Bradley has been tremendous in the 3rd slot and Ryan Byrd has been a stalwart all season long.

Offensively Chico has thump, with league home run leader and UC Davis product Cameron Olson (5 HR’s) and BYU Freshman All-American Keaton Kringlen providing the big bats in the middle of the order. The Heat are lamenting the loss of Cal State Northridge product Clayton Hubbard to an MCL injury and are mixing and matching to replace the consistent bat he provided all year.

The big question mark for the Chico Heat, as it has been all year, is defense. If they play good defense they are a very tough team to beat. If they kick the ball around, they are in trouble. More often than not this season when Chico gives teams extra outs in multiple innings it has bitten them. Their ability to pick it, and play catch could very well determine whether they will be playing for a championship.

The sprint to the finish line begins tonight as rival Marysville comes to Nettleton Stadium. Two weeks ago we figured it would be a big series. Now, it could be a make a break series with the adjusted playoff format.

Our Loerke Insulation pre-game show is at 6:45pm right here on KpaySports.com and on the KpaySports app that you can download for free in the app store.