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Tryout Results & Team Selection

Posted by Kyle on August 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Over the past two weeks, over (300) players have attended one of our tryout sessions. We appreciate your patience as we consider each player. Players attending our U14-U16 showcase should have each received their individual workout scores for their records...Final roster decisions will be made soon.

Both Girls Teams Bring Home Titles

Posted by Kyle on June 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

For the first time in the short two year history of our fastpitch program, both teams brought home championships in the same weekend.

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The U10 girls went 5-1 on the weekend and finished as the 2014 ASA WI Class A State Champions. The girls dropped their opener in extra innings to the Beloit Rage (5-3) before going on a 5 game run knocking off the Thunder, Waukesha Blazers, WI Bandits, Beloit Rage (Semis) and the WI Bandits again in the championship game to claim the title of State Champs

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The U12 girls finished their weekend at 4-0 and as the East Madison Summer Smash Champs rolling through the field by a combined score of 54-7. The weekend was highlighted by Jordyn Pipkin tossing two complete game shutouts, Clairie Peachey gunning (5) runners on attempted steals from behind the plate, and homeruns by Melanie Renforth, Grace McMahon and Jordyn Pipkin (2)

A Big Weekend for the Cats

Posted by Kyle on June 26, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The program combined for an 18-1 record this past weekend at (4) age levels with the U10 boys, U11 boys and U13 boys all winning USSSA State Championships at their respective age levels and the U10 girls bringing home the clubs first NAFA Nationals qualification. Congratualtions to our athletes and coaches on their accomplishments. Winning is not a focus but a result of effort, attitude, fundamentals and teamwork...CAT PRIDE!!!

U8 Boys Win It All in the Quad Cities

Posted by Kyle on June 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The U8 T Cats enjoyed a triumphant Memorial weekend in Iowa/Illinois. The young Tcats played their hearts out to take the championship with a 4-1 record.

 

The T Cats challenged the Rock Island Jrs in game 1. The boys pitching virtually shut down the opponents bats. No hits were allowed to go with 13 strike outs by Gabe Reyes and Kaleb Pagel combined. The bats were on fire, with Pagel, Mitchell, Wambach, Wagner and Morrison all going 2 for 3. Final score after 5 innings, 9-1.

 

Game 2, the T Cats faced the Heat. Carter Morrison led the pitching crew only allowing three runs with seven strikeouts. Casey Wambach and Teddy Wagner both went 3 for 3 to lead the Cats to a 7-3 win in 4 innings.

 

Game 3 against Westchester was a pitchers' battle. On the mound was Tyler Frederick and Casey Wambach. The game went nine innings long with a final score of 2-1. The boys scored in the top of the ninth and held Westchester in the bottom to take the victory. Thundercats big hitters were Max Mitchell and Kaleb Pagel.

 

Unfortunately, game 4 turned out to be too much for the tired Cats. They faced the Warriors. The Warriors pitcher held the Tcats to only three runs. Final score 3-13 after four innings. Highlight was two doubles by Teddy Wagner!

 

Day three brought warmer weather and and some well rested Thundercats. Good thing they were rested. Game 5 the boys faced the Rock Island Jrs again. A pitchers' battle ensued. Seven innings later the young Tcats were tied 3-3. With Casey Wambach at the mound the Cats went three up three down. Bottom of the seventh Cooper Mlsna gets to first on an error. Jonathan Sampo fakes a bunt drawing clear confusion for the Jr Rocks. This allows Mlsna to steal second and third. Sampo closes the deal with a base hit up the middle allowing Mlsna to score. Thundercats win 4-3!

U9 Boys go 5-1 on Weekend, Take 3rd

Posted by Kyle on June 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The U9 boys opened Friday night with an 11-0 win over Windsor. Jack Riley and Cooper Schoonover pitched 2 innings each, facing the minimum 12 batters with 8 strikeouts. On Saturday, the Cats started with a 11-8 win over Jackson. Tyler Butina started on the mound, but was forced to leave due to an injury. Blaise Buechel and Antonio Unzueta came in and combined to throw 4 2/3 inn of no hit baseball with 3 strikeouts each. Game 2 saw the Cats beat host Waupan 13-3. Jack Riley pitched 3 innings, allowing 1 hit, 3 runs (1 earned). Cooper Schoonover pitched 2 innings of 0 hit baseball in relief. On Sunday the Cats came out with hot bats, beating Oshkosh 18-1. Jack Riley pitched 1 inning striking out all 3 batters he faced. Blaise Buechel pitched the next 3 innings in relief, allowing just 3 hits and 1 run. The Cats then faced Burlington in what the director called the game of the day. Jack Riley started the game going 3 innings.  Antonio Unzueta pitched the final 3 innings. The Cats had a 4-3 lead going into the last inning, but some key hits gave Burlington the 9-4 win.  The boys rebounded nicely to beat Verona 13-5 in the 3rd place game. Dane Brost pitched 3 innings, allowing 0 runs and striking out 2. Blaise Buechel pitched 1 inning and Jack Riley closed it out pitching the last 2 innings.  The Cats were paced offensively on the weekend by Jack Riley (11x20), Antonio Unzueta (11x19), Tyler Butina (13x19), Brayden Grauvogl (9x13), and Cuinn Larsh (7x13).

U10 Boys Win Quad Cities Memorial Day Challenge

Posted by Kyle on May 31, 2014 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Strong pitching, defense, and a balanced offensive attack paced the Cats to a perfect 5-0 record over the 3 day tournament. The U10 boys started the tournament off with an 18-3 victory over the Quad Cities A's. The Cats used a strong pitching performance from Ryan Brown and a balanced Thundercat offensive attack in a 9 run first inning. Game 2 saw the boys beat host Quad Cities Hitmen Red by the score of 10-2. Quinn Whalen and Brady Annen combined to hold the Hitmen to 2 hits over 5 innings. In game 3, the Cats beat Quad Cities Hitmen Blue to claim the #1 seed heading into bracket play. The Cats used timely hitting up and down the lineup, including key hits by Brandon Topel, Quinn Whalen, and Brady Wilde. The semi finals opened with a bang, with Quentin Keene hitting two, 3 run homeruns in consecutive at bats to defeat the Galesburg Xtreme by the score of 19-4. Brady Wilde pitched 2 solid innings to get the win. In the championship game, the boys rode a strong defensive effort and another outstanding outing by Ryan Brown to defeat the Quad Cities Hitmen Blue, 10-5. Brown pitched 3 innings, giving up 3 runs, while striking out two. The Cats struck frequently on offense once again with hits from all 12 hitters in the lineup. Bow Hartwig came in to pitch the final 3 innings to close the door for a championship victory.

U10 Boys 2nd at Swing for the Ring in Mauston

Posted by Kyle on May 22, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The U10 boys opened the tournament with a tough 8-5 loss against the Naperville Renegades. The boys quickly bounced back by beating Titans Select, 15-0. The game was highlighted by a 4 inning no-hit effort by Josh Caron and Brady Wilde. The Cats offense was paced by 2 hits each by Brandon Topel, Quentin Keene, and Carter Lory. In the semi finals, The Cats avenged an opening game loss by defeating the Naperville Renegades by a score of 11 to 8. Bow Hartwig and Brady Wilde pitched 4 innings of outstanding baseball, turning it over to Brady Annen to close out the game for a Cats win. In the Finals, the Cats faced off against the Verona Sting in a thriller. The Sting jumped out to a 2-0 lead, with the Cats tying it up in the bottom of the 2nd. Verona scored 3 in the 3rd, with the Cats getting to within 1 in the 5th and the game ending with the Cats coming up one run short. The U10's had two individual player recognitions on the weekend with both Brandon Topel and Quentin Keene earning game MVP's.

U10 Girls Take 2nd in Morton, IL

Posted by Kyle on May 7, 2014 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The U10 girls opened their outdoor season by going 5-1 in the Morton Spring Tournament and returning home as runner-ups. The girls opened their weekend with a 12-0 win over Morton Mystics. In their 2nd prelim game, the lady Cats topped Dunlap 9-4 to finish the first day at 2-0 and as the #1 seed in the 15 team field. The girls opened Sundays bracket play with a 12-0 win over Dee-Mack led by a Bella Herman 1-hit 9-strikeout complete game and a 3-3 performance at the plate by Aidyn Messmann. In the quarterfinals, the Lady Cats showed the ability to come from behind for the first time. Trailing by 1 with nobody on and 2 outs in the bottom fhe last inning, Eden Welling got on with a base hit, stole second and scored on a Kaylee Galla double to tie the game. With Galla at second, Payton Hans ripped a single to right center to walk off, propelling the girls past the Washington Cobras (8-7) and into the semis. In The semis, the girls again rallied. Down 4 with 2 outs and Brittney Mengal on 2nd in the top of the last inning, Kaylee Galla doubled followed by consecutive hits by Hans, Messmann, Savannah Serdynski and Nora Statz to take a one run lead. Eden Welling handled the LGSA Jet hitters in the bottom half as the girls closed out another 8-7 win to advance to the championship. In the final game v the Mid-State Blaze, the 4th of the day for the girls, fatigue seemed to set in, causing a few miscues, which forced the girls to settle for a well earned 2nd place finish. On the weekend, the girls had (5) different players awarded tournament MVP's including Bella Herman, Payton Hans, Eden Welling, Kaylee Galla and Nora Statz

U10, U11 & U13 Cats Combined 12-1 in Loves Park

Posted by Kyle on April 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The U10, U11 and U13 Boys took Loves Park, IL by storm this past weekend with a combined 12-1 overall record, and an impressive 7-0 run on championship Sunday in the USSSA Pre-seaon NIT.

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The U10 boys started their tournament season off with a 4-0 record, in a rain shortened tournament. In game 1, the U10's beat the Wind Lake Screaming Eagles 16-7, behind a balanced offensive attack. In game 2, the Cats defeated the Midwest Timberwolves 12-4, fueled by excellent pitching and defense. Day 2 brought the Cats decisive victories 12-4 against the Bison Outlaws in pool play, and 13-3 against Illinois Valley Team Green in the semi finals behind all around well played baseball. The championship game was called prior to starting due to weather and the Cats were awarded a second place finish. The Cats offensive attack was lead by Josh Caron (7 hits), Quentin Keene (7 hits), and Quinn Whalen (6 hits). The trio totaled 11 extra base hits (including 3 home runs) within the 20 hits. The Cats utilized 6 pitchers on the weekend and were paced by Ryan Brown throwing 6 innings total, striking out 4, and giving up only 2 earned runs. Brady Annen and Brady Wilde also contributed, pitching a combined 6 innings, striking out 5, and only allowing 2 earned runs.

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The U11 boys opened the weekend with an 8-3 victory over Rhino Baseball East and followed that up later in the day with a 20-0 win over Bison Outlaws HK. Three Cat pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter against Bison Outlaws HK. On Sunday, the boys started the day off by beating the Rochelle Rampage 9-2 in which two Cat pitchers combined for another one-hitter. The boys then went on to beat Bison Outlaws SH in the semi-finals by a score of 8-0 with the pitching staff only surrendering two hits throughout. Unfortunately, the boys could not finish the job as the rain moved in prior to the start of the championship game forcing the Cats to settle for a 4-0 weekend and 2nd place as determined by a "Runs Allowed" tie breaker. The boys gave up just 5 runs in 4 games, while scoring 45 and out hitting their opponents 39-9. On the weekend, the boys had a team batting average of .386 and a team ERA of 0.95.

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The U13 boys started the weekend a little slow, unable to get the bats going throughout their opener falling to CIBA Academy 0-6. After the opener however, the boys seemed to adjust to being outdoors for one of the few times this year beating the Southwest Storm 9-6 in game #2 of pool play to finish the day. The boys entered Sunday as the #2 seed out of their pool. With all of their pitching set up for a Sunday run, the staff stepped up to the challenge giving up only 3 runs thoughout the day as the boys knocked off Team Demarini 6-1 in the quarters, STIKS Academy 7-2 in the semis amd capped off the weekend with a 7-0 win against Team Heat in a championship game highlighted by a Tyler Trivett no-hitter.

Congratulations Coach Brian Gillogly - HOF

Posted by Kyle on February 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Legendary baseball coach Brian Gillogly is poised for yet another hall of fame nod as the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association has come calling for him to be one of three inducted into its 2014 class. Gillogly, who amassed 337 victories over 12 seasons as coach of the Sabres, was a 2012 Marian Athletics Hall of Fame inductee.

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Gillogly coached Marian and Luther College over 22 seasons, totaling more than 550 career wins in the process. His teams won 13 conference championships and he was named Coach of the Year nine times.

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While guiding the Sabres from the program's inception in 1988-1999, Gillogly led Marian to 11 seasons of 20 or more wins, including six straight 30-win campaigns, while never missing the postseason and culminating in a conference championship 11 times.

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His 1993 squad, which was inducted into Marian's 2012 Hall of Fame class as well, set a school-record with 38 wins on the way to an NAIA World Series appearance. Two years later, he was named NAIA National Coach of the Year. He coached nine Lake Michigan Conference Players of the Year, 32 NAIA All-District honorees, eight NAIA honorable mention All-Americans, one MLB Amateur Draft pick and a fellow Marian Hall of Fame inductee.

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The WBCA induction ceremony is set to take place Saturday, February 8, at the Middleton Marriott during the Annual WBCA Clinic and Convention.

 


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