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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.

 

U10 Boys Open Their Season as Champs

Posted by Kyle on December 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The U10 boys traveled to Players Choice in Appleton for the Appleton Panthers Annual Holiday Indoor Tournament this past weekend to open their 2014 season. The team opened the tournament with a 7-6 comeback win against the Richfield Rockets. The Cats jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind a 2 RBI base hit by offensive game leader Carson Krumrei. The Rockets went up by the score of 5-2 going into the 4th. The Cats scored 5 in the 4th behind 2 RBI's by Quentin Keene and and hits by Quinn Whalen and Bow Hartwig. Brady Annen closed the game with a solid inning and a third to get the win. Game 2 saw the Cats cruise to a 7-1 victory over the Madison Hatters. The Hatters were held to 2 hits by excellent pitching from Quinn Whalen and Bow Hartwig. Hartwig and Whalen combined for 12 strikeouts against the Hatters hitters. Quentin Keene paced the Cats with 2 hits and two RBI's offensively. In the Championship game, the Cats defeated the Appleton Panthers 9-6 in an exciting 8 inning game. The Panthers raced out to an early 4-0 lead. Brady Wilde, arguably the story of the game, entered in relief and gave the Cats a shot in the arm on the mound. Wilde pitched out of a 2 out jam and threw 2 more innings of incredible 1 run, 3 strikeout ball. Carter Lory relieved Wilde in the clutch to close out another Panthers opportunity in the 5th. The Cats continued to chip away using timely hitting and solid defense to tie the game in their last at bat in the top of the 6th behind Quinn Whalen driving in Ryan Brown with two outs. Bow Hartwig kept the Panthers at bay, highlighted by more defensive work by the Cats. In the top of the 8th, the Cats went ahead for good on a two RBI base rip by Quentin Keene. Quinn Whalen came in to close the game out for the championship in a thriller. The Cats used 7 pitchers during the 3 game weekend. The pitching was paced by Bow Hartwig, Quinn Whalen, and Brady Wilde. Brandon Topel lead the offense in SB (10) and runs scored (4), while Quentin Keene (5 hits /4 RBI) Bow Hartwig (3 hits/2 RBI) and Quinn Whalen (3 hits/4 RBI) lead the Cat hitters.

Congratulations to Our Raffle Winners

Posted by Kyle on October 22, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to everyone who helped to support our club through your participation in our cash raffle fundraiser. To follow are the winners from our drawing held on 10/16:

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$100 Winners:

Michelle Theis, Waterloo

Glenn Mack, Sauk City

Beverly Saelens, Oregon

Staci Hoffman, Jefferson

Layci Soholt, Watertown

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$250 Winners:

Paul Kirchberg, DeForest

Don Tuscany, Waunakee

Jeff Passow, Germantown

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$500 Winner:

Alex Bethke, Madison

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$1000 Winner:

Larry Schreiber, Muskego

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$2000 Winner:

Claurice Krause, Fort Atkinson

 

Spiritwear Store is Open

Posted by Kyle on October 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to everyone who attended last night as we officially opened our facility with our Apparel and Demo Days. The winners of the raffle drawing will be posted on our website after we contact them directly. The Demarini/Wilson order forms can be turned in to a coach or director at any time through 11/22. Our spiritwear store is now open through 11:59pm on 10/27. To access the spiritwear store, go to the "Order Spiritwear" page and click on the "GO CATS" link to be directed to our external site where all apparel orders can be placed. The targeted delivery date to our facility of the completed product is 11/22. Following the delivery date, all apparel will be distributed through the individuals team coach.

Apparel & Demo Days on 10/16

Posted by Kyle on October 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We will be conducting an apparel/uniform fitting and demo days at our facility on 10/16 starting at 6:00pm. Demarini/Wilson will be on site for our players to demo bats and gloves, Spiderz batting gloves will be sizing custom team batting gloves and Burghardt Sporting Goods will have samples of all of our fan/team apparel. Our facility will be open from 6:00-8:30pm on that night with our club raffle drawing be held at 7:00pm. The following day, our club spiritwear site will go live for (10) days for families to purchase fan/team apparel, equipments, bags, and training shoes

U15 Showcase Style Camp Announced

Posted by Kyle on July 30, 2013 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Thundercat Baseball will be hosting a U15 Showcase Style Camp on August 18th from 3:00-6:00pm at Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills for players elgible to play U15 baseball in 2014. This camp will be by invite only and feature a professional coaching staff consisting of former Div I athletes and college coaches. To be considered for the camp, interested players should complete the "Showcase Camp Invite" located in the left hand column. Details for the camp can be found on the "15U Thundercat Boys" page located under the "Thundercat Boys Teams" heading in the left hand column. The cost of the camp is only $30 and will be capped at (40) participants.

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Following the camp, players may be contacted by the Thundercat Baseball staff with an offer to play on our 2014 U15 Showcase team scheduled to start play following the 2014 high school season. The 2014 U15 team will offer our players the opportunity to play in high level showcase tournaments, be developed by a professional coaching staff, and to be assisted on the road to achieving their goal of playing baseball at the next level.

U12's Finish 3rd at GameDay USA National Championship

Posted by Kyle on July 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The U12 boys concluded an outstanding season with a 3rd place finish in the GameDay USA National Championship held in Chicago this past weekend. The tournament consisted of teams from 10 different states and Vietnam at the various age levels. The boys opened play against Pitch 2 Pitch Acedemy and used timely hitting and outstanding defense to open with a 5-4 win. The 2nd game of the week brought the boys their first bit of adversity of the tournament as they took on the Hometown Gators. Leading 3-1 late in the game, the boys could not take advantage of runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, eventually making the first two outs of the inning at home plate and ceasing an opportunity to put the game away. In the bottom of the inning, the skies opened up and through a heavy rain, the strike zone disappeared for the Cat pitchers. In poor conditions and with a wet baseball, the boys kicked it around a little and eventually dropped the contest, ending their 10 game tournament win streak. The rain stayed steady the rest of the day causing the tournament director to re-format the brackets to a single elimination event heading into the weekend. The Cats 3rd game found them down 3-0 after the top of the first, but the boys showed the same composure that they have all year as they grinded their way back, ulitmately ending the contest with a 7-3 win. Advancing to the quarter finals, the boys were paired against the Bridgeport Bombers. The Cats jumped on the Bombers early and often, stretching their lead out to 10-3 before the Bombers plated a couple in the bottom of the 6th before the boys closed it out at 10-6. Following the boys best offensive performance of the week in the quarters, the bats went silent in semis v the Palos Stampede. The boys defense and pitching kept the game close but the lack of offense ultimately lead to the Cats falling to the eventual tournament champions 4-0, concluding an outstanding year where the boys went 38-17 on the season.

U11's Win Title in Richfield

Posted by Kyle on July 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The U-11 Cats captured their 3rd Championship of the year by working their way through a tough 8-team field and eventually emerging from the pack as champions. The Cats avenged an early season loss to the Oak Creek Storm in the tournament opener by jumping out to a 9-0 lead after 2 innings and holding on for a 9-5 win. The Germantown Jr Warhawks gave the Cats all they could handle in the second game of pool play. The Cats strung together six hits in a 7-run fourth inning to build an 11-3 lead, but the Warhawks scored five times in the bottom of the sixth and brought the tying run to the plate before a diving catch by Logan Pampel and a quick throw to first to double off the runner ended the game. The Cats would then handle Menomonee Falls in a run rule contest in the final game of pool play, pounding out 18 hits highlighted by a 3-run home run by Alex Ryan, his third of the tournament. In the semis, the Cats fell behind the Tosa West Trojans 5-2 early, but battled back with a 5-run fourth, scoring all five runs after 2 outs as Adam Boelter’s 3-run double down the right field line capped the rally. The Trojans continued to battle, scoring 2-runs in the sixth and brought the tying run to the plate, but Cat’s pitcher Riley Zirbel ended the threat with a strikeout to end the game and send the Cats into their fifth championship game of the season. The Cats were then set to battle Oak Creek again in the championship game, but rain washed out the game and the Cats were awarded the championship by virtue of having the higher seed.

U11's Take 2nd at Cat Classic

Posted by Kyle on July 16, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The U-11 Cats used solid pitching, strong defense and clutch hitting on their way to a second place finish in the Summer “Cat” Classic. The Cats dominated in pool play scoring 9 runs in the 5th inning of their opener against Pewaukee, banging out 15 hits in a 10-4 win over Germantown and then scored 11 runs in the first 2 innings against Milton to advance to Sunday’s semifinals at 3-0. The Cats would face a gritty Waukesha Hurricanes team in the semi’s which proved to be a tight game early on. Cats pitcher Alex Ryan, however, was the story of the game pitching a complete game, working all 5 innings, allowing just 2 hits while striking out 5 and giving up just 2 runs. In the semis, the Cats erupted late for 5 runs fueled by a 2-run double by Reed Garsky and a run-scoring triple by Logan Pampel to end the game 10-2 and send the home team into the finals against the Appleton Panthers. The championship proved to be another pitcher’s duel as Cats pitcher Justin Swanson and Panthers pitcher Kaden Krueger battled against each other for 5 innings. The Cats scored twice in the 2nd inning to take a 2-0 lead, but the Panthers would battle back to surge ahead 5-3 heading into the final inning. In the 6th, The Cats plated 1-run but ran out of fuel stranding runners on 2nd and 3rd as the Panthers held on for a 5-4 victory in what proved to be the best game of the tournament in the U11 bracket.


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