Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Patch user "mp" guessed that the teams would combined for 33 runs, two fewer than the actual total of 35.
Editor's note: Due to an oversight, the winner of this contest was incorrectly announced on Tuesday. We sincerely regret the error. It shouldn’t be surprising that most entrants in Patch’s Pro Baseball Pick ‘Em Contest did not give the batters enough credit in making their selections. Milwaukee outscored Chicago 18-17 in the three-game series over the weekend, and few participants counted on 35 total runs from the teams battling for last place in the division. By guessing the teams would score 33 runs (Brewers 19, Cubs 14), Patch user "mp" was chosen to win the $100 gift card good for pro baseball apparel. Thanks to everyone who participated. Enjoy the rest of the baseball season!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Enter your prediction in the Comments section, and don't be afraid to back it up!
Milwaukee’s professional baseball team changed leagues in 1998, creating an immediate rivalry with Chicago’s North Siders and their passionate yet frustrated fan base. Each year Chicago fans pour into Milwaukee’s stadium for games between the teams, while Milwaukee fans simultaneously despise the “flatlanders” yet often covet a trip to their famous West Addison Street address. Patch is giving baseball fans in both regions the opportunity to turn that passion into a prize with our Pro Baseball Pick ‘Em Contest, in advance of the teams’ three-game series in Milwaukee May 11-13. The winner receives a $100 gift card for pro baseball apparel. Here’s how to play: You many enter only once, but are welcome to explain your guess and engage in …
Friday, July 15, 2011
Pitcher Mike Irgang dominates in 10-strikeout, four-hit performance.
Thanks to a masterful, complete game effort by starting pitcher Mike Irgang, Lake Zurich Post 964 will play a third end-of-the-season playoff game tonight against Zion-Benton in Zion. Irgang yielded a run on just four hits as Lake Zurich defeated host Lake Forest 3-1. It was a gutsy performance by the hard-throwing righty, who continuously challenged Lake Forest’s hitters from beginning to end. Irgang’s one rough patch was in the bottom of the fifth, but it was also his finest moment, as he pitched himself out of a difficult, two-on, no-outs jam. Center fielder Jacob Hellinga started the inning by grounding a solid single up the middle. That was followed by an infield hit by shortstop Brett Bartuch, when second baseman Collin Roto couldn’t…
Monday, June 13, 2011
American Legion Post 964 team pounds out 13 hits in regular-season opener.
The Lake Zurich American Legion baseball team kicked off their first non-tournament game with a solid 12-7 win in a non-conference match-up against Wauconda last Tuesday. The contest was played at Wauconda High School. Mark Dorfman and Jeremy Reusch were the team’s two leading hitting stars; Dorfman went 2-for-3 with a triple, a home run, three RBI and a run scored; and Reusch went 3-for-3 with two triples, a single, three RBI and three runs scored. “I’m very happy with the way the team played,” said Lake Zurich coach Dan Grant. “I’m still getting a sense of how or where different players can help the team. Every year there's a new group of players, so to some degree it's a work in progress as far as figuring out the batting order. But I …
Monday, June 6, 2011
Ela Soccer Club's Elite U23 Men's Team cops cup; LZHS boys lacrosse team falls in semis.
It’s up the ladder to the roof for the Lake Zurich Bears girls softball team, which edged top-seeded Fremd 4-3 on Saturday to take the Class 4A Warren sectional softball title. Trailing 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning, Maria Schroeder pounded a game-tying triple, driving in teammate Carlee Parsons from first. Schroeder then came home with the game-winning run on a throwing error. Starting pitcher Megan Mattera pitched a perfect seventh, striking out the last two batters she faced to close out the stunning victory for third-seed Lake Zurich, which avenged a 6-0 loss to Fremd on April 7. Mattera was golden down the stretch; after giving up five hits through the first three innings, she pitched no-hit ball the rest of the game. Things …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Bears outfielder hits two homers and drives in four in dramatic 9-8 win over Barrington
Sean Eder had already hit a three-run homer for Lake Zurich in the bottom of the second. That blast had put the Bears on the board after they spotted Barrington a six-run lead, cutting the Broncos' advantage in half. It allowed the Bears to gain some traction in mounting what would turn out to be a huge comeback. But Eder was just getting started. When he led off the bottom of the seventh, Eder said he was just thinking about getting on base. His game-winning walk-off home run off relief pitcher Maxwell Redpath gave Lake Zurich a dramatic 9-8 win, allowing them to advance to the semifinals round of the playoffs against Mundelein on Wednesday. “I knew this kid (Redpath) had a looping curveball, so that’s what I was looking for,” said Eder…
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Six-run sixth inning the difference-maker as Lake Zurich wins third in a row.
Look out, here come the Bears. Lake Zurich won their third straight game Monday, defeating the Zion-Benton Zee-Bees by a score of 8-3, as they improved their record to 11-14 and their conference record to 6-7. Lake Zurich defeated Hersey 5-3 on Saturday, when Mark Dorfman and Jeremy Reusch each doubled and winning pitcher Mike Irgang pulled even on the season at 3-3, striking out five and walking two. Last Thursday, the Bears avenged a loss to conference rival Stevenson the previous Tuesday, winning on the road handily, 11-3 behind the solid pitching of Mike Lutz. Stevenson had beaten them at home 5-4 in the first game of the home-away match-up. It was the Patriots’ first conference loss of the season after nine straight wins. “We’re …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Lake Zurich's varsity boys baseball team does double duty as a groundskeeping crew.
If you think the role of a high school baseball player is strictly confined to practicing and playing baseball, guess again. Coach Gary Simon's boys also pinch hit as the grounds crew after many of their home games. They get especially busy laying tarps across the infield when there's rain in the forecast, which seems to be true of almost every game played so far this season. With rain expected for most of the balance of the week, the team will try to prevent the infield from becoming a small body of water.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Visiting Stevenson puts a run across in the sixth for the win.
There’s one thing Lake Zurich would like to do as they play out the season over the next few weeks: beat as many North Suburban Conference foes as possible. On Tuesday, in a home contest against rival Stevenson, they seemed to be headed in that direction, until an ugly fifth inning saw them surrender a 2-0 lead, as starting pitcher Ben Gullo was knocked out after giving up four runs. “We should have won the game 4-1,” said Bears Coach Gary Simon. “We outhit them 11-5, for crying out loud.” “I hate losing that way,” added Assistant Coach Larry Lewis. Lake Zurich picked up a run in the bottom of the first, playing some solid small ball. Zach Till led off with a bloop single over the right side of the infield. John Orlando’s grounder moved …
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Slaughter rule halts game after five innings.
The Bears two games against Libertyville on Tuesday and Wednesday couldn’t have been more different. In Tuesday’s contest in Libertyville, Bears pitcher Ben Gullo dueled the Wildcat’s Joey Eichmann as Libertyville squeezed out a narrow 2-0 victory. But in Wednesday's home game, the Wildcats routed the Bears 13-3, as the game ended after five innings because of the slaughter rule. On Wednesday, Libertyville did what they weren’t able to do on Tuesday: score early and often, knocking in four runs off Bears starter Mike Schnur in the first inning. Joey Ruppert walked on four pitches, and advanced to third when Schnur threw wildly to first baseman Parker Asmann. Moments later, Nick Coutre belted his second home run in two days—both shots in …