Mallards sweep La Crosse in doubleheader

first_imgWhile the All-Star Break provided a rest for the Madison Mallards, this weekend surely a changeof pace. After treacherous weather postponed the Mallards’ Thursday night game, they wereforced to play a double-header on Friday. The Mallards were able to come out with one of thevictories against the Eau Claire Express. Most importantly, they were able to save their energyfor Saturday’s double-header against the La Crosse Loggers, winning both games in decisivefashion.In the first game, the Mallards jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a bases loaded 2 RBIsingle by catcher Adam Davis in the bottom of the first inning. Davis finished the game withthe lone hit, but managed another RBI in the third inning, scoring infielder Reed Gargnani andgiving Davis his 29th RBI of the season.The story of the game was Gargnani, who went 3-for-4 with both of his runs coming off of Davis.Gargnani picked up his sixth double of the season and now has two straight multi-hit games.More impressively, Gargnani has only six hitless games since June 22.Mallard’s infielder Jon Pierre Garcia’s solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning proved tobe the nail in the coffin for the Loggers, as they went on to lose 4-1. Junior pitcher Matt Morganpicked up his third win of the season for the Mallards, while pitcher J.R. Graham picked up hisfourth save of the year.The win enabled the Mallards to head into their second game of the day with a much deservedsense of confidence. Just like in their first game, the Mallards pounced all over La Crosseearly, expect this time they didn’t stop. Mallard’s outfielder Harold Riggins drove in 2 runs in thebottom of the first inning, with infielder Jacob Esch also driving in one run. The hit by Rigginsmarked the 32nd straight game he has reached base safely, which leads the league.The onslaught continued as the Mallards batted around the order in the second inning, puttingup six runs off of four hits. Four of the runs in the second inning came off of Garcia’s grandslam, which marked his second home run of the double header. As if the Mallards needed anymore runs, they continued to pour them on with a three-run inning in the fifth. The Mallardsended up crushing the Loggers 12-1. Mallard’s pitcher Matt LaMothe finished the game with 4strikeouts, picking up his third win of the season. Reliever Nick Rice picked up the save, his firstof the season.While the bats were hot in both games, especially the second game, the pitching was evenbetter. As a matter of fact, in their four games since the All-Star Break, the Mallards have onlygiven up a total of four runs, which is something manager C.J. Thielke is impressed by.“It all begins with starting pitching,” Thieleke said. “Our last four starters [LaMothe, Morgan,Uriegas and Shellhorn] are all providing the team with an effective top of the rotation and that’swhat we’re looking for.”This weekend not only proved to be huge in the standings for the Mallards, moving them intothird place in the division, it also provided a chance for manager Thielke to get a look at some ofthe guys on his bench.“The guys showed great energy,” Thielke said. “It was exciting to see guys, who don’t alwaysplay, produce for us. I think it says a lot about the kind of depth we have on this team.”The Mallards look to extend their win streak to four games heading into their final game of theseries against La Crosse Sunday night. With a win, they could move into a tie for second placewith the Wisconsin Woodchucks, setting them up nicely for a possible playoff-birth.last_img read more

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Former SU linebacker Cameron Lynch signs with St. Louis Rams after going undrafted

first_imgFormer Syracuse outside linebacker Cameron Lynch signed with the St. Louis Rams Saturday night, as first reported by The Post-Standard’s Stephen Bailey.Lynch was a captain in his senior year and started the last two years for the Orange. He led Syracuse in tackles in 2014 with 97, 12 of which were for a loss. He also recorded seven sacks and was named third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference by Phil Steele. As a junior, he had 69 tackles and four sacks.Lynch was the fifth former Syracuse player to sign as an undrafted free agent on Saturday. This is the first year since 2008, and second since 1975, that Syracuse hasn’t had a player selected in the NFL Draft.Safety Durell Eskridge signed with the New York Jets, defensive tackle Eric Crume signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dyshawn Davis signed with the Washington Redskins and Sean Hickey signed with the New Orleans Saints. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on May 2, 2015 at 11:42 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch gifts weight room to former high school

first_img“It just shows his roots and how much he’s connected and still interested in helping the youngsters that are trying to follow in the same path he did,” Salmon River football coach Ty Medley said. “The positive momentum it has already created in two weeks has been great. All of a sudden the guys are far more interested in working out because it’s high quality, brand new stuff.”Vander Esch, who turned 23 earlier this month, walked on at Boise State University and was selected by Dallas with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2018 draft.He set a Cowboys rookie record and finished third in the NFL with 140 tackles last season while also earning a Pro Bowl selection. Leighton Vander Esch is using his newfound celebrity status to give back.The Cowboys linebacker picked up $45,000 of the $70,000 bill that provided a new weight room at his old high school in Riggins, Idaho. The gym at Salmon River High School opened for use earlier this month after being upgraded with all new equipment.“It was the first thing that popped into my mind because it was a big need,” Vander Esch told the Idaho Press . “It just made the most sense. A lot of the racks and stuff were all made in shop class and everybody has been saying we need a new weight room. It was barely even a weight room before, and now to see the excitement level of the guys using the new room has just been awesome.”Vander Esch also provided new uniforms for the football and basketball teams through his Nike apparel deal.last_img read more

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