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2011 Season

Saturday, July 16
Bearcats Get "Crushed" By The Crushers - Des Plaines Crushers 11, BG Bearcats 0


Thursday, July 14
Bearcats Lose To The Titans - Schiller Park Titans 10, BG Bearcats 4


Tuesday, July 12
Bearcats Open MSBL Tourney With A Bang - BG Bearcats 11, Midwest Hitmen 6


Sunday, July 10
Bearcats Play Indians Closer Second Time Around - Illinois Indians 8, BG Bearcats 0


Sunday, July 10
Bearcats Drop Close Game in Wood Bat Tourney - PBI Eagles 10, BG Bearcats 8


Saturday, July 9
Bearcats Open Wood Bat Tourney With Loss - Illinois Indians 14, BG Bearcats 0


Wednesday, July 6
Bearcats Lose "Heartbreaker" -- Glenview Blaze 9, BG Bearcats 8

The Bearcats played their final regular season MSBL came tonight as the squared off against the Glenview Blaze.  The Bearcats won the first contest in the last inning to nick the Blaze by a run, 3-2.  The Blaze were looking to avenge that loss and the Cats wanted no part of that.  Stark started on the mound for the Bearcats.  He pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up a total of five runs, four of which were earned.  He gave up eight hits.  He struck out three batters, walked two batters, and hit one batsman.  Kelly came on in relief of Stark.  He worked 2 1/3 innings and gave up two hits.  He issued no walks or recorded any strikeouts, and he hit one batsman.  Litcher came on in relief of Kelly.  He pitched one inning.  He gave up one run on two hits.  He issued no walks and did not record any strikeouts.  It was a seesaw battle all night.  The Cats were staked to a three run lead in the first inning after batting through seven spots in the order.  Glenview came right back with three runs to tie the score in the bottom of the first inning.  The Blaze took the lead in the second inning after scoring one run.  The Cats came back and tied the score at 4 in the bottom of the third inning.  The Blaze scored another run in the fourth inning to reclaim the lead at 5-4.  The Bearcats scored three runs in the sixth inning to reclaim the lead at 7-5.  The Blaze scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead again by a score of 8-7.  The Bearcats were down to their final at bats and were able to plate a run to tie the score at 8-8.  It looked like we might be headed for extra innings but the Blaze pieced together a couple of hits to score the winning run.  The Bearcats hit the ball extremely well but came up on the short end of the stick, losing 9-8.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Sienko 2-2, (2) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RS, (1) RBI

Spiro 2-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (1) RS, (2) RBIs

Stark 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RBI

Levey 2-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B

Grant 2-4, (2) 2B, (2) RS

Millman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Kelly 1-4, (1) 1B, (1) RS, (1) RBI

Fishman (1) FC, (1) RS, (1) RBI 

Litcher (1) BB, (1) RS



Tuesday, July 5
Bearcats Lose Large -- PBI Eagles 16, BG Bearcats 5

The Bearcats played their fourth game in three days as they headed West to Barrington to play the PBI Eagles.  Fishman started on the mound for the Bearcats.  He worked 3 1/3 innings.  He gave up four runs on five hits.  He struck out three, walked five, and hit a batsman.  Millman came on in relief of Fishman.  He pitched 2 1/3 innings.  He gave up eight runs, six of which were earned.  He gave up five hits, issued no walks, and struck out two batters.  Gordon came on in relief of Millman.  He pitched 1 1/3 innings.  He gave up four runs, three of which were earned.  He gave up two hits, issued no walks, and struck out one batter.  The Bearcats kicked the ball around a bit tonight and they seemed genuinely disinterested.  The Bearcats coaching staff had a players meeting after the game to clarify the expectations of the players.  Let's see if the meeting has a positive effect on their next ball game.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Sienko 2-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs

Kelly 2-3, (2) 1B, (2) RS

Spiro 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS, (1) RBI

Litcher (1) BB, (1) RS

Millman (1) RE, (1) RS

Gordon (1) RE, (1) RBI 

Nolan (1) FC, (1) RBI



Sunday, July 3
Bearcats Slaughter the Cardinals -- BG Bearcats 18, Arlington Heights Cardinals 0

The Bearcats played their consolation game of the Schaumburg 4th of July tournament this afternoon as they squared off against the Arlington Heights Cardinals.  Sienko got his first start on the hill for the Bearcats.  He worked two innings.  He gave up no runs on no hits.  He struck out two batters and walked two batters.  Lenard came on in relief of Sienko.  He pitched two innings.  He gave up no runs on one hit.  He struck out two batters and walked one batter.  Nolan came on in relief of Lenard and also held the Cards scoreless.  He pitched one inning.  He gave up one hit.  He struck out one batter and issued no walks.  The three Cats pitchers combined for a two hit shutout as they worked the hill to perfection.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Kelly 4-4, (2) 3B, (2) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RS, (1) RBI

Nolan 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) BB, (3) RS, (1) RBI

Lenard 2-4, (1) 3B, (1) 1B, (2) RS, (1) RBI

Sienko 1-2, (1) 1B, (2) BB, (2) RS

Fishman 2-4, (2) 1B, (2) RS

Grant 2-5, (2) 1B, (2) RS

Stark 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RS, (1) RBI

Spiro 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS, (1) RBI

Levey (1) BB, (1) RS

Litcher (1) BB, (1) RS

Gordon (1) HBP



Sunday, July 3
Bearcats Come Back With Big Fifth Inning -- BG Bearcats 7, OPRF 4


Saturday, July 2
Bearcats Lose -- Leyden Eagles 11, BG Bearcats 1


Thursday, June 30
Bearcats "Struck" By Lightning Twice -- Lake County Lightning 10, BG Bearcats 2


Wednesday, June 29
Bearcats Win In Close Contest -- BG Bearcats 5, Northwest Travelers 4

The Bearcats played the Northwest Travelers tonight.  It was a beautiful night for baseball and the Cats were hoping to change their luck.  They started Stark on the mound.  He looked really good in four innings of work.  He gave up no runs on no hits. He struck out five batters and issued two walks.  He left the game staked to a 4-0 lead.  Lenard came on in relief of Stark.  He pitched 1 1/3 innings.  He gave two runs on two hits.  He struck out one batter and issued two walks.  Fishman came on in relief of Lenard.  He worked 1 2/3 innings.  He gave up two runs on three hits.  He struck out four batters, issued four walks, and hit two batsmen.  After leading by a score of 4-0 through five innings, the Cats gave all the runs back in the sixth to allow the Travelers to tie the score.  It was the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied.  Litcher reached base on a single.  Levey hit into a fielder's choice.  Millman walked, loading the bases for Sienko.  There was one out and a 1-2 count.  Sienko was able to put the ball in play with a hard hit to the right side, scoring Litcher on the play to win the game.  Tonight's game was a great example of a team never giving up, even after going through some adversity.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Nolan 2-3, (2) 1B, (2) RBIs

Stark 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Millman 1-2, (1) 1B, (2) BB, (1) RS

Litcher 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Gordon 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Spiro 1-3, (1) 1B, (2) RS, (1) RBI

Lenard 1-3, (1) 1B

Sienko 1-4, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI

Fishman (2) BB

Kelly (1) RE, (1) BB



Saturday, June 25
Bearcats Play "Shorthanded" With Eight But Hit Well -- Park Ridge 10, Bearcats 4

The Bearcats played with only eight players today but still played a heck of a game.  The Bobcats started Grant on the mound.  He pitched four innings.  He gave up seven earned runs on eight hits.  He did not strike any batters out and issued two walks.  Sienko made his first appearance of the season as he came on in relief of Grant.  He pitched two innings.  He gave up three runs, one of which was earned.  He did not strike out any batters and he issued one walk.  The Bearcats were in the game the entire time.  They hit the ball really well, with several players having two-hit games.  Sienko hit his first home run of the season to give the Cats a lift.  The Bearcats can compete with any team, even when they are shorthanded.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Spiro 2-3, (2) 1B

Sienko 2-4, (1) HR, (1) 1B, (2) RS, (3) RBIs

Stark 2-4, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Fishman 2-4, (1) 2B, (1) 1B

Grant 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Lenard 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB



Wednesday, June 22
Bearcats Lose Heartbreaker -- Deerfield Warriors 3, BG Bearcats 2

The Bearcats lost another tough game tonight as the squared off against the division-leading Deerfield Warriors.  The last time they played each other the Bearcats were short on rostered players so they called up a twelve year old to play.  The Cats lost by one run in the first contest and again by one run in the second contest.  It looked like the Bearcats had a chance to win but could not plate any additional runs to overcome the one-run deficit.  Grant blasted his first home run of the season and the first Bearcats home run of the season but it was not enough.  Millman started on the hill for the Bearcats. He worked two innings.  He gave up two earned runs on three hits.  He did not issue any walks or strikeouts.  Fishman came on in relief of Millman.  He pitched four innings. He gave up no runs on two hits.  He walked four and struck out two batters.  Stark came on in relief of Fishman.  He pitched one inning and gave up one earned run on one hit.  He struck out one batter and issued no walks. The Bearcats were in it until the end but they could not tie the score or take the lead in the final inning. The Bearcats gave the Warriors all they could handle and were lucky to get the win against the Cats.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Fishman 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Kelly 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) HBP

Grant 1-3, (1) HR, (1) RS, (1) RBI

Lenard 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Stark 1-3, (1) 1B

Litcher (1) SAC, (1) RBI



Monday, June 20
Bearcats Lose -- Drive For Performance 12, BG Bearcats 3

The Bearcats dropped another game to Drive For Performance tonight.  Kelly started on the mound for the Bearcats.  He pitched one inning before being lifted because of an arm problem.  He gave up three earned runs on two hits.  He walked one batter and hit one batsman.  Stark came on in relief of Kelly.  He pitched four innings and gave up four earned runs on four hits.  He walked two and hit two batsmen. Grant came on in relief of Stark.  He pitched 2/3 of an inning.  He gave up two earned runs on one hit.  He walked two batters and had no strikeouts.  Gordon came on in relief of Grant.  He worked 1 1/3 innings.  He gave up no runs on one hit.  He struck out two batters and walked one batter.  He pitched himself out of a jam in the sixth inning and yielded no runs.  It sounds like a common theme but the offense was not there tonight.  The Bearcats had a total of three hits for the entire game and they were able to plate three runs.  Kelly, Lenard and Sienko tallied the only hits for the Cats while Nolan had the sole RBI for the Bearcats.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Kelly 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Sienko 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RS

Lenard 1-3, (1) 1B

Spiro (2) RE, (1) SB, (1) RS

Gordon (1) RE, (1) BB, (1) SB, (1) RS

Nolan (1) RE, (1) SB, (1) RBI 

Millman (1) RE

Grant (2) BB, (1) SB

Litcher (1) BB

Fishman (1) BB



Saturday, June 18
Bearcats Lose -- Niles Bandits 6, BG Bearcats 2

The Bearcats lost another close game today to the Niles Bandits.  The Bearcats hitting woes continued as they had a total of five hits for the game.  Fishman started on the hill for the Bearcats.  He pitched four innings, giving up one earned run on no hits.  He struck out three and walked one.  Millman came on in relief of Fishman.  He pitched one inning, giving up one earned run on one hit.  He did not strike out or walk any batters.  Litcher came on in relief of Millman.  He also pitched one inning.  He gave up five earned runs on four hits.  He walked two batters and hit a batsman.  The Bearcats were winning 2-1 through five innings but could not hold on to the lead.  The Bearcats struggled offensively.  They are looking for that breakout game that they need.  It's been a tough stretch for the Bearcats but they have to keep at it.  They need to stay positive and try to hit their way out of this slump.  They have a good core of players who just need to put the pieces together.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Levey 1-1, (1) 1B, (2) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Kelly 2-4, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Millman 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) BB

Nolan 1-4, (1) 1B

Litcher (2) BB

Sienko (1) BB

Fishman (1) BB

Gordon (1) BB



Sunday, June 12
Bearcats Lose Close Game -- Deerfield Warriors 5, BG Bearcats 4

The Bearcats played against the Deerfield Warriors today with eight regular rostered players and one call up from the 12 U farm system, Josh Zeal.  The Bearcats got off to a nice start after Kelly singled on the first pitch of the game.  Unfortunately he got caught stealing.  Grant walked and stole second.  Sienko doubled, scoring Grant on the play.  The Cats started Fishman on the mound.  He pitched well in four innings of work.  He gave up one earned run on three hits.  He struck out two batters and walked two.  Fishman left the game with Deerfield winning 3-1.  Kelly came on in relief of Fishman and he also looked good.  He gave up one earned run on two hits.  He struck out two and walked one batter.  The Bearcats scored three runs in the sixth inning after Grant and Sienko walked.  Fishman hit into a fielder's choice and plated Grant on the play.  Sienko scored on a wild pitch after advancing to third on the previous play.  Lenard reached safely and also stole a base.  Litcher advanced him to third on a fielder's choice.  Lenard scored on a wild pitch and the Cats took the lead 4-3.  The Bearcats could not hold on after a couple of errors allowed Deerfield to score two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to retake the lead.  The Bearcats went down in order in the seventh inning but they never gave up.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Sienko 1-2 (1) 2B, (1) BB, (2) SB, (1) RS, (1) RBI

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Kelly 1-4, (1) 1B

Grant (2) BB, (1) SB, (2) RS

Lenard (1) RE, (1) BB, (1) RS

Levey (1) BB

Zeal (1) BB



Friday, June 10
Bearcats Lose -- Drive For Performance 8, BG Bearcats 5

The Bearcats played their third game in four days as they squared off against Drive For Performance.  Grant started on the mound for the Bearcats.  He pitched three innings.  He gave up three four runs on three hits.  He struck out four, walked five, and hit three batsmen before he was lifted from the game.  Levey came on in relief of Grant.  He pitched three innings for the Cats.  He gave up four runs on five hits.  He struck out two batters and walked two batters.  The Cats struggled offensively until the final inning.  They scored one run in the first inning and one run in the second inning and then scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning but it was not enough.  The Bearcats hope to regroup quickly as they play a good Deerfield team on Sunday.  It looks like the Bearcats will have to call up some players from the system as they do not have enough rostered players to play on Sunday.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Gordon 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) SB, (1) RS

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) SB, (1) RS, (2) RBIs

Grant 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Millman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Fishman (1) RE, (1) BB, (1) RBI

Nolan (1) RE, (1) BB, (1) SB, (2) RS

Levey (1) BB, (1) SB, (1) RS

Spiro (2) BB

Litcher (1) BB



Thursday, June 9
Bearcats Win!! -- BG Bearcats 4, Windy City Travelers 1

The Bearcats played a home game at an away location after their previous game was rained out.  The Bearcats played in Chicago at Oriole Park.  The field was in amazingly good shape after a couple of days of rain.  The Bearcats took the field first.  They started Kelly on the mound.  He looked really good in four innings of work.  He gave up no runs on one hit.  He struck out two and walked two batters.  Millman came on in relief of Kelly.  He also looked really good in three innings or work.  He gave up one unearned run on one hit.  He struck out four and walked one batter.  The Bearcats played some good baseball.  The fielding looked sharp and the players were engaged throughout the game.  The Bearcats hope to build on this win and get a little streak going.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Kelly 2-2, (2) 1B, (1) BB

Fishman 2-3, (2) 1B, (2) RBIs

Sienko 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) BB, (2) RS, (2) SB

Litcher 1-2, (1) 1B

Millman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Lenard 1-3, (1) 1B, (2) SB

Nolan (1) RE, (1) RS, (2) SB 

Spiro (1) BB, (1) RS

Grant (1) BB



Tuesday, June 7
Slide Continues With Lack Of Offense-- Midwest Hitmen 16, Bearcats 1

The Bearcats struggles continued tonight as they faced off against the Midwest Hitmen.  It was a warm humid night with the wind blowing in.  The Bearcats started on offense.  Sienko got a hit in the first inning and Kelly got a hit in the second inning and that was all of the offense that the Cats could muster.  The Hitmen, on the other hand, rocked the ball and hit shots all over the field, finishing with sixteen hits for the game.  Fishman started on the mound for the Bearcats.  He pitched three innings and gave up twelve earned runs on eleven hits.  He struck out four batters and walked five.  Lenard came on in relief of Fishman.  He entered the game with the bases jammed and no outs.  He gave up a grand slam to clear the bases.  He pitched a total of one inning.  He gave up a total of eight runs; four earned runs for him and four earned runs for Fishman in the eight-run fourth inning.  The Bearcats failed to get anything going offensively in the fifth inning although they got some help from the Hitmen pitcher, who walked in the sole run.  The Bearcats have to get something going to turn things around.  The hitting is not where they would like it to be so hopefully the players will get some extra time in at the cages or with live BP.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Kelly 1-2, (1) 1B

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B

Spiro (1) RE, (1) RS

Levey (2) BB, (1) RBI

Litcher (1) BB

Grant (1) BB



Sunday, June 5
Bearcats Drop Another Close Game -- LITH Pirates 8, BG Bearcats 2

The Bearcats had to play their game at Kilmer School after there was a mix up on scheduling at Emerich.  It was a hot, humid day and the Cats were looking to get back on the winning track after suffering some close losses.  The Bearcats started Stark on the mound and he looked good in four innings of work.  He gave up four earned runs on four hits.  He struck out four, walked none, and hit a batsman.  Millman came on in relief of Stark and worked three innings.  He looked good in the three innings he worked, giving up a total of four runs (three of which were earned) on five hits.  He struck out one batter and walked one batter.  The Bearcats had a couple of physical mistakes that resulted in errors but they never gave up.  The Bearcats were able to plate two runs on four hits.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Spiro 1-1, (1) 2B, (1) BB, (1) SB, (1) RS

Sienko 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) SB, (1) RBI

Nolan 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) HBP, (1) SB, (1) RS

Litcher (1) BB

Millman (1) RE



Wednesday, June 1
Bearcats Can't Hang On To Lead -- Schiller Park Titans 15, BG Bearcats 5

The Bearcats played under the lights against the Schiller Park Titans.  It was a beautiful night for a ball game and the Cats were hoping to play a good game and get the win.  The Bearcats started Stark on the mound and he worked four solid innings.  He gave up two runs on three hits.  He struck out five batters, walked two, and hit one batsman.  He was lifted in the fifth for Kelly.  Kelly worked one inning.  He gave up seven runs on two hits.  He struck out one batter and walked four batters.  Fishman came on in relief of Kelly.  He pitched one inning.  He gave up five runs on four hits.  He struck out one batter and walked three batters.  Gordon came on in relief of Fishman with the bases jammed.  He gave up one run on one hit.  He struck out two batters and walked one.  The Bearcats came up on the short end once again, losing by a score of 15-5.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Gordon 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Stark 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Kelly 1-2, (1) 2B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Spiro 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RB1

Lenard 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RS

Litcher (1) BB, (1) RS

Levey (1) SAC, (1) RBI

Grant (1) BB

Millman (1) BB



Monday, May 23
Bearcats Win! -- BG Bearcats 10, Kildeer Travelers 3

The Bearcats played the Kildeer Travelers for the second time, dropping the first game by a score of 11-9.  Fishman started on the hill for Buffalo Grove.  He pitched four solid innings.  He gave up one run on three hits.  He struck out three batters and walked one batter.  Grant came on in relief of Fishman.  He pitched three innings and got some good play by his teammates to pick up the save.  He gave up two runs, one of which was earned.  He gave up two hits.  He walked six but the defense came up with some big plays to stem the tide.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Millman 1-1, (1) 2B, (3) BB, (1) RS

Kelly 2-4, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Litcher 2-4, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Fishman 2-4, (2) 1B, (2) RS

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Gordon 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Stark 1-4, (1) 2B, (3) RBIs, (1) RS

Lenard 1-4, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Nolan 1-4, (1) 1B

Grant (3) BB, (1) RS

Levey (1) RE, (1) RS  



Sunday, May 22
Bearcats Lose Close Game -- Frozen Ropes 4, BG Bearcats 3

The Bearcats played a good game but came up a little short after seven innings of play.  Stark started on the mound for the Bearcats and he looked good in four innings of work.  He gave up three runs, one of which was earned.  He gave up three hits.  He struck out five, walked one, and hit one batsman.  Millman came on in relief of Stark and also looked good in his three innings of work.  He gave up one run on three hits.  He struck out one, walked one, and hit two batsmen.  The Bearcats had a total of two hits (Millman, Kelly) but they hit the ball hard throughout the game.  The Bearcats picked up two walks (Millman, Gordon) on the afternoon, reached base on an error (Gordon), and were hit by pitches twice (Nolan).  Some of the key offensive statistics from this afternoon's game were: 

Millman 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Kelly 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RS

Fishman (1) RB1

Levey (1) RBI

Gordon (1) RE, (1) BB, (1) RS

Nolan (2) HBP, (2) SB 



Thursday, May 19
Bearcats Get A Few More Hits But Result Is the Same -- McHenry Hurricanes 10, BG Bearcats 1

The Bearcats played their first night game of the season.  It was a cold windy night but the Bearcats were happy to be playing ball.  Kelly started on the mound for Buffalo Grove.  He pitched four innings.  He gave up three earned runs on five hits.  He walked none, hit two batsmen, and had three strikeouts.  Fishman came on in relief of Kelly.  He gave up one earned run on two hits.  He struck out three and walked one.  Litcher pitched the final inning.  He gave up five earned runs on two hits.  He walked two and hit one batsman before he was lifted for Gordon.  Gordon gave up one earned run on two hits.  He walked one and had no strikeouts.  The Bearcats were in it until the final inning when the Hurricanes scored seven runs to extend their lead to 10-1.  The Bearcats scored their only run in the sixth inning when Levey scored after he and Sienko both recorded hits in the inning.  Some of the key offensive statistics from this evening's game were: 

Sienko 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RBI, (2) SB

Levey 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Stark 1-3, (1) 1B

Grant 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) SB

Kelly (1) BB

Litcher (1) BB

Millman (1) BB



Tuesday, May 17
Lightning Strikes Twice; This Time It's Lake County Lightning -- LC Lightning 8, BG Bearcats 1

The Bearcats played against the Lake County Lightning today in cold and windy conditions.  The Bearcats started Stark on the hill.  He pitched four innings, giving up a total of eight runs on three hits, three of which were earned.  He walked six batters and struck out one.  Fishman came on in relief and pitched two scoreless frames.  He walked two batters and mowed down the final four batters on strike outs.  The Bearcats really struggled on the offensive front.  Gordon had the sole Bearcats hit and the only RBI.  Sienko reached base safely on an error and that is about all of the offense that the Cats generated.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Gordon 1-3, (1) BB, (1) RBI

Sienko (1) RE

Grant (2) BBs, (1) RS

Nolan (2) BBs

Fishman (1) BB

Litcher (1) BB



Saturday, May 14
Bearcats Get Struck By Lightning -- Lombard Lightning 4, BG Bearcats 0

The Bearcats played in Lombard today against the Lombard Lightning.  It was a cold, rainy day, which is typical of this time in the Chicagoland area.  The Bearcats were hoping to heat up their bats but it didn't exactly turn out the way the players envisioned it.  Kelly started on the mound for the Bearcats.  He pitched two innings and gave up two earned runs.  He walked one batter, struck out two batters, and hit two batsmen.  Gordon came on in relief of Kelly.  He also worked two innings, giving up no runs on one hit.  He walked one batter and struck out one batter.  Levey, aka "Canon," also worked two innings.  He gave up two earned runs on two hits.  He walked one batter and struck out three batters.  The Bearcats struggled offensively.  They had a total of three hits for the entire game and failed to plate any runs.  Sienko, Millman and Kelly recorded hits during the game but the Cats could not push any runs across.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Millman 1-1, (1) 1B, (2) BBs

Sienko 1-3 (1) 2B, (1) BB

Kelly 1-3, (1) 1B



Wednesday, May 11
Bearcats Fail To Get Anything Going -- Lake County Stars 13, BG Bearcats 3

The Bearcats lost another tough game today to the Lake County Stars.  Fishman started on the mound for the Bearcats.  He pitched two innings, walked none, hit one batsman and allowed two runs.  Millman came on in relief and gave up seven runs after walking four in two innings of work.  Grant finished the game with two innings of work.  He gave up four runs after walking three and hitting a batsman.  The Bearcats could not get anything going offensively.  They had a total of two hits for the entire game with Sienko getting one hit and Millman with the other hit.  The Bearcats are struggling with their bats at the moment.  Hopefully they can heat up and get the bats going like we know that they can.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's ball game were:

Sienko 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) SB

Millman 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) SB

Nolan (2) BBs

Lenard (1) BB

Litcher (1) BB 



Wednesday, May 4
Bobcats Stake Early Lead; Fall Late in Game -- Kildeer Travelers 11, BG Bearcats 9

The Bearcats allowed three runs in the first but then scored four runs of their own in the bottom of the first to take a 4-3 lead.  Stark started on the mound for the Cats and pitched two innings.  The Bobcats scored five more runs in the second inning to stake themselves to a 9-3 lead.  Kildeer scored five runs in the third inning.  They scored three more in the fourth inning.  Kildeer scored two more runs in the sixth inning and the Bearcats did not score any additional runs before the game was called because it reached the time limit.  The Bearcats had plenty of opportunities but could not capitalize.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Nolan 2-2, (2) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Gordon 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Fishman 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) RS

Levey 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Lenard 1-3, (1) 2B, (2) RBIs

Litcher (3) BB, (1) RS

Grant (2) BB, (2) RS

Millman (1) BB, (1) RS

Sienko (3) BB

Kelly (1) BB



Sunday, May 1
Bearcats Never Give Up; Score In Final Inning To Win Game! -- BG Bearcats 3, Glenview Blaze 2

The Bearcats trailed for five innings before finally tying up the score at 2.  The Bearcats played a good all-around game.  They got solid pitching out of Millman and Fishman.  Millman started on the hill for the Cats and pitched three solid innings.  He gave up one earned run on three hits.  He walked three and struck out two.  He left with the Cats trailing 2-1.  Fishman came on in relief and looked solid.  He gave up no runs on no hits.  He struck out five and walked two.  He finished the game with an exclamation point as he struck out the final batter in the top of the seventh inning.   The Bearcats scored in the second inning after Millman reached base on an error and Lenard drove him in.  The Bearcats picked up their second run after Stark reached base on an error and Millman drove him in.  The Bobcats scored the winning run after Lenard reached base on an error.  Spiro bunted him over to second.  Lenard was able to steal third base.  Fishman singled to right field to drive in the winning run.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:   

Millman, 1-2 (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Gordon 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) BB, (1) RE

Spiro 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) SAC 

Lenard 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Stark 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Nolan (2) BB

Sienko (1) BB

Grant (1) BB

Kelly (1) SAC



Saturday, April 30
Bearcats Lose Season Opener -- Mount Prospect Mavericks 7, Buffalo Grove Bearcats 2

The Bearcats opened the season in extremely windy conditions.  They did not have a base runner until the third inning, after Levey reached safely on a walk.  The Bearcats scored their first run after Lenard singled and reached second after a wild pitch.  Spiro drove him in after he hit a nice double up the middle.  The Bearcats would score their second and final run after Lenard walked, stole second base, and Grant drove him in.  Stark started on the mound for the Bearcats.  He pitched four solid innings.  He gave up one earned run on two hits.  He struck out four and walked three.  Grant come in relief and pitched 1/3 of an inning.  He gave up five earned runs on one hit.  He walked five and struck out none.  Kelly came on in relief of Grant.  He pitched 1 2/3 innings.  He gave up no runs on one hit.  He walked two and struck out none.  Some of the key statistics from today's opening contest were:

Stark 2-3, (2) 1B

Lenard 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RS

Spiro 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RBI

Grant, 1-4, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Sienko 1-4, (1) 1B

Litcher (3) BB

Levey (1) BB

Millman (1) BB



Wednesday, March 2
Bearcats Work Hard In Offseason; Look To Open The Season Strong

The Bearcats have been working at their indoor facility since early January.  Coach Novak is working with the players primarily on defense and hitting and the players seem to be responding.  The true test will be on the field.  The 2011 Bearcats are a combination of ex-Bobcats and BGRA players.  The combination of players are hoping that they become a force to be reckoned with.  The Bearcats are an athletic bunch and hope to transfer the individual talent to team goals - winning baseball games.   

2010 Season



Monday, July 5
Bobcats Lose Close Game -- Lake Zurich 6, Bobcats 5

The Bobcats lost a close game to Lake Zurich tonight by a score of 6-5.  The Bobcats played with a lot of heart but came up a little short for the loss.  The Bobcats put two runs up in the first inning and did not score again until the final inning.  The Bobcats trailed 4-2 in the middle of the fifth inning and then Lake Zurich scored two runs after a questionable call at second base.  It looked as if the Bobcats had the runner caught in a rundown only to have the runner called safe at second.  It looked as though the runner was out but he was called safe.  A couple of hits later and the score was 6-2.  The Bobcats were in their final inning, trailing 6-2.  Stark led off with a walk.  Sauser bunted Stark to second base.  Levey singled, scoring Stark on the play.  Kravitz reached base on an error.  Nolan singled, scoring Levey on the play.  Grant walked.  Sienko hit a bloop single into right field, scoring two runs on the play.  The final batter grounded out hard to second base to end the game.  The Bobcats battled but wound up with the loss.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Nolan 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS 

Sienko 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) HBP, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Gitlin 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Levey 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Kelly 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Grant (2) BB, (1) RS

Stark (1) BB, (1) RS

Sauser (2) SAC



Sunday, July 4
Bobcats Win Big! -- Bobcats 11, Mount Prospect 3

The Bobcats beat the Mount Prospect Patriots today by a score of 11-3.  The Bobcats started Kelly on the mound.  He pitched three innings and gave up three runs on three hits.  He struck out two and walked two.  He also notched his first win of the season.  Sauser came on in relief and pitches two innings.  He gave up no runs on three hits.  We walked none and struck out one.  Sienko came on in relief of Sauser and notched his first save of the season.  He gave up no runs on one hit.  He gave up no walks and had no strikeouts.  The Bobcats offense looked good once again.  They scored five runs in the first inning on five hits.  They scored two runs in the second inning.  They scored another run in the fourth innings and then put up three runs in the fifth inning.  The fielding was not stellar.  The Bobcats committed three errors but still won by a wide margin.  The Bobcats will advance and square off against the Lake Zurich Cougars.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Gitlin 3-3, (1) 3B, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Kravitz 2-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Nolan 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Kelly 2-4, (2) 2B, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Sienko 2-4, (2) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Stark 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Levey 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RS

Grant 1-4, (1) 3B, (1) RBI, (1) RS



Saturday, July 3
Bobcats Win Second Game Of Tourney -- Bobcats 11, Aurora Starz 8

The Bobcats played their second game of the Schaumburg tournament under the lights.  It was an 8 PM game against the Aurora Starz.  The Bobcats won the coin flip and were the home team.  The Bobcats started Grant on the hill.  He pitched two innings and allowed two runs on one hit.  He walked three and struck out one.  Stark also pitched two innings.  He allowed five runs on four hits.  He walked four and struck out three.  Gitlin came on in relief of Stark with the bases loaded.  He struck out the first batter and then walked in two runs but he picked up the save.  The Bobcats offense tallied twelve hits in four innings.  The scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back.  The fielding looked good and the Bobcats came away with a victory.  They will play the Mount Prospect Patriots tomorrow as they look to advance.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Sienko 3-3, (1) 2B, (2) 1B, (3) RBIs, (2) RS

Grant 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RE, (3) RS

Gitlin 2-3, (2) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Sauser 1-2, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs

Kelly 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Nolan 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Fishman 1-3 (1) 2B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Stark 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Terrian (1) BB, (1) HBP, (2) RS



Saturday, July 3
Bobcats Drop First Game Of Schaumburg Tourney -- Illinois Rebels 7, Bobcats 2

The Bobcats played their first game of the Schaumburg tournament against the Illinois Rebels, a team out of Itasca.  The Bobcats lost the coin flip and batted first.  The Bobcats scored two runs in the second inning and that was it for the game.  They scattered five hits for the entire game.  Sauser started on the hill for the Cats.  He pitched two innings and gave up four runs on six hits.  He walked one and struck out two.  Fishman pitched two innings as well.  He gave up no runs on one hit.  He struck out one and hit a batter.  Gitlin pitched one inning.  He gave up three runs on two hits.  He walked one batter and struck out one batter.  The Bobcats were in the game until the end and lost by a score of 7-2.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Kelly 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Stark 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Nolan 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Grant 1-3, (1) 1B

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B

Levey (1) RBI

Sienko (2) BB



Saturday, June 26
Bobcats Give Three Teams A "Run For Their Money -- Play "Spoilers" In MSBL Tourney

The Bobcats played some good baseball in the MSBL tournament.  They squared off against Glenview, Barrington, and Schaumburg.  They were in every game, including the Glenview game.  They scored nine runs against Glenview and Glenview had to use more pitchers than they wanted to.  The nine run offensive was enough to knock Glenview out of playoff contention.  If the Bobcats had played the entire season as well as they played in this tournament, the Cats would have racked up some wins.  Here are short recaps of the three tournament games:

Game # 3 -- Schaumburg 7, Bobcats 6

The Bobcats led until the fourth inning when they were up 3-1.  Schaumburg scored three runs to take the lead 4-3.  Schaumburg scored three more runs in the fifth inning to take the lead 7-3.  The Bobcats came back in the sixth inning and scored three runs to close the gap to 7-6.  The Cats could not score in the final inning and lost by a score of 7-6.

 

Game # 2 -- Barrington 8, Bobcats 7

The Bobcats led after four innings by a score of 6-5.  The score was tied after five innings.  The Bobcats led in the sixth after scoring an insurance run to take the lead 7-6.  The Bobcats were one out away from winning the game but Barrington came up with a big hit to win the game by a score of 8-7.

 

Game # 1 -- Glenview 22, Bobcats 9

The score is not a good indication of how things went overall.  Had it not been for one really ugly inning, the Bobcats would have scored enough runs to win the game.  The Bobcats gave up fourteen runs in the second inning after scoring six runs in the first half of that inning to take the lead 6-3.  The Bobcats scored enough runs on Glenview to give them cause for concern.  The nine runs were enough to bounce Glenview from the playoffs, courtesy of your local Bobcats.

The offensive statistics from this year's MSBL tournament were:

Kravitz 5-7, (5) 1B, (2) RBIs, (2) RS

Sienko 4-7, (1) 2B, (3) 1B, (2) BB, (6) RBIs, (4) RS

Gitlin 5-9 , (5) 1B, (2) RBIs, (2) RS

Grant 4-9, (1) 2B, (3) 1B, (1) RBI, (6) RS

Fishman 3-7, (3) 1B, (2) RBIs, (2) RS

Stark 3-8, (2) HRs, (1) 1B, (4) RBIs, (2) RS

Kelly 3-9, (1) 2B, (2) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Terrian 1-6, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Levey 1-7, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Sauser, (1) RE, (1) HBP

Nolan (1) BB, (1) RS



Saturday, June 19
Bobcats Play In Road to Omaha Tourney -- Lose Close Games

The Bobcats traveled to Omaha and had a great time.  There were many celebrities that stayed at the same hotel as the Bobcats.  Nomar Garciaparra was at the hotel.  Barry Bonds and Robin Ventura were there, along with Will Clark.  Erin Andrews was also at the hotel.  The entire TCU team was staying at the same hotel.  The team watched one game of the College World Series.  The Florida Gators lost to the UCLA Bruins.  The Bobcats were in contention the entire tournament but failed to win a game.  Here is a short recap of the tournament weekend:

Game # 4 -- Yard Dawgs (CO) 4, Bobcats 2

The Bobcats led for most of the game.  The Bobcats led 2-1 after four innings.  The Yard Dawgs scored three runs in the fifth inning to take the lead 4-2.  The Bobcats did not score any additional runs and lost 4-2.  The Bobcats were ready to move on to the semifinals but did not come up with the win when they needed it,

Game # 3 -- Cardinals (MO) 7, Bobcats 0

The Bobcats had a total of three hits for the entire game.  The Bobcats did not seem in sync with the game.  The Bobcats failed to score a run and had only five baserunners.  The Bobcats did not play up to their potential and lost 7-0.

Game # 2 -- Omaha 10 (NE), Bobcats 1



Wednesday, June 16
Bobcats Lose In Extra Innings -- Elk Grove Village 4, Bobcats 2

The Bobcats lost another close game, this time to Elk Grove Village by a score of 4-2.  The Bobcats were in the game the entire time.  The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but EGV came back and put two runs on the board in the second inning to take the lead 2-1.  The Bobcats tied the game in the top of the 3rd inning after Grant led off with a triple.  EGV scored a run in the bottom of the third inning to reclaim the lead 3-2.  The Bobcats had a couple of chances to plate some runs but came up empty.  EGV scored an insurance run in the final inning and went on to win by a score of 4-2.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Levey 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB,

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI

Grant 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RS

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Gitlin 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) BB

Stark 1-4, (1) 1B



Sunday, June 13
Bobcats Lose Close Game -- LITH 4, Bobcats 2

The Bobcats played a decent game and lost by a score of 4-2.  LITH put up three runs in the first inning after a walk and a couple of hits.  The Bobcats came back by scoring one run in the second inning followed by one run in the seventh inning.  The Bobcats had two on with one out but could not push across any additional runs.  Some of the key offensive statistics were:

Sienko 1-1, (1) 1B, (2) BB

Fishman 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Kelly 1-2, (1) 1B,

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Kravitz 1-3, (1) 1B

Nolan (1) RBI

Gitlin (1) BB, (1) RS



Saturday, June 12
Bobcats Lose -- Highwood Red 14, Bobcats 0

The Bobcats survived only three innings before Highwood Red invoked the slaughter rule on The Bobcats.  The Bobcats did not have much going on offensively and the Braves just outhit the Bobcats.  Sauser and Fishman each gave up 7 earned runs and the Bobcats had no answer.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Kravitz 1-1, (1) 1B

Grant (1) BB

 



Wednesday, June 9
Bobcats Lose -- LITH 13, Bobcats 4

The Bobcats lost to the Storm by a score of 13-4.  The Bobcats had a few bright spots but the Storm just outplayed the Bobcats.  Sauser started the game on the hill for the Bobcats.  He gave up two earned runs on three hits.  Fishman and Grant came on in relief and gave up 6 earned runs on seven hits.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Grant 2-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Gitlin 2-4, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Nolan 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B

Sienko 1-4, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs 

Kelly 1-4, (1) 1B,

Terrian (1) RE, (1) RS



Monday, June 7
Bobcats Lose Heartbreaker; Pull Together As A Team!! -- Norridge 9, Bobcats 8

The Bobcats played one of their best games of the season tonight as they dropped a game to Norridge in the final at bat.  The Bobcats scored five runs in their final at bats to take the lead by a score of 8-7 but Norridge answered the call and scored two runs to win the game.  The Bobcats battled throughout the entire game and never gave up.  The Bobcats were aggressive on the base paths.  The Bobcats forced Norridge to throw runners out and make plays and Norridge could not do it.  The Bobcats ran a double steal after Norridge made play on the runner at second base.  The Bobcats pitching looked good.  Sauser, Kelly, and Fishman all looked good on the hill.  The Bobcats made defensive plays after a rough first inning when they committed three errors that led to four runs.  From there the Bobcats defense clamped down and the Cats were very stingy with the runs.  They gave up one run in the second, third and fifth innings and no runs in the fourth and sixth innings.  The two runs in the final inning iced the game for Norridge but the Bobcats should be able to build on tonight's game.  When the Cats were down to their final at bats, they pieced together a big inning to put Norridge back on their heels.  The Bobcats started off the seventh innning with Gitlin and Fishman walking.  The both advanced on a wild pitch.  Sauser singled, scoring Gitlin on the play.  There were two outs and two men on when Goldman was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Terrian singled to right, driving in both Fishman and Sauser.  Grant was next and singled, advancing Goldman to third and Terrian to second.  It was bases loaded for Sienko and he hit a big single up the middle to score both Goldman and Terrian on the play.  Sienko stole second base but the Bobcats stranded Grant at third and Sienko at second but they still took the lead 8-7.  Norridge put together three hits in their final at bats to steal a game but the Bobcats have many positives to build on for the next game.   Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's ball game were: 

Sauser 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Gitlin 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RE, (2) RS

Levey 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI

Nolan 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) SAC, (1) RS

Terrian 1-3, (1) 1B, (3) RBIs, (1) RS

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RBIs

Grant 1-4, (1) 1B

Goldman (1) HBP, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Fishman (1) BB, (1) RS

Kelly (1) FC, (1) RS



Saturday, June 5
Bobcats Lose -- Highwood White 12, Bobcats 1

The Bobcats lost by a score of 12-1 to a team that, in my opinion, was beatable.  The Bobcats played a fairly clean game defensively, with only a couple of errors that led to only a couple of unearned runs.  The Bobcats were more aggressive on defense, especially with runners on,  Levey was able to pick off a couple of runners.  Fishman also had some nice moves to pick off some runners.  Sienko also had a nice throw to home to nail the runner after Levey applied an excellent tag.  Fishman started on the mound for the Bobcats.  He pitched two innings and gave up six runs, four of which were earned.  He gave up five hits, including one long ball.  He walked two and struck out none.  Kelly came on in relief of Fishman.  He also pitched two innings.  He gave up six earned runs on six hits.  He struck out two and walked one.  The Bobcats had nothing going on offensively.  They had a total of three hits; Kelly had a double and Gitlin and Grant each had one single.  Some of the key offensive statistics from this afternoon's game were:

Kelly 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) RBI

Gitlin 1-2, (1) 1B

Grant 1-2, (1) 1B

Sienko (1) BB, (1) RS

Fishman (1) BB

Sauser (1) BB

Terrian (1) RE

Levey (1) HBP



Thursday, June 3
Bobcats Lose -- Palatine Heat 13, Bobcats 1

The Bobcats only mustered three hits for the entire game as the Bobcats lost 13-1.  The Bobcats had a couple of key errors in the first inning as Palatine scored nine runs. Gitlin started on the mound for the Bobcats.  He gave up nine runs, six of which were unearned.  He gave up seven hits, two walks, and one long ball.  Grant pitched the rest of the way.  He pitched three innings.  He gave up five runs on five hits and three walks.  Sienko had two hits and Kravitz had one.  The few offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Sienko 2-2, (1) GR 2B (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Kravitz, 1-1, (1) 1B

Grant (1) RS



Wednesday, June 2
Bobcats Lose -- Barrington 5, Bobcats 0

The Bobcats lost to Barrington after getting only two hits for the entire game.  Fishman started on the mound for the Bobcats.  He pitched three innings.  He gave up three hits and three runs.  He did not walk any batters and no batters reached base on balls.  Stark pitched two innings.  He gave up four hits and two runs.  Sauser pitched one inning. He gave up two hits and one run.  The Bobcats had only two hits the entire game and neither was pretty.  Both batters were forced out as Barrington faced the minimum number of batters - twenty-one.  The Bobcats hope to regroup for their game against Palatine.  The few offensive statistics were:

Goldman 1-2, (1) 1B

Nolan 1-2, (1) 1B



Sunday, May 30
Bobcats Come Up Empty In Racine Tourney; Hitting Comes Alive In Final Game

The Bobcats traveled to Racine, Wisconsin to play a Memorial Day Tournament.  It was a beautiful weekend for baseball as the Bobcats made the trek to Humble Park.  The field itself presented additional challenges like a "mostly grass" infield, including the base paths.  The extra grass significantly slowed down and infield grounders.  There was also a lip near the batter's box that came into play on bunts and throws to the plate.  Both teams faced the same challenges. 

Game # 1 -- Pleasant Prairie 11, Bobcats 5 

The Bobcats opened the tournament against Pleasant Prairie.  Sauser started on the hill for the Bobcats.  He gave up one run on two hits in two innings of work.  He walked one and recorded no strikeouts.  Stark pitched an inning.  He hit one batter but gave up no runs.  Fishman pitched two innings.  He gave up four runs on three hits.  He walked two and struck out none.  Kelly pitched a partial inning and gave up back-to-back triples, scoring a couple of runs.  Grant pitched a partial inning and gave up four runs on three hits, including two long balls.  Sienko came in and recorded the last two outs.  He gave up no runs on one hit and one strikeout.  The Bobcats recorded a total of four hits in the game and lost by a score of 11-5. 

Kravitz 2-2, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (2) RS

Sienko 2-3, (1) HR, (1) 1B, (3) RBIs, (1) RS

Terrian (1) SAC, (1) RBI

Grant (1) HBP, (1) RS

Kelly (1) RE, (1) RS

Stark (1) BB

Sauser (1) BB

 

Game # 2 -- Team Heat 10, Bobcats 4 

The Bobcats played their second game of the tournament against Team Heat, a team from Southeastern Wisconsin.  The Bobcats started Sauser on the hill once again.  He worked one inning. He gave up four runs on four hits, including two long balls, and he hit a batter.  Gitlin pitched two innings.  He gave up two runs on one hit and walked two.  Stark pitched two innings as well. He gave up four runs on three hits, including a long ball.  He struck out one and issued no walks.  The Bobcats struggled to get things going offensively again.  They picked up a total of three hits for the ball game

Grant 2-3, (1) HR, (1) 3B, (2) RBIs, (2) RS

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B

Levey (2) BBs, (1) RS

Sauser (1) BB, (1) RS

Nolan (1) RE

 

Game # 3 -- Team Heat 14, Bobcats 13 (Extra Innings)

The Bobcats played their third game of the tournament against Team Heat, the same team that beat them the previous day by a score of 10-4.  The Bobcats started out the game with a bang.  They scored five runs in the first inning after a flurry of activity. including four hits, two runners reaching base on walks, and one error.  It was one of the best offensive starts of the season for the Bobcats.  The Bobcats started Levey on the mound.  He gave up one run in one inning of work.  Fishman pitched two innings and gave up a total of nine runs. four of which were earned.  He gave up seven hits, including tow long balls.  he walked three and struck out one.  Stark also pitched two innings.  he gave up just one run on three hits.  He did not walk any batters and he recorded no strikeouts.  Sauser pitched the extra inning for the Bobcats.  He gave up three runs on three hits and one walk.  The Bobcats were leading until the seven run second inning for Team Heat.  The Bobcats retook the lead in the fourth inning when they put up four runs.  The Bobcats were leading 11-10 at that point.  Team Heat tied the game in their final at bats in regulation with a couple of bloop singles.  The Bobcats went into extra innings and put up two runs to retake the lead 13-11.  Team Heat answered the call by scoring three runs to win the game by a final score of 14-13.  The Bobcats never gave up and almost won the game.

Sauser 3-4, (3) 1B, (4) RBIs, (2) RS

Grant 2-4, (2) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Fishman 2-4, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (2) RS

Gitlin 2-4, (2) 1B, (1) RE, (2) RBIs, (3) RS

Levey 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI

Kelly 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) BB, (3) RS

Sienko 1-4, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Nolan 1-4, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs

Stark (1) BB, (1) RS



Tuesday, May 25
Bobcats Can't Weather "The Storm" -- Algonquin 11, Bobcats 6

The Bobcats lost to the Algonquin Storm but there were some bright spots in the game.  The Bobcats pounded out ten hits in the game but still ended up with a loss.  The Bobcats were leading 6-5 in the fourth inning but Algonquin came back and put six runs on the board the following at bat.  Sauser started on the mound for the Bobcats.  He worked 2 2/3 innings.  He gave up four runs, two of which were unearned.  He gave up a total of three hits and no walks or strikeouts.  Fishman came on in relief of Sauser.  He pitched 1 1/3 innings.  He gave up a total of seven runs, three of which were unearned.  He gave up seven hits to go along with two walks and one strikeout.  Stark pitched the final two innings.  He looked good, giving up no runs, on no hits and one walk.  The Bobcats offense looked pretty decent.  A few errors led to some unearned runs, which was the difference in the ball game.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Nolan 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Kravitz 1-2, (1) , (1) BB, (1) RBI

Sienko 2-4, (2) 1B, (1) RBI

Goldman 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Stark 1-3, (1) 3B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Levey 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (2) RS

Terrian 1-3, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Kelly 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RS

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B



Saturday, May 22
Bobcats Lose -- Algonquin Storm 4, Bobcats 2

The Bobcats lost a close game to the Storm.  The Bobcats hung in for the entire game.  The Bobcats tied the game in the top half of the third inning and the Storm came right back and put two more runs on the board to take the lead.  Hemenway started on the mound for the Bobcats after another guest appearance.  He pitched two innings and gave up one earned run on one hit and three walks.  Kelly pitched one inning and gave up one run after three hits and a walk.  Sauser pitched two innings.  He gave up no runs on no hits. The Bobcats committed a few errors but it only cost them one run.  The Bobcats had six hits but had little to show for it and lost by a score of 4-2.  The Bobcats hope to regroup as they play the Storm on Tuesday in Algonquin.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Sauser 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Kravitz 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Terrian 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Kelly 1-2, (1) 1B

Grant 1-2, (1) 2B

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B

Nolan (1) BB, (1) RS



Saturday, May 22
Bobcats Win!! -- Bobcats 4, Aurora Pride 2

The Bobcats beat the Aurora Pride by a score of 4-2.  The Bobcats played one of their best defensive games of the year.  Hemenway, a former Bobcats, joined the Cats for today's game and helped with some good pitching and fielding.  He gave up one run on three hits.  He struck out one and issued no walks.  Fishman also pitched well in relief of Hemenway.  He pitched three innings, and gave up one run on three hits.  He struck out one and walked two.  The Bobcats made some good plays in the field and got some key hits when they needed to.  Fishman had three RBIs and Terrian had one.  All in all a well played game.  The Bobcats scored two runs in the first and never trailed the rest of the game.  Some of the key offensive statistics from today's game were:

Grant 2-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (2) RS

Terrian 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Fishman 1-2 (1) 1B, (1) RE, (3) RBIs

Nolan (1) RE, (1) RS

Sienko (2) BB, (1) RS

Kelly (1) BB

Kravitz (1) BB

Stark (1) BB



Thursday, May 20
Bobcats Drop First Game Of Palatine Tourney -- Plainfield 18, Bobcats 3

The Bobcats dropped a game to a good Plainfield team tonight.  The Bobcats played extremely short-handed tonight as Gitlin is still recovering from pneumonia, Kravitz was out with a chest cold, Fishman was out ill, and Grant injured himself in the first inning.  The Bobcats played with eight players, which made things extra challenging.  Sienko started on the mound for the Bobcats and gave up six earned runs on five hits and three walks in two innings of work.  Sauser came on in relief of Sienko and gave up two runs on two hits.  Stark closed out the game by giving up eight runs on six hits and a walk.  The Bobcats recorded only two hits on the day.  Sienko singled and Kelly doubled.  A couple of Cats reached base on errors but the Bobcats struggled to get people on base in general.  The Bobcats played fairly clean baseball in this game.  They made two errors, which led to some unearned runs.  The Bobcats hope to regroup and get back on track by playing a good game against the Algonquin Storm.  Some of the key hitting statistics from tonight's game were:

Kelly 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Sienko 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Stark (1) RE, (2) RBIs

Nolan (1) RE, (1) RS

Goldman (2) BB



Tuesday, May 18
Bobcats Lose Another Close Game -- Highwood Red 7, Bobcats 4

The Bobcats played a decent game tonight but came up on the "short end of the stick."  The Bobcats made some great defensive plays.  Kelly made a great throw from the outfield on a bloop single to force the runner at third.  He also made a great catch in right and doubled the runner at second after the runner thought the ball was going to drop.  Sienko made a couple of nice plays.  He made a jumping catch on a shot that was ripped by Earl.  He also made a shoe-string catch to double up the runner on second for a double play.  Fishman played a solid third base, looking back the runner on a couple plays and getting the out at first.   Nolan laid down a perfectly executed bunt to advance the runners to second and third base.  That play set up a triple that Grant ripped on the next at bat.  He scored two runners on the play.  Stark pitched a solid two innings, giving up five runs, two of which were unearned.  He gave up six hits and also had one strikeout.  Sauser also pitched two solid innings.  He gave up one run, which was unearned.  he gave up a total of two hits.  Fishman pitched well to close the game.  In two innings of work he gave up one run, which was unearned.  He gave up two hits and was helped by some great plays from his teammates.  All in all a pretty good game.  Once again the few errors were the difference in tonight's ball game.  Some of the key hitting statistics from tonight's game were:

Stark 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE

Kelly 1-3, (1) 1B

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Goldman 1-3 (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RS

Levey 1-3 (1) 1B, (1) RS

Grant 1-4, (1) 3B, (1) RE, (2) RS, (2) RBIs

Fishman (1) RBI

Sauser (1) RE



Sunday, May 16
Bobcats Win One of Three Games in Belvidere Tournament

The Bobcats played a tournament in the Rockford area this weekend.  A few players and coached went out to Rockford the night before the tournament to take in some of the culture that Rockford had to offer.  Several players were able to play a "pick up" game against some older players on Saturday, the day before the start of the tournament.  The boys hung in and gave the older boys a good game.  It reminded me of my youth when we would spend hours playing pick up games with boys in the neighborhood.  The Bobcats played one good game and two "not so good" games.  They opened against DC Lightning, a team from the Dekalb area.  They won that game by a score of 9-8.  They pounded out ten hits and committed only two errors for the game.  The second game did not go well.  The Bobcats played Romeoville.  Romeoville looked like a very beatable team but the results suggested otherwise.  The Bobcats lost that game 11-1.  They did not record  single hit in the game.  A couple of Cats reached base on walks and errors to score the lone run.  The last game went better than the second game but the overall outcome was the same.  The Bobcats played Wauconda and dropped the game by a score of 10-0, the Bobcats first shutout of the season.  Wauconda played a clean game and pounded out the hits when they needed them.  One Wauconda player hit (2) two-run home runs in that game.  The Bobcats had six hits in the game but could not plate an runs.  Some players had a really good tournament while others did not,  Here are the key hitting statistics from this weekend's tournament:

Fishman 5-8, (5) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS, (1) RE, (1) BB

Kelly 3-5, (3) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS, (2) BB

Stark 2-6, (2) 1B, (1) BB

Kravitz 2-7, (2) 1B, (2) RE, (2) RS

Grant 2-8, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (2) RE, (1) RBI, (3) RS, (1) BB

Nolan 1-5, (1) 1B, (2) BB

Terrian 1-7, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS,

Sauser 1-7, (1) 1B, (3) RBIs, (1) SAC, (1) BB

Levey (3) BB, (1) RE, (1) RS

Sienko (3) BB, (1) RS



Friday, May 14
Bobcats Lose Close Game -- Elk Grove Village 5, Bobcats 3

The Bobcats dropped another close game tonight to Elk Grove Village.  Sauser started on the mound for the Bobcats and looked good in two innings of work.  He allowed one run on four hits.  He stuck out one and issued no walks.  Levey came on in relief of Sauser and pitched 1 1/3 inning.  He gave up three runs on five hits.  He struck out two and issued no walks.  Fishman pitched the final two 2 2/3 innings.  He gave up one run on two hits.  He struck out four and walked none.  The Bobcats trailed until the third inning when they tied the game at 3.  Elk Grove Village went on the score two more runs but the Cats could not plate any additional runs and lost by a score of 5-3.  The Bobcats committed only one error in the game and the game was theirs to win.  Unfortunately the Bobcats scattered only five hits for the game and they were unable to capitalize on key situations.  This is a game that the Bobcats could have won if they had some timely hits.  The Bobcats will play Elk Grove Village one more time at Vernon.  Hopefully the Bobcats sticks will come to life and they can avenge the loss.  Some of the key hitting statistics from tonight's game were:

Nolan 2-2, (2) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Goldman 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) RS

Stark 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Terrian (1) RE, (2) RBIs

Levey (2) BB

Grant (2) BB



Monday, May 10
Bobcats Lose -- Barrington 14, Bobcats 4

The Bobcats continued their slide as they dropped their 10th game in a row in the MSBL.  The Bobcats are still seeking their first victory in the MSBL.  The Bobcats have a number of issues to address.  The Bobcats continue to make errors on easy plays.  The Bobcats have only had one "error-free" game, and that was in tournament play.  The Bobcats hitting is nowhere close to what it needs to be.  The Bobcats had a total of four hits in tonight's game.  The Bobcats started Kelly on the mound.  He pitched a total of two innings.  He gave up seven runs in the first inning on eight hits, most of which were bloop singles.  He gave up an additional hit in the second inning.  He gave up no walks and recorded no strikeouts in his two innings of work.  Stark came on in relief.  He gave up a total of three runs on four hits and one walk.  He also recorded two strikeouts in an inning and two-thirds.  Fishman came on in relief of Stark.  He gave up four runs on four hits, three walks, and no strikeouts.  The Bobcats contributed to the opponent's run total by committing three errors.  The Bobcats have been outscored in the MSBL 121-34.  Only a few players are making good contact with the baseball and have the numbers to go with it.  Sienko and Gitlin are both batting over .300 on the season.  Gitlin is DTD (day-to-day) as he is out with a bout of pneumonia.  The Bobcats hope he gets well so he can join them on the field soon.  It is going to be tough to win games when the Bobcats have been outscored by almost ninety runs in ten games.  Of the ten games played and lost, six of the losses were by slaughter rule.  If the Bobcats expect to compete in the MSBL they need to get more serious about the games.  I hear many things being discussed during the game, very little of which is baseball focused.  Hopefully one or more of the players will step up and take on a leadership role.  There are a few players that the team looks to serve as role models.  If those players get serious about the game then it is likely that others will follow.  The Bobcats still have a lot of baseball to play but they need to start winning some ball games.  Their overall record is 4-13, which is quite a turnaround from last season.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Sienko 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Levey 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Goldman 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Sauser 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Nolan (1) BB, (1) RBI

Grant (2) BB, (1) RS

Fishman (1) BB 

Terrian (1) BB



Thursday, May 6
Bobcats Lose - Glenview 11, Bobcats 1

The Bobcats lost to Glenview tonight by ten runs but the score does not reflect the improved defensive play of the Bobcats.  The Bobcats played clean baseball for most of the game; making the plays that they are supposed to make.  The Bobcats coaches mixed things up on defense again.  Sienko got some reps at shortstop and looked pretty good.  He made no errors and almost turned a double play.  Grant also got some reps at second base and he looked pretty good there too.  He made couple of plays and looked pretty comfortable at that position.  The Bobcats pitching looked okay, although they walked a total of six batters, their highest total of the year.  Stark started on the mound for the Bobcats.  He pitched three innings, giving up five runs on six hits, including a couple of home runs.  He also recorded two strikeouts.  Gitlin worked 2/3 of an inning, giving up one run on two hits, three walks, and two strikeouts.  Fishman came on in relief with the bases loaded and two outs.  He was able to get the batter out on a fly ball to center field to get out of the inning with little damage.  He finished the night with 2 1/3 innings pitched.  He gave up five runs on four hits and three walks.  Although the Bobcats lost the game, this was one of the better defensive games for the ball club.  The Bobcats hope to regroup and start their "winning ways" on Saturday against LITH.  Some of the key offensive statistics from tonight's game were:

Gitlin 1-2, (1) 1B

Stark 1-2, (1) 1B

Kravitz (1) RE, (1) RBI

Sauser (1) RE, (1) RS

Grant (1) BB



Wednesday, May 5
Bobcats Lose -- Leyden 16, Bobcats 2

The Bobcats lost tonight to the Leyden Eagles.  The Bobcats started Stark on the mound.  Sauser also pitched one inning in relief.  The Bobcats had only one hit in the first inning.  The Eagles hit the ball well, scattering a total of 12 hits on the day.  The Bobcats, on the other hand, had only four hits all game.  The Bobcats also committed four errors, leading to four unearned runs.  The Bobcats coaches tried to mix things up both offensively and defensively.  Kelly got some reps as shortstop.  They also mixed up the batting order but the results were the same.  The Bobcats will look to regroup as they face a very tough Glenview opponent tonight.  The Bobcats hope to record their first MSBL win.  Some of the key hitting statistics from tonight's game were:

Terrian 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Grant 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Sienko 1-2, (1) 1B

Gitlin (1) RE, (1) RBI



Monday, May 3
Bobcats Lose -- Top Tier 18, Bobcats 6

Gitlin 2-2, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Kelly 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Fishman 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (2) RBIs

Stark 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) RS

Goldman 1-2, (1) 1B

Sienko 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Grant (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Nolan (1) RE

Sauser (1) RE

Kravitz (1) RS 



Wednesday, April 28
Open Season On Bobcats; Hampshire "Slaughters" Bobcats -- Slaughter 14, Bobcats 1

The Bobcats played their sixth MSBL regular season game tonight as they squared off against Hampshire.  The Bobcats lost to the Slaughter last year by a score of 6-1.  It was a fairly cold but clear evening.  The Bobcats started Kelly on the mound.  He retired the first two batters on a ground out and a strikeout.  The following batter reached base and stole some bases.  A Bobcats error allowed a run to score.  The following batter was hit by a pitch and then stole two bases.  A second error allowed two more runs to score and the Bobcats trailed 3-0.  Gitlin was the only Bobcats to single in the first inning.  Kelly started the second inning and worked 1/3 of an inning.  He gave up  four hits and the Bobcats committed another error.  Hampshire scored six runs before Gitlin came on in relief.  He prevented any additional runs and the Bobcats trailed 9-0.  The Bobcats went down in order in the bottom of the second inning.  Gitlin returned for the third inning.  He gave up one hit but the batter was gunned down at second after he tried for a double.  The Bobcats finally got on the board in the third inning.  Levey walked.  Kravitz was awarded first base on catcher's interference.  Fishman reached base on an error, scoring Levey on the play.  The Bobcats scored one run and trailed 9-1.  Gitlin pitched the fourth inning.  He gave up two hits and the Bobcats committed another two errors, which led to a total of three runs in the inning.  The Bobcats trailed by a score of 12-1.  The Bobcats tried to get things going in the fourth inning.  Kelly had a hit and Gitlin reached base on an error but the Bobcats could not score and the score remained 12-1.  Fishman pitched the fifth inning.  He gave up two runs on two hits.  He also walked one and hit a batter.  The score was now 14-1.  Levey led off the fifth with a single.  Nolan walked and the next three batters went down in order to end the inning and the game.  The Bobcats lost by a score of 14-1.  Some of the key hitting statistics from tonight's game were:

Levey 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Kelly 1-2, (1) 1B

Gitlin 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RE

Fishman (1) RE, (1) RBI

Nolan (1) BB

Grant (1) BB 



Monday, April 26
Gameday USA Semifinals/Championship Cancelled - Bobcats "Quest for Hardware" Continues

The Bobcats hopes were dashed yesterday after the Gameday USA tournament organizers cancelled the remainder of the tournament because of weather.  It's an unfortunate turn of events after the Bobcats qualified for the semifinals.  The Bobcats went 2-1 in pool play, beating LITH Pirates and Highwood Grey, before dropping a close game to Roselle.  The Bobcats had the lowest "runs allowed" total of the four qualifying teams but the Bobcats did not get an opportunity to compete for some hardware.  The Bobcats played pretty well in the tournament, especially on defense.  The Bobcats had a total of three errors in three games, a huge improvement from the last tournament.  The pitching was very good throughout the three games.  The Bobcats pitchers combined for a 2.96 ERA.  They gave up a total of ten hits, seven walks, and they had seventeen combined strikeouts.  The Bobcats hitting is still not where it needs to be but it improved compared to the last tournament and to the MSBL.  The Bobcats recorded twenty-three hits over three games.  They only struck out a total of 4 times all tournament, and most of those were instances where the Cats player "went down swinging."  Here are the overall hitting statistics for the Gameday USA tournament:

Player   G  PA  AB  R  1B  2B  RBI  BB  SO  HbP  RE  SB  OBP  Avg
Brandon Grant  3 11 9 2 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 4 0.273 0.222
Jacob Sienko  3 11 11 2 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 5 0.545 0.545
Sam Fishman  3 10 10 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.2 0.200
Scott Gitlin  3 8 8 4 4 1 4 0 0 0 1 3 0.625 0.625
Conrad Sauser  3 10 8 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 0.4 0.250
Kurt Kelly  3 10 10 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0.2 0.200
Justin Stark  3 8 8 2 1 1 3 0 1 0 1 2 0.25 0.250
Sam Goldman  2 6 5 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 2 0.167 0.000
Daniel Levey  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000
Josh Kravitz  3 8 6 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0.375 0.167
Alec Nolan  3 8 8 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 0.25 0.250
Spencer Terrian  1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.000
Team Stats 3 92 85 18 20 3 16 6 4 1 9 21 0.326 0.282



Saturday, April 24
Bobcats Shorthanded; Lose -- Roselle Renegades 6, Bobcats 4

The Bobcat started the game with nine players and finished the game with eight players due to some of the players' other commitments.  Sauser started on the mound for the Bobcats.  He gave up two runs on two hits and recorded a strikeout in two innings of work.  Kelly came on in relief of Sauser and worked two innings.  He gave up three runs on three hits and one walk.  Stark also pitched a couple of innings.  He gave up one run on one hit and two strikeouts.  The Bobcats had nine hits for the game.  Gitlin had a great day at the plate, going 3-3 with a double, two singles, and two runs scored.  Kelly and Sienko had two hits each.  Stark and Kravitz had one hit each.  The Bobcats threatened to score more runs on a couple of occasions but they could not capitalize.  Late in the game the Cats had a man on with two outs.  Based on the fact that the Bobcats were down to only eight players, the Bobcats had to record an out in that player's spot.  It was three outs and the inning was over.  The Bobcats played shorthanded on defense as well.  There were a couple of hits to right field, where Sienko had to shag down a couple of balls from the second base position.  The Bobcats played well enough to win but playing shorthanded put a crimp in the winning plans.  Some of the key hitting statistics from today's game were:

Gitlin 3-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (2) RS

Kelly 2-4, (2) 1B, (2) RBIs

Sienko 2-4, (2) 1B, (2) RS

Kravitz 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Stark 1-3, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs

Sauser (1) BB

Grant (1) BB



Saturday, April 24
Bobcats Win!! -- Bobcats 9, Highwood Grey 1

The Bobcats played their first "error-free" game of the season as the defeated Highwood Grey.  Grant started on the hill for the Bobcats and looked solid in five innings of work.  He gave up one run on three hits, no walks, and six strikeouts.  Stark picked up the save by pitching a scoreless sixth inning.  He gave up no hits and walked one batter.  The Bobcats offense also looked good.  The Bobcats pounded out ten hits on the day.  Sienko had a big day, going 3-4 and two RBIs.  Sauser also had a nice game, going 2-3 and a run scored.  The Bobcats improved in the two areas that they needed to improve: defense and hitting.  The Bobcats move to 2-0 in the Gameday USA tournament with today's win.  They play one more game today against the Roselle Renegades.  Hopefully the Cats will be in a spot to make the semifinals.  A LITH Pirate's loss or a Bobcats win will secure a spot in the playoffs.  Here are some the key hitting statistics from today's game:

Sienko 3-4, (1) 2B, (2) 1B, (2) RBIs

Sauser 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Nolan 1-3, (1) 1B, (2) RBI, (2) RS

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Gitlin 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Grant 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Stark 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Goldman (2) RE, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Kravitz HBP



Friday, April 23
Bobcats Win!! -- Bobcats 5, LITH Pirates 3

The Bobcats won their first game of the Gameday USA tournament in Hoffman Estates.  The weather held out long enough for the Cats to get the win.  Fishman pitched well over three innings of work.  He gave up one unearned run on two hits, two walks, and three strikeouts.  Gitlin also pitched three very good innings.  He gave up one unearned run on no hits, two walks, and five strikeouts.  Kelly came in for one inning of work for the save.  He gave up one run on no hits and a walk.  The Bobcats scattered only five hits but they came at the right moments.  Gitlin had a big game with two hits, two RBIs, and a run scored.  Stark also reached on an error and had two big RBIs.  Nolan, Grant, and Fishman were the other Bobcats players with hits.  Kravitz had an RBI after putting the ball in play with a man on third.  All in all a good victory for the Cats,  They had only two errors, which is a big improvement over previous games.  The Bobcats are scheduled to play two games tomorrow but the weather may not cooperate.  We will see what tomorrow brings.  It was nice to win the first game of the tournament.  The Bobcats played pretty well.  Here are the key hitting statistics from tonight's game:

Gitlin 2-2, (1) 3B, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Nolan 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Grant 1-3, (1) 1B

Stark (1) RE, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Sauser (2) RE, (1) BB, (1) RS

Kravitz (1) RBI

Kelly (1) RE



Thursday, April 22
Bobcats Lose -- Palatine Bulldogs 10, Bobcats 6

The Bobcats lost their seventh game of the season as the Bulldogs made a few more plays than the Bobcats.  Things were looking pretty good after the first inning.  The Bobcats started Kelly on the mound and he looked pretty good in the first inning.  He gave up one hit and there was a dropped third strike, which allowed the Bulldogs to score one run.  The Bobcats got the run right back in the bottom of the first inning after Grant singled and Kelly knocked him in with a base hit of his own.  Stark also singled but was stranded at first.  The score was 1-1.  Kelly pitched the second inning and looked good.  It looked like the Bobcats would send them down 1-2-3 but an error allowed a base runner.  A walk and two hits later and the Bulldogs plated three more runs to take the lead 4-1.  Bobcats went down 1-2-3 in the second inning.  Stark pitched the third inning and he also looked pretty good.  He struck out two and gave up two hits but no runs and the score remained 4-1.  The Bobcats got a run back in the third inning after Grant reached base on an error and Sienko knocked him in with a double.  The score was now 4-2.  Stark started the fourth inning on the hill.  After giving up two hits and three runs, Grant came on in relief of Stark.  Another costly error after one out and two walks allowed the Bulldogs to score three more runs for a total of six for the inning.  The score was now 10-4.  The Bobcats had men on second and third after Stark and Sauser both singled.  They were stranded with no runs scored and the score remained 10-4.  Levey pitched the fifth inning and looked really good.  He retired the Bulldogs 1-2-3 after two fly outs and a ground out.  The Bobcats scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning after Nolan reached base on an error, Grant singled, and Sienko knocked in a run.  A couple of wild pitches later and Grant and Sienko both scored to close the gap to 10-5.  Fishman pitched the sixth inning and also looked good.  He faced the minimum number of batters after a groundout, a walk, and then unassisted double play by Grant to end the inning - very nice!  The Cats started the sixth inning with Goldman reaching base on a single.  Stark walked and Sauser singled.  Levey grounded out to the pitcher but scored Goldman on the play.  The Cats scored a run and the score was now 10-6.  Fishman returned for the seventh inning.  After a hit and a walk, the Bobcats prevented any runs and the score remained 10-6.  After a quick out, Fishman singled and Grant walked.  The next two batters recorded outs and the inning and the game were over.  Some of the key statistics from tonight's game were: 

Stark 2-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Grant 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RE, (1) BB, (3) RS

Sauser 2-3, (2) 1B

Sienko 2-4, (1) 3B, (1) 2B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Goldman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Kelly 1-4, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Levey (1) RBI

Nolan (1) RE, (1) RS



Sunday, April 18
Bobcats Win!! -- Bobcats 15, Lake Zurich 5

The Bobcats played the second of two games today as they looked to finish the Arlington Cardinal's Preseason Tourney on a high note.  The Bobcats played a good game, not a great game, but a good game.  They took better care of the baseball on the defensive end and came up with big hits when they needed them.  They had a couple of nice offensive sequences; one where they had four hits in a row, scoring three runs in the sequence.  The pitching was solid.  Levey had a nice game at catcher, throwing two Cougars runners out on the afternoon.  He had a hit, an RBI, and a runs scored.  Kelly had a nice day all around with three hits, four RBIs, and a great defensive play that saved what could have been a big inning.  Grant came up big with three hits, three runs scored, and an RBI.  Fishman played very well and had three hits and a couple of RBIs.  He also notched the win after a very nice performance on the hill. He limited the Cougars to just one run.  Sienko had a nice shot for a triple to go along with three runs scored, and an RBI.  Goldman had a nice poke for a double, scoring a run on the play.  Stark played well defensively and pitched well.  He also scored a run.  Sauser had a nice game.  He made some good plays in the outfield and also reached base safely on errors.  He scored two runs after beating out some throws on extra hustle.  Kravitz had a huge afternoon with two hits and a run scored to go along with some great defensive plays. including a force at home with bases loaded.  Nolan also had a nice game with a hit, a run scored and an RBI.  Gitlin threw the ball from the mound extremely well.  He pitched three solid innings and was able to go deep into the game.  He also hit the ball hard, driving a run in on the day.  All in all a very nice game for the Bobcats.  They look to take some of the positive momentum into Tuesday's game as they square off against the Palatine Bulldogs.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Grant 3-4, (3) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (3) RS

Kelly 3-4, (1) 2B, (2) 1B, (4) RBIs, (3) RS

Fishman 3-4, (3) 1B, (2) RBIs,

Kravitz 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Levey 1-2 (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Sienko 1-3, (1) 3B, (1) BB, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (3) RS

Goldman 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RBI

Nolan 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Sauser (2) RE, (2) RS

Gitlin (1) RBI

Stark (1) HBP, (1) RS



Sunday, April 18
Bobcats Lose -- LITH 8. Bobcats 3

The Bobcats lost to LITH today by a score of 8-3.  The Bobcats struggled to get anything going offensively.  The Bobcats also had five errors on the defensive end.  It's tough to win games with four hits.  Credit goes to the Bobcats for plating three runs on those four hits.  A couple of errors by the LITH shortstop helped the Bobcats cause.  Another positive for the Bobcats was the fact that they cut down on their strikeouts, with only three in today's game.  The Bobcats were hoping to win today's game but it did not happen that way.  The Bobcats need to tighten things up defensively.  They also need to make some contact with the baseball, which they improved on today.  The Bobcats play one more tournament game before returning to MSBL action.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

 Grant 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Gitlin 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RS

Levey 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Stark 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Sienko (1) SAC, (1) RBI

Nolan (1) RBI



Saturday, April 17
Bobcats Lose Close Game Once Again -- Wauconda 7, Bobcats 4

The Bobcats lost the second game of the tournament by a score of 7-4.  The Bobcats could have and should have won this game.  The Bobcats gave up three first inning runs on three hits and a walk.  The Bobcats got two of the runs back in the first inning after hits by Sienko and Fishman knocking him in.  Stark scored Fishman after reaching safely on an error.  The Cats trailed 3-2.  The Bobcats held Wauconda scoreless in the second inning.  The Bobcats did not score in the second inning either.  Wauconda scored two more runs in the third inning after two hits and an error.  The Cats did not score in the third inning and trailed 5-2.  Wauconda did not score in the fourth inning and neither did the Bobcats.  Wauconda scored a run in the fifth inning after a hit and an error.  The Bobcats did not score in the fifth inning and trailed 6-2.  Wauconda did not score in the sixth inning.  The Bobcats scored two runs in the sixth inning after Nolan was hit by a pitch, Grant walked, and Sienko knocked both of them in.  The Bobcats now trailed 6-4.  Wauconda scored one more run in the seventh inning after a hit and two walks.  The Bobcats were down to their final at bats.  The Bobcats went down 1-2-3 to end the inning and the game.  The Bobcats lost by a final score of 7-4.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Sienko 2-3, (2) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Sauser 1-2, (1) 1B,

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS 

Kelly 1-3, (1) 1B

Grant (1) RE, (1) BB, (1) RS

Nolan (1) HBP, (1) RS



Saturday, April 17
Bobcats Win! -- Bobcats 12, Schaumburg Seminoles 6

The Bobcats played their first tournament game and won by a score of 12-6.  The Bobcats recorded a total of 9 hits.  The players were a little more aggressive in this game. The Bobcats had a good first inning, scoring four runs on two hits a walk, and en error. The Seminoles did not score in the first.    The Cats scored two more runs in the second inning after three hits and a walk.  The Bobcats led 6-0.  The Seminoles did not score in the second inning.   The Bobcats did not score in the third inning.  The Seminoles did not score in the third inning.  The Bobcats scored three runs in the fourth inning after a hit, a walk, and an error.  The Seminoles finally got on the board with two runs in the fourth inning after a hit, a walk, and two errors.  The Cats scored a run in the fifth inning after a couple of errors.  The Seminoles scored two more runs in the fifth inning after three hits and an error.  The Bobcats led 10-4.  The Cats scored a run in the sixth inning after two errors.  The Seminoles scored a run in the sixth inning after an error.  The Cats led 11-5.  The Cats added one more run in the seventh inning after two hits.  The Seminoles scored a run in the seventh inning after a walk and two hits and the Bobcats picked up their first win by a score of 12-6.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Sienko 2-4 (2) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Fishman 1-3, (1) 3B, (1) RE, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Kravitz 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Goldman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (2) RS

Nolan 1-3, (1) 1B,

Kelly 1-4, (1) 1B, (1) RBIs, (2) RS

Grant 1-4, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (2) RS

Levey (1) RE, (2) BB, (2) RS

Gitlin (1) RE, (1) RS



Thursday, April 15
Bobcats Lose Fourth Game In A Row; Some Bright Spots -- Leyden 9, Bobcats 6

Jim Hendry, Cubs GM, was out scouting young players today.  He was in attendance as the Bobcats squared off against the Leyden Eagles.  The Bobcats started Fishman on the mound.  He struck out the first two batters.  The next batter was a big kid who hit the ball over 300 feet for a solo home run.  The following batter flied out to end the top half of the first inning.  The Bobcats got things going in the first inning after Grant walked and Sienko singled.  Both runners stole bases.  The following batter struck out.  Fishman had a nice at bat as he singled, driving in Grant and Sienko on the play.  The Bobcats now led 2-1.  Fishman returned for the second inning.  He gave up a couple of hits and there was also an error, scoring three runs in total.  Gitlin came on in relief and looked good.  He struck out two to end the inning but the Bobcats trailed 4-2.  The Bobcats did not do much in the bottom of the second inning.  Sauser came on in relief of Gitlin.  He gave up three hits, including a home run.  The Eagles led 8-2.  The Bobcats picked up three runs in the bottom of the third inning.  Stark and Fishman both walked.  Sauser also walked.  Levey hit a nice shot for a double, scoring two runs on the play.  Sauser would also score after walking.  The Bobcats trailed 8-5.  Sauser returned in the fourth inning.  The first batter reached base on an error.  Stark came on in relief of Sauser and got some help on a nice double play, 1-3-5, as the runner tried to advance to third on a bunt from the batter.  The Bobcats had nothing going on in the fourth inning.  The score remained 8-5.  Stark returned in the fifth inning.  He gave up two hits and a walk and Leyden scored one run to increase their lead to 9-5.  The Bobcats had two on in the fifth after Goldman singled and Sauser reached on an error but the Bobcats could not capitalize.  Stark pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning.  In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Bobcats had two men on, one on second and one on third but the Bobcats could not push across any runs.  Kelly pitched the seventh inning.  He gave up one hit but no runs.  The Bobcats were down to their final at bats.  After Fishman walked Goldman also walked.  He was forced at home.  Sauser reached base on an error, scoring Fishman in the process.  The Bobcats recorded the final out and the game was over.  The Bobcats lost 9-6.  Some of the key statistics from tonight's game were:

Sienko 1-2, (1) 1B, (2) BB, (1) RS

Fishman 1-2, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs, (2) RS, (2) BB

Goldman 1-2, (1) 1B, (2) BB 

Levey 1-4, (1) 2B, (2) RBIs

Sauser (2) RE, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Grant (2) BB, (1) RS

Stark (1) BB, (1) RS 

Gitlin HBP

Nolan HBP

   



Monday, April 12
Bobcats Lose -- Huntley 10, Bobcats 4

The Bobcats played their third game of the season as they squared off against Huntley.  Gitlin started on the mound for the Bobcats.  Huntley scored one run on a home run in the first inning.  The Bobcats came right back and scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the first.  Grant reached on a walk.  Sienko hit a nice shot for a single, scoring Grant on the play.  Sienko stole second base.  Kelly hit a single, Sienko ultimately scored again and the Bobcats led 2-1.  Gitlin pitched the second inning.  Huntley scored two runs on two walks, an error, and one hit.  Huntley led 3-2.  The Bobcats went down in order in the second inning.  Kelly came on in relief to pitch the third inning.  He gave up two runs on two hits, a walk, and an error a Huntley increased their lead to 5-2.  The Bobcats threatened with two outs in the third inning.  Grant walked and stole second base.  Sienko hit a double but Grant did not score.  The following batter grounded out to end the inning.  Kelly returned to pitch the fourth inning.  He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk.  Huntley led by a score of 7-2.  The Bobcats scored one run in the fourth inning after Gitlin singled and Stark reached base on an error to drive in a run.  The score was now Huntley 7, Bobcats 3.  Stark came on in relief to pitch the fifth inning.  He gave up three runs on three hits and an error as Huntley increased their lead to 10-3.  The Bobcats were down to their final at bats because light was becoming an issue.  Levey led off with a walk.  Kravitz reached base on catcher's interference.  Terrian hit a single, driving in Levey.  The next batter struck out.  Sienko walked to load the bases.  The following two batters struck out to end the inning and the game.  Some of the key statistics from today's ball game were:

Sienko 2-2, (2) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Terrian 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Gitlin 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Kelly 1-3, (1) 1B

Stark (1) RE, (1) RBI

Levey (1) BB, (1) RS

Grant (2) BB, (1) RS

Fishman (1) BB  

Upcoming Games

Thu 4/15/10 5:30pm  BG Bobcats vs. Leyden Eagles  Vernon Township 
Sat 4/17/10 1:15pm  BG Bobcats vs. TBD  Melas Park 
Sat 4/17/10 3:30pm  BG Bobcats vs. TBD  Melas Park 
Sun 4/18/10 12:45pm  BG Bobcats vs. TBD  Melas Park 
Sun 4/18/10 3pm  BG Bobcats vs. TBD  Melas Park 



Sunday, April 11
Bobcats Lose Close Game -- Schaumburg 6, Bobcats 2

The Bobcats lost to a very good but a very beatable Schaumburg Flyers team.  The Bobcats started the game with a strikeout.  Sienko was next and hit a nice shot to right center for the Bobcats first hit of the game.  He was able to steal second base.  Kelly doubled and Sienko was waved home but was forced at home on a nice play by Schaumburg.  The following batter struck out to end the inning.  Kelly started on the mound for the Bobcats.  He pitched a very nice first inning, giving up just one hit.  The score remained 0-0.  Sauser got his first hit of the season during the second inning but not much else to report.  The Flyers scored three runs in the second inning after three hits and an error.  The Flyers led 3-0.  Nolan picked up his first hit of the season during the third inning but that was all.  The Flyers scored three more runs in the bottom of the third inning after an error, a hit batsman, a walk, and hit.  The Bobcats went down in order in the fourth inning. Stark came on in relief for the bottom of the fourth inning and he shut the Flyers down.  He was able to induce three players into ground outs to go along with one walk.  The Bobcats did not do much in the top of the fifth inning.  Levey walked but they could not advance him.  The score was still Flyers 6, Bobcats 0.  Stark pitched the fifth inning.  He gave up one hit and hit one batter but did not give up any runs.  Nolan made a nice play getting the ball in on a deep hit to center field to prevent the run from scoring.  The Bobcats finally got on the board in the sixth inning after Grant led off with a walk.  Sienko hit a single.  Kelly reached base on an error, scoring Grant on the play.  Sienko scored on a heads up play on an attempted steal by Kelly.  Gitlin hit a shot to center field but the Flyers player misplayed the ball and Gitlin reached safely on an error.  As he was waved to third, he was forced out on a nice play by the Flyers.  The Bobcats now trailed 6-2.  Stark picked up where he left off in the sixth inning.  He retired three straight batters on a fly out to right, a line out to short, and a ground out to first base.  The Bobcats went down in order in the seventh inning and lost the game 6-2.  The Bobcats played better today than yesterday but still made a few mental mistakes that meant the difference in the game.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Sienko 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Nolan 1-2, (1) 1B

Kelly 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RE, (1) RBI

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B

Gitlin 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE 

Grant (1) BB, (1) RS

Levey (1) BB 



Saturday, April 10
Bobcats Lose Season Opener -- Top Tier 13, Bobcats 2

The Bobcats lost their season opener by a score of 13-2.  The Bobcats got off to a good start after the Top Tier pitcher issued three straight walks.  Sienko walked first and promptly stole second base.  Kelly walked.  Fishman then walked to load the bases.  Top Tier made a pitching change.  The pitcher threw a wild pitch and Sienko scored on a heads up play. The next three players struck out to end the inning and the Cats led by a score of 1-0.  Gitlin started on the mound for the Bobcats.  The first batter hit a bloop single.  The next batter walked.  The following batter was hit by a pitch.  The next batter was intentionally walked to load the bases.  The following batter flied out to Nolan.  The next batter hit a bases clearing double.  The next batter struck out.  The next batter hit into a 5-3 groundout.  The score was now Top Tier 3, Bobcats 1.  The Bobcats went down in order in the second.  Gitlin returned for the bottom of the second inning.  The first batter singled.  Fishman came on in relief.  The following batter singled, scoring a run on the play.  The next batter struck out.  The following batter walked.  The next batter stuck out.  The following batter singled, driving in a run.  An errant throw was made on the runner at third, allowing the runner to score.  The following batter struck out but Top Tier scored four runs to increase their lead to 7-1.  The Bobcats started the third inning with a ground out to the pitcher.  Sienko was next and hit a slow roller down third base for the Bobcats first hit of the season and of the game.  He promptly stole second base.  He stole third and as they made a play on him the ball squirted away and he was able to score the second Bobcats run of the game.  The following Bobcats player struck out.  Fishman hit a nice shot down the right field line for a single, his first of the season.  The following batter grounded out to third.  The Bobcats picked up a run and now trailed by a score of 7-2.  Fishman started on the mound in the bottom of the third inning.  The first batter grounded out to Sienko at second base.  The next batter singled, scoring a run.  The following batter walked.  He stole second base.  The following batter walked.  They stole bases.  Sauser came on in relief.  The first batter he faced hit a rocket for an in the park home run.  The following batter reached base on an error.  The next batter walked.  The following batter hit into a fielder's choice, scoring a run on the play.  The following batter struck out to end the inning.  Top Tier picked up four more runs and the score was now 11-2.   The Bobcats went down in order in the fourth.  Sauser started the bottom of the fourth on the hill.  He struck out the first batter.  The next batter was hit by a pitch.  The next batter doubled, scoring two runs on the play.  The following batter grounded out to Kelly at first.  The next batter hit a pop up to the pitcher but he could not field it.  The following batter lined out to Sienko at second to end the inning.  Top Tier scored two more runs and led by a score of 13-2.  The Bobcat started the fifth with Levey reaching on a walk.  The next two batters struck out.  The following batter popped up to the second baseman to end the inning and the game.  The Bobcats lost by a final score of 13-2.  Here are the statistics for today's ball game:

Fishman 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Sienko 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RS

Kelly (1) BB

Levey (1) BB       



Tuesday, April 6
Bobcats Game Vs Leyden Cancelled - Season Opener Against Top Tier

The Bobcats were looking forward to opening the season last night against the Leyden Eagles.  Unfortunately, the field conditions at Vernon were not conducive to baseball.  Although it was a sunny day, the field took too much water with the thunderstorms the night before the game.  The Bobcats will now look forward to opening the season on the road versus Top Tier.  Top Tier is based out of McCook, a town near LaGrange.  It appears that Top Tier does not have a common home field.  The Bobcats will be squaring off against Top Tier in Waukegan.  The fact that the field location is a neutral site should work in the Bobcats' favor.  The players and the coaches are anxious to get the season underway.  As stated in previous articles, the Bobcats have been working hard in the offseason to prepare for the 2010 season.  The game against Top Tier is scheduled for noon on Saturday, April 10th, in Waukegan at Dugdale Park.  The Bobcats have a busy week ahead of them.  After squaring off against Top Tier on Saturday, the Bobcats travel to Schaumburg to play the Flyers on Sunday.  The Bobcats fared pretty well in 2009 against a very good Flyers team.  The Cats played the Flyers twice and beat them both times.  The Bobcats recorded their only shutout of the season last year against the Flyers by a score of 9-0.  The 9-0 victory over the Flyers was the Bobcats best played game of the season in my opinion.  The Cats played flawless defense with no errors and they came up with the big hits when they needed them.  The second time the Cats played the Flyers was in the 2009 MSBL playoffs.  The Bobcats lost their first pool play game and needed a victory to stay alive.  The Bobcats stepped up and beat the Flyers 6-4 to make it into the second round of the playoffs.  Hemenway and Luke (both players are now playing with other teams) both homered in that game.  The Bobcats went on to place 3rd out of 24 teams in last year's championship series.  The Bobcats will need another good performance to compete with the Flyers.  After playing the Flyers in Schaumburg, the Cats will square off against Huntley at 5:30 PM on Monday, April 12th, at Vernon Township.  The Bobcats lost to Huntley last year in a controversial game that was called because of darkness.  The Bobcats had the lead but the home team was not able to finish their last at bats so the score reverted back to the previous inning.  The Bobcats have good memories and would like to avenge that loss with a big victory against Huntley.  The Bobcats then play Leyden on Thursday, April 15th at home.  The Bobcats won an exciting game against Leyden last season by a score of 8-7.  After playing some regular season MSBL games, the Bobcats will play their first tournament the weekend of April 17th in Mount Prospect, the Arlington Cardinals Preseason Tournament.  The Bobcats hope to get off to s good start on Saturday and start to build some momentum as they head into their first tournament of the season.  Large crowds are expected for all Bobcats games as the local community is excited about their team.  Here is a quick summary of the Bobcats' upcoming schedule: 

Date Time Home Team Away Team Location
4/10/2010 12:00 PM Top Tier BG Bobcats Dugdale Park
4/11/2010 10:30 AM Schaumburg Flyers BG Bobcats Polk Park - East Field
4/12/2010 5:30 PM BG Bobcats Huntley Raiders Vernon Township
4/15/2010 5:30 PM BG Bobcats Leyden Eagles Vernon Township
4/17/2010 1:15 PM BG Bobcats TBD Melas Park
4/17/2010 3:30 PM BG Bobcats TBD Melas Park
4/18/2010 12:45 PM BG Bobcats TBD Melas Park
4/18/2010 3:00 PM BG Bobcats TBD Melas Park



Sunday, April 4
Bobcats Gear Up For Season Opener Against Leyden

The Bobcats have been working hard all winter to prepare themselves for the 2010 season.  The Bobcats have a nice team.  The players seem to play well together and get along with each other as well.  The hitting is looking good in practice.  The players are finding the holes on the field and placing balls in the holes.  The batting order should be pretty solid, top to bottom.  The defense also looks pretty good.  Fishman and Kravitz will probably share some time at third base and the outfield, if need be.  Grant and Kelly will probably share some time at shortstop.  Sienko will play second base and Goldman will play first.  Nolan looks solid in center field.  Terrian, Stark, and Gitlin also look very good as outfielders.  Levey and Sauser will share time at catcher.  The Bobcats hope to get off to a good start in their first game against the Leyden Eagles.  The Bobcats beat Leyden last year by a score of 8-7 in a very close and exciting game.  Leyden had a man on third with two outs and down by one run.  They tried to break for home while Luke was setting himself on the mound and Luke threw the ball home for a tag on the runner to end the game.  The Bobcats starting pitcher has not been announced but the Bobcats look pretty deep at the pitcher's spot as well.  Gitlin is a fireballer.  Fishman, Kelly, Grant, and Stark are all solid and the rest of the Bobcats players will also get some innings throughout the year.  It looks like it will be an exciting season of Bobcats baseball.  In addition to playing in the MSBL, the Bobcats will also be playing in nine tournaments.  Large crowds are expected as the Bobcats' "quest for greatness" begins.   

Monday, January 18
"New And Improved" Bobcats Break Camp; Ready Themselves for Big 2010 Season!!

The 2009 Bobcats core players will be back for the 2010 season.  Four players from last year's team moved on to other things.  Hemenway will be playing ball for a local team in the Winthrop Harbor area.  Luke will be playing ball for the Prospect Heights Phantoms, a team that he and Sienko played on last year (they also won 1st place at the North Shore Baseball Tournament in 2009).  Isaacson and Cohen will be playing ball locally for one of the Buffalo Grove teams.  The Bobcats had a great group of players last year so it will be "big shoes to fill" for the new players.  The Bobcats picked up four ex-Predator players from last year when the Predators decided that the chances of them fielding a competitive team was not a viable option.  The Predators loss is the Bobcats gain!  Last season the Bobcats picked up two additional players that did not play with the Bobcats during the 2008 season.  Luke and Sienko were both very good acquisitions last year.  Luke brought some great pitching and good hitting to the Bobcats in 2009.  Luke got really hot with the bat during the last three weeks of the season.  He hit three home runs during this time span.  Sienko also brought a big stick and some excellent defensive play to the Cats in 2009.  He led all players in hits (45), batting avg (.413), OBP (.522), OPS (1.045), and walks (25).  He also drove in 32 runs, second only to Hemenway's 36.  The new Bobcat players in 2010 are Kelly, Gitlin, Terrian, and Stark.  From what I have seen so far, all of these players have some pop in their bats.  Kelly has a nice stroke and makes solid contact with the baseball.  Gitlin also makes very good contact with the baseball.  Terrian is solid and has the wheels to go with it.  Stark is a solid player both offensively and defensively.  All of the new players also look like they can pitch.  Gitlin and Kelly look like that they throw the ball pretty hard.  As long as they can find the strike zone and can mix in a changeup now and then, the Bobcats should be in good shape.  The Bobcats have a big season ahead of them.  They are scheduled to play somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-60 games this season.  They will be playing in the MSBL (Mid-Suburban Baseball League), which is one of the most competitive leagues in the Midwest.  The Cats will be playing in the Elite Division, which is comprised of the sixteen (16) best teams of twelve year olds.  In addition to playing 22 regular season games in the MSBL, the Cats will be playing in approximately 9 tournaments.  The biggest tournament of 2010 will be the Slumpbusters Tourney in Omaha, NE.  The Cats will get to play against teams from all over the country.  Below is a snapshot of the MSBL Elite Division as well as a tentative listing of the scheduled Bobcats tournaments for 2010:

MSBL Elite Division

Community Affiliation Team Name
Northfield Highwood Braves Highwood Braves  - White
McCook Top Tier Baseball Top Tier
Barrington Barrington Youth Baseball Barrington Big Red
Palatine Palatine Youth Baseball Palatine Travelers Bulldogs
Algonquin AAYO Algonquin Storm
Schaumburg Schaumburg Athletic Association Schaumburg Flyers
Glenview Glenview Blaze Glenview Blaze Red
Norridge The Future The Future
Palatine Palatine Youth Baseball Palatine Travelers Heat
Huntley Huntley Travel Baseball Red Raiders
Elk Grove Village Elk Grove Travelers Elk Grove Travelers - Mills
Glenview Highwood Braves Highwood Braves - Red
Buffalo Grove Buffalo Grove Bobcats (No Org Affiliation) Buffalo Grove Bobcats
Pingree Grove Hampshire Slaughter Hampshire Slaughter
Rosemont Leyden Eagles Leyden Eagles
Lake In The Hills Lake In The Hills Youth Travel Thunder

Bobcats Tentative 2010 Tournament Schedule

  Bobcats Tentative 2010 Tournament Schedule
   
4/16 – 4/18 Arlington Cardinal’s Preseason @ Mt. Prospect
   
4/23 – 4/25 Illinois State Games @ Hoffman Estates
   
5/16 Riverhawks Round Robin Series @ Belvidere
   
5/20 – 5/23 7th Annual Casey Pohl @ Palatine
   
5/28 – 5/31  14th Annual Racine Erickson Memorial Day Classic @ Racine, Ws
  (The Bobcats will also be attending the Brewers vs New York Mets game)
   
6/17 – 6/20  Omaha College World Series
   
6/24 – 6/27 MSBL
   
7/2 – 7/5 Seminole Midwest Classic @ Schaumburg
   
7/7 – 7/11 Vernon Hills Cougar Classic



2009 Season

Friday, July 3
Bobcats Win 2/3 In Northbrook Tournament -- Season Comes To An End

Bobcats 14, Northbrook 4

The Bobcats beat Northbrook by a wide margin as they won 2/3 games in the tournament.  That may not be enough unless Highland Park pulls a big upset over Evanston.  The only thing the Bobcats could focus on was winning out.  The Bobcats scored first after Sienko reached base on an error, Grant walked, and Luke drove them both in with a fielder's choice.  The Bobcats took an early lead of 2-0.  Northbrook came back with two runs of their own after two hits.  It was 2-2 after one inning of play.  The Bobcats scored five runs in the second inning after Goldman singled, Fishman singled, Levey singled, and Nolan reached base on error.  The Bobcats took the lead 6-2.  The Cats would go on to score five more runs in the third inning after Luke singled, Goldman walked, Fishman singled, Levey doubled, Nolan singled, and Kravitz singled.  The Bobcats increased their lead to 12-2.  Northbrook scored two to keep the game alive but the Bobcats would put another run on in the fourth and sixth inning to end it.  The Bobcats finished the season on a positive note and will look to get the core of players back as they prepare to improve over 2009.  They will hope to get things started in March 2010 as they look to play a "warm weather" tournament.   

Bobcats 20, Highland Park 1

The Bobcats beat Highland Park by a wide margin as they pounded out a bunch of hits.  The Bobcats scored twelve runs in the final inning before Highland Park finally said "Uncle."  The Bobcats will go on to play Northbrook and hope that Evanston loses to Highland Park 

Evanston 3, Bobcats 2

The Bobcats lost a close game after an error late in the game.  The Bobcats took an early lead after Sienko singled and Luke drove him in with a single of his own.  The Bobcats led 1-0.  Evanston got the run right back in the first inning after a couple of hits.  The score was tied 1-1.   No additional runs would be scored until the fifth inning when the Bobcats went ahead after Luke hit a solo HR.  The Bobcats were leading 2-1 until Evanston scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning after two hits and an error.  The Bobcats would not score any additional runs and lost by a final score of 3-2.   



Tuesday, June 30
Bobcats Do Well in MSBL Playoffs; Capture 3rd Place Out of 24 Teams

Bobcats 5, Mount Prospect 1

The Bobcats finished up the tournament on a strong note after they defeated the Mavericks to capture third place in the MSBL.  The pitching looked very good and the defense also looked very good.  The Bobcats also broke out some hits.  The Bobcats never gave up throughout the entire tournament.  They picked each other up when they needed to.  They came up with key hits when they needed them and made the big plays when they had to.  The Bobcats will play one more tournament over the 4th of July.  They hope to build momentum going into the 2010 season with the nice showing in the final tournament of the season. 

Glenview 15, Bobcats 5

The Bobcats advanced to the semifinals after defeating the Palatine Bulldogs in a game that went down to the wire.  The Bobcats "scratched and clawed" their way into the semifinals and deserved to be there.  They were hoping to hand the Blaze a defeat but it did not happen like that.  The Bobcats committed four errors and the Blaze hit the ball very well.  The Bobcats were able to put five runs on the board against a very good Glenview team but unfortunately they gave up too many runs to stay competitive.  The Bobcats are guaranteed some hardware as they square off against the Mount Prospect Mavericks for third place.  The Bobcats should be very proud of how far they advanced in this tournament.  There is still work to do with one more game against the Mavericks.  

Bobcats 7, Palatine Bulldogs 6 

The Bobcats won their pool and advanced in the tournament.  They squared off against the Palatine Bulldogs.  They went 1-1 against the Bulldogs during the regular season.  Neither team scored in the first inning.  The Bulldogs scored a run in the top of the second inning after a walk and couple of hits.  The Bobcats did not score in the second inning and trailed 1-0.  Palatine did not score in the third inning.  The Bobcats did not score in the third inning either.  The Bulldogs scored two more runs in the top of the fourth inning after a walk, a double and an error.  The Bulldogs led 3-1.  The Bobcats scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning after Fishman reached on an error.  Grant also reached on an error, scoring Fishman in the process and the Bulldogs led 3-1.  The Bulldogs scored another run in the fifth inning after three hits.  The Bobcats did not score in the fifth inning and the Bulldogs led 4-1.  The Bulldogs scored another run in the sixth inning after stringing together a couple of hits.  The Bobcats scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after a couple by Luke, a single by Fishman and a couple of errors.  The Bulldogs led 5-4.  The Bulldogs scored another run in the seventh inning after a walk and an error.  The Bobcats were trailing 6-4 with one inning left.  Sienko led off with a walk.  Hemenway reached base on an error and Sienko scored on a close play at home.  Goldman singled, scoring Hemenway on the play.  Luke was next and hit a double, scoring Goldman on the play.  The Bobcats won in the last inning by a score of 7-6.  They advance to the semifinals where they will square off against Glenview.  

Bobcats 6, Schaumburg Flyers 4

The Bobcats played their third game of pool play and needed a victory to have a chance to advance.  The Bobcats squared off against the Schaumburg Flyers.  The Flyers (18-5) were shut out by the Bobcats earlier this season.  The Flyers were looking to avenge the loss by giving it back to the Bobcats in the tournament.  It was not to be.  The Bobcats played a very good game.  The defense looked really good as they went errorless for the game.  The two "big boys," Hemenway and Luke, both hit home runs to go with a single and double respectively.  Levey had a couple of hits and the Bobcats won 2/3 in pool play.  Now it's just a matter of waiting to see if Highwood Blue can somehow beat Highwood Red.  If they do, the Bobcats will win their pool and advance in the tournament.  If not, the Bobcats will look to regroup and get things back on track next season.  I have a feeling that the Bobcats will win their pool and advance.  The waiting is the hardest part.

Bobcats 14, Highwood Blue 6

The Bobcats played their second game of the tournament as they squared off against Highwood Blue.  Highwood Blue got on the board in the top of the first inning after a three errors and a couple of doubles.  Highwood led 3-0.  The Bobcats got two runs of their own after leadoff walks by Sienko and Hemenway.  Goldman drove in Sienko after reaching base on an error.  Fishman hit a deep fly ball for a sacrifice, scoring Hemenway on the play.  Highwood Blue led 3-2.  Highwood scored another run in the top of the second inning after an error and a hit and now led 4-2.  The Bobcats came roaring back in the bottom of the second inning after Nolan reached base on a single.  Kravitz walked.  Isaacson singled, scoring Nolan and Kravitz on the play.  Sienko walked and Goldman reached base on an error.  Levey reached base on an error, scoring Sienko on the play.  Sauser reached base on an error, scoring Goldman on the play.  The Cats scored five runs to take the lead 7-4.  Highwood Blue came back in the top of the third inning after a double, a triple, and a single.  Highwood Blue scored two runs but still trailed 7-6.  The Bobcats scored another run in the bottom of the third inning after Sienko walked and Hemenway drove him in with a double.  The Bobcats now led 8-6.  Highwood Blue did not score in the fourth inning and neither did the Bobcats.  Highwood Blue did not score for the remainder of the game but the Bobcats piled on six more runs in the fifth inning.  Sienko led off with another walk, his fourth of the game.  Hemenway was hit by a pitch.  Fishman doubled, scoring Sienko and Hemenway on the play.  Levey and Sauser both walked.  Nolan singled, scoring Fishman and Levey on the play.  Isaacson also singled, scoring Sauser and Nolan on the play and the Cats went on to win by the score of 14-6.  One game down, one to go.  With a little luck there's no telling what could happen.

Highwood Red 7, Bobcats 4

The Bobcats started postseason play as the # 13 seed in a pool of 24 teams.  The Bobcats first matchup of the postseason tournament was Highwood Red.  The Bobcats played well against Highwood Red during the regular season, going 2-0.  They won the first regular season game 3-2 and the second regular season game 7-5.  This was not going to be an easy game but the Bobcats seemed like they were prepared.  Highwood Red scored in the first inning after a couple of hits.  The Bobcats got on the board in the first inning after Hemenway reached base on a single and Goldman drove him in with a big triple.  Luke grounded out to second base but was able to push Goldman across for another run.  The Bobcats led 2-1 after one inning of play.  Highwood added two more runs in the top of the second inning after three hits and a walk.  Highwood took the lead after two by a score of 3-2.  Neither the Bobcats nor Highwood Red scored in the third and fourth innings.  Highwood Red answered the call in the top of the fifth inning after a leadoff single and an error.  The Bobcats scored a run in the fifth inning after Sauser singled and Isaacson drove in him in with a single of his own.  Highwood led by a score of 4-3.   Highwood Red reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth inning after a walk, a single, and a fielder's choice.  The score was now Highwood Red 6, Bobcats3.  The Bobcats scored in the bottom of the sixth inning after Luke singled and Fishman drove him in with a double.    Highwood pushed another run across in the top of the seventh inning after a costly error.  The Bobcats failed to score in the bottom of the seventh inning and Highwood Red won by a score of 7-4.  The Bobcats will have to win out if they hope to have any chance of advancing out of pool play.

Player   G  Inn  PA  AB  R  1B  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO  RE OBP AVG
Jacob Sienko 5 30 19 12 6 2 0 0 0 1 7 3 1 0.47 0.167
Brandon Grant  1 12 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0.17 0.167
Kyle Hemenway  5 30 18 16 6 6 1 0 1 6 1 2 2 0.56 0.5
Tanner Luke  4 24 12 11 4 2 1 0 1 3 1 0 0 0.42 0.364
Sam Goldman  5 30 17 16 4 3 0 1 0 7 0 1 2 0.29 0.25
Sam Fishman  5 30 16 14 6 2 4 0 0 4 2 1 2 0.5 0.429
Daniel Levey  5 30 16 14 1 3 0 0 0 1 2 1 2 0.31 0.214
Conrad Sauser  5 30 15 13 2 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 1 0.2 0.077
Alec Nolan  5 30 15 13 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 1 0.27 0.154
Josh Kravitz  5 30 15 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0.2 0.077
Sam Isaacson  5 30 15 15 3 2 0 0 0 4 0 3 0 0.13 0.133
Team Stats 5 30 164 143 36 27 6 1 2 34 18 18 12 0.348 0.252

 



Tuesday, June 23
Bobcats Lose -- Algonquin 13, Bobcats 3

The Bobcats lost to a very good Algonquin Storm team tonight.  The Storm placed hits where the Cats weren't.  The Cats had a couple of scoring opportunities but failed to capitalize.  The Storm got two runs in the first after three consecutive hits.  The Cats came back and scored three runs in the first to take the inning and the lead, 3-2.  Hemenway singled.  Goldman singled.  Luke reached on an error, scoring two runs in the process.  Fishman doubled home Luke and the Cats went ahead 3-2.  The Storm came back and scored two more runs in the second inning after two errors and a hit.  Nolan singled to start the second but the Bobcats could not advance him and the score was Storm 4, Bobcats 3.  The Storm continued to put runs on the board in the third inning - five runs to be exact.  A flurry of hits with a few walks mixed in led to a big inning for the Storm.  They advanced their lead to 9-3.  The Cats would do nothing the rest of the way.  The Storm went scoreless in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.  The Cats played like we would expect during those innings.  The Storm put four more runs on the board in the top half of the seventh inning after four hits and two walks.  The Bobcats eventually lost the game by a score of 13-3, although there were glimmers of the Bobcats we know.  The Bobcats will look to regroup as they prepare for the MSBL tournament.  Some of the key statistics from tonight's game were:

Hemenway 2-3, (2) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Fishman 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Kravitz 1-3, (1) 1B

Goldman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Sienko (1) BB



Monday, June 22
Bobcats Run Table In Pool Play; Lose in Semifinals -- Champaign Tribe 10, Bobcats 2

Champaign Tribe 10, Bobcats 2 

The Bobcats advanced to the semifinals but came up a little short.  The Bobcats squared off against the other local team, the Champaign Tribe.  Things looked very encouraging at the start as the Bobcats scored two quick runs in the first inning after Sienko walked, Grant walked, and Goldman reached on an error.  The Bobcats led 2-0.  The Tribe did not score in the first inning.  The Bobcats did not score any runs the rest of the game.  The Tribe, however, did score some runs.  The scored four runs in the second inning after errors and some hits in the inning.  They would score six more runs in the fourth inning after more of the same.  The Bobcats could not bring their "A" game and lost by a final score of 10-2. 

Bobcats 9, McCutcheon Mavericks 1

The Bobcats completed the sweep in pool play as they defeated the McCutcheon Mavericks.  The Bobcats did not score in the first inning.  The Mavericks scored one in the first inning after an error and a hit.  The Mavericks took an opening lead of 1-0.  The Bobcats did not score in the second inning and neither did the Mavericks.  The score remained 1-0.  The Bobcats finally scored in the third inning after Isaacson singled, Sienko singled, Grant walked, and Hemenway doubled.  The Bobcats took the lead 3-1.  The Bobcats would hold the Mavericks scoreless the rest of the way.  The Bobcats scored one run in the fourth inning after Luke singled and Fishman knocked him in.  The Bobcats scored five runs in the fifth inning after Isaacson doubled, Cohen singled, Sienko hit into a fielder's choice, Grant singled, Hemenway reached on an error, Goldman singled, and Fishman walked.  The Bobcats would go on to win by a score of 8-1.   

Bobcats 7, Champaign Dream 3

The Bobcats won their second game of the tournament as the defeated one of the local teams.  The Bobcats scored in the first inning after Grant walked and Hemenway drove him in.  The Bobcats led 1-0.  The Bobcats held the Dream scoreless in the second inning.  The Bobcats scored two more runs in the second inning after Levey walked, Sauser singled, and Isaacson drove them in.  The Bobcats led 3-0.  The Dream did not score in the second inning.  The Bobcats did not score in the third inning.  The Dream scored two runs in the inning after a walk, an error, and a couple of hits.  The Bobcats led 3-2.  Neither team scored in the fourth inning.  The Bobcats scored in the fifth after Kravitz singled, Sienko doubled, Grant singled, and Hemenway doubled.  The Bobcats scored three runs and now led by a score of 6-2.  The Dream scored one run in the fifth and now trailed 6-3.  The Bobcats would add one run in the sixth inning after Luke singled and Sauser drove him in.  The Bobcats hung on and won by a score of 7-3. 

Bobcats 4, Bloomington 3

The Bobcats won their first game of the Champaign Father's Day Tournament.  The Cats looked pretty sharp in their first inning of work.  The Bobcats scored two runs in the first inning after Grant walked and stole some bases.  Goldman knocked him in with a single.  Luke doubled in Goldman and the Bobcats were on the board with two runs.  Bloomington scored two runs after a hit batsman and a couple of hits.  The score was tied 2-2.  Neither team scored in the second inning.  The Bobcats scored two more runs in the third inning after Sienko, Grant, and Goldman walked.  Luke hit a bases loaded single to score two runs.  The Bobcats led 4-2.  Bloomington scored a run in the third inning after a walk and a ball in play.  The Bobcats would hold Bloomington scoreless the rest of the way and won by a final score of 4-3.

Player   Inn  PA  AB  R  1B  2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  RE  OBP  Avg
Jacob Sienko  24 11 9 6 3 1 0 0 3 2 2 0.55 0.444
Brandon Grant  24 11 7 6 4 0 0 0 3 4 0 0.73 0.571
Kyle Hemenway  24 11 11 1 1 3 0 0 2 0 2 0.36 0.364
Tanner Luke  24 11 11 2 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 0.46 0.455
Sam Goldman  24 11 8 1 2 0 0 0 4 3 1 0.46 0.25
Sam Fishman  24 10 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.3 0.125
Daniel Levey  24 10 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.1 0
Conrad Sauser  24 8 8 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.38 0.375
Alec Nolan  24 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.13 0
Josh Kravitz  24 7 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.29 0.167
Sam Isaacson  24 7 6 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.71 0.667
Ethan Cohen  24 7 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.14 0.167
Team Stats    112 96 22 23 5 1 0 15 13 9 0.39 0.302



Thursday, June 18
Bobcats Win!! -- Bobcats 8, Highwood Blue 1

The Bobcats played well against a team that gave them a tough time the last time they played.  It went 10 innings before the Bobcats finally walked away with the victory.  Tonight was a different story.  The Bobcats put Highwood Blue on their heels early with some good pitching and with some good play.  The Bobcats gave up one hit in the first inning but no runs.  The Cats scored in the first inning after Sienko, Hemenway, and Goldman all walked.  The Bobcats only scored one run.  The Cats led 1-0.  The Bobcats gave up one hit in the second inning but no runs.  The Bobcats scored two runs after Sauser walked to start the second.  Nolan reached on an error and some balls put in play allowed the Bobcats to score two more runs to increase their lead to 3-0. The Bobcats retired Highwood in order in the third inning.  The Bobcats scored three runs in the third inning after Sienko doubled.  Hemenway, Goldman, Levey, and Fishman walked.  Nolan singled.  After it was all over the Bobcats led 6-0.  Highwood would not score until the final inning after they singled twice.  The Bobcats scored in the fourth inning after Kravitz doubled and Hemenway reached on an error.  The Bobcats scored another run in the fifth inning after Sauser singled and Nolan reached base on an error, scoring Sauser on the play.  The Bobcats went on to win by a final score of 8-1.  Some of the key statistics from tonight's game were: 

Sienko 2-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Sauser 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RS

Nolan 1-3, (1) 1B, (3) RBIs, (1) RS

Kravitz 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Goldman (3) BB, (1) RS

Hemenway (1) BB, (1) RS

Levey (1) BB, (1) RS

Fishman (1) BB



Monday, June 15
Bobcats Lose -- Norridge 16, Bobcats 6

The Bobcats lost to Norridge this evening.  It was a tied game through two innings.  Sienko led off the first with a single.  Goldman knocked in Sienko with a single and the Cats were on the board.  Norridge tied the game after a couple of hits.  Both teams were held scoreless in the second inning.  The Bobcats did not score in the third inning but Norridge did.  The put up six runs after two Bobcats errors, a hit batsman, two walks, and two hits.  At that point Norridge was leading 7-1.  The Bobcats rallied in the top of the fourth inning after three walks to load the bases.  Norridge walked in a run.  Cohen hit into a fielder's choice, scoring a run in the process.  Sienko walked and Hemenway singled.  The Bobcats got back five of the six runs and only trailed by one.  The score was Norridge 7, Bobcats 6.  Norridge got a bunch of runs back in the bottom of the fourth after two hit batsman, another error, and a couple of hits.  Norridge led by a score of 11-6.  The Bobcats did not score in the top of the fifth.  Norridge put five more runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning after a flurry of hits and a couple of walks and the ball game was over.  Some of the key statistics from tonight's game were:

Sienko 2-2, (2) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Goldman 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RBIs

Hemenway 1-3, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs,

Cohen (1) RBI, (1) RS

Luke (1) BB, (1) RS

Kravitz (1) BB, (1) RS

Isaacson (2) BB, (1) RS

Levey (1) BB, (1) RS

Nolan (1) SAC, (1) BB



Sunday, June 14
Bobcats Lose -- Windy City 10, Bobcats 6

The Bobcats lost to Windy City today and there was as much action off the field as there was on the field.  The Bobcats had three blown calls by the home umpire.  I am not usually one to blame anyone except the players involved.  If you make the plays on the field, you win games.  The Bobcats made most of the plays but still came up on the short end.  The umpire made three bad calls that cost the Bobcats some runs.  On one play in particular, Hemenway slid aggressively into home "cleanly" and was tossed out of the game for making a "hard slide."  The Bobcats were close until one of the Windy City players hit a three-run home run.  The Bobcats lost by a final score of Windy City 10, Bobcats 6.  Some of the key statistics from today's game were:

Sienko 3-3, (3) 1B, (1) RS

Grant 2-2, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Hemenway 1-1, (1) 2B, (2) BB, (1) RBI

Isaacson 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Levey 1-2, (1) 1B, (2) RBI, (1) RS

Luke 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Kravitz (1) BB, (1) RS



Saturday, June 13
Bobcats Lose -- Elmhurst 8, Bobcats 5

The Bobcats dropped a game to the Elmhurst Extreme in what should have been a victory for the Cats.  The Bobcats got off to a decent start in the first inning after Sienko reached base on an error.  He was caught stealing third base.  Grant walked and Hemenway knocked him in with a single.  Goldman walked and Hemenway advanced to third base.  Fishman hit a shot to the pitcher and Hemenway was able to plate another run on a heads up play.  The Cats scored two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.  Luke started on the hill for the Cats.  He looked good in his first inning of work.  He walked two and struck out two and Elmhurst did not score any runs.  It was still 2-0.  The Bobcats went down in order in the second inning.  Luke returned for another inning of work on the hill.  He walked two and struck out one and did not allow any runs.  The score remained 2-0.  The Cats recorded one hit by Sienko in the third inning and the Cats did not score.  Fishman came on in relief for the third inning.  After recording a quick out, the Bobcats started a downward spiral.  After a couple of walks and four errors in the inning, the Elmhurst Extreme scored eight runs to take a commanding lead.  The Bobcats should have been out of the inning with two runs maximum.  Instead they scored eight.  The score was Extreme 8, Bobcats 2.  The Bobcats would have to dig themselves out of a big hole that they created for themselves.  The Bobcats went down 1-2-3 in the fourth inning and the score remained 8-2. Grant came on in relief to start the bottom of the fourth inning.  He held them scoreless, allowing no hits.  The Bobcats started the fifth inning and were able to load the bases but they were unable to plate any runs.  Nolan and Kravitz had hits in the inning.  Grant pitched another scoreless inning in the fifth, retiring the batters in order to end the inning.  The Bobcats were in need of some runs.  In the sixth inning they scored some runs.  Isaacson reached base on a walk.  Sienko hit into a fielder's choice.  Grant reached on an error. Hemenway knocked in Sienko and Grant with a nice single.  Goldman reached base on an error, scoring Hemenway in the process.  The Cats did not plate any additional runs and closed the gap to 8-5.  Grant returned for the sixth inning.  He held the Extreme scoreless again, retiring the batters in order again. The score remained Elmhurst 8, Bobcats 5.  The Bobcats were down to their final at bats.  Nolan led off with a walk.  Two quick outs and Levey was up.  He also walked.  Eventually it was men on second and third with two outs.  The Bobcats were unable to score any runs and dropped a "winnable" game to the Elmhurst Extreme by a final score of Elmhurst 8, Bobcats 5.  Some of the key statistics from tonight's game were:

Nolan 1-1, (1) 1B, (2) BB 

Hemenway 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (3) RBIs, (2) RS

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RS

Kravitz 1-3, (1) 1B

Grant (1) RE, (1) BB, (2) RS

Goldman (1) BB, (1) RE

Fishman (1) BB

Levey (1) BB

Isaacson (1) BB



Wednesday, June 10
Bobcats Play Very Well; Win Big Game!! - Bobcats 7, Highwood Red 5

The Bobcats played one of their best overall games of the season tonight in Highwood.  Their pitching looked good, the fielding was decent (except for the first couple of batters), and the hitting happened at key times during the game.  The Bobcats drew first blood in the first inning.  Sienko led off the game with a hard double down the left field line.  He swiped third base.  Grant reached base on an error, driving Sienko in on the play.  Grant swiped second and third base.  Hemenway also reached on an error, driving Grant in on the play.  Goldman also reached on an error, driving Hemenway in on the play.  Sauser drove in Goldman on a fielder's choice.  The Bobcats hit the ball hard to put Highwood back on its heels and take the lead by a score of Bobcats 4, Highwood Red 0.  Sauser started on the hill for the Cats.  A couple of batters reached base after two quick Bobcats errors.  The Bobcats stepped up and were able to catch a runner stealing and then got two fly outs to end the threat.  It was still 4-0.  The Bobcats went down 1-2-3 in the second inning.  A walk in the second inning led to a Highwood run and the score was now 4-1.  The Bobcats went down 1-2-3 in the third inning.  Highwood scored another run in the bottom half of the inning after a couple of hits and the score was Bobcats 4, Highwood 2.  The Bobcats added a run in the fourth inning after a leadoff double by Hemenway.  Goldman moved the runner on a fielder's choice.  Fishman singled, driving in Hemenway on the play.  The score was now 5-2.  Sienko pitched well in the fourth inning.  Highwood had two outs and men on second and third.  The Bobcats should have been out of the inning but they committed an error and two runs scored.  The Cats recorded the final out and the score was now Bobcats 5, Highwood 4.  The Cats went down 1-2-3 in the fifth inning and the score remained 5-4.  Sienko returned to the hill and had a good inning with help from his teammates.  He retired three straight batters on a fly out, a strike out and a groundout to the pitcher's spot.  The score remained 5-4.  The Bobcats picked up a huge run in the sixth inning off Highwood's best pitcher.  Although he threw the ball hard, the Cats were able to put "bat-on-ball."  Sienko led off with a sharp rip to the left side for a hit.  He stole a base.  Grant was next and hit the ball hard to the left side for a hit, scoring Sienko on the play.  The Cats were retired but led 6-4.  Levey came on in relief in the sixth inning.  He looked good in his debut.  He gave up a hit and then retired three straight batters to end the inning.  Highwood scored and it was now Bobcats 6, Highwood 5.  The Bobcats were looking for insurance runs and they came through.  Sauser led off with a single and swiped some bases.  Nolan moved the runner on a fielder's choice to score a run.  The Bobcats led 7-5 going into the final inning.  They needed three outs to win the game.  Levey returned to the hill.   He struck out the first batter.  The second batter popped up to Levey, who made a nice hustle play to record the out.  The following batter popped up to Goldman at first, who also made a nice play to end the inning and the game.  The Bobcats really stepped up when the starting pitchers needed some rest.  The Bobcats won a big game by a final score of 7-5.  Some of the key statistics from tonight's game were:

Sienko 2-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (2) RS

Grant 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Hemenway 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Nolan (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Goldman (1) RE, (1) RBI



Tuesday, June 9
Bobcats Beat Predators! -- Bobcats 12, Predators 6

The Bobcats played their cross-town rival, the Predators, this evening.  The game drew the season's largest crowd of the year.  The Bobcats started Hemenway on the mound.  He gave up a couple of hits in the first inning and the Predators scored a run to take a 1-0 lead.  The Cats went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first inning.  Hemenway retired three straight batters in the second inning on two ground outs and a strikeout.  The Bobcats picked up a run in the bottom of the second inning after a leadoff single by Goldman, and error, and a couple of fielder's choices.  Sauser plated a run to tie the game at 1-1.  Hemenway gave up a couple of hits and a walk in the third inning as the Predators scored another run to take the lead 2-1.  The Bobcats scored three runs in the third inning after a Grant walk, an error and a big triple by Goldman.  Nolan scored Goldman on a fielder's choice and the Cats took the lead 4-2.  Grant came on in relief in the fourth inning.  He retired three straight batters and the score remained 4-2.  The Cats scored two more runs in the fourth inning.  Isaacson led off with a single and Cohen moved him after reaching on an error.  Sienko hit a single, scoring both Isaacson and Cohen on the play.  The score was now Bobcats 6, Predators 2.  Grant returned for a second inning of work on the mound.  The Predators scored two runs after three hits and a walk.  The score was now 6-4. The Cats scored two runs in the fifth inning.  Hemenway led off with a single and swiped some bases.  Fishman reached on an error, scoring Hemenway on the play.  Sauser singled, scoring Fishman on the play.  The score was now Bobcats 8, Predators 4.  Fishman pitched the sixth inning for the Bobcats. He walked one, gave up a hit and allowed two runs as the Predators closed the gap to 8-6.  The Bobcats scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after Cohen reached on an error and Sienko tripled, scoring a run on the play.  Grant scored Sienko after reaching base on an error.  Goldman scored Grant on a single.  Fishman scored Goldman on a double.  The Bobcats led 12-6.  Fishman returned for the final inning.  The first batter reached base on an error but was taken off the base paths after a nice throw by Levey.  The second batter struck out.  The next batter walked.  Fishman struck out the following batter to end the inning and the game.  It was a nice win for the Bobcats.  They won by a final score of Bobcats 12, Predators 6.  Some of the key statistics from tonight's game were: 

Goldman 3-4, (1) 3B, (2) 1B, (2) RBIs, (2) RS

Sienko 2-4, (1) 3B, (1) 1B, (4) RBIs, (1) RS

Fishman 2-4, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (2) RE, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Isaacson 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Hemenway 1-4, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Grant (1) B, (1) RE, (2) RS

Cohen (2) RE, (2) RS

Nolan (1) RE, (1) RBI

Kravitz (2) B

Levey (2) BB   



Monday, June 8
Bobcats Win In 10 Innings -- Bobcats 3, Highwood Blue 2

The Bobcats played Highwood Blue this evening in what turned out to be a fight to the finish.  The Bobcats scored one run in the first inning after a walk by Grant and a single by Goldman.  The Bobcats led 1-0.  Sauser started on the mound for the Cats.  He retired Highwood 1-2-3 in the inning and the score remained 1-0.  The Bobcats went down 1-2-3 in the second inning and it was still 1-0.  Highwood scored two runs in the second inning after an error and a couple of hits.  Highwood took the lead 2-1.  The Bobcats would go down in order in the third inning.  Highwood did not score in the third inning after just one hit.  The Bobcats were looking to piece a run together.  Grant bunted for a hit and swiped bases.  Fishman drove him in on a single to tie the game.  It was 2-2.  Grant pitched the fourth inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs as the game moved to the top of the fifth inning.  The Bobcats did not do much in the fifth inning.  Isaacson reached safely but the Cats could not move him.  Grant returned for the fifth inning.  He allowed just one hit and struck out one as they score remained 2-2.  The sixth inning for the Cats offensively yielded nothing as they went down in order.  Hemenway started the sixth inning on the hill for the Cats.  He allowed two hit and no runs as the score remained knotted at two.  The seventh inning was just like the sixth - 1-2-3 for the Cats.  Hemenway started the seventh inning on the hill.  He allowed one hit and no runs as we moved into extra innings.  In the top of the eighth, Levey reached on a walk but the Cats could not advance him.  Hemenway returned for the bottom of the eighth inning.  After a couple of errors the Cats regrouped and recorded three outs to end the threat.  In the ninth it looked like the Cats might score after Sienko led off with a double and Grant moved him on a single.  Sienko did not score and the score remained 2-3.  Fishman came on in relief to start the bottom of the ninth inning.  He allowed one hit, one walk, and no runs as the Cats moved onto the tenth inning.  Fishman led off with a single.  He advanced to second base.  It was two outs and Levey was the next batter.  He singled into right field and Fishman scored after good hustle on the play.  The Bobcats were now leading 3-2.  Fishman returned for the bottom of the tenth inning.  He put Highwood down in order to end the inning and the game.  The Cats won a big game in ten innings by a score of Bobcats 3, Highwood Blue 2.  Some of the key statistics from tonight's game were:

Fishman 3-4, (1) 2B, (2) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Grant 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RS

Levey 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, *(1) RBI

Sienko 1-3, (1) 2B

Goldman 1-4, (1) 1B, (1) RBI 

 

* Game-winning RBI     



Sunday, June 7
Bobcats Lose To Cardinals -- Arlington Heights 15, Bobcats 3

The Bobcats played their worst game of the season this afternoon against the Arlington Heights Cardinals.  The Bobcats looked out of sorts all game.  Perhaps it was Coach Nolan's absence, sleepovers last night, or other factors that contributed to the listless loss.  The Bobcats started the season 6-1 and have struggled since then.  In today's game we saw a total of three Bobcats hits (Sienko, Kravitz, and Grant) and several errors committed by the Cats.  The Cardinals deserve some credit as they hit the ball hard and racked up a total of ten hits, usually with men in scoring position.  The Bobcats will need to regroup quickly as they play at Highwood Blue tomorrow.  What was once deemed an "easy" game will now be a struggle as the Bobcats look to "right the ship."  The players will need to be more focused and begin to understand the importance of key situations in baseball games.  The Bobcats play at Highwood (Northfield) on Monday at home versus the Predators on Tuesday, and Wednesday at Highwood Red (Loyola).  The Bobcats need to put a run together and get some positive momentum as they prepare for the playoffs.  Some of the highlights (what little there were) are as follows:

Sienko 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RS

Grant 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Kravitz 1-2, (1) 1B

Goldman (2) RE, (2) RBIs



Wednesday, June 3
Bobcats Lose "Winnable" Game -- Glenview 7, Bobcats 3

The Bobcats lost a winnable game to the Glenview Blaze.  The Bobcats started off with Sienko reaching base on an error.  After a series of walks, Sienko was able to take home after a wild pitch.  It was bases loaded and no outs and the Bobcats were unable to score any additional runs.  They took an early lead of 1-0.  Luke started on the mound for the Bobcats.  After a couple of hits, a couple of walks, and an error, the Blaze scored four runs to take the lead 4-1.  The Bobcats got things going in the second inning after Sauser reached base on a hit, Nolan walked, and Luke drove him home on a fielder's choice.  A couple more walks and it was bases loaded again but the Bobcats could not capitalize and the score was now Blaze 4, Bobcats 2.  The Bobcats would hold the Blaze scoreless for the next three innings on good pitching by Luke and Hemenway.  The Bobcats would add another run in the fourth inning after a walk, a fielder's choice, and an RBI single by Levey.  The Blaze would add another run in the fifth inning after a leadoff double and a dropped third strike.  They would add another two runs in the sixth inning after a couple of hits and a walk.  The Bobcats would go on to lose by a final score of Blaze 7, Bobcats 3.  The highlights from today's game were:

Levey 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Hemenway 1-2, (1) 2B, (2) BB,

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Luke (1) FC, (1) RS



Saturday, May 30
Cats Post First Shutout; Win Big Game!! -- Bobcats 9, Schaumburg Flyers 0

The Bobcats played their best game of the season as they shut out the Schaumburg Flyers by a score of 9-0.  The Bobcats were error-free for the entire game.  The Bobcats pitching looked very sharp.  Luke started on the mound for the Bobcats and retired the first three batters to end the first inning.  It was scoreless for two innings before the Bobcats finally got on the board with a run after Nolan reached base on an error and Fishman knocked him in with a double.  It looked like the Bobcats might score some more runs but the Flyers shut them down.  Fishman came in and pitched very well also.  The Bobcats put two more runs up in the fifth inning after Isaacson reached base on a single.  Nolan sacrificed him to second with a bunt.  Fishman belted another double and drove in Isaacson in the process.  Luke reached on an error and the Sauser flied out deep, allowing Fishman to score.  The Bobcats led 3-0.  Hemenway came in and also pitched very well.  The Bobcats gave themselves a decent cushion in the sixth inning after they put up six runs in a very active inning.  Three hits and three walks contributed to the six-run rampage.  The Bobcats were looking to hold the Flyers scoreless in the top of the seventh inning.  The Bobcats gave up one hit and then retired three batters to end the inning and the game.  The Bobcats played a very nice ball game as they defeated the Flyers by a final score of Bobcats 9, Schaumberg Flyers 0.  Some of the key statistics from this morning's game were:

Fishman 2-3, (2) 2B, (1) RE, (2) RBIs, (2) RS

Isaacson 2-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs, (2) RS

Sienko 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Grant 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Goldman 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Levey 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Nolan (1) RE, (1) SAC, (1) RS

Kravitz (1) BB, (1) RS

Luke 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI



Saturday, May 30
Bobcats Can't Withstand The "Heat" -- Palatine Heat 16, Bobcats 6

The Bobcats lost to the Heat after the Heat outhit the Bobcats 15-3.  The Heat hitters pounded the ball every chance they got.  The Bobcats pitchers did what they were supposed to but the Heat were able to find the holes on the field.  The Bobcats did walk five batters but the biggest issue was the hits.  The Bobcats made some mental miscues on the base paths - plays that ultimately could have led to some more runs.  The Bobcats need a big win tomorrow against a very good Schaumburg Flyers team.  Some of the key statistics from tonight's ball game were:

Nolan 2-2, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Kravitz (1) RE, (2) RBIs

Goldman (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Grant (2) BB, (1) RS

Hemenway (1) HBP, (1) BB, (2) RS



Sunday, May 24
Bobcats Lose; Finish 2nd In Lake Forest Tourney -- Lake Villa 15, Bobcats 4

The Bobcats came up short in the championship game.  It was a 1-2-3 first inning for the Cats on defense.  The Cats scratched out one hit in the first inning.  Lake Villa scored three in the second inning but the Bobcats clawed their way back and tied the game at three after a couple of hits and a couple of walks.  Lake Villa started to pull away in the fourth inning after a couple of Bobcat errors contributed to a big four-run inning by Lake Villa.  Lake Villa retook the lead by a score of 7-3.  The Bobcats put up one run in the fourth and closed the gap to within three runs.  Lake Villa put up another five runs in the fifth inning after a couple more Bobcat errors.  The Bobcats would not score any additional runs for the game and wound up losing by a score of 15-4.  The Bobcats should be proud that they put themselves in a position to win the championship.  The Bobcats had a lot of fun but came up a little short.  Some of the key statistics from the championship game were:

Kravitz 2-2, (2) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Nolan 2-2, (2) 1B

Sauser 1-2, (1) 1B, (10 RBI, (1) RS

Hemenway 1-3, (1) 1B

Cohen (1) BB

Grant (1) RS 



Sunday, May 24
Bobcats Win!! - Bobcats 12, North Shore 2

The Bobcats advanced to the tournament championship after they defeated North Shore this morning by a score of 12-2.  The Bobcats struggled early and did not score in the first three innings.  They did break out the big sticks in the fourth inning and put up a total of eight runs over the course of the inning.  They had four consecutive hits, followed by a walk and an error. After the fourth inning was over the Bobcats finally had the lead by a score of 8-2.  The Bobcats went on to score four more runs in the fifth inning and went on to win by slaughter rule.  The Bobcats move on to face Lake Villa in the championship game.  Some of the key statistics from this morning' game were:

Isaacson 1-1 (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Goldman 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Grant 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Sauser 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Nolan 1-2, (1) 1B

Sienko 1-3 (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Hemenway 1-3 (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RBIs, (2) RS

Kravitz 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Fishman (1) BB, (1) RE, (2) RBIs, (2) RS

Levey (1) RE, (1) RS

Cohen (1) BB



Saturday, May 23
Bobcats Run The Table In Pool Play -- Bobcats 13, Gurnee 2

The Bobcats won the third game of the tournament by slaughter rule.  The Bobcats put up a "five spot" in the first inning after s couple of walks and a series of hits.  The Bobcats also put up another "five spot" in the third and used the second inning for a "filling of three runs" to complete the "slaughter sandwich."  The Bobcats gave up two walks, struck out three, and allowed three hits.  Gurnee allowed four walks, struck out none, and allowed nine hits over three innings.  The Bobcats qualify for the semifinals with this afternoon's victory.  Some of the key statistics from this afternoon's game were:

Sienko 1-1 (1) 1B, (2) BB, (3) RS

Goldman 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Hemenway 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (3) RS

Grant 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RBI, (3) RS

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Levey 1-3 (1) 1B, (1) RBI

Sauser 1-3 (1) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Cohen (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS



Saturday, May 23
Bobcats Win Second Tourney Game -- Bobcats 9, Lake Forest 7

The Bobcats won their second game of pool play as they defeated the host Lake Forest Blue.  The Bobcats scored four in the second inning reaching base on error, a hit, a walk, and a couple more hits.  The Bobcats scored in every inning except the first inning.  The Bobcats hit the ball well.  They picked up a total of nine hits over the course of the game.  The Bobcats allowed five walks while striking out three.  Lake Forest allowed three walks while striking out five.  The Bobcats committed one error while Lake Forest committed a total of two.  The Bobcats will play two games tomorrow and will need to win at least one to move on to the semifinals.  Some of the key statistics from this morning's game were:

Sienko 2-3 (2) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Goldman 2-3 (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Cohen 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Kravitz 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Hemenway 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (10 RBI, (1) RS

Grant 1-3, (1) 1B, (10 RE, (1) HBP, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Levey (1) RE

Nolan (1) BB



Friday, May 22
Bobcats Win First Lake Forest Memorial Day Tourney Game -- Bobcats 13, Lake Villa 9

The Bobcats defeated Lake Villa in the Lake Forest Memorial Day Opener.  The Bobcats put four runs on the board in the first inning after some help from Lake Villa.  They committed three errors in the inning and the runners that reached base ended up scoring during the first inning.  The Bobcats put another four-run inning together in the fifth after four consecutive batters hit safely.  The Bobcats also put together a three-run inning and a two run inning after some big hits in each of those innings.  The Bobcats walked six, struck out four, and allowed two hits.  Lake Villa walked three, struck out one, and allowed three hits.  The Bobcats played well enough to win the ball game and secure their first win in pool play.  Some of the key statistics from this evening's contest were:

Goldman 2-3, (2) 3B, (1) BB, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Sienko 2-3, (1) 1B, (1) 2B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (3) RS  

Hemenway 2-4 (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (4) RBIs, (1) RS

Grant 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Nolan 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Cohen 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RS

Fishman 1-4, (1) 2B, (2) RBIs, (2) RS

Sauser 1-4, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Kravitz (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS



Wednesday, May 20
Bobcats Lose Third Game In A Row - Palatine Bulldogs 7, Bobcats 3

The Bobcats dropped their third straight game as they lost to the Bulldogs by a score of 7-3.  The Bobcats mustered seven hits to the Bulldogs six hits.  Two big innings helped the Bulldogs secure the victory.  In the fifth and seventh innings the Bulldogs accounted for six of their seven runs.  In the fifth inning, the lead batter reached base on a single and the swiped a couple of bases.  The Bobcats then recorded two outs.  The next batter hit a triple, scoring a run on the play.  The runners apparently scored after a combination of wild pitches and passed balls.  The Bulldogs scored a total of three runs in the fifth inning.  The Bulldogs scored three more runs in the seventh after a leadoff home run, a triple and a couple of singles.  Before the inning the score was 4-3.  After the inning was over the Bulldogs increased their lead to 7-3.  That is ultimately how the score would wind up.  Some of the key statistics from tonight's contest were:

Kravitz 2-3, (2) 1B

Luke 1-2, (1) 1B, (2) RS

Isaacson 1-3, (1) 1B

Nolan 1-3, (1) 1B

Sienko 1-4, (1) 1B

Fishman (1) BB, (1) RS



Wednesday, May 20
Bobcats Lose In Controversial "Light-Shortened" Game - Huntley 10, Bobcats 6

The Bobcats lost their second game in a row against Huntley in a light-shortened game.  The starting time was moved to 6 PM to accommodate the Bobcats, although that would come back to bite them in the end.  This writer was not personally at the game so he is replaying some of the events as captured in the scorebook.  The hits on each team were about equal with Huntley recording eight hits to the Bobcats seven hits.  Huntley walked eight batsmen and the Bobcats walked five.  Huntley seemed to capitalize on opportunities whereas the Bobcats did not.  The Bobcats had a nice five run rally going in the sixth inning to take the lead when the game was called because of darkness.  The rule states that the score reverts back to the last fully played inning.  At that time the score was Huntley 10, Bobcats 6.  The drive out west ended in disappointment but the Bobcats are a resilient bunch.  They will look to bounce back with a win against the Palatine Bulldogs.  Some of the key statistics from this evening's game were:

Cohen 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Grant 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) BB, (2) RS

Fishman 2-4, (2) 1B

Goldman 1-2, (1) 1B, (2) RS

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B, (2) RS, (1) RBI

Hemenway (2) BB

Sauser (2) BB

Nolan (1) HBP, (1) RE, (2) RS, (1) RBI

Kravitz (1) BB, (1) RS

Isaacson (2) BB, (2) RS



Sunday, May 17
Bobcats Suffer Second Loss of Season -- Hampshire 6, Bobcats 1

The Bobcats lost their second game of the season as they squared off against Hampshire.  Hampshire played error-free baseball and the Bobcats only committed one error.  Hampshire came up with some big hits when they needed them.  The Bobcats had some chances but they could not capitalize.  Hampshire and the Bobcats had only five hits each.  The Bobcats ran the bases well but could only plate one run.  Hampshire did not give up a single base on balls all game.  The Bobcats will look to regroup as they face Huntley on Monday.  Some of the key statistics from this afternoon's game were:

Grant 2-2, (2) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Hemenway 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) HBP

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B

Luke 1-3, (1) 1B 



Thursday, May 14
Bobcats Win "Error-Ridden" Ball Game -- Bobcats 8, Leyden Eagles 7

The Bobcats won their sixth game of the season and fourth game in a row against the Leyden Eagles but it sure wasn’t pretty.  The Bobcats played at home and Hemenway started on the mound for the Bobcats.   After retiring the first two batters, the biggest kid on the team was the next batter.  This kid looked like he was about sixteen – he even had a “five o’clock shadow.  In any case, he hit a hard grounder that got through the infield and under the glove of the outfielder for an “in-the-park” home run.  Hemenway retired the next batter to end the inning.  The Eagles scored one run and led 1-0.  The Bobcats batted in the bottom of the first inning.  The Bobcats failed to score after loading the bases.  Grant had reached base on a single, Hemenway was hit by a pitch, and Fishman reached on an error to get to that point but the Cats could not cash in on the opportunity.  The score was still Eagles 1, Bobcats 0.  Hemenway returned to the hill for the start of the second inning.  After three Bobcat errors in the inning, the Eagles only managed to score one run in the inning.  Hemenway only gave up one hit and one run during the inning and the Eagles extended their lead to 2-0.  The Bobcats batted in the bottom of the second inning, and what an inning it was.  Sauser reached base on an error and then stole second base.  Nolan singled, scoring Sauser on the play.  Kravitz reached base on an error, scoring Sauser.  Isaacson also reached base on an error, scoring Nolan on the play.  Cohen got into the action with a nice single, scoring Kravitz on the play.  Sienko was next and singled, scoring Isaacson on the play.  Grant was next and singled, pushing Sienko to third base.  Hemenway was next and hit a double, scoring Sienko and Grant in the process.  Fishman followed with a double of his own, scoring Hemenway on the play. Fishman was tagged at second base after a nice throw but Hemenway’s run counted.  The Bobcats scored seven runs in the inning and took the lead by a score of Bobcats 7, Eagles 2.  Fishman came in relief of Hemenway to start the top of the third inning.  The first batter that Fishman faced singled.  He stole second and third base.  The Bobcats committed an error, allowing a run to score.  The next batter hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring a run before Fishman retired the following batter on a groundout to the pitcher’s spot.  The Eagles picked up two runs and closed the Bobcats lead to 7-4.  The Bobcats started the bottom of the third inning offensively.  Sauser led off with a single and stole second base.  Kravitz hit a nice shot up the middle to score Sauser on the play.  The Bobcats were able to plate a run and now led by a score of 8-4.  Fishman returned to the mound for the top of the fourth inning.  The Eagles went down in order on a fly out to Sienko at second, a groundout to Hemenway at shortstop, and a strikeout to end the inning.  The Cats still led by a score of 8-4.  The Bobcats went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a strike out, a foul out, and a fly out to left field.  The Bobcats led 8-4.  Grant came on in relief of Fishman in the top of the fifth inning.  He retired the first two batters on a ground out to Sienko at second base and a strikeout before yielding a hit to the next batter.  He came back and struck out the following batter for the third out.  The score was still Bobcats 8, Eagles 4.  The Bobcats batted in the bottom of the fifth inning.  They went down in order again on a fly out deep to center field, a groundout to the second baseman, and a groundout to the third baseman.  The score remained Bobcats 8, Eagles 4.  Luke came on in relief of Grant to start the sixth inning.  Luke fanned the first batter but the batter reached first on a dropped third strike.  The next batter reached base on an error.  The following batter hit a deep single, scoring two runs in the process.  The following batter also singled, scoring another run in the process.  The following batter hit a hard shot back to Luke who fielded the ball cleanly and threw for the out.  The next batter struck out.  The following batter also hit a hard ball back to the Luke, who fielded the ball and threw to first base for the final out of the inning.  The Eagles picked up three runs and it was now a one-run game with the Bobcats leading by a score of 8-7.  The Bobcats were looking for some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Goldman reached base on a walk but the Cats could not advance him and the inning was over.  The score was still Bobcats 8, Eagles 7.  It was the top of the seventh inning and the Eagles were down to their final at bat. Luke walked the first batter.  The next batter hit into a fielder’s choice, advancing the runner to second.  The runner stole third base and the Eagles were 70’ away from tying the game.  Luke faced the next batter and struck him out.  It was now one man on with two outs.  Luke battled the next batter before finally allowing a walk.  As Sauser threw the ball back to Luke, who was on the pitcher’s mound, the runner broke from third towards home to try and tie the game.  Luke made a good throw to Sauser at home to nail the runner for the final out.  The Bobcats won in dramatic fashion by a score of Bobcats 8, Eagles 7.  The Bobcats can thank the Eagles coaching staff for making a complete “bonehead” move, sending the runner from third.  Although it was not a “pretty” game, the Bobcats hung in and battled to the end and wound up winning the game to go 6-1 so far for the season.  Games like these often pull the team even closer together.  Some of the key statistics from this evening’s ball game were: 

Grant 2-3, (1) RE, (2) 1B, (1) RS

Cohen 1-2, (1) RBI

Hemenway 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) HBP, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Nolan 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Fishman 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RE, (1) RBI

Kravitz 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (2) RS

Sienko 1-3 (1) 1B, (1) RS

Isaacson (1) RE, (1) RBI

Goldman (1) RE, (1) RBI 



Tuesday, May 12
Bobcats Win!! -- Bobcats 16, Mount Prospect Mavericks 4

The Bobcats won their fifth game of the season and their third game in a row as they defeated the Mount Prospect Mavericks by a score of 16-4.  The Bobcats started out the top of the first inning on offense.  Sienko led off and reached on an error.  He stole second base and was gunned down as he tried to steal third base.   Grant reached base on a walk and then stole second base.  Hemenway drove in Grant with a double.  Levey and Sauser were issued walks.  Goldman was next and reached base on an error, scoring Hemenway on the play.  Levey also tried to advance home but was thrown out at the plate for the third out.  The Bobcats took the lead by a score of 2-0.  Hemenway started on the hill for the Bobcats.  He allowed one walk, one hit, and he struck out one to end the inning.  The Mavericks did not score and it was Bobcats 2, Mavericks 0.  The Bobcats scored a bunch of runs in the top of the second inning, all with two outs.  Fishman walked and stole second and third base.  Sienko singled, scoring Fishman on the play.  Grant reached base on an error.  Hemenway walked to load the bases.  Levey coaxed a walk to score Sienko.  Sauser also walked, scoring Grant on the play.  Nolan walked, scoring Hemenway on the play.  Goldman reached on an error, scoring both Levey and Sauser on the play before being thrown out.  The Cats scored six runs to take a commanding lead by a score of 8-0.  Hemenway returned to the hill for the Cats in the second inning.  He retired the first two batters on a fly out and a ground out.  He walked the next batter, who stole second and third base.  The runner scored from third after a Bobcats error in the outfield.  He struck out the last batter to retire the side.  The Mavericks picked up one run but the Bobcats still led by a score of 8-1.  The Bobcats scored two more runs in the top of the third inning, also with two outs.  Sienko walked and then stole second and third base.  He was caught in a pickle between third and home but did some good base running to force an errant throw, allowing him to score.  Grant also reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch.  The score after 2 ½ innings of play was Bobcats 10, Mavericks 1.  Grant came on in relief of Hemenway to pitch for the Cats.  He looked good in his inning of work.  He walked two, struck out one, and did not allow any runs in his inning of work and the score remained 10-1.  In the top of the fourth the Bobcats picked up five more runs in dramatic fashion.  Sauser led off with a single that hopped right over the third base bag.  He stole a couple of bases.  Nolan picked up a walk and stole a base.  Goldman was next and hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Sauser on the play.  Kravitz was next and also hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Nolan on the play.  Cohen walked.  Fishman was next and hit a shot into right-center field for a double, advancing Cohen to third base.  Sienko was next.  After a ball and a strike, he saw a pitch he liked and drove it over the left field fence for a three-run homer, his first of the season and the Bobcats first of the season.  The ball traveled approx 230’ for a “four bagger.”  Grant was next and reached base on a single before the Bobcats recorded the third out of the inning.  The Bobcats now led by a score of 15-1.  Fishman cane on in relief of Grant to start the bottom of the fourth inning.  The first batter he faced reached base on an error.  The next batter hit a single, scoring a run on the play.  He gave up three more hits in the inning before the Mavericks were retired.  During the inning Fishman gave up four hits and three runs.  The Mavericks closed the gap a little but still trailed the Bobcats by a score of 15-4.  Could the Bobcats continue on their scoring rampage?  The answer was “yes.”  The Bobcats picked up one more run as Nolan reached base on a walk and was driven in by Goldman before the Cats were retired.  The Cats now led by a score of 16-4.  The Cats were looking to hold the Mavericks scoreless to win the game.  Fishman returned to the mound for the Bobcats.  After a lead off hit, the Mavericks went down 1-2-3 on a line out to Grant in left field, a pop out to Levey at catcher, and a groundout to Kravitz at third to end the inning and the game.  The Bobcats won big by a final score of Bobcats 16, Mavericks 4.  Some of the key statistics from tonight’s game were:

Sienko 2-3, (1) HR, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (4) RBIs, (3) RS

Sauser 2-2, (2) 1B, (2) BB, (2) RS

Hemenway 1-2, (1) 2B, (2) BB, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Fishman 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Grant 1-3, (1) 1B, (2) RE, (1) BB, (3) RS

Goldman 1-3, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs

Levey (2) BB, (1) RS

Nolan (2) BB, (2) RS

Cohen (1) BB, (1) RS



Saturday, May 9
Bobcats Win Big Game!! -- Bobcats 12, LITH Thunder 3

The Bobcats won their fourth game of the season by a score of 12-3.  The field was in bad shape so the coaches all pitched in to ready the field of play.  The game started about a half hour late and the Bobcats took the field.  Hemenway started on the mound for the Cats.  The first batter hit the ball to left field and the ball was misplayed for an error.  The runner stole second.  The next batter grounded out to Sienko at second base.  The next batter also grounded out to Sienko.  The following batter hit a triple, scoring a run in the process.  Hemenway induced the next batter to groundout to, you guessed it, Sienko at second base to end the inning.  LITH took the lead after 1/2 inning 1-0.  The Bobcats started on offense.  The first batter hit a deep drive to left field that was caught for the first out.  Grant was next and reached base on a single.  He stole second and third base.  Hemenway was next and hit a shot for a double, scoring Grant on the play.  The next batter grounded out to the pitcher and the following batter struck out to end the inning.  The Bobcats took the lead by a score of 2-1.  Hemenway returned to the mound for the Bobcats to start the second inning.  The first batter reached on a single and then stole second base.  The next batter also singled, scoring a run in the process.  The following batter struck out.  The next batter reached on a walk.  The next batter also reached on a walk.  It was bases loaded with one out.  The next batter lined out to Grant at shortstop.  The following batter flied out to Grant at shortstop and the inning was over.  The game was tied at 2-2 and the Bobcats got out of a big jam.  In the bottom of the second inning Levey reached base on a single.  He stole second and third base.  Sauser was next and hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Levey on the play.  Nolan was next and reached base on a nice shot up the middle.  He also stole second and third base.  Goldman was next and singled, scoring Nolan on the play.  Goldman also stole second and third base.  Isaacson was next and walked.  Kravitz also walked and it was bases loaded with two outs.  The next batter struck out to end the inning but the Bobcats picked up two more runs in the inning to extend their lead to 4-2.  Fishman started on the hill for the Bobcats to start the third inning.  The first batter grounded out to the pitcher's spot.  The next batter struck out.  The following batter grounded out to Goldman at first base and the inning was over.  The Bobcats still led by a score of 4-2.  The Bobcats batted in the bottom of the third inning.  Grant led off with a rope up the middle, his second hit of the game.  The next batter lined out to second base.  The following batter hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Grant on the play.  Luke was next and hit a single.  The following batter flied out deep to left field for the third out.  The Bobcats scored another run and led by a score of 5-2.  Fishman returned to the mound for the start of the fourth inning.  The first batter grounded out to the pitcher's spot for the first out.  The next batter reached base on a single.  The following batter laid down a bunt that Levey fielded and threw cleanly to first.  The next batter reached base on a walk.  The following batter grounded out to Sienko at second base to end the inning.  The Bobcats still led by a score of 5-2.  The Bobcats started the bottom of the fourth inning on offense.  Sauser reached base on a single.  Nolan was next and reached base on an error, scoring Sauser on the play.  Goldman also reached on an error, scoring Nolan on the play.  The next batter struck out.  The following batter grounded out to second base.  The next batter grounded out to second to end the inning.  The score was now Bobcats 7, Thunder 2.  Grant started on the mound for the Bobcats in the top of the fifth inning.  He walked to first batter he faced.  The runner stole second and third base.  The following batter grounded out to Hemenway at shortstop, scoring a run in the process.  The next batter grounded out to Sienko at second base.  The following batter reached on a single.  The next batter also reached on a single.  Luke came on in relief of Grant.  He struck out the next batter to end the inning.  The score was now Bobcats 7, Thunder 3.  The Bobcats started the fifth with Sienko reaching base on a walk.  He stole second and third base.  The next batter struck out.  Hemenway reached base on a walk.  Fishman also reached base on a walk.  Luke was next and hit a double, scoring Sienko and Hemenway on the play.  Levey was next and reached on a walk.  Sauser hit into another fielder's choice, scoring Fishman on the play.  Nolan was neat and hit a shot, scoring Luke and Levey on the play.  The following batter struck out.  The next batter grounded out to second base.  The Bobcats picked up five runs in the inning to extend their lead to a score of 12-3.  Luke returned to the mound for the start of the sixth inning.  The first batter reached base on a walk.  The next batter hit a grounder towards second base.  Hemenway smartly picked up the ball, stepped on second, and threw to first for the unassisted double play.  Very nice!  The following batter flied out to Cohen in right field to end the inning.  The Bobcats went down in order in the bottom of the sixth inning on a groundout to shortstop, a groundout to second base, and a pop up to the first baseman.  The Thunder was down to their last at bats.  Tanner returned to finish the game.  The first batter flied out to Nolan in center field.  The next batter struck out.  The following batter also struck out to end the inning and the game.  The Bobcats won by a final score of Bobcats 12, LITH Thunder 3.  The Bobcats finally broke out their sticks in a twelve hit rampage.  Some of the key statistics from this afternoon's contest were: 

Nolan 2-2, (2) 1B, (1) RE, (3) RBIs, (2) RS

Luke 2-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Grant 2-3, (2) 1B, (2) RS

Hemenway 1-2, (1) 2B, (1) RBI, (2) Rs

Levey 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) BB, (1) RS

Sauser 1-3, (1) 1B, (2) FC, (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Fishman 1-3, (1) 1B, (3) RBIs, (1) RS

Goldman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI

Kravitz 1-3, (1) BB, (1) 1B

Sienko (1) BB, (1) RS                   



Thursday, May 7
Bobcats Win Tight Ball Game!! -- Bobcats 4, Highwood Red 3

The Bobcats finally played a game after several rain outs.  Credit Scott Kravitz, the Bobcats staff meteorologist, with calling the weather correctly - passing clouds but eventual sunshine.  The Bobcats started Hemenway on the mound.  He retired Highwood in order on a groundout to the pitcher's spot, a groundout to Grant at shortstop, and a groundout to Sienko at second base.  The Bobcats went down 1-2-3 in the first on a groundout to first, a groundout to second, and a strikeout.  It was no score after one inning.  Hemenway returned for second inning of work on the mound.  The first batter doubled and took third on a wild pitch.  The next batter grounded out to Kravitz at third, scoring a run on the play.  The next batter singled.  The following batter grounded out to Luke at shortstop.  The next batter also grounded out to Luke at shortstop to end the inning.  The score was Highwood 1, Bobcats 0.  The Bobcats got the run back in the bottom of the second inning after Fishman walked, stole second and took third on a wild pitch.  The next batter struck out.  Fishman took home on a wild pitch.  Sauser walked.  The next batter flied out to second to end the inning.  The score was tied at 1-1.  Fishman started on the hill for the Bobcats in the top of the third inning.  The first batter flied out to Grant at second base.  The next batter singled and stole second base.  The following batter hit a shot to Luke at third, who flipped the ball to Hemenway covering at third base for the force out.  The next batter grounded out to Hemenway at shortstop to end the inning.  The score was still 1-1.  The Bobcats went on offense in the bottom of the third inning.  The first batter grounded out to the pitcher and the following batter struck out.  Isaacson reached base on a walk and stole second base.  Cohen also reached on a walk.  Both players stole bases on a fake bunt call by Nolan.  The following batter struck out to end the inning and it was still tied at one apiece.  Fishman returned for the top of the fourth inning.  He walked the first batter.  The following batter also walked.  The next batter grounded out to the pitchers spot.  Both runners advanced.   The next batter grounded out to Sienko at second, scoring a run on the play.  The following batter also grounded out to the pitcher's spot for the third out.  Highwood scored one run to take the lead by a score of Highwood 2, Bobcats 1.  The Bobcats were looking to get things going in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Grant reached base on an error and then advanced to third base on two stolen bases.  Hemenway was next and also reached base on an error, scoring Grant in the process.  The next batter flied out.  Fishman also reached base on an error, scoring Hemenway on the play.  Luke followed by another base on an error, scoring Fishman on the play.  The following batter grounded out to third base.  Nolan walked.  The next batter grounded out to the shortstop and the inning was over.  The Bobcats scored three runs to take the lead by a score of Bobcats 4, Highwood 2.  Grant took the hill for the Bobcats in the top of the fifth inning.  He was able to get the first batter to ground out to Isaacson at second base.  The next batter fouled out to Levey at the catcher's spot.  Levey made a real nice play to record the second out of the inning.  The next batter struck out to end the inning and it was still Bobcats 4, Highwood 2.  In the bottom of the fifth Kravitz started out by reaching base on a walk.  Isaacson was next and hit a single.  Cohen hit into a fielder's choice, retiring Kravitz at third.  The next batter flied out to right field to end the inning.  It was still Bobcats 4, Highwood 2.  Luke entered the game on the mound for the Cats in the sixth inning.  He struck out the first batter he faced on three pitches.  The next batter battled and hit a shot for a double but as he tried to advance to third base he was thrown out at third base for a big out.  The next batter hit a single.  He stole second and third base.  The next batter hit a fly to right field that was dropped for an error, scoring a run on the play.  The next batter struck out to end the inning.  The Bobcats led by a score of 4-3.  The Bobcats started the sixth inning with a groundout to the shortstop for the first out.  Hemenway hit a rope for a single.  The next batter struck out.  The following batter grounded out to the second baseman and the inning was over.  It was still 4-3.  It was the the final inning.  Luke returned to the hill.  The first batter reached base on a single.  He stole second and third base.  The next batter struck out.  The following batter hit a shot into right that was fielded by Grant for the second out.  The runner at third tried to tag on the play and was thrown out on a nice throw by Grant and nice catch by Levey at home to end the inning and the game in dramatic fashion.  Bobcats win by a final score of Bobcats 4, Highwood 3.  Some of the key statistics from this evening's "nail-biter" were:

Isaacson 1-1, (1) 1B, (1) BB

Hemenway 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RE, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Fishman (1) RE, (1) BB, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Luke (1) RE, (1) RBI

Grant (1) RE, (1) RS



Tuesday, April 28
Bobcats Lose Close Game -- NW Travelers 6, Bobcats 4

The Bobcats played their third game of the season tonight against the Northwest Travelers.  After several days of rain, the field crew had a lot of work to do in preparation for the game.  The crew worked hard to squeegee water, spread drying compound, and rake the field.  Given the conditions, the field crew did an outstanding job of preparing the field for play.  The Bobcats started on defense.  Hemenway took the mound for the Cats.  The first batter he faced singled into right.  The runner tried to advance to second base but Sauser made a nice throw to second and the runner was tagged for the first out.  The second batter flied out to Sienko at second base.  The next batter grounded out to Sienko at second and the inning was over.  The score after ½ inning was 0-0.  The Bobcats started on offense.  Sienko led off and hit a rocket to center field that was caught for the first out.  The next batter flied out deep to left.  The following batter grounded out to the shortstop and the inning was over.  The score after one inning was still 0-0.  Hemenway started on the mound in the second inning.  He struck out the first batter he faced.  The next batter singled and stole second base and then third.  The next batter struck out.  The following batter reached base on a Bobcats error, scoring a run in the process.  The next batter hit a double, scoring another run.  The following batter struck out and the inning was over.  The Bobcats allowed two unearned runs on the error and the Travelers led 2-0.  The Bobcats went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second inning on a strike out, a ground out to second base, and another strike out.  The score was still Northwest Travelers 2, Bobcats 0.  Fishman started on the hill for the Cats in the top of the third inning.  The first batter he faced hit a bloop single.  He stole second and third base.  The next batter walked and stole second.  The next batter struck out.  The following batter hit a double into right field, scoring two runs in the process.  He then stole third base.  The next batter grounded out the pitcher.  The following batter reached base on another Bobcats error, scoring a run in the process.  The following batter grounded out to Grant at shortstop and the inning was over.  The Travelers picked up three more runs and now led by a score of Travelers 5, Bobcats 0.  The Bobcats tried to get things going in the bottom of the third inning.  The first batter grounded out to third.  Kravitz reached base on a walk.  Nolan hit into a fielder’s choice.  The following batter grounded out to third and the inning was over.  The Travelers still led by a score of 5-0.  Fishman returned to the mound to start the fourth inning.  The first batter grounded out to the pitcher’s spot.  The next batter struck out.  The following batter reached base on a walk and then stole second and third.  The runner on third scored on a wild pitch.  The batter that was up at the time also struck out but the Travelers added one run and now led by a score of Travelers 6, Bobcats 0.  The Bobcats were looking to plate a run any way they could in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Cohen was first and grounded out to second base.  Sienko was next and hit a rocket deep into the hole at third and reached base on a single.  He then stole second and third base.  He got a good lead at third and was able to score on a passed ball.  The Bobcats were on the board.  Grant reached base on a walk.  The next batter struck out.  Grant stole second and third base.  Fishman was issued a walk.  He stole second base.  The next batter grounded out to second to end the inning.  The Bobcats picked up their first run and the score was now Travelers 6, Bobcats 1.  Grant started on the hill for the Bobcats in the top of the fifth inning.  He looked sharp in the inning.  He struck out the first batter he faced.  The next two batters grounded out to the pitchers spot and the Travelers went down in order 1-2-3.  The score was still 6-1.  The Bobcats needed to start to close the run gap.  In the bottom of the fifth inning the first batter grounded out to third.  The next batter also grounded out to third.  Kravitz reached base on a walk.  The next batter lined out to the shortstop and the inning was over.  The Travelers still led 6-1.  Luke took the hill for the Cats to start the sixth inning.  He struck out the first batter he faced.  The next batter reached on a deep single.  Luke then struck out the next two batters to end the inning.  The score was still 6-1.  It was the bottom of the fifth inning and the Cats were in dire need of some runs.  Sauser and Cohen reached base on walks and then stole bases.  The next batter struck out but the ball came out of the catcher’s mitt, allowing Cohen to score on the play.  Grant reached base on an error, scoring Sauser in the process.  The next batter grounded out to second base.  Fishman reached on a walk.  Levey was hit by a pitch and it was bases loaded with two outs.  The next batter hit a short liner that was caught by the second baseman and the inning was over.  The Bobcats picked up two more runs and now trailed by a score of 6-3.  Luke returned for the top of the seventh inning.  He looked very sharp in this inning of work.  He was able to get the first batter to groundout to Goldman at first base.  He then battled back and struck out the next two batters to end the inning.  The Travelers still led by a score of 6-3.  The Bobcats were down to their final at bats.  Luke reached base safely on a walk and was able to steal second and third base.  The next batter popped up to the pitcher.  The following batter struck out.  Sauser kept things alive by reaching base on an error and scoring Luke in the process.  The next batter grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning and the game.  The Cats battled back but could not capitalize in a couple of key situations where they had multiple runners on base.  Errors also allowed three runs to score for the Travelers.  All in all a good showing of heart and determination by the Bobcats.  They are a resilient bunch so look for them to come back strong as they match up against the Glenview Blaze on Thursday.  Some of the key statistics from tonight’s contest were:

Sienko 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Sauser (1) BB, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Grant (1) RBI

Luke (1) BB, (1) RS

Cohen (1) BB, (1) RS

Kravitz (2) BB

Fishman (2) BB

Levey (1) HBP



Friday, April 17
Bobcats Win Big Game! - Bobcats 9, Palatine Bulldogs 5

The Bobcats won a big game against the Palatine Bulldogs tonight.  It was a beautiful night for baseball and the amenities were very nice.  The field was in great shape and the Bobcats were anxious to play the second game of the season.  The Bobcats went down in order in the first inning and it was scoreless after 1/2 inning.  Hemenway started on the mound for the Cats and was able to retire the first batter on a fly out.  The second batter grounded out to the second baseman, Grant.  The next batter walked.  The following batter singled and the next batter also walked.  The Bobcats committed an error on the following play, allowing two runs to score.  The following batter grounded out to Grant at second and the Bulldogs led by a score of 2-0.  The Bobcats went down in order in the second inning and the score remained 2-0.  Fishman started on the hill for the Bobcats in the second inning and retired the first batter on a groundout to Sienko at second.  The following batter grounded out to Kravitz at third, who made a nice play for the second out.  The following batter grounded out to Hemenway at short and the score remained Bulldogs 2, Bobcats 0 after two innings.  The Bobcats went down in order once again in the third inning.  Fishman returned to the mound to start the third inning.  He retired the first batter on a dribbler to the pitcher.  The second batter walked.  The next batter grounded out to the pitcher.  The following batter reached on a single.  The next batter grounded out to Hemenway at short to end the inning.  The score remained Bulldogs 3, Bobcats 0.  The Bobcats got things rolling in the top of the fourth inning.  After a quick out, Isaacson and Cohen both reached base on errors.  They were able to steal bases and the Bobcats had runners on second and third with one out.  Sienko was next and hit a shot for a double, scoring two runs in the process.  He stole third and then was able to advance home after the ball squirted just far enough away from the catcher that he was unable to make the play.  The score was now tied at 3.  Grant was next and reached base on a single.  Hemenway drove him in with a double and the Bobcats took the lead 4-3.  Grant took the mound for the Bobcats in the fourth inning.  The first batter lined out to Cohen in right field, who made a nice catch on the play.  The next batter reached on a single.  The following batter reached on an error by the Bobcats.  The following batter hit a single, scoring a run.  The next batter also hit a single to score another run and the score was Bulldogs 5, Bobcats 4.  Luke entered the game with the bases loaded and one out and was able to mow down the first batter on four pitches.  The second batter also whiffed after just four pitches and the Bobcats were out of a big jam.  The top of the fifth inning was even better for the Bobcats than the fourth.  After a quick out, Luke ripped the ball up the middle for a single.  He stole second base.  Kravitz walked.  Nolan hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Luke in the process to tie the game.  Sauser was next and walked.  Isaacson reached on an error, scoring Kravitz from third.  Cohen also reached on an error, scoring Sauser in the process.  Sienko was next and hit a single, scoring Isaacson and Cohen on the play.  Grant got his second hit with a single to the right side.  The next batter grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning but not before the Bobcats scored four more runs to take the lead by a score of Bobcats 9, Bulldogs 5.  Luke returned for the fifth and got the first batter on a groundout to the pitcher.  The second batter reached on a walk.  The next batter grounded out to Grant at second.  Luke struck out the next batter to end the inning and the score was in favor of the Bobcats 9-5 after five innings.  Fishman and Goldman walked to start the inning and then it was 1-2-3 and the inning was over.  Luke returned for the bottom of the sixth and picked up where he left off.  The first batter hit into 1-3 groundout, the second batter hit a single and the he struck out the following two batters to end the inning.  The score remained Bobcats 9, Bulldogs 5.  The first batter for the Bobcats in the top of the seventh inning flied out.  Sauser reached on a walk but was picked off of first for the second out.  Isaacson got on base with a solid hit.  The next batter struck out to end the inning and the Bobcats still led 9-5.  Sauser entered the game in the bottom of the seventh inning for the Bobcats.  He struck out the first batter he faced.  The next batter reached on a single.  He stole second base.  He tried to steal third base but Levey made a nice throw and Fishman applied a nice tag for the second out.  Sauser struck out the last batter to end the inning and the game.  The Bobcats played a nice game for the second win of this young season.  Here are some stats from today's ball game:

Sienko 2-3, (1) 2B, (1) 1B, (4) RBIs, (1) RS 

Grant 2-3, (2) 1B, (1) RS 

Isaacson 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Hemenway 1-3, (1) 2B, (1) RBI

Luke 1-3 (1) 1B, (1) RS   

Nolan (1) RBI

Cohen (1) BB, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Kravitz (1) BB, (1) RS

Sauser (2) BB, (1) RS

Goldman (1) BB



Tuesday, April 14
Bobcats Ready Themselves For Season Opener

The Bobcats worked hard over the winter in preparation for their season opener tonight against the Palatine Bulldogs.  The Bobcats have some fine young ball players on their club.  If they are able to plate some runs and play tough defense, good things are bound to happen.  There have been no announcements on the Bobcats starting pitcher for tonight but rest assured, it will be one of the Bobcats "fire ballers."  Hopefully the weather will hold off long enough to get the game in.  The forecast calls for rain to cease late this morning, with temperatures in the low to mid-40s.  The Bobcats are sure to "heat things up" as they look to "tame" the Bulldogs.  Large crowds are expected as the Bobcats season gets underway.   

Thursday, April 16
Bobcats Win Season Opener - Bobcats 10, Elk Grove Village Travelers 8

The Bobcats played their first game of the season and beat the Elk Grove Travelers by a score of 10-8.  The Bobcats looked pretty good for the first game of the season.  Hemenway started on the mound for the Bobcats.  The first batter walked.  Hemenway struck out the second batter.  The next batter singled, scoring a run in the process.  The following batter walked.  The runner eventually scored on a passed ball.  The following batter hit a sacrifice, scoring a run in the process.  The next batter grounded out to Grant at second base.  The Travelers led by a score of 3-0.  The Bobcats went down in order in the first and the score remained 3-0.  Fishman started on the mound for the Bobcats in the second inning.  The first batter grounded out to Sienko at second base.  The next batter reached safely on an error and eventually scored on a wild pitch.  The following batter popped out to Sienko at second base.  The next batter walked.  The following batter grounded out to Fishman and the score was now EGV 4, Bobcats 0.  The Bobcats got things going in the second inning.  Fishman, Luke, and Levey all walked and it was bases loaded for Kravitz.  Kravitz was issued a walk and the Bobcats were on the board.  Goldman reached on an error, scoring a run on the play.  Sauser hit into a fielder's choice, scoring another run.  Nolan reached on a hit, scoring another run on the play.  Isaacson reached on an error, scoring a run.  Cohen hit into a fielder's choice, scoring a run.  Sienko hit a single, scoring another run.  Grant reached on an error and scored another run.  Hemenway reached on an error and scored Grant on the play.  The next batter grounded out to the first baseman.  When it was all over, the Bobcats scored nine runs to take the lead by a score of Bobcats 9, EGV 4.  Fishman started on the mound in the top of the third inning.  The first batter reached on an error.  The next batter was hit by a pitch.  The following batter hit into a fielder's choice, scoring a run.  The next batter also hit into a fielder's choice, also scoring a run on the play.  The next batter grounded out to Fishman at the pitchers spot to end the inning.  The score was now Bobcats 9, EGV 6.  The Bobcats went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the third.  Grant started on the mound for the Bobcats in the fourth inning.  He retired the first batter on a groundout to Hemenway at shortstop.  The following batter grounded out to Sienko at second base.  The next batter walked and reached second on a wild pitch.  The following batter grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.  The Bobcats still led by a score of 9-6.  The first Bobcats batter grounded out to the pitcher.  The second batter grounded out to third.  Nolan hit a single.  The next batter struck out to end the inning and the score was still Bobcats 9, EGV 6.  Grant started the fifth inning on the mound.  The first batter walked, and stole second.  The next batter also walked but was caught in a pickle and Goldman made a nice throw to get the runner at second base.  The next batter hit a shot up the middle for a triple, scoring a run on the play.  The following batter grounded out to Hemenway but the runner at third was able to score.  The next batter grounded out to Grant at the pitchers position to end the inning.  EGV scored two more runs to close within one and the score was Bobcats 9, EGV 8.  The Bobcats were looking for some insurance runs.  Sienko walked and stole second.  The next batter flied out to right field, advancing Sienko to third.  Hemenway was next and hit a triple, scoring Sienko on the play.  The following batter struck out to end the inning but the Bobcats picked up another run and now led by a score of 10-8.  Luke started on the mound for the Bobcats to start the sixth.  He walked the first batter.  He struck out the next batter.  The following batter flied out to Sienko at second.  The next batter lined out to Sienko at second and the inning was over.  The score was still Bobcats 10, EGV 8.  The first Bobcats batter in the sixth inning struck out. The next batter flied out to short.  Kravitz was next and reached on an error.  Goldman hit a single, advancing Kravitz to third base.  The following batter grounded out to the shortstop and the inning was over. Luke returned to the mound, looking to close out the game.  The first batter grounded out to Sienko at second base.  The next batter lined out to Kravitz at third, who made a very nice stop on the play.  The Bobcats were looking for the first win with two outs and no one on base.  Luke struck out the following batter looking and the Bobcats won the game by a score of Bobcats 10, EGV 8.  Some of the key stats from this evening's game were:

Nolan 2-2, (2) 1B, (1) RBI

Sienko 1-2, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (2) RS

Hemenway 1-3, (1) 3B, (1) RBI

Goldman 1-3, (1) 1B, (1) RBI, (1) RS

Isaacson (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Cohen (2) RBIs, (1) RS

Grant (1) RBI, (1) RS

Kravitz (1) BB, (1) RS

Fishman (1) BB, (1) RS

Luke (1) BB, (1) RS

Sauser (1) RS



Wednesday, March 2
Bearcats Work Hard In Offseason; Look To Open The Season Strong

The Bearcats have been working at their indoor facility since early January.  Coach Novak is working with the players primarily on defense and hitting and the players seem to be responding.  The true test will be on the field.  The 2011 Bearcats are a combination of ex-Bobcats and BGRA players.  The combination of players are hoping that they become a force to be reckoned with.  The Bearcats are an athletic bunch and hope to transfer the individual talent to team goals - winning baseball games.