August 29, 2014

Huskers hire Cal State-Fullerton assistant for Erstad’s staff

Cal State Fullerton assistant coach Mike Kirby has accepted the assistant position with the Nebraska baseball program left open when former assistant Will Bolt left for Texas A & M. Kirby has been with the Titans and Oregon, where he’s known to recruit well. It was Cal State Fullerton that knocked the Huskers out of the NCAA Tournament at the Stillwater Regional.

During his last three seasons at Fullerton, Kirby coached first base, infielders and served as the program’s recruiting coordinator. His first class in 2012 was ranked 23rd in the country by Baseball America, producing National Freshman Pitcher of the Year Thomas Eshelman and Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year Justin Garza. Both Eshelman and Garza pitched for the USA Collegiate Baseball National Team this summer, while Eshelman was named an All-American each of the past two seasons.

Prior to the start of last season, Nebraska’s recruiting class was ranked 11th by Baseball America and Cal State Fullerton was one spot behind at 12th.

Before returning to Fullerton, Kirby was instrumental in helping George Horton put the Oregon Ducks on the national scene. Kirby played a large role in four consecutive top-25 recruiting classes, including three ranked in the top 10 and a program-best No. 5 ranking in 2010.

Kirby was also responsible for coaching first base and working with the team’s outfielders.

Chasers take over first place knocking off the Iowa Cubs

With a second straight win over the Iowa Cubs by a score of 7-5, the Omaha Storm Chasers (60-54) took over first place in the American Conference North Division from the Cubs (61-56) at Werner Park Sunday.  Carlos Peguero helped Omaha build a 7-1 lead in the first five innings with two homers, giving him four in his last four games.  Peguero has 11 homers in his 23 career games as a Storm Chaser.

Aaron Brooks earned his team-leading eighth win of the season with 5.2 innings of work, allowing three runs with five strikeouts. He allowed two homers to Cubs prospect Javy Baez, who is tied with Chasers catcher Francisco Pena for the second most homers in the PCL at 23.

Omaha will look to build on their new division lead as they send out LHP John Lamb (6-8, 3.56 ERA), who has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts at Werner Park over 20.0 innings. He will face off with LHP Eric Jokisch (7-8, 3.80 ERA) in game three of this four game series.

Former Bellevue East grad throws a no-hitter in Triple A

Former Bellevue East and University of Nebraska-Omaha grad Tyler Cloyd was throwing a perfect game for eight innings for the Cleveland Indians Triple-A affiliate Columbus against Louisville.  Cloyd hit the leadoff batter, but was able to complete the no-hitter in timely fashion, using just 89 pitches in a 13-0 victory.

Cloyd has started 17 major league games over the last two years with Philadelphia before being claimed by Cleveland this offseason.

American Legion Baseball Senior Championship scores

American Legion Baseball Senior state tournaments

Class A National Division

Creighton Prep 14, Grand Island 5
Mike Emodi hit two grand slams and totaled 10 RBIs in the victory. 

Creighton Prep 13, Grand Island 2
Mike Emodi was 4-5 with two doubles and Jason Allberry was 3-5 with a three run home run.

Class A American Division

Millard West 13, Omaha Westside 0, 7 inn.
Omaha Westside 9, Millard West 6

Class B

Crete 2, Hickman 0
Alex McGinnis allowed only 4 hits by Hickman to give Hickman its 1st loss of the tourney.

Hickman 17, Crete 4
Hickman scored four runs in the 1st, four in the 2nd, three in the 3rd, then blew the game open with five runs in the 6th inning to beat Crete.

Class C

Hebron 9, Sutton 1
Shelton-Gibbon 5, Hebron 1
Garret Stroh proved too tough on the mound for S/G as he won his third of the tournament.  He also hit a solo homer to put his team up 3-0.

American Legion baseball tournament scores with late games included (updated for 7/29/14)

American Legion Senior state tournaments Class A

National Division at Grand Island’s Ryder Park

Monday’s results

Kearney 10, *-Ralston 3
Omaha Burke 7, *-Millard South 1
Grand Island 5, Creighton Prep 1

Tuesday’s games

Game 12 – Kearney vs. Creighton Prep, 4:30 p.m.
Game 13 – Omaha Burke vs. Grand Island, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s games
Game 14 – Winner Game 12 vs. winner Game 13, 4:30 p.m.
Game 15 – If necessary, 7:30 p.m.

American Division at Omaha’s Brown Park

Monday’s results

Millard West 10, *-Millard North 1
Hastings 3, *-Pinnacle Bank 2, 11 inn.
Omaha Westside 4, Papillion-La Vista South, 3

Tuesday’s games

Game 12 – Millard West vs. Papillion-La Vista South, 5 p.m.
Game 13 – Hastings vs. Omaha Westside, 8 p.m.

Wednesday’s games
Game 14 – Winner Game 12 vs. winner Game 13, 5 p.m.
Game 15 – If necessary, 8 p.m.

Class B at Veteran’s Field-Blair

Monday’s results

Bennington 4, *-Platte Valley 3
Albion 15, *-Cozad 5
Hickman 11, Crete 0

Tuesday’s games

Game 12 – Bennington vs. Crete 5 p.m.
Game 13 – Albion vs. Hickman 8 p.m.

Wednesday’s games
Game 14 – Winner Game 12 vs. winner Game 13, 5 p.m.
Game 15 – If necessary

Class C at Hebron Sports and Rec Complex

Monday’s results

Sutton 14, *-Wymore 4, 6 inn.
Pender 9, *-Creighton 3
Shelton-Gibbon 15,  Hebron 5

Tuesday’s games

Game 12 – Sutton vs. Hebron, 5:30 p.m.
Game 13 – Pender vs. Shelton-Gibbon, 8 p.m.

Wednesday’s games
Game 14 – Winner Game 12 vs. winner Game 13, 5:30 p.m.
Game 15 – If necessary

*-eliminated