August 1, 2014

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

Storm Chasers lose but close on first place

Justin Bour had three hits, and drove in four runs to lead a 13-hit attack as New Orleans beat Omaha, 8-5 on Sunday afternoon at Zephyr Field. The Storm Chasers have lost two in a row to fall to 55-52 but gained a half-game in the standings to move to within a half-game of first place Iowa, which was swept for a second straight day in a doubleheader, in the American Conference North Division.

The Zephyrs grabbed a three-run lead in the first inning on a home run by Bour. New Orleans added on a run in the second on a double play grounder, one more in the third on a sacrifice fly by Juan Diaz, and another pair in the fifth on an error and another sac fly ball to extend the lead to 7-1.

Christian Colon started the climb back for the Chasers in the sixth with a homer, his second in 10 days against NOLA starter Andrew Heaney, to trim the margin to five.  In the seventh, Omaha closed the game to 7-4 and then in the eighth, Carlos Peguero homered to cut it to 7-5.  The Zephyrs added an insurance run in their half of the eighth inning for their 11th win in 15 games against Omaha this season.

The series and road trip wrap up Monday night with Omaha left-hander Joe Saunders taking the mound against NOLA right-hander Anthony DeSclafani.

Omaha to host Big East baseball tournament in 2015

The BIG EAST Conference announced that the 2015 Baseball Tournament will be held at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, May 21-24.

“It is an honor for Creighton Baseball to host the BIG EAST Conference Tournament in just our second season as a member of the our conference,” said head coach Ed Servais. “This will be the second time we’ve hosted a conference tournament in TD Ameritrade Park. I am confident our staff will do a tremendous job, just as they did in 2011.”

The Bluejays hosted the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in the first season of TD in 2011, which also serves as the host site for the College World Series.

Creighton finished its first year as a member of the BIG EAST (2014) as the regular-season champions at 32-17-1. The Bluejays advanced to the Tournament Championship game with a 2-0 mark, before falling to Xavier (5-0).

Other CU baseball notes:

Creighton assistant Spencer Allen, who served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the past two seasons at CU, has taken a job with the University of Illinois.  Allen has two stints in Omaha, returning to Creighton after three seasons at Washington State.