Summer baseball roundup

  • Written by Ken Karrson

No stretch for Mustangs in seventh

Down to its last at-bat, Evergreen Park made sure its first outing of the summer turned out right.
It was a case of seventh heaven for the Mustangs last Wednesday against Richards. Even when trailing the Bulldogs by three runs entering the final frame, Evergreen discovered staging a rally didn’t require too big a stretch.
Richards contributed a couple errors and a walk in the inning, and Bulldogs coach Brian Wujcik said one of the Mustangs’ hits was misplayed by his team. But Evergreen also did its part as Mark Martin, Joe Piet and Matt Lyons all delivered run-scoring hits.
Lyons’ double actually chased across two teammates, and that provided the Mustangs with the difference in a 7-6 victory.
“He’s a super-strong kid,” Evergreen coach Mark Smyth said of Lyons. “He’s a little bit raw, but he’s all baseball.”
The Mustangs are playing a reduced schedule this summer, in part because Evergreen’s 2013-14 school year extended deeper into June than usual. The plan is to not go beyond the Fourth of July.


An unlikely place to ‘p’-erform

  (Reprinted from April 4, 2013)

  Take me out to the ballgame, where I can ski with my pee ...
  Sorry to be blunt, but there’s no genteel way to accurately describe what the Lehigh Valley IronPigs minor-league baseball team has in store for its male patrons this season. Lower-level organizations involved with the national pastime have typically swum upstream when it comes to odd promotions, but this particular one will also involve a steady stream.
  In an attempt to promote increased awareness of prostate health — that’s the official explanation anyway; let’s just call it what it really is: a bizarrely unique marketing tool — the IronPigs have installed above restroom urinals screens that will allow men to play video games while they are relieving themselves.
  What’s that you say? How can guys worry about manning game controls while they’re busy trying to control the direction of their flow? That’s just it — the games are designed to function on a hands-free basis.

Community sports news

Junior Bulldogs basketball camp to be held at Richards

Richards High School will be the site of the Junior Bulldog basketball camp July 7-9.
The sessions, which are open to ages 7-14, will run from 9-11 a.m. each day. The cost is $25 before July 7, $35 for walk-up registrants. The camp will be hosted by incoming varsity basketball coach Jevon Mamon.
For more information, contact Mamon at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Locals help Celts win state crown

  • Written by Frank Gogola

  While baseball features individual duals within each game, a cohesive team is necessary to weather the ups and downs of a typical season.

  Orland Park natives Ben Salvador and Matt Diehl were not on Providence Catholic coach Mark Smith’s preseason list of projected starters, but both wound up helping the Celtics capture the Class 4A championship Saturday in Joliet.
  Salvador’s absence from that list was understandable: He hadn’t played baseball as a junior, choosing instead to focus his athletic energies on soccer. But when another Orland resident, outfielder Matt Payton, suffered an elbow injury in hockey and was forced to miss the 2014 baseball campaign, Salvador’s presence on the roster suddenly became more meaningful.
  “Ben stepped in from the first day and never looked back,” Smith said. “He was our catalyst offensively all season long from that leadoff spot.”

Summer baseball roundup

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Knights are already in midseason form

  While the spring baseball campaign officially ended less than a week ago, Chicago Christian’s summer squad is already operating at midseason form.
  At least that was true five games into the schedule, as the Knights picked up wins in each. Included among the conquered foes were Walther Christian (9-1), Romeoville (10-0), Stagg (7-5), Andrew (8-5) and Illiana Christian (10-9).
  Since rain interrupted play for a couple days at a number of sites, Chicago Christian’s ability to see action that many times was in itself noteworthy. Even more surprising has been the manner in which the Knights have prevailed.
  “The offense has been very solid so far,” said coach Eric Brauer, whose squad’s biggest weakness in the spring was a somewhat meager attack. “We’re getting a lot of contributions from a lot of different guys. We’re playing pretty well and I’m pleased with it.”
  Christian is returning 12 players from its 17-man spring roster, so the varsity experience is an obvious plus.
  “We haven’t seen any real dominant pitching,” Brauer said. “You’re not going to see a lot of aces because they’re playing travel ball. That contributes [to our production] a little bit, too, but our seniors are really leading well with a good attitude.”