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Old 05-02-2019, 12:31 PM   #21
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HBL 2019: The Season of the Triple Crown?



It's August 1, five days away from the 42nd HBL All-Star game and knee deep into the HBL season. Kenosha has just passed Rochester for the top spot in the North and Springfield and Lafayette are dead even for the South wildcard spot behind a surprising Canton squad but not a single person is talking about the races. Everyone is talking about the triple crown. It has been well documented that there have been nine triple crowns in 41 HBL seasons but this year is special. With just about 35 games left on the schedule all four Triple Crowns are up for grabs. Some are more likely to come to fruition than others but it sure makes the end of the 2019 season more interesting.


South Pitching Triple Crown: 1% chance

SP Mike Landers (LAF) - 14 WINS(1st), 2.30 ERA(1st), 111 K(9th)

Landers holds a one win lead over SIX other South pitchers but more daunting is his 36 K deficit where he would have to pass eight foes in order to claim the top spot. Landers is having a fine season but he will not win the South Pitching Triple Crown.


North Pitching Triple Crown: 60% chance

SP Dillon Anderson (KEN) - 14-7(2nd), 2.60 ERA(1st), 158 K(1st)

Dillon Anderson has been here before winning the Crown in 2016. He is two wins behind Davenport's Nick Robinson for the North lead and he holds a 14 K lead over Cecil Wright. His ERA is .21 better than Brandon Chandler and he has a very good offense behind him. Dillon has a shot at his third North Pitcher of the Year Award and his second North Pitching Triple Crown.

North Hitting Triple Crown: 80% chance


CF Bill Burks (CR) - .407(1st), 45 HR(1st), 100 RBI(1st)

Duluth OF Jesse Richmond is having a great 2019 season and he may be the only thing standing in the way of Rookie sensation Bill Burks and the second ever HBL Hitting Triple Crown. Burks has a 21 point lead over fellow rookie Lyle Solon of Bay City and a nine homer lead over Richmond but the eight year veteran is just four RBI behind the new guy. And don't count out the "Legend" David Howard who now sits at .383 and third in batting average.


South Hitting Triple Crown: 95% chance


LF Dax Palmer (PB) - .344(1st), 34 HR(1st), 87 RBI(1st)

Burks is having a huge season but sometimes its who you are not competing against as much as who you are. Fellow rookie Dax Palmer has a less impressive stat line but a better chance of winning the Triple Crown due to his competition. Palmer's top competition for the batting crown, Canton's Matt Gamble, is out for the season so barring a complete collapse the rookie will win the batting title. He has a nine homer lead and an 11 RBI lead over Chris Moore, also of Canton. On top of that Palmer seems to be getting stronger with the just finished month of July being his best of the season so far.

If I was a betting man I'd put my money on Palmer but one thing is for sure, the finish to the 2019 HBL season will be a lot of fun to watch!
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As the 2019 season winds down the North is a two team race with Rochester taking control after a 9-1 stretch that has put Kenosha 4.5 games back. The two rivals will face off for a four game series as the calendar flips to September but the race could be over by then. In the South Canton has all but wrapped up the league title as Springfield and Lafayette fight it out for the wildcard.

Triple Crown Update



Bill Burks may end up with the better all around season but it is Poplar Bluff's Dax Palmer that has all but wrapped up the HBL's second ever hitting triple crown. Burks still leads all three categories but his batting average is down to .389 after spending all summer flirting with .400 and he is just one RBI ahead of Jesse Richmond of Duluth. Palmer could probably sit out the final 20 games of the season and still finish with the triple crown.





Dillon Anderson still has a shot at posting his second Pitching Triple Crown but he's not assured of anything at this point. He's still one win behind Davenport's Nick Robinson and he holds a slim margin in ERA. Mike Landers on the other hand has zero chance of taking home the triple crown due to his anemic strikeout totals. He currently holds sizeable leads in ERA and Wins but his 127 strike outs don't even get him into the South's top 10.
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In the North Rochester's magic number is down to two with nine to play as they prepare to finish a four game set with Kenosha to start September. The Jackfish have wrapped up a playoff spot but with them finishing the season with a 10 game road trip their chances of catching the Reapers are very slim.

Bill Burks survived a poor week that saw him drop to second in the batting race behind fellow rookie Lyle Solon of Bay City. Burks managed to bounce back and retake the batting average lead but Jesse Richmond of Duluth continues to push him for the RBI lead that has them tied going into the final few games.

In the South Canton has a seven game lead over Springfield with just nine to play. The Kernels are finishing the season on the road but unfortunately so is Springfield. The Storm have a two game cushion over the Stars but the season series is over between the two rivals.

Dax Palmer all but has the South Triple Crown wrapped up in what would be just the second in HBL history.
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In the North Rochester's magic number is down to two with nine to play as they prepare to finish a four game set with Kenosha to start September. The Jackfish have wrapped up a playoff spot but with them finishing the season with a 10 game road trip their chances of catching the Reapers are very slim.

Bill Burks survived a poor week that saw him drop to second in the batting race behind fellow rookie Lyle Solon of Bay City. Burks managed to bounce back and retake the batting average lead but Jesse Richmond of Duluth continues to push him for the RBI lead that has them tied going into the final few games.

In the South Canton has a seven game lead over Springfield with just nine to play. The Kernels are finishing the season on the road but unfortunately so is Springfield. The Storm have a two game cushion over the Stars but the season series is over between the two rivals.

Dax Palmer all but has the South Triple Crown wrapped up in what would be just the second in HBL history.
I told you that Dax Palmer had the look of a superstar to me.
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HBL 2021 Season

The Heartland Baseball League has entered it's 44th season. One month into the new campaign and there is plenty of interesting stuff to look at.


Springfield ended the month of April on a 13 game winning streak helping them to open up a five game lead over second place Lafayette. If the South doesn't slow down the Storm soon then this season will turn into a Wildcard race real quick.

In the North Kenosha slipped past Bay City late in the month to take a slim lead over the Lake Monsters. Look out, here come the Reapers riding a nine game winning streak of their own.


Veteran OF Jesse Richmond pounded Bay City for six hits. The Oshkosh star finished the day 6-6 with a double, a homer, 5 RBI, and 3 runs scored. The last HBL player with six hits in a game was Poplar Bluff OF Dax Palmer on June 6, 2020. It was the 26th six hit game in HBL history.



John Henderson has long been known for his glove but he's not just a one trick pony. Henderson became the 48th player in HBL history to register 2,000 career hits today. Henderson entered the home game against the Duluth Danger with 1999 hits but a hard hit single between first and second off of Don Calhoun ended the suspense early. Henderson would go on to total four hits on the day and finish with 2003 for his career.


When Doug Roberson signed a minor league contract with the Bay City Lake Monsters during the off season he wasn't sure he would even make the team. He had no major league offers so he took what he could get which was a chance to complete for a roster spot. After a so-so spring Roberson was sent to AAA but was called up after two not so great outings. He was put in the four spot in the rotation and in his second game with his new team he threw the 23rd no hitter in HBL history blanking the defending champion Rochester Reapers allowing no hits and just two walks to move to 2-0 on the young season.


BATTERS OF THE MONTH
3B Allen Phillips(OSH) .364/.462/.697 9 HR, 22 RBI

OF Jim Lee(SPR) .355/.398/.750 14 HR, 42 RBI

PITCHERS OF THE MONTH
SP Chris Carey(BC) 5-0, 2.52, 42K

SP Don Walker(COL) 5-0, 1.79, 20K

ROOKIES OF THE MONTH
P Jim Anderson(KEN) 3-1, 2.25, 37K

SS Rod Gibson(SPR) .400/.479/.509 2 HR, 18 RBI

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May 2021

The Heartland Baseball League has entered it's 44th season. Two months into the 2021 season and Springfield looks unstoppable while the North is up for grabs.

Springfield ended the month of April on a 13 game winning streak and entered May by winning the first nine for what is believed to be a new HBL record 22 game win streak. After the loss the Storm would then win ten more in a row for a stretch of 32 wins in 33 games. So after two months the only fight in the South is for the wildcard barring an epic collapse in Springfield.

In the North it's a four team race with Bay City and Rochester ending May in a virtual tie while Kenosha and Oshkosh are still in the picture. The Reapers and Outlaws seem to be in the mix every season while Bay City and Kenosha are the surprises of the group.


Veteran OF Frank Williams slugged his 300th career homer on May 4 at Poplar Bluff. The 33 year old lead off the game with his eighth homer of the season off of Kevin LeBlanc giving the Stars a 1-0 lead. The Predators would come back to win the game in walk off fashion in the bottom of the 11th.



21 year old Bill Joyce unexpectedly got the call to the big leagues on May first after dominating AAA hitters over the first month of the season. Joyce didn't get the ball until May 6 but he made the most of his opportunity. The Storm rookie pitched a five hit shut out striking out six while walking none AND helping himself at the plate with a hit, 2 RBI, and a run scored. Springfield jumped on top of the Twisters with a second inning lead off homer by Jim Lee. The lead was expanded later in the inning when Frank York and Michael Thompson went back to back to push the lead to 3-0. When asked after the game which milestone was more important(win/hit) he yelled "BOTH!! I can't believe I got both in the first game!" If you think it's all down hill from here you are wrong. Joyce has won all four of his decisions to start his career and was named Rookie of the Month for May. Joyce was a second round pick(25th overall) of Canton in the 2017 draft. He was traded to Springfield along with four others in 2018 for SP Keith DeWitt.



On May 28 seven time Best Hitter at Catcher Ryan Sirrell slapped his 2,000 career HBL hit. Sirrell becomes the 49th player following John Henderson who hit the milestone just last month but he is just the fifth catcher to reach the number. Sirrell took a 2-2 pitch from Lafayette's starter John McAlister and hit it off the left/center field wall for the historic hit. The Predators ran away with the game by a score of 10-4 and Sirrell would add another hit later in the game.

BATTERS OF THE MONTH

OF Brett Watts(DAV) .404/.456/.654 13 XBH, 17 RBI, 17 RS

2B Ken Simpson(SPR) .422/.463/.670 18 XBH, 26 RBI, 30 RS

PITCHERS OF THE MONTH
SP Hector Garcia(ROC) 5-1, 2.05, 39K, 48.1 IP, 6 GS

SP Mark Gunther(SPR) 4-0, 2.17, 33K, 45.2 IP, 6 GS

ROOKIES OF THE MONTH
SP Hector Garcia(ROC) 5-1, 2.05, 39K, 48.1 IP, 6 GS

SP Bill Joyce(SPR) 4-0, 2.37, 29K, 38 IP, 5 GS
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The Heartland Baseball League has entered it's 44th season. Two months into the 2021 season and Springfield looks unstoppable while the North is up for grabs.

The Springfield Storm winning percentage is down to .744 after June but their lead over second place Lafayette is up to 15.5 games. The Stars' wildcard lead is a thin half game over a surging Canton team while Poplar Bluff is trying to hang in the race holding at .500. Springfield Rookie starter Bill Joyce has started his big league career with nine consecutive wins and leads the South in ERA.

In the North the top four teams are separated by just 10 games with Rochester attempting to stretch out a lead that ended June at 4.5 games over second place Kenosha. Bay City is just three games out of the wildcard while Oshkosh sits at five games back. South Bend sits in dead last in the North but Dave Donnelly just wants to keep raking. Donnelly leads all three North triple crown categories and he's just five RBI behind Jim Lee for the HBL triple crown lead.


After waiting almost three years for a no hitter the HBL now has two in just over two months time. Poplar Bluff Predators ace Kevin LeBlanc no hit the Bay City Lake Monsters on June 22. LeBlanc allowed two walks while striking out 10 in the 7-0 PB victory. It's the first no hitter in Predators history and the 24th overall in HBL history.


Daniel Simon entered the game with Duluth on June 29 with 12 homers on the season. He finished the game with 15 after slugging three solo homers in the Columbia win. Simon's outburst came just 12 days after Dayton's Ray Lovell hit three homers against Davenport. Simon was upstaged a bit by the Monarchs' starting pitcher Daniel Davis. Davis not only pitched a five hit, complete game, shutout but he also hit a two run homer of his own in the second inning.


BATTERS OF THE MONTH

Dave Donnelly(SB) .423/.475/.856 14 HR, 34 RBI, 23 RS, 21 game hit streak

Dax Palmer(PB) .415/.479/.717 16 XBH, 27 RBI, 21 RS

PITCHERS OF THE MONTH
Dillon Anderson(KEN) 4-1, 1.37, 42K, 52.2 IP, 6 GS

Bill Joyce(SPR) 5-0, 2.23, 28K, 48.1 IP, 6 GS

ROOKIES OF THE MONTH
Edmund Mitchell(CR) .387/.468/.811 21 XBH, 26 RBI, 34 RS

SP Bill Joyce(SPR) 5-0, 2.23, 28K, 48.1 IP, 6 GS

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

How long is too long? That's the question every athlete must answer at some point in their career. Five future Heartland Baseball League Hall of Famers are pondering that question right now as their careers come to a close. None have formally announced their retirements but with varying degrees of success it's also hard to imagine any returning for another grueling season.

Artie Wall(43), Toby Stell(42), Steven Harris(41), David Howard(41), and Lee Welch(40) combine for over 12,500 games played, 70 All Star appearances, 15 Hitter of the Year Awards, and seven HBL Championships and each one is winding down his career with eye popping stats and accomplishments. Their names pepper the career leaderboards and single season record books and all will be remembered long after they hang their spikes up.


Davis Howard is the most decorated player, not just of this group, but possibly of any HBL player ever. He has seven Hitter of the Year Awards, 18 All Star games, and seven Best Fielder Awards but by remaining in Davenport his entire career he has failed to win an HBL Championship. Howard and his nine HBL North Batting titles is a sure fire, first ballot Hall of Famer. Despite his age Howard continues to play the majority of his games at catcher and needs just four games behind the plate to reach 2500. He's also still effective at the plate hitting .330 with 44 bases on balls a little more than halfway through the season.


Lee Welch has a record four HBL Championships and holds the career records for hits and RBI among others. His chase for 4k hits is likely his reason for pushing on into his forties. Welch also is a first ballot Hall of Famer but as the youngest of the five he is struggling the most this season hitting 100 points below his career batting average. It's hard to imagine Welch returning after such a dismal year.



Artie Wall just turned 43 years old and he has the distinction of being the oldest active player in the HBL. No HBL team would offer him a major league contract before the season so he took a minor league contract with Duluth in order to continue his career. He made the team out of spring training but has put up his third sub par season in a row. After 1700 runs, 3000 hits, and 1500 RBI it seems it is time for Wall to give it up.


Long known as David Howard's sidekick in Davenport Toby Stell has carved out a great career for himself. He is not as decorated as the first three players on this list but you have to remember they all competed for the same awards year after year. Stell has accumulated over 3000 hits, 1750 runs, 700 doubles, and 650 stolen bases but, like his long time Bullfrog teammate, he has never won a championship. After two years out of the HBL Stell also signed a minor league deal with Duluth. So far he's been a bargain hitting over .300 as a part time OF and PH.



Steven Harris has had a different kind of career than the other four guys here. Harris has been injury prone for his entire career and has missed major chunks of time over his career. He has appeared in over 130 games just six times since he entered the HBL in 2001. Harris also signed with Duluth in the offseason and has played well but he once again finds himself watching from the clubhouse due to another lengthy injury. Harris has over 1850 fewer at bats than the average of the other four guys. Although his career numbers are nothing to sneeze at it is interesting to think what he could have done with those other 1850 at bats. His numbers would definitely be more in tune with those of his counterparts. His 2700 hits would be more like 3400. With his injury history I'm surprised Harris didn't hang'em up a long time ago.

The purpose of this article is to let you know that history is happening right in front of you but maybe not for long. Head out to your local Heartland Baseball League ball park and catch one of these living legends while you still can. Who knows, maybe Steven Harris will sign you band aid while you're there.

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2021 North League All-Stars



12-5, 2.43 ERA, 181.2 IP, 0.95 WHIP, 6.8 K/9, 4.4 WAR, 9th AS Game



14-5, 3.38 ERA, 176.0 IP, 1.32 WHIP, 7.1 K/9, 2.8 WAR, 1st AS Game



16-4, 2.76 ERA, 179.2 IP, 1.06 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, 4.4 WAR, 6th AS Game



9-7, 2.90 ERA, 139.2 IP, 1.08 WHIP, 4.7 K/9, 3.1 WAR, 1st AS Game



8-7, 3.06 ERA, 153.0 IP, 1.09 WHIP, 5.8 K/9, 3.0 WAR, 1st AS Game



8-5, 2.36 ERA, 107.0 IP, 0.83 WHIP, 6.1 K/9, 3.3 WAR, 1st AS Game



9-5, 3.10 ERA, 136.1 IP, 1.12 WHIP, 7.2 K/9, 4.9 WAR, 10th AS Game



2-2, 1.88 ERA, 48.0 IP, 1.04 WHIP, 7.7 K/9, 0.6 WAR, Rookie



8-5, 13 SV, 2.16 ERA, 75.0 IP, 1.20 WHIP, 6.5 K/9, 1.9 WAR, 3rd AS Game



2-3, 18 SV, 2.28 ERA, 51.1 IP, 1.13 WHIP, 8.8 K/9, 1.6 WAR, 2nd AS Game



.325/.377/.592, 363 AB, 26 HR, 153 wRC+, 4.2 WAR, 4th AS Game



.329/.419/.521, 240 AB, 11 HR, 140 wRC+, 2.7 WAR, 1st AS Game



.362/.433/.660, 312 AB, 25 HR, 7 SB, 188 wRC+, 3.8 WAR, 1st AS Game



.324/.373/.563, 432 AB, 22 HR, 143 wRC+, 4.1 WAR, 3rd AS Game




.383/.427/.737, 407 AB, 40 HR, 12 SB, 201 wRC+, 5.2 WAR, 4th AS Game



.340/.415/.739, 368 AB, 42 HR, 6 SB, 107 RBI, 5.7 WAR, 9th AS Game



.274/.352/.426, 420 AB, 13 HR, 5 SB, 106 wRC+, 1.2 WAR, 4th AS Game



.289/.333/.523, 409 AB, 24 HR, 16 SB, 125 wRC+, 3.2 WAR, 2nd AS Game



.299/.358/.550, 431 AB, 30 HR, 137 wRC+, 3.5 WAR, 2nd AS Game



.323/.378/.446, 446 AB, 6 HR, 35 SB, 121 wRC+, 5.3 WAR, 10th AS Game



.332/.393/.486, 325 AB, 8 HR, 134 wRC+, 3.4 WAR, 1st AS Game



.303/.380/.607, 412 AB, 32 HR, 157 wRC+, 4.8 WAR, 5th AS Game



.319/.387/.613, 398 AB, 33 HR, 1 SB, 158 wRC+, 4.1 WAR, 6th AS Game



.334/.424/.608, 401 AB, 26 HR, 15 SB, 174 wRC+, 4.2 WAR, 3rd AS Game



.327/.367/.514, 397 AB, 17 HR, 56 SB, 129 wRC+, 3.5 WAR, 1st Game



.376/.421/.619, 391 AB, 22 HR, 4 SB, 176 wRC+, 4.6 WAR, 2nd AS Game


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2021 South League All-Stars



12-1, 2.47 ERA, 124.0 IP, 0.94 WHIP, 6.7 K/9, 2.6 WAR, Rookie



9-7, 3.91 ERA, 179.1 IP, 1.23 WHIP, 7.9 K/9, 4.1 WAR, 4th AS Game



11-7, 2.45 ERA, 165.0 IP, 1.04 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 3.8 WAR, 2nd AS Game



11-5, 3.25 ERA, 160.2 IP, 1.39 WHIP, 6.2 K/9, 3.1 WAR, 1st AS Game



12-6, 3.06 ERA, 173.1 IP, 1.06 WHIP, 3.9 K/9, 2.8 WAR, 1st AS Game




10-7, 2.77 ERA, 149.2 IP, 1.14 WHIP, 7.9 K/9, 4.2 WAR, 1st AS Game




3-3, 3.20 ERA, 45.0 IP, 1.04 WHIP, 9.2 K/9, 0.9 WAR, 1st AS Game




3-4, 24 SV, 2.35 ERA, 53.2 IP, 1.14 WHIP, 5.5 K/9, 0.9 WAR, 1st AS Game




3-5, 22 SV, 2.70 ERA, 53.1 IP, 1.14 WHIP, 6.2 K/9, 1.9 WAR, 4th AS Game




.306/.391/.487, 337 AB, 15 HR, 136 wRC+, 3.6 WAR, 3rd AS Game




.298/.366/.511, 329 AB, 17 HR, 134 wRC+, 3.6 WAR, 1st AS Game




.302/.369/.457, 381 AB, 14 HR, 4 SB, 116 wRC+, 2.5 WAR, 2nd AS Game




.331/.385/.548, 299 AB, 11 HR, 2 SB, 148 wRC+, 2.2 WAR, Rookie




.322/.369/.544, 425 AB, 22 HR, 30 SB, 134 wRC+, 4.1 WAR, 6th AS Game





.290/.361/.506, 427 AB, 20 HR, 67 SB, 127 wRC+, 4.9 WAR, 4th AS Game




.350/.427/.562, 411 AB, 14 HR, 22 SB, 162 wRC+, 6.1 WAR, 3rd AS Game




.312/.345/.541, 442 AB, 22 HR, 4 SB, 135 wRC+, 3.9 WAR, 3rd AS Game




.285/.324/.446, 417 AB, 10 HR, 29 SB, 102 wRC+, 2.1 WAR, 4th AS Game




.313/.399/.457, 335 AB, 9 HR, 64 SB, 129 wRC+, 4.7 WAR, 2nd AS Game




.322/.424/.433, 363 AB, 8 HR, 1 SB, 133 wRC+, 4.1 WAR, Rookie




.324/.392/.553, 407 AB, 23 HR, 10 SB, 137 wRC+, 2.8 WAR, 3rd AS Game




.314/.433/.561, 385 AB, 26 HR, 16 SB, 161 wRC+, 3.6 WAR, 6th AS Game




.326/.385/.609, 402 AB, 29 HR, 63 SB, 161 wRC+, 5.4 WAR, 2nd AS Game




.289/.379/.562, 422 AB, 32 HR, 16 SB, 141 wRC+, 3.7 WAR, 6th AS Game




.319/.380/.581, 427 AB, 29 HR, 19 SB, 147 wRC+, 4.2 WAR, 1st AS Game



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July 2021

The Heartland Baseball League has entered it's 44th season. Two months into the 2021 season and Springfield looks unstoppable while the North is up for grabs.

The Springfield Storm still controls the South but it gets real interesting when you look at the wildcard race where three teams finish July within 1.5 games of each other. Lafayette and Poplar Bluff are tied but Canton is still right there.

Both post season spots are still up for grabs in the North where five teams are within 10.5 games of each other. Rochester holds a 4.5 game lead on top of the league but the playoffs will be determined by who gets hot and who gets cold and possibly who stays healthy. It should be an interesting end to the season.



Rochester slugger Roger Picot became the 16th Heartland Baseball League player to reach 400 career home runs. Picot lead off the top of the second inning with a solo homer off of Evansville starter Donnie Anthony for his 28th dinger of the season. Six days later in Lafayette Picot would 53rd player to eclipse 1000 RBI.


BATTERS OF THE MONTH

Roger Picot(ROC) .439/.491/.969 15 HR, 36 RBI, 25 RS

Ray Lovell(DAY) .457/.490/1.109 14 XBH, 19 RBI, 19 RS

PITCHERS OF THE MONTH
Bill Calder(DAV) 6-0, 2.61, 27K, 48.1 IP, 6 GS

Morris Nelson(PB) 4-1, 3.64, 50K, 47.0 IP, 7 GS

ROOKIES OF THE MONTH
Edmund Mitchell(CR) .297/.368/.550 12 XBH, 17 RBI, 24 RS

Ray Lovell(DAY) .457/.490/1.109 14 XBH, 19 RBI, 19 RS
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2021 HBL All-Star game at Predators Park



15,000+ Heartland Baseball League fans packed Predators Park today to watch the best players in both leagues go head to head in the annual All-Star game.
The visiting North came out swinging against Canton's Jerry Douglas. Douglas got the start and entered the game with a 10-8 record and a sub three ERA.
After John Henderson(DAV) grounded out on the first pitch of the game it took Rochester's Bob Lloyd two pitches to slap a double down the right field line.
Cedar Rapids CF Bill Burks followed with a single putting runners at first and third and the most feared hitter in the HBL coming to the plate, Reapers 1B Roger Picot.
Picot slightly disappointed with a ground out but he did manage to put the North on top 1-0. South Bend slugger Dave Donnelly gave the fans what they
wanted with a 356 foot blast that cleared the left field wall and pushed the North lead to 3-0 before the South ever picked up a bat.

Kenosha's Dillon Anderson got the call for the North and he gave up a leadoff single to rising superstar William Fitzpatrick of Columbia. Fitzpatrick quickly stole
second and moved to third on Quentin Childs(OSH) throwing error. He would then score on an Anderson wild pitch narrowing the gap to 3-1. In the bottom of the second Anderson would then
give up a one out solo homer to Lafayette rookie Jesse Woodruff to put the South within one run.

The score would remain 3-2 until the top of the sixth when Picot would wow the crowd with a 391 foot shot to left-center field to lead off the inning and give the North a 4-2 cushion.
In the bottom of the inning an RBI double by Jim Lee(SPR) and an RBI single by Patrick Crane(DAY) would even the score at four each. Chris Carey(BC) a Matt Patton(SPR) ground out to end the threat and leave two runners on.

In the top of the eighth Cliff Smith(CR) would put the North ahead with a solo homer off of Tim Shelton of Springfield, the North's third homer of the game.

With Ed Carpenter(DUL) entering the game in the bottom of the ninth with a one run lead most figured the game to be over. Carpenter is one of the best
closers in the league and he entered the game with a 2.28 ERA and 18 saves in 22 chances. Carpenter recorded the first out when Crane popped out to centerfield.
Patton then doubled down the left field line putting the tying run at second. Bill Thompson(LAF) slapped a routine grounder to short that Frank Jacobs(BC) fumbled
putting runners at first and third with just one out. Joe Newman(JEC) stepped to the plate and after a long mound visit the North skipper elected to leave
Carpenter in the game. Carpenter got ahead of Newman 0-2 Newman looked at the first pitch and whiffed at the second. Newman took the next pitch and slammed
it off the wall in right center. Patton scored easily to tie the game and as the ball kicked away from the North outfielders the 220 pound Thompson lumbered home
with the game winning run.

The host team closer, Dusty Mills, would get the win while Carpenter would get hit with the loss. Surprisingly Donnelly, not Newman, would be named the game's MVP.

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The Heartland Baseball League has entered it's 44th season. Two months into the 2021 season and Springfield looks unstoppable while the North is up for grabs.

It's not a surprise that Springfield becomes the first team to clinch a post season spot.
The Storm peaked on May 29 with a 44-9 record that included a remarkable 22 game win streak to get them to their .830 win percentage. Since then they are
just 10 games over .500 but have won enough to not only clinch the postseason spot but to win the South League with two weeks left in the season. The South
wildcard spot is Lafayette's to lose. The Stars have a five game lead over Poplar Bluff and Canton with nine games left to play.

Both North playoff spots are still up for grabs but Rochester and Kenosha have the leads for now. Rochester is two up on the Jackfish while Bay City and Oshkosh
are still within striking distance. Davenport is nine out with nine to play so they are virtually eliminated. The Reapers and the Fish finish the regular season with a
four game series at Rochester.




When Doug Roberson no hit Rochester on April 19 the HBL had gone almost three full years with out a no-no. Now the HBL has seen three in less than four months.
Reaper's ace Larry Collins returned the favor by pitching a no hitter against those same Lake Monsters on August 11. Bay City was also no hit earlier in the season
by Kevin LeBlanc of Poplar Bluff. Collins is attempting to win the North Pitching triple crown leading all three stat categories as of September 1. He has three
North Pitcher of the Year Awards and should earn his fourth this offseason. For the Reapers it is their second no hitter but the first since Craig Chalis
did it way back in 1984.

BATTERS OF THE MONTH

Edmond Mitchell(CR) .429/.480/.795 21 HR, 29 RBI, 27 RS

Brian Lawrence(LAF) .329/.472/.753 14 XBH, 24 RBI, 20 RS

PITCHERS OF THE MONTH
Ken Taylor(OSH) 4-0, 2.27, 27K, 35.2 IP, 5 GS

Mike Landers(LAF) 5-0, 2.25, 24K, 40.0 IP, 6 GS

ROOKIES OF THE MONTH
Edmond Mitchell(CR) .429/.480/.795 21 HR, 29 RBI, 27 RS

Reed Sweeney(DAY) .337/.394/.561 11 XBH, 21 RBI, 18 RS
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