Two weeks ago, Riley Pittman was hoping for a phone call. "After it didn't come, I was done waiting around," he said. Pittman batted .228 for the Sanford Mainers last summer in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, and he was hoping to get a return trip to the East Coast.
Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding. That's the sound my cellphone made Saturday afternoon after I had turned it off for about 45-50 minutes. In that time, one person and one family made sure the McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic was played on Saturday night.
One decision changed Juan Martinez's life forever. Martinez came to Quincy from the Dominican Republic as a foreign exchange student in 1995. His success and skill on the basketball court at Quincy High School eventually helped him get chances to play at Indian Hills Community College and Western Illinois University, and he later played for seven years professionally overseas.
The Hannibal Hoots are in the market for a middle infielder. Ethan Owens figured to be a fixture near the top of the lineup this summer. He batted .342 this spring for Drury University, and he was penciled in the No. 2 spot in the Hoots' batting order for
Quincy Notre Dame baseball coach Ryan Oden likes the idea of bringing Jase Wallingford out of the bullpen in the postseason. With Nick Wellman and Tommy Ray poised to handle the starting pitching duties for the rest of the postseason, Oden wants to use the 6-foot-8 righty in relief.
LIBERTY, Ill. Before the Clinging family piled into the car to go to a game somewhere, they typically would do the same thing before they left the house. "Chandler would call for a family hug," Chad Clinging said. "He was the smallest, and he was always i