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Luke Heimlich’s Signing in Taiwan Put on Hold

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Luke Heimlich was considered a first round pick by major league baseball while a junior pitching for Oregon State in 2017, until it was discovered he pled guilty as a 15 year old of molesting his then six year old niece. He was required to list himself as a sex offender, though that history was not known until a local newspaper discovered it after he was required to report his status after moving to Oregon. He removed himself that year from the NCAA championship playoffs and the major league draft.

As a senior this year he was the ace pitcher who led Oregon State to the NCAA championship. Even though he was eligible for the draft major league teams refused to draft him, even lower in the draft when risky players are often selected. Many scouts changed their opinion on him, calling him nothing more than a mid or back end of the rotation pitcher at best. His tools did not justify facing the backlash of signing him, even though his sex offender status was recently removed after his probationary status had passed without any further violations. It should be noted two other players from Oregon State were drafted in the first round.

The Kansas City Royals considered signing him as an undrafted free agent, but nothing ever came of that review. Shunned by the major leagues the La Miga Monkeys of the China Professional Baseball League (CPBL) in Taiwan signed him to a contract. Once the facts came out of his molestation charges there was fervent backlash from the Taiwan fans. The CPBL immediately terminated the contract citing their “zero tolerance policy on players with a criminal history.”

Perhaps the Manny Ramirez signing after two major league drug violations did not meet the “criminal” standards. Heimlich denies the molestation charges saying he only pled guilty to protect the niece from having to go through a trial. The parents of the girl molested have stated they would not trust any child to be alone with Luke.

So the Heimlich saga continues. Some league somewhere seeking publicity of any sort may take a risk of signing him. Otherwise he may have to find another craft to try to make a living since most baseball leagues are reluctant to sign him.

United States Wins College Series Over Japan

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Japan did not seem to be bothered by jet lag in the opening game of the series, taking the United States 1-0. Yukiya Ito strung together three hits including an RBI single in the sixth to drive in the only run of the game. Masato Morishita blanked the United States for five innings on one hit, picking up the win. Four different relievers followed to complete the shutout.

The United States returned the favor in day two with their 1-0 win. Josh Jung roped an RBI triple in the ninth to earn the 1-0 victory. Zack Hess pitched three innings of perfect ball, striking out four of the nine hitters he faced. Four other pitchers followed and restricted the Japanese hitters to just two hits. Wataru Matsamoto pitched an excellent game, going seven innings and striking out 16 United States hitters.

The two teams brought out the bats in the United States 3-1 win in game three. Neither team could collect an extra base hit. The United States scored their first run on a double steal in the second inning when the catcher threw the ball in the outfield and a runner scored. In the third inning the United States scored another run on two Japanese errors, a failed pick off attempt and a wild throw from the second baseman to third that allowed Zach Watson to score.

Zack Watson started the rally in the eighth with a single and moved to third on two ground outs. He scored on a wild pitch. The United States scored three times but not one player was credited with an RBI. Japan scored their only run in the fifth on a wild pitch. Zach Watson led all hitters with three hits and two runs scored.

The United States clinched the series with a 7-6 win in game four. Wataru Masamato was not so effective in his second start, though he began the game with five shutout innings. He gave up three runs in the sixth to allow the United States to tie the game 3-3. Japan scored the first three runs in the third. Motoki Mukoyama started the inning hitting the first homerun of the series with a lead off homerun off Andre Pallante. Teruaki Sato chased Pallante with his RBI double to drive in the third run of the inning.

The United States waited until the sixth inning to score off Masamato. A two run homerun from Bryson Stott finished the game for Masamato and tied the game 3-3. The United States added two more runs in the seventh on a two run double from Andrew Vaughn. Dominic Fletcher smashed a two run homer in the eighth. Japan scored one in the eighth and took advantage of two United States errors to score two in the ninth to close to within one. With the tying run on third and the go ahead run on first Max Meyer was able to retire the last hitter on a pop up to earn a sloppy save.

Japan salvaged the last game 4-3 winning it in extra innings. With two runners placed on first and second Japan bunted the runners over a base and Takashi Imino ended the game with a sacrifice fly to center field. Yukiya Ito drove in two runs with a double in the first, Bryson Stott drove in two runs with a single in the fourth. The United States out hit Japan 15-4 but stranded 16 men on base, including not scoring in the tenth and eleventh innings when they put two runners on base.

Beavers More Than Abel to Win NCAA Championship

Friday, June 29th, 2018

The Oregon State Beavers rode the arm of freshman pitcher Kevin Abel to the NCAA championship. He was the winning pitcher in the last three games the Beavers won. He started and threw 95 pitches in the Beavers 5-2 win over Mississippi State that got them to the finals. The Beavers lost the first game of the playoffs against Arkansas, but Abel pitched one inning of relief in the second game and got credit for the victory when Oregon State rallied for the win. Yesterday he pitched nine innings of shutout ball, throwing 129 pitches in their 5-0 win. That is 247 pitches in six days.

He did have three days of rest prior to his one inning of work. The 129 pitch work load is something even major league managers try to control. But Kevin Abel appreciated his manager keeping him in and it was probably pretty sweet to be part of the bottom of that pile after the Beaver victory.

Adley Rutschman collected three hits, his first single driving in the first run to give the Beavers an early 1-0 lead. An error in the first inning scored the second run to give Oregon State an early 2-0 lead. Rutschman made it 3-0 with his RBI single in the third. Finally, in the fifth he started the rally with a single, eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly.

Abel was virtually unhittable in the championship game. The only two hits he gave up were in the third inning. With runners on first and third with one out he got a strikeout and pop up to end the threat. That started a string where Abel retired the last 20 hitters he faced. So despite the 129 pitch count Abel was never stressed in the later innings.

Oregon State wins their third NCAA baseball championship. Arkansas will have to wait until next year to win their first, after coming so close this year. This was the second time they have lost in the finals.

Second Chances Allow Beavers to Advance

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

With one out left to go for a championship the Arkansas Razorbacks gave the Oregon State Beavers a second chance. A foul ball by Cadyn Greiner bounced into the campfire of three Razorback players pursuing the ball. Given a second chance Greiner singed to tie the game 3-3. Trevor Lamach followed with a two run homer to give the Beavers a 5-3 win, forcing a game three.

After Kevin Abel gave up a leadoff single to Jax Biggers to start the bottom of the ninth and bring up the top of the Razorbacks order, Jake Mullholland was called from the pen. He gave the Razorbacks no second chances, striking out the first hitter he faced and getting Casey Martin to ground into a back to the box game ending double play.

Razorbacks Take the Opener

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Oregon State went with their ace Luke Heimlich. He had his third unimpressive start, all occurring after the major league draft when major league teams passed on selecting him. The Royals are considering signing him, but a sexual assault case against his 6 year old niece when he was 15 haunts him. He pitched well until the fifth, going into the inning with a one hitter. In the fifth inning he could only retire the first hitter he faced. A walk, two singles, two hit by pitches and an error followed resulting in a Razorback four run outburst that gave them a 4-1 victory in the first game between the two teams.

Grant Koch drove in the only run for the Razorbacks with a single. The other three runs were driven in by a walk, hit by pitch and fielder’s choice. Blaine Knight worked six innings for the Razorbacks allowing just one run. Matt Cronin pitched the last inning, retiring the side in order to pick up the save.

The two teams square off tonight. A win by the Razorbacks would give them their first NCAA baseball championship.

Oregon State Advances to Finals

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Oregon State scored five runs in the third to down Mississippi State 5-2 to advance to the College World Series finals. Kevin Abel went seven innings, allowing just one run and Tyler Malone blasted a three run shot in the third to lead the charge.

Mississippi State, noted for their comebacks this year, had scored a run in the bottom of the ninth and had the bases loaded with the winning run coming to bat. He grounded out to end the game.

Oregon State now faces Arkansas for a best two out of three championship. Arkansas has never won a College World Series but played in the finals in 1979. Oregon State won back to back championships in 2006 and 2007.

Florida Eliminated; Oregon State Stays Alive

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Oregon State 12 Mississippi State 2

Oregon State erupted for six runs in the first two innings and Mississippi State could not mount a comeback to address the early offense. Brandon Eisert pitched 5.1 innings of one hit relief to earn the victory. Nick Madrigal and Trevor Lamach led all hitters with three hits apiece. Madrigal drove in two runs and scored twice while Lamach drove in three and scored twice. The Bulldog pitchers helped the cause by walking 9 Beaver hitters.

Oregon State will play Mississippi State in the finals for the right to play Arkansas in the best two out of three championship.

Arkansas 5 Florida 2

The Gators had the more glorified pitching staff but the Razorbacks showed they had some arms. Isaiah Campbell no hit the Gators through the first four innings until he gave up two runs on two hits in the fifth. By then Arkansas had built him a 4-0 lead, fueled by the RBI single and solo homerun by Dominic Fletcher in the second and fourth innings. Jake Reindl and Matt Cronin shut the Florida bats down on one hit for the last 3.2 innings. Florida went with their ace Brady Singer, but he was not effective getting tagged for four runs in just five innings.

Gators Eliminate Texas Tech in College World Series

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Only one game was played in the College World Series. The Florida Gators used their bats to eliminate Texas Tech 9-6 in the finals of the elimination bracket. Jack Leftwich pitched six shutout innings and J.J. Schwartz slugged a two run homer to give Florida an early 6-0 lead. Jonathan India scored the first run for the Gators in the fourth with a walk, a wild pitch, a stolen base and another wild pitch to score.

The Red Raiders knocked Leftwich out of the game with a three spot in the seventh. Florida responded with a three spot in the top of the eighth and Texas Tech stayed in the game with a three spot of their own in the bottom frame. Michael Byrne came on with the bases loaded and two out, giving up a two run single to Grant Little before retiring the final hitter. Little finished the game with three RBIs. The Gators scored an extra insurance run in the ninth but Byrne did not need it, retiring Texas Tech in order in the bottom of the ninth.

The final four teams are set. Oregon State plays Mississippi State and needs to beat them twice to advance to the finals. The Florida Gators play Arkansas and need to beat them twice to advance to the finals. The finals are a best two out of three. Both Oregon State and Florida beat the team that knocked them into the elimination bracket when they played them in the finals of the elimination bracket.

College World Series Update - Oregon State Advances

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Oregon State 11 North Carolina 6

The Beavers scored four runs each in the eighth and ninth innings to overcome a 6-3 deficit and defeat the Tarheels. Adley Rutschman had the big hit with a three run double in the eighth inning to tie the game. Rutschman also hit a solo homerun in the first inning to get the scoring started for the Beavers. Luke Heimlich had his second straight ineffective start lasting only 2.2 innings before giving up six hits and three runs.

After the Rutschman double three straight walks allowed the go ahead run to score. Nick Madrigal started the ninth inning with a double and Tyler Malone connected on a two run blast to tack on four more insurance runs, advancing Oregon State to the winner’s bracket to play Mississippi State. The Tarheels go home to think about next year.

Arkansas 7 Texas Tech 4

The Razorbacks won the winner’s bracket game 7-4, Dominic Fletcher driving in four of the runs on a 4 for 4 spree. His two run double in the first inning gave the Razorbacks an early 2-0 lead. He led off the fourth inning with a homerun and added an RBI single in the eighth. Texas Tech drops to the elimination bracket to play the number one seed Florida.

Myworld envisions an Oregon State vs Florida College World Series with Oregon State coming out on top, though Mississippi State seems to be living a charmed existence in these games.

College World Series Update

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

The surprising Mississippi State Bulldogs are heading to the finals of the winner’s bracket in Bracket One. They lost their coach three games into the season and have put together three walk off victories in their surprising run to the finals.

Mississippi State 12 North Carolina 2

No walkoff needed here. An eight run eighth put the game away against the Tar Heels. Jordan Westburg drove in seven runs for the Bulldogs in the win. He hit a grand slam in the second inning to give State a 4-1 lead. His single in the eighth helped fuel the eight run rally. In his second at bat of the inning he punched a ticket to the winner’s bracket clearing the bases with a three run double to make it 12-2. Konnor Pilkington worked six innngs, giving up two runs to get the win.

Oregon State 14 Washington 5

Oregon State got two or more RBIs from five different players, scoring 14 runs in innings 5 through 8, eliminating the Huskies from the tournament.

Florida 6 Texas 1

The number one seed in the tournament kept their hopes alive with a 6-1 win. Jonathan India had a 3-run homer and drove in four runs to lead the offense. Jackson Kowar shut down the Longhorns offense with 13 whiffs in 6.2 innings, giving up just one run. Michael Byrne worked the last two innings to secure the win.