Cody Winiarski kept the Waterloo hitters off balance all night in seven scoreless innings, striking out eight while walking none and scattering four hits.[/media-credit]Harold Riggins did not wait long Wednesday night to let everyone know he was back in the Mallards’ starting lineup.With a runner on in the second, the first baseman drove a first pitch fastball from Waterloo starter Chris Pack over the wall in right center to give his team a 2-0 lead.“He just put it right where I wanted it,” Riggins said of Pack. “It was an elevated fastball, away like belt high and I just saw it and crushed it. It felt pretty good for my first swing coming back.”Riggins was not done, singling twice in the game as well to finish 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He was not the only one hitting well in the game either, as Madison posted 12 runs on 15 hits en route to a 12-0 victory over Waterloo.His first home run proved to be enough, however, as the Mallards got a brilliant pitching performance from starter Cody Winiarski. The righty threw seven scoreless innings, scattering four hits and striking out eight to earn his third win of the season and lower his ERA to 1.84.“It was nice; double digit runs always seem to make it easier as a pitcher,” Winiarski said. “I felt like I was in control the whole time. It seems the last couple times I’ve pitched at home our guys have put up double digit numbers and it just makes it easy for me.”Winiarski’s performance along with strong defense and timely hitting made for a much different game than the previous night.After dropping an ugly 6-3 game Tuesday, the Mallards came back Wednesday with a lot more energy and focus on getting the job done against the Bucks.“I think the guys were to the point where they were thinking ‘let’s put our best foot forward,’” manager C.J. Thieleke said. “I felt from the start of the day that we were really focused and most of the time that carries over to the game.”Riggins got things started with his home run and the rest of the team followed suit. Just two batters after his two-run blast, Troy Channing crushed a ball out to left with a runner on to make it 4-0 with none out in the second.The Mallards kept the inning going, eventually scoring one more run and loading the bases before Riggins grounded out to end the inning.Even with a 5-0 lead, Thieleke’s squad was not satisfied, however, as they added a run in the fourth, four more in the fifth, one more in the sixth and another in the eighth to make it 12-0.“It’s always good to keep pounding a team,” Riggins said. “It gives other hitters confidence and makes the pitcher’s job that much easier. Putting up more runs instead of just cruising always makes for a better result in the end.”Shortstop Joe DePinto was a major part of keeping things going offensively, driving in three runs on a double down the line in left as a part of the four-run fifth inning.Another hitter that hit well on the night was second baseman Mark Ginther, who doubled twice and scored three runs while going 3-for-4 on the night.Ginther also combined with third baseman J.R. Graham in the fifth inning on a double play that helped Winiarski escape his toughest inning of the night.“That double play was huge,” Winiarski said. “They had guys on first and second, and I was able to get the batter to roll over for the grounder. The first time up he (Troy White) hit the ball hard right up the middle for the second hit of the game, but this time I got him on a slider to roll over to third base for the double play.”The Bucks got two on again with one out in the sixth, but Winiarski retired the next two batters to get out of the inning. Waterloo got just one hit — a double in the ninth off reliever Jacob Esch — in the game’s final three innings.With the win, Madison improves to 14-6 and snaps its two-game losing streak while avoiding its first sweep of the season and moving into a first place tie with the Eau Claire Express. Waterloo drops to 6-14 and remains in last place in the South Division of the Northwoods League.
Published on March 26, 2014 at 12:08 am Contact Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Stephen_Bailey1 While George McDonald’s new spread offense is at the forefront of Syracuse football this spring, the offensive line in front of it is mid-shuffle.Right guard Nick Robinson is out with a lower-body injury. Right tackle Ivan Foy is suspended from team activities due to academics. Center Macky MacPherson graduated.In their places is a five-man unit with only one starter, left tackle Sean Hickey, returning to the same position while left guard Rob Trudo is shifting under center.“I definitely think there’ll be some chemistry that Nick, Ivan and I will have to pick up on,” Trudo said, “but I don’t think it’ll be that detrimental because we’ve got all summer to work, all fall camp, before the start of the season.”Four days into the spring session, the makeshift line of Hickey, left guard Omari Palmer, Trudo, right guard Kyle Knapp and right tackle Michael Lasker Jr. has begun to gain a rhythm. Lasker played crucial snaps in Syracuse’s 34–31 bowl-clinching victory, while Palmer played primarily on the field-goal unit and Knapp was severely limited due to a head injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU head coach Scott Shafer said he likes the competitiveness of the unit, but with only two full-contact practices under their belts it’s hard to draw too many conclusions this early.“I think we need more reps,” Shafer said. “I’m anxious to watch the film from today because we’ve kind of put the whole install in now. There’s really nothing new on their plate, so it’ll be telling after we watch some film.”At the center of the change is Trudo. Coming to Syracuse three years ago, he learned the center position and took the majority of his repetitions there. But after he found a quicker route to the field at the guard position, he spent all of last season starting between Hickey and MacPherson.Now he’s back in the middle and working hard to get on the same page as quarterback Terrel Hunt.“Sometimes the snaps are here,” Hunt said, pointing toward his waist, “or sometimes my communication needs to be better. But I trust Rob. He’s been blocking for a few years. I trust Rob with my life.”On Trudo’s left is the 6-foot-2, 309-pound Palmer. Trudo and Hickey agreed he’s taken the starting role well after playing sparingly last season.On the other side of the line is Knapp, who went through a tumultuous freshman year after suffering a head injury in practice. While he did not practice Tuesday due to the flu, teammates agreed he’s taken to the guard position quickly.“He hates when he’s not on the field playing so it was hard on him (last year),” Trudo said. “I think he was anxious and eager to get out on the football field.“Then there’s Lasker, who filled in for Hickey against the Eagles and is easily the most prepared of the three new starters. Hickey said he’s confident enough in Lasker’s abilities to spend the majority of his time mentoring backups Jon Burton and Jamar McGloster.After Hickey went down in the second series against Pittsburgh on Nov. 23, Lasker was thrown into the mix and struggled. But one week later, with preparation as a starter, he improved dramatically against the Eagles. “Now we’re relying on him because of that experience and that learning that he went through last year,” Hickey said, “so we can focus our teaching on other players.”The new linemen in the rotation are improving by the day. But come fall when Robinson and Foy are expected to return, it will have to shuffle back.Still, Trudo and Hickey agreed that with the rate at which offensive linemen get injured, having a deep group prepared will be helpful next season.Said Trudo: “I think that’s more beneficial to the unit as a whole.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — MidMichigan Home Care is providing free virtual grief support for hospice families, communities and individuals throughoutMidMichigan.The program offers one–on–one short–term bereavement counseling, as well as a few memorial services in the summer, fall and winter.According to Home Care Bereavement Support Coordinator, Candice Woodfield, they have seen success with the virtual setting.Woodfield attributes the success to its relaxed atmosphere and similarity to that of an in–person setting.She said she noticed an increase in participation because of COVID–19 as many were suffering from depression and anxiety due to losses.Woodfield also added that she began the virtual group because of the lack of social support needed during this critical time.She feels peer support, empathetic listening, and education on grief have played key factors in helping participants cope.Grief support groups are held every other Tuesday from 1–2 pm.For registration you can phone 989–633–1437.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Presque Isle County reports first death due to COVID-19Next Local health center offers new service to patients