6/30/2016: @LCSettlers at @JazzBaseball Preview

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The Richmond Jazz are set to host the Licking County Settlers on Jun. 30.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Don McBride Stadium in Richmond, IN.

The Settlers are 13-10, the Jazz are 7-15.

 

LAST TIME OUT

Licking County is currently riding a six-game win streak that began on Jun. 24th with a 7-5 win on the road against the Hamilton Joes. The most recent game for the Setters was a 10-2 win on Jun. 29th against the Lake Erie Monarchs.

Richmond was on a three-game win streak after a sweep of Irish Hills on Jun. 25th and taking game-one from Lorain County on Jun. 28th. However, the Jazz dropped game two at Lorain County, 13-3.

 

LICKING COUNTY SETTLERS

The Settlers’ (13-10) team batting average for the 2016 season is .275. Mason McClellan leads Licking County in batting with a .350 average, 60 at-bats, 9 runs, 21 hits, has batted 12 runs in this season, and has an OBP of .443. Cody Maw and Kaleb Kirk have spent the most time on the mound this season, each having thrown 25 innings. Maw has compiled a 3-1 record with a 2.52 ERA. Maw has given up 18 hits, 7 runs (all earned), 2 base-on-balls, and has sruckout 22 batters. Kirk has a 2-1 record after giving up 27 hits, 17 runs (15 earned), one walk, and has thrown 18 strikeouts. Ethan Walker and Bryan Cruse are not strangers to the mound either. Walker and Cruse combine for a total of 42.2 innings thrown, and both have ERAs under 2.2. Licking County is coached by Joe Noro.

 

RICHMOND JAZZ

The Jazz (7-15) currently bat .241 as a team. Bobby Thompson leads currently leads the way for the Jazz with a .314 average  in 86 at-bats, scoring 13 runs off 22 hits, and batting 17 runs in. Chayse Hood and Dylan Bradshaw each carry a .333 average, but both have fewer than 10 at-bats. Pete Wissel continues to show strong improvement on the mound. Wissel has put in 14 innings of work, coming out of the bullpen in all five games pitched. Wissel has a 1.93 ERA, and an 0-1 record. He has given up seven hits, five runs (three earned), and has only given up five bases-on-balls. John Troll has spent more time out on the hill than any other Richmond pitcher. Troll has thrown 25.2 innings in five games, all of which Troll started. Troll has given up 37 hits, 25 runs (21 earned), 15 base-on-balls, and has thrown 14 strikeouts. Troll is 1-3 with a 7.36 ERA. On Jun. 28th, Richmond split a doubleheader with Lorain County. Richmond took the first game 6-2. The Jazz scored three runs in the first inning off an RBI double by Brennan Laird, an RBI single by Thompson, and an RBI single by Slater Rush. Laird ended up with three RBIs and three hits for the game. Troll took the win for his first of the season. He gave up two rus over seven innings, striking out two, walking two, and giving up eight hits. The Richmond Jazz dropped game two. Nick Horvath suffered his first loss of the year after allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings, as well as walking two and striking out two.

 

FOLLOW THE GAME

John Cate Field at Don McBride Stadium is located at 201 NW 13th St. Richmond, IN 47374.

The game will be broadcast live by http://www.RadioTroy.com.

For updates, follow @JazzBaseball on Twitter or Like Richmond Jazz on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

Colts | Luck signs six-year deal

INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Luck will not come close to seeing his first NFL free agency.

The Colts and Luck made sure of that on Wednesday, when they officially signed a new contract through the 2021 season.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be part of the Colts,” Luck said on Wednesday, after signing the new six-year deal. “To have this deal done, it’s great. It’s sort of fun to start a second chapter, a second phase, with the Colts.

“I truly appreciate Mr. Irsay and the Irsay family for the level of commitment and trust they’ve shown in me. I’ve loved being a Colt and I’ll continue to love being a Colt. It won’t change my process or preparation in any way. It’s all about winning and we understand that in this building. It’s a great winning franchise that knows how to win. We need to get back to the playoffs and give ourselves a chance to get to the Super Bowl.”

Contract talks between the Colts and Luck’s agent (his uncle, Will Wilson) picked up pace this offseason.

Luck, who turns 27 years old in September, was entering the final year of his rookie contract and could have become a free agent in 2017 (although the Colts could have applied the franchise tag to their quarterback).

Those possible scenarios won’t be necessary now with the six-year deal complete.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Owner/CEO Jim Irsay said on Wednesday afternoon of Luck’s new deal. “Yes, it’s a great financial commitment, but it’s a blessing to be able to have a great franchise quarterback. What (Luck’s) accomplished in these first four years is really somewhat unprecedented.

“I don’t take for granted the fact that Andrew sacrificed dollars for his teammates and for the organization, for the chance to win. It doesn’t surprise me, but it’s also something I don’t take for granted. This process was quiet, smooth, productive and now we have a six-year deal done. It’s a big deal for the franchise that we got this done.”

Ever since Luck and the Colts began receiving questions about the second contract for No. 12, both parties made it clear an agreement would get done.

That goal, of having contract talks behind them with Training Camp now less than a month away, has been achieved.

With Luck now inked up for good, the Colts have added another pillar to the core group of their offense.

Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (August 2015), left tackle Anthony Castanzo (September 2015) and tight end Dwayne Allen (March 2016) have all signed multi-year extensions in the last 12 months. The team also drafted center Ryan Kelly in the first-round of this year’s NFL Draft.

Luck will be 32 years old, and 10 years into his NFL career, when this new deal expires after the 2021 season.

The decision to have Luck join the names above was a no brainer for the Colts.

Since being taken No. 1 overall back in 2012, Luck has led the Colts to the postseason three different times, winning a trio of postseason contests.

Luck’s achievements after four NFL seasons rival that of any other quarterback:

  • Named to three consecutive Pro Bowls following the 2012-14 seasons.
  • Became the fifth quarterback since 1970 to record 30 victories in the first three seasons of a career. Tied Dan Marino and Matt Ryan (33) for the second-most wins among Super Bowl-era starting quarterbacks in their first three seasons.
  • His 12,957 passing yards from 2012-14 are the most of any NFL player in his first three seasons and his 86 touchdown passes set a new franchise record and ranks second only to Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (98) for the most in a player’s first three years.
  • Threw his 100th career touchdown pass in his 55th career game, which is tied for the fourth fastest quarterback to reach the milestone in NFL history.
  • In 2014 set a new franchise record for the most passing yards in a single season (4,761) surpassing Peyton Manning’s 2010 record of 4,700 yards.
  • Posted 10 300-yard passing games in 2014 which set a single-season franchise record (Manning, nine in 2004).
  • Became the first player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards in five consecutive road contests from Sept. 7 – Nov. 3, 2014.
  • Was the first player in NFL history to post consecutive games with at least 370 passing yards, four or more touchdown passes, a completion percentage above 70 percent and one or no interceptions (Sept. 21, 2014 at Jax – Sept. 28, 2014 vs. Ten).
  • Holds the NFL record for the most passing yards through a player’s first five postseason games (1,703) and became the first player in NFL history to pass for 250-plus yards in each of his first five career playoff games.
  • Recorded the most passing yards (4,374), attempts (627) and 300-yard passing games (six) by a rookie in NFL history.
  • Became the first quarterback selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft to start a postseason game as a rookie.

Indy Indians | Duncan’s Career Day Helps Tribe Blank Braves

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INDIANAPOLIS (June 29, 2016) – Frank Duncan matched his career high with seven shutout innings as the Indians blanked Gwinnett, 5-0, to take the series victory on Wednesday.

Indianapolis (42-37) scored four runs in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to a two-run double by Dan Gamache. He came through with the bases loaded, followed by RBIs for Willy Garcia and Pedro Florimon.

The Indians weren’t able to add to the lead, but the story of the day was the outing turned in by Duncan (5-3). He worked seven scoreless innings in efficient fashion, throwing just 90 pitches as he scattered five hits and struck out seven to earn his fifth win.

The outing matched Duncan’s career long, a feat he’s accomplished now eight times. His last scoreless seven-inning start came with High-A Bradenton in 2015.

Gwinnett (35-45) saw its newly optioned starter Aaron Blair (3-1) take the loss.

Josh Bell chipped in an RBI single in the seventh to make him 3-for-3 on the day and push the score to 5-0.

The Indians next travel to Toledo to play five games in four days against the Mud Hens.

IU East | Vasha Davis earns KIAC Champion of Character award

FLORENCE, Ky. – Indiana University East senior men’s basketball player Vasha Davis is the 2015-16 male recipient of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Bill Melton Champion of Character Award, the league announced June 28.

Davis is a native of Hammond, Ind., who led the Red Wolves to an outstanding season both on and off the court. Davis led IU East to the NAIA Division II national semifinals as a top player and also provided a great example with his community service.

The KIAC’s Bill Melton Champion of Character Award is named after the former KIAC commissioner and is modeled after the NAIA’s Dr. Leroy Walker Award. The honor promotes and recognizes the core values of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program – respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. Nominations are made by KIAC member athletic departments. Voting is conducted by the KIAC awards committee, made up of athletic directors, coaches and sports information directors around the conference. One male and one female recipient of the Bill Melton Champion of Character Award is selected each year.

“I’m truly grateful to be the recipient, and it’s a testament to going beyond being an athlete,” Davis said. “I’ve learned it is important to incorporate character into your team because it helps shape the values the team shares. It molds the team together and keeps everyone engaged on the task at hand.”

On the court, Davis averaged 12.5 points per game as a KIAC all-conference performer for the Red Wolves. IU East’s season was highlighted by a run to the Fab Four of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. Davis played a key role and earned the national tournament “Hustle Award.”

Davis, the IU East team and head coach Mark Hester were also bestowed with the 2015-16 Buffalo Funds-Five Star Champions of Character Team Award for NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball, which is the equivalent of winning the national championship for Champions of Character efforts.

“During his four years at IU East, Vasha has grown more as a person than anyone I have ever coached in my 16-year career,” Hester said. “His commitment was to becoming the best person he could be by following the NAIA’s five core values, and also sharing those values and being a living example of each one.”

Davis was selected as one of nine IU East students to be a guest speaker at the annual Spirit of Philanthropy luncheon. He also participated in the IU Bicentennial campaign as a representative of the school. He was also an Admissions Ambassador at the school, a member of the Student Activity Advisory Team and a volunteer at Twin Valley South Elementary School.

Academically, Davis appeared on the Dean’s List multiple times during his IU East career.

Indy Indians | Glasnow and Bell Named Triple-A All-Stars

Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell will represent the Indianapolis Indians in the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game on July 13 in Charlotte, N.C. The International League roster was announced Wednesday by the league office.

Glasnow, a right-handed pitcher, was rated the Pirates’ No. 1 prospect and No. 14 overall by Baseball America entering the 2016 campaign. This season he’s gone 7-2 with a 1.70 ERA for the Indians, including a recent run of 13 hitless and 20 scoreless consecutive innings streaks. In June, the 6’ 8” hurler has allowed three earned runs in 34 innings to compile a 0.79 ERA. He leads the IL in strikeouts (105) and is second in ERA (1.70).

Bell, a first baseman, is among the top hitters in the International League. He is the league’s active leader in batting average at .316 with Adam Frazier departing for Pittsburgh on June 24. The switch-hitter is also among the IL’s top hitters in RBIs (2nd, 47), OBP (3rd, .402), and slugging percentage (3rd, .521). Baseball America rated him the Pirates’ No. 2 prospect and 38th overall to begin the season.

Thirteen of the 30 roster slots were determined by an equal combination of fan, field staff, and media voting. The remaining 17 openings were awarded by the International League office.

The International League squad will be opposed by the Pacific Coast League’s top performers. The IL has claimed six of the last seven meetings. Columbus’ Chris Tremie will manage the IL club.

 

The game will be broadcast live on MLB Network, American Forces Network, MiLB.TV and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

 

IPFW | Kelley Hartley Hutton Appointed To NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — IPFW Director of Athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton has been appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee.  The 10-member committee oversees, among other things, the selection, seeding and bracketing for the annual NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship.  Hartley Hutton’s term will begin September 1 and continue through August 31, 2020.
“I’m excited and honored to be selected to the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee and appreciate the Summit League’s nomination,” said Hartley Hutton. “I am honored to be able to give back to the sport I love and will bring the perspective of an administrator, former coach and student-athlete.  I look forward to working with committee members to continue to advance NCAA Women’s Volleyball and build on a sport which already provides an outstanding student-athlete and fan experience.”
Hartley Hutton is entering her third year as the director of athletics at IPFW during 2016-17 after 15 seasons as head coach of the women’s volleyball team (1999-2013), attaining a program-record 314 wins.  She served as the Mastodons Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) and Associate Athletic Director for 12 years, as well.
“This is terrific recognition for IPFW and our athletics department,” said Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein. “This appointment recognizes both Kelley’s leadership and her commitment to the student-athlete experience on a national scope.”
Hartley Hutton led the women’s volleyball program to Summit League Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament berths in 2009 and 2012.  She guided the program to an overall record of 314-162, including 13 winning seasons, two 25-win seasons, 11 20-win seasons, seven consecutive Summit League Tournament appearances (2007-13) and four league tournament championship matches (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012).
A native of Tecumseh, Michigan, Hartley Hutton graduated with a B.A. in public relations from the University of Toledo in 1991.  She played four years with the Rockets, serving as team captain during her junior and senior seasons.  Hartley Hutton earned an M.S. in sport administration from Bowling Green State University in 1993 while completing an internship and working full-time at the Mid-American Conference (MAC) office.
Kelley and her husband, Craig Hutton, reside in Fort Wayne with their daughter, Kennedy.