After starting the young season with six consecutive losses, three of which were by one run each, the Badger’s softball team left the ‘Bama Bash tournament last weekend on a hot streak. The team closed out the weekend’s affairs with two straight victories over quality opponents.The first win of the season came at the hands of East Carolina and could be attributed to the starting pitching of senior Leah Vanevenhoven, who threw six innings of shutout ball. Vanevenhoven, combined with lights out reliever Letty Olivarez, held the Pirates to five hits throughout the entire game in the Badger’s 3-1 victory. Olivarez came in with an inherited runner on second, and although she surrendered the Pirates’ lone run, any hope for a comeback was diminished when she struck out the final batter of the game.The tandem would not be outdone.The following day the two teamed up again to hand Notre Dame its third loss of the season. Vanevenhoven and Olivarez combined to pitch a three hit shutout in the Badgers’ 2-0 win.In the bottom of the third inning, Olivarez ultimately helped the cause when she cranked a two-run homer over the left field wall, giving the Badgers the early lead. Once Olivarez replaced Vanevenhoven in the circle, ironically, it was the latter player’s arm who preserved the lead. Vanevenhoven tracked down a deep fly to right field with a runner on third, and then gunned her out after the runner tagged up. Olivarez’s two saves and Vanevenhoven’s 2-0 record with a .7 ERA over ten innings earned them both spots on the tournament team.This weekend the team travels to Albuquerque, N.M., where it will play five games between Friday and Sunday at the Lobo Invitational. This upcoming tournament represents a softer part of the Badgers’ brutal early season schedule, as none of the teams the Badgers will play have cracked the NCAAs top 25.At last weekend’s tournament, the Badgers faced Alabama, the nation’s No.1 team. Combined with games against Long Beach State, Fresno State and Notre Dame, all teams that have been ranked in the polls or received votes for the top 25, and the 2-6 record is understandable. This weekend the Badgers will face Texas Tech twice, Drake twice and New Mexico once — all teams that haven’t even broken the top 25.The New Mexico Lobos bring a 3-5 record to their own tournament while the Texas Tech Red Raiders come in riding a six-game losing streak. Granted, the Badgers are only 2-6, but with such a difficult early schedule and a two-game win streak over solid programs, the Badgers have plenty to be optimistic about.Not only will Vanevenhoven’s arm be crucial to this weekend success, but her team best .444 batting average at last weekend’s tournament will also be vital if the Badgers are to have any success this weekend.Another key component to the Badger’s offensive attack will have to be senior Nicole Whaley, who is hitting .286 with five RBIs and four walks while playing one of softball’s most demanding positions: catcher.Regardless of who steps up this weekend, their efforts will be negligible if the Badgers don’t maintain their current trend of strong pitching and defense.
Facebook Twitter Google+ CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — As Syracuse midfielder Peter Dearth raced down the field, his teammate Nick Mellen stood over Virginia attack Michael Kraus, staring down UVA’s leading scorer. As Dearth scored, Mellen motioned to the UVA bench before pounding his chest and yelling out loud.Syracuse jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead because Mellen forced a Kraus turnover on the first possession that led to a fastbreak goal on the other end. When the first half whistle sounded, Virginia led SU 5-4. Kraus had either scored or assisted on every first-half goal.After antagonizing Kraus on the first play of the game, Mellen struggled to slow him down for the remaining 59 minutes as Kraus led No. 4 seed UVA (11-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) over No. 1 seed Syracuse (7-6, 4-0 Atlantic Coast), 11-10, at Klockner Stadium on Friday night in the ACC tournament semifinals.Here are three reactions from SU’s early exit.Michael Kraus proves dominantAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Virginia tacked on each goal in the first half, Kraus’ point total kept rising. The attack found himself the focal point of every offensive opportunity.Behind 3-2, Kraus tried to force his way toward cage against Mellen, but the defender held his position firmly, forcing Kraus behind the cage. But instead of dishing the ball, as he had done in the early minutes, Kraus curled back around the right side of SU goalie Dom Madonna. Mellen draped himself all over Kraus, but still the sophomore found space and rifled in a shot over his left shoulder and past Madonna.When he didn’t shoot, because the SU defense collapsed on him, Kraus found open attackers, notching three assists in the first half, as the Orange failed to protect the cage when it slid. Kraus’ teammates proved beneficiaries.SU’s offense can’t compete with UVA’sIn Syracuse’s first matchup with Virginia — despite escaping with a 12-11 win — the offense was denied by UVA goalie Alex Rode 15 times, and that trend continued Friday night at Klockner Stadium, as Rode added 10 saves.Early in the second quarter, SU earned a two-man-up opportunity. As the Orange swiftly moved the ball around the perimeter, Stephen Rehfuss cut out from behind the cage onto the right side of Rode. Quickly, Rehfuss’ teammates found him wide open, but as he ripped a shot low, Rode quickly reacted to stuff the attack and end his team’s two-man disadvantage.Continuously SU fired shots from the perimeter, unable to beat Rode.On Wednesday, ahead of SU and Virginia’s ACC tournament semifinals matchup, UVA head coach Lars Tiffany told The Daily Orange that he thought one of the most impressive parts of SU’s team was how the young offensive weapons grew from the first matchup. He didn’t have the same depth among his young players, he said.But while Rode dominated in cage, Matt Moore also thrived in the open field. The freshman midfielder notched five points on the day, taking over in the second half. At the end of the third quarter, when SU began gaining some momentum, Moore shut the door with a goal from 15 yards out and just 10.8 seconds remaining in the quarter.Syracuse struggles at the faceoff XIn the two teams’ first matchup in early March, Syracuse took advantage of Virginia’s defense by simply dominating possession and forcing the defenders to play more. SU won the faceoff battle 16-11 in that first contest.In this game, though, Danny Varello and the faceoff crew couldn’t muster the same success. Virginia beat SU in the faceoff X 18-7, forcing SU to do more offensively with fewer opportunities.And when SU did finally manage to win the faceoff, it often resulted in turnovers, poor shots or the back of Rode’s pocket. Comments Published on April 27, 2018 at 11:11 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Over the past four weeks, 22 participants from 10 different counties in Michigan have prepared to become correctional officers. They’ve learned correctional law, ethics, stress management, and subject control among other things.Instructor Larry Thomson says that these students are now ready to enter any jail in the state and do the job. “I believe these students that graduated today are more than ready to go into the jails of their employment and do the job,” he said. “Certainly, we learn everyday. If there is a day that goes by we don’t learn something, then we probably haven’t done our job, but I’m very confident confident that these 22 young people will go out and do the job that’s expected of them.”Initially, the academy had been postponed due to COVID–19 concerns, and extra precautions were taken. Graduate of the academy and member of the Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department Kayla Varney says that made learning a little different. “I don’t think it affected us too bad,” she said. “It was different. It was weird to mask up or glove up all the time. That was definitely different.”Now that they’ve completed the academy, these graduates are now able to work at any jail in the state. There were two graduates from Alpena County, one from Presque Isle and one from Montmorency.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena community collegeContinue ReadingPrevious Enbridge responds regarding temporary restraining orderNext Health department warns of possible coronavirus exposure at a party in Alpena County