TCU ‘honored’ to host stiff competition in regional

first_imgFacebook Garrett Podell Linkedin ReddIt Twitter ReddIt World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Mitchell Traver pitches against Texas in the Big 12 Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Twitter Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Garrett Podell Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ printUpdate 7 p.m.: Due to inclement weather the opening regional games have been postponed until Saturday. Virgina and Dallas Baptist will play at 2 p.m. and TCU and Central Connecticut at 7 p.m. All games will be televised on ESPN3. If the Horned Frogs want to make a fourth consecutive trip to the College World Series, they’ll be doing it the hard way.TCU’s reward for garnering the No. 6 national seed is hosting one of the toughest regionals in the country with University of Virginia, Dallas Baptist, and Central Connecticut state coming to Lupton Stadium this weekend.“We feel very honored to have the privilege to host, it’s not something we take lightly,” TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “We look forward to a great weekend for baseball.”UVA has won 22 of its last 29 games behind .400 hitter Adam Haseley and Pavin Smith, who set the team’s single-season RBI record with 72. Both are projected to be top ten picks in the upcoming MLB Draft. The Cavaliers have won 42 games this season, the same number as the Frogs.DBU, a team that has clubbed 84 home runs, matched TCU, Florida, Louisville and LSU as the only teams with 40 wins in each of the past four seasons. The Patriots are also coming into Fort Worth on fire, winning 22 of their last 26 games.Central Connecticut State has won 13 of its 15 games and led the Northeast Conference in team ERA.“I don’t know Dallas Baptist’s RPI, but I know they’re really good because we see them all the time and play them all the time,” Schlossnagle said. “To be frank, Virginia was a team that more than deserved to be a very high seed and host a regional. Why that didn’t happen, I don’t know. Any time a program like that is a two-seed in any regional, it makes it very very strong. Central Connecticut has won 36 games.”The Frogs are 17-3 all-time in regional games at Lupton Stadium, and they’ve won six regional championships in the last nine seasons.Playing without Luken BakerThe Horned Frogs are playing without superstar first baseman Luken Baker since he suffered a hairline fracture, a ligament injury and muscle tear in his left arm, requiring surgery that ended his sophomore season.“Obviously you can’t replace Luken Baker, but we don’t need to because everyone on this team knows their role and can do their job well,” pitcher Mitchell Traver said. “That’s a great bat to have in the lineup, but we’re confident in who we put out there.”The player filling Baker’s spot in the lineup has been freshman backup catcher Zach Humphreys who has primarily hit in the designated hitter spot since Baker’s injury.“He’s hit some home runs, a double, triple or two, but, it’s more about getting on base, as well as allowing Evan [Skoug] and Cam [Warner] and other guys to remain in their same spots in the lineup,” Schlossnagle said. “He handles the bat really well, he hits deep in counts, which we like, and he’s not afraid to take a walk. Having [Austen] Wade there at leadoff and if Humphreys can do what he does, then it sets the table nicely for Nolan [Brown], Evan, and Cam.”TCU designated hitter Zach Humphreys collects a hit against Texas in the Big 12 Tournament. (Photo courtesy of the last six games, Humphreys is hitting .304 and led the team in RBI at the Big 12 Tournament with five. He’s also drawn three walks for a .393 on-base percentage.“We’ve played for three weeks without Luken,” Schlossnagle said. “What’s been really good since then is that we’ve really pitched, especially from a starting pitching perspective.”Starting pitching heating up at the right time Nick Lodolo, Jared Janczak, Brian Howard and Mitchell Traver turned in their best collective week, going 3-0 with a 1.29 earned-run average at the Big 12 tournament.Janczak, who was named a third-team All-American Thursday, has pitched eight scoreless innings since returning from an injury that sidelined him for about a month.After every start he makes, Schlossnagle said he feels more and more comfortable letting Janczak pitch deeper in games.“I don’t think there’s any more limit on him than there is on anyone else, and he went 72 pitches last week,” Schlossnagle said. “I would think he could at least go that or a tick more than that, but, probably not as much as Howard did in his game against Kansas.”Howard pitched a complete game shutout against Kansas on May 26, striking out a career-high 12 batters.Traver matched career highs with seven innings and eight strikeouts.Lodolo allowed runs in only one of the seven innings he pitched against Kansas, leaving with the game tied.Bullpen YouthThe Horned Frogs also have faith in their young bullpen, even though this will be the first NCAA Tournament run for most of the relievers.“From a pitching standpoint, the energy is higher because you’re playing for a national championship and you can only lose so many games before you can’t play anymore,” Traver said. “We have a full season under our belt, and they’ve already been in big spots, so they need just go one pitch at a time, and they’ll be fine.”Seven of the 15 pitchers used this season are first-year students, while four others are sophomores. The seven first-year players have contributed 45.8 percent, 238.2 innings, of TCU’s innings pitched this season.TCU catcher Evan Skoug, who was named a second-team All-American Thursday, said he’s learned to adapt to each of the younger pitchers as the season has progressed.“For me, it’s just continuing to work hard behind the plate for them and for them to have faith in me during those big spots and just recognizing some of their emotions and expressions, to calm them down or fire them up, whatever the situation dictates,” Skoug said. “I’m living in the freshmen dorms so right now I’m really connecting with some of the young players, which has helped me understand how they react and respond.”Pitching PlanIn TCU’s first game of the regional, Schlossnagle has elected to send senior right-hander Mitchell Traver to the mound.“Mitchell is pitching, and then we’ll see how the games go,” Schlossnagle said. “I want to watch the games, but I have a good idea of what we want to do.”First pitch for the Horned Frog’s matchup with Central Connecticut State Friday is set for 8 p.m. at Lupton Stadium. 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The Disco Biscuits Drop Super Mario-Themed New Year’s Video [Pro-Shot]

first_imgThis past weekend, The Disco Biscuits finished off their four-night run at PlayStation Theater in the heart of New York city by ringing in 2018 with a special video game-themed New Year’s Eve celebration. Featuring three extensive sets from the band, the Biscuits weaved in between their classic original numbers and themes from old-school video games such as Tetris, Super Mario, Duck Tales, and more.The Disco Biscuits Level Up With Video Game-Themed New Year’s Show [Watch]To set the tone for the rest of the night, to kick off the group’s second set, the Disco Biscuits’ opened with a jubilant take on the Super Mario theme, using the upbeat melody as a jumpoff point for an extensive jam rife with video game sounds and intense energy. Throughout the second set, the band kept up with the video game tones, using them throughout their classic numbers like “Aceetobee” and a return to “Basis For A Day”.You can check out a newly released video of the Disco Biscuits’ cover of the Super Mario theme below, courtesy of the band.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | PlayStation Theater | New York, NY | 12/31/2017I: Pac Man-> Caves of the East-> Basis for a Day-> Duck Tales Moon Board, Helicopters-> Bionic Helix-> And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night (inverted)-> 42 (ending)II: Super Mario-> Aceetobee-> Basis for a Day-> Tetris-> Aquatic Ape (inverted)-> AceetobeeIII: Little Lai-> Super Mario Underworld Jam-> Little Lai, Mindless Dribble-> 7-11-> Basis for a Day, Strobelights & Martinis-> HelicoptersE: Frog Legslast_img read more

Davie Police Chief Placed on Leave for Alleged Disparaging Remarks About Late Broward Sheriff’s Deputy

first_imgA high-ranking member of law enforcement in South Florida is under investigation.Davie Police Chief Dale Engle has been placed on administrative leave over allegedly disparaging remarks about the sexual orientation of a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy who died earlier this month from complications of COVID-19.The Broward County Fraternal Order of Police says that Engle claimed the death of BSO Deputy Shannon Bennett was partially due to his “homosexual lifestyle.”Mike Tucker, chief of staff of the Florida Fraternal Order of Police, sent a letter to the Davie town manager last Tuesday. Tucker’s letter said that officers and service aides who expressed worry about the virus were sent to a back parking lot. Here, Engle “allegedly berated them, and yelled about a ‘…backstory’ which proclaimed that Deputy Shannon Bennett contracted and died from the virus because he was a “homosexual who attended homosexual ‘sexual’ events.”Bennett, who was a 12-year veteran of the BSO, was gay and was planning to marry his partner in December.He died at a hospital on April 2, according to officials, after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.Late Saturday night, a spokesperson for the Town of Davie confirmed that Engle has been placed on leave.1/2 Town Administrator Richard J. Lemack Has Issued the Following Statement Regarding Police Chief Dale Engle:As of April 11, 2020, Police Chief Dale Engle was placed on Administrative leave pending further review of allegations brought forward by the Fraternal Order of Police.— Town of Davie, FL (@TownofDavie) April 12, 2020 A statement reads, “Police Chief Dale Engle was placed on administrative leave pending further review of allegations brought forward by the Fraternal Order of Police. The allegations will be investigated in accordance with the Town’s Equal Employment Opportunity compliance policy by outside counsel.”last_img read more

COVID-19: Ghana U-17, U-20 teams given special permission to resume training

first_imgPresident of the Republic of Ghana. H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has granted approval for the Black Starlets and the Black Satellites to resume camping following an appeal by the leadership of the Ghana Football Association through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.The approval was captured in a letter communicated to the GFA, dated August 11, 2020 and signed by Nana Bediatuo Asante, Secretary to the President.“Approval has been granted for the teams for the U-17 Tournament and U-20 Tournament to resume camping to enable the team prepare for their respective competitions. This approval is granted subject to the strict adherence to the prescribed protective. Please accept the President’s best wishes” the letter stated.The two National teams broke camp in March, following suspension on public gathering and all sports activities as part of the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.Reacting to the news, GFA General Secretary, Prosper Harrison Addo (Esq,), thanked the President for approval to the request of the Association.“We are extremely happy that the Presidency has swiftly approved our plea and we are extremely grateful to His Excellency” said Prosper Harrison Addo“The GFA would like to also thank the Office of the President and the Secretary of the President, the Chief of Staff, the Sports Minister and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Government COVID-19 Task Force and the National Sports Authority” Mr. Addo added.The Black Starlets have been preparing for an upcoming WAFU Championship slated for Benin from October 17 to 31, 2020. While the Satellites also gear up for their upcoming WAFU Zone B tournament scheduled for Togo from November 14-29, 2020. The 2021 U-20 AFCON tournament is scheduled for Mauritania. Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more