Posts Tagged: Baseball

Baker dances, dodges trouble to pick up save for Tulsa Drillers

July 7, 2018

They say getting the final out in a professional baseball game is the toughest. Sometimes pitchers make life harder on themselves, but if they throw a 95-mph fastball like Juneau’s Dylan Baker, then mistakes can be erased. The Tulsa Drillers closer was summoned to save the day with ducks on the pond and his team… Read more »

Homza among home run leaders in New England summer league

July 6, 2018

Summer ball is treating Anchorage’s Willy Homza well. The Plymouth Pilgrims slugger from Brown University ranks among the top power hitters in the New England Collegiate Baseball League with five home runs in 18 games. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound infielder is batting .263 with a .561 slugging percentage. Six of his 15 hits have gone for… Read more »

Jonny 2.0 proves to be better than prototype behind the plate

July 5, 2018

Anchorage’s Jonny Homza is thriving in his second season as a minor-league professional baseball player. The 19-year-old utility player is trending the right direction with fewer strikeouts and better defense behind the plate with the San Diego Padres rookie-level team in the Arizona League. Homza, of South High fame, has reached base in 10 of… Read more »

Baker closes door for Tulsa Drillers, picks up 6th save of year

June 23, 2018

As a relief pitcher, Dylan Baker of Juneau never knows when or if he’ll enter a game. Sometimes the situation changes at a moment’s notice. That’s what happened when the Tulsa Drillers beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4-3 in Double-A Texas League action. Trailing 3-1 entering the eighth inning, Tulsa exploded for three runs to… Read more »

Homza scores winning run for minor-league team in Arizona

June 22, 2018

Anchorage’s Jonny Homza reached base three times and scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning to lift the San Diego Padres rookie-level team to a 12-11 win over the Mariners in the Arizona League. The 19-year-old hit cleanup and played catcher the whole way, throwing out his first baserunner in this… Read more »

Baker continues to answer the call for Double-A Tulsa Drillers

June 16, 2018

For generations, baseball coaches typically used their closer and setup man for just one inning, but times have changed. Nowadays relievers are being stretched. Tulsa Drillers coaches certainly haven’t shy about asking Juneau’s Dylan Baker to pitch multiple innings this year in the Texas League. The Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers have called… Read more »

Quelland accepts appointment to West Point, eyes baseball team

May 30, 2018

Be all you can be isn’t just a slogan for the U.S. Army, it’s a way of life for Cody Quelland of Soldotna. Coming from a military household, he was born with discipline in his DNA and an urge to serve his country. He always wanted to follow his family’s footsteps and dreamed of attending… Read more »

Baker collects save, win for Tulsa in back-to-back appearances

May 25, 2018

With Dylan Baker of Juneau having been a starter for most of his professional career, his coaches with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers aren’t afraid to stretch him out. The rocket right-hander has entered in the eighth inning in each of his last three appearances, an indication of his value. Most other closers are used almost… Read more »

Bynum ends career at Northern Illinois with strong series

May 22, 2018

University of Northern Illinois senior Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks batted 5-for-13 in the final three-game series of his season and got a base hit in his final at-bat to cap his college career. The center fielder made his last game count as he went 2-for-5 and keyed a three-run 11th inning as the Huskies ended… Read more »

Johnson holds his own at NAIA Tournament, IWU eliminated

May 15, 2018

The bright lights of the NAIA National Baseball Tournament didn’t intimidate Indiana Wesleyan University freshman Parker Johnson of Anchorage. The third baseman went 3-for-9 and got base hits in both games as Indiana Wesleyan suffered consecutive losses and was eliminated from the Lawrenceville Bracket in Georgia. “The national tournament was intense,” he told me. “I’m… Read more »