All games will still be played today, but will begin at 1:00pm.
Re-print with permission from Press Publications
Written by Press Staff Writer
Defiance College baseball player Alex Timofeev (Clay) earned his first All-HCAC award, after being tabbed as an Honorable Mention selection while playing first base during his junior year.
The Oregon native developed into one of Defiance’s top offensive weapons and ended the year with a .336 batting average, .385 on-base percentage, .482 slugging percentage, eight doubles, two home runs and 27 runs batted in. Timofeev set new career highs in nearly every offensive category and did his best work in non-conference action, where he led the Yellow Jackets with a .432 average, .463 on-base clip, .595 slugging percentage and sparkling 1.058 OPS. Timofeev has a .308 collegiate career batting average as a junior with one more year to play.
Timofeev was starting first baseman of the 2007 Clay Eagles baseball program that made a run at the state tournament.
He played for the Ohio Monarchs summer collegiate program for the past two season and will compete again this summer in his final season.
The Monarchs mourns the passing Chad Meyer (Defiance, Ohio) who was a third baseman on the Monarchs Blue baseball team. Chad lost his heroic battle with cancer Friday morning.
Chad had the chance to receive his bachelor's degree in commencement ceremonies held last Sunday. He was in teacher education majoring in social studies and minoring in physical education. Despite his illness, he still managed to make the dean's list with a 3.5 GPA last semester.
Meyer played with last year on the Blue team, he played in 45 games last year with a batting average just under 300 . He was an inspiration to his teammates and showed courage and character throughout his journey.
The Mast Mock Funeral Home at 529 Jefferson St. in Defiance, Ohio 43512 is where cards and flowers can be sent in honor of Chad. The phone number is 419-784-2441.
Monarchs Gold’s season came to an end at the semi-finals game against Dix Hill Dodgers out of New York at Ned Skeldon on Sunday evening. Gold had the momentum in their favor with a 3-0 lead through the 4th inning after scoring a run in each of the second, third, and forth innings and playing some strong defense.
In the top of the 5th inning the momentum had a significant change after the Dodgers started the inning with two singles, and a questionable umpire’s call reversal on a hit batter loaded the bases. Two more singles and a grand slam home run put the Dodgers in control with a 7 – 4 lead.
Gold was unable to put a hit series together to score anymore runs and the Dodgers with the momentum added two more runs in the 7th and 9th to clinch a trip to the CWS finals.
After playing over two days due to a rain delay and in extra innings, the Monarchs Gold advance to the semi finals of the NABF CWS after a game winning hit by Brian Bilius in the bottom of the 10th with bases loaded, two outs, and the Braves playing for that third out.
The game started Saturday at 9 AM with heavy rain forecasted. Gold went scoreless in the first as the Braves did also. In the second inning Corey Hornyak hits a hard shot in the gap for a stand up double. Hornyak advances to third when the Braves commit an error on fielding Bret Howard’s grounder. Val Helldobler then hits a single to score Hornyak to put Gold on the scoreboard.
The Braves are held scoreless by Gold defense and excellent pitching by Colin Meinzer for four innings. Gold then scores in the third after Casey Winckowski draws a walk, steals second, and scores after Hornyak smashes another standup double.
Braves score two runs in the top of the 5th on a single, hit batter, and a double.
Gold comes back in the bottom of the 5th inning after Brian Bilius starts the offense with a single, then advances to second on a passed ball. Jake Cappelletty then hits a hard shot single to right center and advances to second on an error by the Braves right fielder, Bilius scored. Cappelletty then scores on a sharp hit single by Brandon McFarland for the second run to make it a 4-2 game.
Gold advances to the quarter finals of the NABF CWS after a decisive win over the Long Island, NY Astros. Gold played the Astros in the championship game of the CWS last year and won in dramatic fashion 3-2. Today’s game eliminates the Astros from the tournament.
After the Astros started the game off with 2 back to back singles the Gold defense shut down the Astros with a 4-6-3 double play by Ryan Mouch, Brian Bilius, and Jake Cappelletty and a third out catch by Tristen Peffley in right field.
Gold started their offense with a leadoff walk by Adam Yunker who advanced to second on a pick off attempt thrown wild by the Astros’ pitcher. Yunker advanced to third on ground out to the opposite field by Bilius, and then scored on a RBI single by Cory Hornyak.
Both sides went scoreless in the second inning. Astros scored their one and only run in the top of the third after a couple singles and a sacrifice fly. Gold came back and scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd after a leadoff walk by Yunker, hit batter by Casey Winckowski and a hard shot double by Bilius after Yunker and Winckowski were running on the pitch.