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Three Outs: Recapping Newark-Worcester (Indy Baseball)

Nick Salotti’s 10th inning RBI single on Saturday capped off an exciting night of offensive fireworks between Newark and Worcester! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for Noontime Sports)

By Matt Noonan 

WORCESTER, MA – The Worcester Tornadoes concluded their three-game weekend series with the Newark Bears on Sunday with an 8-4 loss, which snapped a two-game winning streak.

On Monday, Worcester will return to their home diamond against the Grand Prairie AirHogs, (American Association of Independent Baseball) for a 7:05PM first pitch.

Here are three takeaways from this past weekend’s series against the Bears.

1.) Bicondoa’s Earns His First Win: Pitcher Ryan Bicondoa had pitched in five games prior to Friday’s contest, and hadn’t mustered one win. He had averaged 5.2 innings on the bump, allowed 21 earned runs, and tallied three consecutive losses, (which started on June 1 against the New Jersey Jackals).

Against the Bears at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field on Friday, the right-hander controlled the contest by fanning 12 batters and allowing two runs on three hits in eight innings. Worcester’s offense complimented his performance with three runs, which helped Bicondoa earn his first win.

In his first two starts this season against Quebec and Rockland, he was off the hook for a win or loss. Although, he did manage to hold both clubs to six earned runs combined, as well as 10 hits, but his performance didn’t translate over to the offense, as Worcester lost both matches.

2.) Saturday’s Fireworks: It’s customary that after every Friday home game, Tornadoes fans are treated to the Awesome Atlas Fireworks show. And while there was an exciting show following Friday’s win, fans were able to enjoy an encore on Saturday, as both teams combined for 23 runs, 35 hits, 19 strikeouts, and five errors in 10 innings.

Worcester’s offense displayed some offensive fireworks, as Alex Trezza smacked two home runs, while Nick Salotti recorded the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning.

3.) Struggling Bullpen: One thing that manager Chip Plante will need to work on, especially if the Tornadoes want to clinch a spot in the CanAm League playoffs, is the Tornadoes bullpen.

Hands down, Nick Serino has been the most consistent reliever this season. He has the team’s lowest ERA, (2.57); recorded two saves, and retired 16 batters.

Yet, against the Bears, Serino mustered one save and one win, while Kyle Regnault and Matt McDonald struggled on Sunday. Regnault replaced Kevin Cooper in the eighth inning and surrendered four earned runs on six hits, while McDonald allowed one hit during 1.1 innings of relief.

‘Three Outs’ will be a frequent blog entry geared toward recapping and providing highlights from various summer baseball games in Massachusetts.  

Worcester’s Welch Off To A Fast Start

Worcester’s Johnny Welch is off to a fast start with his second CanAm League Indy baseball team! (Photo Credit: Flickr)

By Matt Noonan 

The first few weeks of the Worcester Tornadoes season is officially in the books.

The local independent baseball squad concluded its most recent six-game home stand with three wins and three losses. Yet, despite a few excruciating contests against Newark and New Jersey, fans were able to enjoy a few exciting home runs on Sunday afternoon by the former Boston Herald All-Scholastic Johnny Welch.

Welch, who is in his first season with the Tornadoes, has appeared in 14 games thus far and has recorded 12 runs, 17 hits, four doubles, four home runs and nine RBIs. He’s also tallied one stolen base and 13 strikeouts, too.

Last season, Welch joined the CanAm League with the Pittsfield Colonials, who’re no longer in existence, and appeared in 69 games. He experienced one of his better seasons at the dish, as he registered 15 home runs, 45 RBIs and seven stolen bases.

Welch’s best season in a Minor League setting was with the Florence Freedom in 2010, a member of the Frontier League, where finished the year with 93 hits, 13 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs and 46 RBIs.

Canseco Signs One-Year Deal With Worcester Tornadoes

Jose Canseco will return to New England this spring and summer to play baseball with the Worcester Tornadoes! (Photo Credit: News.Softpedia.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The Worcester Tornadoes, an independent baseball team, announced on Friday that they’ve signed former Boston Red Sox and MLB slugger Jose Canseco to a one-year contract.

“From a baseball standpoint, we lost two of the best power hitters in our league. We lost Chris Colabello to the [Minnesota] Twins organization, we lost Mark Minicozzi to Quebec in our league, and that’s a serious drop off, that’s right-handed power hitting and Jose Canseco, why not give him a chance and see what he’s got,” Tornadoes GM Jorg Bassiacos said on Friday morning. “If it helps sell a few tickets, there’s no harm in that either.”

Canseco, who hasn’t been involved with a Major League team since 2001, had originally planned to play in the Mexican League this spring, but those plans were derailed after he refused to take a doping test.

“He’s very excited [about the season]. He has a true appreciation for Boston, he has true appreciation for the fans of New England, who’re in his words, ‘savvy baseball people,’” added Bassicos. “If you perform, you’re going to be embraced, and I think that’s a very accurate statement.”

The former MLB slugger played 17 seasons in the big leagues, two of them with Boston, and ended his career with 1,877 hits, 1,407 RBIs, 462 home runs, and 340 doubles.

“The buzz has been palpable, the phones have been ringing off the hook here in the front office, and I think it’s great. I think it’s great for us, I think it helps us tell a great story,” said Bassicos.

“I think giving Jose an opportunity to showcase what he can do, as well as us an opportunity to tell a story of really turning this around is a good story.”

Canseco and the Tornadoes will begin their 2012 schedule at Newark on Thursday, May 17, and will play their home opener on Monday, May 21, against Quebec.

Worcester hasn’t won a CanAm League title since 2005, and will attempt to end their seven-year drought this season, too.

For more information on this particular acquisition – please check out the Tornadoes press releases by CLICKING HERE.

Brockton Rox 2012 Season Postponed

By NoontimeSports.com 

Saturday, Dec. 17 — UPDATE: According to a source close to the team, as well as a recent report via the Patriot Ledger, the Rox will most likely join the Futures Collegiate Baseball League next summer, (2012), but nothing officially has been confirmed.

Once news breaks on a decision, we’ll provide an update!

Friday, Dec. 16: The CanAm League announced on Friday that the Brockton Rox won’t be playing baseball in 2012, but are hopeful the club will return to the diamond and league in 2013.

According to the report on the league’s website, commissioner Miles Wolff announced that the league this year will only include the Newark Bears, New Jersey Jackals, Rockland Boulders and Worcester Tornadoes, who’ll take part in a 100-game schedule, which begins on Thursday, May 17, and concludes on Monday, September 3.

This season promises to be a special one, as all five teams will take part in an interleague schedule against various teams from the American Association.

For more information on the decision to postpone the Rox season, and Wolff’s statement from Friday, please CLICK HERE.

The World’s Most Expensive Hot Dog

Lewis Glanz (left) holds the world's most expensive foot long hot dog.

By Matt Noonan 

BROCKTON, MA – He may not be remembered for hitting home runs or helping the Brockton Rox win games in the CanAm League, although, executive chef Ben Glanz will most be remembered for creating the world’s most expensive foot-long hot dog.

“After a long home stand, it was me and my boss, Sander Stotland and he called up one of his AC chefs from back in the day and he said, we need a crazy idea and [we] came up with something after a really, really long day and this came to be, it was just like that,” Glanz said.

Ben’s father, Lewis Glanz was the first person that bought this particular concoction on Saturday evening at Campanelli Stadium and after watching his son display his culinary skills in front of a herd of spectators, he was eager to take a bite

“I am very excited [to eat this particular hot dog]. I came up here from Connecticut [to] partake in this little adventure,” Lewis Glanz said.

Glanz’s creation was marked at $80 and topped last year’s record that was set by the Foot Long Haute Dog, which sold for $69 at Serendipity 3 in New York City.

“Hands down this is the craziest thing [I ever created in the kitchen]. I’ve never thought to do something like this ever,” Ben Glanz said.

When asked about having his name inked in the Guinness Book of World Records, Lewis responded by saying, “Well, hey, what are you going to do. I’m sure there’s somebody who’s going to beat me out next year for a $90 hot dog.”

SIDE NOTE – The Rox handed out 1,000 free vouchers for regular hot dogs prior to Saturday’s first pitch against the Newark Bears.

Would you eat this particular foot long hot dog?