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The Curious Case of Lonzo and Lavar Ball

by Kyle Flynn

Lonzo Ball is a star freshman basketball player at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is averaging 14.7 points, 7.6 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game. Lonzo has two younger brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo, who are both in high school and have already committed to UCLA themselves, as part of a package deal made by his father. 

Lonzo Ball is slated to be picked in the top three of the 2017 NBA Draft, and his father has been vocal about his sons and their perspective futures. Lavar Ball, 48, of Chino Hills, Calif. has been at the head of the news cycle in the world of sports lately, due to some comments he has made.

Ball has been interviewed by major news outlets and has said his oldest son Lonzo is better than Steph Curry, and that he should be selected first in the draft.

 Former NFL Star Ray Lewis said “I would have cried if my dad showed up to even one of my games.”

 Ball has made statements regarding his sons that are almost unachievable, similar to asking for a billion dollar shoe contract and saying his son will only play for the Lakers, which he later rephrased.

At what point does it become too much? His son has no choice but to play for the team that drafts him, and is fortunate enough to have this opportunity. 

Lavar has also brought his own career into this, a career in which he averaged 2.2 points per game at Washington State. He has taken shots at hall-of-famer Charles Barkley, and at the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, by saying he could be them both in a one on one basketball game.

So far, Lonzo Ball is living up to his father’s expectations as he carried his UCLA team to the NCAA Tournaments Sweet Sixteen, before losing to the Kentucky Wildcats. Lonzo, who is being considered one of the best draft prospects in the past decade, was asked about his father and his expectations, and ended up giving an answer that surprised many.

“My dad’s a funny guy. People were coming up to me and saying, ‘Are you embarrassed? Your dad said you’re going to win the championship.’ No, I’m not embarrassed. I know how he’s going to act. I just go out there and play. Let him be him. He’s been this way my whole life,” said Ball to The New York Daily News. The New York Daily also reported NBA executives will not be scared away by the potential distraction that Lonzo’s father could be if a team drafts him.

Lavar Ball was also recently quoted as saying that his own kids are set up for a better chance at success than LeBron James kids, because “the expectations aren’t as high, he can’t spend the same amount of time with his kids that I can because he has his own career to worry about.”

James, who was a basketball prodigy in his own rights and one of the most influential people on earth, responded swiftly, “Keep my kid’s names out of your mouth. Keep my family out of your mouth. This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.” 

Scott Van Pelt on his late-night edition of SportsCenter, has a segment known as “One Big Thing” that carried over from his radio show. He uses this segment to talk on a particular issue, last week he weighed in on Lavar Ball and his comments of LeBron James’ kids.

“This all started with him loving his sons, but this isn’t about loving his sons, it’s about loving the spotlight that he never had. This is where you tell me it’s working because people keep putting microphones in his face. Sure, he’s getting attention, but are you rushing to the internet to buy his $57 T-Shirts? I bet you aren’t. Do you know anyone who is? So fine he can continue to cultivate this persona, this stage dad gone wild, he can continue saying nonsensible things about some of the greatest players to ever play, or their kids. From this point forward we will continue to pay attention to the young man in the jersey, and not the dad who can’t stop talking; because it’s not interesting, it’s insufferable,” Van Pelt said on his show.

Lonzo has since declared for the 2017 NBA Draft after playing just his freshman season at UCLA. He is projected to go top three overall in the first round in the last edition of the mock drat, by almost every draft insider.

Premier League Week 30 Recap

by Evan Sobol

This week’s action featured a draw between two top clubs and the league’s leaders falling to a bottom-half team.

Chelsea has held a solid lead at the top of the table for several weeks. Following the Blues’ surprising 1-2 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday, the three teams behind them gained traction in the title race, with second-place Tottenham only seven points behind.

Palace is one of the hottest bottom-half teams in the league right now. The victory at Stamford Bridge was their fourth straight win. Chemistry between the midfielders and forwards led to two early goals.

Wilfried Zaha scored in the ninth minute with a strike in the bottom-left corner of the net when he was surrounded by four Chelsea defenders. It was Zaha’s sixth goal of the season, triple his total of last year.

Christian Benteke, who assisted on the first goal, scored the second goal for Palace two minutes later. The forward dribbled from midfield and put the ball past two defenders to meet Zaha, who was waiting in the box. Zaha then passed back to Benteke who lobbed a strike into the wide-open net.

It was the Belgium international’s 10th goal of the season, good enough for 13th in the league. Palace’s offense stayed dormant for the rest of the match, but good defense secured the lead until the end.

The home side got off to a hot start after an early goal in minute five. Eden Hazard was left isolated on the left edge of the box when he fired a pass into the center of the box that met midfielder, Cesc Fabregas.

The Spain international met the ball untouched and capitalized with the short-range goal. It was his fourth of the season. The Blues would have had a chance to tie in minute 15, if not for a blown officiating call.

Palace’s Andros Townsend stuck out his arm to deflect a shot by Chelsea’s Pedro. Officials did not call the handball leading to Chelsea’s lack of a penalty kick. Forward Diego Costa missed a header in minute 75. The Spain international is currently among the league leaders in goals, but has not scored since March 6.

The league-leaders still have solid command of the table. Seven points clear is a good lead, especially in April. If Diego Costa can get on another scoring streak and Hazard keeps providing good passes into the box, they can bounce back quickly. They will face a tough test on Wednesday when they face Manchester City, who currently sits fourth in the table.

Crystal Palace looks to continue their winning streak when they face 10th place Southampton on Wednesday. Their last two victories came with the help of luck; they won last week’s match against Watford, thanks to an own-goal, the lone goal of the match. Although they sit near the bottom of the table, they can continue to shake up the standings with upset victories.

Arsenal hosted Manchester City on Sunday, in a clash between two top-six teams. Both teams have faced tough form lately, with the Gunners losing two straight and City being held to draws. With the 2-2 draw, both clubs failed to move up in the table, leading to Liverpool taking a spot at third place.

City’s Leroy Sane scored the first goal of the match in minute five. The midfielder dribbled past Arsenal’s goalkeeper and fired a shot from the edge of the box into the net. It was his fourth league goal of the season, and his second in the last four matches.

Sergio Aguero scored his 14th goal of the season with a short-range goal into the left side of the net. The forward had another opportunity in minute 52 with a header, but missed wide-right of the net.

Both of Arsenal’s goals were equalizers. Theo Walcott’s goal came just before halftime in minute 40. The English forward met a ball that flew over his head in open space, and got past tough defense to score from short-range. The score brought his season total to nine goals.

Defender Shkodran Mustafi’s header off a corner kick into the right-side of the net in minute 53, secured the draw for the Gunners and was his second goal of the season.

Manchester City fell to fourth in the table, but sit just one point behind Liverpool and four behind second-place Tottenham. Sane has stepped up for City’s offense and continued to score in important situations. He has become a useful part of Pep’s midfield. City looks to get back to their winning against Chelsea on Wednesday.

The draw was a bright spot for Arsenal following their recent form. They have lost three of their last five and fell out of the top-four. They sit just two points behind Manchester United, who drew on Saturday. The Gunners can move up with a victory against West Ham on Wednesday, who have lost four straight.

Other notable matches for match week 31 include Manchester United vs. Everton and Liverpool vs. Bournemouth.

 

 

Fantasy Baseball Preview

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by Christopher Aquino

April marks the beginning of the 2017 Major League Baseball season and many fans already have completed their drafts for their fantasy league.

With the season in an early effect, it is not too late to finish drafts. Hopefully this will help to guide fans to proper decisions in the 2017 season.

Cash Out on Catching

With a weak catching market this season, it necessary to cash out on a valuable catcher. There are three main catchers to focus on within the fourth to seventh rounds, those names being the San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey, Texas Rangers’ Jonathan Lucroy and the New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez.

These catchers produced a batting average above .280, along with great leadership skills with two of the following earning starting spots in the 2016 All-Star game. Even with most types of leagues ranking these three past the seventh round, it truly would be a safe route to attempt to draft these prime catchers in this year’s draft.

Steep on Shortstops

Within the first four rounds, there are numerous shortstops that are looking for a good home on your team. With names like Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor, Boston’s Xander Bogaerts, Los Angeles Dodger’s Corey Seager and Houston’s Carlos Correa, it would be a smart rout to go in your league.

This young-era of shortstops typically reaches the highlight reels each day, with many of them earning MVP consideration. Even in the late rounds, San Francisco’s duo of defensive wizard Brandon Crawford and utility shortstop Eduardo Nunez, would be a steal with him snagging 40 stolen bases last year, along with a .288 batting average.

The Atlanta Braves top prospect and former number one MLB draft pick Dansby Swanson, will be in his first full-season, picking up the prospect that has been referred to as a young Derek Jeter, is always a tempting pick. With a steep front of shortstops in the beginning and under the radar picks in the later rounds, it is a deep foundation to build in your draft whether if you are in a category league or points league.

Rebound on Rebounding Pitchers

Last year’s season was dark for many of big-name pitchers in this year’s draft. Though it is risky to draft some of these streaky ace’s, don’t be scared to pick the right one.

With an off year last season for the Tampa Bay Rays Ace right handed starter Chris Archer, look forward for a comeback year. Archer, a strikeout pitcher that recorded 233 strikeouts and earned a run average of 4.02 and a league high of 19 losses, Archer is looking to show that last year was a fluke.

Two seasons ago Archer was a top five Cy Young candidate, with an ERA of 3.23, 252 strikeouts and an all-star nomination. With a roller coaster few years, Archer is here to prove last year was indeed a definite fluke.

Toronto’s youngster Marcus Stroman, is in the same shoes as Chris Archer with showing glimpses of greatness, but looking to lower their ERA. This off-season, Stroman showcased his true potential with team USA in this year’s 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Stroman earned the MVP of the whole tournament when headlining to pitching staff that allowed five runs on 25 hits within 36 innings. He did not allow a single run in 17 1/3 runs and 29 strikeouts, or four walks within the tournament. Stroman shows true potential and would be a steal within the mid rounds. In the end, it is a risk to take on these high risk high reward pitchers.

With baseball being a long season, picking your players is unpredictable to say the very least. There are many of options to look at within this year’s 2017 fantasy year, whether if you are looking for star shortstops or rebounding pitchers that are a diamonds in the rough.

Guilmette’s Walk Off in Extra Innings Stuns Binghamton

Blue Devils celebrating Mitch Guilmette’s walk-off

by Dillon Meehan

With the score tied 1-1 against Binghamton in the bottom of the 10th inning with two outs and runners on first and second, Central Connecticut State University brought on junior Mitch Guilmette to pinch-hit for freshman TT Bowens.

Guilmette hit a line drive into center field and Franklin Jennings rounded third and beat the throw home to score the game-winning run.

The Blue Devils (12-11, 4-2 NEC) 2-1 win saw them split the Sunday doubleheader against Binghamton (9-5, 1-0 AEC) after losing the first game 3-0.

“We’ve struggled again offensively to be productive, but at the end of the day, if you get a split then we’re treading water. We’re still waiting for some guys to get healthy on pitching side and we have to continue to be creative offensively,” said Blue Devils head coach Charlie Hickey after the game.

The Blue Devils only scored two runs, despite getting 10 hits on the day. Not being able to capitalize with runners in scoring position has become a trend for CCSU this season.

“When you score two runs and you’re able to walk away with a win, you’re fortunate,” Hickey said of his team’s hard-fought victory.

Despite the win, Hickey made sure to mention that his team still can improve if they hope to have post-season success.

“Obviously when you get a pinch-hit single to win the ballgame, everybody feels better about themselves. But we’ve got to remember the deficiencies that we have to continue to improve on,” said Hickey.

After having consecutive losing seasons, a first for the Blue Devils under Hickey, it appears as though the team full of seasoned players is beginning to mature.

“Now we’ve got some guys who’ve been playing this game for a couple of years at this level so they have to be mature. This is going to happen in our conference where we’re going to have to play the doubleheaders. So you get stuffed a little in that first game and you have to find a way to rip and claw to win,” said Hickey of his team’s ability to respond.

Doubleheaders are common in conference play so if the Blue Devils can show that they are able to hold their own in early April, it is a promising sign for the rest of their 2017 campaign.

“We’re gonna face this some more and a win like today helps, and that’s where our experience and confidence continues to grow,” said Hickey of his team’s improvement.

Cody Brown Expected to Be Out For Season With Elbow Injury

by Dillon Meehan

Central Connecticut Sate University’s starting pitcher Cody Brown, is expected to miss the remainder of the season with an elbow injury.

It is currently unconfirmed if it is a torn UCL, which would require a second Tommy John surgery in as many years for Brown. But, it has been confirmed that he visited a doctor, yet an MRI has not yet been scheduled.

Despite the Blue Devils injury problems to their pitching staff, they have a 12-11 record and a 4-2 record.

The injury happened in the bottom of the 8th inning, during the Blue Devils 2-1 win against Sacred Heart on March 26. Brown threw an errant pitch, and immediately walked off the mound towards the dugout and dropped his right arm. A telltale sign of an elbow injury.

“Usually when you throw a pitch like that and come off the mound, It usually isn’t good news,” said Blue Devils head coach Charlie Hickey. “For a kid who’s been through a lot, it’s tough. You get glimpses of him and realize how special he has been, and you hope that you can allow him a chance to feel that again.”

Following the game against Sacred Heart, Hickey was cautiously optimistic about Brown being able to return. However, that optimism has since dissipated.

“He’s still the same kid, and he’s still gonna be part of this team and a leader on this team. He’s at every practice and he does what he can do to help his teammates. That’ll be something I always will remember from coaching him.” Hickey said. “Unfortunately, the injury is a part of baseball and having it down twice, there isn’t really a success rate for that.”

The injury will likely end Brown’s career as a Blue Devil, as it has been a rough couple of years. After a promising start to his career as a Blue Devil, Brown missed all of the 2014 season due to a battle with cancer. After making a return in 2015, Brown then tore his UCL in his fifth appearance of the season, and was forced to miss the rest of the 2015 and all of the 2016 season to recover from surgery.

After consecutive losing seasons for the first time under Charlie Hickey, the Blue Devils appear to be having a bounce-back year.

“He’s a great kid, with a positive attitude towards baseball and life. You feel for him, for all the work and time that he’s put in to get back out here and compete,” Hickey said of Brown’s commitment to return.

During Brown’s freshman year back in 2012, Brown started in all 11 games he appeared in, with a record of six wins and four loses. Brown also led the team with two complete games.

The following year, Brown started in all 12 games he made an appearance in, with a record of six wins and five loses. He was second on the team with four complete games and led the team with 44 strikeouts.

In his brief 2015 season, he had a record of two wins and zero loses in five appearances. It was capped off by earning the NEC Pitcher of the Week honors after a seven inning, 15 strikeout performance against Virginia Military Institute.

Blue Devil Comeback Halted by Uconn

by Dillon Meehan

In the bottom of the eight inning, Central Connecticut was trailing the Uconn Huskies 5-2, as Chandler Debrosse and Dean Lockery were sitting on first and second.  Ryan Costello stepped up to the plate and blasted a homerun into deep right-center field, tying the game up at 5-5.

However, in the following inning Uconn would retake the lead, after Isaac Feldstein singled in two runs with the bases loaded to make it 7-5.  In the bottom of the ninth, the Blue Devils simply couldn’t respond.

“We give them an extra out and got caught in the middle of the order and we payed for it,” said CCSU head coach Charlie Hickey after the game.

The close loss to their in-state rival snapped the Blue Devils (10-10, 4-2 NEC) three game winning streak.

Patrick Mitchell started the game for the Blue Devils. The sophomore pitcher played well, allowing only one hit before being pulled after two innings.

“With some injuries in our pitching staff at the front end, it makes us protect the pictures in the middle of the week a little bit more,” said Hickey on his decision to pull Mitchell early.

Austin Salnitis came in for relief in the top of the third. However, the junior struggled in his lone appearance this season, giving up three hits and allowing two runs before being pulled without recording an out.

Arik Sypher came on in relief of Salnitis but struggled at first, walking the first batter he faced in four pitches.

Ron Jackson was the next at bat, making a diving catch at first base and fired over to Dean Lockery at second for the force out.  Lockery then threw home and beat the runner at the plate, but Nick Garland dropped the ball when attempting to tag the runner who scored safely. Instead of completing a rare triple play, the Blue Devils were now down 3-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Blue Devils had bases loaded with Lockery up to bat. Lockery swung on the second pitch he saw and drilled a line drive into right field, scoring two.

With the Blue Devils down 3-2, they tried to get creative to bring home the game tying run.

Dean Lockery took off to steal second, hoping to force Uconn into making an error to score the runner from third. But it backfired; instead of getting in a run down at second, the Uconn infielder threw over to third and tagged out Tyler Coleman.

“It was a sign, it’s not one of my favorite plays. It works in little league, but it doesn’t work at this level. The batter has an 0-2 count, you’re hoping that with some young infielders that they have that they’re gonna throw the ball around a bit. More often than not, at this level it doesn’t work. It’s not something I’m a fan of. If you’re better at the plate you don’t try one of those plays,” Hickey said of his decision.

The Huskies grabbed some insurance runs in the top of the seventh when Wily Yahn hit a sacrifice fly ball into deep center field, expanding the lead to 4-2. A few plays later, Zac Susi hit a double down the right field line, scoring the runner from second base to make it 5-2.

CCSU had 11 hits, which was capped off by Garland getting three hits in five at-bats.  Costello had three RBIs, thanks to his homerun while Lockery added another pair.

The Blue Devils left 13 runners on base, which was the main reason for their offensive struggles.

Nick Landell Get’s a Shot at Summer Baseball

by Nella Lastrina

While sitting in his public relations class, Nick Landell felt his phone vibrate from his pants pocket. Immediately, he stood up and walked to the hallway as everyone including the professor watched. When he answered it was the call he had been waiting for.

“My coach helped me find a collegiate team in Arizona and I was expecting a call back from the general manager,” said Landell. “Even though I knew I was getting the phone call I was still a little nervous, and I would answer my phone to every number that called even if it was a telemarketer.”

That afternoon, Landell got the news he was waiting for; he was one of the 35 men accepted into the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League.

“Most college baseball players play in collegiate summer leagues,” said Landell. “It was such a great feeling knowing I was officially in the league”

In the summer, many college baseball players join collegiate summer baseball teams. These programs run throughout the summer beginning early June, and operating until early August. Landell’s league is known for using wooden baseball bats thus the name “Wood Bat League”.

The process of joining is rather effortless for the student athletes. In order to find a collegiate team, Landell was scouted by the general manager for the Gila Monsters. Typically, college coaches speak with potential teams’ general managers to set up a summer league for their players.

Being nearly 3,000 miles away from home, Landell was provided transportation to practice, road games and a place to stay free of cost, but was not given a stipend for food or groceries. Instead, the 22 year-old worked online for an SAT and ACT company to design smart documents.

“I created smart documents that are basically like electronic practice ACT or SAT tests for tutors to use overseas,” said Landell.

In fact, Landell held this job throughout his college career. He made his own schedule that worked for him so he could work around school, practices and games.

“This job was perfect for me because I practice for about 2-3 hours every day, have classes for about 3-5 hours Monday through Thursday, and during the season I have baseball games,” said Landell. “Since there isn’t a set time for baseball games, they can last a long time, and not all employers can work with that kind of schedule.”

Before working for the SAT and ACT company, Landell worked at Baseball City in Hartford training people of all ages in an indoor facility.

Raised in Higganum, Connecticut with his brother Steve, Landell grew up in a sports oriented family.

“My brother and I were always playing sports growing up, and eventually both of us ended up focusing on baseball,” said Landell.

At 5 years-old, Landell began playing t-ball with his brother and quickly found his passion.

“I loved the game and just kept playing it,” said Landell.

Almost every day he would grab his bat and head outside (and sometimes even inside) to play ball. Since Landell’s brother was four years older, he began playing on a team leaving Landell to want to be like his older brother.

“Besides practicing in our backyard and at the playground, my brother and I never got to play together because we were in different age groups,” said Landell.

Growing up, Landell attended Haddam-Killingworth High school, University of Connecticut Avery Point, and now he is currently finishing up his senior year at Central Connecticut State University.

“I wanted to play Division I baseball, and CCSU provided me with a good opportunity to do that,” said Landell when asked why he chose Central.

At Haddam-Killingworth High School, Landell was named All-Conference in his senior year and at UConn of Avery Point, the then sophomore was named Defensive Player of the Year.

With dreams of one day playing profession baseball in the Major League Baseball (MLB), Landell pushes his limits to fulfill his dreams, but he understands that sometimes things do not work out the way people want. He is pursuing a major in communication, with an emphasis in public relations and marketing and a minor in business.

“If I don’t get to play in the MLB, my second best option is working in marketing for a professional sports organization,” said Landell. “That way I will still be working in a field I’m passionate about, and I don’t think I can ever get sick of that.”

 

Blue Devils Beat Sacred Heart to Grab Top Spot in Conference

by Dillon Meehan

Central Connecticut beat Sacred Heart 2-1 on Sunday to grab a share of the top spot in the Northeast Conference.

The Blue Devils (10-10, 4-2 NEC) racked up nine hits led by freshman Chris Kanios who had three hits in his four at-bats.

CCSU did end up stranding seven runners on base however, which is starting to become a trend.

“We still have a ways to go, we don’t play extremely smart right now,” said head coach Charlie Hickey after the game. “Kids are trying to do what they can do to help us win, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good baseball.”

Sacred Heart started the scoring in the bottom of the fourth. After consecutive singles, a few plays later Jake Friar would single to left field past a diving Ryan Costello at third base to give Sacred Heart a 1-0 lead.

The Blue Devils would answer back in the following inning. Back-to-back singles from Kanios and Dean Lockery would put runners on first and second. Costello would earn a walk on the at bat to load the bases.

Freshman baseball player, Chris Kanios, up at bat during the game against Sacred Heart.

With the bases loaded, Dylan Maher would hit a dribbler to the pitcher, who fumbled the ball and was unable to throw home to stop the tying run and instead had to settle to get Maher out.

In the bottom of the fifth, Sacred Heart had runners on third and had an opportunity but a heads up play by Maher coupled with poor base-running from Sacred Heart allowed a runner to be tagged out while attempting to score.

In the seventh, the Blue Devils were able to grab the lead for good. Franklin Jennings started the inning off with a single to right field. On the following at bat Kanios would reach first safety with an infield single where Jennings was able to advance to third base.

Up next was Dean Lockery who hit a sacrifice fly ball into deep left center field to score the game-winning run.

It was the only win in the three-game series for the Blue Devils against Sacred Heart who, before Sunday’s loss, had been first place in the NEC standings.

“The fact that we only got one win and still reap the benefits of being 4-2 and above .500 in the conference allows us to continue to get better,” said Hickey on the outlook of his team.

The Blue Devils lost 6-2 on Friday and dropped a close one 4-3 on Saturday that went into extra innings.

“We swung at poor pitches and didn’t take advantage of situations. First game this weekend we had the leadoff batter in the first three innings and didn’t maximize, and don’t put good swings in when we have runners on base,” said Hickey of his team’s mistakes. “We had a couple chances where we had bases stolen and guys swung and fouled pitches off that sort of get overlooked in the long-run, but it’s things that against good teams are going to make you pay the price.”

The Blue Devils will play UMass-Lowell on Tuesday, and have a three-game series against Binghamton at home this weekend.

Canisius and Western Michigan Both Top Softball in Doubleheader

by Humera Gul

Central Connecticut State University lost two games on March 10, in the Under Armor Series Tournament in Tampa, Florida. The First game was against Canisius, and the second was against Western Michigan. Canisius Golden Griffins beat CCSU, 3-1, while Western Michigan beat the Blue Devils 2-0.

Sarah Oglivie hit a double to left center in the second inning, then later scored on an Emily Cronin single. That was the only run for CCSU Blue Devils against Canisus.

Canisius would go on to tie the game in the third, until the bottom of the sixth inning. The Blue Devils went on to give up two scores in the sixth inning.

Alex Casanas got her first start of the year, only allowing three hits, one run and walk though four innings before being pulled.

Oglivie took over pitching and struggled to finish the game. In her two innings, she gave up five hits and two runs.

Canisius pitcher Madi Weathers threw for all seven innings. She only allowed two hits, one run and two walks.  She also struck out five different players.

Western Michigan started the game well, going three for three and grabbed one run right in the first inning. Emily Sargent would start the second game for CCSU, but they were shut out by Western Michigan.

Sargent pitched the entire game and allowed only five hits and two runs. She gave up two walks and had one strike out.

Western Michigan pitcher Jordan Kurth played close to a perfect game, after pitching the entire thing and allowing three hits and no runs. She struck out three players and never allowed a base on balls. Kurth faced a total of 25 batters and had a pitch strike ratio of 106-68.

CCSU had one final opportunity in the top of the seventh inning, when Oglivie and Brittany Camara were out to third and second base. Emily Cronin tried to make a comeback with an opportunity to bring both girls home. She went on to bunt the ball to get to first base, but it was snuffed out and the inning was over.

It’s Arsène Wenger’s Time to Leave

by Dillon Meehan

In the fall of 1996, Arsenal dismissed their manager Bruce Rioch after a series of disputes with board members. Following his departure the board decided to bring in Arsène Wenger, a figure who was relatively unknown by the English media.

It was a rough start, he came in with a focus on sports science and nutrition. Before his tenure, it was standard procedure for players to often drink in the locker room and go out on their off days. Yet Wenger changed all of that.  He banned his players from drinking and junk food, he encouraged them to avoid red meat and replace it with chicken. Apart from diet, he had his players injected with vitamins and use Creatine to recover from games and training.

A year later, he became the first foreign-born manager in the English Premier League to win the “double,” by capturing both Premier League title and the F.A. Cup.

Four seasons later, in 2002 he would repeat history by leading Arsenal to another double. But he wasn’t done; in 2004 Arsenal became the first team since Preston North End 115 years prior to go undefeated throughout an entire season, and the first to do so in a 38-game season.

He had revolutionized the game in eight years; but he had also plateaued.

In 2006 the club finished fourth in the Premier League, a first for Wenger. On top of that, the club blew a lead late in the second half against Barcelona in the Champions League final. At the start of the summer, the club built a new stadium which was supposed to cement Arsenal as one of premier destinations for the top players in the sport, but in reality it was the opposite.

The owner and board elected to choose prioritize financial success over improving the team.  Instead of bringing in players, they began to lose some of their best.  It started with Sol Campbell, Lauren and Rober Pirès in 2006.  A year later Thierry Henry, the clubs best player, left for Barcelona.

That was only the beginning, in 2009 the club started a trend of sending their best players to Manchester City, first with  both Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure in July 2009. Two years later the club sold another two as Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri both left.

The following year in 2012, Robin Van Persie would also leave for Manchester, this time going to United.

Over the past decade, Arsenal have become a shadow of the club they had once been. The club has now lost in Champions League Round of 16 in seven straight seasons. They have repeatedly blown chances to win the Premier League title. The only silverware they have to show are two F.A. Cup titles in 2014 and 2015. But that competition is essentially worthless now, with the majority of clubs using their reserve and youth players to compete in it.

This season has been par for the course for Wenger and his squad. Earlier in the month, they suffered an embarrassing lost 10-2 on aggregate against Bayern Munich. While fans thought it couldn’t get worse Arsenal managed another embarrassing 3-1 against West Brom.

The former perennial title contenders now sit in sixth place tied with Everton.  With Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all looking to have rebounded from their slow starts it is unlikely that Arsenal will even be able to contend for a Champions League spot, and even worse, finish below their London rivals Tottenham for the first time since the inception of the Premier League.

Arsène Wenger has a choice; either tarnish his legacy as one of the games greatest coaches, or resign. If he stays he will likely see the clubs two best platers Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil leave this summer, further plummeting his squad.

If he reigns he can either take a spot as the club’s Sporting Director, or take a job elsewhere. Following PSG’s embarrassing defeat to Barcelona and their performance in Ligue 1, there is a chance that Unai Emery could be fired or resigned. This would open the door for Wenger to finish his career in an easier league with a much better squad.