Mt. Vernon Register-News


July 10, 2014

Hines Sight: Cards claim momentum as break nears


The St. Louis Cardinals appear to be doing it again.

They've managed to stay within striking distance of the surprising Milwaukee Brewers and as baseball's All-Star break nears, the Cardinals are creeping closer to the top.

The Brewers have been one of baseball's bigger surprise stories this season. Milwaukee has been a consistent front runner in the first half, seizing commanding control of the National League Central.

Now the lead seems to be ebbing away.

The National League Central is a division that has emerged as one of the best in baseball over the last few seasons. The division has been buoyed by the resurgence of the Reds and Pirates. They are two teams that can't be completely counted out.

Currently, every team in the division has a winning record except for the Cubs. Chicago just recently traded a pair of its top pitchers. Since then the Cubs lost six straight games, digging a deeper hole in the last-place cellar.

The Cardinals are heading in the opposite direction, trending upward especially over the last week or so. The Cardinals trailed the Brewers by a mere two games going into Thursday's action.

There will be add adversity to the Cardinals' journey this season. Thursday brought the news of a thumb injury to starting catcher and key cog Yadier Molina. The Cardinals cornerstone, according to an Associated Press story, will have surgery for the injury. He will be out up to three months.

One of the most interesting story lines in baseball for the second half will be whether or not the Brewers can sustain their start and stave off the Cards' surge. Milwaukee entered Thursday with four straight loses and had dropped eight of of their last nine. Baseball is a marathon of a season but that's a bad stretch for any team, especially one that surely now views itself as a playoff contender.

Text Only
  • Rams spend time at SIU football camp

    The Rams football team spent a little time away from their traditional summer practice setting at the end of last week.

    On Thursday close to three dozen sophomores, juniors and seniors traveled to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for a football team camp. The camp, which included three other high schools, wrapped up Saturday.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hines Sight: St. Louis, Chicago bring exciting aspects into season

    St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears fans have reasons to be excited for the upcoming football season.

    Both teams feature explosive young talent, who have a chance to dominate the league. Challenges also stand in their way.

    July 25, 2014

  • Sam Root award Root calls award 'humbling'

    Webber's baseball team capped the season with several individual honors, and coach Sam Root recently added to the postseason awards list.

    Root, who guided the Trojans to the 1A state finals in Peoria this spring, was named the Southern Illinois Baseball Coaches Association 1A Coach of the Year.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rays win 6th straight, 7-2 over Cardinals

     Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-2 victory over the StLouis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • MTV-Salem Junior Legion Salem ends Mt. Vernon's season

    A sacrifice fly made the difference in Salem's 1-0 win against the Post 141 Junior Legion team Monday.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Breese shuts down Mt. Vernon

    Post 141's Junior Legion team lost 4-0 to the Breese Gray Post 976 squad on Sunday in the district title game.

    July 20, 2014

  • Juniors top Salem

    An early lead and strong pitching propelled the Post 141 Junior Legion team to a 3-1 win over Salem in the district tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon.

    July 19, 2014

  • 7-19 jr. legion cut Lyday shuts out Bluford MT. VERNON — Jeremiah Lyday went the distance and Mt. Vernon’s Jr. Legion squad did just enough offensively to advance in the district tournament at Brennan Klein Field on Friday.Lyday scattered three hits and recorded six strikeouts as Post 141 shut

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • cardinals.jpg Holliday powers Cardinals past Dodgers, 3-2

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday homered and doubled with three RBIs, and Lance Lynn won his third straight start for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0002.JPG Basketball camp concludes at Changnon

    About 75 kids in the Mt. Vernon region participated in an offensive skills basketball camp this week at Changnon Gym.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

Tom Lindley Sports