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Beloit won’t be the same

A new chapter in The Neverending Story.

 Vohs leaves Snappers after 11 years

Jeff Vohs worked his way up from intern to general manager of the Beloit Snappers in just four years, then hung onto the job for seven more seasons.

Wednesday, however, came the news Vohs will step down and leave baseball for the world of banking.

“It’s been fun,” Vohs said. “It’s always been a challenge and that’s what I liked about the job. In terms of my family, however, it was time to move on. I’m glad I’m staying in the area. Beloit has definitely grown on me.”

The Snappers also announced Wednesday that Assistant GM Matthew Bosen has been named the organization’s 10th GM in its 30-year history.

“Over the last four years, I’ve learned a great deal about the proper way to run the Snappers from Jeff (Vohs), I appreciate all the knowledge that he’s passed on to me that he’s picked up throughout his 11 years,“ said Bosen. “I’d like to thank the Board of Directors for giving me this chance to run the organization.”

I’ve know Jeff for a long time and I wish him the best of luck.

New Stadium?  Stadium news?

“The Board keeps working on that project,” Vohs said. “I’ve always focused on what needs to be done here. Since we have a small front office, we can’t commit time to that project and make sure we stay viable in our current ballpark situation. I hope things get better in the economy and something gets done with a new stadium. But Matt will have to do the same thing I did — focus on Pohlman Field.”

In other news, I see that winter baseball has begun in Venezuela.

Ex-Rattlers in action so far are:

Alex Liddi (’08)
Oswaldo Navarro (’05)
Michael Saunders (’06)
Luis Valbuena (’06)

Carlos Maldonado (’99)
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06)

Lorenzo Cain (’09)
Bryan LaHair (’04)

Mike Wilson (’05)

Busy day in the IBAF World Cup on Thursday with doubleheaders all around.

Canada 7, Venezuela 0

Brock Kjeldgaard (’09): 1-for-3, RUN, 2 RBI, HR

Brock Kjeldgaard is greeted at home plate after another homer in the World Cup

Canada 4, South Korea 0

Kjeldgaard: 0-for-3

Netherlands 2, Australia 1

Kalian Sams (’07): 0-for-3

Netherlands 4, Cuba 1

Sams: 1-for-3, RUN, 2 RBI, HR

Kalian Sams (No. 35) is congratulated by his teammates after a home run against Cuba...HOME RUN...AGAINST CUBA!!


According to this, the Dutch are through to the Gold Medal game.  Either Canada or Cuba will face them for the Championship.  How big of a deal is that?  According to this…The Netherlands is the first team from Europe in 73 YEARS to compete for the Gold Medal at the IBAF World Cup…73 YEARS!


Surprise 6, Phoenix 2

Nathan Adcock (’08): 3IP, H, 0R, BB, 7K

Mesa 6, Peoria Javelinas 3

Scooter Gennett (’10): 0-for-4, RUN
Daniel Meadows (’09): IP, 2H, R, 2BB

A good day in the Arizona Fall League has a story on yesterday’s win by Peoria over Mesa.

After the Solar Sox scored twice in the bottom of the second, the Javelinas picked up the pace in the fourth and fifth opposing reliever Bruce Pugh (Twins), who was tagged with his first loss. Kentrail Davis (Brewers) tripled home Zelous Wheeler (Brewers) and Juan Lagares (Mets) plated Scooter Gennett (Brewers) with a two-run homer.

Gennett and Davis, Milwaukee’s No. 4 and 6 prospects respectively, went a combined 5-for-8 at the plate. Gennett is batting .421 through four AFL games.

For Wednesday’s game, Gennett went 3-for-5 with a double and a run and Davis was 2-for-3 with a triple, a run, and an RBI.

There was a file photo of Scooter Gennett that went with the story.

Scooter Gennett rounds third after a home run in the Arizona Fall League. photo by James that one.

If you are looking for an update on the World Cup down in Panama, don’t. The entire Wednesday schedule was rained out.  It looks like there are doubleheaders scheduled for today and tomorrow.  All of the games are scheduled for seven innings.


Nick Bucci as a pitcher for the Timber Rattlers in 2010. (Photo by Patrick S. Blood)

Pool play has concluded in the IBAF World Cup in Panama.  Seven former Rattlers participated in Pool play.  Only four are moving on to Round two.  Canada and the Netherlands are both through to the round that starts today.  Puerto Rico and Taiwan are heading home after round one.

Here are the stats for the ex-Rattlers who played in this international competition:

Brock Kjeldgaard (’09): 6-for-24 (.250), 3 2Bs, HR, 3 RUNS, 6RBI, 10BB, 12K
Nick Bucci (’10): GS, 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K, 1-0, 0.00ERA
Jim Henderson (’09): 3Gs, 4IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 0-0, 0.00ERA, SAV

Puerto Rico:
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 5-for-21 (.238), 2 2Bs, 2 RUNS, 2RBI, BB, 2K
Efrain Nieves (’10): 2 GS, 9.2IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 6BB, 15K, 1-1, 3.72ERA

Kalian Sams (’07): 2-for-11 (.182), 2 RUNS, 3 BB, 4K

Kuo Hui Lo (’07): 7-for-23 (.304) 2 2Bs, RUN, 2RBI, 3K

Canada plays Australia today, South Korea tomorrow, & Venezuela on Thursday
The Dutch have South Korea today, Australia tomorrow, & Cuba on Thursday

The Netherlands and Canada both play at 2pm today.  Here is a link to the round two schedule and scoreboard.  To follow the play-by-play of a game, click on the GTK link next to the game.

In non-Rattler news at the World Cup, USA plays Cuba tonight at 7:30pm.  Click that link and check that one out to see how the US does in that big game.

The Arizona Fall League is in its second week.  The Peoria Javelinas are 2-4 in their first six games.  Ex-Rattlers for the Javs are:

Kentrail Davis (’10): 4-for-15 (.267) RUN, 2 BBs, 5K, 2 SB
Scooter Gennett (’10): 5-for-14 (.357) 3 RUNS, 2 HRs, 6 RBI, BB, 4K, SB
Adam Moore (’06): 1-for-7 (.143) RUN, RBI, 2 BB, 4K

Santo Manzanillo (’10): 2 games, 1.2IP, 2H, 3R, ER, 2BB, K, 0-1, 4.50ERA
Daniel Meadows (’09): 2 games, 3IP, 2H, R, 0ER, BB, 2K, 0-0, 5.40ERA
Cody Scarpetta (’09): GS, 2IP, 2H, R, 2BB, 3K, 0-0, 4.50ERA
Tyler Thornburg (’11): G, 1.1IP, H, 2R, 2BB, 0-0, 13.50ERA

Game #7 for the Javelinas is today at 2:35pm CDT against Phoenix.  Click here for the scoreboard and follow along on gameday.

Brock’s big day

The IBAF World Cup continues today, but there was some big news involving a former Timber Rattler yesterday.

Brock Kjeldgaard of the 2009 Timber Rattlers bashed Canada to a win over the United StatesThe 6-1 win by Canada has pushed the US on the brink of elimination.

Brock Kjeldgaard put Canada en route to the win with a three-run homerun in the second. He later added a RBI double to cap a three-run ninth, providing some insurance.

O, Canada!

Brock took a page out of that other Brock’s book.

Also, that writeup from the IBAF website seems a bit, um, dry.  But, the Baseball Canada, from where the above picture of Brock was taken, mostly focuses on the performance of starting pitcher Shawn Hill.

After that win, Canada was 6-1 in seven games and is on to the next round.  Kjeldgaard is 6-f0r-24 (.250) with 3 doubles, a homer, 3 runs, 6 RBI, and 10 walks. He has struck out 12 times in seven games.

If I understand the website, the US needs to beat Panama…..PANAMA!…today to advance to the next round.

As of this posting, the US is up 5-0 in the 7th. Follow the rest of the game on GameTracker.

World Cup of Baseball Report

The IBAF World Cup of Baseball started over the weekend.  Check out this page for the full details.  Here is the IBAF site for the tournament.

Yes. There are a few former Rattlers in the event.   From Sunday, for instance:

Canada 9, Puerto Rico 1

Brock Kjeldgaard (’09): 1-for-3, 2 RUNS, 2 BB

Puerto Rico:
Efrain Nieves (’10): 2.2IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 7K, Loss
Jeffrey Dominguez (’06): 1-for-2, 2B

Netherlands 2, Taiwan 1

Kuo Hui Lo (’07): 1-for-4

And for Monday:

Canada 3, Japan 1

Kjeldgaard: 0-for-3, BB
Jim Henderson (’09): 1.1IP, H, SAVE

Netherlands 19, Greece 0

Kalian Sams (’07): 1-for-1
Shawn Zarraga (’09):  1-for-1

Puerto Rico 8, USA 4 (10)

Puerto Rico:
Dominguez: 0-for-3, RUN

Panama 14, Taiwan 8

Lo: 3-for-5, run, 2 2Bs, 2 RBI

Tuesday’s games start at 2:00pm and 7:30pm in Panama….PANAMA!*

Game of the night for Ex-Rattlers may be Canada v. Taiwan at 7:30pm.

Follow the scoreboard and game trackers

*-This is also 2pm and 7:30pm in the Central Time Zone!

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