Sunday Notes (5/1)

It’s the most exciting time of mid-Spring…team photo day!  I’ll have my hands full getting the 2011 Clinton LumberKings photo in order, so unfortunately I will not be posting an interview today.

If I was, right-hander George Mieses would be deserving.  Mieses allowed a run on eight hits over 5.0 strong innings for his first win yesterday as the LumberKings took care of Wisconsin, 5-2, for their first road series victory.  Stefen Romero stayed hot after yesterday’s pregame interview, launching his third home run in four games — a two-run clout to left — to give Mieses a 2-0 lead.  Julio Morban added an RBI triple and Matt Cerione chipped in with a sacrifice fly.

The LumberKings are now just a game behind Kane County for seventh in the West Division.  Not exactly threatening the likes of Burlington and Cedar Rapids quite yet, but a comeback has got to start somewhere.  From what I saw on this last road trip, maybe this is the beginning of a run.

It will all depend on how the Kings play the Beloit Snappers on this three-game home series.  The Snappers took three of four up at Pohlman Field in early April, but are coming off a disheartening 13-8 loss in extra frames to Peoria.  Beloit pounded out six home runs including back-to-back-to-back blasts to take a lead, but the Chiefs knocked around left-hander Martire Garcia in the top of the 10th to take the win.  Here’s hoping that loss knocked Nelson Prada’s club off-kilter heading into this series.

Today’s Game Notes:  5.1.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineups:

Beloit (12-8):  Jamaal Hawkins/SS, Derek McCallum/2B, Lance Ray/RF, Michael Gonzales/1B, Daniel Ortiz/LF, Nate Roberts/DH, Tobias Streich/C, Wang-Wei Lin/CF, Andrew Leer/3B, Manuel Soliman/RHP

LumberKings (7-16):  Julio Morban/LF, Marcus Littlewood/SS, Tim Morris/1B, Stefen Romero/2B, Mickey Wiswall/DH, Matt Cerione/CF, Ramon Morla/3B, Jabari Blash/RF, Steven Baron/C, Brandon Maurer/RHP

First pitch is at 2:00 PM, listen online at


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