• Postgame notes: Colorado Springs 8, Tacoma 3; Fireworks cancelled

    Fri, June 21, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The Sky Sox connected on four triples, two by Ben Paulsen, to match a franchise single-game record (1991, 1998 and 2003) to cruise to a 8-3 victory over Tacoma. The hosts added two doubles and a homer for seven extra-base knocks out of 14 hits.

    The Friday win before 8,361 at Security Service Field gave the hosts the series, 3-1, and moved the Sky Sox to 1.5 games of the Rainiers (44-32) after starting the homestand 3.5 back in the PCL Pacific Northern Division.

    “Winning this is huge for us,” Paulsen said. “This gives us a lot of confidence going on the road.”

    A triple to lead off the fourth by Paulsen led to one run and his second in the fifth made it 5-2. The Sky Sox (41-32) pace professional baseball with 51 triples, which includes individual pro leader Corey Dickerson (13) who was called up to the Rockies before Friday’s game.

    Sky Sox starter Drew Pomeranz (8-1) is now tied for league lead with 8 wins and leads PCL with 96 Ks.

    Colorado Springs is now 11-2 on Thursday and 9-3 on Fridays. The Sky Sox were 25-19 on Thursdays and Fridays last season.

    Roster shuffle

    Outfielder Corey Dickerson, 24, was called up to the Rockies and was in uniform for Colorado at Washington on Friday night.  His .386 batting average leads the PCL as does his 13 triples, and total bases (179). He also had 19 doubles, 9 home runs, 38 RBIs and 56 runs this season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound eighth round draft pick (2010), had reached bases safely for 23-straight games before being called up. …. Righthanded pitcher Logan Kensing, 30, was designated for assignment to make room on the full Rockies 40-man roster. He went 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA (21 innings, six earned runs) in 19 PCL games. He appeared in one game for the Rockies with a scoreless 2/3 inning on Wednesday against Toronto. … Catcher Joe Gonzalez (No. 43) was promoted up from Double-A Tulsa.

  • Saturday celebrity softball game to benefit Pikes Peak Community Foundation

    Wed, June 19, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    The name of this Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. Waldo Canyon Classic celebrity softball game was changed to the Heroes Classic. The club announced that for each $10-30 ticket purchased for the event, $5 will be donated to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation (PPCMF) to assist victims of the Black Forest Fire. Also, anyone who has lost their home in the recent fire or is still evacuated may come to the game for free by stopping by the Sky Sox box office.

    A limited number of special VIP package tickets are available for $30 and include:

    o    A general admission ticket to the game.

    o    Access to a special VIP autograph session before the game with the former Major League players, including Rollie Fingers

    o    Membership in the MLBPAA

    Regular general admission tickets  will be $10.

    Here is a link to purchase tickets online.

    Care & Share Food Bank will be on hand to accept nonperishable food donations and the Springs Rescue Mission will take clothing, household items and clean-up items such as work gloves, rakes, shovels and trash bags.

    The fire and police department teams include several former Major League players including Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers who saved over 340 games in his career and won both the Cy Young Award and American League MVP Award in 1981. The night will culminate with a fireworks display.

    The teams will wear custom-made jerseys that will be auctioned off during and after the game with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the PPCF.

    Former Major League players who  will be participating in the game include:

    Jim Tracy: Former Cubs outfielder, 2009 National League Manager of the Year, managed Rockies from 2009 to 2012 and took the team to the playoffs in his first season at the helm after taking over part way through the season.  In his 11 seasons as a Major League manager he compiled a 856-880 record. As a player, Tracy played parts of two seasons with the Chicago Cubs as an outfielder from 1980-81 and hit .249 with three homers and fourteen RBIs in 87 games.

     Rollie Fingers: Hall of Fame pitcher, Cy Young Award Winner & AL MVP in 1981, played 18 seasons with Oakland, San Diego & Milwaukee, won three World Series with Oakland 1972-74.

    Dave Henderson: Outfielder played 14 seasons with Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Oakland & Kansas City, won a World Series with Oakland in 1989, hit 197 career home runs.

    Mike Timlin: Four-time World Series Champion with Toronto (1992-93) & Boston (2004, 2007), reliever played in 18 seasons with Toronto, Seattle, Baltimore, St. Louis, Philadelphia & Boston.

    Turk Wendell: An 11 year veteran who played for the Cubs, Mets, Phillies & Rockies. Appeared in the 2000 World Series with the Mets and pitched in 552 career games.

    Bob Knepper: Two-time All-Star, pitcher played 15 seasons with San Francisco & Houston, won 146 games in his career including six season with 10 or more wins.

    Mark Knudson: A member of the Rockies inaugural 1993 team, pitcher played in eight seasons with Houston, Milwaukee & Colorado.

    Mark Lee: Pitcher played four seasons with Kansas City, Milwaukee & Baltimore.

    Gary Krug: Mitchell High School grad and current Pine Creek JV Baseball Head Coach played for the Cubs in 1981, former Head Baseball Coach at Cheyenne Mountain  High School.

    Brian Fisher: A 2nd round draft pick of the Atlanta Braves in 1980, the righty won 36 games in seven seasons with the Yankees, Pirates, Astros and Mariners.

    Bobby Johnson: A catcher & first baseman who played three season with the Texas Rangers. He is also the nephew of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.

    Mike Thompson: A right-hander who pitched for the Padres for two seasons after being a 5th round pick in 1999.

    Scott Randall: A former member of the Sky Sox where he played three seasons after being drafted by the Rockies in 1995. He pitched in the Majors for the Reds and three a no-hitter in 1996 with the Asheville Tourists.