Lake Erie Takes Doubleheader

June 30, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, June 30, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti dropped both games in the twi-night double header with the Lake Erie Crushers. Each game came down to the last pitch as Sliders lost 6-4, and 3-1.

Both games ended with Midwest having the winning runner at the plate, and tying runner at first but were unable to do anything.

The Crushers got an early lead in the first game when John Rivera tripled and Andrew Davis homered putting the Sliders in a 2-0 hole. Davis hit another bomb in his next at bat to put Lake Erie up 3-0.

An Error and wild pitch helped allow two unearned runs to score in the top of the fourth, putting the Crushers up 5-0.

Midwest came roaring back scoring four runs in the next two innings to cut the lead to just one run. Gilberto Zayas hit a two-run bullet over the fence in the bottom of the fourth. In the fifth, three singles and a sac fly helped score Zack Pace and Roberto Mena which made it a 5-4 game.

Lake Erie added an insurance run off a double and single putting them up two. Midwest brought the winning run to the plate and tying run at first in the last at bats, but couldn’t score.

Mike Penn gave the Sliders a great outing throwing a complete game only allowing four earned runs and striking out six, but suffered the loss.

Kyle Kearcher gave the Sliders another nice performance in the second game of the series. Kearcher only allowed one hit in his first four innings of work.

Jimmy Baker hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first for the only Slider run of the game. Baker and DeLuca both had multi hit games for Midwest.

Lake Erie put three runs up on Kearcher in the fifth that turned out to be the difference in the game. Midwest had a walk and single in their last at bats but couldn’t score the runners to put it in extra innings.

Kearcher threw 6.1 innings allowing three runs and struck out four while receiving his fifth loss of the year.

Tomorrow’s series finale will feature new Slider pitcher Jeff Fischer. Fischer already picked up a win in his first relief appearance Sunday, and will be making his first start for Midwest. The first pitch is at 7:05 at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

Sliders Belt Five Homers to Sweet Two-Game Set

June 28, 2009 by  
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FLORENCE, KY, June 28, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti went into Florence and took both games from the Freedom in a short two-game series. The Sliders won 17-6 with 19 hits, five of which home runs.

The game wasn’t always a blow out though, in the second Gilberto Zayas hit a solo homer to start the Sliders scoring, then Robbie Knapped doubled and scored off Bryan Bonners single to make the game 2-0.

Florence came right back in the bottom half of the inning when Tim Grogan hit a two run homer to even up the game. The Sliders added two more in the fourth from a Sam DeLuca single. Once again Florence fought back when Justin Pickett hit a solo homer to cut the Midwest lead to 4-3.

Knapp hit a solo home run in the fifth to give the Sliders once again a two run lead at 5-3. For the third straight inning the Freedom answered Midwest with a run of their own cutting to lead to one yet again.

In the top of the sixth inning Midwest broke the game open scoring eight runs mostly thanks to a three-run homer by Jimmy Baker, two run double by Bonner, and a solo homer by Ben Barrone. The Sliders offense continued to produce in the eighth when DeLuca hit a grand slam making the score 17-6.

DeLuca finished 4-6 with six RBI’s, and Barrone went 4-5. Each Slider starter collected at least one run scored and on hit during the onslaught.

Midwest’s Jeff Fischer earned his first win throwing three innings of relief allowing two runs. P.J. Zocchi made the start and threw four innings allowing four runs and striking out four.

The Sliders will enjoy their first scheduled day off in three weeks Monday, before taking on Lake Erie Tuesday in a twi-night double header beginning at 5:05 p.m. at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium.

Albury Wins Third Straight for Sliders

June 27, 2009 by  
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FLORENCE, KY, June 27, 2009

Big performances by James Albury and Ben Barrone catapulted the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti 11-1 over Florence Freedom. Albury hurled a great pitching performance, and Barrone hit two homeruns that drove in six runs that propelled Midwest.

The Sliders began their scoring with two outs in the fourth. Bryan Bonner walked, and then a Clay McCord single led up to the three-run bomb by Ben Barrone.

The Sliders scored four runs in the next two innings which put the game away. Three singles and an error lead to the four in the fifth, Gilberto Zayas lead off with a single, followed by Sam DeLuca RBI single, and then McCord had a two run single.

Barrone struck again with two outs in the sixth. Zayas doubled, then was drove in by Joash Brodin, McCord single, and Barrone hit a three run shot to make the score 11-1.

Behind all the scoring was another strong pitching performance from James Albury. He only allowed four hits, through seven innings of work, allowing one run. Albury earned his fourth win of the season and third in a row.

P.J. Zocchi (1-1) takes the mound Sunday for Midwest against Moises Melendez (4-3), as the Sliders try to steal the short two game series. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. Following the game the Sliders will head back to Ypsilanti with a day off Monday. Tuesday they play a double header at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium against the Lake Erie Crushers starting at 5:05 p.m.

Sliders Split Doubleheader with Kings

June 26, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, June 26, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo Kings split their double header Friday night at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. Midwest won the first game 8-6 after building a five run lead in the first. The Kings came back to win the second game 11-7 after the Sliders took another 5-0 lead in the first inning.

Midwest took advantage of two errors on the catcher while trying to throw out base stealers in the first inning of the first game, to score three unearned runs.

Midwest added two more runs in the third from a Jonnie Knoble, two run double, to go up 7-4. A walk, stolen base, and Ben Barrone double added an insurance run in the sixth putting Midwest up 8-6.

Douglas Brooks earned his second win going 5.2 innings allowing four earned runs, as Arshwin Asjes earned his second save coming in to pitch the last 1.1 innings striking out two.

Beginning the second game, Robbie Knapp belted a grand slam in the bottom of the first, followed by a Joash Brodin solo homer to put Midwest up 5-0.

The Kings answered with seven runs of their own in the second that knocked Eric Gilliland, the Sliders starter, out of the game. Kalamazoo took advantage of walks as they only had four hits in the second scoring seven runs mostly due to walks.

Kalamazoo didn’t need walks in the third scoring four runs off six hits and taking the lead 11-6. Midwest added another run in the third, but couldn’t scrap any more runs the rest of the game.

Eric Gilliland suffered the loss allowing seven runs in only a 1.2 innings. Bernard Robert received his third win for the Kings.

Friday the Sliders will be in Florence Kentucky to take on the Riverhawks at 7:05 p.m. They will play a two game series before Midwest will come home to play another double header Tuesday at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium beginning at 5:05 p.m.

Sliders Rained Out, Doubleheader Tomorrow

June 25, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, June 25, 2009

Storms stopped the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo Kings game at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium tonight. The game is rescheduled for tomorrow as they’ll play a double header starting at 5:05 p.m.

Kalamazoo stole the first game last night 6-4. Midwest will try to take both games tomorrow to win the series. The Sliders will put Douglas Brooks (1-3, 7.15) on the mound in the first game, the second games starter is TBA.

Sliders Comeback Runs Short

June 25, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, June 24, 2009

The Kalamazoo Kings steal the first game of the series with the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti 6-4. Midwest scored three runs in the bottom of the 9th and brought the tying run to the plate, but it was to little to late for the Sliders.

The Kings started the second inning with a single, error, then a sacrifice fly which drove in the first run of the game. They tagged on another run in the top of the fourth off three consecutive singles, putting them up 2-0.

Sam DeLuca provided Midwest’s first run with a solo homer in the fifth. DeLuca went 3-4 on the night and drove in two runs.

Kalamazoo scored again in the sixth, and three in the eighth off reliever Earl Oakes.

Midwest put together four hits in the ninth scoring three runs, and had a runner thrown out at home only to lose by two. John Brownell got the win throwing eight innings allowing all four runs, and Tommy Meija earned his seventh save coming in a jam in the ninth.

Kyle Kearcher lost his fourth game of the season, but didn’t have a bad outing going six innings only allowing two earned runs, while striking out six batters.

Tomorrow’s game starts at 7:05 at EMU’s Oestrike stadium, Dexter’s own Mike Penn will take the mound on tomorrow for the Sliders.

Artist studio space coming to Ypsilanti

June 23, 2009 by  
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From James Marks at VG Kids


Ypsilanti, MI based VGKids will sponsor an effort to connect artists and musicians with available studio space. The project, Spur Studios, will center on rehabilitating long-vacant office space in Ypsilanti into private studios. Artists and musicians are often considered a cultural asset, attracting young talent and fresh businesses.

James Marks, Founder and Creative Director of VGKids, states “This is a simple grass roots effort and a sign of understanding from Ypsilanti stakeholders that the arts are going to play an integral role in our future. Washtenaw County has long needed a space where musicians can be loud without disrupting the neighborhood, and artists can get a little paint on the floor without losing the security deposit on an apartment.”

Private studios are available in a variety of sizes with a one year lease. Roughly 75% of the studios have natural light, and the entire facility will have 24 hour access and off street parking. Living in the building is expressly forbidden.

A general meeting for potential tenants will be held Sunday July 19th, 2pm at Corner Brewery. Following a presentation, a tour of available spaces will take place at 800 Lowell Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

For Project Information:
James Marks
Founder and Creative Director, VGKids
[email protected]

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Sliders Head Home on Sour Note

June 23, 2009 by  
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( WASHINGTON, PA) The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti fall in the final game of their 12 game road trip 9-2 to the Washington Wild Things. Three errors crippled Sliders pitching as Washington scored five unearned runs.

Washington put two runs up in the second inning from a triple, double, then single to go up 2-0. In the third, the Wild Things broke the game open scoring four runs thanks to a double, walk, error, and two run home run by Matt Sutton.

Down 6-0 Midwest racked three consecutive hits together in the top of the 5th by Bryan Bonner, Stephan Flora, and Jonnie Knoble to cut the lead to 6-2.

Chris Demons added a Washington insurance run by hitting a solo shot in the sixth. After an error and single in the eighth, Demons hit a two run double to put the Wild Things up 9-2.

P.J. Zocchi went three innings allowing two earned runs collecting the loss.

“P.J. pitched alright today,” manager Eric Coleman said “It doesn’t help when we make errors behind him.”

“No matter who you are if you kick the ball around you can’t win,” Coleman added.

The Sliders head home after the road trip to face the Kalamazoo Kings in a three game series starting Wednesday night at 7:05 at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. Southpaw Kyle Kearcher (1-3, 5.20) will be on the mound for Midwest as they return home.

Sliders Bats Come Alive

June 22, 2009 by  
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WASHINGTON, PA, June 22, 2009

The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti end their skid shredding the Washington Wild Things pitching for 15 hits and 9 runs. The Sliders won 9-1 in Washington behind a good pitching performance from James Albury.

Midwest took the lead in the fourth when Robbie Knapp hit a double, then was drove in by Ben Barrone on a single to centerfield. Washington answered right back in their next at bat scoring off a walk pitch. That would be the only Wild Thing run all night though as Midwest put eight unanswered runs on the board.

Four singles in the sixth and a double by Bryan Bonner put Midwest up 5-1 a lead that they would only build on through the night. Midwest scored a run in all of the following three innings to close out the game. Barrone added a solo homer in the eight, his second of the year. Knapp lead the Sliders in hitting going 4-5 with a double and two RBI’s. Zack Pace and Roberto Mena both added two hits and scored twice.

Albury received the win after six innings only allowing one run and striking out six Wild Things. The Slider bullpen did their part with Nate Kafka, Chris Nyman, and Earl Oakes each pitching one inning without allowing a run.

“It was a good team win tonight,” manager Eric Coleman said. “I hope we got are bats going, and didn’t use up all our hits tonight.”

Tomorrow’s rubber match will be a afternoon game at 12:05 p.m. which will give the Sliders time to travel back to Ypsilanti for their game Thursday at EMU’s Oestrike Stadium. P.J. Zocchi will make his first start for Midwest since being put on the disabled list May 27th.

Friday Night’s Fireworks Canceled

June 22, 2009 by  
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YPSILANTI, MI, June 22, 2009

The Midwest Sliders’ first fireworks night, scheduled for Friday, June 26th, has been cancelled due to lack of corporate participation.

“We had two corporate sponsors lined up for our Friday night fireworks next week,” said Sliders Sales Manager Jerry Garland.  “One sponsor indicated it was going out of business and the other, while making a verbal commitment, never returned a signed contract or provided a check.”

The Sliders still hope to hold its second scheduled fireworks night on Friday, August 14th, when the Southern Illinois Miners come to town.  But, according to Garland, a couple of area businesses will have to step up to the plate to fund at least half of the cost before the club can finalize plans.

“These (sponsorships) will have to be found soon because gaining approval from Eastern Michigan University and the City of Ypsilanti is typically at least a 30-day process.”

Also the doubleheader with the Lake Erie Crushers June 30th start time will be 5:05 p.m. with games opening at 4:05 p.m.

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