News From Terre Haute, Indiana


July 7, 2013

FROM TERRE HAUTE TO THE MAJOR LEAGUES: Phegley relieved to get first MLB hit out of the way

TERRE HAUTE — Josh Phegley forced his way into the major leagues at 25 years old with some outstanding play — both at the plate and behind the plate — at Triple-A Charlotte.

Now, Phegley will hope to force manager Robin Ventura to pencil him into the lineup regularly.

While it was a tough night for the White Sox against Tampa Bay, Phegley wasted little time getting started Friday in his debut.

He singled through the right side in his second big-league at-bat for an RBI and delivered a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.

Phegley told reporters afterward it felt good to break through with a hit in his first game up.

“It felt like kind of a weight lifted,” Phegley said. “[Hellickson] was really getting me with that changeup, kind of a good pitch for him. But just to get the bat on the ball and see it go though there. ... I guess I lucked out.”

Can’t argue with Sox television announcer Hawk Harrelson, who said “Hopefully his first of very many.”

• Eitel on a roll — Former Marshall, Ill., and Rose-Hulman standout Derek Eitel is on a roll as a reliever with the Double-A Mobile BayBears.

He’s been near perfect in his last seven innings, allowing no runs, zero hits and walking just two with 11 strikeouts.

• Sycamores with Blue Jays — Former Indiana State players Koby Kraemer and Brandon Dorsett have been assigned within the system.

Dorsett has a 2.70 ERA in six games with the Class A Vancouver Candians, and Kraemer is playing every other day at third base with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays. Kraemer is 2 for 19 through five games.

Updates on former Indiana State, Rose-Hulman, Terre Haute Rex or Wabash Valley-connected players this week.

• Clint Barmes — Barmes is getting the occasional start but has three hits in his last 28 at-bats.

• Nevin Ashley — Former Sycamore catcher is hitting .301 , and came up with two RBI on July 3 against the Indianapolis Indians. He also had a triple at Victory Field against the Indians on June 30.

• Brady Shoemaker — Shoemaker is on the disabled list after shoulder surgery.

• Ryan Strausborger — Strausborger is showing signs of heating up, with a .250 batting average in his last 10 games. He has two doubles and a triple in his last six games.

• Jeremy Lucas — Lucas has hits in nine of his past 10 starts with the Class-A Lake County Captains, posting a .333 atting average with four RBI during that span. He has a .415 on-base percentage and .859 OPS during the recent stretch to go with two doubles and a triple.

He hit a steady .275 in 15 June starts with two home runs after going .269 with zero homers in 15 May starts.

• Koby Kraemer — Former Terre Haute South/Indiana State/Terre Haute Rex standout is not getting hits to fall just yet, but he has a .325 on-base percentage.

• Stephen Bruno — Has not played due to injury since going 2 for 4 on May 2.

• Joe Thatcher — The Padres’ lefty specialist held opponents to a .185 batting average in an outstanding eight innings during May. He gave up his first two home runs of the season in June as his earned-run average has went up to 2.19.

• Brian Omogrosso — Made 12 appearances with the White Sox but was demoted after allowing nine runs and nine hits in 21⁄3 innings.

• Matt Zaleski — Disabled list.

• Mitch Stetter — Disabled list.

• Derek Eitel — Eitel hasn’t allowed an earned run or a hit since June 14 in 112⁄3 innings.

• Ryan Tatusko — Has hit a rough patch with Triple-A Syracuse, allowing runs in his last four appearances.

• Jake Petricka — Was promoted to Triple-A Charlotte, where he has struck out three in his first and only appearance so far.

• Colin Rea — Working out of the bullpen for the Class A Fort Wayne TinCaps.

• Jason Van Skike — Van Skike is putting together a solid season in Winston-Salem, earning several spot starts.

• Brandon Dorsett — Dorsett is pitching well in Vancouver, with a 2.70 ERA through seven innings.

• Dakota Bacus — The former Sycamore is 8-2 with a 3.47 ERA for Beloit. He tossed an eight-inning, three-hitter on June 28.

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  • TOM LINDLEY: Grandstands feel a little empty at NASCAR races

    As the cars whizzed around the two-and-a-half mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend, it appeared that something was missing from this year’s Brickyard 400 – fans.

    August 1, 2014

  • Post 346 drops its first game of Legion state finals

    Wayne Newton Post 346 lost its first game at the American Legion baseball state tournament as it lost 10-8 to Newburgh Post 44.

    August 1, 2014

  • SPT073114rexsabo:moore.jpg Two homers help Rex emerge victorious over Springfield 3-1

    The Terre Haute Rex rank second among the 12 Prospect League baseball teams in extra-base hits and Zach Welz, Kaden Moore and Tony Rosselli added to the Rex 2014 haul at Bob Warn Field in a 3-1 win over Springfield on Thursday.
    Kaden Moore put up the Rex’s first run with a line-drive home run over the left-field wall in the second inning. Welz added his homer in the seventh — with a no-doubt blast to left to add an insurance run.

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • Colts suffer another season-ending injury in guard Thomas

    Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano must be getting tired of being the bearer of bad news.
    First it was running back Vick Ballard, who suffered a torn left Achilles during practice last Friday. And on Wednesday, offensive guard Donald Thomas went down with a torn right quadriceps muscle.

    July 31, 2014

  • Colts notebook: Rookie Mewhort ready to compete

    So just who is Jack Mewhort?
    Well, the Indianapolis Colts rookie is slated to take over as the team’s new starting left guard due to the season-ending quad injury suffered Wednesday by veteran Donald Thomas.
     A former standout at Ohio State, the 6-foot-6, 308-pound Mewhort was selected by the Colts in the second round of this spring’s NFL draft. And since Indianapolis didn’t have a first-round pick, the Toledo, Ohio, native is getting a lot more scrutiny that most second-rounders taken in the draft.

    July 31, 2014

  • Metro roundup: Rose-Hulman basketball schedules released

    Rose-Hulman released its 2014-2015 men’s and women’s basketball schedules this week.
    The men’s schedule includes several in-state rivalries and a double round-robin conference slate for first-year head coach Rusty Loyd.

    July 31, 2014

  • Rex fall to Miners 4-3 in 11 innings, forcing them into tie with Quincy for first place

    The West Virginia Miners tallied the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the 11th inning Wednesday night at Bob Warn Field, then held Terre Haute scoreless in the bottom half of the frame to post a 4-3 baseball victory and shove the Rex into a virtual tie for first place with the Quincy Gems in the Prospect League West Division second-half standings.
    Terre Haute is now 18-8 in the second half, while Quincy is 19-9.

    July 31, 2014

  • SPT-HB0731-ColtsCamp-Werner-319.jpg Colts need Woerner to step up in Mathis' absence

    Big Bjoern has certainly made his presence felt during the first week of training camp for the Indianapolis Colts. Bjoern Werner — the 6-foot-3, 257-pound second-year outside linebacker for the Colts— is being counted on to big a major force on the Indianapolis defense this season.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • AP202765859190.jpg Colts' Thomas leaves practice with lower-leg injury

    Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano has been trying to take a lighter approach to training camp practices this year in an effort to slow down the list of injuries that dogged his team a year ago.
    Pagano’s plans, though, haven’t been bearing fruit.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0731-ColtsCamp-Fleener-206.jpg Colts, Fleener focused on situational football

    One year ago, the focus in Indianapolis Colts training camp was on turnovers. The team had committed far too many in 2012 and was determined not to repeat its mistakes.
    The theme at Anderson University carried over to the field and the Colts’ 14 turnovers were the fewest in the NFL last year.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

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Tribune-Star/Bob PoynterLeader: Tom Jones is leading going into Sunday's final round of the Men's City Championship at Hulman Links on Sunday.

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  • ISU football picked last in MVFC

    Indiana State’s football team found itself in familiar, if depressing, territory when the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll was released on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Degano2.jpg Bullpen mates: Three relievers coming on strong down stretch for Rex

    The Terre Haute Rex pitching staff ranks fifth among the 12 teams in the Prospect League in earned-run average this season and first in the league with only four home runs allowed all summer. But the Rex pitchers might be the best in the league the past two weeks as the team has had two shutouts and two games with one run allowed in the past week.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prettyman wants ISU to be prepared for potential NCAA changes

    Against a rising tide of media, public and institutional sentiment that would suggest otherwise, Indiana State Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman believes that the current model of college athletics still works.

    July 26, 2014

  • ISU basketball trio earn national academic honors

    A trio of Indiana State basketball student-athletes have been named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court as announced by the national organization. Honored from Indiana State were Lucas Eitel, Justin Gant and Jake Kitchell.

    July 23, 2014

  • Metro roundup: Post 346 rallies past Rockville

    Wayne Newton Post 346 scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to get past Rockville 6-3 in an American Legion baseball regional at Terre Haute North on Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

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Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, right, laughs with running back Chris Rainey during an NFL football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Welcome home: Ryan Sabo welcomes Kaden Moore back to home plate after Moore's second inning home run. Standing by is Springfield's catcher Chris Bradt.

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Waiting: Bryan Clauson sits in his sprint car, waiting his turn to qualify at the Terre Haute Action Track for the Don Smith Classic.

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