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  1. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Daniel Johnson’s 3-run homer spurs Akron RubberDucks to 7-3 win over Bowie Baysox
    Posted May 13, 2019




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    By Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com

    AKRON, Ohio — Daniel Johnson hit a three-run homer and Ka’ai Tomadded a solo shot in a five-run fourth inning, helping the Akron RubberDucks cruise to a 7-3 win Monday night over the Baysox at Canal Park.

    Akron built a 7-0 lead after four innings, giving left-hander Tanner Tully(3-3, 3.76 ERA) a big cushion as he earned the victory.

    The RubberDucks scored twice in the second inning, with Tom and Li-Jen Chu getting RBI singles off Baysox right-handed starter Hunter Harvey (1-3, 6.23).

    Tom started the fourth inning with a homer to right-center field off Harvey. With one out, Tyler Krieger singled, then stole second and third.

    Ernie Clement was hit by a pitch before Alex Pantoja’s single gave Akron a 4-0 lead.

    With two runners on and one out, Johnson sent a pitch over the right-field wall to give Akron a 7-0 lead.

    Tully lasted 5 1/3 innings for Akron, running into some trouble in the sixth when he gave up three runs, two earned. Relievers Matt Whitehouse, Nick Sandin and Dalbert Siri combined to hold Bowie to just two hits and no runs over the final 3 2/3 innings.

    https://www.cleveland.com/tribe/2019/05/daniel-johnsons-3-run-homer-spurs-akron-rubberducks-to-7-3-win-over-bowie-baysox.html?fbclid=IwAR0-VFmatoeFIBbu-sUJHBhuTgxNRzJACHU703JDvdgvf-OMPFgAHQ1PBeU
     
  2. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    OSU's Dominic Canzone taken by D'Backs in 8th round of MLB Draft
    ByDAVE BIDDLE 17 hours ago

    Ohio State junior right fielder Dominic Canzone was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round (No. 242 overal) of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.

    Canzone was a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the Buckeyes in 2019 when he batted .345 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound lefty recorded an OPS (on base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.064, and had nine stolen bases in 10 attempts.

    Canzone was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team pick in 2017, and was named to the conference's second-team as a sophomore in 2018.

    Last year, pitcher Ryan Feltner from Ohio State was a fourth-round pick by the Colorado Rockies. That marked the highest an OSU player had been selected in the MLB Draft since outfielder Ronnie Dawson in 2016 (second round by the Houston Astros).

    Canzone helped lead OSU to the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons, and helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2019 Big Ten Tournament championship.

    Canzone was widely projected as a fourth or fifth-round pick, so he certainly slid more than expected. For example, MLB.com ranked him as the No. 144 prospect available entering the draft. The slot value signing bonus for the No. 144 pick is $379,000. However, the slot signing bonus for the No. 242 pick is $170,300. Still a good chunk of change, just not what the OSU star anticipated.

    Canzone could decide to return to Ohio State for his senior season in 2020, but that seems highly unlikely.

    https://247sports.com/college/ohio-state/Article/Ohio-State-Buckeyes-baseball-Dominic-Canzone-MLB-Draft-Arizona-Diamonbacks-132568117/
     
  3. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

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    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

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    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

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    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

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    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Datres' sacrifice hit leads Asheville over Columbia in 10 innings
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Daniel Montano scored on a sacrifice in the top of the 10th inning to help lead the Asheville Tourists to a 6-4 win over the Columbia Fireflies on Wednesday.

    Montano scored after he started the inning on second. Later in the inning, Asheville added insurance runs when Terrin Vavra hit a sacrifice fly and Niko Decolati hit an RBI single.

    In the bottom of the inning, Columbia scored on a single by Mark Vientos that brought home Gerson Molina. However, the rally ended when Alexander Martinez got Chase Chambers to fly out to end the game.

    Jacob Bosiokovic (2-0) got the win with two innings of scoreless relief while Jose Moreno (2-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game.


    https://www.state-journal.com/ap_sports/datres-sacrifice-hit-leads-asheville-over-columbia-in-innings/article_51db9adb-447f-596d-8e77-dd353ac5aacb.html?fbclid=IwAR1pG0S8UKpjBfTebY9qZD1EKwUfqJZCjISJKEZrgGYxrihtnovHTBc5Z-E
     
  8. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

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    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Jul
    11
    Catching Up…With Connor Curlis

    by Sonny Fulks | Features, Home Features, OSU, OSU Feature

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    After his 7-4 record with a 3.55 ERA in his junior season at Ohio State, the Reds selected Curlis in the 24th round of the 2018 June draft. (Press Pros Feature Photos)



    CONTACT
    The former Buckeye from Findlay is learning the ropes of professional baseball…and how to live out of a suitcase. It’s life in the minor leagues – one bus trip at a time.

    [​IMG]Dayton, OH – He seemed glad to see me. Former Buckeye pitcher Connor Curlis flashed a surprised smile when I caught up with him last week at Fifth Third Field. Just hours removed from a 5 am bus ride from Bowling Green, Kentucky the night before, there hadn’t been much time for rest, and his voice was tinged with a note of fatigue.

    “It’s always good to see someone from home,” he said, taking time to talk with me, two hours before the Dayton Dragons’ game with South Bend. “It’s nice to be playing in Dayton, because home is close.”

    In my case it wasn’t home, just familiarity. Press Pros had covered Curlis during his previous three seasons with the Ohio State Buckeyes, including his junior year when his 7-4 record as the Buckeyes’ Friday starter, his 3.55 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 88 innings, was inducement enough for the Cincinnati Reds to select him in the 24th round of the June draft.

    They were good numbers, but not overwhelming numbers…not in the category of the Reds’ first-round pick from the year prior, 18-year-old Hunter Greene, whose fastball reached 102 miles per hour as a high school senior. And his signing figure was nowhere near the 7-plus million that Greene received.

    But therein lies the irony of baseball. Like Greene, Curlis began his professional journey last year with the Reds’ rookie affiliate in Billings, Montana, where he won three games without defeat while striking out 33 hitters in 25 innings.

    And like Greene in his second season, Curlis was assigned to Dayton in May, a full-season ‘A’ league where the competition is stronger and endurance becomes a factor. The Dragons play a five month schedule of 140 games. Billings plays half that.

    Endurance took its toll on Green in 2018. He left the Dragons midway through the year to have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Like long bus rides in the wee hours of the morning, it’s a professional obstacle in this line of work. Baseball’s a tough business!

    “It’s always been my dream,” Curlis assures. “And it’s awesome to be playing this close to home (Findlay, OH, Findlay High School). It’s cool to represent the Reds where my family and friends can come and watch me play.”

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    “We’re trying to simply things with Connor,” said pitching coach Seth Etherton. “Working on command and having him find out the kind of pitcher he can be.”

    Since being assigned to the Dragons out of extended spring training, Curlis has given a good account of himself. He’s started eight games, with a 2-3 record in 30.2 innings. In his latest start against Bowling Green, he was the losing pitcher of record in a five-inning outing, but he gave up just five hits, while striking out seven. Impressively, for his 30 innings he’s recorded more strikeouts than innings pitched (34). But he’s also walked 17, part of the learning curve at this level…and an important correction to master for the sake of career advancement.

    “Mostly it’s just fastball command,” he states. “That’s the number one priority, and something I’ve struggled with lately. Too many walks. Hitters at this level are all good. That’s why they’re here. The hitters are more patient and they don’t swing and miss pitches outside the zone like they would in college.

    “The other thing is being able to throw any off-speed pitch, whenever you want, anytime in the count. You have to keep hitters off balance, and you don’t want to be predictable. You don’t want them to know a fastball’s coming.”

    Dragons pitching coach Seth Etherton, a former 1st round pick by the Anaheim Angels, gives a positive prognosis to Connor’s development.

    “Right now we’re trying to simplify some things with Connor,” says Etherton. “We’re working on command and having him find out the kind of pitcher he can be. After the first couple of innings the other night (Bowling Green) he settled into a groove and was very good his last two innings. Every pitcher has to learn that…and learn to trust his stuff.”

    “There’s a lot more to it than there was at Ohio State,” says Curlis. “The Big Ten prepared me, and I thought I was ready to compete at this level, but again…it’s a whole different ballgame when one through nine is good. So you’ve got to learn to pitch to your strengths and not think about it. You have to attack every hitter.”

    He’s accustomed to pitching in big games – against Michigan, Minnesota, and South Carolina in the 2018 NCAA regional tournament. But now every game is subject to scrutiny – job security – in one of toughest work environments imaginable. Curlis is not threatened. He understands, and welcomes the challenge.

    “The other night…”, he explained. “It took me a while. I gave up some runs early before I got back into a rhythm. You want to get off to a good start. Pitch count is such a big thing. You want to get ahead. To have a scoreless inning in the first is huge because it gives you momentum for the rest of the game.”

    The Dragons wear T-shirts that read ‘Don’t Fight The Fun’ across the front, a reminder that everyone in the organization, from the front office down, understands the ups and downs – the pitfalls – of making it to Cincinnati.

    I had to ask, “Are you having fun?”

    “Yeah, of course,” he said, a touch of kid in his voice. “I get to come to the ballpark to do what I’ve dreamed of doing. This is my job now. This is my home right now. I’m taking advantage, and having fun…everyday. Because, you never know when it could end.”

    [​IMG]But until that day comes it’s work, more work, frustration, some doubt..and living out of a suitcase.

    “We didn’t get in until 5 o’clock this morning.” he said with a tell-tale tone. “It’s a grind, but it’s a blessing. I’m doing what I want to be doing.”

    He’s still watching the Buckeyes, of course, thrilled for their success in the Big Ten Tournament this spring and a return to the NCAA regional.

    “I was actually charting pitches in the stands, watching the Big Ten championship game, so I had my own little celebration. I was happy they made it to the regional, like we did last year. They just didn’t get it done. But they’ll be back because they’re getting better and better.”

    Pausing, he added, “Those were the best three years of my life.”

    Up until now. It’s ironic that this year marks the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon, an even greater long shot than playing in the big leagues – that giant step in baseball.

    But until then, a few more bus rides for Connor Curlis.

    (Ed. Note: Since this writing, Connor Curlis was promoted by the Reds to their Florida Advanced ‘A’ team in the Florida State League, the Daytona Beach Tortugas. He made his first start on July 9, against Ft. Myers, pitching 5.1 innings of shutout baseball in a 2-1 Daytona win.)

    https://pressprosmagazine.com/catching-up-with-connor-curlis/?fbclid=IwAR0YkaOE1Aa_d8XrwA5afNBZqM6BSlDRsERHV9Of2ayKPyHkHTUphXF6lfM
     
  10. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

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    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Barrel Up
    Written ByAlex Morando
    JUL 28 2019


    Dominic Canzone sat in front of his locker waiting for the sports information director to walk in the clubhouse. It was early April and the team was in the midst of a losing streak. He knew the SID needed a player to speak to the media.

    That was me at the time. Every day that job brought a new challenge. It was postgame and I needed a player to answer some tough questions from a group of media members. The team fell to .500 at the halfway mark of a 56-game season. There were some long faces. The team was young. Injuries were popping up. Inconsistent play. But that’s what happens for any college baseball team. There’s nothing like it. The ups and the downs. The travel. The grind.

    It’s easy to talk about the wins, it’s not so easy to talk about the losses

    Dom had his signature series at the plate. The captain right fielder led “the boys” with a .357 average. Typical Dom. He could flat out hit a baseball. The team nicknamed him “barrel” during his freshman year and it stuck with him for the rest of his Ohio State career. That day, Dom followed me into the player’s lounge where we held postgame interviews. He never said “no” when I asked him if he could spend a few moments with the media. Not once in three years. Student-athletes aren’t required to do postgame interviews. This wasn’t the pros. That day would have been easy for him to get up and leave, but the team needed a voice.

    He always walked in the interview room with a calmness to him.

    Like when he walked into the batter’s box. Cool and collective. Nothing really snuck up on him. You never saw him throw to the wrong base or make an egregious base-running error. He was very cerebral on and off the diamond. That afternoon he was ready to “barrel” any question spinning his way.

    Honestly we just have to flush that down the drain. We were awful this weekend, but we know we have a lot talent. If we grow, I know we can have something amazing happen this year.

    I remember Dom said that statement with confidence. Dom wasn’t just saying it. He believed it. He had that settled look in his eye, “everything is going to work out.” Fast forward two months later: the Buckeyes were Big Ten Tournament Champions in Omaha.

    It’s been more than a month since the boys raised the trophy at TD Ameritrade Park and something hit me: Dominic Canzone is an elite competitor. But then I found out he’s a better person than baseball player.

    What people don’t know about Dom happened without a bat in his hands

    In 2008, his mother, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. At just 10 years old, Dom along with his younger brother, Bennett, would help their mother get through the long nights of chemotherapy. Just a kid, Dom’s heart would be bigger than any barrel of a bat he would ever hold.

    He would pick me up off the shower, I had chemo and no hair and he changed my dressings,” Amy said. “It was insane, but we went through something amazing together. It was a gift in the end.




    Amy was worried at the time. This was a lot for a child to deal with at such a young age. She was told by doctors she had a 50/50 chance to live.

    I just remember seeing her in bed without any hair and not being able to do much,” Dom said. “We made sure we would check up on her after school each day. Being able to fight something like that was unbelievable.

    Dom watched his mother fight through it every day. He was always by her side. Two years later, Amy was cancer free.

    “I felt blessed that day,” Dom said. “I was able to have my mom for a lot longer than what I was expecting.”





    Family is everything to him

    I remember looking down from the press box and always seeing family members in attendance. It didn’t matter if it was home or away. Weekend series or midweek games. Dom had a great support system.








    Growing up just outside Cleveland in Sagamore, Hills, Ohio, Dom loved all Cleveland sports. Browns. Cavs. Indians. He would always be wearing an Indians ball cap. But on occasion, you would also see him wearing a Reds hat (Ken Griffey Jr. was his idol).

    The name Canzone is Italian. I remember countless times I would have to correct road public address announcers to not say “calzone” when he took his walk to home plate. His father, Dave, coached him the game until he was around 14 years old. He told me a story that reminded me of my childhood growing up an Italian family.




    Dom would play ball at his Pop-Pop’s house. His grandfather Ray, like every Italian, had a garden. Italians are proud of their vegetable gardens. Very proud. There is nothing like the farm to table freshness that comes from your own backyard. At dinner time, Ray would complain always about deer getting in his vegetation and eating those darn tomatoes (this conversation happens every summer for Italian families, trust me).

    So he built a fence to keep the deer out,” Dave Canzone said. “We went out there one afternoon and Dom started rocketing balls into the garden, knocking off the tomatoes and they weren’t even ripe yet.

    Dom reacted like he saw a ghost and dropped the bat. His face turned pale.

    “We decided this wasn’t the best place for batting practice and went inside.”

    One hour later after Dom and Dave were watching the Cleveland Indians on the tube, Ray came charging in from the back porch.

    “Those stupid deer got in my garden again!”

    Dom and Dave both held a straight face.

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    “The funny thing is he [Ray] never knew it was us,” Dom said. “He always thought the deer were jumping over the fence which was hilarious. My grandpa always wanted me to grow up a ball player. It’s been an awesome long journey that both my dad and grandpa have been a part of.”

    Dom’s role models? His grandfathers. Ray and Gene. Both served in the military and have a special place in his heart. Family is the most important thing for Dom.

    He played ball everywhere. His friends would gather in the front yard of his mom’s house playing pick-up games in the neighborhood cul-di-sac. Amy was the tough-luck pitcher as Dom and the boys slugged an orange metal Easton bat. Neighbors were on high alert as “ping” sounds echoed off the garage doors on those hot summer nights.

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    Dom would hit out all the neighbor lights and gas mantels,” Amy jokingly said over the phone. “One day there was a letter at our front door asking if Dom and the kids could go play at the township park instead.

    All Dom wanted to do was win for his brothers

    Pregame Dom was quiet. He took the game very serious. You would see him sitting in the dugout with the dead stare of a competitor. Ready to compete. He’d be composed until he came through in that big moment.

    He launched a memorable homer against “That Team Up North” in front of more than 5,000 fans this past April. I’ve never seen Bill Davis Stadium so electric in five years as the SID. I was down in the dugout when he was coming around third and touched home plate. When he reached his teammates, Dom exploded with emotion. He went absolutely crazy. Luckily I got it on camera. It was a zoo. Everything he did was for the brotherhood; to celebrate with his teammates. He dominated the eventual NCAA runner-up Wolverines that weekend, hitting .647 with nine hits including two homers.

    “That weekend I was in the zone. It didn’t matter what they threw, I was going to clobber it.”

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    His best friend and teammate Conner Pohl always said Dom always had a wild side to him. “The Meist” was the nickname that stuck outside the clubhouse walls. His alter ego.

    He’s the ultimate competitor. No matter if it’s baseball, euchre, ping-pong or anything.

    Dom and Pohl lived with two other teammates last year in an apartment and Dom bought one those collapsible ping pong tables during winter break. One night, a doubles match got a little heated. Shirts came off. ACDC was blaring off the walls. Dom won a point on a huge rally and let the entire complex know about it.

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    But the woman from the front desk showed up the door. And Dom answered.

    “We were just being idiots one night and had the head bands on. She told us to turn down the music and it just wasn’t going to happen. We were in an intense battle.”

    If he was a WWE wrestler, “The Meist” would be a fan-favorite.






    His nickname was barrel

    From the first day he stepped on campus, the lefty standout from Walsh Jesuit High School could flat out hit. He made it look so easy. There was that signature Dom hit too. I remember it as “1B-MI.” That was the input code I would key in the stats computer it seemed like at least once a game. His hand-eye coordination. His feel for the batter’s box. Those are hits you’re getting because you’re really good.

    “Dustin Pedroia and Derek Jeter used to get a lot of two-strike dribbles for hits,” former Major Leaguer and assistant coach Matt Angle said. “They had the ability to put the ball in play. To get there barrel on it more consistently. Guys that can handle the strike zone are going to get those Dom hits.”

    Andrew Magno, the workhorse pitcher that became the Big Ten Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, said it best to me,

    It was like every at-bat against Dom. If he was down, he would still get one. You just shook your head.

    The stats and honors speak for themselves. He had a junior year that was one of the best in the Big Ten Conference. He set a program-record 59-game reached base streak, breaking the OSU record held by another Buckeye who wore No. 33, Nick Swisher. He did it all. Hit for power. Swipe a bag. He was just as equally as good in right field as he was in the batter’s box. Head Coach Greg Beals would always mention he was one of the best right fielder’s he’s coached in 25 years. That’s saying something.

    “He is in elite right fielder,” Beals said. “He gets to balls and knows how to position himself. He has a plus-arm and can throw with accuracy.”

    Then came Omaha

    What a wild ride that was. I was lucky enough to be the SID for the epic 2016 tournament title run. The 2019 run was eerily similar. The odds were stacked so high against us. Like three years ago, the boys had to win two games on championship Sunday. That’s not easy at all. You’re pitching staffs are gassed by the final day. Starting pitchers were on short rest. These are long, long days at the ball park for everyone. We had to beat Minnesota first, a team that had beat us four straight games. To top it off, we had to win the championship game in front of more than 17,000 Nebraska fans in Omaha. The chants of “Go Big Red.” It was incredible.

    Everyone had to compete at a high level.

    And our lead-off hitter set the tone. Typical Dom. He battled in a seven-pitch at-bat in the first vs. the Huskers. He fouled off a slider on a 2-2 count before barreling a single up the middle. 1B MI. Fitting right? Dom would score the first run later that inning. The rest is history. The boys were champions once again.

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    There is nothing better than a dogpile for a postgame celebration. The raw emotion of the dugout when the last out was recorded is something I will never forget. As Magno said, “The Bucks Are Hot.”

    I was told to bring two players along with coach to postgame interviews. Dom didn’t have the greatest stat weeks of his career, but our leader needed to be in front of the microphone.

    This is what you work for. To win a championship with your brothers. I’ll never forget this day for the rest of my life. I’ll cherish it forever.

    Draft day at his mom’s house

    A place where he first dreamed of playing pro ball when he was a kid. Those summer nights in the cul-di-sac, breaking every house light in the neighborhood. It was a place where he grew up. He dealt with challenges at such a young age and learned the true important things of life.

    It was hard to hold back tears. I was overcome with emotion. It was a special moment to be able to call yourself a pro player.

    Surrounded by his family members and friends, Dominic Canzone was called by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Champagne flew in the air. His dream became a reality.

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    I can’t wait to see what’s next for Dominic Canzone.

    Everything he’s gone through in life, he’s handled it. A hard-working kid from Northeast Ohio that competed for his teammates and his family. That’s what drives Dominic Canzone. When I spoke with Dom while working on this story, he took time to thank me for everything I captured during his time at OSU before we hung up. He thanked me for the photos and videos on his phone and all the memories during his time as a Buckeye. I’m blessed that I had that opportunity to capture those moments. Thank you for everything, Dom. Your story is just beginning.



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    https://ohiostatebuckeyes.com/the-people/barrel-up/?fbclid=IwAR1beq65X_LeAmiLmPL3XptQYKEd1h3d9wrpc7AxCiJyGoB1nYwP2QRLrdI
     
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    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Buckeye bravado: Former Ohio State star big hit with Missoula Osprey; O's rally past Billings
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    Osprey center fielder Dominic Canzone, right, watches as the ball flies into the outfield during Missoula's game against the Billings Mustangs at Ogren-Allegiance Park on Thursday night.

    • BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian




    • BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian

    MISSOULA — Dominic Canzone is developing a reputation for delivering when it matters most on the baseball diamond.

    He led Ohio State to a surprising Big Ten tourney title in late May, with the seventh-seeded Buckeyes stunning Nebraska in front of 17,000-plus pro-Husker fans in the finals in Omaha, Nebraska. Canzone was named to the all-tourney team.

    Now the 21-year-old outfielder is providing clutch performances for the Missoula Osprey. He was 8 for 13 in the three games prior to Wednesday's loss, which ended his team's bid for a Pioneer League North first-half title.
    Then on Thursday, Canzone smacked a two-run home run and a two-RBI double in a 13-11 comeback win over Billings.

    Canzone says he thoroughly enjoyed the excitement of his first professional title push. Now he and the O's are determined to better their runner-up finish in the Pioneer League second half starting Friday.

    "It was definitely a little more competitive this week, which I wish we could have been a little more like that through the entire half," said Canzone, who joined the Osprey in late June after being selected in the eighth round of the MLB Draft.

    "I've really focused on getting my pitch to hit this week. I was swinging at a bunch of junk really at the beginning. A little bit anxious maybe. I just feel a lot more relaxed and I'm used to the routine now. I'm a big routine guy."

    The Osprey start their second-half schedule with a home test against Billings. The goal is clear: Reach the postseason in September.

    "We definitely have a lot of room for improvement and we have to start out stronger than we did the first half," said Canzone, whose batting average is hovering around .300. "We really did put together a nice second half of the first half. And we have a lot of talent on this team, which you've seen in a short amount of time."

    Canzone was projected to be a fourth- or fifth-round selection in the June draft. He dropped to the eighth round, which cost him a good amount of signing bonus money.

    Yet he carries no chip on his shoulder.


    It was a long day for sure, a tough day," he said of the draft. "But I'm really just grateful to be here. Nobody cares what round you're picked in now. You just have to compete every day."

    One reason Canzone is playing so well now is he's healthy. He sat out an entire week in the middle of July with an injury. In his five games leading up to Thursday, he was 9 for 21 with two home runs.

    All of which makes him feel good after opting to chase his baseball dream with a year of college remaining. The scholar-athlete plans on earning his sports industry degree in the next two or three years.


    "I'd like to stay in the game in some capacity," he said of his intentions after his playing career is over. "Maybe teach about swings to the younger generation."

    Canzone gave the Osprey their first lead in 19 innings when he ripped his two-run homer to right field off Billings starter Orlando Rodriguez in the first frame. Billings answered with two runs in the second, aided by errors by Missoula shortstop Jose Reyes and right fielder David Sanchez.

    Reyes atoned for his error in the bottom half, ripping a bases-loaded triple that gave the hosts a 5-2 lead. But Missoula starting pitcher Josh McMinn surrendered four runs in the third, with Jonathan Willems delivering a two-RBI double and Edwin Yon a two-run homer.

    Missoula (20-18) cut its deficit to 7-6 on a Garcia home run in the fourth. Billings answered with three in the sixth off reliever Nick Marchese.

    The Mustangs (15-23) saw their lead dwindle to 10-9 in the bottom half. Reyes hit an RBI single and Canzone a two-RBI double.

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