May 13, 2014
Young Cyclone squad learned from 2014 season
The 2014 Moraine Valley baseball team made strides this season and garnered
some awards, creating confidence for a successful 2015.
There was a later start to the season than normal because of wintry weather, but once the Cyclones got some games in, the freshmen-dominated team battled. Despite an overall 9-17 record and 5-10 conference finish, the Cyclones played ball like they should and improved every time they were on the field.
“We got a lot out of playing. Our guys had to learn how to play college ball because it’s different from high school. They learned and took away a lot from this season, making them better ball players. We battled all year and persevered,” said head coach Cole Farmer.
There were some standout players who made some noise this season including Bobby Neylon (Tinley Park), who received nods to the All-Conference first team while Sheamus Brennan (Tinley Park) and Mike Levigne (Sandburg) were named to the second team. As a pitcher, Levigne improved all season and had the “it” factor, making him a pleasure to coach and have on the team, Farmer said. The sophomore is transferring in the fall and expected to play ball at the University of Antelope Valley in California. Neylon was hurt early this year, but once he returned he excelled not only on the field, but in the classroom and brought energy to the team. Brennan was a walk-on and also had a solid season.
Sophomore Ryan Gyrion (Brother Rice) was unstoppable as catcher. Jason Hine (Oak Forest) played solid defense at shortstop while Michael Rankin (Stagg) batted over .300, playing hard every game.
Farmer ends his three year stint—one year as assistant, two years as head coach—with the Cyclones to pursue other avenues, but has enjoyed his time at Moraine Valley. “I had a blast here. Moraine Valley was the right fit when I took the role,” he said. “I want to thank [Athletics director] Bill Finn for letting me coach such a large program. I want to thank everyone, especially my co-workers. I couldn’t do it without their help and support. It’s something I’ll never forget. It was an honor to be here and create great contacts. Moraine Valley will help me in my future career.”
May 12, 2014
Cyclones knocked out of playoffs
Moraine Valley was knocked out of the NJCAA Region IV Division II sectionals after losses to both Oakton Community College and Kankakee Community College May 10. It was a tough matchup with both teams, especially Kankakee. In the first game with Oakton, Moraine Valley lost 8-1, then fell 8-0 to Kankakee. Bobby Neylon had four hits on the day.
May 7, 2014
Cyclones advance in playoffs
The Cyclones brought their offense to the first playoff game May 6 against
Morton College. Moraine Valley won 13-5
Freshman Jason Hine continued his hot streak with two hits and 5 RBIs while Jackson Rocha added three hits as well.
This win advanced the Cyclones to Region IV sectionals on May 10 against Kankakee Community College and Oakton Community College.
May 6, 2014
Cyclones denied by Chaparrals
In their last regular season game on May 5, the Cyclones fell 6-4 to College of DuPage in a close dual. Jason Hine had three hits for the night.
May 5, 2014
’Clones sweep Panthers
The Cyclones dominated Olive-Harvey College on May 4 in a sweep—11-1 and 9-2. Kevin Siergiej and David Kutsche pitched complete games for the wins.
May 4, 2014
Cyclones fall to Cavaliers
The Cyclones were roughed up May 3 by an always tough Kankakee Community College squad. Moraine Valley lost 12-2. Bobby Neylon had three hits. The Cyclones otherwise struggled at the plate, leaving nine runners on base.
May 1, 2014
Cyclones taken down
It was a tough outing for the Cyclones on April 30 in a shutout 3-0 loss to Illinois Valley Community College. Mike Levigne only gave up four hits, but walks, hit batters and fielding errors hurt the cause. Several Cyclones also suffered injuries during the eventual one-game matchup.
April 25, 2014
Cyclones shut down Panthers
The Cyclones held Morton College to two hits in their 11-0 rout of the Panthers April 24. Mike Levigne pitched a complete game shutout. Jason Hine had three hits and 4 RBIs while Mike Rankin had four hits.
April 24, 2014
Cyclones roughed up
It was a rough outing April 23 as Moraine Valley dropped one (10-1) to
conference champs Waubonsee Community College.
The score was not indicative of how well the Cyclones played. Facing a top competitor, Moraine Valley only faltered in the number of walks they allowed to the Chiefs—10 batters, three hit by a pitch.
April 22, 2014
Cyclones take one from North Central
The Cyclones don’t like to make it easy. Their latest win April 21 came
after taking the lead early, losing it and coming back for the 8-7 victory
over North Central JV.
Seamus Brennan was on fire at the plate, reaching base five times. He had two hits, two walks and was hit by a pitch. Robert Neylon and Kyle Belluomini both had stand-up triples as well as 2 RBIs for the game.
April 20, 2014
Splitsville for ’Clones
It was a split weekend for the Cyclones in some close matchups with McHenry
County College on April 19.
Mike Levigne pitched a complete three-hitter for the 4-2 win in the first game. James Lulek had two hits and 2 RBIs.
The Cyclones fell 9-5 in game two. Ryan Gyrion had two hits.
April 18, 2014
Cyclones hit offensive block
The Cyclone offense hit a bump on April 17 in a 14-1 loss to Harper College. Ryan Gyrion had a decent outing, hitting a double and triple.
April 17, 2014
Cyclones trumped by Pioneers
The Cyclones struggled April 16, and were swept 9-6 and 7-2 by Prairie State College. Bobby Neylon had four hits on the day. The game was originally scheduled for home, but was moved to Prairie State because of field conditions.
April 13, 2014
Cyclones denied by Lancers
The Cyclones enjoyed some good weather on the field April 12, but with less than stellar results against College of Lake County, the best team in the conference. Moraine Valley was swept, 10-1 and 8-5. Bobby Neylon had six hits for the day.
April 9, 2014
Cyclones sweep Panthers
It was a long time coming, but the Cyclones got their first sweep this
season. Moraine Valley took down Morton College April 8 at home.
Kevin Siergiej pitched a complete first game giving up only five hits, having two hits of his own, in the 6-1 victory.
In the sixth inning of the nightcap, Bobby Neylon tied the game with a two-out double before Jason Hine hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to score Ryan Gyrion for the narrow 5-4 win.
April 2, 2014
Last inning woes hurt ’Clones
The Cyclones came up short after being ahead both games April 1 against conference rival Waubonsee Community College. Moraine Valley dropped two—5-4 and 9-4. Some last inning meltdowns and rocky pitching hurt the outcome. Kyle Belluomini had two hits, including a two-run double in the first game. In game two, the Cyclones walked six batters, hit two and blew a 4-1 lead in the last inning.
March 31, 2014
Cyclones split with Spartans
In their first official doubleheader of the season (March 29), the Cyclones
split with Elgin Community College.
Moraine Valley came charging out in the first game with a 2-1 win. Mike Levigne pitched a complete game with no earned runs and had support from two hits by Jason Hine.
Kevin Siergiej had a shutout until the sixth inning of game two when the Spartans went on their own run. Errors by Elgin allowed the Cyclones to score a run in Moraine Valley’s 6-1 loss.
March 24, 2014
Cyclones look to improve on last season
It’s a new year and a largely new Cyclone team with a new attitude for 2014.
Although the weather hasn’t cooperated so far, leaving most area baseball teams without a playable field to practice on, the Cyclones have pushed themselves in practices and during spring training in Arkansas. This is a decent group with good attitudes ready to play college ball and improve on a less than stellar 2013.
Kevin Siergiej (Shepard) and Joel Cordova (St. Laurence) are back this season and look to be starting pitchers. Some standout newcomers include outfielder Christian Arazia (Shepard), catcher Ryan Gyrion (Brother Rice) and pitcher Matthew Schmeski (Shepard). With top recruited infielders Robert Neylon (Tinley Park) and Jason Hine (Oak Forest) out with injuries, the Cyclones have a slight setback. Once everyone is healthy, they’ll be a winning force, said head coach Cole Farmer in his third season at the helm. Farmer is joined this year by assistant Steve Bostrom.
This freshman-heavy team is improving with each practice and learning to play into Farmer’s system at Moraine Valley. He anticipates success when everything and everyone gels.