May 5, 2015
Cyclones finish 1-2 in playoff run
Going into the NJCAA Region IV semi-finals (May 1), the Cyclones grappled with
one constant—they will always have to encounter tough competition, typically in
the form of Kankakee Community and South Suburban colleges. Facing those two
teams plus McHenry County College, the Cyclones took one of out of the three
games, which ended their playoff run.
Facing the NJCAA Division II No. 9-ranked Kankakee squad in the first game was no easy task, evidenced by the offense getting shut down. The hits were far and few between. Emily Powers earned the 2 RBIs off a homerun that brought Hannah Theilmann in after her single in the top of the fifth. The Cyclones struggled to stop the Cavaliers in their 12-2 loss.
Feeling the sting of defeat, the Cyclones couldn’t wallow for long as they had to play conference foe McHenry, with whom they split games during the regular season. Both teams held off the offense until the fourth inning when the Cyclones allowed two runs before scoring three thanks to a single from Powers and a two-run hit from Mercedes Leon. Alyssa DeChene gave the Cyclones insurance in the sixth with an RBI hit that drove in Carly Trinley (2-for-3, scored twice). Moraine Valley needed this 4-2 victory to stay alive in the playoffs.
Taking on #15-ranked South Suburban in their May 2 game, the Cyclones had the odds stacked against them. Each team scored all their runs in the first four innings, but the Cyclones couldn’t capitalize on some hits and walks beyond that in their 7-3 defeat. Leading the lineup, Nicole Roney scored in the first inning after Molly Pohrebny knocked her in. In the top of the fourth, Trinley and Powers each drove a run in.
April 29, 2015
Cyclones take down Lancers in quarter finals
It’s playoff time already, and the Cyclones couldn’t have started any better.
They played at home April 28 in the NJCAA Region IV quarter finals against
conference rival College of Lake County, who they split a doubleheader with
earlier in the season. This playoff game was the best two out of the three, but
Moraine Valley only needed two to move on.
The Cyclones had control the whole game, scoring first off a double from Mercedes Leon in the second with Hannah Theilmann on base. Dana Cummings doubled Leon in to go up 2-0. Theilmann helped herself on the mound, striking out the lineup in the fifth and continued getting batters to hit into plays. Alyssa DeChene added some insurance with a big two-run single to center to help the Cyclones win the opener, 4-0.
Almost the whole lineup got a hit to win the second quarter final matchup. The Cyclones won 12-0 in five innings. Theilmann started things off driving in two runs in the first. She went 3-for-3. Nicole Roney (2-for-4), Molly Pohrebny (3-for-3, RBI), Brittany Dimas (2-for-3), and Dana Cummings (2-for-3, triple, 2 RBIs) each had a big game.
The Cyclones continue their playoff run Friday, May 1 in Highland. If they win, they’ll play again on Saturday.
April 25, 2015
Cyclones score 25 over Spartans
The Cyclones faced a young Elgin Community College squad April 24 and faced some
decent competition, but crushed the Spartans at the plate, sweeping the
doubleheader 15-3 and 10-2.
The bulk of the runs came in the last two innings of the first game, eight to be exact. Mercedes Leon knocked the first two runs in off a double in the first inning to get the Cyclones rolling. Nicole Roney hit a two-run homerun in the fourth to make it 6-3 after Elgin scored all their runs in the third. Roney finished the game 4-for-5 with an additional three singles and 3 RBIs. Molly Pohrebny was 3-for-5 with three singles and RBI; Carly Trinley went 3-for-5 with a double, single and 2 RBIs; and Dana Cummings was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.
It took a little longer for the Cyclones to get hot at the plate in the second game. They gave up two early runs in the first, but came back with a six-run third inning staring with a single from leadoff hitter, Roney. She went 3-for-4 with an RBI, two doubles and single. Pohrebny knocked in a run as did Cummings, Alyssa DeChene (two), Sam Newhall, and Kaitlin Krzos with a homerun.
April 24, 2015
Cyclones can’t hang on to streak
The streak of wins ended April 23 for the Cyclones in some close games with
The Cyclones held a 2-1 lead going into the fifth when things broke wide open for their opponent in part due to errors and consistent singles. After Sam Newhall rocked a homerun in the fifth, the Cyclones were shut down at the plate the rest of the game. Nicole Roney scored thanks to a hit from Carly Trinley, and Katlin Krzos scored in the third off a hit from Molly Pohrebny in the first game’s 7-3 loss.
Being the away team, the second game was more of a nailbiter with the Cyclones ahead 3-2 going into the sixth inning. Trinley scored the go-ahead run off a Brittany Dimas single. One walk and two hits from the Kougars in the bottom of the sixth put Moraine Valley behind. A seventh-inning attempt to score proved fruitless for the women in green in their 4-3 loss.
April 23, 2015
Second consecutive sweep for ’Clones
After a streak of splits, the Cyclones secured a second consecutive sweep with
the latest victim being Triton College in a couple of close matchups on April
The big 9-6 win was aided by some solid knocks from Hannah Theilmann (4-for-4, double, scored four times) and Megan Beckow with a homerun. Triton scored most of their runs in the last two innings, giving the Cyclones a scare, but not enough to throw the women in green off track.
Nerves were high in the nightcap. The Cyclones held a slim lead for most of the game until the seventh inning when the Trojans tied things up from a walk and some line shots. In extra innings, a walk by Theilmann and some key hits from Alyssa DeChene, Mercedes Leon and Katlin Krzos scored Moraine Valley the winning run, 6-5, for the sweep.
April 22, 2015
Cyclones above .500
The Cyclones surpassed the .500 mark (14-12) April 21 with a sweep over Oakton
Community College. They pulled out two shutouts—16-0 and 15-0.
In the first inning alone the Cyclones scored six. Molly Pohrebny had her best outing, going 4-for-4 and scoring every time. Hannah Theilmann was 4-for-5.
The second game played out similarly with big bats coming from Megan Beckow (3-for-4, triple), Theilmann (2-for-4) and Carly Trinley (2-for-4).
April 20, 2015
Big hits lead to big split
The Cyclones can’t seem to just outright sweep a team, splitting another one
April 18, this time with College of Lake County.
Carly Trinley is on a streak, going 4-for-4, including a two-run homerun in the second to tie the game. Alyssa DeChene went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs to aid the 8-2 victory.
Moraine Valley started the second game strong, scoring three in the first—thanks to Megan Beckow (1-for-4), Molly Pohrebny (2-for-4) and Trinley (3-for-4, RBI). However, the Lancers countered with a five-run second to break things open and hold a lead to the end. Hannah Theilmann had 2 RBIs and scored once while DeChene scored and earned an RBI in the eventual 9-7 loss.
April 17, 2015
Cyclones take one from Scots
And the splits keep on coming. Moraine Valley split their outing April 16 with
McHenry County College, winning 9-0 before losing 9-1.
Carly Trinley continued her hot hitting, getting a shot and scoring all three times at bat. Alyssa DeChene also went 3-for-3, scoring twice. Megan Beckow, Mercedes Leon, Brittany Dimas, and Dana Cummings each scored in the win.
A rough first inning, where they allowed four runs, set the Cyclones back to close out the doubleheader. After hitting a double, Trinley was the lone Cyclone to score thanks to a monster triple from Dimas.
April 15, 2015
Big splits for ’Clones
It was a hot and cold split with Prairie State College on April 14 when they won
11-0 in five innings before losing 9-0.
All the Cyclones needed was one big inning to claim the first game. And they did with all 11 runs in the fourth. They earned the big win while holding the Pioneers to six hits. Nearly everyone in the lineup scored. Alyssa DeChene had her best game, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and two doubles while scoring once. Other big bats came from Hannah Theilmann (2-for-3, double, RBI), Molly Pohrebny (2-for-3, double, 2 RBIs), Carly Trinley (2-for-3, 2 RBIs), and Mercedes Leon (double, run scored).
Coming off a big victory, the Cyclones lost their thunder in the nightcap, getting shut out 9-0. Although Theilmann had five strikeouts, the Bulldogs were able to get 10 hits. Only Megan Beckow, Theilmann and DeChene had a hit in the loss.
April 13, 2015
It’s a split for the ’Clones
Whenever the Cyclones head to the East/West Tournament, they know they’ll be
facing some tough competition. And they did. For their efforts, the Cyclones
split the weekend (April 11-12) going 2-for-2.
In their first meeting this season, Moraine Valley faced Madison College. For the first four innings, the Cyclones struggled to score, getting behind 6-0. A four-run fifth got the team back on track, but not enough to hold off the WolfPack as they ultimately fell 11-6. Molly Pohrebny (2-for-4), Carly Trinley (1-for-4 with a triple) and Hannah Theilmann (1-for-4) earned the RBIs.
In their second game, the Cyclones faced last year’s Division III national champions—Rock Valley College. Moraine Valley held them to two runs until a rough fourth inning where they gave up seven. To make matters worse, the Cyclone offense was stunted in the 9-0 loss.
The Cyclones turned the tide in their meeting with College of DuPage, defeating the Chaparrals 6-2. Nicole Roney scored three times, including once after hitting a double. Megan Beckow, Theilmann and Katlin Krzos also each scored one for the win.
Moraine Valley displayed another dominating performance over Joliet Junior College this season with a 13-2 victory to close out the tournament. Roney (2-for-4) and Beckow (1-for-4) each had a double while Theilmann and Trinley (double and triple) each scored twice, Pohrebny scored three times and Brittany Dimas scored once. Mercedes Leon helped her cause on the mound by hitting a double and scoring.
April 9, 2015
The fighting Cyclones taken down
The Cyclones put up a fight April 8 with rival South Suburban College, but lost
the doubleheader 8-4 and 7-4.
For the first few innings it was a battle of the offense. The Bulldogs scored two in the first countered by two from the Cyclones in the second. Going into the bottom off the sixth down by one (5-4), the Cyclones couldn’t hold back South Suburban. The big bats came from Carly Trinley and Emily Powers, each of whom hit a homerun and had 2 RBIs. Molly Pohrebny was on base for those homeruns, scoring twice and going 2-for-3 in the game.
In the second game, Trinley and Powers earned the lone RBIs again, one and three, respectively. Nicole Roney, Megan Beckow, Pohrebny each had a hit while Hannah Theilmann had two.
April 8, 2015
Offense on fire in Cyclone victory
The Cyclones demonstrated their offensive prowess April 7 in a sweep of Morton
College at home.
Hannah Theilmann held the Panthers to two hits while striking out nine in the 9-1 victory. She also went 2-for-2 at the plate with 2 RBIs. Mercedes Leon (triple), Dana Cummings (two runs scored) and Molly Pohrebny (double, RBI) each went 2-for-3. Nicole Roney was 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs scored and an RBI.
Leon took the win in the 15-2 nightcap. Megan Beckow (4-for-4, double, three runs scored, RBI) and Emily Powers (3-for-4, two doubles, run scored, 4 RBIs) were on fire at the plate.
April 5, 2015
Cyclones put up good fight
Considering that Rock Valley College won the NJCAA Division III championship
last season, the Cyclones put up a good fight but lost in their first test April
Going into the seventh inning of game one, the Cyclones had tied things up thanks to stellar pitching by Hannah Theilmann. Only a few hits dealt the Cyclones the narrow 5-4 loss. Both Theilmann and Molly Pohrebny went 2-for-3 while Megan Beckow went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs in the effort.
The Cyclones’ fortunes did not hold over into the second game where they fell 13-1. Beckow and Theilmann were 2-for-3 and Nicole Roney was 1-for-3 in the attempt.
April 4, 2015
Cyclones trounce Chaparrals
When the Cyclones are on, they crush their opponents. In their doubleheader with
College of DuPage (April 3), they scored a collective 32 runs for the sweep.
The Cyclones rolled the Chaparrals pitching with a 19-4 victory in game one. Some big numbers came from Molly Pohrebny (4-for-4, three runs scored, RBI), Alyssa DeChene (3-for-3, double, two runs scored, 3 RBIs), Megan Beckow (2-for-3, two runs scored, 3 RBIs), and Hannah Theilmann (3-for-5, two runs scored, RBI).
The 13-2 win in game two saw a lot of action from Pohrebny (2-for-3, double, triple, three runs scored, 3 RBIS) and Beckow (1-for-2, triple, three runs scored, RBI) again, in addition to Carly Trinley (2-for-3, double, two runs scored, 3 RBIs).
April 1, 2015
Cyclones split with Chiefs
There was more fight in the Cyclones March 31 when they split with nationally
ranked Waubonsee Community College at home. The Cyclones won the first game 11-9
and lost 11-8 in the nightcap.
Hannah Theilmann won the first game, striking out five in her complete outing. Most of the game saw the lead flip-flop. In the second inning the Cyclones scored six to take a commanding lead, but the Chiefs continued to battle back. The big hitters in this victory were Theilmann (2-for-3, double, run scored, 5 RBIs) and Nicole Roney (2-for-3, triple, three runs scored, RBI). Emily Powers (2-for-4, two runs scored, RBI) and Dana Cummings (2-for-3, run scored) also contributed. This was the first time in several years that head Coach Mike Veen can recall a victory over the Chiefs.
Feeling good about the win, the Cyclones continued playing well in the second game where Mercedes Leon had a solid outing on the mound. However, a couple of simple fielding errors cost the Cyclones five runs and a potential sweep. The bats were mighty again with big hits from Roney (3-for-4, three doubles, three runs scored), Megan Beckow (3-for-4, three runs scored, double, triple, 3 RBIs) and Molly Pohrebny (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs).
March 31, 2015
Tough outing for ’Clones
The Cyclones always know they need to play their best when they face nationally
ranked Kankakee Community College. March 30 was no exception when Moraine Valley
was swept 9-0 and 14-0 (five innings).
In the first game, Carly Trinley and Brittany Dimas went 1-for-3 while Emily Powers was 1-for-2 in the shutout. For the second game, Hannah Theilmann and Kristie Bagus each had a hit.
March 23, 2015
Cyclones dominate Wolves
The Cyclone bats were on fire in their home opener, March 20, when they swept
Joliet Junior College, 20-1 and 11-10.
Feeling pumped to start the season, nearly every Cyclone had multiple hits for their first blowout game that lasted just five innings. Freshman Hannah Theilmann shut down the Wolves offensively while having a killer time at the plate (4-for-5, double, three runs scored, RBI). Some other big numbers came from Molly Pohrebny (4-for-4, double, RBI), Carly Trinley (3-for-4, homerun, triple, 3 RBIs), Emily Powers (3-for-3, scored twice), and Nicole Roney (3-for-3, double, scored twice, RBI).
The second game wasn’t as dominant and saw the Cyclones down until the sixth inning when Theilmann started a run. She went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. She also earned the save while Mercedes Leon earned the win on the mound. Trinley had another bang-up game (3-for-4, triple, three runs scored, RBI) and Dana Cummings went 2-for-2 with a run scored.
March 11, 2015
Cyclones looking to freshmen in 2015
After a shortened 2014 season, the Cyclones are ready to get some games in and
do so with a freshmen-heavy team.
The Cyclones lost several strong sophomores this year but have a few big guns back. Coming off the basketball season, second basewoman Carly Trinley (Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences) is looking to be an intimidating force at the plate again. Last season she averaged .545 with an .841 slugging percentage in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, was Skyway Player of the Year and named to the All-Conference first team. All-Conference second team outfielder Dana Cummings (Richards) also returns with her cannon arm along with outfielder Kristie Bagus (Shepard), third basewoman/catcher Megan Beckow (Evergreen Park) and outfielder Samantha Newhall (Shepard).
Last season, Moraine Valley finished with a 22-17 overall record and 8-4 conference record that landed them in second place. They lasted into the NJCAA Region IV semi-finals. This year they’re looking for more success with help from a solid core of newcomers.
Hannah Theilmann (Andrew) is one of the best pitchers head Coach Mike Veen has seen. She also can play shortstop. Alyssa DeChene (Shepard) is an infielder and catcher with a big bat. Her raw talent is evident on both offense and defense, aided by her time playing baseball and some softball in high school. She should be a force to reckon with. Molly Pohrebny (Richards) should spend most of her time at third where she’s a vacuum around the bag. Other first-years include catcher/second basewoman Brittany Dimas (Curie), outfielder Kortnie Hanold (Shepard), infielder/outfielder Katlin Krzos (Argo), pitcher/second basewoman Mercedes Leon (Oak Lawn), pitcher/first basewoman Emily Powers (Mother McAuley), and outfielder/shortstop Nicole Roney (De La Salle). Hanold played soccer for the Cyclones this past fall.
“There’s a lot of burden on the youngsters, and they’ll have to step it up,” said Veen, who’s in his fifth year as head coach.
Most of the early games will include players moving around different positions since many have that flexibility. With some injuries and key players out for the season, Veen isn’t sure what to expect but is confident.
“Things have started out a little chaotic, but I have a feeling it’ll turn out well. We’ve been fortunate over the years,” he said. “I just want us to get in there, give these other teams a good game, not have any injuries, and play well together.”
Veen is joined again this year by assistant coach Natalie Wigginton. The Cyclones are scheduled to play their first game on March 20 at home.