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.