Badger softball team extinguishes Flames with 2-hit victory

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoCHICAGO — At 6 p.m., traffic in Chi-town was, as usual, totally jammed and gridlocked, due to an accident on the Edens Expressway.Meanwhile, only a few blocks away, another Eden was the cause for the citizens of Chicago’s grief: pitcher Eden Brock was amid her best game of the season, tossing a two-hit, complete game shutout, silencing the bats of the University of Illinois-Chicago and lifting the University of Wisconsin softball team to a 2-0 victory.”She had total control and never got rattled,” said UW head coach Chandelle Schulte after the game. “Eden had it. There was no doubt about it.””This is one of my best games,” Brock said. “A shutout is always good and so is a low pitch count.”Pitching against a gorgeous picturesque backdrop of the Chicago skyline, Brock took advantage of an overaggressive Flames squad that was more than happy to chase Brock’s dropball early and often, leading to a plethora of weak ground balls.”[The Flames] made it easy for me,” Brock said. “They were very aggressive at the plate, and they swung early in the count, so we were throwing them dropballs and they were just driving them into the ground. It worked really well.”A superb defense was also key for the Badgers (18-16, 3-5), as the team didn’t bobble a ball the entire evening and made almost every play appear little more than routine, though some of the grounders were hit sharply.Third baseman Athena Vazquez and shortstop Lynn Anderson both stood out defensively, making several diving or reaching stabs on hot shots and being on target on all their throws to first.”Our defense was awesome today,” said senior Kaitlin Reiss, who drove in one of UW’s two runs. “I think this is the cleanest game we’ve played all year. Everybody just played great.”Offensively, all the action was early, as Wisconsin picked up both of its runs early playing small ball. Wisconsin managed five hits off of Flames starter Brittany McIntyre, who was lifted after only two-and-one-third innings, after giving up RBI singles to Reiss and Anderson in the second and third innings.”The funny thing is we didn’t hit the ball hard when we picked up those five hits,” Schulte said. “We just hit timely.”After Wisconsin picked up its second run, the Flames went to the bullpen and inserted Sarah Clynes, who went on to mystify the Badger offense for the remainder of the game, pitching four-and-two-thirds innings worth of no-hit ball while walking only two.”Its tough to come in and, after facing a 63-64 mile-per-hour fastball, have someone come in and throw 56, maybe 57,” Schulte said. “It’s like facing a knuckleballer in baseball. It takes a couple innings to adjust to.”However, the Badgers would need no more offense as Brock was simply golden, only allowing one runner to reach second base the entire evening, and that was only after a sacrifice.The closest Illinois-Chicago came to putting together any offense was when pinch hitter Elizabeth Jacoby got a hold of a Brock pitch and took it within inches of clearing the Flames Field fence in right-center, but centerfielder Sam Polito was there for the putout.”It was just that kind of game,” Reiss said. “It was just her night. She just pitched fantastically.”Brock would go on to retire the final 11 Flames in order. In the end, her line was sparkling: seven innings, two hits, no runs, one walk and one strikeout.Schulte was pleased with the win but had hoped for a stronger overall performance.”I wanted to see a win, but I wish we would’ve made more adjustments when [Clynes] came in,” Schulte said. “I also thought we were a little lethargic.”However, the victory, despite a lack of energy, is a clear sign of improvement to Schulte.”Earlier in the year, we wouldn’t have been able to win with the intensity we had today, so that’s a good sign that they’re improving,” Schulte said. “But we need to get focused for this weekend.”last_img read more

Former Gold Board accountant slapped with fraud charge

first_imgA former Guyana Gold Board (GGB) accountant was on Wednesday slapped with six counts of fraud and taken before city Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Rosannna RamnarineRosanna Ramnarine was allegedly fired in November 2017, after an audit of the GGB allegedly unearthed a major fraud involving herself and a clerk at the agency.The prosecution is contending that the 35-year-old former accountant defrauded the company of over $1 million between the period of February 1 and June 30, 2017.It was previously reported that the former accountant and her clerk during their alleged fraudulent activities documented that miners paid less money than they actually did to the Gold Board. They were sent home as the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) was investigating the matter.On Wednesday, Ramnarine was released on $50,000 bail for each charge. She will return to court on July 23, 2018. As a condition of bail, the former accountant was ordered to lodge her passport with the court and report to SOCU’s headquarters every Friday until the conclusion of the matter.last_img read more

LOAN TO HELP BUILD DONEGAL WASTE PLANT IS FAR FROM ‘CHICKEN FEED’

first_imgStormont will loan more than €10m for the construction of a digester plant in Ballybofey.The Northern Ireland government is to loan £9.3m towards the cost of a plant in Co Donegal to help deal with waste from Northern Ireland’s poultry industry.The anaerobic digester is being built near Ballybofey and will treat 25,000 tonnes every year.Biogas produced will be sent to Northern Ireland to help heat and power factories owned by manufacturing companies Bombardier and Montupet. The BBC reports today that the Northern Ireland Executive loan covers 40% of the £23m capital cost.The by-product from the process, called digestate, will be spread in forestry and on land near the plant.The agri-food industry said the absence of a long-term solution to the poultry waste problem threatened “the sector’s viability”.About 6,000 people work in the poultry meat sector in Northern Ireland and it is a major contributor to the economy. But finding a solution to the 270,000 tonnes of waste it produces a year has been a headache.Some of it is spread as fertiliser on fields, but it is high in phosphorous and Northern Ireland already has phosphorous-rich soils.The by-product from the process, called digestate, will be spread in forestry and on land near the plant.That means there is a danger that additional land spreading could lead to excess phosphorous running off into rivers or lakes and causing damage.The European Union has rules against that, which Northern Ireland must comply with. That is one of the reasons why the treatment plant is being built in the Republic of Ireland.The soil where the digestate will be spread has lower levels of phosphorous and can cope with the additional nutrients.The plant at Ballybofey already has planning permission and is licensed by the Republic of Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency.Built by Williams Industrial Services, specialists from Mallusk in County Antrim, it is expected to be operational by March 2017. LOAN TO HELP BUILD DONEGAL WASTE PLANT IS FAR FROM ‘CHICKEN FEED’ was last modified: March 7th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalpoultryStormontwastelast_img read more