Category: Mascot

A scoreless game was finally broken in the sixth inning when Ronald Castillo flipped a single into shallow centerfield to score Mason Katz from second base with two outs, as the Peoria Chiefs won the home opener at Dozer Park 1-0 over the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday night. With the win it moves the Chiefs to 3-2 on the young season with five games left in the home stand. The Chiefs finally broke through in the sixth. Junior Morillo, who started on the mound for Dayton, came out of the game with an apparent injury prior to a full count pitch to Katz, and was replaced by Daniel Wright. After throwing ball four, Wright balked Katz to second, and Carson Kelly flew out deep to left for out number two. Castillo blooped a single to center, and Katz scampered home with the game’s only run. This was Peoria’s first 1-0 home opener win, since 1998 against Burlington. RHP Arturo Reyes (1-0, 9.00) will make the start for Peoria while Dayton will start RHP Nick Travieso (0-0, 3.00) at 6:30 pm Wednesday.

-Bob

In this special video edition of Meet the Braves, Hall of Fame Voice of the Braves Dave Snell introduces viewers to Bradley University’s new gargoyle mascot, Kaboom! Watch the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQgigKPXraY. Bradley Athletics teams have been known as the Braves since the 1920s when then baseball/men’s basketball/football coach and athletic director A.J. Robertson determined too many schools used the Indians nickname and wanted something more distinctive. In 1992, however, the school removed all Native American imagery in reference to its athletics teams while introducing a bobcat mascot. Kaboom! is a gargoyle modeled after The Thinker, which sits atop the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center and watches over the Alumni Quad on the west side of the Bradley University campus. Gargoyles have had a presence on the Bradley University campus from the school’s beginning as part of the architecture of the school’s signature building, Bradley Hall. A new collection of gargoyles was added to the campus community when the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center was completed in 2011.

-Bob


The Grand Rapids Griffins extended their winning streak to eight games with a 4-1 victory over the Peoria Rivermen Saturday at Carver Arena. The Rivermen (6-9-2-1) struck first in the contest as Chris Bruton scored his first goal of the season at 5:10 of the opening period. Cutting to the net after a faceoff, Bruton’s backhand shot from the left side of the goal deflected underneath Tom McCollum’s right arm for the game’s first goal. The Griffins (10-4-1-1) tied the game at one on a power play goal at 12:42 of the first period. Gustav Nyquist’s shot deflected off of the goal post and Landon Ferraro and Francis Pare unleashed a flurry of shots on goaltender Mike McKenna. Their persistency paid off as Pare’s final attempt found the back of the net, extending his point streak to six games. Tomas Tatar sealed the game less than two minutes later when Nyquist found him in stride streaking down center ice. Tatar scored his second goal of the night on an empty net from 20 feet away to give the Griffins a 4-1 lead. Peoria goalie Mike McKenna recorded 40 saves while McCollum earned the win behind 22 saves, improving to 4-2-1 on the year. Click here for game stats.

-Bob

Western Illinois University dropped its Missouri Valley Football Conference opener to No. 15th-ranked Illinois State (4-0) 23-3 at Hanson Field. The Fighting Leathernecks evened there record on the season at 2-2. Led by senior running back Darrelynn Dunn who scored two touchdowns for the Redbirds on 29 carries for 123 yards, and senior quarterback Matt Brown was 16-26 passing with one touchdown to junior Jordan Neukirch. Freshman linebacker J.J. Raffelson was the defensive star for WIU with 13 tackles. Western launched its best drive of the afternoon on its opening possession of the second half. The Leathernecks marched inside the Redbird 5 yard line, but had to settle for Pat Smith’s 21-yard field goal for there only points in the game. Click here for the complete game stats.

-Bob

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