Two weeks and 12 games into their season, the Bobcats are off to a promising start for a team who hasn’t been in existence for the last fourteen summers.
Competing in the Midwest Collegiate League the Bobcats stand at 8-4 and have had at least a share of first place for the majority of the short season. As of Sunday, the Bobcats loss to the Southland Vikings put the Cats 0.5 games behind the DuPage County Hounds.
The season, which is still very much young, has had its share of ups and downs. A complication very much understandable for a group of kids who had never played before their first game on May 27th against the Oilmen.
Pitching has been the highlight for the Bobcats thus far with Senior Mitch Weis (3-0) being the catalyst of the staff.
Weis is currently the two-time reigning “Pitcher of the Week” among the Midwest Collegiate League. In three starts, Weis has accumulated 25 strikeouts and only 3 walks. The key for Weis has been getting the lead off man out. In 23 innings pitched, the leadoff man has been sat down 21 times. The Missouri native has been a buzzsaw for opposing offenses.
The staff goes beyond Weis with names like Brian ‘Bubba’ Henry, Blade Matthews, Nick Brune and Kody Silverthorn.
Silverthorn has emerged as the primary closer for the Bobcats earning 3 saves in just four save appearances.
Doing just about everything on the mound has been Bubba Henry. Henry has served as closer, set up man, long relief and even as a starter. As a closer, Henry has earned 2 saves and as a starter he tossed six innings of one-run baseball for the Bobcats.
Leading the team in average has been Illinois Wesleyan hitters Cody Rogers and Garrett Shea. Both are tied up with a .310 average and 9 hits a piece.
Nick Brunson has been the leading run scorer for the Bobcats crossing the plate 11 times thanks to his .488 on base percentage. Also producing for the Bobcats has been Senior, Pat Mollo. Mollo leads the team with 7 runs batted in with Shea and Brunson tied with 6 right behind him.
In their first season since 2002, the Bloomington Bobcats are on their way to reestablishing their place as the premier collegiate team in the McLean County area.
Bobcats have six games this week as they are away Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but return home for the weekend with a doubleheader at O’Neil Park on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.
Come Wednesday, the battle for first place continues on the road against the DuPage County Hounds. The series currently stands at 2-1 in Bobcat favor.
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