• Quill the Umpire: Busy schedule, column were just ump's style

    “Know what the difference between hitting .250 and .300 is? It’s 25 hits. 25 hits in 500 at bats is 50 points, okay? There’s six months in a season, t ...
    Aug. 21, 2015 - 10:50 pm
  • Weekend Chit-chat with Marmion baseball coach Frank Chapman

    Marmion recently hired Frank Chapman as its new baseball coach. Chapman takes over for Dave Rakow, who was in charge of the Cadets baseball program th ...
    Aug. 21, 2015 - 10:49 pm
  • Quill the Umpire: Even as summer ends, crews seldom blue

    My summer umpiring season is just about complete.I believe every area youth team is done for the sum ...
    Aug. 7, 2015 - 10:56 pm
  • Quill the Umpire: Games scarce, but baseball still on brain

    It felt strange to wake up and realize I wasn’t going to umpire any ballgames.I didn’t work any game ...
    July 31, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Quill the umpire: The heat is on ... and then some

    “Buy me some peanuts, but forget the coconut water, I don’t believe it can get any hotter…”I didn’t ...
    July 24, 2015 - 10:52 pm
  • Saints’ ‘good experience’ ends with loss

    LISLE – The St. Charles East baseball team couldn’t get much going with its bats Wednesday night.Sti ...
    July 22, 2015 - 11:23 pm
  • Saints respond to advance to semifinals

    LISLE – St. Charles East baseball coach Len Asquini and his Saints came to Benedictine University on Tuesday with one goal in mind.
    July 21, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • St. Charles East baseball stuns Libertyville, advances

    NAPERVILLE – Thomas Adams might not be an intimidating presence in the batter’s box, tipping the scale at only 135 pounds.
    July 21, 2015 - 8:02 am
  • Saints go marching into Elite Eight

    ST. CHARLES – Rain didn’t just spoil baseball for St. Charles East on Thursday, it put a bit of a damper on Saints coach Len Asquini’s birthday.
    July 17, 2015 - 11:23 pm
  • Quill The Umpire: From burnout to bluegrass

    I think I’m on the road to burnout, but fortunately think the road will end before I can get there. ...
    July 17, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • St. Charles East baseball’s strong start halted by rain

    ST. CHARLES – St. Charles East baseball coach Len Asquini really couldn’t have asked for too much more from his team after three innings of its Phil L ...
    July 16, 2015 - 9:52 pm
  • East outslugs North, advances to regional final

    ST. CHARLES – A few months have passed since the St. Charles North baseball team swept its neighbors from St. Charles East in Upstate Eight Conference ...
    July 15, 2015 - 10:15 pm
  • Early cushion not enough for Kaneland baseball

    MAPLE PARK – Despite holding an early four-run lead, the top-seeded Kaneland baseball team was upset by Waubonsie Valley, 10-4, in a Phil Lawler Summe ...
    July 14, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Absences open up opportunities for Geneva baseball

    GENEVA – The Geneva baseball team opened up the Phil Lawler Summer Classic tournament without some of the players that coach Matt Hahn expects to be i ...
    July 13, 2015 - 10:40 pm
  • Quill the umpire: Watching pal on tube and reminiscing

    I was too busy to watch much of the NCAA baseball tournament this year, but I did catch some of the UCLA vs. Cal-State Bakersfield game in the Los Ang ...
    July 10, 2015 - 10:50 pm
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