Williamson wins first of season at Freedom Cup

first_imgPaul Rea set the tone early, blazing the trail the first four laps before Grey Ferrando took control. By Ben Deatherage The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature began with Jimmy Ford showing the way.  Ford battled hard with Aaron Bloom for some time. Bloom edged Ford at the line of lap three before Ford regained the position on lap 10. Collen Winebarger ended his evening in second while Bricen James posted a third-place re­sult.  Finishing fourth was Rea and rounding out the top five was Jake Mayden. Ferrando navigated his machine in the top spot until lap nine. Williamson was the one to make the pass, driving his younger brother Kevin’s car, and held on for the balance of the distance for his first victory of the year. Jesse Williamson’s first IMCA Modified win of the season came Friday in Freedom Cup action at Cottage Grove Speedway. (Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Deatherage)center_img Ford suffered a mechanical issue while in front of the pack on lap 13, handing the top spot over to Isaac Sanders. Sanders placed second while Jorddon Braaten finished third. The rest of the top five consisted of David Schmidt and Matt Sanders. Sanders lost the position shortly after the restart to Braedon Hand, who cruised the rest of the way to the win. COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (July 5) – Jesse Williamson raced to his first Mohawk Metal IMCA Modi­fied feature win of the season on the second night of Cottage Grove Speedway’s Freedom Cup. last_img read more

Dodgers keep adding pitching on 2nd day of draft

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Beeter, 21, had Tommy John surgery in December 2017. He recovered to record eight saves as a redshirt freshman in 2019 though with some control issues (20 walks in 20 2/3 innings). He was Texas Tech’s top starter this spring, making four starts before the shutdown. In 21 innings, he had a 2.14 ERA with 33 strikeouts and four walks.Beeter’s improvements in this spring’s abbreviated college season were a challenge for the Dodgers’ evaluation but turned out to be a common thread in their eventual picks.“I guess when it’s all said and done, we bought into these upticks and these trends up in this four weeks of season,” Gasparino said. “We kind of bought in on all these guys. We think it’s real. We think it was going to last throughout the season, and in some ways it gave us a little bit of advantage if other teams didn’t and we got what we thought were really good talent.”The Dodgers’ fourth-round pick fit that profile as well. Switch-hitting catcher Carson Taylor from Virginia Tech struggled in last year’s Cape Cod League while playing with a broken hamate bone in his right wrist and batted just .152. This spring, Taylor was hitting .431 with a 1.230 OPS in 16 games before the sport was shut down.In the fifth and final round, the Dodgers took another college right-hander — Gavin Stone from Central Arkansas. After posting a 1.52 ERA last season, Stone was 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA and a .161 batting average against in four starts this spring. One of those starts was a nine-inning no-hitter against Southeastern Louisiana during which he struck out 13 and walked one.Draftees have until August 1 this year to sign. Starting Sunday, teams can sign an unlimited number of undrafted players but signing bonuses are capped at $20,000. The final pick of Thursday’s fifth round came with a slot value of $324,000.“We’re going to try to turn over every stone. I don’t have a great feel for what the answer would be,” Gasparino said. “I do think our track record of development and our success with later round picks is really going to help us when we go to sell our organization. Because it really is a recruiting process at this point.“I would take our chances against any other team in executing and really trying to sell these guys and who we are and what we’ve done and what we’ve done in the past. I’m excited to be able to do that. I just don’t have a real good grasp on the reality of what $20,000, you know, how enticing that is. It won’t be for everyone and it might not be for many.”Gasparino said the Dodgers are putting together a recruiting video to send to undrafted players they target.“We’re gonna pull out all the stops,” he said. “Maybe Magic Johnson will call a few people, maybe Dave Roberts. We’re gonna try to do our best here — whatever you can think of that’s legal in the recording world.”Related Articles Leading up to this week’s draft, Dodgers director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino said the talent pool was deep, particularly in college pitching. He used four of the Dodgers’ six picks in a shortened draft on some of it.After taking Louisville right-hander Bobby Miller with their first pick in this year’s draft on Wednesday, the Dodgers chose two more right-handers as the draft continued Thursday — East Tennessee State’s Landon Knack in the second round (the 60th pick overall) and Texas Tech’s Clayton Beeter with the competitive-balance pick (66th overall) received from the Minnesota Twins in the trade for Kenta Maeda.“We’re fired up. We just got a lot of velocity, a lot of pure stuff,” Gasparino said Thursday night. “It’s big. It’s right handed. It was the strength of the draft, and we just took advantage of it.”In the third round, the Dodgers took speedy outfielder Jake Vogel from Huntington Beach High. Vogel was the only prep player chosen by the Dodgers this season. He has committed to UCLA but the 100th pick overall comes with a slot value of $581,000. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “He’s a dynamic athlete,” Gasparino said of Vogel. “He’s only 5-11, 190 pounds but it’s a 70 runner with a big arm and it’s plus center field defense. He’s got power. He’s just a really physically-gifted kid that missed some of last summer with a back injury and that came out this fall and early spring and performed really well and kind of really shot up our board.”If Vogel signs rather than attends UCLA, he might enter the Dodgers’ system as the fastest player in the organization.“If it’s not the top it’s top two or three,” Gasparino said. “This is like running back, sprinter speed — strong, explosive, powerful strides. He can really get after it.”Knack, 22, was a fifth-year senior at East Tennessee State this spring after pitching for a junior college (Walters State in Tennessee). Undrafted out of high school, Knack’s development was set back by injuries to both shoulders in high school and at junior college — a torn right labrum in 2015 and a dislocated left shoulder in 2017. Both injuries occurred while he was running the bases.Knack had a 2.60 ERA over 15 starts (97 innings) last season and showed increased velocity this spring while posting impressive numbers in four starts before the sport was shutdown — 51 strikeouts and just one walk in 25 innings. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more