Angels' top pick, Ward, joins Bees
(Burlington-IA)- The Burlington Bees, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, have announced the addition of catcher Taylor Ward to the Bees' roster.
Taylor Ward joins the Bees after playing in 32 games for the Angels' rookie affiliate the Orem Owlz. Ward batted .349, smacking four doubles, a triple and slugging a pair of home runs while driving in 19 runs. The former Fresno State Bulldog was selected a 2015 Pioneer League All-Star, hitting a home run in the game against the Northwest League.
Ward played his college ball at Fresno State, spending three seasons behind the dish for the Bulldogs. During his junior season, Ward finished third on the team in batting, hitting .304 in 59 games, throwing out 13 of 23 base stealers. Ward was raised in Florida but played his high school ball at Shadow Hills High School in Indio, California.
Ward is the second first round pick to wear a Bees' uniform in 2015, joining Sean Newcomb who pitched for the Bees in April and early May. The Bees host the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Thursday night at 6:30. For tickets, visit gobees.com or stop by the Bees' office and for more information, call (319)-754-5705.
LumberKings strike early, down Bees 4-0
(Burlington-IA) The Clinton LumberKings (42-87) scored three of their four runs in the first two innings, beating the Burlington Bees (56-73) 4-0 on Friday night at Community Field.
The Clinton LumberKings bats were hot on Friday night, collecting five hits in the first two inning, two of which went for extra bases. With one out in the top of the first inning, Austin Cousino ripped a double to center for the first hit of the game. After an infield single put runners at first and second, Burt Reynolds doubled to center, scoring both Cousino and Gianfranco Wawoe, giving the LumberKings a 2-0 lead. Joe DeCarlo started the second inning by lining a single to left and moved to second on an error, giving Clinton a runner in scoring position with no outs. After moving to third base on ground out, DeCarlo came home to score on a two out single off the bat of Martin Peguero, upping the LumberKings lead to 3-0.
LumberKings starter, Tyler Herb (6-8) started off the game by retiring the first eight hitters he faced before rendering a two out bloop single to right off the bat of Trever Allen. Bees' catcher Taylor Ward was able to extend his hitting streak to six games, beating out a softly hit ground ball to third for an infield single in the fourth inning. Herb would keep the Bees off the scoreboard for five innings, scattering three hits, striking out a pair.
After allowing three runs in the first two innings, Bees' starter Austin Robichaux (8-8) went on to retired seven in a row before giving up two out single in the fifth inning. Clinton got to Robichaux one more time when Estarlyn Morales slugged his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to left, upping the LumberKings lead to 4-0 in the sixth inning.
Clinton reliever Jeffeson Medina (2) pitched the final four innings, keeping the Bees off the scoreboard the rest of the way, earning the save. Austin Robichaux was charged with the loss and Tyler Herb picked up the win. The Bees and the LumberKings wrap up the series on Saturday night at 6:30 when Jake Jewell toes the rubber for the Bees against Jarrett Brown for the LumberKings. For tickets visit gobees.com or stop by Bees' office and for more information, call (319)-754-5705.