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Northeast Indiana Players Selected in 2010 MLB Draft

Five players with Northeast Indiana local ties were drafted this week. Here’s a quick look:

Scott Woodward (Norwell) – 15th round by the Oakland A’s (455th Overall)

Matt Bischoff (New Haven) – 20th round by the Seattle Mariners (612th overall)

Zack Dygert (Angola) – 22nd round by the Houston Astros (663rd overall)

Kevin Kiermaier (Bishop Luers)- 31st round by the Tampa Bay Rays (941st Overall)

Chris Squires (Canterbury) – 37th round by the Florida Marlins (1,127th overall)

Hat Tip to Glenn Marini at Wane-TV for his great local cover or area players this year.

Matt Bischoff Receives National Honor

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has recognized Purdue Senior Matt Bischoff as one of its “Louisville Slugger” National Players of the Week. The senior Boilermaker ace pitched a complete game against Illinois last Friday in an 8-2 win over the Illini.

After allowing a run on back-to-back base hits in the bottom of the first, Bischoff retired the next three Illini hitters to end the inning and then retired the side in order through the seventh inning. He tallied the first two outs in the eighth inning before seeing the an infield single ended a streak of retiring 23 straight.

Bischoff’s complete game was the first one thrown by a Purdue pitcher this year and earned him his ninth win, ranking him second on the team.

In 2008, Bischoff was drafted in the 47th round (1,416 overall) by the New York Mets. That year, the former New Haven High School standout from Decatur was named to the 2008 Big Ten first team after completing the year as the team’s number one starter with a 6-3 record that helped led Purdue to second place finishes in both the Big Ten regular season and tournament.

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Taylor’s Gould is MCC Coach of the Year; Other Locals Honored

The Mid-Central College Conference announced its 2010 baseball honors on Friday and the MCC’s regular season champion Taylor University had seven players named first team all-conference plus Kyle Gould was named MCC Coach of the Year.

Gould led the Trojans to their first ever outright MCC title with a 36-13 record and the number one seed in the upcoming conference tournament. The Taylor alum has compiled a career record of 182-123 during his six-year tenure with the Trojans.

Travis Carsten (Homestead) was voted the MCC’s best pitcher after posting a 9-1 record and a league-leading earned run average of 3.18. The sophomore surrendered just six walks during 29 innings of conference play to rank second in the league. His 38 total strikeouts was second among Trojan pitchers.

Joining Carsten on the first team was fellow sophomore Ryan Baker (Bellmont) who led the MCC with a 1.80 ERA and a 4-0 (6-1 overall) record during conference games.

Two of Taylor’s remaining first team slots went to a pair of sophomores (and Norwell alums), first baseman Ryne Otis and catcher Rhett Goodmiller. Otis, who led the Trojans with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs, received his second straight selection to the league’s first team. Goodmiller batted .417 and led the team with a .547 on-base percentage.

The Trojans’ seven first team all-conference selections was four more than second place Spring Arbor’s three selections.

Taylor’s Ryan Baker is MCC Player of the Week

Taylor’s Ryan Baker (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont) has been selected as the Mid-Central College Conference Pitcher of the Week. The MCC award is the second of the season for the sophomore, who is playing his first season for the Trojans after transferring from Purdue.

Last Thursday, against Bethel, Baker threw his second straight complete game shutout as Taylor wrapped up a week in which it secured the program’s first ever outright MCC regular season championship. His seven strikeouts against the Pilots improved his season total to 45 in just 49 innings pitched. The outing shrank Baker’s season ERA to 3.31, which ranks second in the league behind only Taylor’s Travis Carsten.

Baker is 3-0 in his last three starts, giving up just one run and 12 hits in his last 19 innings pitched. During that span, the southpaw struck out 19 batters and holds a 0.47 ERA against three of the top offensive teams in the MCC.

Taylor (35-12), the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MCC Tournament, will face its first round opponent on Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.

Valpo’s Miller Earned Preseason Lauds

Catching up on a lot of stories as time allows.

In local ties news, Valparaiso University junior Jarad Miller (Carroll) was selected as one of 40 players to be named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award initial watch list.

The list will be updated in mid-April and the conclusion of the regular season. The Division I national saves leader and four other standout relievers will be chosen as finalists.

Miller was also named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I Preseason All-American Third Team and earned several All-American honors last season.

Miller set the school’s single season saves record last year as a sophomore when he sealed the deal in 17 games, bringing his career total to 26. That also ranked second in the nation. He posted a 2.16 earned run average in 25 innings of work while opponents hit just .178 against him in 2008.

Valpo is coached by former Fort Wayne Wizards skipper, Tracy Woodson. The team also includes local standouts, senior Matt Stucky (Concordia Lutheran) and junior Justin Frane (Carroll).

Taylor’s Ryne Otis is MCC Player of the Week

Taylor baseball first baseman Ryne Otis (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) has been named the Mid-Central College Conference Player of the week. The MCC weekly award is the first for Otis this season, and the third of the sophomore’s career.

With at least one hit in each of Taylor’s five games, Otis hit .625 and slugged at 1.500 in 16 at-bats. His 11 RBI and nine runs scored accounted for 20 of Taylor’s 42 runs scored during the week. Otis hit home runs in three out of five games last week, including a blast that put Taylor up 4-1 against defending Big Ten champion Indiana in the top of the fifth inning on Saturday.

In a 9-6 victory over Indiana Wesleyan on Friday, Otis recorded an RBI in each of his four at-bats and was just a double shy of the cycle. He drove in both game-winning runs and tallied six total RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Grace (Ind.) during the Trojans’ conference opener on Tuesday.

The first baseman’s glove has also been sharp, as Otis was errorless in 42 chances last week. One of the major driving forces behind Taylor’s 18-4 start and current 13-game win streak against NAIA opponents, Otis leads the Mid-Central College Conference with 25 RBIs.

Dunno to Bring Perfect Game to Indiana, Four Other States

Soon, baseball and softball players in and around northeast Indiana will have the opportunity to take part in the world’s largest baseball/softball scouting service. Last summer, Rich Dunno, the owner of the Strike Zone baseball/softball training facility and Les Edgerton traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to meet with the president and founder of Perfect Game USA, Jerry Ford.

Edgerton was finalizing interviews for his book on the history of the organization, Perfect Game USA and the Future of Baseball: How the Remaking of Youth Scouting Affects the National Pastime (McFarland Publishing, Spring 2009) while Dunno met with Ford to interview for a scouting position.

But Dunno left that session with more than a job. Rather, Ford offered Dunno the opportunity to develop five states — Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and western Pennsylvania — for the Perfect Game organization.

Rich DunnoSince that meeting, Dunno and Edgerton and several other key players — Brian Kreager, Steed Williams, Brad Burlew, Dean Ehle and Colleen McNutt — have worked tirelessly to plan the initial showcases and tournaments in the five-state area. Six showcases and tournaments are currently being planned for 2010.

Dunno has since begun training with Perfect Game, working on several events as Field Director and Scout, including the recent week-long 17U tournament in East Cobb, GA; which featured 189 of the top travel teams in the nation and close to 300 pro and college scouts in attendance.

Perfect Game is the largest youth baseball and softball scouting service in the world. 1,191 players out of 1,504 taken in the most recent June amateur draft have attended Perfect Game Showcases.

Dunno will head the baseball operations, assisted by Kreager, Williams and Burlew. Edgerton, Ehle and McNutt will create the softball showcases and tournaments. Tentative talks have been held with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, with at least one forthcoming event to be held at Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne.

Meanwhile, Dunno continues to operate Strike Zone. He and the other members of his management team are hosting a Juco Baseball Showcase at the Glen Oaks Community College diamond on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009.  It is open to high school ballplayers who are graduating in 2010 and 2011 as well as other players who have not yet secured a baseball scholarship. At least a dozen college coaches and scouts will be in attendance.

For directions, costs, participating institutions and other particulars, or to sign up for one of the few remaining spots, visit the Strike Zone website at or phone Rich Dunno at 260-705-7424. For information on Perfect Game USA, visit their website at

Photo contributed by Rich Dunno

Goodmiller Added to 2010 Taylor Baseball Roster

Rhett Goodmiller, a catcher from Ossian, will transfer from NCAA Division I Central Michigan University to join the Taylor University Trojans this fall. He will have three years of athletic eligibility remaining.

During his freshman season at CMU, Goodmiller played in 50 games and started 38. He posted a .266 batting average for the Chippewas with nine doubles, 23 RBIs, and a .410 on-base percentage.

A 2008 graduate of Norwell High School, Goodmiller was part of a 35-0 team that took home the Indiana Class 3A State Championship in 2007. Following that season, he was named the Chris Rood Junior of the Year, an award given to the top junior baseball player in the state of Indiana.

As a senior, the two-time First Team All-State selection tallied four home runs and 32 RBIs on a .472 average to go along with 33 stolen bases.

Goodmiller also played five seasons of club baseball wiht the Summit City Sluggers.

Local Ties: Kinzer to Taylor, Talarico to U of Toledo, Everson to Parkland

Derek Kinzer (Homestead) has signed a letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at Taylor University starting this fall. Kinzer, an infielder and a pitcher, hit .402 and scored 20 runs as a senior as he helped lead Homestead High School to a sectional championship with a 23-4 record.

Playing second base for the Spartans this season, Kinzer committed just two errors in 27 games for a .977 fielding percentage. As a junior, Kinzer played a role in guiding Homestead to the Indiana Class 4A State Championship game.

“We are excited to add Derek to our recruiting class,” said Gould. “He had a great career at Homestead and helped lead them to another great season this year. He has the ability to play several positions on the field, help us on the mound, and swing the bat from the left side. Derek has worked very hard to put himself in a position to excel at the college level.”

Derek is the younger brother of Taylor Kinzer, who played for Taylor University before signing a professional contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 24th round (741st overall) of this year’s MLB Amateur Entry Draft. Derek and Taylor’s father, Matt Kinzer is a NEIBA Hall of Famer and a former pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is also Taylor University’s pitching coach.

Another coaching local tie is Matt Talarico, who has been named volunteer assistant baseball coach at the University of Toledo. He will work with all aspects of Toledo’s baseball program, but his main responsibilites will be working with the outfielders and assisting with baserunning and bunting. He will also assist in coordinating Toledo’s baseball camps.

“I’m very excited to have Matt join our program,” Coach Cory Mee said. “He is a great addition to our staff. I know he’ll bring a lot of enthusiasm and positive energy to our team. He’s a very good teacher and he already has experience coaching in the post-season. I look forward to seeing the impact he has on our program as he begins to share his experience and knowledge with our players.”

Talarico joins Toledo following two successful seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division III member Heidelberg University. Prior to Heidelberg, Talarico enjoyed a four-year playing career at Manchester College, where he helped guide Manchester to a 124-54 record from 2004-07, while claiming two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Regular Season Championships (2004, 2006) and two tournament titles (2004, 2005). In his final season, Talarico was named first-team all-conference and third-team All-Mideast Region.

A native of Fort Wayne, Talarico attended Bishop Dwenger High School and graduated from Manchester with a degree in History in 2007. He later earned a master’s of arts in Education from Heidelberg.

One final local tie note: Dave Bone sends word that his nephew, Drake Everson (Snider) has chosen Parkland College in Illinois. After putting on a spectacular performance to help his team get to the IHSAA Class 4A Baseball championship game, Everson was honored by the IHSAA with the the L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award. He was also a member of the 2006 championship squad. He earned first team All-Summit Athletic Conference honors in 2008 and 2009.

Taylor’s Ryne Otis Earns Second MCC Honor

Taylor University’s Ryne Otis has been named the Mid-Central College Conference Baseball Player of the Weekfor the second consecutive week..

Otis’ was awarded the honor after extending his hitting streak to 14 games when he recorded hits in all six of Taylor’s games a week ago. The Ossian native recorded two hits in five out of six games to give him 15 multi-hit games on the season.

For the week, Otis hit .647 with a .941 slugging percentage. He had two doubles, a home run, scored seven runs and drove in ten as the Trojans completed a 4-2 week against Huntington University and Goshen College.

Taylor’s starting first baseman had no errors in 37 chances last week. In 242 total chances this season, Otis has committed just two errors for a .992 fielding percentage.

With 40 RBIs in 34 games this season, the freshman is currently ranked second in the MCC. He’s batting .429 to go with a .622 slugging percentage.