Bill Hass on Baseball:Koch achieves 3-homer hat trick

Koch achieves 3-homer hat trick from Bill Hass with Bill on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers) at www.gsohoppers.com…. Grant Koch did something that a Hoppers’ hitter hadn’t accomplished in 12 years Friday night — hit three home runs in a game. The catcher, who came into the game with four home runs for the season, became the first… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Koch achieves 3-homer hat trick

Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers keep big picture in focus

Hoppers keep big picture in focus from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers), at www.gsohoppers.com…. As players learn and grow through their first full season of pro baseball, so does a manager. The Hoppers lost their home finale Thursday night, 7–0 to Rome, and were officially eliminated from any chance at making the South… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers keep big picture in focus

Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers turn tables with shutout

Hoppers turn tables with shutout from Bill Hass on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers) at www.gsohoppers.com…. Pitching and defense is a hard combination to beat and the Hoppers used it to their advantage Tuesday night. After dropping a 1–0 decision to Rome on Monday, they bounced back to beat the Braves 3–0. Four pitchers combined for the shutout… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers turn tables with shutout

Bill Hass on Baseball:Shutout pitching carries Hoppers

Shutout pitching carries Hoppers from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers), at www.gsohoppers.com…… A shutout is always a source of pride for a pitching staff. The Hoppers delivered one Saturday night, blanking Augusta 7–0. It was the staff’s 10th shutout of the season and fourth at home. “A shutout is a shot in the… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Shutout pitching carries Hoppers

Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers beat oddball defense to win

Hoppers beat oddball defense to win from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers), at www.gsohoppers.com…. You want pitching? The Hoppers delivered a lot of that Friday night. Clutch hitting? They were able to provide some against the best pitcher in the South Atlantic League. Drama? Well, you had to see the bottom of the… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers beat oddball defense to win

Bill Hass on Baseball:Herman “Feeling Good” after 4 RBIs

Herman “Feeling Good” after 4 RBIs from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers) at www.gsohoppers.com Jack Herman likes being a little different. When he comes to the plate for the Hoppers, for instance, his walk-up music isn’t a fast-paced piece to get his adrenaline pumping. Instead, it’s the smooth, jazzy, old-time Big Band sound… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Herman “Feeling Good” after 4 RBIs

Bill Hass on Baseball:Harrer’s simple approach pays off

Harrer’s simple approach pays off from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball, from www.gsohoppers.com Keep it simple. Sometimes baseball players forget that basic rule and become their own worst enemies. Just ask Hoppers’ outfielder Justin Harrer. Harrer continued his hot hitting Wednesday afternoon with a home run, a double, two RBIs and two runs scored… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Harrer’s simple approach pays off

Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers continue solid hitting in 11–1 win

Hoppers continue solid hitting in 11–1 win from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball, at www.gsohoppers.com With three of their best hitters promoted to Bradenton, it was only natural to believe the Hoppers might have some trouble getting hits and scoring runs. That hasn’t turned out to be the case. Even with Rodolfo Castro, Lolo… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers continue solid hitting in 11–1 win

Bill Hass on Baseball:Mangieri makes presence felt with two HRs

Mangieri makes presence felt with two HRs from Bill Hass on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers) at www.gsohoppers.com…. Luke Mangieri had a one-word answer when he was asked about his first impressions of Greensboro. “Hot,” he said after a sweltering Tuesday night in which he helped the Hoppers beat Hagerstown 9–3. That’s also an apt description of the… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Mangieri makes presence felt with two HRs

Bill Hass on Baseball:Mottice leads barrage in series finale

Mottice leads barrage in series finale from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball, at www.gsohoppers.com Kyle Mottice is one of those hitters who just has a knack for finding the open spaces in a defense. “I just try to hit the ball hard and I’ve been lucky enough to find some holes,” he said, deflecting… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Mottice leads barrage in series finale

Bill Hass on Baseball:Mason Martin moves up to Bradenton

Mason Martin moves up to Bradenton from Bill Hass on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers), at www.gsohoppers.com The monsoon rain that swept through First National Bank Field Sunday was a surprise, but the news after the game’s cancellation was not. The Pirates promoted Mason Martin, the Hoppers’ slugging first baseman, to High A Bradenton. It was inevitable after… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Mason Martin moves up to Bradenton

Bill Hass on Baseball:Sweep makes fireworks more dazzling

Sweep makes fireworks more dazzling from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball, at www.gsohoppers.com…. The post-game fireworks looked a lot brighter for the Hoppers Saturday night. Some of them saw the extravaganza after the game on July 4, but it was more watching than enjoying after they lost an 11–10 game they knew they should… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Sweep makes fireworks more dazzling

Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers will carry on despite elimination

Hoppers will carry on despite elimination from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers) at www.gsohoppers.com Wednesday will bring another day and another baseball game for the Hoppers. That’s the approach manager Miguel Perez expects his team to take, even though Greensboro was officially eliminated from the Northern Division race in the first half of… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers will carry on despite elimination

Bill Hass on Baseball:Ogle’s new role clinches Hoppers’ win

Ogle’s new role clinches Hoppers’ win from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers) at www.gsohoppers.com Closing games is not something Braedon Ogle ever thought he would be doing, nor is it something he will necessarily be doing down the road. But as long as he’s in that role, he’s having fun. The hard-throwing left-hander… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Ogle’s new role clinches Hoppers’ win

Bill Hass on Baseball:Kaiser returns in a big way for Hoppers

Kaiser returns in a big way for Hoppers from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball, at www.gsohoppers.com Some players might feel rusty at the plate after a month between games. But not Connor Kaiser Thursday night. He was activated off the injured list and inserted in the lineup at shortstop, then went out and collected… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Kaiser returns in a big way for Hoppers

Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers Take Aim On Shorebirds

Hoppers Take Aim On Shorebirds from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball, at www.gsohoppers.com There are still 40 games left in the first half of the South Atlantic League schedule, so it’s probably too early to talk about the importance of any series, right? Well, maybe not. The Hoppers open a three-game series at Delmarva… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Hoppers Take Aim On Shorebirds

Bill Hass on Baseball:Castro, Siri help Hoppers stay hot

Castro, Siri help Hoppers stay hot from Bill Hass with Bill on Baseball, Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball, at www.gsohoppers.com…… Staying ready when you’re not playing isn’t an easy thing, but Raul Siri has managed to do just that for the Hoppers. While he has been with the team since it broke training camp and came to… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Castro, Siri help Hoppers stay hot

Bill Hass on Baseball:Neither rain nor Hoppers stop Asheville

Neither rain nor Hoppers stop Asheville from Bill Hass with Bill on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers) at www.gsohoppers.com…. Rain, shine, afternoon, night?—?none of it seems to matter when the Hoppers play Asheville. The Tourists put a 9–2 licking on Greensboro Sunday afternoon in a game shortened to seven innings by rain. It was delayed once for 41… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Neither rain nor Hoppers stop Asheville

Bill Hass on Baseball:Hitters carry the night in All-Star game

Hitters carry the night in All-Star game from Bill Hass with Bill on Baseball(South Atlantic League All-Stars) at www.gsohoppers.com It was a hitters’ night?—?hot, humid and the ball carrying well in a stadium conducive to home runs. So it was no real surprise when the South used four home runs to carry it to a… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Hitters carry the night in All-Star game

Bill Hass on Baseball:Lakewood pitching stifles Hoppers

Lakewood pitching stifles Hoppers from Bill Hass with Bill on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers) at www.gsohoppers.com Too much good pitching. That’s what the Hoppers ran into Sunday afternoon, managing just five hits off three Lakewood pitchers in a 2–0 loss. “We didn’t make our adjustments,” said coach Angel Espada, filling in for Todd Pratt for the second… Continue reading Bill Hass on Baseball:Lakewood pitching stifles Hoppers