ex-Illini News from the Bush Leagues

A few former Illini baseball players have been making noise in the minors in the past few days…

Brandon Wikoff hit his second homerun in as many days last Wednesday.  Unfortunately, it was in a losing cause as his AA Corpus Christi Hooks lost 3-2.  But Brandon’s effort’s were rewarded with a leading photo of him on MiLB’.com’s game wrap-up page.

For the year, Wikoff is hitting .308 with 3 homeruns.

Closer to home in Gary, Indiana, two alums had good games on Thursday.  Pitching for the Gary Southside Railcats, Scott Shaw pitched a gem, allowing only one hit on six hits. That gives him 11 wins on the year which is the highest on the Railcats’ squad.

Former Illini teammate Mike Rohde had Shaw’s back, it seems. In the 12-1 win over the Lincoln Saltdogs, Rohde collected three hits including a double.  That double adds to Rohde’s single season club record.

The Railcats are in a tight race right now for first place in the Central Division in the American Association.  With one game left in the season, they are one game behind the Wichita Wingnuts.

Good luck guys!

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