Play-by-Play

I have been doing play-by-play for baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball and a little bit of hockey and a very little bit of lacrosse since 2003. Below are some of my favorite samples.

Baseball

From August 28, 2012, probably my favorite baseball game I have ever had the pleasure to be on the call for, the first no-hitter I ever got to announce, this is the final inning of Tyson Corley’s no-hitter in a 7-0 win for the Windy City ThunderBolts over the Lake Erie Crushers:

Here is the bottom of the sixth inning from August 14, 2014. The ThunderBolts took on the Washington Wild Things and came back to tie the score here in the sixth. They would eventually win the game 3-2.

One of the weirder games I’ve ever had the pleasure to call, this one was rained out in the bottom of the tenth inning. It picked up the next day and didn’t last all that long. Here is the conclusion between the ThunderBolts and Lake Erie Crushers from August 15, 2015.

The high point of the 2017 Windy City ThunderBolts season was undoubtedly on August 29, when they built an 11-0 lead and looked on their way to cementing their playoff chances. The fact that they ended up losing the game 12-11 in what was certainly the low point of the season has no bearing on this audio clip, in which the Bolts are up to bat in the top of the second. It’s a long inning, but that’s good for Windy City.

The low point behind them, the ThunderBolts went out to play on September 1 needing a win just to stay in the race. Although they would go on to lose the game in extra innings, my partner Mike Rankin and I were able to have fun with straw talk and such during the top of the eighth against the Schaumburg Boomers:

 

Basketball

On March 2, 2009, Whitney Young High School took on Marian Catholic High School in the Illinois girls’ basketball supersectional. Nothing about the broadcast went well. The equipment wasn’t working, leading to a lower quality broadcast, my brother, Angelo (also color commentator) showed up having prepared for the wrong teams and we were actually knocked off air for most of the first quarter. All the problems, though, were forgotten when the game turned out to be one of the most exciting that I have ever seen, capped off by the craziest finish I’ve ever gotten to call. And here is that end to a crazy contest:

The same two teams met in the following year’s supersectional and even though the game didn’t end quite as thrillingly, the first half was pretty fun (Christian Ballenger on color):

The Saint Xavier men’s team was a huge underdog going into the conference championship game against Robert Morris on March 6, 2010. Here they take the floor for the start of what would eventually be a Saint Xavier victory:

The last game I ever called in college, this one pits Saint Xavier’s women against Azusa Pacific in the national quarterfinals on March 20, 2010. Here, they come out to start the second half (Christian again on color):

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