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Using TeamSnap for the 2019 Season – Please Read

We will be using TeamSnap as our main source for communication and info this season. It is a tool meant to make life easier for everyone. I know that it is new to most, but after a little usage and playing around with the app, you will see how it is a convenient tool for coaches and players alike. This app will help coaches and officers get info out without having to track everyone down individually or create a team text on there phone everytime we need to get info out. Remember, these coaches and officers are spending their free time away from families and work to get you the information you need for every Sunday. Please download the app and play around with it and you will find out how easy it is. Click on the TeamSnap Logo at the top for Help with Account Setup.

There are 3 main sections on the phone app that are very important for getting out information to teams:

The SCHEDULE section has your teams season schedule loaded on to the app. This has important information about the day that you play, the time you play, whether you are the home or away and any special notes needed for that specific day. Coaches and/or Officers will be able to send out a cancelled game or event at the click of a button. Any changes to games or events will automatically send out a message telling you the change that was made.

The ROSTER section has everyone on your team’s name, number, email and info about that person. Please go to this section and fill out your information. You can also upload a photo of yourself for coaches to recognize new players faces with names.

The MESSAGES section is the most important. This is where coaches and officers can send teams information or messages and receive feedback or answers to any questions they might ask. Please respond back so that we know that you are receiving messages.

Last Thoughts….

Coaches should not have to track down players for every Sunday. The only time you should have to say anything to a coach about attendance is when you are not going to be there. It takes a few seconds out of your day to message your coach saying “Can’t make it this weekend.” You are expected to be at every game unless you tell the coach otherwise. It is as simple as that.

And Lastly….

There shouldn’t be any excuse for not knowing what is going on in the HDL universe. We are now using FOUR different ways to get info out to players. The HDL website will always have information about everything the HDL has to offer. Twitter and Facebook are both great tools for alerting league members about changes and info. TeamSnap is used for your individual teams information. Please use them all to stay informed.

One More Thing….

Have a Great Season and See You on the Field!!!

Judson “Judi” Belote

Indoor Spring Training – 3.10

Thanks to Memphis Baseball Academy and to all those who made it possible for us to be able to train last sunday. We were able to hit in batting cages, pitch off mounds and use the open turf room for drills and ground balls. It is always a great opportunity to be able to utilize a facility like this one with the wet and cold weather in Memphis around this time of year.thanks to all those who came out to train. We had a group of about 20 current members show up plus 4 potential rookies.

Rest up and work out the soreness that we are all living through after a day of baseball. Have a great week and we will see you on sunday for our 1st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Scrimmage!!!

Here are a few photos for your entertainment:

One Month In Counting

We are one month away from Spring Training. I hope all of you will be well rested and ready to get back on the diamond. It is always a long offseason which leaves most of us a bit antsy to get back out there. One thing you realize during this waiting period is that life without baseball is needed. We have time to spend with our loved ones and can concentrate on those jobs around the house that are long overdue for attention. I ask all of you to spend as much time with your families as humanly possible. We might call ourselves the tough ones playing a difficult game every weekend but it would not be for the love and support from our families and friends for were that strength comes. Tie up any loose ends you have, finish those winter projects, go take that last weekend trip somewhere and relax. This is what offseasons are for.

That being said, it is always tough at any age to prepare for the long grilling season that we put ourselves through. I hope that most of you have at least looked at a baseball over the offseason. I know I haven’t trained as much as I wanted to and I am sure most of you have not either. Start moving around a little bit more and maybe watch a couple MLB games on tv to get your mind thinking about the game. To end this off, I give you my secret 5s/5s list to finish the last month before we start back. Here are 5 DO’S and 5 DO NOT’S for the remainder of the offseason:

DO

  • START GOING TO BED AT A DECENT TIME. 8 HOURS IS VERY IMPORTANT …
  • START EATING A LITTLE BIT HEALTHIER. TIME TO GET THE BAD FOOD OUT OF THE FRIDGE…
  • START STRETCHING…EVERYDAY…
  • CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING FITS AND IS INTACT. NOBODY LIKES A CRACKED CUP…
  • START DRINKING WATER EVERY CHANCE YOU GET. HYDRATION IS EVERYTHING WHEN PUTTING YOUR BODY THROUGH PRESEASON TRAINING…

DO NOT

  • Don’t be rude to the waiter/ waitress/ barista/ cashier/ cleaning lady. IT IS NOT VERY NICE!!!
  • Don’t cut your own hair….
  • Don’t shake hands limply. NOBODY LIKES A DEAD FISH…
  • Don’t worry about the dishes, until you absolutely have to. THIS ONE IS VERY EASY TO DO…
  • Don’t be ashamed to admit you totally rocked to Justin Timberlake’s “I’m Bringing Sexy Back” (what, just me?).

HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE READ…

SEE YOU IN A MONTH…

JUDSON “JUDI” BELOTE

2018 HDL Banquet Recap – Updated 3:20 PM

2018 HDL Banquet Review (11/18/2018)

The 2018 HDL Baseball season annual Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet was held SUNDAY, November 18th at the Ballroom of the Butcher Shop on Germantown Parkway.  Approximately 40-45 members and guests came out on a great evening to be part of a special night in the growing history of the Hernando DeSoto Men’s Baseball League.

For Those who attended

Please tell your fellow players/teammates, who were unable to attend, that we wish they could have attended. The HDL Officers and Hall of Fame Board members were disappointed in this year’s attendance. Obviously, having the banquet on a Sunday may have been the reason so we will plan better next year and revert back to Friday night or Saturday night. We hope to find a way to get more HDL members and guests to attend this annual event next year.

VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT

While everyone was finishing their food orders from Butcher Shop Restaurant, Larry Rutledge showed a slideshow video of the 2018 HDL Season. For those who were unable to attend the banquet, the video can be seen on YouTube at:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD15hhStdpCMhFM5TInmCdQ?view_as=subscriber

We will continue this treat as a tradition to help everyone re-live the season.

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Hall of Fame Inductees

 

Two former HDL Players were inducted into the HDL Hall of Fame:

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First inductee:  James G, Moroschak

First inductee, James “Schak” Moroschak was Inducted for his career as a hustling Catcher during his 12 year HDL career. Schak was a dedicated player who earned the respect of his teammates and opponents as a tireless catcher who played to help his team, both behind the plate and at the plate. Schak’s dependability, even when his professional career and personal schedule made it tough, he would always find a way to get to the ballpark. Schak expressed how much he appreciated the camaraderie of being a member of the HDL and how much baseball is a part of his life.
Second Inductee:  James Skinner


Our next inductee, James Skinner, was equally appreciative to being inducted as a member of the HDL Hall of Fame. James was appreciative to have an opportunity to play baseball for the HDL. James has posted some outstanding career statistics both as a Pitcher and a Hitter. When not on the mound, James was also a dependable fielder, both infield and outfield.  James is in the Top five of active HDL players in hitting with a .472 batting average and has a hit 7 home runs in his HDL career. James was very sincere about how much the HDL has meant to him during his playing days and still today.


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2018 SEASON PLAYER AWARDS

All SPONSORS were recognized for their valuable contributions. Each will receive a plaque expressing our appreciation. (Note: Some of the Award plaques were late arriving and unavailable for presentation. These arrived on Monday, November 19th and will be distributed as soon as possible.)

Sponsor Attending:  Carlos Varela – V-Brothers Motors A’s; Don Hinkle – Prudential Insurance Tigers.

Absent: Thompson Truck Center and Lomax Insulation

Next, all Managers were recognized for fulfilling this important role –

Carlos Varela, Don Hinkle, John DiGiacomo and Nick Harris

 GOLD GLOVE WINNERS:

 Outfield:Oscar Zamudio, Johnny Gonzalez, Jake Hatchett, and Jason Nilsen

Utility:Wes Hill

Catcher: Judson Belote

Pitcher:Juan-Jose Castillo

First Base:Orville Nevile

Second base:Jose Ortiz

Third Base:Cory Morgan

Shortstop:Cesar Cabrera

 

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Rookie of Year:Carlos Bello – .426 Avg.

Ray Reinhart – Charlie Hustle Award: Terry Terrell

Team MVP’s: 

Cesar Roman (Lomax Dodgers),

Ceasar Cabrera (V-Brothers Athletics),

Jose Ortiz (Prudential Tigers),

Nick Harris Thompson Truck Center Cardinals

League MVP: Jose Ortiz


Best Pitcher: Nick Harris (6-2; 7.50 ERA)

Batting Champion: Jose Ortiz (.532 Avg.)

Batting Champion Runner-Up: Nick Harris (.471 Avg.)

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New Award

HDL Presented a token of appreciation to Brandie Mitchell for leading the cooking of Post game hot dogs, chicken and burgers.

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Special Plaque Presentation

Special Recognition went to Bo McMinn for over 10 years of dedication and service to the HDL, especially his attention to getting the field ready for baseball every game day.

Special Recognition also was presented to out-going president, Robert Miller, for over 30 years of service and leadership to the Hernando DeSoto Baseball League. Robert has dedicated his time, finances and leadership to try to help the HDL grow and continue to be a vehicle for adult baseball players to continue their love of baseball during their adult life.  Robert plans to continue to mentor the new leadership over the HDL day-to-day operations and help wherever he is needed.

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New President and officers

In-case no one heard the voting results, the 2019-2020 HDL President is Bo McMinn.  Bo’s first responsibility is to establish a support team of committed associates who will agree to perform various administrative and operational duties required to help the HDL run efficient and effective throughout the baseball season.  Bo will announce his staff team when all roles and responsibilities have been confirmed. Several established players have been contacted and have agreed to fulfill their given functions.

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HDL CARDINALS and V-BROTHER A’s SHOW WHY THEY WERE THE BEST IN 2018

CARDINALS GAIN NARROW VICTORY ON VETERANS DAY:

Just like last year and many years before that, the HDL Championship game came down to the two best teams.  I stated this last year and it applies again this year.  The Cardinals and A’s had these qualities:  <> Grit & Grind <> Intensity <> Perspiration <> Inspiration <> Never say die <> Focus <> Competitive Fight <> Respect for each other <> Unity <> Pride, Personal and Team, but most of all – HEART.  If I left out something more obvious or more appropriate, please post your perception in a comment.

For this important game, the weather for the past 2 weeks had been uncooperative. On Sunday the HDL was blessed with dry conditions.  It started out chilly but once the Sun popped out, conditions became almost ideal. The biggest noise that sounded like thunder was the post game fireworks that Robert Miller exploded to celebrate the final results. Each team was happy to be playing baseball in this extended season.

The game started on-time at 10:00 AM. Home Team was the Cardinals since the Athletics were home team in round one where the Cardinals came from behind to win 8-6.

 

EARLY LEAD BY THE A’s

Gonzales Scores

The V-Brother A’s, came out firing on all cylinders when they posted 3 runs in the first and 3 runs in the 2nd inning to take an early 6-2 lead.  Travis Hill got his chance to be Starting Pitcher for the Cardinals.  In Travis’s previous Start against the Tigers he struggled and took the loss.  Against the A’s, Travis mixed up his pitches and did what he was supposed to do – get the A’s to hit Ground Balls. The only problem was some of the ground balls found holes for base hits or the Cardinals infielders were pressing and failed to get outs on the balls they fielded. Giving the A’s 5 outs in an inning is digging a deep hole for your offense to climb out of.

 

TRAVIS HILL FINDS HIS GROOVE

 

After the second inning, Travis and the Cardinals defense tightened up and shutdown the A’s scoring binge for the next 5 innings.  This allowed the veteran Cardinals hitters to work on A’s starting pitcher, Ben Eldred. Ben held the Cardinals to just 3 runs in the first 6 innings. Then in the 7th inning, the Cardinals put together some good AB’s and rallied to take the lead 7-6. One of the main reasons was the clutch hitting from Kevin High who had a triple and a double for the game.

With the score being close, it was obvious the Cardinals were wondering when it would be smart to insert their “Closer”, Nick Harris. But Travis was still throwing good. When Travis got the 1st two A’s batters in the 8th Inning “Out”, the Cards were down to their last 4 outs. But then the game got interesting. Travis had 2 strikes on Juan Polanco when an inside pitch hit Polanco. Then the very next batter, Carlos Varela, was hit by Travis Hill pitch to put the tying run in scoring position. A’s veteran outfielder, Johnny Gonzalez knock in the tying run before Travis got the third out of the inning.

 

GAME GETS TIGHT

 

In bottom of the 8th inning, Travis Hill led off the inning with a double down the left field line off of new A’s pitcher, Alex Vivas.  This brought up the hot hitting Kevin High who placed a soft liner inside the third base line to score Travis for the go-ahead run.

The Cardinals once again had a one-run lead. And once again, Travis Hill remained on the mound. With the Cardinals up 1 game to none, they knew if the A’s won this game they would need Nick to pitch the third game of the “Best 2 out of 3”, so they wanted Travis to go as long as he could.

The A’s were determined to find a way to win this critical game. The first 3 batters Travis faced, loaded the bases. Now the Cardinals had no choice but to make a move.  They brought in Nick.  Bases Loaded. No Outs.

The situation did not look good (for Cardinals).  Being the Home team, the Cardinals knew if they could minimize the damage, maybe their bats could recover in the bottom of the 9th.

The first batter that Nick Harris faced was Alex Vivas. Alex is known to be a good contact hitter with a .300 average. The Cardinals played their infielders “IN” for a possible play at the plate. With 2 strikes, Alex swung his bat and made solid contact. The hit immediately looked like it was destined to end up in the gap and clear the bases for the A’s. One problem, it was a line drive that was within reach of Travis Hill who had moved to Shortstop.  Travis speared the ball out of the air and quickly looked at 2nd base and saw that the base runner might beat the throw and give Ben Eldred, who was on third base, a chance to score the tying run. Travis surprised everyone when he pivoted 180 degrees and fired to Cory Morgan to double-off Ben at 3rd base.

 

WOW! WHAT AN EXCITING FINISH

 

 

Now all Nick Harris had to do was find a way to get one more out. The next batter, Oscar Zamudio was hitting almost .350 for the year and with his speed there would be a lot of pressure on the Cardinals defense to cover any ground ball.  Nick Harris and catcher, Judson Belote, called “Time” to discuss their pitching strategy against OscarNick executed his pitches perfectly and Oscar failed to make contact for the final out of the game.

 

GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP BY BOTH TEAMS IS COMMENDED

 

Game Over, Final Score 8-7, Season Over.  The Cardinals win the Play-off Series and end up with a record of 12 and 8.  The V-Brother A’s end the season with a 12 and 6 record with the fewest losses by any team in the HDL this season. The A’s had a fantastic season. But a lot of credit goes to the Cardinals for sticking together and playing without one of their best players, Patrick Belote, who was unable to finish the season due to an injury.  

 

This ends the 2018 HDL Baseball Season. A Post Season Awards Banquet is scheduled for Sunday, November 18th, 4:00 PM at the Butcher Shop. Please make plans to attend this special event.

HDLCS TEAMS WILL PLAY 2 out of 3 FOR IT ALL!

WHICH TEAM HAS THE EDGE?

 

When the V-Brothers Athletics play the Thompson Truck Center Cardinals next Sunday for Game one of the best 2 out of 3 series, the “favorite” to win the series is too close to call. Both teams have the players who can challenge the other teams line-up. 

The A’s knocked off the Lomax Dodgers in two games and sat out yesterday waiting on the game 3 outcome between the Cardinals and Tigers. (More on that game later in this article) So the A’s are either going to be well rested or rusty from a lack of baseball consistency. 

The series between the Cardinals and Tigers was like a “Heavyweight” fight.  In 3 games played, the Tigers scored 24 runs and the Cardinals scored 26 runs. Games 2 and 3 of the semi-final series were won by the Cardinals by having their best players available to play.  Patrick and Judson Belote and Terry Terrell made a big difference in the offense and defense of the Cardinals.

But the A’s proved they can play the game when situations are tough. In the back-to-back wins by the Athletics, the Dodgers had the A’s down 4-3 in game 1 of their series.  The A’s were either very lucky or the Dodgers were equally unlucky to not come out with a win in game 1 when the A’s kept battling and found a way to win. (Almost the same way the Cardinals won yesterday when the Tigers had the Cardinals down by 3 runs in the Tie-breaker format played in the top of the 9th inning)

The A’s have developed some discipline at the plate by swinging at pitches that resemble strikes and laying off of pitches not even in the strike zone.  This is where each team’s pitchers will make a difference. Each teams pitcher has to work the count and move the batters eyes around to get hitters guessing on where the pitch looks like it is going. 

The other “difference maker” in these two teams is their defense. In the Athletics first 2 games they only made 1 error.  The Cardinals, in 3 games had 4 errors but 3 of their 4 errors were in game 1 when they lost to the Tigers. From the aspect of ‘Hustle’, both teams have players who will give their “All”, on any ball put in play, to get a defensive out. I know it is an old cliche, but, “Defense wins championships”. 

DID THE BEST TEAM WIN?

On Sunday, October 7th, the Prudential Tigers and Thompson Cardinals were ready to play. The atmosphere at Tobey Park was “all business”. As hard as players tried to stay “loosey-goosey”, anything that made them smile or laugh was quickly wiped off to avoid any distraction to each teams serious intentions. Each team knew they had to find a way to win.  Getting ahead on the scoreboard and building a big lead is the only thing that would ease the tension.

So what did the Prudential Tigers do? In the top of the first inning, they were able to score 4 (HUGE) runs.  The runs scored were mainly the result of some unusual wildness by Cardinals pitcher, Nick Harris. In Game 2 of the series with the Tigers, Nick had held the Tigers to only 4 runs – Total.

So when Nick Hit Jodie Wolfe to lead off the inning, it helped the Tigers apply early pressure. But Nick rebounded to get Luis Perez to bounce into a fielder choice by forcing Jodie out at 2nd base. Next batter, Jose Ortiz, was greeted by an inside pitch for Nick’s second Hit Batter.

With Jake Hatchett coming up with runners on 1st & 2nd and only 1 out, the Tigers scoring threat were looking good.  But, again, Nick Harris worked the count and prevented Jake doing any damage as Jake struck out looking for 2nd out.  The next Tiger batter, Joel Fumero, battled every pitch Nick put any where around the plate. Fumero must have fouled off 3 or 4 pitches before he hit a high bouncer up the middle to score Perez.

Tiger Catcher, Barry Cummings, walked. With Fumero and Cummings on base, Juan-Jose Castillo drilled a high fly ball that drifted into the left field corner and bounced off the outfield fence to make the score 4-0.  The Cardinals sent 6 batters to the plate in bottom of the 1st only to strand 2 runner on base. Neither team scored in 2nd inning. Castillo struckout the side in bottom of the 2nd after a lead-off walk to Cardinals Chris Pegues. In the 3rd inning Nick Harris gave up a lead-off double to Jake Hatchett and an RBI single to Barry Cummings that made the score 5-0.

The 5-0 score must have woke-up the Cardinals because in the bottom of the 3rd inning the Cardinals sent 8 batters to the plate to make the score 5-5. Hit’s by Patrick Belote, Nick Harris, Judson Belote and Terry Terrell and a rare “Balk” by JJ Castillo made for a productive inning.

Innings 4 thru 7 was highlighted by outstanding pitching by Nick Harris and Juan Castillo. By the time the 8th inning came around it was announced that time limit (2 hr and 50 Minutes) had expired and any new inning (if tied) would invoke the HDL Tie Breaker format. In the top of the 8th inning, Juan Castillo was batting Lead-off. On the 2nd pitch that he swung at, Juan collapsed in front of the plate with an agonizing cramp in his left leg.  After a delay of close to 10 minutes, Castillo hobbled back into the “box” to complete his AB.  Thinking Castillo was too injured to do any damage, Juan sent a fly ball into left center that fell to the ground when Carlos Canelo was unable to get it in his glove.  With Castillo on 2nd base, and no outs, the Tigers could sense a “Rally”. Next batter, Kurt Atkison,  grounded out 6-3 but Castillo moved to 3rd base. Juno Palemia then popped out F2.  With 2 out, Jodie Wolfe showed why is a “Hall of Famer” as he bounced a chopper that Second baseman, Patrick Belote, misplayed and drove in Castillo for the go ahead run. Jose Ortiz flew out to center to end the rally. Tigers 6 – Cardinals 5.

Kevin High led of the bottom of the 8th with a double to right center. After Cory Morgan K’d, Tigers intentionally walked Chris Pegues to pitch to Terry Terrell.  Terrell got a pitch up in the strike zone that landed in right field to allow Kevin High to re-tie the game at 6-6. the next 2 batters struckout to end the rally and send the game to the Tie Breaker format with each team allowed to load the bases with the 3 previous inning batters and start the inning with no outs. in the top of the 9th, Jake Hatchett was the first batter. Jake hit a line drive right at the Cardinals Right Fielder, John Hardin. The ball landed in front of Hardin and bounced past him and roll to the fence.  The relay throw was thrown by Patrick Belote who fired to the plate before Jodie Wolfe reached the plate where he was tagged out for the first out of the inning and Hatchett on 2nd base, Joel Fumero K’d. Barry Cummings came up with a solid base hit to score Hatchett to give the Tigers a 3 run lead. Juan Castillo took strike 3 looking to end the inning.

Now it was Cardinals the same opportunity with the bases loaded. The Cardinals first batter was Travis Hill who struck out swinging for the 1st out. Next batter, Patrick Belote hit a ground ball to Jodie at SS who got the Terry Terrell at second but the relay throw to first was a close play that Belote was called “safe” because the catch was juggled. With bases loaded, and the score 9-7, Nick Harris battled Castillo’s pitches before reaching an outside pitch that was dropped down the first base line for a double and tie the score 9-9. With Judson Belote at bat, Judson looped a single into right field to score Nick with the winning run. A walk-off Single ended this “Classic” semi-final game with the score 10-9. Wow – What a Game! The game took 3 hours and 45 minutes to complete. Every inning was filled with outstanding baseball by two teams that did not want to lose. Both teams played the game with all of their energy and passion.

The Prudential Tigers represented their team as winners but came up one run short. Congratulations to the Tigers for a great season. And Congratulations to the Thompson Truck Cardinals for their hard earned victory.

The Cardinals and the V-Brother Athletics will now try to continue the HDLCS games to determine the final winner. Don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to seeing which team comes out on top.

2018 HDL AWARDS BANQUET AND Hall of Fame Induction

Make your plans to attend the 39th Annual Hall of Fame Induction and Player Awards Banquet – TODAY.

 

DATE:             SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018

TIME:             4:00 PM TO 7:00 PM

LOCATION:   THE BUTCHER SHOP MAIN BALLROOM

                                    107 S. Germantown Pkwy at Agricenter

COST:             ENTRY IS FREE.  ATTENDEES RESPONSIBLE

                        FOR ANY FOOD OR EXTRA DRINKS ORDERED

NOTE:    HDL WILL PROVIDE A COMPLEMENTARY KEG OF BEER

               FIRST COME – FIRST SERVE

              CASH BAR WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE BALL ROOM.

DRESS:   ATTENDEES REQUESTED TO DRESS BUSINESS CASUAL. 

 

If anyone has any questions, please contact Larry Rutledge or any of the current Officers or Team Managers.

The HDL Version of Wild Card Rounds

PLAY-OFF MADNESS

MLB has their Wild Card Play-in games that match teams with identical records or records that are close enough to be considered “good enough.”

Interesting that 2 of the HDL 4 team were also named MLB teams playing HDL “Wild Card” games. (A’s and Dodgers) So what does that have to do with the price of corn in Iowa – NOT a DAMN Thing! 

The HDL A’s handled the HDL Dodgers in 2 games. (Best 2 of 3 series). The Dodgers had their best shot at beating the A’s during week One when the Dodgers held a 4-3 lead going into the 8th inning. We all know what happened. The A’s rallied to win the game 5-4.

So last Sunday’s Game 2 match-up was either going to be another nail-bitter or a game of “no mercy” for the Dodgers.  And that is what it was.  The A’s victory in Game 1 carried over in Game 2.  The A’s felt “no pressure” and they were allowed to just play the game, because, to them, it was NOT Do or Die! 

However, the Dodgers have been playing like every game was “Do or Die” all year long. As hard as they tried, it seems like they were always fighting an Up-Hill battle.  Don’t get me wrong, during the regular season the Dodgers had their share of “Beat down” games. Like Week 2 when they beat the Tigers 8-3. And in Week 6 when they trounced the Cardinals 8-1, then a week later they upset the A’s 9-8, a game that showed they had the players to match-up with anyone. 

V-Brother A’s 8 – Lomax Dodgers 2

The A’s were the visiting team and quickly scored on Ceasar Cabrera’s double to right center to score Ben Eldred, who got the first hit of the game for the A’s.

For the next 2 innings the Dodgers were kept off balance with Ben Eldred’s assortment of pitches. At the same time. Brandon Poyner, Dodgers Pitcher was holding the A’s hitters in-check. The Dodgers tied the score in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Mike Morris singled and scored to tie the game on Jason Nilsen’s double to left center.  In the 3rd inning, the HDL  Dodgers had the bases loaded and looked like they might blow the game wide open. But back-to-back Strikeouts by Brandon Poyner and Cesar Roman extinguished any possible rally.

The game was still tied going into the top of the 5th when Oscar Zamudio Walked. Orville Neville bunted Oscar to 2nd.  That brought Manuel Polanco to the plate who drove in Oscar with a slap single down the first base line. Freddie Henriquez doubled-in Polanco to make the score 3-1.

The A’s made the score 4-1 in the 6th inning on an error by the Dodger 2nd baseman. When the Dodgers scored a run in the 6th inning to make the score 4-2, that was the end of their scoring.  The A’s scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th inning and that pretty much closed the door on the Dodgers disappointing season.  But even with the loss.  The Dodgers players were looking forward to next season and the chance to learn from their 2018 baseball experience.

 

 

Cardinals 11 – Tigers 4

In Week One these two teams met in game 1 and the Tigers took advantage of the Cardinals who were without 2 critical players from their line-up, Patrick and Judson Belote.  Both players were in the line-up on Sunday. While Judson was hit-less, Patrick Belote was on-base 5 times and scored 3 runs. 

With Nick Harris on the Mound for this crucial game, Nick went 8 innings holding the Tigers to 4 runs and scattered 8 hits in going the distance. For the Cardinals, offensively, every hitter in their line-up had at least 1 hit except Judson Belote and Chris Pigues. Kevin High had a strong outing playing 1st base and was 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored. Cory Morgan was solid with his 2 for 4 batting, 2 runs scored and an RBI.

For the Prudential Tigers, Juan Jose Castillo was impressive with 10 Strikeouts and only 3 walks. However, when the Cardinals hot hitters were able to make contact with Castillo’s pitches, twelve batters were able to hit their way on-base.  The Tigers batters had their only productive inning in the 3rd inning when 8 batters came to the plate.  The parade started when Kurt Adkison singled, Steve Mitchel popped up, then Jodie Wolfe and Jose Ortiz singled back-to-back. Juan Castillo was hit by a pitch. With bases loaded, Jake Hatchett banged a double to the outfield and made the score 6-4.  At this point the game could have gone either way,

For the remainder of the game Nick Harris and the Cardinals Defense shut down the Tigers while the Cardinal Hitters scored runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings to make the final score 11-4.  

SUNDAY SHOWDOWN – Same Two Teams

Game 3 between the Cardinals and Tigers will be played Sunday morning. Game time is 10:00 AM. Since the game will be the only HDL game played, Game will be scheduled for 9 innings. The Winner will take on the V-Brother Athletics the following Sunday, October 14th at 10:00 AM.  See everyone on Sunday.

Votes Cast for Annual Awards and New Officers

Best Participation Ever!

 

Every year the HDL encourages HDL players to cast their choices for Gold Glove Award winners and Most Valuable Players. In years past player participation is sometimes disappointing.  This year, thanks to strong leadership from Team Managers, the voting forms were completed and turned in.  Since the HDL will be continuing during the Play-offs for next 3 to 4 weeks, there is still time for any players who are still filling out their forms or were not at HDL games last Sunday, to turn in their Ballots to make this the best year ever.

Also on the Ballot was the selections for HDL President beginning in 2019 and ending in 2020.

 

 

Sample Form

 

 

ANNUAL BANQUET UPDATE

The HDL Hall Of Fame Committee has met and discussed possible dates for this year’s Awards Banquet. After checking with the Butcher Shop, we discovered the dates we preferred were already reserved by other groups. So at this time we do not have a definite date for the banquet. One possibility is we will have to wait until January to schedule the banquet.

We are not giving up on working out a date in November or early December.  But at this time we will be lucky to find a date at the Butcher Shop.  If someone knows a different location that can accommodate our organization, please make a suggestion.

 

Until later, keep your fingers crossed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Hitting & Pitching Statistics

Just in time for voting!

Here is the latest Hitting and Pitching statistics that players can use to determine best player for MVP and Gold Glove awards.

Ballot Voting sheets will be distributed on Sunday September 23rd. Bookmark this link to help you rank your selections.

NOTE:  THIS SUMMARY DOES NOT INCLUDE GAMES PLAYED DURING THE FIRST ROUND OF PLAY-OFFS.

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