The 2019 HDL Player Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet was held Saturday night, November 23rd, at the Central BBQ Party Room.
Approximately 50 players, players spouses or partners, and invited guests took advantage of free BBQ meal and free drinks. The program was slow getting started as many attendees were late arriving, around 7:00 PM, just in time to get into the Buffet line. The estimated 100 attendees never materialized, for a variety of reasons. Based on our initial estimates of people who indicated they would be attending, the HDL ordered excess food. (In the future we will be more conservative with our food commitment budget estimates)
This was the first time the HDL has scheduled the annual banquet downtown at Central BBQ. With the low attendance, there was plenty of room for those who attended. The Central BBQ Staff did an outstanding job of attending to our group’s event.
While the Audio-Visual accommodations were less than ideal, we were able to work with what was available. The main deficiency was a proper sound connection to the overhead projector. This prevented the prepared Slideshow sound track from being audible. Larry Rutledge played a couple of prior year slideshow videos, as well as a new video that recapped the 2019 Season.
In an attempt to add some music to the slideshow finale, Rutledge played John Foggerty’s song, “Centerfield”, over a Tailgate Sound Box that helped achieve an adequate replication. In the end, it all worked out thanks to the patience and understanding of the audience.
HDL 40th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Two candidates were approved by the Hall of Fame Committee for this year’s 40th induction ceremony.
The first Inductee was Outfielder Johnny Houghton who played in the HDL from about 2002 to 2016. Johnny’s career batting average of .334 and almost 1000 Plate Appearances, as well as his infatuation with the HDL Baseball format, were valid reasons to justify his induction into the Hall of Fame. Johnny was deeply appreciative of the honor of joining the HDL Hall of Fame.
The second candidate to be inducted was Team Manager and HDL Sponsor/Player, Don Hinkle. Don started his career in the HDL about the same time as Johnny Houghton. As a player, Don compiled almost 700 Plate Appearances with a career batting average of .231. During the last 10-12 years of his career he has set an example by offering to manage any HDL team that needed him. This unselfish service to the HDL is not reflected in his Stats because he actually participated as a Manager for an additional 200 games where he made sure his roster of players were treated fairly.
2019 HDL Player Awards
Bo McMinn, Jake Hatchett and Travis Hill conducted the introduction and presentation of trophies to 2019 players who were selected or earned a variety of award categories.
Trophies were presented to the following:
Charlie Hustle Award: David Calhoun (No photo)
Royals MVP: Tyler Dunn
Sponsor Awards (Gold): MBAA (Andy Cook)
Sponsor Awards (Silver): JH Auto (Jake Hatchett)
Special recognition went to Beth Hatchett for creating the Baseball theme table decorations that were donated. They really added to the purpose of the evening.
Also, the HDL Officers were pleasantly surprised when 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee, Jodie Wolfe, attended the 2019 Banquet for his first time “ever” to attend the HDL banquet.
All players were reminded to check the HDL Blog for off-season updates and announcements. There are some significant changes in progress at Tobey park that will make Tobey Baseball experience much different in 2020. When extra help is needed, the Blog and Facebook will solicit your assistance.
The Banquet was concluded and, hopefully, everyone made it home safely.
CENTRAL BBQ – 147 BUTLER – MEMPHIS, TN – 38103
ALL HDL MEMBERS MEALS HAVE BEEN PAID FOR BY AN ANONYMOUS DONOR!!! THIS MEANS PLAYERS, COACHES, UMPIRES AND EVEN BO!!! PLEASE LET YOUR COACH, OFFICER OR SEND AN EMAIL TO HDLBASEBALL@GMAIL.COM LETTING US KNOW HOW MANY YOU ARE BRINGING.
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Social Hour
7:00 PM – 7:45 PM – Dinner – Buffet Style
8:00 PM – Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
8:30 PM – 2019 HDL Season Award Presentations
We will be using Central BBQ on Butler for this year’s banquet and awards ceremony. It will on Saturday, November 23rd from 6pm – 9:30pm. This will be a buffet style event and they will have a bar for you to buy drinks. The Buffet will cost $13 for non HDL members. We will be collecting money immediately so that we have a head count on how much food we need to order. You can pay three different ways: Cash, Check or PayPal on this page. For Multiple tickets needed, PayPal $13 x the number of people you are bringing to email@example.com
2019 Banquet Ticket
Two 2019 Banquet Tickets
The Royals Hold Onto Victory As The Mets Almost Erases 5-Run Deficit
The Royals built a five-run lead in the second inning and then held off The Mets charge for a 7-5 victory on Friday, August 2nd. The Mets scored two runs on a double in the fourth inning.
The Royals fired up the offense in the first inning, when Nick Harris doubled, scoring one run.
Johel Fumero was the winning pitcher for the Royals. He went three innings, allowing five runs on four hits and striking out three. Alex Vivas threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. Vivas recorded the last nine outs to earn the save for the Royals.
Travis Hill took the loss for the Mets. He surrendered seven runs on 12 hits over six innings, striking out three.
The Royals had 12 hits in the game. Ramon Moreta, Chris Pegues, Ramon Urdaneta, and Carlos Varela all managed multiple hits for the Royals. Varela, Urdaneta, Pegues, and Moreta each managed two hits to lead the Royals.
The Mets tallied seven hits on the day. Kevin High and Orville Nevels all had multiple hits for the Mets. The Mets didn’t commit a single error in the field. Travis Hill had the most chances in the field with one.
SUNDAY, August 4, 2019 Surprise: Cardinals 7 – Yankees 6
The game was a battle between 2 pitchers who matched each other pitch for pitch.
Jake Hatchett went 8 innings allowing 6 runs, (5 ER) 6 hits, 8 K’s, and 9 walks. Fernando Edio equaled Jake with 8 innings pitched allowing 7 runs (6 ER), 8 hits, 8 K’s and 8 walks.
The game winning hit came in the bottom of the 8th with bases loaded and 1 out off the bat of Rene B.
Other players having productive at bats were Jose Navarro (2/2), Juan Castillo 2 RBI’s for the Yankees. Cardinal hitters who stood out were Kevin Latham (2/4), Freddy Henriquez (2/2)
The Cardinals had been struggling during the first half of the season and desperately needed something positive. They had lost too many games in the late innings when victory was so close. Maybe they can build on this accomplishment to turn around a frustrating season. (Same could be said for the St. Louis Cardinals)
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.
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:
We will continue this treat as a tradition to help everyone re-live the season.
Hall of Fame Inductees
Two former HDL Players were inducted into the HDL Hall of Fame:
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.
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
Catcher: Judson Belote
First Base:Orville Nevile
Second base:Jose Ortiz
Third Base:Cory Morgan
Rookie of Year:Carlos Bello – .426 Avg.
Ray Reinhart – Charlie Hustle Award: Terry Terrell
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.)
HDL Presented a token of appreciation to Brandie Mitchell for leading the cooking of Post game hot dogs, chicken and burgers.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 Oscar. Nick 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.