Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Today we played a team that we should beat...and we did just that (16 to 1). The boys played well and pulled off the old hidden ball trick.
With two outs a runner advanced to third base. The third baseman did not throw the ball back to the pitcher, but walked away from the base slightly as if he did. The pitcher walked towards the mound, but stayed off the dirt of the mound (very important part of the trick). The runner then took his lead and the third baseman applied the tag. Our fans started yelling, "He's out, he's out!" It caught the umpire, the third base coach, and myself by surprise.
There was a short protest by the coach, but I explained how our pitcher stayed off the mound so that the play was legal.
I was impressed.
We try it all the time in inter squad games, and they have asked many questions on how to do it in a game. They were going to try it in a game last week, but they didn't do it properly and the pitcher "chickened out". Good thing too, because it would have been an illegal play.
So, we'll see if they can do it again this year. I'm guessing they'll try to do it every game. It was pretty sweet, even though the opposing coach wasn't thrilled (we were up 13-0 at the time), but I think he was more embarrassed that it happened two feet in front of him.
So we are in first place in league (1-0), and we'll take it!
Friday, March 19, 2010
March 17th (St. Patty's Day/My birthday)
I called in sick due to irritable bowel syndrome. After pounding Kaopectate I was able to recover enough (barely) for our baseball game. As I got to the field I kept hearing, "Happy birthday Coach" and "Are you feeling better yet?"
(Hope I don't have to run to the bathroom during the game.)
We played a team that crushed us twice last year, but we were ready to have a different experience this time. We were doing great, making defensive plays, getting timely hitting, and building a lead. We headed into the last inning (which is the 7th in high school) with the score BHS 6, FHS 2.
(Feeling better, this will be a good victory for us.)
On the first pitch, we hit the batter. Later we made a few errors. The lead is now down to one, tying run on third, two outs. The batter gets jammed and floats one just over the first baseman...tie game.
(Stomach is getting queasy.)
Both teams quickly make outs and it's on to the 10th. Two outs, nobody on and a groundball right to our 2nd baseman...and on to the outfield.
Runner ends up scoring and we go 1, 2, 3...ballgame.
(Happy birthday Coach.)
We play a much easier match up and jump out to a 13-1 lead after the 2nd inning.
(Feeling better. This is the time to get guys in that haven't played yet this year.)
We stop hitting, start making errors, and watch our lead dwindle.
(This is why 1) these guys don't get much PT and 2) there should be a cut policy.)
Rebecca and the kids get to the game and watch us continue to stink up the field.
(Brooke sure does look cute today. Are we about to lose?)
The time limit is about up (2 hour time limit), and the umpire informs us this will be the last inning. The score is now 13-9.
(Wait, we were up 4 going into the last inning yesterday...oh no.)
First two batters walk.
Next three batters make outs. Rebecca comments, "You guys won that game?" (When she got there she only saw the other team score...a lot.)
Monday, March 15, 2010
We are playing a lot better than we were last year. We have our moments of playing really good baseball. Our fielding is much improved, as is our hitting. One of the opposing coaches even mentioned how much better the talent is this year compared to last.
We lost all three games last week. We had our chances each game, but it just didn't work out.
We gave up 11 runs in one inning last Friday. We were playing a top team and we only allowed 2 runs in 5 innings. Unfortunately we had a REALLY bad 4th inning. But to the players credit, we didn't give up any runs after that.
So we have two games this week (Wednesday and Thursday). Hopefully we can get back to the good side.
Happy St. Patty's Day everyone (a little early I know.)
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Today was our first baseball game, and we did what we were supposed to do. We won 22 - 0 in four innings. Here are some of the highlights:
*12 runs in the first inning.
*3 run homer by our #6 hitter in the 1st inning.
*All players got an at-bat.
*The team only made one error.
*Our pitcher only walked two batters.
*He also threw a No Hitter!
*The game was not as close as it sounded.
We'll take the victory. We are undefeated, but will face 4 of the top 5 teams over the next two weeks, so we should find out really quick how good/bad we really are.
The team looks good, much better than a year ago. Hopefully we will be competitive in every game this year, and will compete for the league title.
On a side note, I only have received one parent complaint so far about our uniform situation. We suited up 17 players today out of 29.
Monday, March 1, 2010
March is the best month of the year, hands down. Need convincing...
1) March Madness- I'm not a big fan of college basketball, but I do love the tournament.
2) MLB starts up. Spring training begins, and the season almost is here (it used to start in March).
3) NBA is still going on, Lakers are going for another title.
4) Spring starts. Who doesn't like spring?
5) St. Patty's Day- Which happens to be my birthday.
6) Daylight Savings begins!
7) Spring break-doesn't always happen in March, but it will begin this year in March.
8) My anniversary- LOVE YA BABE!
9) High School Baseball- I coach the Frosh-Soph team at Bakersfield High School. First game is tomorrow.
10) One month closer to summer vacation!
Feel free to add more if you'd like. Best month...let's enjoy!