Saturday, May 30, 2009

Game 21 Lions vs Union Post 79 Black

A four run first was a sure sign that things were going to go the Lions way today. Luke Barber belted 2 more HR's to give him 9 on the season. Cameron pitched 4 innings giving up one unearned run. The Lions run ruled Union Post 11-1 in 4 innings. Their overall record goes to 14-7. Great day for baseball turned out to be a great team win! Many thanks to Devon Lee from the U9 team who played up with us since Justin and Jarod were sick. Next game Tuesday against NCS Raiders.

Game 8 Rays vs Indians

The Rays were back at it Saturday morning. They offense keeps pounding the ball. 17 more runs scored today. They have scored 118 runs in 8 games. Today they beat the Indians 17-6. Griffin pitched the 6ht inning allowing 0 runs. The Rays go to 8-0 and face there toughest three games in the last three games of the season before the playoffs. Phillies on Monday.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Game 20 vs Columbus Sharks

A battle for 1st place in the division as the Lions battled the Columbus Sharks at Academy Park. The rain held off mostly (except for a 10 minute delay in the 4th inning). The Sharks were sparked by an error in the first and second and jumped out to a 6-1 lead. The lone Lions run to that point was Cael Baker's 6th HR of the season. Jackson wolf gave up the 6 runs in 2 1/3 innings (0 earned). The Lions chipped away at the 6-1 lead with 1 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th and took the lead with the bottom of the order leading the way to 4 run 5th to take the lead. Luke Barber shut the Sharks down the last 3 2/3 innings allowing 0 runs striking out 6. Lions win 8-6 and up their record to 13-7, 5-1 in the division. Cameron was 1 for 3 with 2 rbi and 2 sb's. Next up Saturday at home against Union Post 79 Black.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Game 7 Rays vs Marlins

Rays brought the bats out as usual, but the leather was flying tonight! Great defense and timely hitting led to a 12-0 victory over the Marlins to run their record to 7-0. Griffin was perfect at the plate, including 2 doubles. Next up, Saturday morning against the Indians.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Game 19 vs Pickerington Predators

After lightning delays pushed the start back over an hour. The Lions played their 4th game of Dublin memorial tournament against the Pickerington Predators. A close game all the way was highlighted by a tape measure shot to center by Luke Barber, his 7th of the season. 4 runs scored in the top of the 6th by the Predators turned out to be the final blow. Lions go down 13-9 and finish the tourney 3-1 and tied for 5th place out of 16 teams.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Game 17 Vs Carmel Pups (IN) & Game 18 vs Cannon McMillan Wolfpack (PA)

I have never been more proud of a team I have coached than I was today. 2 games right in the middle of the day in heat back to back (12:30 and 2:45). First up was Carmel Pups from Carmel, Indiana. This game was over quick 5 runs in the first two innings lead to a 3 1/2 inning run rule 16-6. Jackson picked up the win going 3 innings, with Cory pitching the last inning. Cameron was 1 for 1 with a walk. Next up was Cannon McMillan out of the Pittsburgh area. We rode Cory's arm for 5 innings. He pitched awesome! Only giving up 3 runs. Brandon pitched the 6th and the Lions won 9-3. We ended up 3-0 in pool play and now move on to the elimination round on Sunday!! With the two wins, The Lions up their record to 12-6.

Game 16 Dublin Tourney vs Dublin Green Sox

Great night for ball. Cameron started on the mound and after a little rough patch in the first inning settled down to throw 3 innings. Cael Baker pitched the 4th and 5th and Jackson came in to earn his first save of the season in the 6th. The Lions built a 12-6 lead and then held on to win the first game 12-11. Cameron colected the win to go 4-0 on the season. The Lions overall record goes to 10-6. Next game is Saturday at 12:30 against The Carmel Hounds (Blue) from Carmel, Indiana. Then a game right after that against a team from the Pittsburgh area.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Game 6 Rays vs Cubs

Forgot the camera, but the Rays kept rolling. Beat the Cubs tonight 9-5. Griffin pitched the 4th inning and got his first strike out!! Rays are 6-0 now. Next game Tuesday 5/26 against the Marlins.

UPDATE!! One of the AA teams (9 and 10 year old league) needs a player and called up Griffin for tomorrow's game. He will be playing with the Muckdogs.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Game 15 vs Upper Arlington

A heated 2nd division game in as many days. Upper Arlington jumped out 4-0 in the top of the first and the Lions answered with 4 in the bottom half. Back and forth and a 7 run 5th for Arlington was the key. Luke Barber's 2 HR's and 5 RBI were not enough as the Lions droped their first division game 15-11. Cameron pitched well in his one innning of work in the 6th. The Lions stand 9-6 overall now with a 4-1 record in the division. Next up is the Dublin Memorial Day Tournament with game one Friday evening against the Dublin Green Sox.

Game 14 @ Westerville

Back to my stomping grounds for a division game against the Westerville Wildcats. The offense was clicking again, and the Lions ran away with the game 16-8. Cameron had a single and then two errors on the play and he was able to walk home. Hopefully the sign of the slump coming to an end. Next game Tuesday night against Upper Arlington.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Game 13 @ New Albany

Blaine Barringer made his debut on the mound today and pitched very well. 2 innings of efficient pitchng to pick up the win in a 16-4 run rule victory. Jarod White got back on the mound for the first time in a while and pitch 2 innings giving up 0 runs. Defense was solid and Cael Baker belted a grand slam in the 3 inning. Lions go to 8-5 and 3-0 in the Division.

Game 5 Rays vs Red Sox

Another Rays game another big win. 22-12 in 5 innings. Rays go to 5-0!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Game 4 Rays vs Astros

The Rays broke the bats out again. After falling behind 5-0 in the top of the first, the rays banged out 18 runs. Beating the Astros 18-8. The Rays go to 4-0 on the season. Tomorrow against the Red Sox completes the tough stretch of 3 straight days with games. Griffin was 4 for 5 and made a nice snag of a line drive at 2nd base.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Game 3 Rays vs A's

Close game tonight. Rays came back to win 8-5 to go to 3-0 on the season. Griffin was 2 for 3 and got to pitch his first inning tonight. He struggled a little with his control, but gave up 0 runs. We can work on the control. He made a nice play defensively while pitching. Next up for the Rays is the Astros on Friday.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Game 2 for the Rays vs Reds

Griffin had his second game on Saturday. They jumped to a 9-2 lead after a 7 run second inning and cruised to a 18-6 win. They are 2-0 now and play Thursday. Griffin was 3 for 4.

Game 12 vs New Albany

The Lions came to play today. A quick 3 1/2 inning (run rule)game. Luke Barber belted his 4th HR of the season, and Gahanna cruised to a 17-7 win. Cameron started and went 2 2/3 innnings and got the win, with Cael Baker finishing up. Cameron was 1 for 2 at the plate. Practice Monday with our next game against another division team in the Columbus Sharks.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Game 11 vs Hilliard Panthers

A gorgeous night for baseball. The Lions jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Jackson shut down the Panthers 1 2 3. Hilliard was a very good bunting team and our boys had not seen the likes of that yet. After a trying inning in the top of the second, the game was tied 5-5. Gahanna scratched across another run in the bottom half to take the lead for good 6-5. Cael Baker went deep for the 4th time on the year with a solo shot in the 3rd. Luke Barber followed in the 5th with his 3rd blast of the year. The Lions pulled out a 10-8 victory to up their record to 6-5. Big division game Saturday at home against New Albany. Cameron is starting on the mound.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Game 10 @ Olentangy Braves

Another real nice area. Big houses.... NO FREAKIN FENCE! Slow start by the Lions found them in a 0-6 hole. They kept clawing got back to within 5 going into the last inning, and what an exciting inning it was. We scored 6 to take a 12-11 lead only to have Olentangy plate 2 in the bottom half to lose 13-12. The Lions now stand at 5-5 overall, 3-1 in league, 2-0 in the conference, and 1-0 in the division. Next up, at Conference game with the Hilliard Panthers on Thursday at Academy Park.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Rays vs Mariners

Griffin's first game tonight as his Rays battled the Mariners. He is playing in the A Major division also called half and half. The coaches still pitch to them the first three innings and then the kids pitch to each other the last three. I was pretty nervous when Griff faced a kid pitching the first time, and what happens? He gets plunked in the arm. Just a pained look and off to first he ran (That's my boy!!) He finished 3 for 3 with a double and a nice defensive play at second base. The Rays won 14-6. Next up is the Reds on Wednesday!! WAY TO GO GRIFFIN!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Grove City Tournament

A tough day at Windsor Park made tougher by a tough draw. Two of the better U10 teams in the state were placed in our pool. First up after a rained out day Friday and delays on Saturday. We finally got on the field around 5:00 against the Cincinnati Stix. Cael Baker went deep in the top of the first and after 2 innings the Lions led 2-1. A very costly dropped fly ball in left open the flood gates for 4 unearned runs and paved the way for the 8-2 loss. Jackson Wolf and Cael Baker both pitched great but the Lions only managed 3 hits.

Next up was Central Ohio Select. Hitting was suspect again. Pitching was pretty good, but the defense was just not there. The Lions were jumped on and fell in 4 innings 23-3.

The third pool game was scheduled for 8:00am Sunday morning. The Westerville Wildcats however did not want to come back for a meaningless game (their words). Gahanna was awarded a 6-0 forfeit victory but did not qualify for the elimination round.

Next game @Olentangy on Tuesday