Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Game #36 Lions vs Pickerington Predators

Last regular season game at home(Still have the Conference Championship game at home on July 9th against the Hilliard Panthers, EVERYONE NEEDS TO ATTEND!!). The Pickerington Predators came to Academy Park. A rematch of a close tournament game played Memorial Day weekend won by the Predators in a close game. The Lions scored two in the first, two in the second, three in the third to jump out 7-0. Jarod White pitched two scoreless innings to start. Cael Baker matched a scoreless third. Cael struggled a little with his control and a couple bloop hits dropped and the Predators closed to 7-5 after the top of the 4th. Lions used the long ball in the bottom half to boost the lead back to 12-5 and they went on to win 14-10. Cael Baker went deep twice for HR's 12 & 13 on the year. Luke Barber hit bomb #11 on the campaign. Lions go to 25-11. Next up, a fun practice on Wednesday then off to Sylvania, Ohio for our final tournament of the year.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Game #35 Lions @ Columbus Sharks

A Saturday afternoon game for all the marbles!! Two teams with identical 5-2 division records. Winner wins the division and will get to play in conference championship game. Luke Barber started and pitched the first 4 innings masterfully!! Allowing only 1 run. Jackson came in and pitched the 5th but we wanted him to pitch on Monday so he only got two outs before hitting 29 pitches. Cameron finished the 5th and then the 6th. Lions won the game and the division championship 12-7. Jackson Wolf hit his first HR of the season. Luke Barber went deep for the 10th time this season. Jackson also dumped the water cooler on Vince after we won. GREAT WIN!!! U10 Gahanna Lions Division Champs! Has a nice ring to it! Next game Monday against the Pickerington Predators.

Game #34 Lions vs Westeville Wildcats

Next to last division game Thursday night. I was late arriving due to being at the funeral home. When I arrived, the game was tied 8-8 going to the bottom of the 3rd. There was one weather delay due to lightning. Started back up and AJ struggled to hold a one run lead. Westerville took a 14-11 lead after 5 and the weather returned and we had to stop. Next game Saturday @ Columbus Sharks for the division title.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Kevin Jones

The world is just a little less funny today. Kevin is laid to rest and we are left to wonder why? Why such a funny, nice man had to be taken at 39? Still doesn't seem real. Rest In Peace Kevin.......

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Game #33 Lions @ Plain City

The Lions traveled west to take on the Plain City Pioneers in a conference game. Gahanna jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Plain City responded with 3 of their own. Stayed 4-3 until the 4th when the Lions exploded for 6 runs. Gahanna added 7 in the top of the 5th and cruised to a 17-5 win. Jarod White was 3 for 4 with 4 RBI to pace the offense. Cameron picked up his 6th win, battling some stomach issues in the heat. Justin Beachy came in and pitched the 5th for his first pitching appearance of the year. Next game, Thursday, division game against Westerville at home.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Game 32 State Tournament Game #3 Lions vs Butler County Bandits

What a masterful pitching effort turned in by Jackson Wolf and Luke Barber. They combined to only give up 2 hits and 3 runs, striking out 15 Bandits batters. The offense managed 7 hits but stranded 6 runners on the bases. A very tough 3-2 loss for the boys ended their dream of a state title. Next game at Plain City on Tuesday.

Game 31 State Tournament Game #2 Lions vs Mid Ohio Bullets 6-19-09

Second pool game in the State Tournament vs Mid Ohio Bullets. Second time facing the Bullets in 8 days (Beat them 11-0 at our place on 6/11). Brandon Wise was on again against the Bullets. A 4 inning shutout and Cael Baker hit a 2 run HR in the first (his 10th of the season). The Lions received the #2 seed in the elimination bracket and play Saturday night.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Game 30 State Tournament Game Lions vs Strongsville Stallions

YOI! Up at 5:45 and at the field at 7:00 for an 8:00 game to open the State Tournament in Grove City. Strongsville was our first pool game. An 11 run inning in the second put the Lions in control and they cruised to a 14-4 4 inning run rule. Jackson Wolf pitched 3 innings to pick up his 6th win. Luke Barber struck out the three batters he faced in the 4th. Tomorrow at 2:00PM we play the Mid Ohio Bullets in our second pool game.

Playoff Game #2 Rays Vs Red Sox

Well the Rays did their part. They jumped all over the Red Sox 15-1. Now they have to hope the Red Sox will beat the Astros and score at least 3 runs. If both of those things happen, the Rays advance to the semifinals. LETS GO RED SOX!!

UPDATE- The Red Sox did beat the Astros, but the Astros only managed 1 run, so the Red Sox advance on a tie breaker (fewest runs allowed).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rays vs Astros Playoffs! 6-16-09

The Rays picked a bad time to have a stinker of a game in the field. Seemed like all the boys were sleep walking. They would get close and then a few more bobbles and they would be done 5 or 6 again. They got it to 17-16 in the top of the 6th, but that was it. Final Astros 17 Rays 16. The Rays have one more pool game tonight. They need to win and hope like mad that the Red Sox beat the Astros on Saturday. Only one of the three advance from their pool to the semifinals.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Game 29 Lions vs Dublin Green Sox

Second time playing the Green Sox of Dublin (played them in game one of the Dublin tourney Memorial Day weekend and prevailed 11-10). Cael Baker still struggled with his command walking 6 batters in 3 innings, but some nice defense allowed him to escape damage with only two runs scored. Brandon Wise pitched a perfect 4th inning. Cael and Brandon combined on a 4 inning no hitter. The Lions bats made sure it was a short game. 3 runs in the first and 9 runs in the third. Lions win 12-2 and push their overall record to 20-9. Next up, State Tournament time beginning Thursday. Cameron pitched in with a couple hits tonight.

Game 28 Lions vs Northridge Vikings

Revenge was on the Lions mind Saturday night as the Northridge Vikings came into town. Last year they blasted us on our field 26-3. This year the Lions were sure to turn the tables.. That they did. Good defense and lively bats led to a 19-9 win. Next up, Monday versus the Dublin Green Sox.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Game 27 Lions vs Grove City Vipers 6-13-09

First game of the day night doubleheader. Great defense. A nice start with 5 runs in the first by the Lions. Pitching again was great and the Lions came out on top 7-6 against a very good Grove City Vipers team. Some bade news with Blaine Barringer on vacation, Luke Barber felt a pop in his knee and had to come out. We were down to 8 so Jackson Wolf's 7 year old little brother Evan wore Griffin's shirt, Cameron's old cleats and Justin Beachy's other pants and filled in. Wouldn't you know it, first batter in the top of the third hit the ball to Evan in right. He charged and threw the kid out at first!! Next up later tonight against Northridge Vikings.

Rays vs Dbacks 6-13-09

Final regular season game for the Rays. The bats made their return. Winning 18-6 and finishing the regular season 10-1 with the number 2 seed in the playoffs. First playoff game is Tuesday.

Game 26 Lions vs Mid Ohio Bullets

Dodged the raindrops and got great pitching from Brandon Wise. He pitched 4 innings of shutout baseball. Lions win 11-0 to go to 17-9 and up their conference record to
9-1. Next game A doubleheader Saturday against the Grove City Vipers and Northridge Vikings.

Rays vs Mets 6-9-09

In the battle for the number one seed in the playoffs. The Rays bats went silent. Their only runs came on Evan Wolf's grand slam. Mets win 9-4. Last regular season game Saturday against the Dbacks.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Griffin's Field Trip/Columbus Zoo

Friday, Griffin's class and the other first grade classes went to the Columbus Zoo for a field trip. Marsha went as a chaperone. They had a great time with great weather and got to see the new baby elephant that was born recently.

Pickerington Tournament

The Lions played in their 3rd tournament of the season in Pickerington. All the games were played at Pickerington North High School. Great weather all weekend made for a wonderful time. Unfortunately the Lions left their bats back in Gahanna. Too many walks and not enough hits did them in on Friday night. New Albany (A team we had run ruled twice) beat the Lions 11-4. This mad the next two pool games, must wins. First game Saturday morning against the Pickerington Tigers started kinda bad. The Lions fell behind 5-1. Cameron pitched the first three innings and pitched okay. The Lions clawed their way back and took the lead in the 5th and held on 8-7. This set up the 3rd and final pool game against Westerville. Going in the Lions knew they had to beat the Wildcats by 14 runs to advance due to the first tiebreaker being runs allowed. The bats stayed quiet and Gahanna fell 9-4. Next up two practices this week and a doubleheader on Saturday at home.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Game 22 Lions vs NCS Raiders

Looked like we might not get to play as the skies looked threatening. But since we were not scheduled to start til 6:30, the light rain that fell was gone before we started. The NCS Raiders were only playing their second game of the season. They appeared over matched from the get go. Brandon Wise pitched the first two innings picking up the win and Josh Oddi the last two. The Lions run ruled NCS 13-3 in 4 innings. Lions are 15-7 now. Next up a practice tomorrow and the Pickerington tournament this weekend.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Game 9 Rays vs Phillies

It was a tougher game indeed for Griffin's Rays. They found themselves down 3-1 after two innings. They kept pecking away and got the gloves going at the same time. They pulled ahead and won 9-3 Griffin had a tough day at the plate going 0 for 3. Next up June 9th against the 2nd place Mets. A championship game preview?? We shall see.