A hot weekend in Mechanicsburg for the U8 Gahanna Rec All Stars final tournament of the summer. 6 of the families decided to make a weekend of it at the Holiday Inn Express in London, Ohio. The tournament director was nice enough to schedule our two pool games back to back but with a later start, so we were able to sleep at home Friday night.
Our first pool game was against Enon. Some base running mistakes cost the Lions 4 or 5 runs and that turned out to be the difference as Enon edged the Lions 9-7.
The Lions got the bats going a little more in our second pool game against London. Pulling away in the 5th inning to win 12-7. With the 1-1 record in pool play, the Lions were given a #2 seed.
Then it was back to the hotel where the boys (and some parents) had a blast in the indoor pool.
Sunday morning a storm rolled through around 8:00 and our 10:00 start time was pushed back to 1:30. Since there was nothing to do at the hotel, some of the boys went swimming for an hour, and as the first elimination game against Mechanicsburg got started, I wondered if the pool was such a good idea. The Lions seemed to be asleep on their feet, falling behind 9-1 after two innings. But then the bats began to heat up and the Lions slapped some leather and came all the way back to win 15-10.
Next up was #1 seed Fairbanks. Again, Gahanna found themselves down big, 6-0 after 1 inning. But before you knew it, it was through 4 innings and the Lions had pulled even 12-12. From that point on, the Lions took over, cruising to a 20-13 win and a spot in the championship game for a rematch against Enon.
The hits were few and the runs were hard to get. The Lions plated a run to go ahead 1-0 in the 3rd. Enon scored two in the top of the 4th and took a 2-1 lead. The Lions found themselves down for the third straight game on Sunday. Gahanna busted out in the bottom of the 4th and with some timely hitting and some aggressive base running, blowing the game open with 7 runs (max allowed in an inning per tourney rules), and took an 8-2 lead into the top of the 5th. After setting Enon down with only one hit, they came to the bottom of the 5th only needing 2 runs for the run rule, and that is exactly what they did. 3 straight hits to start the inning, the last one to score two runs ended it. The Lions win the Mechanicsburg tournament 10-2 and finish the tournament 4-1. They finished the tournament season 9-5 and won awards in 2 of the 3 tourneys they played in (3rd in the Gahanna tournament and 1st in the Mechanicsburg tournament). GREAT JOB LIONS!!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
One of my favorite weekends of the year. The Lions welcomed team from around Central Ohio to Gahanna for their annual U8 Coach Pitch Rec All Star Tournament. The Lions got underway by thumping Bexley 16-2 Friday night. They then jumped all over Teays Valley Saturday morning 20-10. Saturday afternoon they came up just short against New Albany team 12-10. This setup a must win to get into the championship against Plain City on Sunday morning. The Pioneers displayed some serious leather and eeeked out a 3-0 win. Gahanna then had a rematch against Teays Valley for 3rd place and outlasted the Vikings 13-11 to take home a team trophy and individual medals. Great job boys!!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Griffin was selected to his league's All Star Game by his teammates and team parents. He was on the gold squad with three of the U8 Rec All Star team teammates. The game was played at Academy Park so the boys could experience the lights. Great night of baseball for all. Griffin's team won 8-5. Griffin was 1 for 3 and pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
Another July weekend in Teays Valley. Always a good time at this tournament. Griffin is the only returning player on this year's all star rec tourney team. First game saw a lot of runs scored and some ragged defense by both sides. In the end, Plain City won 24-16. Next pool play game was against a good Southwest Licking team. The Lions played much better defense and had some timely hits to pull out a 10-9 win. The 1-1 record in pool play got them the #8 seed. First up Saturday evening in elimination play was the 9 seed Bexley Lions. Gahanna handled them easily 15-3. Sunday morning we had the #1 seed Chillicothe Vipers. A couple of routine plays botched by the Lions extended a couple of innings and the Vipers eliminated the Lions 15-5. Overall a pretty good showiing by the boys. 2-2 and they made it to Sunday. This weekend, Gahanna hosts their own tournament at Academy Park. Should be a great time.
The Saints wrapped up their season on 7/7. Although they dropped the game 7-2. The team can say that they were playing better at the end of the season compared to the beginning. The 3 coaches were given wooden bats with the kids names engraved on them as a thank you.