Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fall Recap

With the fall season ending on Saturday with Team 1 winning the championship and the field has been put to bed until spring, now is as good as time as any to recap the play on the field this fall. Before I get into the play, the weather was unbelievable! With only three exceptions where the coaching staff (with help from the players) had to bust to get the field ready in a flash, we couldn’t ask for better conditions.

The problem with intersquad games is that for every positive thing that happens, there is usually a negative that comes with it. All three teams combined to hit .285 with 9 home runs. The hitters did a great job getting free bases. They drew 199 walks and were hit-by-pitch 28 times which out numbered the amount of strikeouts by 27. Conversely, the pitchers had trouble throwing strikes and combined with the inconsistent defense, had trouble putting zeroes on the board. A positive for the pitching staff were the number of double plays induced. Despite their below-average fielding percentage, the defense helped the pitchers erase many of their control problems with 72 twin-killings.

Offensive Award
Dan Cladis – Dan led the fall in hits (21), runs (19) and slugging percentage (.686) and finished with a .412 average with two home runs. Cladis had a knack for driving in runs in many different situations, drove in twelve runs ranking him second on the team.

Pitching Award
Jeremiah Torres – Jeremiah, a transfer from Lincoln Community College, logged the most innings pitched (18.0), posted a 1.30 ERA with 19 strikeouts. Torres allowed only three runs in his four starts and opponents only hit .188 in 69 at-bats. Jeremiah’s fall was highlighted by a complete game shutout in the championship game.

Newcomer Award
Joe Turek – Joe started out hitting .800 during the first week and a half of the fall. After he came back to earth, Turek finished with a .362 average, seven doubles, a home run and ten driven in. Turek also demonstrated discipline at the plate, drawing 14 base on balls with only two strikeouts. Joe edged out transfer Andrew Wulbecker who got off to an 0-for-11 start to hit .333 with two home runs and 14 batted in.

The fall is just the beginning for the Cardinals. Coaches will have individual meetings with the players beginning tomorrow leading up to off-season workouts.