Monday, October 18, 2010

Final Out of SFL

If you haven't watched the video yet, here's another look at the final out of the SFL and the subsequent dog pile on the pitchers mound. The Gray Team won its second SFL championship in three years with a 4-3 victory over the Black Team last weekend. Check out www.youtube.com/thecoachscave for more videos.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

The Gray Cup


No, we're not talking Canadian football (which is the Grey Cup), but rather the 2010 SFL Champions. After the Black Team won an extra-inning affair in the first game over the Green Team, the Gray Team cemented themselves as the dominant team this fall, capturing the SFL title with a 4-3 win. The Gray Team wrapped up its second SFL championship in three years and finished with a 10-2-1 record this fall.

As he did much of the fall, Kyle Kemp powered the Gray Team offense with a clutch two-run double in the fourth inning. Reid Rizzo walked and was hit by a pitch, crossing home after each free pass for the Gray Team's third and fourth runs. The Black Team made their best efforts to erase a 4-0 deficit in the sixth when Matt Toth drove a base-clearing triple to right field, closing the gap to 4-3 but they ultimately fell short in the end. The Gray pitching was dominant, allowing runs in only one of seven innings. DJ Stastny closed the door in the seventh after Bobby Seda put himself in position to tie the game with a double but Stastny got the next two hitters to fly out and a dog pile ensued near the pitchers mound.

The first game of the day may have been the most entertaining, which saw the Black Team grind out a 7-5 win in eight innings. The Green Team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead when Garrett Emling cleared the bases with a double in the second. Black chipped away at the lead thanks to a Pat Kilway 2-run home run to left in the third and a few wild pitches in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. They extended their lead in the sixth thanks to a Bobby Seda RBI-single but the Green Team fought back to tie in the seventh to force extra innings. Timely hitting and extra outs resulted in a 7-5 Black Team win and their match-up in the championship game.

Between games, the postseason award finalist were announced followed by the winners. The four categories Rookie of the Year, Pitcher Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and the Most Valuable Player. The following indicates the nominees, winners, and their key stats.

Rookie of the Year
Player (AVG/OBP/SLG) Key Stats
Ryan Anstaett (.344/.371/.406) 11 H, 5 R
Garrett Emling (.375/.487/.500) 12 H, 9 R, 65 Bases Touched
AJ Gobar (.345/.441/.379) 10 H, 3 R

Rookie Pitcher of the Year
Player (ERA/OAVG/WHIP) Key Stats
Brandon Grunda (4.15/.278/1.73) 4 ER, 8 APP
Mike Oley (6.00/.300/1.78) 1-1, 8 APP, 9 K
DJ Stastny (2.25/.240/1.38) 2 ER, 7 APP

Cy Young
Player (ERA/OAVG/WHIP) Key Stats
Tim Birch (3.52/.125/0.78) 3 ER, 9 SO
JD Ingalls (3.18/.240/1.59) 2 ER, 4 SO
Logan Nordquist (1.13/.138/0.50) 2-o, ER, 9 SO, 0 BB

Most Valuable Player
Player (AVG/OBP/SLG) Key Stats
Cody Blood (.353/.421/.559) 12 H, 7 R
Josh Crout (.353/.436/.676) 12 H, 10 R, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 65 Bases Touched
Jae Leeworthy (.367/.513/.800) 11 H, 10 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 60 Bases Touched

Note: Bold indicates winner

SFL Championship Round Game 1
Black 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 2 - 7 (4-7-2)
Green 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 5 (3-7-3)
W: Ingalls (1-2), L: Vanni (0-1), S: Morgan (1)

SFL Championship Round Finals
Black 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 - 3 (4-8-2)
Gray 0 0 0 3 1 0 x - 4 (10-2-1)
W: Porter (1-0), L: Throckmorton (2-1), S: Stastny (1)

The fall will finish up with a split squad scrimmage on Wednesday which follows a few days of practice. Be sure to stay tuned throughout the winter for updates on Storm Baseball on www.twitter.com/thecoachscave and www.thecoachscave.blogspot.com.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Same Ol', Same Ol'

Not much changed after the regular season finale of the Storm Fall League. The Black Team had the opportunity to leapfrog the Green Team and pick up home field advantage in the opening round of the SFL Championships with a pair of wins in Friday's double-header but split their two games and the standings remained the same.

The Gray Team put an exclamation point on their regular season dominance in game one with a 3-0 shutout of the Black Team in game one. Kyle Kemp continued to light up opposing pitchers with a pair of hits and two runs driven in. In the top of the first, Kemp singled home the game's first run and later in the third, Kemp belted his team-leading fourth home run of the fall. Josh Crout added his two cents with an RBI-single in the fourth for the third and final run. Chris Mason, Glenn Stewart, Brandon Grunda, and DJ Stastny combined for the shutout with Mason picking up the win.

After the loss, the Black Team could no longer jump ahead of the Green Team in the standings and could only build momentum for Saturday. They did just that. A four-run first inning, capped by Cody Blood's second long ball of the fall, paced the way to a 6-1 win over the Green Team. It was no secret the Black Team had trouble scoring runs this fall, but their six-run output could be something to hang their hat on going into the SFL Championship Round.

The Black and Green teams will rematch in the opening round of the SFL Finals with the winner advancing to face the Gray Team. Game 1 begins at 10:30am and the SFL Championship Game is slated for a 1:00pm start. In between the games will be a picnic lunch for players and their families followed by player introductions and the announcing of the SFL award winners. Award categories are Rookie of the Year, Rookie Pitcher of the Year, Cy Young Award, and the Most Valuable Player. Stay tuned to www.twitter.com/thecoachscave for updates from the field and www.thecoachscave.blogspot.com for recaps after the game.

Friday, 10/8
Game 17: Gray 3, Black 0 (W: Mason 1-0, L: Ingalls 0-2, S: Porter 1)
Game 18: Black 6, Green 1 (W: Castro 1-0, L: Beach 0-1)

Saturday, 10/9
SFL Finals Game 1: Black v. Green, 10:30am
SFL Finals Game 2: Winner Game 1 v. Gray, 12:30pm

Standings W L T .PCT GB RA RS
Gray 9 2 1 .818 - 30 56
Green 3 6 3 .333 5.0 51 37
Black 3 7 2 .300 5.5 45 31

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Down the Stretch

In the next-to-last weekend of the fall, the playoff picture looks pretty clear. The Gray Team solidified their hold on the top seed with a 6-0 win over the Green Team. It was all about Josh Crout who made the most of his two at-bats with a base-clearing double in the first and a two-run home run in the third. Crout has been the team's hottest hitter of late and has upped all major offensive categories including home runs, runs batted in, runs scored and the total number of bases touched.

[Note: The total bases touched is simply the number of bases touched throughout the course of a game, compared to total bases which account only for base hits. A base on balls does not count towards total bases but does count in bases touched. If that walk leads to a run scored, then the total bases touched for that at-bat (or plate appearance) is four. The more bases touched, the more chance for scoring a run.]

The Green Team rebounded in the double-dip, scoring six runs of their own. A four-run first inning set the tone for the 6-1 win. Jae Leeworthy was not to be outdone by Crout and hit his third home run of the fall in the second inning which ended the scoring for Green. Cody Blood spoiled the shutout when he left the yard for the first time in the fall.

Despite the loss, the Black Team has a chance to jump the Green Team and secure the number two seed in next weekend's championship round of the SFL with two wins on Friday. Gray has already secured the number one seed and will await the winner of Green and Black in the opening game of Saturday's Family Day. Stay tuned towww.twitter.com/thecoachscave for updates from the field and www.thecoachscave.blogspot.com for recaps after the game.

Friday, 10/1
Game 15: Gray 6, Green 0
Game 16: Green 6, Black 1

Friday, 10/8
Game 17: Black v. Green, 3pm
Game 18: Black v. Gray, 4:30pm

Saturday, 10/9
SFL Finals Game 1: Black v. Green, 10:30am
SFL Finals Game 2: Winner Game 1 v. Gray, 12:30pm

Standings W L T .PCT GB RA RS
Gray 8 2 1 .800 - 30 53
Green 3 5 3 .375 4.0 45 36
Black 2 6 2 .250 5.0 41 25