Monday, September 19, 2011

Balls in Play

The SFL has reached and passed the halfway point and the action is heating up. Games have been close, with seemingly every game going into the last inning with teams either tied or within a run of each other. Usually what has made the difference in each game has been a single play for one side or another which either swings momentum, or stops it altogether. A common misconception is that big plays always happen in the late innings. While that is true to some degree, in that those are the plays we remember most vividly, big plays happen throughout the entire game.

From an offensive standpoint, one way to increase your chances for a big play is to put the ball in play. As any baseball fan, player, or coach will tell you, striking out accomplishes nothing during an at-bat. But what they may not know is just how big of an impact strikeouts actually have on the course of a game. Through ten games of the SFL, teams are hitting a combined .241 (85-for-352). If strikeouts are removed, the average jumps to .323 (73-for-226), an increase of nearly 100 points when the ball is put in play. When people talk about the little things in baseball which can make a difference between winning and losing, this is one of those things they are talking about.

Special Thanks
A special thanks goes out to players Josh Crout, Shaun Gaydos, Brandon Grunda, Chase Haas, Heath Kelley, Sean Mathews, Brad Raley, Reid Rizzo, Matt Toth, Dylan Yankle, and guest coaches/instructors Cam Castro, Ryan Rua, and Ben Willis for their help at camp...we couldn't have done it without you!

SFL Weekend Recap
The Gray Team dropped a pair of games when SFL action resumed on Sunday after games were put on hold for Saturday's Prospect Camp. The Black and Green Teams took advantage and kept pace with each other atop the SFL standings with wins on Sunday. In the first game, the Green Team erased an early 1-0 deficit and opened the game up with a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings en route to a 5-1 victory. In the nightcap, the Black Team led 4-0 into the sixth, but Gray made it interesting after back-to-back home runs by Zach Mosbarger and Garrett Emling, but that would be all the scoring and Black held on for a 4-2 win.

SFL Standings
Black 4 2 1 .667 - 18 24
Green 3 3 0 .500 1.0 24 20
Gray 2 4 1 .333 2.0 20 19

Latest Games
Sunday, September 18
Game 9: Green 5, Gray 1
Game 10: Black 4, Gray 2

SFL Scores
Saturday, September 3
Game 1: Black 3, Gray 1
Game 2: Green 4, Black 3

Sunday, September 4
Game 3: Green 6, Gray 3
Game 4: Gray 1, Black 1 F/6

Sunday, September 11
Game 5 (from 9/10): Black 8, Green 3
Game 6 (from 9/10): Gray 5, Green 0

Wednesday, September 14
Game 7 (from 9/11): Gray 5, Black 1
Game 8 (from 9/11): Black 4 Green 2

Sunday, September 18
Game 9: Green 5, Gray 1
Game 10: Black 4, Gray 2

Remaining Schedule
Sunday, September 25
Game 11: Green v. Black, 9 am
Game 12: Gray v. Green, 11 am

Saturday, October 1
Game 13: Gray v. Black, 9 am
Game 14: Black v. Green, 11 am

Sunday, October 2
Game 15: Green v. Gray, 9 am
Game 16: Black v. Gray, 11 am

Wednesday, October 5
Game 17: Green v. Black, 9 am
Game 18: Gray v. Green, 11 am

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