Another Family Day has come and gone and it seems to be getting bigger every year. This being only my second year in the program, it is difficult for me to speak of years past, but this year's turnout seemed to give our regular season attendance a run for its money. The spread which was laid out for players, coaches, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, girlfriends, and everyone else in attendance put to shame every Saturday afternoon tailgate party held at Rec Park.
A special thanks goes out to all the parents who lent a helping hand in yesterday's event. Their efforts helped make the 2011 Family Day the best one yet. But the efforts they put forth every other day of the year and support they provide have helped make the program what it is today. We have not yet reached any of our goals but we are well on our way and it could not be possible without the tireless efforts of the families involved.
As far as the game is concerned, Josh Crout is my hero for driving in the tying, and go-ahead runs with a 2-out, 2-run double in the bottom of the 7th inning which gave the Green Team a 4-3 victory and now gives me bragging rights over Coach Sankovich for the rest of the fall. The Black Team took an early 2-0 lead after a RBI-hits from Jae Leeworthy and Jake Gilstorff. Green answered back when Matt Toth doubled home a pair. After a 2-out hit of their own, Black now led 3-2, but the Green bullpen put up zeros the rest of the way. Glenn Stewart, Brandon Grunda, Doug Fox, and Mike Morgan held the game in check for the final four innings to preserve the 4-3 win.
Finally, a special thanks goes out to former players Zack Justice and Cam Castro for their help yesterday. Zack lent a helping hand behind the plate calling the balls and strikes while Cam donated his dulcet tones for the pre-game introductions. Their efforts are yet another example of people who are willing to do whatever it takes to lend a helping hand and who also believe in the direction this program is going. Thank you and RAGE ON!