Thursday, September 27, 2012

Birthday Surprise

After today's practice, Brad Raley (@bralez30), Jimmie Shaw (@JimmieShaw) and the rest of the Storm baseball team had a little birthday surprise in store for Garrett Emling (@GarrettEmling) and Sean Mathews (@smathews21). Now that's teamwork...Happy Birthday guys!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Foot in Both Camps

There is still time to sign-up for Lake Erie Baseball's Fall Prospect Camp being held on Saturday, September 29th from 10am-3pm at Kiwanis Park. This is a great opportunity for high school players to not only work on their craft for the upcoming season by receiving elite, college-level instruction, but also to showcase their talents in front of college coaches. To register, print out this camp flyer and return to the Lake Erie Baseball Office. For more information, go to RAGE ON!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

The first weekend of Storm Fall League action is in the books with the Green team taking two out of three from the Black team. Contrary to usual beginnings, the hitters were clearly ahead of the pitchers in the first weekend. In 140 at-bats, Lake Erie hitters racked up 47 hits (.336 AVG) with 17 extra-base hits including 4 home runs. I'll focus on the offense for today because that is the area with the most unknowns heading into the season. This says nothing about any of the players returning, but it's hard to ignore the fact that the Storm offense lost 6 of the 9 everyday starters from last year's lineup. But the Storm lost a pair of .400 hitters after the 2011 season and improved by six wins in 2012. So despite the advanced stats, baseball is not an exact science.

The Green team took the weekend series by averaging almost 7 runs per game compared to 4 per game for the Black team. There was also quite a discrepancy in other offensive categories as well. Here's a look inside the numbers.

Green Category Black
  .400     AVG     .250
  .473     OBP      .356
  .613     SLG      .383
    32        H          15
    20        R          12
     3        HR         1
    19      RBI        11
  128       XB        78

SFL Scores
Game 1: Green 8, Black 2
Game 2: Black 6, Green 4
Game 3: Green 8, Black 4

The pitching will come around but the first two days clearly belonged to the hitters. Stay tuned throughout the fall for updates on the SFL. Stay updated on Twitter with the hashtags #SFL and #SFLStats. RAGE ON!

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Ready for First Pitch

After rain delayed the opening weekend of intersquad games, the Storm got a week of practice in before gearing up for the opening weekend of the Storm Fall League. The first pitch will be thrown tomorrow (Saturday, 9/15) at 9:00am at Kiwanis Rec Park. Fans are encouraged to attend all SFL games this fall. Rosters will be available on site and on Twitter starting tomorrow. Here's the latest happenings in Storm baseball.

Lab Notes:
  • Mitt Romney is holding a rally at Lake Erie College today which has cancelled the Storm's Friday practice. The team will be back on the field Saturday with SFL play.
  • SFL play begins on Saturday and the rosters are set. Check out Twitter tomorrow for lineups and rosters complete with numbers.
  • The Green team will be wearing throwback "LE" jerseys during SFL games this fall while the Black team will wear the "ERIE" tops. The returners will be sporting their uniform numbers whereas the newcomers will be wearing random numbers.
  • The Storm's Fall Prospect Camp is filling up, interested high school players can get more info with the camp flyer.
  • The Storm will be volunteering to build the new State Street Park in Painesville next Friday. The project is part of NewsChannel5's Building Better Neighborhoods Initiative in cooperation with the City of Painesville and the Western Reserve Community Development Corporation. Interested volunteers can get more information in this article.
  • Check out my latest article on base running available on
  • Here's an infield warm-up drill video that should be appearing on STACK later this month. Thanks to Sean Mathews (@smathews21), Dillon VanDyne (@DVD_VanDyne), Tyler Kmitt (@YouGottaKmitt), Josh Hudeck (@jhudeck8), Cody Blood (@cblood17), Zak DeCamp (@ZeekersTweeters) and Matt Avromov (@mavromov) for their help in the video.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Hop, Skip, and a Jump

There is only so much time to go around at practices and unfortunately, it always seemed like one of the areas that always gets neglected is outfield defense. As a former short-term college outfielder, our main responsibilities seemed to be serving as base runners for countless team defensive drills. So with that in mind, I give you one of the drill series' I came up with in my early days as a coach. This is a crow hop progression series to help improve an outfielder's footwork leading to a reduced catch to release time (the amount of time the player has the ball). When performed correctly, the crow hop can help an outfielder get more on his throw while being more accurate.

The articles appear on the STACK Media website while the video is featured on The Coach's Cave YouTube channel. Check out this, along with other videos on YouTube or on The Coach's Cave video page. Thanks to Garrett Emling (@GarrettEmling) for his work on camera and to Zach Mosbarger (@Bossbarger), Jake Ripma (@jrip20), and Rutger Luebke (@Frostee_Rutger) for their work the behind the scenes.

Crow Hop Progression Article: Part 1Part 2

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Start Your Engines

Welcome to the first edition of Lab Notes for Fall Ball 2012. Classes are in session and the students are back in full force. The official start to Fall Ball is less than a week away but the team has started their individual position work (indies or indy's) in preparation for the first official practice. Here's what happened this week with Lake Erie baseball.

Lab Notes:
  • Individual position workouts were held Thursday and Friday and will continue next week.
  • Pitchers threw a light bullpen session on Friday. They will each throw one more short pen next week to prepare for opening weekend of SFL play, which begins next Sunday at 8:30am.
  • The first official team workout will take place next Saturday morning at 8:30am.
  • Morning strength and conditioning workouts begin this Tuesday at 6:30am.
  • The Fall Prospect Camp date has been announced for Saturday, September 29 from 10am-3pm at Braggs Field at Kiwanis Rec Park. For more information, check out
  • Check out Part 1 of my latest article on the Outfield Crow Hop available on
  • Reid Rizzo Day (formerly family day) will be held on Sunday, October 14. More details to come.
  • In football news, Storm outfielder Aaron Lindgren (@lindgren_87) had a great start to the 2012 campaign with 6 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown in a 36-33 loss to Gannon.
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