Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Short Hop: 8/31/13

The first week of Fall Ball ended after Friday night's intersquad game. It was the second such scrimmage of the week. Like I wrote after the first scrimmage, the first of anything always has the most energy and excitement. The same can be said for the first week. Yesterday's players had just as much aggressiveness and made just as man

The Score: Black 6, Red 4. Lineups

Offense: There were a lot more extra base hits than in game one and there seemed to be more opportunities where base runners advanced an extra base on in-between hits, balls in the dirt, and throws from the outfield.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Short Hop

It's been a few months since I've had some significant baseball to write about, and with the start of fall ball, I figure it's a good time to dust of the keyboard. I am at a new school now, taking a position at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. Like Lake Erie, Saint Joe's is a Division II school, but one thing that hasn't changed is the game. Baseball is still baseball. The characters may change but the story remains the same.

Today I am introducing a new segment to the Cave, called The Short Hop. This segment will, at least for now, feature a daily (or at least every other day) recap of fall games and practices, which will also include (at some point) player interviews. But for now, I start with a recap of yesterday's intersquad scrimmage.

The Score: The Black team won 5-3 over the Red team, which is irrelevant because the rosters will switch from time to time until the Puma World Series in early October. Lineups

Offense: The first day was hardly a slug fest but there were a lot of positives that came from the offensive end. The game was not full of extra base hits but there was enough offense for the first day mixed in with some solid pitching performances. The area that stood out was the aggressiveness on the bases. This won't be the last mention of base running in this segment.