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Meet the the King Bs





Front row left to right
Landon Bates, Will Stiles, Jack Wildauer, Corbin Van Vuren, Maddox Hickman, Kaden Martin, Chase Devine, BJ Forbes

Back row left to right
Jeff Zellmer, Jeffrey Schmucker, Silas Laidig, Jeff Swank, Brady Weldy, Noah Wildauer, Steve Zellmer.




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Process:
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August 18th, 2019
2019 Celebration
I want to thank Amy & Todd Hundt for having our year ending celebration, always a good time.

They are two of the best that Bremen has, THANK YOU.

Thanks to all the parents, for the support, the wonderful gifts for the coaches, very touching, the time and effort it took is greatly appreciated. My gift was exceptional, and I will display it so I can see it every day, and remind me of all the great people that supported the 2019 All-star baseball season.

AWARDS
The plaques that All-Stars received from Anna and Don Jensen were stupendous.

Special Awards
Highest Batting Average Silas Laidig %531

Rookie of the Year Corban Van Vuren & Landon Bates
Coaches Award Brady Weldy & Kaden Martin
Most Valuable Player Silas Laidig


August 4th, 2019
The final highlights from the 2019 Town & Country State Tournament. The final highlights from the 2019 Town & Country State Tournament.

First I want to thank all the parents, all that you did supporting your All-star, and all the All-Stars. What a great ride through the Town & Country tournaments. As coaches you hope to be able to coach teams like this. As parents you hope to watch your sons play like they did. As All-Stars you hope to play in a great atmosphere, and play well which you did.

The format will be a little different for the highlights from the State. I want to highlight each and every All-star for their performance.

Corban Van Vuren had 3 hits, 1 a down the left field line double 2 earned walks for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Corban threw out a would be stealer trying to get third base, wwwwwwwwwwhat a throw.

In another game with runners on first and third and 2 outs, usually what happens is the runner on first will take second base automatically on the first pitch. Not on Corban they don’t, he threw a rocket to Kaden who made a great catch and tag for the third out. The look on the third base coaches face was one of (they aren’t supposed to do that).

Jack Wildauer had 1 hit, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI. Whenever there are base runners in scoring position and Jack comes up to the plate, we all know he’s going to drive the ball hard and get his teammates home, which he did. While catching with the go ahead runner on third and 2 outs, a wild pitch went to the back stop, Jack hustled after the ball threw to the waiting pitcher who got the runner in a (run down), with no one covering the plate, Jack again hustled back to the plate for the tag out to end the inning.

BJ Forbes had 2 hits and 1 run scored, played every inning of every game in center, and snagged all hits in his general direction, he covered the ally’s, backed up second, and kept his team in each and every game. Jeffrey Schmucker had 4 hits all doubles (YES ALL) 2 the old fashion way and 2 ground rule doubles wwwwwwwwway to go, for 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI’s. He also scored the game winning run on Saturday morning. He played first base like he owned it (which he did).

Noah Wildauer had 1 hit 2 earned walks 1 HBP for 1 run scored. On his HBP, the coaches thought he threw his shoulder out to get hit, and get on base. Really the pitch was inside, and I’m NOT MOVING. Perhaps his best swing of the tournament was an out, bbbbbbbbbbbut what a swing, a line drive hit so hard the first baseman gloved it, and could not hold onto it. First base coach Jeff, was asked later in the game by that same first baseman “when is #6 coming up to bat again I’ll take that inning off”.

Chase Devine had 3 hits all solid smashes, for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. At second grabbed a rocket line drive whirled and threw to second to force out a runner for a DOUBLE PLAY. In the Saturday morning game, while playing short in the last inning back peddled into center to snatch a long-long pop up, to help secure the win.

Landon Bates had 1 hit 1 sac fly earned 2 walks for 3 RBI’s. Landon pitched 5 1/3 innings for ONLY 1 RUN scored, zer00000000000 walks and 2K’s.Landon threw his change, his curve and his fastball (he looked like the Cubs Professor out there). The opposing coaches were heard telling their batters move up, but to no avail, they’d swing and miss, or swing and hit a tapper. GGGGGGGREAT.

Brady Weldy had 2 hits 1 run scored, and 1 RBI ooooooooooooooh but what an RBI that was. With Jeffrey on third (the go ahead run), Brady hit a duck snort single into right for the game winning RBI AAAAAAAAAAmazing. Brady pitched 6 innings on a tired arm but gave it his best shot which is good enough for the Bremen All-Stars, for 3 walks, and 3BIGK’s.

Silas Laidig even though he played just 1 game ooooooooooooooh what a game. He had 1 solid single. Pitched 4 innings with 2 runs scored, zer0000000000000 walks and 5BIGBIGK’s he gave Ole Mis more than they could handle. There was a (group sigh of relief) from the opposing dugout when Silas was done with the 4 innings of pitching. Then he caught the last 2 innings (no thought of base stealing then).

Kaden Martin had 3 hits 1 a fence denting double for 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI’s. On the mound, and at shortstop he was three Hall of Famers rolled into one. Kaden pitched 1 2/3 innings of Mariano Rivera style pitches zer00000000 runs scored, 1 walk, and 1K, for the win. At shortstop when he’d go to his right he was Ozzie Smith, when he’d go to his left he was Ozzie Guillen. No hit ball from past second, to the left field foul line got through. Kaden made acrobatic plays look ordinary, bad hops were fielded easily, throws to first were rockets (I MEAN ROCKETS TO THE MOON). Catch and tag outs were guaranteed. In fact one time on his way out to short he did a back flip (Wizard style). The announcer of the games as was all the opposing coaches were highly impressed. Bremen’s coaches knew he was special and now Town & Country does too.

That last statement is correct, and it also goes for the entire Bremen All-star team you impressed them with your play, your effort, your no-give-up. Thank you

Frankton was a long drive, but I’m glad I made the trip.

Maddow could not make the trip, contract mess up with the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders.

Will was finishing his playing time with the Chugiak Chinooks of the A.B.L.


July 25, 2019
Your Bremen All-Stars traveled to Denver In. for the Town & Country semi-state, and walked away with a 3 and 1 record, and a 4th seed to the TOWN & COUNTRY STATE FINALS.

Just the second Bremen 12U team to accomplish this fete, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMAZING.

Their 3 wins were a 6 to 5 last inning heroics then a 15 to 7 smash ’em down, and then another 6 to 5 last inning heroics again-again-again. WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOW Great games to play, to coach, and to watch, can’t get any better than that. Let’s start with heroics; First heroic game, bottom of the 6th score tied, Brady singled, Kaden earned a walk, and pushed Brady to 3rd. Up steps Noah, the pitcher tried to work the edges so as not to give heavy hitter Noah anything to hit, but one pitch got away from the catcher, and in races Brady for the game winner. GGGGGGGGGGGGGREAT Second heroic game, bottom the 6th score tied, Jack earned a walk, Chase singled pushing Jack to 3rd, with an errant throw from the outfield Jack raced home, but with a great play by the catcher Jack was tagged out. Chase moved to 3rd on that play, and up steps BJ, and with the 2nd pitch drilled a gap-gap-gap shot double to left center sending Chase home for the win. GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGREAT.

Highlights:
Defense; I know in center field BJ had many great catches. Shortstop Kaden with the bases loaded and 1 out, grabbed a hot potato grounder, and rifled a throw to catcher Corban for an out. Chase at second on a duck snort pop up near the pitcher’s mound made a diving catch for an out. BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT the play of the tournament was from right fielder Corban. In the 5th inning after the sun had set, and we were playing under the lights, a Rochester batter hit a fly ball that went above the lights and into the darkness. Corban ran back found the fence picked up the flight of the ball scurried in, and snatched the fly right off the ground for an exceptional web-gem out.

Pitching; Silas pitched 7 MOJO packed hard throwing innings, for 11 runs scored, 11 walks, and 14BIGBIGBIGK’s. Brady was next up with 6 innings of (Ace of diamonds) pitching for 8 runs scored, 3 walks, and 6BIGK’s. Landon (the unjammer) pitched 4 innings and did he unjam Bremen in the final game coming in down 4 to 1, gave up just 1 more run, and his All-star teammates offence secured the win. For 2 runs scored 1 walk, and 4K’s. Kaden pitched 3 2/3 innings of Mariano style deep dish strikes, for 4 runs scored, 3 walks, and 6BIGK’s.

Offence; Leading the 41 hit attack with 7 hits were BJ, and Silas. BJ 6 singles, that game winning double for 5 runs scored (YES 5). Silas 6 singles 1 double 1 earned walk, for 2 runs scored and 5 RBI’s (YES I SAID 5). With a 6 hit tournament was Chase, 6 solid singles, 1 game winning run scored, for 4 runs scored, and 2 RBI’s. With 4 hit games were Brady, and Kaden. Brady had 1 HBP 3 hot singles, and in the first inning of our second game with 2 Bremen All-Stars on board took a pitch and sent it sky-sky-sky high and deposited it over the right field fence for a 3 run round tripper. WAY TO GO. For 3 runs scored and 4 RBI’S. Kaden 1 HBP, 2 earned walks, 4 scorching singles for 1 run scored, and 2 RBI’s. With 3 hit games were Landon, Noah and Jeffrey. Landon 2 earned walks, 3 screaming single for 3 runs scored 4 RBI’s. Noah earned 3 walks, and had 3 dented ball singles (dented from hitting it hard), for 1 run scored, and 3 RBI’s. Jeffrey 3 earned walks, 2 up the middle hot singles, and with the Bremen All-Stars down 4 to 1, and with a teammate on board, squared up a strike and sent it line drive style (I MEAN HARD-HARD-HARD LINE DRIVE STYLE) over the left center fence, for a comeback HOMER-HOMER. For 2 runs scored and 4 RBI’s. With 2 hit games were Corban, and Jack. The Scrapper, earned 4 walks, had a smash single, and in the first before Brady’s homer sent a gap shot steaming double to the right field fence. For 5 runs scored (YES 5), and 2 RBI’s. Jumpin Jack Flash, had a HBP, earned 3 walks, and had 2 take the cover off the ball singles for 1 run scored. Maddox played in the first Semi-state game, and lined a scorching liner that the second baseman leaped and grabbed. After the game Maddox signed a 7 day contract with the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders (of the North Woods elite Amateur league) to help booster their sagging roster, he will be back after he gets them straighten out. Will is still playing in the A.B.L. for the Chugiak Chinooks, but should be back soon.

ON TO THE STATE



July 17, 2019
Your Bremen All-Stars traveled to Plymouth to play in the Town & Country District, and what a tournament they played. As a group they have improved their baseball skills immensely from the beginning of the year. There were no games that Bremen played that weren’t fun to watch, fun to coach, and fun to play. I was impressed with the skill level, the tenacity, the never give up, the defense, the hitting, the pitching, what a team. Highlights: Defense; I’m going to miss some here. Start with a bullet throw from center fielder Will to a waiting catcher Jack for an easy tag-out of a runner from third trying to score. A diving lay-out–all–the–way catch of a foul ball at the on-deck circle by third baseman Silas. A hard line drive catch, and throw by second baseman Landon to a waiting first baseman Jeffry for a double play. Another hard line drive catch and throw by second baseman Silas to a waiting first baseman BJ, for another double play. A jump-up-and-get-my-foot-down on second for a force out by shortstop Kaden (acrobatic it was).

Pitching: All 6 pitchers pitched, and did so convincingly. Will had 1 inning pitched, for 2 walks, and 1K. Jeffrey pitched 4 innings of heated fastballs consistently in the strike zone, GGGGGGREAT. For 79% (YES 79) strikes, 3 runs scored 3 walks, and 6BIGK’s. Kaden (or is that Mariano) threw 4 innings of bullets, for 6 runs scored, 4 walks, and 4BIGK”s. Brady (ace of diamonds) threw 4 2/3 innings, of curves-changeups-fastball for 3 runs scored, 2 walks and 6BIGK’s. Landon (the unjammer) threw 5 2/3 (YES5 2/3) innings of (move the ball around and see if you can find it hitter) for zer000000000000000 runs scored, 3 walks, and 6BIGK”s. Silas (I GOT MY MOJO) threw 7 (YES I MEAN 7) strong-strong-strong innings, for 8 runs scored, 6 walks, and this can’t be true-oh yes it is 14BIGBIGK’s.

Offense; Bremen outscored their opponents, and knocked out 46 (no way) YES WAY 46 HITS. You had 8 All-Stars bat above 400 woooooooooooooow. Silas lead the way with 8 hits (I MEAN 8 MONSTER HITS) for 6 singles, 2 doubles, and 3 runs scored and 6 BIG RBI’s. With 5 hit tournaments were Noah, BJ, and Landon. Noah 1 pretty bunt, 3 screaming singles, 1 gap double, for 4 runs scored, and 1 RBI. BJ 1 pretty bunt, 4 knock you over singles for 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI. Landon 5 hit the ball as hard as you can singles, for 4 runs scored, and 2 RBI’s. With 4 hit tournaments were Kaden, Brady, and Maddox. Kaden 1 pretty bunt, 2 sharp hit singles, and a ball hit so hard and high (that NASA called and confirmed it went into outer space) HOME RUN (DID I SAY HOME RUN) I mean the cover off the ball round tripper. For 3 runs scored and 2 RBI’s. Brady 4 way into the outfield hard hit singles for 3 runs scored, and 5 (YES 5) RBI’s. Maddox 1 pretty bunt, 3 up the middle hard shot line drive singles for 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI’s. With a 3 hit tournament was Corban (the scrapper). 2 solid singles and a down the left field line scorching double for 5 (YES 5) runs scored With 2 hit tournaments, were Jeffrey, Jack, Chase and Will. Jeffrey 2 screaming singles for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Jumpin Jack Flash 2 finish my swing hard, burning singles for 3 RBI’s. Chase 1 knock the infielder over single, and 1 loaded bases clearing gap shot single, for 3 RBI’s. Will 1 pretty bunt a sizzling single for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Will after playing a 7 day assignment with the Mankato Moon Dogs, was scouted, and will be playing the next 10 days with the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks of the A.B.L. (that’s Alaskan Baseball League for those who live in the lower 48 States).

ON TO THE SEMI-STATE



July 7, 2019
Hopefully everyone had a good week off. Starting Monday July 8 we will get ready for the Town & Country District and beyond. I wanted to have a practice game with another 12U team, but that did not work out. There are some teams I will not schedule practice games with, some teams the travel time was too far (for practice) the teams left were not available to play early this week. I contacted Pat Greene 10U coach, and he graciously accepted a 10U vs 12U (hybrid) practice game this Tuesday.

Monday Starts what I am terming LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED practices for the district.

Monday practice in shorts major league diamond 6:00 to 8:00.

Tuesday hybrid practice game in baseball pants (not uniforms) major league diamond 5:30 to 7:30.

Wednesday practice in shorts major league diamond 6:00 to 8:00. Some of the reasons;

To get as close to the end of the Process: A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.

LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED.

Plus the Brothers Wildauer, won’t be back from Texas till Tuesday (tryout with the Rangers). Will has not played for what a month. Chase has never had an All-Star practice. And we all (myself included) need it.

Then Thursday July 11 at Plymouth first game of district, 7:45 game time coaches leaving Bremen 6:20. The All-Stars will decide what color tees to wear.


July 1, 2019
Your Bremen All-Stars traveled to Middlebury Friday June 28, for the opening round of the Boys of Summer season ending Tournament, and came away with a 12 to 7 loss. The All-Stars battled all game but came just short.

Highlights:
Pitching; Silas got the Start and went 2 innings of resilient pitching, throwing strikes, for 6 runs scored, 3 walks, and 4BIGK’s. Brady went the last 4 innings of 77% strikes for 6 runs scored, zer000000000 walks, and 1K.

Offense; Leading the 10 hit attack with 2 hits each were Landen, Jeffrey, and Kaden. Landen 2 hard hit rocket singles, for 1 RBI. Jeffrey a line drive shot, and a knock the third baseman over singles, for 1 run scored. Kaden a gap shot, and a up the middle singles, for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. With 1 each were Maddox, Noah, Corbin, and Brady. Maddox a just over your glove shortstop, liner single for 1 RBI. Noah a long-long gap shot single for 1 run scored, and 3 (YES 3) RBI’s. Corbin a beat the throw to first infield single for 1 run scored. Brady another long gap shot single for 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI. Silas earned 2 walks for 1 run scored. BJ sent a blast to right that the outfielder made a great catch of. Jack (just back from the Kokomo JACKrabbits) 3 hard-I MEAN- hard hit balls, but right at the fielder. Chase in his third game since being called up from the Traverse City Pit Spitters earned 1 walk.

Will was not with the team, after signing a 10 day contract, with the Mankato Moon Dogs of the Northwoods Elite amateur baseball league.


June 30, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars finished the Boys of Summer regular season with a home game against Triton smashing out 16 hits for an 11 to 1, 6 inning win. With that win Bremen’s final league record is 8 and 8, and in 5th place.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUTSSSSSSSSSSSTANDING

We were competitive throughout the regular season, played hard, learned more about baseball, had a little fun, and improved a whole lot.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUTSSSSSSSSSSSTANDING

Highlights: Let’s Start where we finished, with the game winning run and hit. In the 6th Jack (That’s Jumpin Jack Flash) beat out a D, Chase earned a walk, BJ laid down a bbbbbeautiful bunt to jam the bases full of Bremen All-Stars. Up steps Corbin (the scrapper) with his catcher-mate 60 feet away, smashes a hard grounder that knocked the wind out of the third baseman, and Jack raced home (like ___ ____ ____ __ fire) for the win, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to go Jack & Corbin.

Defense; Kaden at shortstop a duck snort pop up into left field Kaden dropped steps runs way out (I MEAN WAY OUT) and catches the ball over his shoulder. Ggggggggggggreat. BJ in center field, BJ has made some great catches this year, this one was not a catch, and maybe (just maybe) it shows what it takes to be very good in the outfield. The Triton batter hit a gap shot that should have been an easy double bbbbbbbbbbut BJ saw it off the bat and into the gap he ran snatched the ball off the bounce whirled and threw to second to hold the batter to a measly single. Grrrrrrrrrreat.

Pitching; Two (not one) but 2 outstanding pitching Gems. Silas got the Start threw 3 strong-strong-strong innings (a lot of MOJO), for zer00000000 runs, 1 walk, and 5BIGK’s for the win. Brady threw the last 3 innings (in the ACE of Diamonds) style, strikes-strike-strikes for 1 run scored, 2 walks, and 3K’s. Offense; Leading the 16 hit attack with 2 hits each were Jack-Landon-Brady-Silas-Kaden-BJ-Chase. Jumpin 1 hot potato left field line drive single and 1 down the left field line over your head double, for 2 runs scored. Landon a power stroke single up the middle and a way-way-way over the outfielders head double for 3 runs scored (YES 3) and 1 RBI. Brady 1 solid single and then a right-center field gap shot rocket double for 1 RBI. Silas a rifled up the middle grounder single and an over your head center fielder double for 1 run scored, and 4 (YES 4) RBI’s. Kaden a beat the throw to first single, and a to the moon triple for 1 run scored. BJ that bbbbbeautiful bunt, and a rocket liner single for 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Chase 2 knocks the infielder over hard grounder singles for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. With 1 hit games were Maddox-Corbin. Maddox a smashed the cover off the ball line drive deep into left single for 2 runs scored. Corbin a knock the wind out of an infielder grounder for 2 RBIs. Jeffrey earned (I MEAN EARNED) a walk and played a stellar first base. Noah 2 (not 1 but 2) hard hit ground outs that moved the base runners over, and drove in an RBI.


June 26, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars played a thrilling home game against Rochester, and came away with a 6 to 9 loss. What a game your All-Stars played, and came close to the win. Highlights:
Defense; Landon at second corralled a rocket ground ball that should have been a double, fielded it cleanly and threw to first baseman Jeffrey for the out. BJ in center with the bases loaded and 2 outs, made a superb catch of a long-long fly for the third out of the inning. Catcher Will caught a would-be home stealer for a great tag-out. Short stop Kaden on a low line drive up the middle shot, Kaden saw it off the bat stepped and then dove making a shoe string catch for a spectacular out (ooooooooooh what a play).

Pitching; Silas got the Start and went 3 innings keeping his MOJO going with in-and-out up-and-down pitches, keeping his team in the game for 62% strikes, 3 runs scored, 2 walks, and 4BIGK’s. Brady fired 3 innings of red hot strikes, for72% strikes, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, and 2K’s. Kaden pitched 1 inning standing strong, and kept firing strikes for 4 runs scored, 1 walk, and 1K.

Offense; Your All-Stars had 8 hits 8 BB’s, and oooooooooooooooooonly 3k’s. With 1 hit games were; BJ another knock the cover off low liner single, 1 BB for 1 RBI. Kaden another clutch single with teammates in scoring position, for 1 RBI. Jeffrey an up the middle scorcher for a single 1 BB for 2 runs scored. Brady an over the second baseman’s head line drive single 2BB for 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Corbin (the scrapper) an I can beat the throw infield single. Will another up the middle hot potato single. Earning walks with great at bats; Noah 2 BB ran (I mean flew Falcon like) for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Maddox 2 BB, ran like his feet were on fire, but was stranded on base. Landon 2 power stroke hits to the outfield but were caught. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND the newest All-Star, brought up from the Traverse City Pit Spitters of the Northwoods Elite amateur league. Chase - in his debut had a knock the shortstop over ground ball single for 2 RBI’s Welcome aboard. Jack was missing from the game he signed a 1 day contract to help out his former club of the same elite amateur league the Kokomo JACKrabbits.




June 21, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars traveled to Nappanee on a rainy June 19th and came away with a 5 inning 16 to 3 great win. Bremen had 14 hits, and 10 BB. GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGREAT.

Highlights:
Defense; Our tandem of young catchers, Corbin (scrapper), and Jumpin Jack Flash play most excellent games. Corbin threw out the only would-be base stealer with help from a great tag by shortstop Kaden, and on a foul tip that was close to fair territory, the Scrapper grabbed the ball and tagged out the hitter just in case, (you always continue the play until the umpire stops it). Jack on a short bunt attempt (jumped) out grabbed the ball and rocketed it to first with help again from a great stretch and catch by first baseman Jeffrey. On an infield fly rule pop-up second baseman Landon snatched the ball rifled a throw to third baseman Will for a tag-out and an inning ending double play. BJ in center field made a superb catch that brought his team back, and killed a rally.

Pitching;
Brady got the Start and the win fighting through some hiccups, for 1 run scored, 3 walks, and 1K. Landon (the unjammer) came in and unjammed a bases loaded situation, for 2 runs scored and 1 walk. Silas finished the game going 4 innings of (MOJO) batter punishing pitches, for ZER000000 runs scored, 4 walks, and 6BIGK’s.

Offence:
Leading the hit attack with 3 hit games were Corbin and Silas. The Scrapper had a preeeeeeeeeeetty bunt single, and a rocket blasted scorching ground ball single just a little inside the left foul line, and then a duck snort single to left, for 2 runs scored, 2 RBI’s, and 1 earned walk. Silas had 1 gap clearing double and 2 gap clearing singles, ran the bases like his feet were on fire for 2 runs scored, 2 RBI’s and 1 earned walk. With 2 hit games were Landon, Kaden, and BJ. Landon 2 outfield power shot singles, 1 earned wallk, for 3 (YES 3) runs scored, and 2 RBI’s. Kaden 2 hard-hard-hard hit singles 1 with the bases loaded, the other with a teammate on third for 1 run scored, and 3 (YES 3) RBI’s. BJ continuing his hit the cover off the ball powered strokes for 2 through the infield smoking low liners for 3 (YES 3) RBI’s. With 1 hit games were Will and Shoeless. Will (MR. LEADOFF) had 1 hard liner to the outfield and 2 earned walks for 2 runs scored. Jeffrey 1 long sac fly, 1 knock the third baseman over low line drive single and beat out a D for 2 runs scored, and 3(YES 3) RBI’s. THREE All-Stars with THREE RBI’s in the same game, OUTOUTOUT-STANDING. Earning walks and running the bases aggressively were Brady, Noah, and Jack. Brady 1earned walk 1 HBP for 1 run scored. Noah 2 earned walks flew (I mean peregrine falcon like) around the bases for 1 run scored. Jack earned 2 walks jumped and flashed his way around the bases, for 2 runs scored. Maddox continued his hot-hot RBI streak driving in another with a hard hit out.


June 17, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars traveled to Syracuse On June 14 to play Wawasee, coming away with an sssssssssmashing 14 to 5 win.

I would like thank Kevin again for doing a very good job coaching, filling in for The Zellmer Coaches (they were at Grant Park in Chicago for a family reunion they were expecting 75 or so, and the official turnout was 275 THOUSAND).

And to Joel our official equipment repairman.

And to Rich helping drive the team BUS.

And to Mark for keeping the scorebook, most of time Coach Jeff and I share doing the book, my half is chicken scratches, Jeff’s half is pretty good. Joe helped at the Egg, his was very good, but Mark’s Whoa-nelly his book was in the Luuuuuuuuuu Jenson CLASS (long time stat-lady for the Cubs) Most exceeeeeeeeeellant. Thank you all.

Highlights:
Defense:
Wawa runner on second 1 out, ground ball hit to shortstop Kaden who sliced and diced the ball to first baseman Jeffrey, who got the out at first (that’s how he’s been taught), then rifled a throw to third baseman Brady for the tag out, -INNING ENDING DOUBLE PLAY-. Brady again at third going deep-deep into the left field foul area for an over your head catch. Silas in left field jumping the hit into the gap reaching out and snagging the liner for the last out of the game. Landon twice at second, stopping a frozen rope liner from getting to the outfield, and then getting way into the right field foul area, and getting his glove on the pop-up. Commentary: As baseball developmental coaches (and Steve has said this many times) our (All-Stars are not going to make every catch), but (AND THIS IS A BIG BUT) we teach them to watch the hit off the bat, move to it and be in the right position to make the play (if they do that the results are inconsequential) because if they do that eventually they make unbeliveailable catches look simple. When the ball is hit there are no spectators between the white lines.

Pitching;
Silas got the Start and threw 3 innings of razor-sharp pin-point MOJO- pitches facing 2 above the minimum, with zer00000000 runs scored, 2 walks, no hits, and 7BIGK’s for the win. Will threw the next 2 innings (with a few hiccups around him), but he kept throwing strikes, (and that is what we look for –hiccups- but no effect on the pitches) for 72% strikes, 5 runs scored, zer0000000000 walks, and 1K. Jeffrey threw the next inning for woooooooooow 71% strikes zer0000000 runs, zer000000 walks, and 2K’s. Kaden closed the last inning out in Mariano style, zer00000000 runs scored, zer0000000 walks, and 2K’s.

Offence;

Kaden led the 12 hit attack with 3 hits (YES 3) 2 2RBI singles, and a gap shot to the fence triple, 1 earned BB, for 2 runs scored, and 4 (YES 4) RBI’s. With 2 hit games were Jumpin Jack Flash, and Silas. Jack 2 scalding line drive singles, 1 dirt churning groundout, for 2 RBI’s. Silas 1 single 1 over your head double (and plated himself on an overthrow) 1 earned BB, for 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI’S. With 1 hit games were BJ, Shoeless, Landon, Brady, and Noah. BJ a right side scorching ground ball single, earned 2BB, for 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI’s. Jeffrey a sharp hit line drive single to left earned 1 BB for 1 run scored. Landon a swing as hard as you can power stroke line drive single for 1 run scored. Brady a gap shot rocket-to-the-moon single, and earned 2 BB. Noah an over their head way-way-way back double earned 1 BB for 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI. Maddox 1 hard hit ground out for an RBI, and earned not 1 but 2 BB, then ran the bases like his feet were on fire, for 1 run scored. Will beat out a D, also ran with hot feet, had a front leg extended slide at home for 1 run scored. Corbin (the scrapper) earned 1 BB SCRAPPERED his way around the bases for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.


June 14, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars played a home contest against Fairfield on June 12, and came away with a 10 to 0 loss.

Highlights:
Defense;
Second baseman Jack did it again, he went way back into right field with his back to the infield caught a would be single liner for an out AAAAAAAAAAAAAAmazing again. Right fielder Will made a diving attempt on a hard sinking liner, and almost-almost got it (what an effort).Center fielder BJ was all over the outfield, making his usual spectacular catches.

Pitching;

Brady got the Start and settled into his Brady style (throw heat and strikes) for 2 runs scored, 68% strikes, 1 walk, and 1K. Shoeless Jeff-Jackson I mean Jeffrey pitched the next inning throwing hard and sweet for 2 runs scored, and 65% strikes. Kaden threw the next 1 1/3 inning of strike after strike for 4 runs scored, 3 walks, and 2K’s. Landon (the unjammer) pitched 1 2/3 inning, and did it again -unjamming an inning- for 2 runs scored, 70% strikes, 1 walk, and 1K.

Offense;
Leading the way with a 2 hit game was BJ, 2 hard hit (did I say hard hit – after one hit Mic the umpire crew chief had to throw the ball out, the cover was loose from being hit that hard) up the middle line drive singles. With 1 hit games were Maddox, Will, Landon, Brady, and Kaden. Maddox an infield duck snort that he hustled out for a single. Will another infield duck snort that he also hustled out for an single. Landon a heavy handed hard line drive single, and earned 2 walks. Brady a gap shot liner for a deep single. Kaden a just over your head liner single. Earning walks with quality at bats were Noah 2 of them, Silas 1 of them, and Jack 1 of them.


June 5, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars traveled to Mentone to play in the EGG Festival Tournament.

The Bremen All-Stars had a very successful tournament. First and foremost I want to thank the parents, without your diligence, and caring we could not participate. I want to thank Kevin and Joe for stepping in to cover coaches on Sunday.

Highlights:
We played on Sunday GGGGGGGGreat. We finished third out of eight teams GGGGGGGGGGGGGreat. We lost 2 games but only by 2 runs. GGGGGGGGREAT. We outscored our competition 18 to 14. GGGGGGGGGREAT. We collected 29 total hits GGGGGGGGGGGREAT.

Defense;
Many-Many-Many great plays. The bases were loaded 3 different times by our opponents and on all those occasions not one time (DID I SAY NOT 1) did they score. BJ in center robbing a sure triple with a fantastic catch, the other team’s heads just sank after that play. Kaden going behind third to field a grounder and rifled the ball to Jeffrey at first for an out. Jack at catcher throwing out a would be base stealer with a line drive throw to Silas at second. Jack again at second in the 6th inning going way –way back behind first to catch a sure single for an out. But-But-But, I thought I have seen it all but every year I’m surprised. Landon pitching with the bases loaded and 1 out, threw an inside pitch (he worked on this pitch with Adan this winter it’s called a knob pitch) it worked, he hit the bat on the knob, it went fair he instinctively fielded it stepped on home for the second out, then threw to a waiting first baseman Jeffrey for the double play AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMAZING.

Pitching;
The combined 5 pitchers that threw at the Egg all had quality innings. Group highlights; Gave up only 14 runs, threw for a 64% strike average, had only 9 walks versus 32 Big K’s WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. Kaden threw for 7 2/3 innings for 3 runs scored, 3 walks, and 14K’s. Silas threw for 6 1/3 innings for 7 runs scored, 2 walks, and 7K’s Brady also threw for 6 1/3 innings for 4 runs scored, 2 walks, and 9K’s. Will threw for 3 innings for zer000000000000 runs scored, 2 walks, and 2K’s. Landon (the unjammer) threw 2/3 inning for the BIG double play.

Offense;
Group highlights;
29 total hits, with every All-Star having a base hit. Every All-Star contributed, with either scoring runs or driving runs in. We earned 19 base-on-balls. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW An huge team advancement in the hitting process. Silas collected 7 hits, 1 double 6 singles, 1BB, for 3 runs scored and 1 RBI. Will had 3 singles, 5BB, for 3 runs scored and 1 RBI. Brady had 3 hits 1 double, 2 singles, 1BB, for 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s. Landon had 3 hits, 3BB, for 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI’s. Noah had 3 hits (one a magnificent bunt) 1BB, for 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Kaden had 3 hits 1 double 2 singles 1BB, for 1 run scored, and 3 RBI’s. Maddox had 2 hits for 2 RBI’s. Jeffrey (OH I’VE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME TO USE THIS NICKNAME, ITS ONE OF MY FAVORITES) SHOELESS — Jeffrey (and thanks to his father he didn’t stay that way long), had 2 hits, 2BB for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. BJ had 1 hit, 3 BB, for 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI. Jack had 1 hit for 2 RBIs. Corbin (scrapper) had 1 hit, 5BB, for 1 run scored.


May 31, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars played a home game Wednesday May 29 against Plymouth White, coming away with a 10 to 0, 5 inning win.

It was a complete game by the Bremen All-Stars, solid pitching, great defense, and a 13 hit attack.

Highlights:
Defense;
With Corbin catching and runners on third and first, Plymouth tried the double steal, no waaaaaay, Corbin threw hard back to pitcher Brady and the runner on third (bought it) and tried to go home but Brady threw back to a waiting Corbin for the easy tag out. Maddox at third with a runner on first fielded a hard grounder and riffled a throw to second baseman Landon for the force out. Shortstop Kaden charged a sloooooooow roller to short fielded it and threw a rocket to first baseman Jeffrey for the out.

Pitching;
Silas got the Start and threw 3 strong-strong-strong innings at 63% strikes for zer0000000000 runs scored, 2 walks and 5BIGK’s for the win. Brady threw the next 2 innings shaking off the rust, and came away with zer0000000 runs scored, 2 walks, and 3K’s. Will came in and finished the game in closure fashion facing only 3 batters and mowing them down to seal the win, for zer0000 runs scored, zer00000 walks, and 1K.

Offence;
Silas led the attack with a 3 hit (YES 3 HIT) game, 2 solid singles and another-I MEAN ANOTHER- solo line drive rocket that cleared the left field fence by 15 feet HOME RUN, Waaaaaaaaaaaaay to go, finishing with 2 runs scored and 4BIGRBI’s. With 2 hit games were BJ-Brady-Landon. BJ who was looking for the high pitch got 2, which he drilled into center field for rock-solid line drive singles for 1 RBI. Brady took a pitch and returned it to the right-center field gap for a smash-smash double, then had a solid single for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Landon had a duck-snort single and a rocket-shot single, for 1 run scored, and 3(YES-YES 3) BIGRBI’s. With 1 hit games were Noah-Jeffrey-Jack-Corbin. Noah in the fifth inning liked the pitch (head down), and with a quick-strong-swing drove to the center field fence, denting the fence, for an outstanding double, for 2 runs scored, the second the game winner. (ROCK SOLID) Jeffrey put his hitting skills to use for a smash single and 1 run scored. Jack had an up the middle scorching single to drive in a RBI. Corbin had a (SCAPPER) single, and earned 2 walks. Scoring the other runs were; Kaden coming around the bases after a fielder’s choice, and earned a walk for 2 runs scored. Will earned 3 walks ran the bases (like his feet were on fire) for 1 run scored. Maddox hit the pitch with demolishing swings for 3 hard hit outs.


May 26, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars played a road game at Bremen Wednesday May 22nd against Plymouth Red, Coming away with an 11 to 1 loss this was the 2019 version of the 8 plus 1 game. The Bremen All-Stars were down to 8, with the addition of Austin Young making it 9.
THANK YOU AUSTIN

Highlights:
Defense; it was a very well-played defensive game for Bremen. Leading the way was center fielder BJ who tracked down numerous fly balls for outs. Maddox at third made a good play on a hard grounder then threw to first for an out. Landon playing third then first dugout every ball hit to him. Austin playing short caught grounders and threw rockets to first for outs.

Pitching;
Kaden got the Start (his first All-Star Start) and was in the zone on every pitch, going for 74% strikes (DID I SAY 74% YEEEEEES), for zer00000000000 walks, and 5BIGK’S. Jeffrey threw 2 excellent innings with very good fundamentals going for 64% strikes and 1 walk.

Offence;
Jeffrey led the way with a 2 hit performance, 2 solid singles for 1 RBI. Corbin (The Scrapper) was on base twice once an earned walk the other a HBP. Jack hit a long-long fly ball that the center fielder barely got to, he also earned a walk. Noah after earning a walk rounded the bases (like his feet were on fire) (scorching the base paths) to score 1 run.


May 20, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars traveled to Middlebury on Sunday May 19 to play a drizzly doubleheader. This is where the PARENTS part of (your Bremen All-Stars) comes in, it was an ugly drizzly day and yet you had (your All-Star at the game and ready to go) THAN YOU VERY MUCH.

Highlights: both games combined;
The biggest HIGHLIGHT was that every All-Star (YES I SAID EVERY ALL-STAR) had a hit, which equaled into scoring 15 runs. GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGreat.

Pitching;
OH-MY, OH-MY, OH-MY, Bremen used 5 pitchers and they all (I MEAN ALL) threw effectively. All (DID I SAY ALL) yeeeeeeeeeeees threw above 58% strikes ssssssssssssssssssstupendous. This is the order that they pitched; Brady got the Start and went 3 ggreat innings, 64% strikes zer0000000 runs scored, 1 walk, and 4K’s for the win. Kaden stepped onto the mound threw 3 exxxxxxxcellant innings 67% strikes, 1 run scored zer0000000 walks, and 4K’s. Silas got the Start and threw 2 dominant innings for 64% strikes zer00000000 runs scored, 3 walks, and 3K’s. Will threw 1 sharp inning for 63% strikes, 4 runs scored, 1 walk, and 2 K’s. Landon finished it out with 2 marvelous innings for 58% strikes 3 runs scored, 1 walk and the tie.

Defense;
BJ in center gobbled up every fly hit his way diving for one catch. With Jack catching and Kaden on the mound with a runner on third, a passed ball which Jack fielded and flipped to Kaden for the tag out –great play-. With runners on first and third the (old double steal) was tried, but not today, Catcher Corbin threw a hard shot to pitcher Brady who caught the would be home plate stealer in a run-down with Corbin making the tag out, -great play-.

Offense;
Brady lead the hit attack with 3 (yes 3) 2 gap shot line drive bac-to-back doubles and a solid single for 1 run scored, and 3 RBIs. With 2 hits; Jack 2 hard hit solid singles, for 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Will 2 more hard hit solid singles for 1 run scored, and 2 RBIs. Kaden 2 more-more hard hit solid singles for 1 RBI. Jeffrey 2 smash outfield singles and a long-long 2 RBI SAC fly. Silas 1 solid single and a gap shot double for 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI’s.

With 1 hit contests; BJ a hard hit single for 2 runs scored. Landon another hard hit single for 1 run scored. Maddox another-another hard hit single for 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Noah another-another-another hard hit single for 1 run scored. (The Scrapper) Corbin scored the rest of the team’s runs and drove in the rest of the teams RBIs. TW0 each.


Your Bremen All-Stars traveled to Rochester Sat May 18 and came away with a 6 to 2 loss. Defense and pitching were very good; the offence is in the process.

Highlights:
Pitching;
Brady got the Start and did what Brady is showing he can do on a consistent basis (throw strikes – with proper mechanics) finishing with 64% strikes, 4 runs scored, zer0000000000 walks, and 2K’s. Will made his pitching debut, and dazzled from the mound throwing 63% strikes for 2 runs scored 1 walk, and 4K’s. ONE walk for the ENTIRE seven inning game - GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGreat.

Offense;
The HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT goes to Silas, looking for an inside pitch he could drive, he got one and he DROVE IT right over the left field fence for a sole shot ROUND TRIPPER. His first, and the All-Stars first of the year. Silas finished with 1 run scored, and 2 RBI’s. With a 2 hit game was Will 2 solid singles (for his first 2 hitter of the season). Landon had a hot-shot liner for a single. Noah a (I can beat the throw to first) scorching grounder single. Maddox an up the middle hard ground ball single. Jack a (I can beat the throw to first) infield hard to handle single. Corbin (THE SCAPPER) scored the other run after being HBP.


May 16, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars played a home contest against Nappanee on Wed May 15, and came away with a sensational victory 3 to 2 in the 8th inning. Waaaaaaaaaaaaay to gooooooooooooooooooooo. No give up here, just hard driven dedicated All-Stars.

Highlights:
Let’s Start where it finished the eighth. Maddox led the inning off with a >REDhot smash grounder up the middle for a single. Maddox was caught trying to take second on some very aggressive base running. With 2 outs up steps Noah who connected on a long-long-long drive over the center fielders head for a stand up double. Next up steps Will the who hammers an infield duck snort hustles to first (like his feet were on fire) beating the throw. All the while Noah with his ears open rounded third, watched, and waited for the throw to first then dashed home for the winning run. Another walk-off hit and another thrilling win.

Pitching;
Brady got the Start and went 4 extraordinary/stupendous innings, for 64% strikes, zer0000000000000 runs scored, 3 walks and 5BIGK’s. Jeffrey pitched next working hard and learning a lot (this too is a PROCESS) for 1 run scored 3 walks and 2K’s. Landon came in with bases jammed with Nappanee All-Stars and kept them jammed with Nappanee All-Stars by striking out the next batter Ggggggggggreat, to finish with 2 2/3 innings 3 walks and 2K’s. Silas finished the game in the extra (Mariano Rivera style) going for zer0000000000 runs 2 walks and 2K’s for the WIN.

Defense;
Cather Jack threw a rifle shot to Kaden to tag out a would-be base stealer. Pitchers Landon and Brady- Landon on snapping up in a hard line drive back at the mound for an out. Brady the same thing but even harder, and a bare hand grab of a grounder for an out.

Offense;
Leading the hit attack with 1 hit each were; Noah that big-big smash double for 1 run scored. Maddox that >RED hot smash grounder for 1 run scored. Will the infield duck snort for 1 RBI. Silas a hard line drive single. Jeffrey a (I can beat the throw) infield single. Corbin another (I can beat the throw) infield single. Landon another-another (I can beat the throw) infield single for 1 run scored. Hitting the ball haaaaard (but right at somebody) BJ, and Kaden. And coming up with the other 2 BIG RBI’s was Jack with a hard ground out.


May 16, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars traveled to Triton for a make-up game coming away with an almost come from behind 9 to 8 loss. Our hitting looked better, (11 total hits), and the All-Stars who did not get a hit, still hit the ball hard. Hitting at this level is a process each step in the journey is a great improvement, but remember this is a process.
Process:
A series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.


Highlights:

Defense;
Catcher Will on a foul ball pop up down the first base line hustled after it got under and made a great catch. Pitching;
Landon got his first All-Star Start on the mound, going 1 2/3 innings, and gained the experience that his All-Stars will need in the future, finishing with 5 runs scored, 3 walks, and 1K. Brady came in and got his team out of a jam going 2 1/3 innings for 4 runs scored, 3 walks and 3K’s. Silas came and pitched the final 2 innings (with a lot of MOJO) going for zer0000000000 runs 2 walks and 3K’s.

Offense;
Leading the 11 hit attack with 3 hits was Corbin (his first 3 hit All-Star game) 3 sharp single, an earned walk for 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. With 2 hits were Kaden and Brady, and BJ. Kaden his first All-Star double-double (DID I SAY DOUBLE-DOUBLE YES) 2 gap shot doubles for 1 run scored 2 RBIs. Brady 1 duck snort single then a hard line drive single for 1 RBI. BJ a swinging bunt that he hustled out for 1 single, and a scorching up the middle ground ball single for 1 run scored. With 1 hit games were Silas, and Landon. Silas a in the gap line single for 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Landon a (take your glove off) liner into left field. Will was the RBI GUY 1 SAC fly for 1 RBI and 1 hard hit grounder out for another RBI.

Maddox hit the ball hard twice earned a walk, then ran the bases like his feet were on fire for 1 run scored. Jack drove in 1 RBI with another hard hit grounder then hustled beating out a D for 2 runs scored.

The Mendoza Line is an expression in baseball deriving from the name of shortstop Mario Mendoza. The cutoff point is most often said to be .200 (although Mendoza's career average was .215) and, when a position player's batting average falls below that level, the player is said to be "below the Mendoza Line".


May 12, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars traveled to New Paris to take on Fairfield, and came away with a 5 to 0 loss. Only giving up 5 runs is a good sign, when we get our bats going we will be in good shape.

Pitching:
Silas got the Start, and got his mojo going (an ability or quality that causes one to excel or have good luck). Going for 2 1/3 innings with 1 run scored 3 walks, and 7BIGK’s. Landon in an extended outing 3 2/3 innings threw 64% strikes excellent for 4 runs scored, and 1K.

Offence:
Leading the way with 1 hit games; Jeffrey a super solid double. Kaden a nice single.

Taking a HBP Jack.

Earning walks were Landon and Noah.


May 5, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars played their third game of the season, a thrilling home contest against Wawasee coming away with a BIG-BIG COME FROM BEHIND 7 to 6 WIN. If this game is an indication for the season with the hustle and determination, and athleticism we are showing, we are in great shape.

Highlights:
Let’s Start where the game finished the bottom of the 7th; Down 6 to 2 Brady led off the inning with a right field duck-snort single, Landon hit a line shot to right single, Jack was HBP to load the bases, Will earned a walk to plate Brady for the first run, Noah fought hard at the plate (he doesn’t get cheated on his swings), Maddox hit a hard grounder out to drive in Landon for the second run, Corbin earned a walk to reload the bases for the (murders-row) coming up (Kaden-Jeffrey-Silas) Kaden fouled off many pitches to stay alive then hit a smash grounder to third for a single to drive in Jack for the third run, up to the plate comes Jeffrey with 2 outs, a full count and the bases packed with Bremen All-Stars he hit a sizzzzzzzzzzzling up the middle grounder to drive in not 1 (did I say not 1) but 2 teammates Will first then a hustling Corbin for a walkoff game winning single. The other great defensive highlight was Bremen’s first run down, catcher Jack caught a would be base stealer between home and third throwing back-and-forth to third baseman Maddox who put the tag on the runner for an out.

Pitching:
We are working are depth in the pitching ranks {which we will need in the long season}. Brady got the Start and went 2 2/3 innings, (where his pitch count was enough for early May - 62), Going for 2 runs scored, 3 walks, and 5BIGK’s. Landon finished that inning and pitched 1 more inning of efficient strike throwing pitches going for 1 1/3 innings for zer00000000 runs scored 1 walk and 1 K. Jeffrey had his debut on the mound, and showed promise for the season going 1 2/3 innings for 2 runs scored 4 walks, and 2K’s. Silas came in and pitched 2/3 of an inning to get his Bremen All-Stars out of a jam, for 2 runs scored 4 walks, and 3K’s. (Kaden - WILDTHING) came in from the bullpen to finish the 7th inning in closure fashion keeping the game within reach for zer0000000 runs scored 1 walk and 1K and THE WIN.

Offense:
Leading the 11 hit attack (YES 11) With 3 hits was Jeffrey 3 solid singles for 2 RBI’s. Next up with a 2 hit game Silas an over your head left fielder line drive double and a pretty single for 1 RBI. With 1 hit games were; BJ a hot potato (and run hard to first) grounder single for 1 RBI. Kaden the above mentioned single for 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Brady the above mentioned duck-snort single for 1 run scored. Landon the above mentioned line shot single for 1 run scored. Jack a just over the infielders gloves single and was HBP for 1 run scored. Will the first successful Bremen All-Star bunt (AND IT WAS GREAT) single for 1 run scored and 1 RBI. e deciding what to do with the ball the moment you get it, that's way too late.


April 28, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars played their first road game Wed April 24 at Plymouth beating the home team 5 to 3. Excellent pitching, solid defense, timely hitting, and aggressive base running, helped the All-Stars to victory. Improvement in all aspects of the game, Starting to understand the (game speed) of 12U All-Star games.

Highlights: Pitching;
Landon made his first appearance of the season on the mound, and settled in quickly, like he was a veteran. Pitching well keeping the ball close to the zone and making the batters earn hits. Landon finished 2 innings, with 1 run, 64% strikes zer0000000000 walks, and 4BIGK’s. Silas came in and finished the game, and once he settled in, secured the win, going for 2 runs, 3 walks, and 4BIGK’s. Brady got the Start, and wow-wow-wow-wow-wow, and wow, what a dominate performance.

Over the years I’ve seen a few like that, and this one fits right in there with those. Using his fundamentals (the same motion each and every time) he was in charge.

GET THIS = 4 innings pitched Brady faced 1 above the minimum (13), threw 81% strikes, with zer0000000000000 walks, and-and 10 of the 12 outs recorded were BIGBIGK”s for the win.

Hitting:
With 1 hit games; Leading the way was Kaden a in the gap blast way by the outfielders smash for a triple, for 1 RBI. Brady had a line drive shot for a double, and 1 run scored. Jeffrey had another line drive smash to right single for 1 RBI. Will had a hot potato grounder that burned the infielder for a single, with 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Corbin had an over the third baseman’s head single for his team leading third hit of the year, with 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. Silas picked up one run scored after hustling around the bases. Maddox moved Will to third for that all important insurance run on a hot ground out. The other RBI went to Jack on a hard hit ground out. Picking up the other run was Noah on a beat out a D (dropped third strike), and running the bases with his head down, and his ears open, like his feet were on fire, scoring easily.

Defense:
On a long gap line drive, BJ hustled the ball down (like BJ always does), threw to shortstop Kaden who cut it off turned and threw a shot to third baseman Brady for a tag out eeeeeeeeeexcellent. On two (not one but 2) D’s first catchers Jack then Will both got to the ball and threw a line drive to first basemen Landon then Jeffrey, and Jeffrey came off the base snagged the ball and got back to first for the out. Catcher Corbin threw out a would be second base stealer, to shortstop Kaden.

Game Speed
The speed of play (or game) is the number one issue as you play in a more competitive environment of any sport. It is the rate at which something happens The key to playing at game speed is acting quickly and planning your next move. Know where you are, your teammates are, and your opponents. If you are deciding what to do with the ball the moment you get it, that's way too late.


April 21, 2019

Your Bremen All-Stars played their opening game Saturday night April 20th. As Coach Steve stated before the game 'without having a practice game we will use this game as that.' I was impressed with the effort put forward by the All-Stars; the learnings we have gone over in practice were used in the game. The improvement from the first practice to now was great, and we will continue to improve.

Highlights:
Pitching;
The pitching effort was stellar and in mid-season form from the 3 pitchers that were used. Silas got the Start, and pitched 2 innings throwing 59% strikes with 1 walk and 3 K’s. Brady pitched the next 3 innings at 67% with 3 walks, and 2K’s. Kaden finished the game with 2 innings at 47% strikes with 1 walk 1 HBP and 2K’s.

Defense;
Our 3 catchers did an exceptional job behind the plate in their first 12U All-Star game. Jack went 3 innings keeping the ball in front of him and moving side to side blocking the plate, then playing second made a great catch on a hard hit grounder and threw to first for an out.. Korbin caught the next 3 innings doing the same and blocking the plate on a home stealing runner, like he has been a catcher for many years. Will finished up with 1 inning and looked impressive also keeping the ball in front of him.

Jeffrey had 2 nice plays one at first stretching high up to make a catch for an out, and one in right field catching a high line drive for an out. BJ had a (run way in) to catch a short fly ball and looked like he is taking off from where he left off last year in center with great jumps on all hits. Landon made 2 great plays on short ground balls at third and threw out both hitters, then played well at first base. Noah played well in left field moving to the ball on all hits to the outfield. Maddox played well at second blocking all grounders there, and throwing out the hitters. All in all we showed - that yes we can play defense.

Offense;
Leading the way with his first 2 hit game Korbin, driving 2 hits to left field for quality singles. With 1 hit games were Silas a line smash single to center for 1 run scored. And Landon with a hard hit grounder up the middle for a beat the throw single for 1 RBI. Picking up the other run was BJ after earning a walk and circling the bases. Picking up the other RBI was Jeffrey. And leading the way in HBP Brady not once but twice, on both he was turning away from the pitch to help protect his body as he has been taught.

Now that the first stats are on the website, I thought I would explain how I do the stats, and what some of the columns are.

The first column is P.A. that stands for Plate Appearances (how many actual times you came to the plate). The second column is At Bats (I subtract walks, Sacrifices, and HBP - hit by pitch). The third column is Total Hits the 2 definitions below do not count as hits. They are still great that our batters put the bat on the ball but they do not count as a base hit. The next column is Bat Av. % (Batting average percentage) that definition is below. The sac (sacrifice) column is defined below. The K column stands for strike out. The 2-3 column stands for doubles, and triples. Then HR is home runs. The only variance I do is that when a run scores I give whoever is at the plate the RBI (Runs Batted In). An example of when there should be no RBI is when a batter is at the plate, a runner at third, the next pitch is a passed ball and the runner scores, that should not be an RBI for the batter, (for the All-Stars it is).

Definitions:
Defensive error: an error is the act, in the judgment of the official scorer, of a fielder misplaying a ball in a manner that allows a batter or base runner to advance one or more bases or allows an at bat to continue after the batter should have been put out. An error does not count as a hit but still counts as an at bat for the batter unless, in the scorer's judgment, the batter would have reached first base safely but one or more of the additional base(s) reached was the result of the fielder's mistake. In that case, the play will be scored both as a hit (for the number of bases the fielders should have limited the batter to) and an error. However, if a batter is judged to have reached base solely because of a fielder's mistake, it is scored as a "hit on error," and treated the same as if a batter was put out, hence lowering his batting average.

Fielder’s choice:
Though there are several definitions of fielder's choice, the most common (and the only one commonly referred to as FC) involves a fielder fielding a fair ball and choosing to try to put out another base runner, thereby allowing the batter to safely reach first base. This also counts as an at bat, but not a hit.

Sacrifice fly rule is a batted ball that satisfies four (Bremen All-Stars 5) criteria:
• 1. There are fewer than two outs when the ball is hit.
• 2. The ball is hit in the air (fair or foul).
• 3. The batter is put out because a defensive player catches the ball on the fly.
• 4. A runner who is already on base tags up and scores on the play.
• (Or 5. for Bremen All-Stars a runner tags up and advances to the next base).

Sacrifice bunt: is a batter's act of deliberately bunting the ball, before there are two outs, in a manner that allows a runner on base to advance to another base. A successful sacrifice bunt (and sacrifice fly) does not count as an at bat, does not impact a player's batting average, it does count as a plate appearance.

How to calculate batting averages:
Batting average (BA) is the average number of hits per at-bat (BA=H/AB). A perfect batting average would be 1.000 (read: "one thousand"). Bases on balls, HBP (hit by pitch), sacrifice flies, and sacrifice bunts are not counted in calculating batting average. Fielder choices and fielding errors are.



March 30, 2019

Baseball Fielding: Setup and ready position 1.20 minutes



Watch this video and learn how to perfect the right catching stance. Find how to remain flexible, loose and have great body control in primary and secondary stance. Watch how to protect your throwing hand, how to angle your body and the right width of your stance.



Harold Reynolds of MLB Network displays the importance of stance, balance and grip when stepping up to the plate!




September 9, 2018

And introducing the 12th (to complete the fantastic 2019 roster) Silas Laidig.


September 2, 2018

Parents of 2019 All-Stars

I now have all your e-mail addresses and now so does my cohort Bill Paolucci, who has the best All-Star website on the planet.

This website is yours too for the 2019 season, look for updates, read it, send pics, it will be full of game action articles, stats, definitions, tutorials, videos, and music. Starting in December or January there will be weekly updates to increase you and your All-Star's baseball knowledge, and how we at the 12U All-Stars do baseball. There will never be any negatives on the website it’s not for that it’s for the love of game.

My goal each and every year is to teach baseball at a higher level, and to put a sharp uniformed dressed, and competitive team on the field that’s it. I will be Starting my 20th season with the Bremen All-Stars, and there is not much I haven’t seen, but every year I learn or see something new. I am on my 3rd Schmucker son, my 3rd Hickman son, my 2nd Martin son, and yes I coached Brady’s dad in Youth Baseball.

That said now a couple items I do and only I do (with advice from all the stellar All-Star coaches), I set the lineup, I make the substitutions, I allocate the playing time. I’m fair, and we always bat the maximum we can (up to 12 or 13), so if you have a question about the above don’t ask the other coaches, don’t ask my wife, ask me, and I will give you an honest answer it will have something to do with the above underlined and in red.

Introducing Your 2019 Bremen 12U All-Stars
Kaden Martin, Brady Weldy, Landon Bates, B.J. Forbes, Maddux Hickman, Noah & Jack The brothers Wildauer, Braeden Corwin, Will Stiles, Corban Van Vuren, & last but not least Jeffrey Schmucker.


That’s aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall for now, LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL,


and let’s do A LITTLE KING BEE SHAKEDOWN.




2018