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Saturday Bremen played a double header in Middlebury against Northridge Gold coming away with 2 yes 2 WINS, 15 to 00000000000, an a last inning thriller win 3 to 2.
Learning; when playing a double header never take for granted that the second game will mirror the first.
Let’s start where it finished;
With the score tied 2 to 2 and already 1 out, Casey banged a hard/hard grounder up the middle for a single.
Hernan with his at bat moved Casey to second. Corban worked the count full, and earned a walk.
Landon worked/worked the count full and earned a walk loading the bases.
Chase fouled off a pitch, took a ball, and on the third pitch was HBP sending Casey home with the
Over the years the All-stars have had some excellent pitching performances, but never 3 (YES 3) pitchers in a row putting on QUITE a show.
As a group they threw 81% strikes, a total of a measly 19 balls, over 9 innings.
Chases got the first game start, and threw amaaaaaaaaaaaazingly, a complete game 3 hit shutout.
Going for 78% strikes, zer00000000000 runs zer000000000000 walks, and 5BIGBIGK’s, for the win.
Landon the second game starter, threw 4 innings amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazinly, going for 84% strikes 2 runs, 1 walk, and 3K’s one of which on a nifty knuckler 3rd strike call (that even the ump thought was nifty).
BIG MAN CLOSER Corban came in for the last inning, shutting the door on zer00000000 runs, zer0000000000 walks, and 2BIGMAN K’s for the win.
Hoooooooooooooow about the catching dual of MAX/JACK, Max catching the entire first game, and throwing out a would be stealer.
Hoooooooooooooooow about Jack catching the entire second game, (Jack’s reputation proceeds him) Gold didn’t even try to steal a base.
Other web gems,
Hoooooow about third baseman Hernan drop stepping way back to easily catch a long pop fly.
Hoooooow about pitcher Chase reacting in a millisecond on a hard line drive stabbing it for an out.
Hooooooow about first baseman Maddux, and second baseman Landon, after a grounder bounced off Maddux’s leg, Landon fielded it, and threw to a determined Maddux who hustled back to first for the out.
Offense; Combining both games.
Leading the way with 4 hits was Micah, 4 hits? (yes that’s right 4). Micah had 4 dynamic singles, scored 3 (yes 3) runs, and 1RBI.
With a 3 hit game was Bryce, 2 (not 1) but 2 soaring gap shot to the fence doubles, for 4 (YES 4) RBI’s.
With 2 hit games were Max, Jack, Landon, and Casey.
Max a missile single, a to the moon left field zooming double earned 2 walks, for 3 (yes/yes 3) runs scored
and 4 (yes/yes 4) RBI’s.
Jack a rock hard single, and a down the right field line skyrocketed hustled around the bases TRIPLE WWWWHEW, for 1 run scored.
Landon 2 whizzing by the infielders singles, earned 2 walks for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.
Casey 2 rugged ground ball singles, earned 2 walks, (on base with every P.A.) for 3 (yes/yes/yes 3) runs scored.
With 1 games were Corban, Chase, Maddux, and Hernan.
Corban a rocket grounder 2 earned walks, for 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI.
Chase a concrete line drive single for 2 runs scored, and 4 (yes/yes/yes 4) RBI’s.
Maddux a zipped by the infielder into the gap ground ball double for 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.
Hernan an up the middle rocket-shot ground ball single for 1 run scored and 1 RBI.
Riley not to be out-done, hit a towering long-long fly ball (barely caught) for a sac fly (RBI), earned 1 walk for a run scored.
#1 Corban Van Vuren
#2 Casey Ton
#3 Jack Wildauer
#4 Micah Porter
#5 Riley Tener
#7 Hernan Mejia
#8 Landon Bates
#9 Bryce Miller
#10 Chase Devine
#11 Jesse Spencer
#12 Maddux Hickman
#13 Max Barnes
Dropped third strike: if first base is unoccupied, or there are 2 outs, on a dropped pitch that was the third strike the batter has to be thrown out or tagged.
Check out the instructors, they are Major leaguers when they were young. Ask your dads they will know them.
Our first week of practices are in the book. OOOOOOOOOOh the learnings we have accomplished. The whole team (as a team) is greatly improved, becoming
A new hitting drill we did Saturday, and will continue to do is what I call the (Manny Sanguillen school of hitting), or hit every pitch thrown. It helps with making contact, and improves confidence.
This is for Max, Corban and Jack. Look how the goalie drops, baseball catchers need to do the same thing to block balls in the dirt.
Now when you hit the ball, and you will hit the ball, on your follow through take a quick look at where the ball is headed then run hard. Keeping your eyes on, (and ears opened) the first base coach who is usually Coach JZ (Jeff Zellmer). He will tell you to run through first, or round first, and then he will tell you to come back to first or go on to second. If it’s run through first, don’t slow down till you are past the base, if it is round first do a banana cut (to the right) see how the banana angles outward, that’s the angle you take around first. Why; so you can head for second in a straight line instead of your momentum angling you out towards the outfield.
If you are told to go to second then it’s, run hard (ears open for Coach Steve at third) to give you directions on whether to round the base, or on the bag (stop at second).
The below videos show running through first base, (and) rounding first base.
This video shows the how to.
This video shows how good you will become with proper technique, and practice.
In this video it shows what the Bremen All-stars will do. With these exceptions; Our first baseman always moves into a backup position. On hits to right field our second baseman is the cutoff, and the shortstop covers second base. Our pitcher on any hit to the outfield always goes behind third base as a backup.
This video explains outfielder to infielder relay, and the proper positioning.
Practice Drill at right.
This is how the Bremen All-stars execute;
1. A runner caught between first and second, participating is everyone (including outfielders), except the third baseman and catcher (in case the runner gets away we want the next open bases covered). When you here the coaches yell (RUNDOWN) move. Get in line at an open base, (but don’t interfere with your teammates who are executing). While running the base runner down hold the ball high in your throwing hand, (allowing the receiver a good view of the ball). Run at the runner then toss the ball to the next one in line, after throwing get out of the base path, and get back in line.
2. Runner caught between second and third, participating everyone except the catcher. The execution is the same as #1.
3. Runner caught between third and home, now everyone participates, the execution is the same as #1.