News from 2011 ...
13U Storm finished 3rd in Dizzy Dean State Tournament
Congratulations to the DHYS 13U Storm.
The Storm finished 3rd in the Dizzy Dean State Tournament in Jefferson. We lost the first one to the #1 seed Jefferson County Force 12-1 and lost the loser’s bracket final game to the Bandits #2 seed. They Bandits threw their best pitcher 7 innings and beat us 12-3. After losing the first one, the boys fought back and won 4 consecutive games scoring 85 runs and only giving up 19.
Beat Statham: 20-3
Beat Carroll County: 23-8
Beat Kennesaw Generals: 21-2
Beat Jefferson County Elite 21-6
The kids really played well with good pitching, solid defense and just tore the cover off of the ball. The Storm represented the park well with solid play and good sportsmanship. For the summer season the guys were 6-8 with two losses coming to two 14U teams Dawson Tigers and the Sandy Plains Cougars in the Showdown V at Hobgood. The guys were even when playing at the same level. Thanks to the following for a job well done.
The 2011 DHYS 13U Storm
Manager Corlis Norman, Coach Keith Dauphin, Coach Kirk Setzer and Coach Mark Swank.
The following two pictures capture most of the players. Dylan Steinfeld and Sean Bevacqua couldn’t make either picture. Thanks to the wonderful parents that supported the team by bringing water, food and excellent support during the games.
14U DHYS RedHawks finish 2nd at 2011 Dizzy Dean Districts
The Druid Hills RedHawks finished as runner up to the NYO Red Devils in an exciting Championship game. This 2nd place finish breaks the streak of three consecutive titles in their first three tournaments.
8U Titans Finish as Runner Up in the 2011 Dizzy Dean Districts
The 8U Titans started with one of the toughest draws in the tournament. On day 1 we went 2-0, defeating the Sandy Plains Cougars (Red, A-team) followed by our own DHYS Hornets (B-team). On day 2 we went 1-1, losing to the East Side Titans (A-team), followed by a win over the NYO Bombers (A-team). Day 3 was epic with a win over two East Side teams. We cruised past the East Side Thunder (B-team) to setup a grudge match with the East Side Titans that was highlighted by lots of big-kid defense and ended with a diving superman catch and celebratory dog pile in centerfield. Unfortunately, having to play 7 games in 4 days proved to be too much against the Wills Park Eagles (A-team) who had only played 3 games to get to the championship game. Overall, the boys had a fantastic run and left very proud of their runner-up trophies and a spot in the upcoming Dizzy Dean 8U State A tournament.
11U DHYS Aces Capture Title at the 2011 DHYS Wood Bat Classic
The Druid Hills Aces capped off an undefeated run through the First Annual Wood Bat Classic at Medlock Park by defeating the Hopewell Scorpions 11-1 in the championship game. The Aces look to continue their success with the Dizzy Dean State B Tournament beginning Friday, July 1, in Carroll County, Georgia.
The Wood Bat Classic Champion Aces are pictured above (Left to Right - front row: Anthony Angelety, David "Albie" Albuquerque, Jackson Doyle, Yan Mastin, Noah Trugman, T.J. Maxey, and Jackson Mathis; back row: Van Markiton, Jack "Cappy" Bannon, Andrew Meadows, Chase Hart, Tate Stone-Frisina, and Harris Callaway).
9U DHYS Cobras Win the 2011 NYO Summer Showdown9U DHYS Cobras Win the 2011 NYO Summer Showdown
The 9U DHYS Cobras won the 2011 NYO Summer Showdown on Monday, June 27, after a long, hot, rain-delayed weekend. The Cobras are a story of patience and perseverance... and the coaches, players and parents of the Cobras are extremely proud of our boys! After struggling for much of the summer with pitching and defense, both of those areas were strong points, along with patience at the plate and timely hitting, in taking the tourney title.
NYO kindly extended an invitation to DHYS to participate in this tournament after realizing there were very limited tournament options for the June 24-26 weekend. The Cobras quickly assembled their team and were ready to play when the rains started on Friday evening.
The field was made up of the following 8 strong teams from the area:
Ocee Park Dirtbags
Oregon Park Piranhas
East Marietta Titans
Oregon Park Extreme
After game cancelations on Friday night, the Cobras tied the Oregon Park Piranhas (and their very loud cheerleading squad) 12-12 to open pool play on Saturday. Then, the Cobras lost for the second time this summer to the NYO Stealth 9-3 in game 2 on a very hot day. In those two pool play games, coaches could see the team starting to gel and leaders starting to emerge. Elimination games started on Sunday and the Cobras were ready to "strike" fear in their opponents. Here is how the elimination games played out...
Quarterfinals: Cobras 15 - East Marietta 13
The Cobras started their run of great offense in the elimination games (averaging over 15 runs per game) by displaying great patience at the plate. East Marietta (a team that beat the Cobras 15-6 in the DHYS Mustang Classic earlier in the summer) struggled to throw strikes and the Cobras were not going to "bite"... taking walks when the pitchers were not throwing strikes and getting huge hits when they did. The Cobras jumped out of the gates with a resounding 5-0 lead after the 1st inning...serving notice that they were focused and ready to play great baseball when it mattered most. Every time East Marietta would close the gap in the home part of the inning, the Cobras would score a few more runs to keep a comfortable distance. The score was tied 11-11 with one inning to play. The Cobras decided to "strike" early and often in this decisive inning scoring 4 runs on some very timely hitting. Then, the pitching and the defense held tough only surrendering 2 runs to a very tough East Marietta team...to win the first of two revenge games 15-13.
Semifinals: Cobras 14 - NYO Stealth 1
The Cobras got a glimpse of the Championship Trophies that were on display prior to this game and decided they wanted the Big Daddy (the Championship Trophy stands almost 4 feet tall and is a thing of beauty)! After losing to the NYO Stealth twice this summer (including a 15-5 beating in the first game of the DHYS Mustang Classic and a 9-3 loss on Saturday), the Cobras knew the "third time is a charm"... the Cobras went ahead 7-1 after scoring 7 runs in the top of the 2nd inning using unbelievable pitching and stellar defense...then the Cobras struck again for 7 more runs in the top of the 4th inning. The Cobras continued their domination in this revenge game by retiring the side for the very convincing 14-1 victory...assuring the Cobras of a trophy!
Championship Game: Cobras 17 - Ocee Park Dirtbags 11
There was no doubt in my mind that the Cobras were going to take the title...you could see it in the boys' eyes and their demeanor. After several lightning delays (which the team used as an opportunity to bond), the first pitch was thrown at 9:35 pm (about the same time the Braves started their game in Seattle). This team was confident...even though most of them had never been in a title game before and it was past most of their bed times. Just like they had in the previous elimination games, the Cobras "struck" first jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. However, the Dirtbags were a team to be reckoned with (after winning their semifinal game 12-2 against Oregon Park)...they hit some of the hardest balls we saw all tournament off our Ace pitcher who had dominated the whole tournament... after 2 innings the Cobras were still in the game down only 6-5. After exchanging runs and the lead, the Cobras found themselves in another one inning shootout for the title. The Cobras again erupted...this time for 6 runs contributions coming from the bottom (which consistently produced the whole tournament), as well as the top, of the lineup. After a dominating pitching and defensive performance in the bottom half of the 4th and final inning, the Cobras captured their first team title at 11:15 pm. NYO presented impressive player and team trophies to the weary participants at 11:24 pm and the families headed home close to midnight after many photo opportunities and congratulatory hand shakes and hugs. The NYO Stealth and Dirtbags were very classy and tough teams...making this Championship all the more special. Additionally, the NYO coaches and volunteers went out of their way in putting on a spectacular tournament, in which we hope to participate again next year to defend our title!
Below is a list of all Cobras players:
Robbie Huey (DHYS Vipers)
Ian Nuhfer (DHYS Vipers)
14U RedHawks Win the 2011 Dizzy Dean Boundary Waters Pre-District Championship in Douglasville, GA
The Redhawks Baseball Club boys of summer were back at it over the Father's Day weekend in the 8-team Boundary Waters Pre-District Tournament in Douglasville, Georgia... and they brought home their third championship in as many tournaments!
The field was made up of the following teams -
Sandy Plains Cougars
East Cherokee Legends
Druid Hills Redhawks
Pool Play game one REDHAWKS 8 - East Cherokee 2
Pool Play game two REDHAWKS 13 - Kennesaw Generals 1
The Redhawks captured the #1 seed going into bracket play!
Bracket game one REDHAWKS 8 - Kennesaw Generals 2
Bracket game two REDHAWKS 11 - Boundary Waters 5 Semi Final Game
Bracket game three REDHAWKS 11 - Rehoboth Rays 1 Championship Game
In the five games, the Redhawks scored 51 runs while only allowing 11!! The ball jumped off the Redhawk bats all tourney long, while the defense was absolutely smothering. The middle infield turned several double plays, and the outfield tracked down almost everything while the pitching and catching was top notch throughout the 5-game spell.
The fans (especially the dads) were treated to a wonderful Sunday Father's Day present as a Championship trophy accompanied their sons on the drive home to Decatur.
14U RedHawks Win Back to Back Titles at the
2011 Larry Hutson Invitational at Shaw Park in Marietta, GA
The 14U Druid Hills Redhawks won their second straight summer tournament of the 2011 season by going 5-0 to capture the eight-team Larry Hutson Invitational at Shaw Park. This was also the third straight year that the core group of Redhawk players has won this particular tourney! In the five games, the Redhawks averaged 14.8 runs per game while allowing only 4 runs per game!!
Here is how the tourney played out…
Pool play games -
Game 1 Redhawks 10 – Hobgood Heat 0
Game 2 Redhawks 13 – West Cobb Wildcats 6
The Redhawks grabbed the 2nd seed after pool play games.
Bracket play games -
Game 3 Redhawks 16 – Hobgood Heat 1 Quarter final game
Game 4 Redhawks 20 – Eastside Titans 4 Semi final game
Game 5 Redhawks 15 – NYO Red Devils 9 Championship game
The hot Redhawk bats were the story in this tournament. In the bracket games against Hobgood and Eastside, the Redhawk sluggers put up 13 runs in the first inning of both games! Then, the entire batting order continued to come up big by jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning, and by roughing up all three NYO pitchers faced in the Championship Game. Super defense, excellent pitching, and outstanding hitting were on display all three days of the tournament.
The coaches and players will all miss this tournament as we now age-out and move on next year, but there will always be great memories from this particular park.
8U Hornets are Champions AGAIN! 8U Hornets are Champions AGAIN!
The 8U Druid Hills Hornets have done it again, winning 1st place in the Silver Division championship at the Cherokee Reds Baseball in the Woods Tournament at Barnett Park in Canton on June 4-5, 2011. It was a beauiful setting for baseball and Hornets manager Lusk says the boys are demonstrating the success that is possible by being positive, playing hard for all 6 innings and trusting in your TEAM.
14U RedHawks Win the 2011 Memorial Day Lake City Classic in Acworth, GA
The 14U Druid Hills Redhawks began their summer campaign over the Memorial Day weekend by playing in the Lake City Classic in Acworth, Georgia.
The 10 participating teams included:
- Druid Hills Redhawks
- Druid Hills Barbarians
- West Cobb
- Kennesaw Generals
- Powder Springs Bombers
- Hobgood Heat
- Hobgood Storm
- Sandy Plains Cougars
- West Forsyth
The Hawks beat West Cobb 16-0 in the first pool play game, then lost to the Hobgood Heat 9-2. With runs scored and allowed, we gained the 3rd seed for bracket play. We faced the same Hobgood team that beat us the day before and disposed of them 9-3. We then faced the Kennesaw Generals in the semi-final game and won 13-2. The championship game, our third game of the day, was against the Sandy Plains Cougars under the lights. When the dust settled, and the cheering had faded, the Redhawks had claimed an 8-4 victory, and the tournament championship!!
Jackson Bailey went 'yard' over left center.
Jonathan Cooper and Aaron Schunk put down beautiful back-to-back bunts for base hits to start an inning.
Joseph Dean went 'up the ladder' at 2nd base to snare a smash line drive.
Chris Javo had a fantastic throw from left field to home.
Kent Scott and Zak Schulman each hit a ball to the middle of 'the hill' in left field on the Acworth Senior Field.
Drew Teachout smacked a nice game-winning single.
Connor Laubenthal had his bat checked by the home plate ump after he torched a ball over the center fielder's head.
Joe Fiorenza threw down some quality innings behind the plate.
Bennett Johnson hit the top of the fence in right field, just inches from going out.
Michael Segerman and Weston Warncke played strong middle infield.
Jack Brozek kept opposing batters on their heels all tourney long.
The Redhawk fans were in mid-season cheering form, and really helped to start, and sustain, momentum through each of the five games. Can't wait to get back on the diamond!!
12U Thunder Place 3rd at the Lake City Classic.
The sons of Thor got off to a good start with a win in their first game at the Lake City Classic in Acworth against the Wills Park Eagles winning a 13-12 nail biter. The Thunder scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth as time ran out to win it. Of note, three Thunder players went hitless for the game and all three drew walks in the fifth inning. Those three scored the three runs the Thunder needed to win the game. In the second and final game of pool play, the Thunder fell behind early and trailed Winston Baseball 5-0 after 3 innings. However, the boys rallied behind some clutch hitting and strong pitching to score 5 runs in the fourth and fifth innings and earn a 5-5 tie. The 1-0-1 record was good enough to earn the third seed in the 11 team field for the elimination rounds.
The elimination rounds started Sunday afternoon where pool play had left off, battling the Winston Baseball All-Stars. As in the Friday evening game, the Thunder fell behind 5-0, this time after one half inning. However, this time the bats found their ‘thunder’ much quicker as DHYS rallied to tie the game at 5 in the bottom of the first. From there the pitching and defense took over holding the opponents to just 4 more runs in the final three innings. Meanwhile, the batters continued their assault scoring a total of 14 runs on 16 hits before the time limit halted the scoring with two out in the bottom of the fourth.
After a quick bite, the Thunder faced the Hobgood Heat in the second semi-final. Once again, the Thunder fell behind early, trailing 6-0 after two innings. However, the resilient squad fought back, cutting the lead to one run (7-6) after three and a half innings. With the time limit approaching a series of walks, hits and close calls in the bottom of the forth had the Thunder against the ropes. But hope was restored on a beautifully executed double play by Gaines Moore and Max Cook. With the bases loaded, the Heat batter hit a line drive toward center field. Gaines got to the ball in time to knock it down. The base runners froze to see if he would catch the ball and Gaines took advantage, stepping on second for a force out and throwing home where Max put the tag on out number two. For a moment it looked like the Thunder would have another chance. But it was not to be as the Thunder could not find the elusive third out of the inning before time expired. Unhappy with how it ended, but generally pleased with the 2-1-1 opening tournament performance and a third place finish, the Thunder live to fight another day.
Notable performances in the tournament included:
- Ryan Murray, nicknamed “Ry Guy”, is close to having his nickname changed to “RBI Guy” after leading the team with 7 RBI in the four games;
- Each player – except James Huey* - scored at least one run in the tournament, led by Noah Hammond’s 6 runs. (*Due to an injury, James was limited to pinch hitting duties in this tournament. He went 2-3 with a double and 3 RBI in that role and was lifted for a pinch runner each time he reached base.)
- Every Thunder batter had at least on hit in the tournament. Noah led the team in hits with 7 followed by Jack Purdy and Kenny Andrews with 6 each.
- Connor Mashman and Mercer Buechner led the pitching effort with ERAs under 3.00 (based on 7 inning games).
- Errors and walks cost the Thunder as they gave up 14 unearned runs and 23 walks in the four games.
8U Hornets Start the 2011 Summer Season as Champions!
The 8U Hornets won a tournament in Tunnell Hill last weekend. This win itself was big, but the players, coaches and parents can feel good for another reason, A portion of the proceeds from the tournament, along with material donations brought by all teams, went to support the tornado victims of the recent tornados in nearby Ringgold. Tunnel Hill is near Dalton and only about 2 miles from Ringgold. The sincerity of that gesture was pretty special given that they had planned this event for some time in advance and as a fundraiser for their own team’s trip to Cooperstown.
9U Vipers Continue Strong Season with Victory in West Cobb
The Druid Hills 9U Vipers celebrated the 4th of July holiday by winning the Firecracker Classic at Oregon Park, providing their own fireworks display when Thomas Steele hit a walk-off 3-run homer to clinch the championship over the East Side Titans. Josh Smith added a monster 230-foot home run earlier in the game (his third of the tournament and fifth for the summer). Home runs aside, this tournament was truly a team victory, with every player making key contributions to our success, as they have all summer.
Some of the highlights for the Vipers include: Jackson Hills’ strong pitching, power hitting and steady play at 1B; James Swank’s solid pitching and good defense at C and 3B; Robbie Huey’s excellent defense at multiple positions, clutch hitting and heads-up base-running; Ellis Callaway’s excellent starting pitching, timely hitting and solid defense at SS; Thomas Steele power hitting and steady play in the field; Connor Howard’s excellent defense at C and several big clutch hits; Levi Cloud’s solid play at 2B and SS and consistent line drive hitting; Patrick Cobb’s consistent pitching, clutch hitting, and great fielding in all OF positions; Ian Nuhfer’s brilliant play in CF, including many diving catches to save multiple runs; Josh Smith’s aforementioned power hitting feats and deadly speed on the basepaths; Blake Miccichi’s clutch pitching and hitting and excellent play at 3B; and Cannon Crane’s amazing range in the OF with multiple sliding catches and incredible arm nailing two runners at home plate.
For the summer, the Vipers’ record is now 14-5 and they remain undefeated in pool play after five tournaments. The team kicked off the summer by taking second place in the inaugural Medlock Mustang Classic. The Vipers made another strong showing in the Buckhead Classic, upsetting the top-seeded Buckhead Braves, before falling in the semi-finals. After a disappointing performance in the rain-delayed Dizzy Dean Districts at Chastain, the team recovered to put it all together and bring home the hardware from Oregon Park.
2011 Summer Tournament Team Rosters
David "Albie" Albuquerque
Tate Stone - Frisina
12U Dirty Diamonds
10U All Stars
John Henry Harrison
Coin Toss Expert:
7U Chili Peppers