The DHYS 14U Pony All Stars took the nick name "Ghost Town" due to their stark white uniforms and hats. And they quickly put a fright into the local competition! They received second place trophies at the Pre-District Showdown in Canton, Ga. June 6-9. Rain kept them from having a shot at West Cobb for first place, so seeding dictated the 2nd place trophies (Two weeks later Ghost Town went on to beat West Cobb during pool play in the Pre-State tournament.). The team just missed the gold bracket at the All-Star World Series July 17-21, a tournament that featured many excellent 14U teams. Ghost Town then went on to dominate the Silver Bracket and, dodging thunderstorms, flash floods and 97-degree temperatures, managed to bring home the Championship. The 14U Druid Hills Ghost Town proved that Pony League baseball is a worthy endeavor at Medlock Park. Go Ghost Town!
DHYS 12U Warriors Finish the Season in Cooperstown
The Warriors made the annual 12U trek up to Cooperstown on July 12. They had to pull out of the A State tournament due to the rain delays, and the requirement to make it to Cooperstown by the 13th! It was a real crushing blow to have to pull out of Sates, not even finishing one game after a week!
The team drove up, and caught a Rome Braves game in Hagerstown, MD on Friday night. The Rome Braves won, and all the Warriors had baseballs signed by every player; it was a great night!
The Opening ceremonies on Saturday went well, and the team settled in alongside new friends from Guelph, Canada. Games started on Sunday, with two a day for three days. The Warriors ended pool play in Cooperstown 3-3, and 17th out of 32 teams. Their first bracket game was against the 16th seed on Wednesday morning, and the Warriors lost 4-0. That team made it to the elite 8, beating the #1 seed in their second bracket game. As in every summer, the DHYS 12U “All-Star” team forms in early May. Most teams at the Cooperstown tournament are “travel” teams that had played 50 to 60 games by early May. The Warriors never "lost" a game due to defensive play. The boys played well, beating two travel teams, and lost one game to the eventual #1 seed 3-2 on the second day of play. Nine of the 13 Warriors took the mound, and just about everyone got a chance to play whatever position they wanted – even the Emergency Pitcher!
Over the summer, the team went 25-7, and all had a great time.
Seated in front of the Hall of Fame are:
Front row (L-R) Stephen Hanes, Nate Yaeger, Sean Laubenthal, Chris Dumas; Second row (L-R) Imperial Curmudgeon Matt Hanes, Brandon Alston, Manager Jamie Laubenthal, Zach Hailey, Luke Levens, Cameron Perry, John Bruce, Mattson Blair; Back row (L-R) Mason Curtis, Coach Keith Yaeger, Sam Boswell, Coach Kevin Perry, Joseph Hiley, Coach Tex Blair
DHYS 12U Warriors "A" State Bound!
In their most recent tournament, the boys went to NYO for the Dizzy Dean District 4 tournament. The format is a traditional, double-elimination, with no pool play. They won the first game, but then lost the second game to a very tough NYO team, which would force them to battle their way through the loser’s bracket. They did just that, by winning three in a row, including an 18-run inning, to advance to the championship and a rematch with NYO. The Warriors then lost a tough one that day, but earned second place, and a berth into “A” State tournament over the 4th of July weekend. Shockingly, after so many team trophy photos, the boys still can’t stand still, look at the camera, and smile all at once…
Warriors Put on a Showcase
The Warriors traveled to the Roswell All-Star Showcase June 13-16 for their third tournament of the summer. The tournament included 16 teams and would be the toughest of the summer thus far. The Warriors rose to the occasion, keeping their undefeated record in pool play and earning the 5th seed in the gold bracket. The boys would have to play three games on Sunday. They won the first two to meet Sandy Plains in the championship. It was a tough, emotional day, but the Warriors left as champions.
12U Warriors Continue Winning Ways
The Druid Hills 12U Warriors kept up their recent successes going into the Larry Hutson Invitational at Shaw Park. The Warriors went 2-0 in pool play and earned the number one seed. They won the first two games on a rain-filled Sunday to earn a date with Buckhead for the championship. The Warriors were down 8-6 in the 3rd inning when rain postponed the game until two weeks later. At that time, the Warriors resumed the game with Buckhead, at Buckhead. The Warriors came back to win 9-8, for their second straight championship, wearing the Medlock Park throw-back uniforms.
12U Warriors Hobble the Competition at Hobgood
The 2013 12U Warriors came out swinging hard, and playing tough defense early in the Early Bird Charity All Star Tournament over Memorial Day weekend. After winning the first two games, and entering bracketed play in the top seed, the Warriors placed third below the two teams they beat in pool play. Go figure.
However, the Warriors were not satisfied with a 3rd place medal, and took the Hobgood Summer Showdown by storm, going 2-0 in pool play. Entering Sunday in the 3rd seed based only on run differentials, the Warriors won their first two games to make it into the Championship game. But then the skies opened up and made for a very long and muddy night. The Warriors were really hitting the ball well late on Sunday night, ending at 11:45 pm with the Championship trophy. GO WARRIORS!
12U/11U Thrashers are Champions in All-Star World Series!
Over the five-days of Hunter Park's All Star World Series tournament, beginning July 17th, the 12U Thrashers turned in strong defensive performances against the tough Canton Stingers and Hobgood Heat teams, and against newcomers New Georgia Blast. The quality play earned the Thrashers #1 seed in their bracket, and ultimately led to victory in the silver bracket, as flash flooding cut the final day short and the championship was awarded based on performance-to-date. Congratulations to the Thrashers for ending the season on a well-deserved high note!
Front row (L-R) Ethan Nace, Ike Epstein, Jacob Simon, Joe Kooken, John Principe; Second row (L-R) Austin Bryan, Coach Christian Hogan, Tucker Jones, Benny Sherman, Jake Leader, Henry Bryant, Manager Patrick Bryant (in tournament but not pictured: Hunter Flowers, Jackson Hogan, and Coach Will Bryant)
11U Vipers - Dizzy Dean Georgia State Champions!
The DHYS 11U Vipers continue a strong season by winning the Dizzy Dean State Championship. The Vipers swept through the State Tournament with five consecutive victories. The team played great defense throughout the tournament and only yielded a total of 11 runs while scoring 46. The Vipers' record now stands at 24 and 8. Next up for the Vipers is the USSSA World Series in Kingsport, TN.
11U Vipers Start the Summer Strong
The Druid Hills 11U Vipers begin the all-star season with an 11-4 record in their first three tournaments. The Vipers started off with a victory in the USSSA Memorial Day NIT (11A) as they reeled off five straight wins. They played the Southeast All-Star Championship where they made the gold bracket with a strong showing in pool play before falling to the eventual champions in the semifinals. The Vipers then played another travel team tournament (USSSA Round Tripper Classic 11AA) and advanced to the finals before falling to the Georgia Gladiators. Next on tap for the Vipers is the Dizzy Dean District 4 Tournament.
11U Bobcats Tie for 3rd at the
Roswell All-Star Showcase Tournament
The 11U DHYS Bobcats leaped into the 2013 summer tournament season with a strong showing in the Roswell All-Star Showcase Tournament. The DHYS Bobcats, the only recreational all-star “C” team in the field began their attack early with a 12-2 victory over the Midway Wolverines in pool play. After a very strong showing throughout pool play, the Bobcats entered bracket play leading the entire field in runs scored, to claim the top seed in their pool. Nevertheless, the Bobcats finished the tournament tied for 3rd place, after suffering a disappointing loss in the semifinals to the East Marietta Spikes, the tournament Champions.
11U Bobcats Take 3rd in the 2013 Central Park All-Star Invitational
Once again the 11U DHYS Bobcats made their presence known. With a very slow start in pool play, the Bobcats entered bracket play as the number 6 seed in a field full of USSSA and Tournament Teams from the region. After just coming off a 4-7 loss to the Sharon Springs Spartans, the Bobcats found themselves facing this same ball team, as the number 3 seed opponent in bracket play. Being down by more than a couple of runs moving into the last inning of the game, the Bobcats, in great Medlock Park fashion, scratched and clawed their way back to tie the game in regulation. However, based on the rules of the tournament, bracket play games cannot end in a tie, which meant that the Bobcats and the Spartans had to play an extra inning to break the tie, which resulted in a Bobcats WIN. Unfortunately, the Bobcats fell short in the semi-finials, finishing a strong 3rd in the tournament.
10U Red Devils End Their Season with Another 1st
The 10U Red Devils rounded out their season with a 1st place finish at the Bases Loaded All-Star Tournament on June 30th. The boys went 5-0 in the tournament to finish strong for a year in which they went 23-5 overall. Along the way, they won three tournaments, had two semi-final finishes and finished 2nd in another. Congratulations Red Devils, for a great tournament season!
10U Red Devils Strike Early in Early Bird
The 10U DHYS Red Devils started hot and continued that way throughout a great weekend for baseball to win the 2013 Early Bird Charity All Star Tournament on Sunday May 26th. The boys delivered great pitching, timely hitting and solid defense. The Red Devils defense allowed only 10 runs over 4 games while the offense delivered 49 runs. Way to go Red Devils!! The Red Devils are now 4-0 on the season and look forward to their next tournament.
10U Red Devils Finish 2nd at Larry Hutson
The 10U DHYS Red Devils had to battle wet weather and tough competition all week to deliver a second place finish in the Silver Bracket of the 39th Larry Hutson Invitational at Shaw Park, held June 4-10. Pool play saw the Red Devils get nudged out of the Gold Bracket by a team they beat due to overall runs allowed… that team ended up winning the gold bracket, and good for them. The Red Devils then took on the Silver Bracket and played well in a tremendous Monday finale, but ultimately were outdone by a solid Shaw Park team that was able to come from behindin the 6th inning to take one from our boys.
10U Red Devils Finish 1st for Father's Day
at the Roswell All-Star Showcase
The 10U DHYS Red Devils continued their great summer of baseball with a first place finish in the Gold Bracket at the 2013 Roswell All Star Showcase June 11-16. Once again the boys executed in all phases of the game. The Red Devils defense allowed only 8 runs over 5 games, while the offense delivered 40 runs. Way to go Red Devils!! The Red Devils are now 16-3 on the season and look forward to hosting the District 4 Dizzy Dean Tournament June 20-25 at their own Medlock Park!
10U Dragons Finish 2nd at Roswell All-Star Showcase
The 10U Dragons had a strong showing at the Roswell All-Star Showcase over Father’s Day weekend. The team capitalized on solid pitching, good defense and timely hitting to advance to the championship game of the silver bracket on June 16th. Along the way, the Dragons lost a close game to the Central Park All-Stars and defeated the AYBA Eagles twice, before falling to the Roswell Renegades in the championship game. Congratulations to the Dragons on a solid weekend of baseball!
10U Dragons are Semi-Finalists at Central Park Bulldog Bash
The 10U Dragons played well at the Central Park Bulldog Bash on June 8th & 9th. The highlight of the tournament was a dramatic 5-run come-from-behind victory over the Hopewell Kings in game 1. After going 1-1 in pool play, the Dragons advanced to the semi-finals with a victory over the Hebron All-Stars, before losing a heart-breaker to the North Gwinnett White. Congratulations to the Dragons on a 3rd place finish!
9U Red Devils - Finalists at All Star World Series
The DHYS 9U Red Devils fought their way to the championship game of the All Star World Series held in Douglasville 7/17 – 7/21. Due to a rainout and a curious tie breaking scheme, the Devils were declared the runner-up to a team they had beat handily 12-6 in the preliminary round.
In the opening game, the Red Devils posted 16 runs in the first inning and cruised to a victory over the Bremen All Stars 18-8. The Red Devils then defeated the Winston Wolves 12-6. In the third game, the team fell to the Oregon Park Hornets 8-6 after holding the lead most of the game.
Bracket play began against a spirited Sandtown Red Sox squad. In a back and forth game, the Sox pulled ahead 7-4 in the top of the fourth. After failing to score, Sam C. sat down the Red Sox 1-2-3, setting the stage for yet another epic Red Devil comeback. After Jack T. reached on an error, Miles T. scorched a hot shot down the third base line that quickly found its way to the fence. Miles' mad dash around the bases resulted in an inside the park home run and a fired up bench and stands. After 2 quick outs, Nathan B. stood on second with the tying run after a red hot Malachi C. singled. Sam C. then grounded to the shortstop but his hustle down the line forced a bad overthrow and both runners scored for a walk-off 8-7 win.The Red Devils then easily defeated Powder Springs 16-7 to advance to the rained out final game.
9U Red Devils Finish Third in State A Tournament
The Druid Hills 9U Red Devils placed third in the Dizzy Dean State A tournament held in Rome, GA. The Devils defeated Dade County (7-6) and Jefferson (24-2) before losing to the Sandy Springs Storm to set the stage for a dramatic Monday night double header. The host Rome Rebels hit line drives and silenced the Red Devil bats to jump out to a 7-0 lead after 4 innings. Down 7-1 and facing elimination after two quick outs, the Red Devils refused to quit. Down to their last out, the Red Devils batted around and plated 7 runs to seize the lead 8-7. After a lead off walk, the Devil’s defense stiffened, inducing three outs to strand the tying run at third to set off a wild celebration. The Devils then faced the Canton Stingers in a semi-final game immediately afterwards. In an epic pitching dual, the score was tied 3-3 heading into the final inning. In the top of the sixth, Finn B. struck out 3 consecutive batters to achieve a masterful complete-game performance. The Red Devils started the sixth with a single but again were down to their last at-bat after two quick outs as heavy rain began to fall. Will B. then drove in the winning run for a walk-off win. The Devils fell to the Sandy Springs Storm the next day to finish third in the State. Although disappointed, the Red Devil’s manager summed up a memorable Monday night when he told his players – “You will always remember what you did yesterday."
9U Red Devils Qualify for State A
The 9U Red Devils finished strong in a 13-team field at the Dizzy Dean District Tournament at the NYO baseball complex at Chastain Park held June 13-18 to qualify for the State A Tournament to be held in Rome, Georgia. The Red Devils posted a 3-2 overall record in one of the most competitive districts in the state. The Red Devils hit well, played great defense and pitched strong to win games vs. the Sharon Springs Spartans (24-2), the East Side Titans (10-2) and the Druid Hills Huskies (14-0). However, the Red Devils lost twice to the Sandy Springs Storm and fell short of the championship round. The Red Devils look forward to the State Tournament which will be held from June 28 through July 5.
8U Devil Dogs Take 2nd in All Star World Series
With half the team on vacation and replacement players ready to play, the Devil Dogs took 2nd place in their bracket in the All Star World Series in Douglasville July 17-21. After losing a tough game to the Rome Red Sox, the Devil Dogs took on the Winston Wolves. Devil Dogs led 2-1 going into the bottom of the 5th when the Wolves pulled ahead and won with a 3 run HR. The Dogs then beat the East Cherokee Rebels by a score of 12-4, making them the #1 seed in their bracket. After beating the Acworth Warriors in the first bracket game, the Devil Dogs met the Bremen All Stars in the Championship game. After falling behind early, the Dogs came back and tied it up. After losing their catcher, and 10th player, and playing with 3 outfielders, the Devil Dogs saw Bremen pull ahead for good. The Devil Dogs played tough all week and finished the season on a high note.
8U Devil Dogs Take 2nd in Austell
The 8U Devil Dogs had a great start to their season by finishing 2nd in the 2013 Early Bird Charity All Star Tournament in Austell, GA. The bats were hot and the glove work was great! Allowing only 17 runs while scoring 49, the Devil Dogs played great, but lost a tough championship game to the Southwest All-Stars Blue.
8U Devil Dogs Tie for 3rd at SE Allstar Championship
In a tough field of 24 teams, the Devil Dogs used solid defense to finish in a tie for 3rd place. In a rematch of the previous week’s Early Bird championship game, the Devil Dogs faced the Southwest All-Stars Blue in quarter-finals. This time Devil Dog defense allowed no runs and took the win 8-0!
The 7U DHYS Bobcats began their the Dizzy Dean District 4 Tournament by beating a good Sandy Springs Storm team by a final score of 4-1. Unfortunately, the Bobcats then lost their next two games in a double-elimination format to two strong teams (Sharon Springs Spartans Blue and NYO Longhorns), thereby exiting the tournament with a 1-2 record. Despite the overall outcome, the Bobcats never dropped their heads and wished their opponents well in the remainder of the tourney. Their ability to both win and lose gracefully earned them a true honor. The Managers from each team in the tournament voted that our Bobcats should win this year's Sportsmanship Award. This award truly exemplifies what a great group of boys are on this team and epitomizes the overall DHYS culture that the coaches strive to instill at Medlock Park. Good show, Bobcats!
7U Bobcats Take 3rd in their First Tournament (8U!)
The 7U DHYS Bobcats began their tournament career on a positive note at the 2013 Early Bird Charity All Star Tournament on Sunday May 26th. Despite never having played a tournament prior to this weekend and having to play their first one in an 8U bracket, the boys made the best of a tough situation by beating the eventual 2nd place team in pool play and holding their own in their final game despite being down a player and having to take an automatic out for the tenth batter. The Bobcats are looking forward to their second tournament, also an 8U tourney, before eventually dialing it down to 7U play for the weekend tournament prior to Dizzy Dean Districts. Winning some hard-earned hardware in their very first tournament is a huge accomplishment that these players and their fans will remember for a long time. Way to go Bobcats!!!
Congratulations to the Following
Players for Being Selected for the
2013 DHYS Tournament Teams!
14U Pony Tournament Team Jack Bennett
Manager: Craig Bennett
13U Braves Tournament Team Davis Balser
Manager: Nick Humphries
12U Warriors A-Team Brandon Alston
Manager: Jamie Laubenthal
12U/11U Thrashers Tournament Team Austin Bryan
Manager: Patrick Bryant
11U Vipers A-Team Lukas Clark
Manager: Greg Huey
11U Bobcats C-Team Nathan Deiz
Manager: Samuel Jones
10U Red Devils A-Team Alex Asher
Manager: Gary Lusk
10U Dragons B-Team Aidan Beyer
Manager: Preston Marshall
9U Red Devils A-Team Finn Blackmon
Manager: John Blackmon
9U Huskies B-Team Wyatt Attkisson
Manager: Devin Gordon
9U BlueClaws C-Team Oz Balser
Manager: Jim Reiner
8U Devil Dogs A-Team Jackson Cheek
Evan Schroed Align Righter
Manager: Brad Jones
8U Dirt Devils B-Team Ben Arnold
John Edward Kosar
Manager: Baylor Coffman
7U Bobcats A-Team Noah Brocklebank
Manager: Bob Sherman