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June 2006
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Deer Valley wins opener
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Posted by: Gavin @ 8:08 am

The time has come.  The boys have practiced all they can practice.  Now is the time to put their hard work to good use.  But first, the jerseys.  The boys arrived clad in white undershirts, UnderArmor, Nike Undergear and the like because they hadn’t received their jerseys yet.  One by one the players arrived and donned their new navy blue jerseys with white lettering bordered in red stating Deer Valley All Stars on the front and their name and number on back.  The boys looked sharp.  If nothing else, they’ve got great uniforms.  I was able to get a team picture of the boys in uniform.  I’ll try to get this posted by Saturday game time.


Warm ups began with the boys playing catch in the outfield.  Then, for effect Coach Anthony had Tyler (our boy) start warming up pitching.  He threw only about 15 to 20 pitches.  The boys from West End were looking at him wide eyed.  Then as Tyler finished up and Brian Linhart started to warm up Bart asked about Tyler’s fastball, “What is that?  55?  60?  62?”  We answered, “Yea, somewhere in there.”  “Damn!” Bart exclaimed shaking his head side to side.  We all chuckled at that.  I think Tyler intimidated his own teammates. 


Game time, 5:30 PM.  Game time temperature, 106.  A bit humid with the sun still blazing on the field.  It was hot.  Deer Valley won the coin flip so they take the field sprinting to their positions as a team.  They look organized, well prepared and surprisingly relaxed.  Brian Linhart takes the mound with Gage Leighty behind the plate.  Our Tyler at first, Bart Diehl at second, Austin Mette at third with Tiler Sadowski at short.  Ryan Sornsin, Vince Dempsey and Keith Nowak left to right in the outfield.  A nice strong defensive alignment to start the game. 


That being said, West End came out and promptly scored a run on us.  But when it was the good guys turn at the plate we introduced them to the Deer Valley starting lineup.  Austin Mette, Bart Diehl, Tiler Sadowski, Tyler Abrego, Gage Leighty, Brian Linhart, Ryan Sornsin, Vince Dempsey and Keith Nowak rounding out the order.  Mette and Diehl reached base then Tiler Sadowski crushed a triple to the right field gap scoring 2.  Tyler came up next and hit a nice double over short scoring Tiler.  Brian Linhart grounded out moving Tyler to third before scoring on a single by Gage Leighty making the score Deer Valley 4, West End 1 after one.


Brian Linhart pitched a great three innings handing the ball over to Tiler Sadowski in the fourth.  Tiler struggled a bit on the mound giving up a couple runs in the fourth.  His last two innings were scoreless but not easy at all with West End stranding two runners in both innings.  The good guys had scored another insurance run back in the fourth making the final Deer Valley 5, West End 3.

One game down and three more to go in pool play.  Our next game is tonight at 5:30 against Sidewinder with Tyler slated to pitch this one.  Should be a good game.  Hopefully the boys will be a little more relaxed out there with a game under their belt and a have little more confidence with the win too.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  Until next time, stay safe and happy and I’ll be typing at you later.

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Tournament Time
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Posted by: Gavin @ 12:16 pm

It’s tournament time.  The District 2 Little League All Star games begin tonight but our Deer Valley All Star teams don’t play until tomorrow night. The minors are scheduled to face the West End All Stars to start the tournament while the Major boys take on Village Meadows immediately following our game.  Our minor division All Star team looks solid.  This is a strong team where most of the players can hit the ball and then turn around and field it cleanly making solid plays for the outs. 


This team is made up of a couple of kids that play club ball who also played up in the Majors this year.  They are our Tyler Abrego and Tiler Sadowski.  The other players that round out this strong team are definitely all stars of the Minor division and include Vincent Dempsey, Bart Diehl, Matt Hodgson, Gage Leighty, Brian Linhardt, Devin McCarville, Austin Mette, Keith Nowak, Ryan Romayo, Collin Russell and Ryan Sorenson (I must apologize for any name miss spellings - I’ve done my best here).


I like what I have seen in practice.  They have come together quickly and gelled as a team.  They already are cheering for each other and supporting each other which is great to see.  The team chemistry seems to be really strong too.  We have solid pitching with Tyler leading the way.  In fact, one of the strongest statements I’ve heard about our team  was in reference to someone talking about other teams having nine, ten or more club ball players on their team where we only have two, “Yea, but you have Tyler pitching!”  Dave Sutton, the Giants Major’s coach made this statement at our end of season party.  That was a huge compliment I thought for Tyler and this All Star team.  But I also like the way the kids play.  Most of them hustle each and every play, on and off the field, have great attitudes toward the game and really appear to enjoy and love the game.  The heart this team has appears to be huge at this point.


It’s early yet and as I always say, “You have to play the game to determine a winner.  Any team can win on any given day.”  I’m ready for the games to begin.  In fact, I’m going to miss Tyler’s All Star practice tonight to do some scouting of West End and Sidewinder who play each other tonight.  We play West End tomorrow night and Tyler is slated to go off against Sidewinder Friday night.  We then play Goodyear Saturday night and the Buckeye All Stars Wednesday July 5th.  Of these teams, we all feel that Sidewinder will be our toughest opponent in this pool.  This is why Tyler is waiting a day to make his start and then he will be fresh and ready to go again Wednesday against Buckeye.


If we seed in the top two spots of our pool, the Deer Valley All Stars will advance to the single elimination tournament that begins Saturday July 8.  But we have to wait and see.  Thanks for stopping by our corner of the web.  I’ll try to keep this page updated with daily scores and highlights time permitting.  I wish I could take a leave of absence for the next month and just go play baseball, update this site and write.  But I haven’t won the lottery yet.  So our days are filled with work and our nights are filled with baseball and softball.  So until next time, stay safe, get lots of rest and I’ll be typing at you later.

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The newest member…
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Posted by: Gavin @ 5:03 pm

Yesterday the world of the driving welcomed (well, I don’t know about that) or maybe greeted its newest member.  Tracey Abrego took her driving test and passed it the first time so now she has her permit. 

So if you’re on the road in our neck of the woods - you had better watch out for a white Chevy Silverado with an O’Connor Lady Eagles Basketball window sticker.  You just might run into her (and I hope that’s not literally).

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A Giant Ending…
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Posted by: Gavin @ 3:24 pm

The run came to an end for the Giants Monday night.  They came up against a tough, tough pitcher in Glendale/Ironwoods Zack Rodgers.  He struck most everyone out that night including big John and then he connected for a home run scoring three runs of his own with three RBI’s to his credit.  This kid was good.

We were able to score 5 runs on the team but we couldn’t match the 9 spot they put on the board.  It was a tough loss.  But this allows the six Giant All Stars to focus on that daunting task ahead.  It was a fantastic year for the Giants and we’re all proud of the boys.  Good luck on all your runs through All Stars and we’ll see you all soon.

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DVLL Closing Ceremonies
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Posted by: Gavin @ 10:35 am

Deer Valley Little League held their closing ceremonies last night.  They first announced the Minor division league winners and then the minor division Tournament winners.  In both cases the team finishing up in first place was the Nationals with Anthony Romayo managing the team.  Then they announced the Major division league winners and then the tournament winners.  In this case it was our own Giants accepting both of these awards.  Tyler went up with his team and received his league winning trophy and tournament winning medal for his part in this team.  We have some crude pictures and when I get some time I hope to put some of these up on the site.

Then came the announcement of All Stars.  The first division to be named was the Minor division All Stars.  They named all 32 players nominated to the All Star pool plus two Minor division players that played up in the Major division this year.  All 34 players lined up on the third base line including our Tyler.  All of these players were awarded a Deer Valley Little League All Star t-shirt for being nominated to this pool of players.  Then came the announcement of the thirteen All Stars and first was Tyler Abrego.  We are so proud of his accomplishments this year.  He worked his way past the other kids and started to head to the pitchers mound where they were to gather but first he needed to collect his Deer Valley All Star ballcap.  He shook the hands of the President and Vice President of the League, received his cap and headed out to the mound.  Once there he looked down at his cap and shifted his trophy, shirt and cap to one hand as he removed his Giant hat and donned the DV All Star cap with a big smile on his face.  They continued listing off the twelve remaining players and we will get to know them, but as of now we only know a couple.  Keith Novak and Tiler Sadowski made the team as well and Anthony Romayo was announced as the teams Manager. 

Next they announced the nominees for the 11 year old All Stars and Major division All Stars.  The eleven year olds lined up on the third base line and the twelve year olds lined up on the first base line.  From our Giants, David Fitzgerald, Harley Bliss and Brandon (Brando) Le Bueff were announced as eleven year old nominees and Daniel Pelton, John Patinella and Wesley Sutton were announced as the twelve year old nominees.  They too were awarded the t-shirts for being nominated to the All Star pool.  The first team they announced was the 11 year old All Stars.  This team included the Giants Harley Bliss and David Fitzgerald.  Congratulations boys on a great achievement and year so far.  Keep up the great work in the 11 All Stars and we hope for a long run for you.

Next they announced the Major division All Stars.  This is the team that could go all the way to the Little League World Series if they perform well together.  From the team they announced, it looks like a tough, really tough team and we hope them all the best and can’t wait to go out and see them play too in our spare time.  This team included the announcements of the Giants very own, Brando, Wesley Sutton and long ball hitter with eight home runs on the season, John Patinella.  Along with these three were many others that we have grown to know as exceptional ball players and friends including Steven Myers, Tommy Ley, Gian Mendoza, Nick Giannini, Tyler Thomas, Ross Brown, Hunter Young, Josh Fogerlie, Taylor Hart and Brook Weathersby. 

We’re all kind of stunned at a couple of choices to this team and one very large omission.  Daniel Pelton played extremely well this year and we truly believe he has better skills than one of the chosen thirteen.  We don’t know how this error has occurred but you are an All Star Daniel, you are definitely an All Star.

Congratulations to all of the kids that were chosen and good luck to you all on a long run in the tournaments and new experiences of a lifetime.  Enjoy and have fun.

After all of this last night, Tyler received another t-shirt from his coach, Dave Sutton.  This t-shirt was a gift to the team from the coaches and it had Deer Valley Little League Major Division Champion emblazoned on the front and Giants across the top of the back with all of the player’s and coaches listed below it on the back.  Tyler threw this on as soon as he received it and wore it with pride last night.  Congratulations Tyler.  We are so proud of you.

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Giants win the Championship!!!
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Posted by: Gavin @ 6:57 am

The Giants came back from a two run error up four to three going into the 6th inning.  That’s when John did it again and lined a two run shot over the right center fence to give us a three run buffer to win the DVLL Championship.  6 to 3 was the final score.

Congratulations to the Never Say Die kids.  These kids came through the losers bracket playing seven games in the tournament, the most of anyone to win this Championship.  Hard fought games.  Close games that came down to the wire but they never gave up.  You deserve this Championship boys.

Now lets go to the District Tournament of Champions and do it again.  Starting next Monday, these same Giants will face the winners of all the other leagues in District 2 to crown the Tournament of Champions champion.  The best of the best.  Good luck boys and lets play Giant Baseball!!!


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Happy Birthday Dominic
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Posted by: Gavin @ 8:25 am

Wanted to take a moment to wish a very happy birthday to Dominic Romano my nephew.  He turns the big 2 today.  Along with Dominic is little Mickey Goetz.  He’s turning 1 today.  Happy Birthday you two and we’ll be celebrating Tyler’s birthday today.  It’s a couple weeks past his birthday but it was the first time we could fit it in to all of our schedules.

I hope everyone has a wonderful birthday and celebration and a terrific year ahead.  Take care all and I’ll be typing at you later.

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Giants Win!!!
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Posted by: Gavin @ 6:44 am

Giants won the game last night against the Diamondbacks forcing a second and deciding Championship game Monday night at 7:00 PM.  The bats came alive early with John hitting a three run blast over the right field fence in the bottom of the first.  Never looking back the Giants won rather easily with an 8 to 3 final score.

Wes pitched a solid four innings and then the talk of the night was David entering the game never pitching before allowing only two runs and getting us out of the fifth inning.  Coach decided to split the pressure up among the non-pitchers and sent Walter to the mound in the top of the sixth.  Allowing no runs on no hits Walter ended the game himself taking a grounder back to the mound and tossing it to Gary at first.

One more game for these never say die kids.  Congratulations boys on making it through one tough week of play.  You deserve the game on Monday so lets go out and play some Giants baseball.

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Welcome to Championship Weekend
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Posted by: Gavin @ 8:02 am

The Giants have advanced to the Championship game tonight but it wasn’t an easy win.  The Giants were down 5 to 3 after allowing another run in the top of the 6th and final inning of the game.  I don’t know why it is, but this team likes drama and they wait until the 5th or 6th innings before getting their hits in.  A single by Wes and an intentional walk to John plus a wild pitch puts runners on second and third with Daniel at bat and no outs.  Daniel hits the ball sharply to the pitcher who looks Wes back at third then turns and throws to first.  Wes brakes for home and John heads to third.  The out is recorded at 1st then they throw home.  Wes is safe as the ball rolls away from the catcher.  John sees this and heads for home.  The pitcher heads for home to cover and John slides in safe to tie the game at 5 in the bottom of the 6th.

Extra innings saw little action on the bases but what it allowed was for the Giants to get to the top of their order in the bottom of the 8th and Brando walked.  He then stole second, stole third and finally stole home on wild pitches winning the game in dramatic fashion.  The Giants never give up and never quit.  They live to see another day. 

That day is today and the first of what we hope will be two Championship games.  The Giants have to face a fresh Diamondbacks squad who coming through the winners bracket have only played one game this week and have no real pitching issues.  Due to little league rules, playing three games already including the extra innings we played last night, we have the use of Wes or Daniel for four innings and then we will be forced to use a player that has never pitched before.  This will be a tough game for the Giants but that’s why you play the game.  You never know what will happen on any given day.  If the Giants win tonight then we will have a rematch of tonight’s game Monday night as the Diamondbacks have not lost a game yet and you must lose two to be eliminated.  If the Giants lose tonight then the tournament ends with the Diamondbacks winning the Championship and the Giants taking second.

Let’s play the game and see what happens.  7:00 PM is first pitch.  Let’s Go Giants!!!

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For the love of a woman…
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Posted by: Gavin @ 5:00 am

Just a brief note for Carol.

We don’t get to spend much time together anymore.

The kids keep us running in different directions almost every day.

When we are together, we’re usually running our own errands and performing our own chores.

Alone time?  This is usually bed time.

With all of this, I want you to never forget how I feel about you.

From the day we turned the corner in our relationship my feelings and emotions have only grown stronger.

I love you more today then yesterday, last week or last year.

For all the times we are apart, know in your heart that my thoughts and heart is with you.

For you are the one who stole my heart.

I love you Carol.

Thank you for letting me say my piece.

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And then there were three…
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Posted by: Gavin @ 10:39 pm

I know I haven’t gotten you all caught up on what’s been going on over the last few months yet, but I hope to soon.  But tonights Giant game (Tyler’s little league team) against the Orioles was one for the ages and I must let it out.

The Giants were facing their second test of elimination going up against the big and tough Orioles squad this time.  It’s win or go home for these kids.  The Giants are the home team and Tyler’s given the ball for this game.  He takes the mound and warms up looking good as he throws his heater into Wesley’s glove.  Tyler just turned 11 a week ago but his fastball is estimated to be around 60 to 65 miles per hour.  That’s fast for a league age 10 player.  It’s game time, 5:40 PM.  Game time temperature, 106 with clouds building from the south.  Tyler works hard and allows a hit or two in the first but leaves them standing on the bases as he strikes out the number 5 hitter for out number three.

The top of our order is one of the best in the league.  Brando 11, is a speedster on the bases with quick hands at bat and is our lead-off hitter hitting somewhere in the high 400’s for the season.  David 11, is our number two hitter and is probably the weakest hitter in the top of our order hitting just .333 for the season.  Wesley, 12 and our catcher extraordinaire is our leading hitter in the third spot followed up by John 12, the power in the four hole.  John has five home runs to his credit this season with a beautiful Walk Off Home Run to end the first game in the tournament.  Daniel 12, is our number five hitter with a great on base percentage in the 500’s.  Following Daniel is Nolan 12, another solid hitter batting about 400 now.  Behind him is Gary 12, who’s hitting of late has come on at the right time to help us win some needed games.  They say speed kills and in Gary’s case, he will have a long and glorious life.  Gary is the dump truck on the team bounding around the bases when he gets a hit.  Harley 11, follows Gary who is sporadic at the plate but hit a timely home run to help us win a game toward the end of regular season.  After him is Tyler 10 (league age), our Tyler hitting in the high 200’s since April 12th which we’re extremely proud of.  Bringing up the end is Sasha, 11 and Walter 11, who have struggled at the plate but come out and work hard every practice and every game to get better.

That’s the line-up that won us the Season scoring 117 runs on their way to a 15 and 3 record (with a forfeit included).  This is the team that held their opponents to just 30 runs all season.  A powerhouse of a team.  The top of our order comes up with the Orioles throwing a big kid that surprisingly doesn’t throw hard.  This could be trouble for us.  We seem to struggle against mediocre or average pitching.  We get out in front of the pitches failing to hold up for the ball to travel to the plate.  The bottom of the first saw this come to thruition.  Brando was thrown out at first while David struck out.  Wes got on with a hard hit single to left but was stranded there when John grounded out to Second base.  Bottom of 1 score tied at 0.

Tyler takes the mound for his second inning of work and allows a hit to the lead-off batter of the inning.  The next batter hits the ball sharply to Brando at short who tosses the ball to second who turns and throws wildly over the first baseman’s head moving the runner over to second.  The next batter looks at strike one on the outside of the plate.  He then takes a ball before swinging at the third pitch for a strike.  Wes comes up ready to throw as he always does but somehow loses the ball in the transfer.  He looks down for the ball as the runner on second breaks for third.  Spinning around he’s furiously looking for the ball as the umpire moves out of the way.  Wes sees the ball and grabs it but not before the runner is standing on third.  That’s OK, no harm done.  Tyler delivers the next pitch, a beautiful change up that has the hitter swinging way out in front of the pitch for strike three.  Two down with a runner on three.  The next batter steps in as Tyler gets his sign from Wes.  Tyler winds up and throws the ball wide right to the backstop.  The runner breaks for home as Wes jumps up running for the ball.  Tyler’s running home to cover as Wes grabs the ball and from his knees he turns and throws to Tyler.  Tyler’s just reaching home as the ball is coming in just a little high.  He reaches for the ball and brings down the tag on the sliding runner kicking up dirt and dust as he crosses home plate.  ”Safe!” yells the umpire as the ball dribbles behind Tyler.  It was a great play at home and the runner had to be out if Tyler could have held onto the ball.  Orioles fans cheer in celebration to our right.

Tyler picks up the ball and returns to the mound.  His head down for a moment.  You know he’s hurting over allowing that run.  But he lifts his head ready to take the signs from Wes to get this batter out.  ”Strike!” yells the ump as the ball screams past the batter into Wesley’s glove with a whump.  That was a nice pitch.  Now Tyler’s fired up.  The batter swings at the next pitch which dribbles weakly to Gary standing on first base for the third out.  Orioles 1, Giants 0 in the middle of the 2nd inning.

The Giants come up to bat in the bottom of the second inning going three up, three down quickly.  Tyler takes the mound for the third inning and strikes out the first batter.  The next batter takes the first two pitches for balls before Tyler throws inside and hits the batter in the upper arm.  As the batter reaches first, blue gives him time as his arm really hurts and a coach has to take a look.  They have him rotate his arm a few times in a big windmill fashion and he finally takes his place on first after a few minutes break.  Tyler really throws hard.  Tyler is placing his pitches on the corners and at the knees but not getting many calls from the umpire.  The next batter walks putting runners on first and second with one out.  Tyler throws a beautiful pitch to the next batter that he hits back to Brando at short who makes the out at second leaving runners on first and third with two outs.  Tyler hits his marks again but doesn’t get the calls.  Borderline balls are called which allows another walk loading the bases.  This brings Jake Nicholas to the plate, the Orioles number three hitter.  Two out, bases loaded and their number three hitter at the plate.  Tyler throws the first pitch by Jake for strike one.  Then Jake hits the second pitch to our ranging second baseman who makes a great play to get the ball and throw out Jake at first.  Tyler worked his way out of a jam there allowing no runs with bases loaded going through the top of their lineup.  Way to go kid.  Way to go.

The bottom of three has Tyler leading off the inning.  He stands in there and takes a good swing fouling off the first pitch.  The pitcher delivers the next pitch, looks good Tyler watches the ball into the catchers glove.  Ball 1.  Tyler takes ball two and then likes the next pitch grounding it hard to second who fields it cleanly throwing Tyler out at first.  Sasha and Walter end the bottom of the inning with the last two outs leaving Brando our lead-off hitter on deck.  After three, the score remains Orioles 1, Giants 0.

Tyler takes the mound for his fourth inning of work as a dust storm hit.  The game was delayed a few minutes as the front passed and then the Giants took the field with plenty of dust and dirt still in the air, wind blowing making it pretty hard to see.  It was 6:30 or so and the dust storm reduced visability quite a bit but our first baseman dawned a pair of sunglasses to help sheild his eyes from the debris.  The coaches asked if he could see and he said he could, so play on.  Tyler completed his warm up and takes the mound getting the first batter to ground out.  The next batter steps in and takes a ball.  The next pitch the batter swings and misses for a strike.  The batter drives the next pitch into the hole to right field for a single.  The next batter steps in and swings hitting the ball back to Brando at short who tags second and throws to first, “Safe!” is the umpires call as the runner beat the play.  The next batter steps in and lines the ball to right field.  The right fielder goes down for the ball but it rolls by him to the fence.  This allows the runner on first to score as the error costs the Giants two bases with the batter ending up on third.  Tyler takes the mound and strikes out the last batter for out number three in the inning.  Orioles 2, Giants 0 in the middle of four.

Top of the order coming up for the Giants.  Brando grounds out to second for the first out.  David gets on with a single to left bringing Wes up to bat.  Wes looks for his pitch and finds it crushing the ball to the fence in right.  David takes off from first heading round second to third.  As David’s approaching third Wes is already rounding second and the ball is being received by the second baseman in right.  It looks like the third base coach has to send David as Wes will surely be out at second if he holds the runners.  So he sends David home.  The second baseman throws home on a line to the catcher.  David slides as the catcher receives the ball and lays the tag on.  “Out!” cries blue.  No one will know for sure why the coach sent the runner but that’s how I saw it.  Two out bottom of four and John grounds out to second to end the inning.  Orioles 2, Giants 0 after four.

Top of five and Tyler goes back out and takes care of business facing four of their batters including their lead-off hitter for the last out.  He looks strong and has thrown only 72 pitches through five innings.  Tyler usually goes into the mid to upper 80’s in an outing before his pitch count really comes into play.  No matter what happens, win or lose, we are so proud of Tyler and his performance here tonight.  He’s performed tremendously under the pressure of playing up, pitching to 11 and 12 year olds and in an elimination game.  He’s kept the Giants in this game.  If only we could get some hits. 

Bottom of 5 with Daniel coming up to bat.  The Orioles have replaced their pitcher with one of their top pitchers, Jake Nicholas.  I guess with the two run lead their taking no chances now.  Jake throws to Daniel who hits a single past short.  Nolan stands in and takes strike one looking.  Jake sends the next pitch in the dirt moving Daniel to second on the wild pitch.  Nolan takes the next pitch and hits the ball hard to right for a single scoring Daniel.  Nolan moves to second on the throw home to the plate.  Never say die.  Gary stands in and on the first pitch he crushes the ball to the fence in right center.  Nolan scores as Gary rumbles around to second for a stand up double.  Tie game everyone.  Harley stands in and takes the first pitch laying down a beautiful bunt out in front of the catcher.  By the time the pitcher retrieves the ball Gary’s arriving at third and Harley’s rounding first to take a look at second.  Jake looks to throw back to second and Gary starts for home.  Jake stops and looks at third stopping Gary in his tracks.  This moves Harley closer to second - almost half way between the bases now.  Jake turns back to throw to second and starts to send Harley back to first.  Jake stops and pumps to first as Harley’s watching, slowly heading to first.  Finally Jake decides to throw it to first and Harley sprints for second as Gary barrels for home.  The first baseman catches the ball and throws back home but he’s too late.  Gary scores home from third and Harley’s standing on second.  I don’t know what happened exactly but damn, we’re up by a run now.  Tyler steps in and grounds out while Sasha and Walter make the last two outs of the inning.  Proud to say, Orioles 2, Giants 3 bottom of 5.

Top of six and their number two, three and four hitters coming up to bat.  The Giants take the field and Tyler heads back to the mound for his sixth inning of work.  But this time with a lead.  Their number two hitter comes up and promptly ropes the second pitch to right field for a double.  Jake Nicholas stands in and Tyler stands behind the mound taking deep breaths trying to calm himself.  He takes the mound and digs deep inside for the next four pitches.  Strike 1, ball, Strike 2 and a pop up foul down the third base line.  Tyler’s running for it, John on third is running for it and Wes jumps up running for it.  No one really has a shot at catching this ball, but you see Wes making ground and he calls, “I’ve got it.”  The balls close to the dugout heading for the ground as Wes dives for it.  Some how he came up with it.  It was a spectacular play.  Oh my, what a catch from the “All Star” Wesley Sutton.   Jake slams his bat to the ground in a chopping motion as the call is made and storms back into the dugout.  The Orioles number 4 hitter stands in with the runner still at second base.  A big and powerful hitter with an intimidating presence in the batters box.  Tyler delivers the first pitch, a beautiful pitch on the inside corner of the plate that the batter swings past for a strike.  The second pitch was a duplicate of the first for strike 2. The next pitch falls low for ball 1 while the next pitch is in the dirt.  Wes scoops up the ball leaving the runner right where he was at second.  Tyler winds and delivers a beautiful pitch on the outside corner of the plate for a strike.  “Ball”, says blue.  Ohhhhh, that was a strike.  Three balls, two strikes, count full.  Tyler winds up and throws.  Swing for strike three.  Two out.  Tying run on second.  The number 5 hitter in their order stepping up to the plate.  Tyler delivers the first pitch.  He swings and hits the ball.  A lazy grounder back to Tyler.  Tyler scoops up the ball and throws it over to Gary for the last out of the game.  “Giant’s Win!”  

Blue (the umpire) took the ball from Gary our first baseman and delivered it to our Coach.  He wanted the pitcher to have that ball.  I was the official score keeper and blue came over to me to sign the card and said, “Now that was a great game.”  I just said, “Yes it was.”  Carol was sitting next to me as Tyler made that last out and looked at me with tears in her eyes.  She has missed so many of Tyler’s games because of Tracey’s games as we have to split up to cover.  But this was the only night that Tracey didn’t have a game or practice.  Carol, Tracey and Grandma were all present for this one.  And he pulled it off.  Our little guy pulled it off.  What a great game.  How proud am I?  I can’t put it into words.  He is the star.  I just get to sit there and watch him play. 

The Giants now face the Nationals in the finale of the loser’s bracket.  The Nationals are the team that put us into the Losers bracket.  The Nationals are the team that wouldn’t postpone a game where we only had eight players show for a game forcing a forfeit in the regular season.  The Nationals are a team we want to beat and I think we can do that Thursday night.  But you have to play the game.  Thanks for tuning in and listening to my ramble.  Until next time, take care and I’ll be typing at you later.

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Moving Home
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Posted by: Gavin @ 10:58 am

This weekend was pretty special.  I was reminded that my mom officially retired from the government on June 3rd after 39 years or so of service and now my folks are packing up and moving to Valentine.  Nebraska that is.  Beautiful country from what I hear.

They have been looking forward to this for several months now as they had started to pack up and move back in January but they were delayed for a short period of time.

Finally the time has come and they’re finally going to move on up to their new residence.  I’ve seen pictures and I’m so happy for them that they are finally able to complete the process.

Happy retirement to you both and I hope Valentine brings you everything that you desire.  But most of all, just enjoy yourselves.  It’s about time to relax and take it easy.

Love you Mom and Dad

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A New Beginning
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Posted by: Gavin @ 1:20 pm

Welcome to the newest feature at bitbybit24.com.

I thought I would try this blogging thing out as a way to quickly put a few blurbs out without having to go through the process of updating and posting the web page.

That’s not to say that I’m done updating the website but it has been hectic with Tracey and Tyler’s sport schedules.

It looks like we should be pretty busy through July at this point.

So lets see if this blog will work as a quick way to let you all know what’s happening.

I’ll have to update you soon as to where we are now so you all can try to keep up.

So buckle in and sit back because it’s sure to be a fast and frenzied ride.


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