We arrived in Park
We didn’t hear anything until about 8:30 and they told us that they could move us to a two bed room but we would lose the studio that we were in. This meant losing the microwave, stove and fridge which we were very pleased with. Or we could stay there with the use of a fan and they would replace the compressor the next day. We chose to stay in the room with the fan and survived the first night… Barely.
The two beds in this room were doubles and Carol and I fit snugly on the bed if one of us was always on our side. Trying to roll over in the night meant waking the other. Needless to say we didn’t get much sleep this first night.
July 20 2006
We all got up after a restless night and had breakfast. Before we knew it, it was noon and we were supposed to be in
I pulled out of the parking lot and heard this crash in the back. My minds eye tells me that the Styrofoam cooler has tipped over and nothing is left in it. Damn it. I pull into the next drive and park. Open up the back of the Magnum and sure enough, it’s tipped and the ice and water is all over the back. We stand the cooler up and fill it with everything that we can gather and decide that putting it in the back seat between the front and back seat would help keep it upright. So I grab the refilled cooler and proceed to put it in the back seat dropping it the last couple of inches due to the limited space available to maneuver. This wasn’t a good thing as it landed on a corner and busted the cooler up spilling its contents all over the floor of the back seat this time.
Shit! I can’t believe this. It’s now 12:15 and we’re really late now. I slam the door shut and climb into the car and head down the road for the 30 minute drive ahead of us. It was a completely quiet ride that trip. The one thing I noticed as we were approaching
I got Tyler his vest from the back of coach Matt’s truck and got it to Tyler and then I briefly told Matt about our situation and that we were going back to the Smith’s that we saw heading into town to clean up our mess. He said that was fine, he would take care of
Game time, we’re facing the number one team in the state of
OK, we didn’t keep it close. We didn’t look bad either. They just looked really good and really aggressive on the bases. We just couldn’t stop them.
We had some time before we had to be back for the next game so we decided to go grab a bite to eat and head to the hotel for a little rest. By the time we got to the hotel, it was close to 3:30 and the air conditioning wasn’t fixed yet. The temps were in the high 80’s and it was stuffy hot in the room. I called the front desk for an update or a status and they said they would have to call me back. We never heard from them by the time we left for
7:30 PM Tuff Country Predators (4) vs.
We played better and we were able to hold these boys off. They were another good team. I guess that’s what you should expect at the Tournament of Champions where you must have won a previous tournament to be invited here. But we won so we were positioned nicely for the games to come tomorrow.
We head back to the hotel and arrive about 10:15. Still no air conditioning in our room and no messages with a status that I had requested earlier. I head down to the front desk and speak with both clerks. They have no rooms available so Willy calls a manager and asks if they can put us up in one of the available condos? About 10:45 we have everything worked out and we’re heading to a condo about a mile away. So we pack everything up and in about four trips we had the car fully loaded headed to the condo. By the time we were able to get into the condo and unload the car, it was 12:30 and we were all dead. I think we finally hit the sack around 1:00 AM.
July 21 2006
This place was better than where we had just come from, but the queen beds were hard as rocks. I think my body ached from the hardness of the bed. I didn’t sleep very well and woke to find the toilet plugged from a previous resident. It was still hot in the unit as they had the thermostats set at 85 when we first arrived and the AC unit doesn’t cool the unit very well it appears. So how good was this upgraded condo? I don’t know yet.
We get up and head to
We didn’t play well at all. It seemed that everyone including our
We grabbed a bite to eat and returned to the field to get ready for the next game. Originally we were thinking that we were done at this point but apparently at least one 2 and 2 team was going to make the cut to the Semi’s so we still had a shot. So let’s go out there and win this one to play on Saturday.
This was the worst game yet. After three innings we were tied at 3 but then we let down in a big way. The fifth inning saw 5 errors alone with 9 runs scoring.
We said our goodbyes and headed back to the condo. We had dinner with Lora, Mark, Courney and Canyon who were in town for the Triple Crown World Series with Courtney’s Impulse Blue team. It was the one happy and bright spot in this whole trip. If it wasn’t for them, this would have been the worst… OK, it was the worst trip I have ever been on. We enjoyed getting out of
We changed our flight to Saturday afternoon and headed home early. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. My body ached from the bed and both toilets were leaking if you could get them to stop running which was a battle of its own. I just wanted to get home. I was so glad to land in
Well, that was my
In case you were interested, the semi’s and finals ended up with the Utah Horns winning the whole thing. The games played out as follows:
July 22 2006
11:30 AM (Seed 1) UT Horns (12) vs. (Seed 4) SF Heat (3)
1:30 PM (Seed 2) SF Red Sox (11) vs. (Seed 3) SV Bombers (2)
3:30 PM Championship game: UT Horns (7) vs. SF Red Sox (4)
Well, we’re heading to
The schedule has us playing four games over two days and the semi’s and finals are on Saturday.
7/20 12:30 PM
7/20 6:30 PM Tuff Country Predators vs.
7/21 12:30 PM
7/21 4:30 PM
7/22 10:30 AM Seed 1 vs. Seed 4
7/22 12:30 PM Seed 2 vs. Seed 3
7/22 2:30 PM Championship game
Depending on the Internet Connection in the hotel, I’ll try to keep everyone updated as we go.
Thanks for checking in and until next time, stay safe and take care. I’ll be typing at you later.
Last night we went to the DVLL 11’s All Stars Championship game. It’s not like we get enough baseball in this 100+ degree heat. The majors have been knocked out and they were expected to do well. The minors have been knocked out and they were expected to go far. The one team that no one really gave a chance to do much was the 11’s and look at them, playing for the Distrist 2 Championship. Congratulations boys on making it this far.
During the game, Arrowhead goes up 4 in the bottom of the second. Over the next couple innings, DVLL came back to go up 5 to 4 on Arrowhead in the middle of the fourth inning. Over the loudspeakers, a woman’s voice was heard, “Last call for the 50/50 pot. It’s standing at $179 right now and we’re trying to get it up over $200 before we draw the number.” Damn, I looked at Carol. “$179, I might have to do that.” I never do 50/50 pots. But Grandma won $32 the other night at one of the games we went to so I figured at $179, I couldn’t pass that shot up. So I spent the $5 to get six tickets. I donated my $5 to the league.
The bottom of the fourth has Arrowhead coming up to bat and they end up scoring a run to tie the game up at 5. Damn, we’ve got us a game here I thought. In the distance over the loudspeaker we hear they’re going to call the 50/50 pot that finished up at $201. Cool, I look at my numbers and stick the tickets back in my pocket. “The winning number is, 419228.” Son of a gun, I won. I looked at Carol and said as calm as could be, “That’s my ticket.” “You Wish!” she exclaimed. I pulled the tickets out of my pocket and pointed to the number and started walking to the scorers table. I just won $100.50. I walked by Sutton sitting on the bleachers and he looked at me, “Where you going?” “I won.” “Alright Gavin! Let’s go Deer
I turned my ticket in and they handed me the cash, $100.50. I thanked the nice lady and stuffed the money in my pocket. As I was walking back by Sutton, he asked again, “So you really won?” I said, “Yea.” He said, “Drinks are on Gavin.”
If it wasn’t for the 11’s making it to the Championship game, we wouldn’t have been there to see how well they do play and I wouldn’t have won the $100.50. Thanks for a great night boys. Thanks for stopping by. Take care and I’ll be typing at you later.
It was a sad ending to what should have been a great post season run for the Deer Valley All Stars. They won the game last night shutting out Buckeye 6 to 0. But what should have been a happy occasion for the win was a sullen affair as everyone ended up saying goodbye to new friends and acquaintances. A few might see each other again but it was just a sad night. Good luck boys on your future baseball endeavors. Until next time, keep swinging the bat and fielding your dreams.
It’s been a difficult weekend after the loss to Goodyear Saturday night. Deer Valley All Stars have been knocked out of the tournament without ever playing their last game which goes off tonight at 5:30. Don’t get me wrong. Saturday’s game was the best game that these All Stars have played to date but the result was the loss that knocked us out.
Sidewinder All Stars should finish pool play with a 4 and 0 record (worst case, 3 and 1) while Goodyear should end pool play 3 and 1 (2 and 2 worst case but head to head we lost to them – we lose and they advance). Everything will be wrapped up tonight as far as our pool goes. Coach Anthony has already said that he plans on playing the kids that have sat most the first three games and others will sit in their place tonight. It’s just been a tough weekend thinking back on the tournament so far and especially the Sidewinder game. There were four or five errors that game costing four runs. That doesn’t even mention the at least two base running errors that cost us two outs in the fourth inning. Two base running errors that counted for two outs in a rally inning really hurt. And why was there no first base coach? We put a player on to coach first this game instead of a coach. That led to one of the base running errors.
Would have, could have, should have isn’t where I had hoped to be today. The last game had no errors but we still only hit .200 for a team. The first game we only hit .238 as a team and .174 against Sidewinder. Another reason we are where we are now. For the tournament the Deer Valley All Stars are hitting .203. One bright star from this is
OK, we play Buckeye tonight and our season will be over. It is time to look ahead to the Rebels and hopefully a greatly improved team for the new season to come. Carol and I started looking around and found a post on a local baseball website for a team needing a pitcher for a tournament in
Monday morning arrived and I finally receive a response from Matt Lamb the coach of the Chandler RedSox and he stated they do still need a pitcher and asked if we could come out to
Then Matt asked him to throw his change up. The first two hit the dirt and then he started to bring them up. “Couple more fast balls”, Matt said.
The joy in my heart for
We left and headed for the car. Once there
That’s about it for now and thanks for tuning in. I’ll let you know what happens tonight and throughout our journey to
The Deer Valley All Stars came up short against a very agressive Sidewinder All Star team last night. Deer Valley 4, Sidewinder 7 was the final. A disappointing loss to say the least. A few errors cost a early but our hitting isn’t there to score any runs. As a team we had a .187 batting average last night. We only had a .200 batting average Thursday night but we were able to pull out the win. The first three innings saw us go three up, three down.
Tyler wasn’t himself but he kept us close (DV 2, SW 3) going into the fifth inning last night. I don’t know what happened next but Tyler got the first batter up to ground out reaching the top of the order. Tyler had about 65 pitches on him at that time and the temp had probably cooled to 103 from 108 by this time. Was he hot? Probably. Was he tired? He normally goes into the 80’s before showing signs of fatigue and slowing. But he wasn’t himself anyway, so who knows really what happened but the top of their order hit Tyler hard. Singles and doubles to the outfield scoring three runs before Coach went out and switched up the pitchers leaving one runner at second.
Keith came in allowing the one runner to score but got us out of the inning. We came back up and scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth giving us what would end up being the final score of 4 to 7. It was a tough loss. But we aren’t going to win many games hitting only .200 or less as a team for the game. Well, we have to put this game behind us and go out tonight and really take it to the Goodyear All Stars. Thanks for checking in. Stay safe and I’ll be typing at you later.