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Sunday, July 2
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Hershey, PA Midget 11's All Stars 2006

Wednesday, July 26
Tough loss to Dillsburg 12's ends Orange tournament run

The end of the Hershey Orange 11's dream season came to a crashing end tonight as the strong Dillsburg 12's thrashed the young Orange team 16-2. The loss was bittersweet: it ended the season, but it highlighted a remarkable run in which the Orange took 10 wins in the last 12 games.

Highlights of this effort were Mattie Quillen's 4th post season jack, an opposite field line drive rocket off the large and hardthrowing Dillsburg starting pitcher, and very competent pitching once again by the Beef.

However, the real highlight of the game for the Orange was the grit and determination shown by the team in the face of a much stronger team. This Orange squad did not pout, hang their heads or give up. They ran and ran and ran until the bitter end, they hustled, they sucked it up, and they made us very proud. It's all about the effort, and in the face of nearly insurmountable talent, they showed incredible drive and courage. Building blocks for the future? You bet. Well done, man; well done!!!!



Tuesday, July 25
Now THAT's Hershey baseball: Hershey Orange 4, Upper Allen 12's 2!!

Hershey Orange rebounded from a lackluster effort Monday to represent the best of Hershey baseball Tuesday evening at our home away from home, New Cumberland Field #1, taking a hard fought battle from the UA Reds, 4-2.

The game involved another remarkable turnaround for the Orange. Down 2-0 in the first on two homeruns by the UA squad, the Orange refused to hang their heads or quit. Their determination, hustle and attention to detail got the job done. Terrific pitching by Swede Larson, and our own young Mo D Drayer, flawless field play (no errors), and timely hitting throughout the lineup, added up to another comeback by the heart attack kids. If memory serves the writer correctly, nary a run crossed the plate on the Drayer watch, and importantly none after the first inning lightning storm, when Swede settled into his rhythm.

Next game: Wednesday evening, July 26th versus Dillsburg, on New Cumberland #1 (again)!


Monday, July 24
It was ugly, but what the heck, a win is a win: Hershey Orange 11's 9 Halifax 12's 5

The Orange won their first Cen Penn game tonight in Halifax, 9-5 over the Halifax 12's. Despite a lackluster and low energy performance, the Orange pulled it together enough to escape the Northern Dauphin County venue with a win, the team's first in Cen Penn play. Beef Giffin once again came through with a strong 3 innings, and Mo D Drayer came in and pitched flawlessly in relief, shutting down Halifax over 3 2/3 innings. A timely hit by Q-Tip (Dancing Quentin) D'Adderio sealed the comeback win for the Orange, who were down 5-0 before they had time to tie their shoelaces.

Saturday, July 22
Hershey Orange 11's drop close contest to West Shore Americans in Cen Penn Opener

Hershey Orange 11's, fresh off their victory in the New Cumberland 11's tournament, got a dose of reality today at their home field, South Field in Hershey, when they dropped the Cen Penn opener to West Shore Americans, 5-4. The Orange came out flat and wasted a strong pitching performance by Beef Giffin, who went 3 strong innings. Off to a strong start, and taking a 3-0 lead into the top of the 3rd, the Orange kicked the ball around a bit, and quickly squandered the lead. Despite a late push in the bottom of the 5th inning, the Orange could not recover and dropped their first game in their last 9.

Next game: Monday, July 24th, 6 pm, AT Halifax AGAINST Halifax.


Friday, July 21
Hershey Orange 11's take New Cumberland Championship !!

Bolstered by solid pitching by Mo D Drayer and Swede Larson, and Mattie Quillen's 3rd roundtripper of the tournament, the Hershey Orange 11's defeated the host New Cumberland squad 9-4.

The Orange once again found themselves looking up from the bottom of the well before their first at bat, but showed tremendous character and not an ounce of quit, and recovered with timely hitting and sound defense to take the win from the balanced New Cumberland squad.

The 8th straight victory for the Orange, this final tournament win marked the ultimate reward for the remarkable turnaround the team exhibited after dropping its first 4 games of post season play in the Susquehanna Valley Tournament.

Your Hershey Orange 11's would like to extend special thanks to the Tournament Director, and coach of the New Cumberland 11's, Doug Eakin, whose tireless efforts in the background (maintaining the beautiful fields and managing the voluminous pitching and hitting stats for all of the teams' benefits) made for a smooth and fun tournament for all the teams. Thanks Coach Eakin and associates.

Next up: Haps Boyer Central Pennsylvania Tournament. Game time: 4:00 p.m. on South Field, Hershey versus the West Shore Americans.


Thursday, July 20
Hershey Orange in Championship game

Hershey Orange 11's continued their winning ways on Thursday night against the Cedar Cliff 11's. This was a "character" win for the Orange as they dug themselves a huge first inning hole, but chipped away, never lost heart, and never looked back, as they racked up 12 runs to walk away with a 12-8 win.

After a shaky first inning in which the Orange relinquished 6 unearned runs, the boys shook out the cobwebs and marshalled a deliberate and unrelenting comeback through timely hitting and smart baserunning.

The Orange host the visiting tournament sponsors, New Cumberland at 6:00 p.m. on field 1 for the championship.


Tuesday, July 18
Rolling along

The Orange "squeezed" out another win on Monday night in the sweltering 98 degree heat, trouncing the game and improved LD Blue squad 15-5. Leading the attack was Mattie Q with a mammoth yard rock over the left center field bleachers, that left everyone sighing with disbelief. Dancing Q D'Adderio contributed 4 hits to the effort, and T-Rex aka Lil' Esh Eshelman supported the 15 hit (we observed that Coach Blum very conservatively calculated the hit parade :)) parade with 3 hits.

Pitching again was dominant with Beef Giffin continuing to step up in the big game, going 3 strong innings, and Mattie Q settling into a new and improved delivery to hold the hard hitting LD squad to 3 runs in 3 strong innings.

As a result of this victory, the Orange have secured a bye until Thursday, at which time they play at 6:00 p.m. on Field 1. Opponent TBA.



Sunday, July 16
Orange continue their winning ways with doubleheader wins at New Cumberland

Hershey's Orange 11 continued their amazing post-season turnaround today with back to back wins in the New Cumberland 11's tournament. These represent the 4th and 5th straight wins for the Orange, after an 0-4 start to the tournament season in the Susquehanna Valley Tournament.

Against a game Duncannon squad in the opener, the Orange jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, as Beef Giffin went 3 dominating scoreless innings, with remarkable efficiency. Curly G closed out the dominant pitching performance by the Orange with 2 more scoreless innings. Thomas Blum closed the door for good with a prodigious grand slam onto 12th street, which invoked the mercy rule and shut the game down early for the Orange.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Orange returned to the sauna like conditions against the strong Cedar Cliff squad who dropped the Orange in the SVT, 4-3. The Orange came to play and racked up 13 more runs in this contest, ultimately prevailing 13-3, on the strength of another Thomas Blum jack, and a grand slam by Curly G. Not to be overlooked was the absolutely clutch pitching performance by Swede Larson, whose masterful mix of heat and slurve kept the Cedar Cliff batters off balance most of the game. Mattie Quillen came in to relieve Swede and continued the dominating pitching of the Orange squad.

Next game is Monday night at 6:00 pm against the rejuvinated Lower Dauphin 11's.


Saturday, July 15
Hershey Orange 11's take third straight win

The Hershey Orange 11's won Saturday evening against Lower Dauphin Red, 13-2, in the tail end of Saturday's double header. Powering the Orange offensive barrage were Mo Drayer - with his second jack of the day - and Q-Tip D'Adderio with his first career jack. Swede Larson, Mattie Quillen and Curly G Geduldig combined to pitch 6 strong innings, limiting the LDR to 2 runs. The win was the third straight for the Orange.

Saturday, July 15
Orange back in the saddle again

Back to back wins have Hershey Orange on the right track entering the competitive New Cumberland 11's tournament. On July 14th, the Orange knocked off a game Mount Holly Springs squad 8-2 backed by the strong pitching of Kyle Queen and Thomas Blum, and the timely hitting of Curly G, who appears to be returning to season form.

Back in action for the early Saturday morning kickoff game at New Cumberland, the boys got off to a strong start, and rode home runs by Mattie Quillen, T-Rex Eshelman and young Mo-D Drayer, and great pitching by young Mo-D, Mattie Quillen, and Beef Giffin, en route to a 9-8 win against the host New Cumberland squad, who showed no quit and boasted power of their own at the short porch known at Cole Field #2.

The young Orange squad returns to action tonight with a Susquehanna Valley Tournament final game at Kauffman Field in Susquehanna Township against Lower Dauphin Red.


Thursday, July 13
Roller coast ride for Hershey Orange

Following a disappointing loss to Upper Allen Red on Tuesday evening, the Hershey Orange battled a skilled New Cumberland 12's team to a rain shortened conclusion on Wednesday night at the beautiful PHR facility at Brightbill Park, ultimately falling 6-2. The game was much closer than the score indicated, with the NC 12's recognizing the grit of the younger Orange squad by having to bring in their giant flamethrowing lefthander in an attempt to stifle the scrappy Hershey lads. All the Orange hit the ball, made strong plays in the field and contributed to the fine effort. The neutral observers on site noted that the much smaller and younger Orange did not seem the least bit intimidated by the experienced NC 12 squad, which certainly bodes well going into the NC 11's tournament. The Orange looked hungry and held on to the bitter end when lightning shut the game down. The Orange play next on Friday in the conclusion of the SVT and then move on to the New Cumberland 11's tournament on Saturday at 9:00 am at Will Cole fields.

On a side note, at press time, we are advised that Fonzie Pasquini is going back to the doc in order to get an updated assessment of his injured shoulder. We all hope that the doc clears him to come off the DL.



Monday, July 10
Hershey Orange bows in a close one to Cedar Cliff 11's, 4-3

In the best played game of this young tournament season, the Hershey Orange 11's lost a close contest to the feisty and talented Cedar Cliff 11's, 4-3. The game was marked by stellar defense on both sides, highlighted by the SportsCenter catch of the game by Swede, and particularly strong pitching by young Mo D, who threw an incredibly efficient 50-something pitches over 4 2/3 innings. Clutch hitting by 12 year old team leader King-er Queen, and a near yard by Curly G highlighted the offense of the Orange. They came to play, and evidenced their grit and determination coming back from the disappointing first game performance. This team promises to compete with all they have, and should provide some highlight reel plays in games to come. Well done, men!! Keep up the good work. Good things WILL happen.

Sunday, July 9
Game Schedule for New Cumberland Tournament Announced

The schedule is out for the New Cumberland Tournament, which officially commences on Thursday, July 13, 2006, with 4 of the 7 teams playing their first games. The Hershey Orange 11's' first game is SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2006, at 9:00 A.M. on Field 2 against the New Cumberland 11's.

SEE THE SCHEDULE PAGE FOR DETAILS.



Saturday, July 8
Hershey Orange takes the win from Lower Dauphin 11's in July 5 scrimmage

Following torrential downpours most of the day, which cast doubt on the ability of Hershey Orange and Lower Dauphin 11's to get in their scrimmage game, the Orange downed the LD 11's 14-1. Credit to the LD coaches and players for getting the Conewago Elementary field in tip-top shape for the game. That field was in perfect shape thanks to their efforts. The game was one of the first practices for the LD team, and we fully expect that those boys will come to play in the New Cumberland tournament, as they have the talent and coaching to be quite a good group. Good luck to them. Well done, Orange, for a game well played all around : solid pitching, timely hitting, and stellar defense (no reported errors).

Saturday, July 8
Susquehanna Valley Tourney Bracket link added

Here is the link to the schedule of games for Hershey Orange. FIRST GAME: Saturday, July 8, 2006 versus LPWHT at Hershey's South field.

   
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