ASE Pee Wee Baseball: ASE Team News
Heading into the 2017 FSBGC pee wee baseball season, ASE has its eyes on a run at another City Championship. But the problem is that we only have three players back from last year's team that went 14-0 and won the league and city title. ASE has won the city championship 6 of the past 9 seasons, while compiling an incredible 141-9 record over those nine seasons. While the winning is fun, the thing that makes me the most proud is the fact our players always have a blast and become better baseball players. We really take pride in their time on our team being a great boys & girls club experience for them. I really look forward to the 2017 season with a great group of kids. See you all on the field!
ASE drops close one to Shelter-Wagoner!
It looked early on in this game, we might run away with it. After our defense shut Shelter out in the top of the 1st inning, on a good play by Meridian and Laiklen, we would come to bat in the bottom half and put some runs on the board. After Parker went down swinging, Meridian would get us going with a single to left field. Laiklen would then single himself and we were in business. Caine would drive in his first run of the season with a single, scoring Meridian for a 1-0 ASE lead. Lane and Cameron would then both hit run scoring singles to give us a 3-0 lead after one inning of play.
Our defense would make a couple of good plays in the 2nd inning to keep Shelter off the board. Caine and Laiklen would team up on a nice double play to end the top of the 2nd and we were looking to put some more runs on the board in the bootom of the inning. This time though the strikeout bug would get us. Elijah and EJ would go down on strikes but Louie picked them up with a single. Jacob would then end the inning with a strikeout and us still holding a 3-0 lead.
The 3rd inning was ugly by both teams. Eight batter went to the plate between the two teams and 6 of them struckout. Not pretty baseball at all in the 3rd inning. The 4th inning would see Shelter get on the board. After a good play by Meridian and Laiklen, Shelter would rattle off three straight hits to pull within 3-2. Their last two batters of the inning went down on strikes and we still held a 3-2 lead with 12 minutes left in the game. I was hoping we would bat those final 12 minutes but all three of our batters went down on strikes and we would head into the top of the 5th clinging to a 3-2 lead.
Shelter would get their bats going in this inning. We would help them out by committing a couple of throwing errors and suddenly we found ourself behind 4-3 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning. After EJ went down on strikes, Louie would single to get a rally going. Jacob was called out on strikes but Parker picked him up with an infield single. With the tying run on 2nd base, Meridian battled hard but went down on strikes to end the game.
We got a ton to work on and I promise we will get better and improve. The good thing about the first 5 games of the season is they are non-conference, so we got time to fine tune and correct some things before conference play begins and the game start counting. See you all Wednesday at practice!
ASE break out BIG BATS against McDonalds!
Man was this a different team tonight than the one we saw on Monday night versus Shelter-Wagoner. Our bats came to life tonight as we pounded out 15 hits on our way to a 12-0 win over McDonalds from Evans Boys & Girls Club. Lane Routh would get us going in the top of the 1st with a base hit. After Meridian Chance went down on strikes, Laiklen picked her up with a base hit to left field. Caine Ryan would then hit a hard ball to right field, scoring both runners for a 2-0 ASE lead. Cameron would single to score Caine and Parker would single to score his buddy Cameron. Suddenly we had a 4-0 lead and were rollin! Dean Grogan would groundout to the 2nd baseman and EJ Zander would go down swinging to end our half of the inning. McDonalds was not able to get anything going and we would lead 4-0 after the 1st inning.
Jacob Raible would battle hard but go down swinging for the first out of the 2nd inning. Lane would groundout to the 1st baseman but Meridian would single to start up a ASE rally. Laiklen would double to left field and Caine then hit a line drive to the outfield to score both runners. Cameron and Parker both had run scoring singles and suddenly we had built our lead to 8-0. McDonalds was never able to get anything going in the 2nd inning and this one was all but over.
The 3rd inning would see our bats stay "red hot." Meridian and Laiklen would single and Caine would do the same, scoring Meridian. Cameron kept the rally going with another hit that would score Laiklen and Caine. Parker knocked in our 12th run of the game with another single and the umps would call this one due to the run rule. It was good to see our kids bounce back from a tough loss in our first game and really hit the ball well tonight. Our next game is Monday night at 7:30. See you all then!
ASE Week 1 - Player of the Week - Laiklen Merritt
ASE buries Simmons 9-4!
I knew this one was going to be a tough game. Simmons has a very good team with several good players. They returned several players from last year's team, so I knew this one was going to be a challenge for our young team. This one was what we call a slugfest. Both teams really hit the ball well, but in the end we would get a few more key hits with runners on base than they did. The result would be a 9-4 ASE win. Let's see how it all went down.
The top of the 1st would see us come out swinging. Lane would single to start the game and Parker would drive him in with a double to left field. Laiklen then singled to score Parker and give us a 2-0 lead. Cameron would groundout to the pitcher, but Laiklen would hustle from 2nd base to score on the play. Meridian and Caine would both groundout to the pitcher and we would lead 3-0 after 1/2 inning of play.
Simmons came right back at us hitting the ball. Tey would score a couple of run, surrounded by a couple of strikeouts. They would have the bases loaded with 2 outs and only down 3-2, but went down on strikes to end the inning. The 2nd inning we would not be able to get anything going. Dean would single but Louie would groundout to the pitcher. With Dean on 3rd base, Elijah and Jacob both battled hard at the plate before going down on strikes. Simmons would tie the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning. They would have taken the lead but Laiklen and Caine both made good plays on defense to keep the score tied at 3 heading into the 3rd inning.
The 3rd inning would see us take the lead for good. After Lane was tagged out at 2nd base, Parker got the rally going with a single up the middle. Laiklen would then single but Cameron grounded out to the 1st baseman and suddenly there were two outs. Meridian then came thru with a big 2-out hit, scoring Parker to give us the 4-3 lead. Caine went down on strikes to end our half of the 3rd inning.
Simmons could not get anything going in the bottom of the 3rd and the score remained 4-3. We would put this game away in the top of the 4th as our bats stayed red hot. Dean and Louie would both single and Elijah would drive in a run with an infield single. Lane would then score Elijah on a single of his own and Parker would keep the rally going with his thrid hit of the game. Laiklen then drove in two runs with a deep shot to right field, making it a 9-3 ASE lead. That would be the game winner and we would move to 4-1 on the season.
ASE Week 2 - Player of the Week - Lane Routh
Our player of the week for week 2 of the season is Lane Routh. I moved Lane to batting lead-off for us this week and he has done a great job. He went 4 for 5 at the plate with 2 runs scored, while driving in a run. Lane is a great young man and is very coachable and willing to learn. For his first year in coach pitch, he is doing awesome. Congrats Lane for being named our player of the week. We are very proud of you!
ASE moves to 6-1 after two big wins this week!
It was a good week for our young ASE team as we beat Sharum's 6-5 on Monday night and Quality Child Care 10-2 on Thursday night. We continue to hit the ball well and our defense has done just enough to keep us tied at the top of our Goldtrap league standings with a record of 3-0 in league games. Let's see how these two games this week went down.
Monday night would see us survive a fierce late rally from Sharum's to hold on for a 6-5 win. The bottom of our batting order really came thru for us in this one. Caine, Louie, EJ and Elijah went a combined 8 for 8 at the plate, while driving in 5 of our 6 runs we scored in the game. The top of our order really struggled in this one and our defense was not too good. We threw the ball around a lot and had a tough time keeping our heads in the game on this night. Lane and Meridian both also went 2 for 2 in the game, as Lane came thru with a big 2-out hit that would prove to be the game winning RBI. We had a 6-2 lead heading into the last inning when Sharum's bats came to life. They would score three runs and was one more hit away from tying the game. Their last batter went down on strikes and we would survive with a 6-5 win. It was a hard fought game by both teams.
On Thursday night our bats were "red hot" and we would jump all over the Quality Child Care team. The entire lineup would hit the ball in this game. The 1st inning would see us load the bases when Cameron would single in Lane for a 1-0 ASE lead. Caine then drove a ball to the gap in right field and hustled all the way around the bases for a 3-run home run. Just like that it was a 4-0 lead. After Quality could not score in the top of the 2nd, our bats went back to work. EJ and Elijah would get the rally started and Lane would single to score both runners for a 6-0 ASE lead. We would score 2 more runs in the 3rd and 4th innings to make the final 10-2 in this one. Lane, Meridian, Laiklen, Cameron and Caine all had three hits each for us in this one. Louie and EJ would go 2 for 2 and Elijah would get him a big hit when we needed one. Defensively, Caine and Laiklen would team up on three very good plays to keep Quality from getting much of anything going. This win moves us to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Goldtrap league standings. We are in a 1st place tie with Perspectives. We have a big game with them on Tuesday night at 7:30. They are a very good team that has 7 players back from last years squad that lost to us in the city championship. Should be a fun game.
ASE Week 3 - Player of the Week - Caine Ryan
Our player of the week for week 3 of the season is Caine Ryan. He had a great week at the bat for us. He went 5 for 5 at the plate with 3 runs scored, while driving in 6 RBI's in our two games this week. He also had his first inside the park home run of the season in our game Thursday night versus Quality Child Care. In that game, he made three very good plays at pitcher, throwing out three base runners. It's very tough for a kid that just moved up from tee ball to play pitcher in this league. Caine has had his struggles at times but if tonight's game is a sign of things to come, it's going to be fun watching him the rest of the season. Congrats Caine on being named our player of the week. We are very proud of you!