ASE Pee Wee Baseball: 2008 Season

2008 ASE Team has big shoes to fill!
Time for baseball
Coming into the season, the 2008 ASE team has some big shoes to fill. We ended last season riding a 26-game win streak dating back to the 2006 season. We finished last season at 15-0 and are an incredible 31-1 the last two seasons and have back-to-back City and League championships to show for it. We have a new group this year with only 4 returners back from last season. We have some talent but we are very young. This will be a fun group to coach and it’s always neat to see how a young group improves over the season. I am really looking forward to the 2008 season. See you on the field!

 

 



ASE opens 2008 season with 5-0 win over Forsgren!
hit ball

Well, we've all heard that old saying, "It wasn't pretty, but it was a win." That pretty much describes our game tonight versus Forsgren. With the Boys & Girls Club moving the season up a week without notice, very few of the teams have had many practices and it surely showed tonight. Forsgren only managed 2 hits the entire game, while we did hit the ball a little better, we still had too many strikeouts. That is something we will correct and work hard at getting all our kids hitting the ball consistently. I told the kids before the game that I wanted them to do two things tonight, give 110% and have fun. I have learned over the years that if you make it fun for the kids and teach them as you go, winning will take care of itself.

Nick Martin led off the game with a single and we looked to be in business early. Brittany Fuhr then singled to score Nick and give us an early 1-0 lead. Weston Phillips and Grant Johnson both popped out to the infield and suddenly there were two outs. After back-to-back singles by Matt England and Clayton Mayo, we had the bases loaded with two outs. Kalen Pearson then battled hard at the plate, fouling off several pitches before striking out for the final out of the inning.

Forsgren only managed a single hit in the bottom of the 1st and we held a slim 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Trace Dillinger led off the top of the 2nd striking out and Matthew Appleyard grounded out to the pitcher and just like that they were two outs. Paul Parr then stepped up with a big two-out triple but that's as far as he would get. Aaron Dalton went down swinging for the final out of the inning.

Forsgren started the bottom of the 2nd grounding out to Matthew Appleyard. After a hit, they then had two straight strikeouts and the inning was over with us still clinging to a 1-0 lead. The top of the 3rd our bats would finally break loose. After a Ryan Smith groundout, Kannon Kuykendall singled to get things rollin. Nick then went down swinging and suddenly there were two outs. Brittany and Weston would both come through with singles and Grant would clear the bases with an inside the park home run to give us a little cushion at 5-0. Matt would then groundout to 1st on a ball that looked to be foul to end the inning. It was a nice 2-out rally and it sure felt better having that 5-0 lead.

Forsgren continued to struggle at the plate, with all three batters going down swinging in the bottom of the 3rd. The time limit had expired and the game was called with us notching the 5-0 win. Hopefully we got some of those first games jitters out tonight and can come out on Thursday night and hit the ball a little better. We will work hard on our hitting in practice on Wednesday and correct a few things I saw some of the kids doing wrong tonight.

Great job tonight ASE! I am very proud of your effort and hope we all had fun out there tonight. See you at practice!

 

  



ASE buries Ink Spot 8-0!
player buried

Sure was nice to see that we had those first game jitters out of the way tonight. The kids looked a lot more relaxed out there and at the plate. We held Ink Spot to just one hit on the night on our way to the 8-0 victory.

Ink Spot led off the game popping out to Aaron Dalton, who made a nice catch on a very high pop-up. Their next batter would hit a hard line drive to left field, but was held to a single because Trace Dillinger got the ball in to Grant Johnson so quickly. After a strikeout, the next batter grounding out to Matthew Appleyard, who threw to Weston Phillips for the final out of the inning.

We wasted no time getting on the board. Matt England led off with a single and Brittany Fuhr knocked him in with a hard hit ball to right field. Weston and Grant would both single to left field and suddenly we had a 3-0 lead. Clayton Mayo then also singled to left, scoring Grant to make it 4-0. After a strikeout by Kannon Kuykendall, Paul Parr would knock in our 5th run of the inning with a single up the middle, scoring the hustling Clayton Mayo all the way from second. After one full inning of play we held a 5-0 lead.

Ink Spot sent three batters to the plate in the top of the 2nd and all three batters struckout. We then came up and the strikeout bug hit us as well. Nick Martin and Aaron Dalton both went down swinging, but Matthew Appleyard would pick them up with a triple to right field. That would be as far as Matthew would get as Kalen Pearson went down swinging and our lead remained 5-0.

Our defense would get to show off a little in the top of the 3rd. Ink Spot's first batter grounded out to Matthew Appleyard and after a strikeout, their last batter of the inning would groundout to Matt England to end their half of the 3rd.

Our bats would come back to life in the bottom half of the inning. After a Trace Dillinger strikeout, Matt England then popped out to the 1st baseman and just like that there were two outs. Brittany got things going with a single and Weston followed that up with one of his own. Grant then came through again with another hard hit ball to centerfield, scoring Brittany. Clayton Mayo would then score Weston and Grant with a single up the middle and just like that it was 8-0. Kannon would record the final out of the inning as he went down swinging, but the damage was done.

Ink Spot struckout a couple of times in the top of the 4th and would groundout to Matthew for the final out of the game. The time limit expired and the game was called with us notching the 8-0 win. Like I said before, the kids seemed to have those first game jitters out of the way and played a lot more relaxed tonight. The win tonight moves our win streak to 28 straight games, dating back to the 2006 season. It has been an incredible run and it will be fun to see how far this team can keep it going. Bottom line though, is our #1 goal is they have fun and learn. The winning usually takes care of itself if you do things the right way.

Keep up the good work ASE and be ready for a tough couple of games next week. We face Monty's TV on Monday night and then an un-defeated Cricket team on Thursday. Should be a lot of fun. Hope you all have a great weekend and see you on Monday night at 6:00.

    



ASE moves to 3-0 with 6-1 win over Monty's TV!
RBI

With Cricket losing before our game to Ink Spot, we came into tonight's game as the only un-defeated team in the Goldtrap Pee Wee league. Monty's TV was 1-1 coming into the game, but had been hitting the ball pretty well in their previous two games. Tonight their bats were not on and we took advantage.

We started the game with a rare strikeout from Matt England. Brittany then grounded out to 3rd base and suddenly there were two outs. Weston Phillips then picked his teammates up with a hard hit ball down 3rd base line that turned into an inside the park home run. After another hard hit ball from Grant Johnson, Clayton Mayo would groundout to the pitcher to end the inning.

Monty's started off the bottom half of the inning grounding out to Matthew Appleyard. After a double to left field their next batter would hit a small roller down 1st base line that Matthew hustled to get and tag the runner out. The final batter of the inning would also groundout to Matthew to end the inning and secure our 1-0 lead. 

The top of the 2nd would see us get our bats going. After Paul Parr was thrown out for the first out of the inning, Nick Martin and Aaron Dalton would both single and we were in business. Matthew Appleyard then would knock both players in with a double up the middle to make the score 3-0. Kalen Pearson kept the rally going with a single to score Matthew and give us a 4-0 lead. Trace Dillinger and Ryan Smith both battled hard at the plate before going down swinging to end our half of the inning.

Monty's was only able to manage a single hit surrounded by three strikeouts and the score remained 4-0 after two full innings of play. The top of the 3rd would see our bats come back alive. Matt popped out to the 3rd baseman, but Brittany and Weston quickly picked him up with back to back singles to left field. Grant then knocked both runners in with a double to left field and just like that we had a 6-0 lead. Clayton then reached on an infield single and Grant hustled to 3rd base on the play. Paul then got two quick strikes on him and fouled off 6 pitches before finally going down swinging. Nick would groundout to 1st base to end the inning and the score remained 6-0.

Monty's was able to manage a single and double in the inning to score a run but that would be as close as it would get. We made a couple of plays on the infield and a strikeout would end the inning. The time limit expired and the game was called with us notching our 3rd win of the young season, 6-1. 

I was very proud of the way we hit the ball tonight. It was good to see us get some big time hits from the bottom half of our batting order. The kids played well tonight and I am very proud of them. Good job ASE! We will return to action against a very good Cricket team on Thursday night @ 7:30. See you all at practice on Wednesday.

 



ASE Week 1 - Player of the Week - Matthew Appleyard

Our week #1 player of the week is Matthew Appleyard. Matthew had a good first week of the season for us, especially in the field. He had several put outs and is really adjusting well to playing pitcher this season. He is a great kid with a wonderful attitude and is very coachable. Just the kind of player I love to have. Great job this week Matthew. We are very proud of you!

 

 

 



ASE survives scare from Cricket 5-4!
Wow waving

I knew going into this game it was going to be a tough one. Cricket’s coach is a good friend of mine and he and I coach a lot alike. We are both out there for the kids and want to see them have fun and learn. But believe me they were out to get us! They know very well that we have now won 30 games in a row, dating back to the 2006 season and all the coaches out there at Goldtrap want to be the one to end our streak. Cricket has a very good defensive team and has been hitting the ball pretty well. The difference in the game tonight was that we managed a couple of more timely hits than they did. Both teams played really good defense.  

          This one didn’t start out as well as we would have liked. Matt England led off the game with a strikeout and Brittany Fuhr was tagged out at 2nd base, trying to stretch her hit into a double. Just like that there were two outs! Weston Phillips got us going with a double to left field and Grant Johnson singled to put runners at 1st and 2nd with two outs. Clayton Mayo, who has been getting some clutch hits for us all season, came through again with a big single to score Weston for a 1-0 lead. I made a poor decision base coaching and got Grant tagged out coming to 3rd for the final out of the inning.            

          Cricket’s first batter of the game hit a hard shot to Grant who scooped the ball up and threw to Weston at first for one quick out. After a single u p the middle, their next batter would ground out to Weston and suddenly there were two outs. Their best player, Jordan West, then came through with a big two out single to score the run and tie the game at 1. Their next batter would strikeout and after one full inning of play we were all tied at 1.           

          The top of the 2nd would see us get our bats going again. Matthew Appleyard and Paul Parr both singled to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Nick Martin would then hit a hard shot to the shortstop, who threw to 1st for the out, but both Matthew and Paul hustled to score on the play and give us a 3-1 lead. Great job Nick! I’ll trade one out for two runs any day! Aaron Dalton would then pop out to the shortstop and Kalen Pearson would hit a hard ball up the middle that was snagged by the pitcher for the final out of the inning.            

          The bottom of the 3rd would be the Matthew Appleyard show! Cricket’s first two batters hit balls up the middle that Matthew snagged and threw to Weston for two quick outs. Cricket’s next batter would strikeout and after two full innings of play we held a 3-1 lead. I knew going into the top of the 3rd if we could manage a run or two, we may have this one put away. Trace Dillinger led off the inning hitting the ball harder than he has all year, but somehow Cricket’s pitcher got a glove on it and was able to throw Trace out at 1st. Ryan Smith and Matt England both went down swinging and just like that our half of the 3rd was over.           

          Cricket led off the bottom of the 3rd hitting the ball to Grant, who made a nice play on the ball and threw a little high to Weston at 1st. The umpire called the runner safe, saying Weston pulled his foot, but in fact he did not. I was right on top of the play and it was a bad call. I appealed the call to the home plate umpire but he said it was the other umps call and the play stood. Their next batter would groundout to Matthew for the 1st out of the inning. Cricket’s next batter was called out for throwing his bat and suddenly there were two outs and we looked to be in good shape. Boy did that change quickly! Cricket rattled off three straight singles to score three runs and take a 4-3 lead. Their final batter of the inning would pop up to Matthew at pitcher and the score remained 4-3.           

          The umpires told us that all we had left in the game was 5 minutes, so we knew this was out last at bat. I pulled the kids together, told them to just relax and have fun. Try their best and give 100% at the plate. That’s all I could ask of them. Boy did they come through big time against a very good defense. Brittany continued her “red-hot” hitting with a single to left and Weston followed that up with a single of his own. Grant would then groundout to the shortstop, but Brittany scored on the play to tie the game at 4. Clayton Mayo then once again came through with a single to score Weston and give us a 5-4 lead. Matthew hit a hard grounder that Cricket’s shortstop made a great play on to force Clayton out at 2nd. Paul would then battle hard at the plate but go down swinging for the final out of the inning.           

          With us holding the 5-4 lead I told the kids we had to really focus on defense and get in front of every ball. Their first batter of the inning would hit a line drive that looked to be over Matthew’s head, but somehow he stretched out and grabbed it for the first out of the inning. Matt England then made a good play on the next hit ball and we were in good shape with two outs. Cricket’s next batter went down swinging and the game ended with us securing the narrow 5-4 win. It was a very intense game with both teams playing good ball and giving their best. I am very proud of our kids and can see them getting better each and every game. 

          The win tonight moves up to 4-0 on the season, as we start the conference portion of our schedule next week. We have team and individual pictures scheduled for Monday night @ 6:30. Please have your child on time for pictures. Have a great weekend!  

 



ASE slides by Phillip Taylor 7-4!
Umpire

Well, we weren't quite as sharp tonight but we survived and moved to 5-0 with a 7-4 win over Phillip Taylor. The game was actually the first conference game of the season. We hit the ball pretty well early in the game, but had trouble putting several hits together after that 1st inning.

Matthew Appleyard led off the game with a single and Brittany followed that up with one of her own. Weston Phillips would then double to score Matthew and suddenly it was 1-0. A double by Grant Johnson would score two more runs and we had a quick 3-0 lead. Clayton kept his hot hitting streak alive as he singled and we were in business again. Nick Martin and Paul Parr both battled hard at the plate but both went down swinging and just like that there were two outs. Aaron Dalton would then come through with a single up the middle to score Grant and extend our lead to 4-0. Clayton was tagged out trying to make it to 3rd base on the play. After 1/2 inning of play we held a 4-0 lead.

          Phillip Taylor came right back at us. After a couple of strikeouts surrounded by a triple, they got a rally going. We helped them out by throwing the ball around a bit, which we cannot do. After all the smoke had cleared it was 4-3 and we found ourselves in a close game. A strikeout would end the inning and we clung to the slim 1-run lead.

          The top of the 2nd we started off well. Kalen Pearson singled and we looked to be back in business. Trace Dillinger fought hard at the plate but went down swinging and so did Ryan Smith. Kannon Kuykendall then hit a ground ball to 3rd base and was thrown out on a very nice play to end our half of the inning.

          Luckily for us, Phillip Taylor was at the bottom of their batting line-up and had three quick strikeouts in the bottom half of the inning. After two full innings of play we still was holding on to that 4-3 lead.

          The top of the 3rd would see us get our bats rolling again! Matthew led off with another single, but he was then forced out on the next hit by Brittany. Weston would then double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with Grant up to bat. Grant would not dissappoint as he singled to score Brittany and extend our lead to 5-3. Clayton would then force Weston out at 2nd on the next at bat and suddenly there were two outs. Nick then came through with his biggest hit of the young season as he doubled to score Grant. Paul then stepped up and smacked an infield single to keep the rally going. Aaron kept the rally alive with a single to score Clayton and extend our lead to 7-3. Paul stepped off the bag at 2nd and was tagged out for the final out of the inning but the damage was done and this one looked to be in the bag.

          Phillip Taylor did manage an inside the park home run, due to a couple of throwing errors on our part to pull within 7-4, but that would be as close as they would get. Matthew made a nice play on a ball hit between 1st and 2nd to record an out and a couple of strikeouts would end the game and give us the hard fought 7-4 win. The win moves us to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in League play.

          I stressed to the kids after the game that they must pay attention while out in the field. We had way too many kids looking around while the ball was being pitched and hit. We certainly do not want one of them to get hurt, so parents please stress to them how important it is to pay attention while in the field. See you all at practice on Wednesday. If you can get there early please do. I'll be there around 5:20.

         



ASE Week 2 - Player of the Week - Clayton Mayo

Our player of the week for the second week of the season is Clayton Mayo. Clayton got some big hits in both games this week. He is batting .889 so far this season and has knocked in 5 big runs. He is hitting the ball as well as anyone on the team right now. Keep up the good work Clayton. We are very proud of you!

 

 



ASE moves to 6-0 with win over Forsgren in "Mud-fest"
Kid throwing ball up

This was the type of game that most of the kids love. Wet, muddy and a chance to play around in it without getting in trouble from their parents. We did a lot of playing in the mud tonight, but also hit the ball around a bit, as we moved to 6-0 on the season with a 8-2 win over Forsgren. The win keeps us in 1st place of the Goldtrap Pee Wee league standings with a 2-0 record.

          Forsgren were the visitors in this one and had first at bats. They came out hitting the ball but our defense was up to the challenge. The first batter of the game grounded out to Matt England at 2nd base. After a strikeout, Matthew Appleyard made a good play on a hard hit ball and threw to Weston Phillips at 1st base for the final out. We came right out hitting the ball in the bottom half of the inning. Matthew Appleyard led us off with an infield single and Brittany Fuhr kept her "red-hot" hitting going with a single of her own. Weston Phillips would then single to score our first run of the game and just like that it was 1-0. We were far from done as Grant Johnson doubled to left field scoring two runs and giving us an early 3-0 lead. Clayton Mayo would then groundout to 1st base, but Matt England would pick him up with an infield single to score Grant and extend our lead to 4-0. Nick Martin and Paul Parr would both battle hard at the plate but both went down swinging. After one full inning of play we held a 4-0 lead.

          Forsgren's first two batters of the 2nd inning struckout and their next batter grounded out to Matt at 2nd base. It was a quick 1-2-3 inning. The bottom half of the inning we got bit by the strikeout bug. Kannon Kuykendall fouled off several pitches before finally striking out and after an Aaron Dalton single, Kalen Pearson and Trace Dillinger both went down swinging. Both kids had some very good swings and both fouled off several balls. So after two full innings of play the score remained 4-0.

          The top of the 3rd would see Forsgren hit the ball pretty well. A couple of hits surrounded by a throwing error would put runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Matthew would then make a good play on a hard hit ball and threw to Weston for a quick out. Another hit to left field by Forsgren would score a couple of runs and suddenly this one was getting interesting. Their next two batters would strikeout and leave runners on 1st and 2nd base. Wow, we dodged a huge bullet there! I was not really worried, as I knew we had the top of our batting order due to bat in the bottom half of the inning.

          Ryan Smith had a couple of good swings before striking out to begin the bottom of the 3rd. Three straight singles by Matthew, Brittany and Weston would load the bases with Grant up to bat. Grant would smack a ball to left field scoring two runs and extending our lead to 6-2. Clayton kept the rally going with a single to score Weston. Matt England would then groundout to 1st base, but his buddy Grant would score on the play and this one was a blow-out at 8-2. Nick would then come through with a single, but Clayton was tagged out at 3rd base on the play for the final out of the inning. The umpires called the time limit and this one was in the books. ASE wins it 8-2! Great job ASE. I am very proud of your effort and I can see a lot of improvement in most of our players each game. Hope you all have a great weekend and see you on Monday night @ 6:30.

 



ASE Week 3 - Player of the Week - Grant Johnson

Our week 3 player of the week is Grant Johnson. Grant had a great week at the plate for us. In our two games this week, he went 4 for 4 with 6 runs batted in. The players before him are getting on base and Grant is coming through every time. He has a team high 14 RBI's on the season and is on pace to break our team record for RBI's in a season. Grant has not had many balls hit to him at shortstop, but he has made plays on the few balls he has had hit his way. Grant has a wonderful attitidue and is truly a pleasure to be around and coach. Keep up the good work Grant. We are very proud of you!

 



ASE rallies late for 4-0 win over Ink Spot!
baseball fire

On a night that saw the pitching machine come close to throwing a no-hitter in several of the games, we were able to survive and move to 7-0 on the season. The Boys/Girls Club installed a new spring on the pitching machine and it was throwing the ball every bit of 45mph, which is too fast for this age. If you think our game was boring, the game before ours ended 1-0 and the game after ours ended in a 0-0 tie. Sad to say, but we scored more runs in our game than the other 5 teams did combined tonight.

          There is not much to say about the first three innings of this game. Both teams sent batter after batter to the plate and most went down on strikes. We did manage to hit the ball a little, but we could not keep the ball away from Ink Spot's 1st baseman. The problem was that the ball was coming in so fast, that even the kids that somehow hit the ball, could not get much on it.

          To begin the top of the 4th, the game was tied at 0. After a Ryan Smith strikeout, Matthew Appleyard and Brittany Fuhr both singled and suddenly we had runners on the corners with one out. Weston Phillips then drove a long fly ball to deep right field to score 2 runs and give us a very secure 2-0 lead. Weston ended up with a triple on the play. Grant Johnson would then pop-up to the 1st baseman, who made a diving catch on the play. Weston tagged up and scored to give us a 3-0 lead. After a Clayton Mayo single, Matt England came through big time with a triple up the middle to score Clayton and extend our lead to 4-0. It looked as if Matt had an inside the park home run, but the umpire claimed he called timeout on the play while Matt was on his way to home. Go figure that one? Anyway, Nick Martin would then groundout to 1st base to end our half of the inning but our lead was more than secure on this night. I knew there was no way Ink Spot was going to score 4 runs the way that maching was throwing flaming balls to the batters. All three Ink spot hitters struckout and the game was called due to time limit.

          The win moves us to 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in conference games. It sure didn't look good for most of the game tonight, but our kids came through and found a way to pull this one out. We had some clutch hitting in that 4th inning and that was the difference in this one. Great job ASE and I'll see you at practice on Wednesday!

 



ASE pounds the ball in 8-0 win over Monty's!
hit ball

On a night that saw us missing two of our better hitters in Clayton and Brittany, our other kids stepped up and hit the ball all over the field against Monty’s TV. We only had three strikeouts all night and played good defense when we had to, on our way to an 8-0 win over Monty’s. The win moves us to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in league play. It sets up a big game for 1st place in the league against Cricket next Thursday night @ 7:30. Let’s see how this all went down.           

Monty’s came right out hitting the ball on the first pitch of the game. The problem for them is they hit it to the wrong kid. Their lead-off batter hit a high pop fly that looked like it was on the way to the outfield, but Matthew England made a nice over the shoulder catch for the first out of the game. After a strikeout, Monty’s then rattled off a couple of hits to put runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs with a very good hitter up. Whew….. we dodged one here as that batter would go down swinging for the final out.           

          We wasted no time in putting the pressure on the Monty’s defense. Matthew Appleyard led off the game with a single to the outfield that turned into an inside the park home run, thanks to a Monty’s throwing error. After a Matt England strikeout, Weston Phillips would line out to Monty’s very good 1st baseman and suddenly there were two outs. Grant Johnson would then step up and hit a long shot to right field for a stand up triple. Nick Martin would come through with a big single to score Grant and extend our lead to 2-0.  We were not done as Aaron Dalton would single and Paul Parr would follow that up with one of his own to score Nick for a 3-0 lead. Trace Dillinger would then hit a hard shot to 3rd base and Aaron was forced out on the play for the final out of the inning. It sure was a nice two out rally and we had some kids who had been struggling at the plate really step up and hit the ball that inning.              

          Monty’s led off the top of the 2nd with a double to left field and they looked to be in business. Their next two batters would then go down swinging and suddenly there were two outs. An infield single would then put runners on the corners with two outs. Once again one of their good hitters would go down on strikes and we had dodged another bullet this inning. We led of the bottom of the 3rd with back-to-back strikeouts from Kalen Pearson and Ryan Smith. Both kids had some good swings up there, just couldn’t quite put the ball in play. Matthew would then groundout to Monty’s pitcher to end the inning, with us still holding onto the 3-0 lead.

            The strikeout bug must have been still buzzing around in the Monty’s dugout, as they led off the top of the 3rd with two strikeouts. Their next batter would groundout to Matt England at 2nd base and just that fast we were back up to bat. Matt would lead off the bottom of the 3rd with a nice hit in the hole between 3rd and short, but the Monty’s shortstop made a terrific play to throw him out. Weston and Grant would then pick up their buddy Matt with back-to-back triples to make it a 4-0 lead. Nick would get his second hit of the game with a run scoring single and this one was close to being in the bag. Aaron then smacked a double to right field to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with only one out. Paul kept the rally going with a 2-run single up the middle and just like that it was a blowout at 7-0. Trace would knock in our 5th and final run of the inning with a triple that would score Paul and extend our lead to 8-0. Wow, what a rally!!!! Great job ASE! The umpires would call the game due to time limit and this one was over. Great job of hitting the ball ASE! You guys have a fun long weekend and I will see you at practice next Wednesday night. Great job again! I’m very proud of you all!  

 

 

 



ASE Week 4 - Player of the Week - Paul Parr

Our player of the week for this week is Paul Parr. Paul had a great game tonight versus Monty's, going 2 for 2 and knocking in 3 RBI's. Paul has also done a good job in the outfield for us. He has worked hard at the plate and it's starting to show. Keep up the good work Paul. We are very proud of you!

 

 



ASE breaks out bats in 10-6 win over Cricket!
Big bat

Well the streak continues! In most of these pitching machine games at the Boys/Girls Club, the team that puts the ball in play the most, usually wins the games. That’s exactly what happened tonight. We had only one strikeout the entire night as our entire line-up really hit the ball. We used several Cricket defensive mistakes to our advantage and moved our record to 9-0 with a 10-6 win. The win extends our record setting win streak to 35 games in a row dating back to May 2006. Our defense tonight was not as sharp as it normally is, but we did make several nice plays on the night. Let’s see how this all went down tonight.           

          Cricket came right out hitting the ball like I knew they would. Their first batter hit a groundball to shortstop that Grant Johnson scooped up and threw to Weston Phillips for the first out of the game. A couple of base hits would put runners on the corners with one out. Their next batter would strikeout and it looked like we may get out of the inning. Their next hitter would hit a groundball that we made a couple of throwing errors on and that would result in a 3-run inside the park home run. Just when it looked like we would get out of the inning with no runs scored, suddenly we were down 3-0. After a couple more hits, their next batter would strikeout to end their half of the inning. I told the kids after the inning to keep their heads up and get those runs back.           

          Matthew Appleyard got us going right away with an infield single. Brittany Fuhr would then get a base hit and use a Cricket throwing error to turn it into a triple. Matthew scored on the play and just like that it was 3-1. Weston Phillips and Grant Johnson would then smack back-to-back doubles and suddenly the game was tied. After a Clayton Mayo single, Matt England would slap a base hit to left field to give us a 4-3 lead. Aaron Dalton would then come through with a base hit to right field, but on the play the ball hit Matt as he was running to 2nd. That’s an automatic dead ball out. It didn’t hurt us as Nick Martin would step up with a big single to score Clayton for our 5th run of the inning. After one full inning of play we held a slim 5-3 lead.           

          Cricket came right back out hitting the ball in the top of the 2nd. We made an error to let their first runner reach, but then Matt would then make a nice play at 2nd base for a force out. Their next batter would groundout to Matthew and we once again looked to be out of trouble. Back-to back singles would score a couple of runs and suddenly the game was tied. Another base hit up the middle would give Cricket a 6-5 lead. Their next batter would go down swinging and the inning was over.           

          We came right back at them like I knew we would. Paul Parr would get things started with an infield single. Trace Dillinger would then drive a ball up the middle and we would use a Cricket throwing error to score Paul and tie the game at 6. Kalen Pearson would then single to score Trace and just that quick we had the lead again. After a Ryan Smith strikeout, Matthew would single to score a hustling Kalen and we were back in business. Brittany kept the rally going with a double to right field and Weston followed that up with one of his own, scoring Matthew. I got a little greedy on the play and got Brittany thrown at home. Grant would pick me up as he would hit a rocket to left field scoring Weston for our 5th and final run of the inning. Wow, what a rally! Cricket had their heads down and we had all the momentum going into the top of the 3rd. The time limit was about to expire so I told the kids all we had to do was hold them and this one was over.           

          Cricket led off the top of the 3rd grounding to Matthew, who made a low throw to Weston at 1st base. Weston stretched out and made a great catch on the play for the first out of the inning. Matthew then made a very nice stop on the next hit ball but once again made a low throw to Weston. Never fear, Weston said, as he would scoop this one up for the second out. Cricket’s next batter went down swinging and the game was over. Whew!           

          Great job tonight guys! Our hitting was awesome, with only one strikeout on the night. Everyone really stepped up and got some big hits for us tonight. Our defense was not that sharp but we made the plays we had to when it came to crunch time. Great job by Weston and Matthew in that final inning. Weston really bailed us out on a couple of plays. We return to action in a rare Saturday morning game versus a much improved Phillip Taylor team. See you all at 9am on Saturday!

 

 



ASE Week 5 - Player of the Week - Weston Phillips

Our player of the week for week 5 of the season is Weston Phillips. Weston was 3 of 4 at the plate in games this week versus Cricket and Phillip Taylor. He also drove in three big runs during those 2 games. His play in the field during the game versus Cricket was awesome. He really saved the game for us late with a couple of great plays at 1st base. Great job Weston. We are very proud of you!!!

 

 

 



Grant Johnson Homerun leads ASE past Forsgren, 4-3!
Homerun

You’ve heard the ole saying, “Too close for comfort.” Well, that describes our game tonight versus a scrappy Forsgren team. I think we went into the game thinking we had it won before we stepped on the field, but Forsgren gave us all we wanted and then some. It took a late Grant Johnson 2-run home run over the fence and some good defense to pull this one out. Let’s see how it all played out.           

          Matthew Appleyard got things started for us in the top of the 1st with a single to right field. Brittany Fuhr would then groundout to 1st base, but Weston Phillips would then double to score Matthew and give us a 1-0 lead. Grant Johnson fouled off several pitches before striking out for the second out of the inning. Grant actually didn’t swing, thinking the pitch was way too low and would be called no pitch, but it wasn’t. Clayton Mayo would then groundout to 1st base and the inning was over with us grabbing the early 1-0 lead.                     

          Forsgren didn’t manage to get anything going in the bottom of the inning, as their first batter would groundout to Weston for the first out. After a strikeout, their next batter grounded out to Matthew and just like that the inning was over. Matt England led off the top of the 2nd with an infield single and used a throwing error to turn it into a double. Nick Martin would groundout to 1st base, but Matt would hustle to score on the play and give us a 2-0 lead. Trace Dillinger then kept his hitting streak going with a single to the left side. Aaron Dalton then battled hard at the plate but went down swinging for the second out of the inning. Paul Parr then grounded out for our final out of the inning and we were clinging to a slim 2-0 lead.           

          Forsgren’s bats came alive in the bottom of the 2nd and used a couple of error by our infield to rattle off 3 runs to take a 3-2 lead after two full innings of play. The top of the 3rd would see us struggle at the plate. Kalen Pearson and Ryan Smith both went down on strikes and Matthew grounded out to the 2nd baseman and our half of the inning was over. Going into the bottom of the 3rd there was only 5 minutes left in the game so we knew we had to get them out quickly or this one was over. Forsgren’s first batter of the inning helped us out by hitting the first pitch right to Matthew for one quick out. Their next batter would groundout to Matt at 2nd base and suddenly it looked as if we might make it to another inning, with the top of our order due to bat. Forsgren’s last batter of the inning would line out to Grant at shortstop for the final out. The umpire tried to call the game even though we still had 2 minutes left on the clock but it got worked out and we played on. I told the kids our defense had stepped up and give us a chance, now it was our bats turn to pull this one out.            

          Brittany led off the top of the 3rd with an infield single and used a throwing error to turn her hit into a triple. After a rare Weston Phillips strikeout, Grant Johnson then blasted a 2-run homer over the fence in centerfield to give us a 4-3 lead. Grant was all smiles as he rounded the bases. Wow! Clayton Mayo then would groundout to the 1st baseman, but Matt quickly picked him up with an infield single. I got a little too aggressive on Matt’s hit and was trying to force Forsgren to throw the ball away and ended up getting Matt tagged out. My fault Matt! Anyway, Grant’s home run would give us the 4-3 lead going into the bottom half of the inning, now it was up to our defense.

            Forsgren had their best hitters up and I know we would have to play good defense to survive. Their first batter hit a very hard ball up the middle that Matthew snagged and threw to Weston for one quick out. It was a very good play on a hard hit ball by Matthew, who has stepped up all year at the pitcher position. Forsgren’s next batter grounded out to Matt England, who scooped up and threw to Weston for the second out. How fitting it was that the last batter of the game would line out to Grant for the final out and this one was over. Whew, somehow we survived another close call. Our defense really stepped up those last two innings and we got just enough hits to pull this one out. Great comeback ASE! My hat is off to the much improved Forsgren team for playing such a good game. We must come out ready to play every night, because we are going to get everyone’s best shot. Tonight’s win moves us to 11-0 overall and 7-0 in league play. The win streak stands at 37 games in a row, but that almost came to an end tonight. I over heard a Mom of one of the Forsgren players saying that it was her child’s dream to beat ASE. That is a great tribute to our players and that shows how we are thought of out there. See you all at practice on Wednesday.

 



ASE wins a close one over Phillip Taylor, moves to 10-0!
Hat over eyes

This one could have ended after the 1st inning, because that’s when most of the action occurred. Phillip Taylor came right out hitting the ball in the top of the 1st and put 2 runs on the board. We responded with some timely hits to take a 4-2 lead after one full inning of play. The rest of the way was mostly strikeouts mixed in with a little bit of defense. We dodged a huge bullet in the top of the 3rd as Phillip Taylor had bases loaded with two outs and their best hitter at the plate. He had hit a home run over the fence in the 1st inning so I was a little worried! After battling hard at the plate he went down swinging and this one would end with us pulling out the 4-2 win. The win moves us to 10-0 overall and 6-0 in league play. 

 

 

 



ASE Week 6 - Player of the Week - Matt England

Our week 6 player of the week is Matt England. Matt was 4 for 4 at the plate this week and came through with a couple of big hits that helped lift us to a 4-3 victory over Forsgren on Monday night. On Thursday, it was his defense that helped lead us to victory. He and his partner at shortstop, Grant Johnson teamed up for a couple of big plays to help us secure a 4-2 win over Ink Spot. Great job this week Matt. We are very proud of you!

 

 

 



ASE continues living on the edge, squeaks past Ink Spot 4-2!
Outfielder

I sure hope this isn’t becoming a habit but it seems that way over the last three games. Our bats are doing just enough to get us by and our defense is being pressured to save the game. On a night that would see us score only 4 runs for the third game in a row, our defense made some clutch plays to secure the 4-2 win. The victory moves us to 12-0 overall and 8-0 in league play. We are one win away from clinching our 3rd straight league championship. We will try and get that done on Monday night against Monty’s TV.           

          Ink Spot came right out of the gate hitting the ball against us. Their lead-off batter hit a long fly ball to Paul Parr in centerfield. Paul was not able to make the catch, but did a good job getting the ball back in to hold their batter to a single. Their next batter would hit to Grant Johnson at shortstop, who threw to Matt England at 2nd base for the force out. Ink Spot then hit a hard shot to Brittany Fuhr at 3rd base. Brittany made a very nice stop on the play but overthrew Matt at 2nd and the ball rolled all the way to the right field fence. A run scored on the play and Ink Spot grabbed the early lead. Their next batter would groundout to Weston Phillips at 1st base but a run scored on the play to make it a 2-0 game. Their next batter grounded out to Matthew Appleyard and their half of the inning was over.           

          In the bottom of the 1st, we could not keep the ball away from Ink Spot’s best player, the 1st baseman. Matthew led off grounding out to him and after a Brittany Fuhr double, our next two batters, Weston and Grant also grounded out to 1st to end the inning. After one full inning of play we were down 2-0. The top of the 2nd would see all three Ink Spot batters strikeout and just that fast we were back up to bat.                      

          Clayton Mayo kept his hot hitting streak alive with a single to left field. Matt England followed that up with a single of his own. Nick Martin then grounded out to 1st base but Clayton scored on the play to pull us within 2-1. After a Trace Dillinger strikeout, Aaron Dalton would smack a long drive to deep right field for an inside the park home run, that gave us a 3-2 lead. Paul Parr then battled hard at the plate but went down swinging for the final out of the inning.           

          The top of the 3rd would once again see all three Ink Spot batters go down on strikes and we had a great opportunity to put this one away. But it seemed the strikeout bug was in the air and moved to our half of the field. Kalen Pearson and Matthew Appleyard both went down swinging and suddenly there were two quick outs. Brittany and Weston would then both single but Grant would groundout to 1st base to end the inning. After three full innings of play we clung to a 3-2 lead.            

          The top of the 4th would see our defense once again step up to the challenge. After Ink Spot’s first batter went down on strikes, their next batter singled to right field. Kalen was on his horse backing up Weston and got the ball in quickly from the outfield, holding the Ink Spot runner to just a single. Their next batter would hit to Grant at shortstop, who flipped to Matt for the second out of the inning. Ink Spots’ next batter was called out after throwing his bat on a foul ball and we escaped the inning with a 3-2 lead.           

          We would look to get a couple insurance runs in the bottom of the 4th and Clayton once again got the rally started. He singled to left field and Matt followed that up with one of his own. Nick then forced Clayton out at 3rd for the first out of the inning. Trace Dillinger then grounded out to 1st base but a hustling Matt would score on the play to give us a 4-2 lead. Aaron then battled hard at the plate before finally striking out and the inning was over. The umpires called the game due to time limit and we had once again escaped a close call with a 4-2 win.            

          I was proud of our defense for making some big plays to keep Ink Spot from ever getting a huge rally going. Our outfield did a good job of getting the ball in after base hits. I have really been after them to do that and I was proud to see how they responded. We return to action on Monday night at 6:30 versus Monty’s TV. Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 



2008 Pee Wee Tourney Bracket
2008 Tourney
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<----- Click here to view the 2008 FSBGC Pee Wee City Championship tournament bracket. Congratulations ASE players & parents. What an amazing season, going 16-1 and winning the League and City Championship for the 3rd year in a row. We are an amazing 47-2 record over these last three years. It has been an incredible year and I could not be prouder of a group of kids as I am these players. Thanks to all the parents for being so supportive all season long! 

 



ASE Week 7 - Player of the Week - Brittany Fuhr

Our player of the week for the final week of the regular season is Brittany Fuhr. Brittany had a big hit in the game versus Cricket on Thursday night, driving in the run that tied the game at 3. Brittany also made a big play at 3rd base in the 1st inning, as she tagged out a Cricket runner for the final out of the inning. Great job this week Brittany. We are very proud of you!

 

 

 



Cricket gives ASE first loss in 39 games, 4-3!
Crying

Well after 2 ½ seasons of play and over three dozen straight wins, the record setting ASE winning streak is over. Cricket pulled off the upset last night in an exciting 4-3 game. The loss snaps ASE’s 38 game win streak, which included back-to-back league and city championships. I told the kids after the game that they were a part of something that has never happened before at the Boys & Girls Club in Fort Smith and will never happen again. Well, it’s not very likely that’s for sure. A team winning 38 games in a row is unheard of at any level. I’m proud that this group was a part of something this special. I was very proud of their effort in the game last night. We just needed another timely hit or two and the outcome would have been different. It makes me feel very proud as a coach that every game we play is the biggest game of the season for the other team. Says a lot about all the players we have had over these past three years. Well, let's talk about the game.

            The game didn’t start off to well, as our first two batters of the game made outs and it looked as if we wouldn’t score in the top of the 1st inning. Weston Phillips then smacked a single to right field and Grant Johnson did the same, scoring Weston for a 1-0 lead. Clayton Mayo then singled to score Grant and suddenly we had a 2-0 lead. Matt England would go down swinging and strand Grant at 2nd base to end the inning.

            Cricket came right out hitting the ball in the bottom half of the inning. Three straight infield singles and a couple of errors by our infield would quickly tie the game at 2. Weston would then make a good play on a ground ball to record our first out of the inning. Another infield single would score Cricket’s third run of inning and we looked to be in trouble. A strikeout and a good play by Brittany Fuhr at 3rd base would get us out of the inning, only down one run, at 3-2.

            The bottom of our line-up has really been coming through lately, but would struggle tonight. Nick Martin led off the inning with an infield single to 3rd base and we looked to be in business. Trace Dillinger would groundout to 1st base for the first out of the inning and then the strikeout bug would hit us. Aaron Dalton and Paul Parr both went down swinging and our half of the inning was over with us still trailing 3-2.

            Cricket was bit by the strikeout bug too, as their first two batters of the inning went down swinging. Their last batter would hit to Matthew Appleyard who threw to Weston at 1st base for the third and final out of the inning. After two full innings of play we were down 3-2.    

            The top of the 3rd would not start out to well. Kalen Pearson and Ryan Smith both went down on strikes and we looked to be in trouble. That’s when a 2-out rally got started, as Matthew doubled and Brittany singled to score him and tie the game at 3. Weston and Grant would both then reach on infield singles and the bases were loaded with the hot hitting Clayton Mayo up to bat. Clayton has not struck-out all season long and eventually that’s going to catch up with you and it did at the wrong time. Clayton battled hard at the plate but went down on strikes for the first time all season, leaving the bases loaded and the game tied at 3.

            All Cricket needed was one run as the time limit on the game was quickly winding down. Their first batter singled and suddenly they were in business. Their next batter would groundout to Matthew for the first out. Then the hit that sealed the deal as their next batter hit a shot off of Matthew’s glove scoring a run and putting them up 4-3. The time limit expired as their next batter would hit into a force-out and the game was called. Cricket’s players, fans and coaches went nuts as they should have. It was a good game by both teams and we sure don’t have anything to hang our heads about. Cricket has been a very good team all year. They have some very good players, coaches and fans. I wish them well in the upcoming city tournament.

            The loss tonight really makes Monday’s nights game with Monty’s very important. If we win, we will win the league title for the third year in a row and will secure the #1 seed in the up-coming city tournament. Let’s show up ready to play on Monday night. See you all there at 6:00pm. Have a great weekend ASE!

 

 



ASE Week 8 - Player of the Week - Trace Dillinger

Our player of the week for the final week of the regular season is Trace Dillinger. Trace filled in at pitcher tonight for Matthew Appleyard and did a great job. Trace made a couple of good plays on the night and threw a couple of runners out at 1st base. Trace also got a big hit in the game tonight. Great job Trace, we are very proud of you!!!

 

 

 



ASE wins League Championship with 5-0 win over Monty's!
1st place medal

Well, after an overnight rain delay we finally got this game in. I’m glad we picked up right where we left off from the night before. We started off the game in the top of the 1st with a single from Brittany Fuhr. Weston Phillips followed that up with a single of his own and Grant Johnson brought Brittany home with a double to left field. After a Clayton Mayo strikeout the rain really started to come down and the game was called for the night. So last night we picked right back up with runners on 2nd and 3rd with just one out in the top of the 1st. Matt England would groundout to the 1st baseman, but Weston would score on the play. Nick Martin then came through big time with an infield single to score Grant and give us a 3-0 lead. Trace Dillinger would then battle hard at the plate before finally going down on strikes. After ½ inning of play, we led 3-0.           

          Monty’s lead off the bottom of the 1st with two straight strikeouts and would then follow that up with two straight singles. Their next batter would hit a very hard ball to 3rd base that Brittany made a great play on, stepping on her bag for the final out of the inning. After one full inning of play we held a 3-0 lead. The top of the 2nd would see all three of our batters go down on strikes. Aaron Dalton, Paul Parr and Kalen Pearson all battled hard at the plate before going down swinging. Monty’s would not do much better in their half of the inning. Their first two batters went down swinging and just like that there were two outs. Their next batter hit a slow roller to Trace at pitcher, who scooped the ball up and made a perfect throw to Weston for the final out of the inning. After two full innings of play we still clung to the 3-0 lead.           

          The top of the 3rd would see us get our bats going again. After a Ryan Smith strikeout, Brittany grounded out to the shortstop on a very good play by him. Weston would then get our rally started with a single up the middle and Grant would double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs. Clayton Mayo then came thru with his biggest hit of the season as he singled to left field, scoring both runners and giving us a 5-0 lead. Matt would then reach on an infield single, but would then be forced out by Nick for the final out of the inning. It was good to see us get a little cushion in the inning. We had some big 2-out hits that inning!           

          Monty’s would lead off the bottom of the 3rd with an infield single. After a couple of strikeouts, their next batter would groundout to Trace at pitcher and the inning was over. The top of the 4th would see Trace reach on an infield single and we looked to be back in business. After an Aaron strikeout, Paul Parr would pop out to the 1st baseman, which would catch Trace off the bag at 1st for the inning ending double play. With the time limit drawing to a close I knew all we had to do was hold them and the league championship was ours for a 3rd year in a row. Their first batter of the inning would groundout to Weston and their next two batters went down on strikes and the game was called due to time limit. Congratulation ASE for completing a 13-1 league record and capturing the league championship! Awesome job by a great group of kids.           

          I told them after the game how proud I was of them and they should be very proud of themselves. A 13-1 record and league championship is something special. It is hard to be the best team all season long and that’s what this group did. Yes we had a slip up against Cricket, but I couldn’t be prouder of them. Congratulations again ASE! Now let’s get ready to defend our City Championship in the tourney next week!

 



Final 2008 American League Pee Wee Standings

                                 League                   Overall

ASE                             9-1                         13-1

Cricket                        8-1-1                      10-3-1

Forsgren                      2-4-3                     2-7-4

Ink Spot                      2-6-2                     3-9-2 

Monty's TV                  2-6-2                     4-8-2  

Philip Taylor                  2-7                       4-8-1

 



2008 FSBGC Pee Wee American League Results

Monday - April 28th (Non-conference games)

Monty's TV - 2        Ink Spot - 1

Cricket - 3             Phillip Taylor - 1

ASE - 5                 Forsgren - 0

 

Thursday - May 1st (Non-conference games)

Cricket - 7             Forsgren - 1

Phillip Taylor - 6    Monty's TV - 3 

ASE - 8                  Ink Spot - 0

 

Monday - May 5th (Non-conference games)

Ink Spot - 9             Cricket - 6            

ASE - 6                    Monty's TV - 1 

Phillip Taylor - 1        Forsgren - 1

 

Thursday - May 8th (Non-conference games)

Phillip Taylor - 6     Ink Spot - 5 

Monty's TV - 10      Forsgren - 4 

ASE - 5                  Cricket - 4

 

Monday - May 12th (Conference games begin)

Cricket - 8               Monty's TV - 1            

Ink Spot - 7             Forsgren - 7 

ASE - 7                    Phillip Taylor - 4   

 

Thursday - May 15th 

ASE - 8                   Forsgren - 2

Cricket - 7               Phillip Taylor - 6

Ink Spot - 2             Monty's TV - 2 

 

Monday - May 19th 

Monty's TV - 1          Phillip Taylor - 0

ASE - 4                    Ink Spot - 0

Cricket - 0                Forsgren - 0

 

Thursday - May 22nd 

Cricket - 4                Ink Spot - 0

ASE - 8                    Monty's TV - 0

Forsgren - 1               Phillip Taylor - 0        

 

Thursday - May 29th 

Forsgren - 0               Monty's TV - 0

Phillip Taylor - 8        Ink Spot - 6

ASE - 10                    Cricket - 6  

 

Saturday - May 31st 

ASE - 4                      Phillip Taylor - 2

Forsgren - 8               Ink Spot - 2

Cricket - 14               Monty's TV - 2  

 

Monday - June 2nd

Ink Spot - 2              Monty's TV - 1

Cricket - 6                Phillip Taylor - 5

ASE - 4                    Forsgren - 3     

 

Thursday - June 5th

Cricket - 8             Forsgren - 5

Phillip Taylor - 7    Monty's TV - 2 

ASE - 4                  Ink Spot - 2

 

Thursday - June 12th

Ink Spot - 6           Phillip Taylor - 4

Monty's TV - 5       Forsgren - 3

Cricket - 4             ASE - 3

 

Tuesday - June 17th

Cricket - 3              Ink Spot - 0

ASE - 5                   Monty's TV - 0

Forsgren -               Phillip Taylor -

  

 

 



ASE moves into Semi-Finals with 8-0 victory over Cooper Coin!
Kid throwing ball up

Well, I was wondering before the game if our kids could stay awake for this one, considering our scheduled start time was 7:30 and our game didn’t start until 9:00pm. If you think that was bad, the last game of the night did not end until 11:15pm. Midwest defeated YMA 2-1 in that one and will face us tonight in the City Tourney Semi-Finals.                   

While a few of our kids may have been half asleep, our bats sure weren’t. We hit the ball harder than we have in some time and the result was an 8-0 victory over #5 seed Cooper Coin. Cooper came right out hitting the ball in the top of the 1st. Their first batter of the game grounded out to Matthew Appleyard at pitcher and after a strikeout, their next batter would also groundout to Matthew to end their half of the inning. The bottom of the 1st would see us put pressure on their defense. After Matthew led off with a strikeout, the hit parade began. Brittany Fuhr would single and Weston Phillips would double to score her. Grant Johnson then doubled to score Weston and give us an early 2-0 lead. After a Clayton Mayo strikeout, Matt England came through with a big 2-out single to score Grant and give us a 3-0 lead. Nick Martin battled hard at the plate but went down swinging to end the inning with us holding the 3-0 lead.                   

          The strikeout bug got Cooper in the top of the 2nd as all three batters they sent to the plate went down on strikes. We wasted no time getting right back on the bases in the bottom of the inning. Trace Dillinger led off with a single to get the rally going. Aaron Dalton then doubled to deep right field to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Paul Parr and Ryan Smith both battled hard at the plate, but both went down on strikes and suddenly there were two outs. Matthew Appleyard then hit a hard shot to deep right field and used a Cooper throwing error to round the bases for a 3-run home run. Matthew's hit would extend our lead to 6-0 and we were far from through. Brittany and Weston would both single and Grant would knock them both in as he lined the ball to right field for another inside the park home run. Grant’s run did not count as it was the 6th run of the inning as you are only allowed to score 5 an inning. Regardless, it was a great inning and a nice 2-out rally by our kids. After two full innings of play we held a commanding 8-0 lead.          

          Cooper was not able to get anything going in the top of the 3rd, as 3 of the 4 batters they sent to the plate struck-out and the game was called. The win moves us into the City Tournament Semi-Finals tonight versus a very good Midwest team. Should be lots of fun. See you all there around 6:30. Great job tonight ASE!!!   

 

 



ASE advances to City Championship with 9-3 pounding of Midwest!
Homerun

To say we put on a hitting exhibition tonight would be an understatement. We hit the ball all over the field and pounded out 13 hits on our way to a convincing 9-3 victory over Midwest Sporting Goods. The win moves us into the Pee Wee City Tournament Championship for the 3rd straight year. Let's see how it all went down.

          Things started out pretty good for us in this one as Midwest's lead-off batter grounded out to Matthew Appleyard and just like that there was one out. Their next batter popped out to Weston Phillips at 1st base and it looked as if we would get out of the inning without any damage being done. But just as good teams do, Midwest had a 2-out rally in them early. After a base hit up the middle, their clean-up batter would drive a ball over the centerfield fence to give them a quick 2-0 lead. Their next batter would go down on strikes and the top of the 1st was over with Midwest holding a 2-0 lead.

       We came right back at them and got our bats going early in this one. Matthew Appleyard got things started with a base hit to right field. After a Brittany Fuhr single, Weston Phillips would double to deep centerfield to score both runs and tie this game at 2. Grant Johnson would then give us the lead for good as he would single to left field and score Weston for a 3-2 lead. After a Matt England strikeout, Trace Dillinger would force Grant out at 2nd base and suddenly there were two outs. Clayton Mayo would end his mini slump with a single to left field and Nick Martin would folow that up with one of his own, scoring Trace and giving us a 4-2 lead. Aaron Dalton went down on strikes for the final out of the inning, but the damage had been done. Little did I know at the time, but we already had enough runs to win the game.

          Midwest started off the top of the 2nd with a double to centerfield. Their next batter would groundout to Matt at 2nd base for the first out of the inning. A single up the middle would score a run to pull Midwest within 4-3. Grant then made a nice play on the next hit ball, throwing to Weston for the second out of the inning. Midwest's next batter went down on strikes and their half of the inning was over with us clinging to the 4-3 lead.

          We were not able to get much going in the bottom half of the inning. Paul Parr lead off with an infield single. Ryan Smith had one of his better battles at the plate before going down on strikes for the first out. Matthew then forced Paul out at 2nd base and Brittany would do the same to Matthew and just like that our half of the inning was over. After two full innings of play we still held a 4-3 lead.  

          Midwest was not able to get much going in the top of the 3rd. Their first batter struckout and Grant would make another good play at shortstop for the second out. After a base hit up the middle, their final batter would go down swinging and we still held the 4-3 lead.

          Going into the bottom of the 3rd inning, there were 12 minutes left in the time limit and I was hoping we could bat long enough to end this one. I never dreamed it would end the way it did. This had to be one of the most exciting innings of the year! Weston lead it off with an inside the park home run to deep right field. Grant then singled past the 2nd baseman and we were in business. Matt England then doubled to left field, scoring Grant and extending our lead to 6-3. Trace would keep the rally going with another single that scored Matt. After a Clayton single, Nick Martin went down on strikes for the first out. Aaron Dalton then surprised the entire crowd as he took a two strike pitch and drove it over the centerfield fence for a home run! Trace, Clayton and Aaron crossed home plate and the game was called with us exploding for the 9-3 win. Wow, what a way to end this one! Great job Aaron and the rest of your ASE teammates. What a hitting display we put on tonight!

            The win moves us into the Pee Wee City Championship on Thursday night @ 6pm versus a very good McDonalds team. Let's be ready for a tough game ASE. McDonalds is a very good team and they play really good defense. Let's show up hitting the ball the way we did tonight and we should be ok. See you all there at 5:30 on Thursday!  

   



ASE wins 2008 Pee Wee City Championship 7-4 over McDonalds!
Gold Medal

Wow, if someone would have told me back in early April that we would go 16-1 and win the League and City Championship, I probably would have laughed at them. Not because we didn’t have the players to do it, but I know how tough it is. This group of kids gave all they had all season long and that’s why they are CHAMPIONS! Despite going through a slump near the end of the league schedule, our bats came back alive in the City Tournament and led us to the championship. We hit the ball hard all over the field in all three games of the tournament and in the end, the best Pee Wee team in the city won this tournament. I could not be prouder of these 12 kids. What another great season for ASE! The tradition continues………. 

Let’s see how this Championship was won! McDonalds came right out and put pressure on our defense like I knew they would. We were able to get one quick out in the top of the 1st, when Grant Johnson made a good play on a ball that tipped off Matthew’s glove. McDonalds then got three straight hits and used a couple of throwing errors by our defense to take an early 2-0 lead. Another good play from Grant at shortstop and a strikeout would get us out of the inning only down two.

Despite being down early our kids did not panic. Matthew Appleyard got us going with a hard hit ball to right field. Matthew got tagged out at 2nd base, but his teammates quickly picked him up. Matt England singled up the middle and Weston Phillips slapped one to right field to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with only one out. Grant Johnson showed why he led us in RBI’s all season as he knocked in both runners and used a McDonalds throwing error to round the bases for an inside the park home run. Just like that we had the lead for good at 3-2.  Clayton Mayo would then double and Trace Dillinger would knock him in with a base hit. After Nick Martin grounded out to the shortstop, Aaron Dalton would single up the middle to score Trace for our 5th run of the inning. What a great rally and statement we made in this inning. McDonalds knew that we were going to hit the ball and they must do the same to stay in this game. After one full inning of play we held a 5-2 lead.

McDonald’s first batter of the top of the 2nd reached on a throwing error, but that would be all they would get going in the inning. A couple of strikeouts and a ball hit to Weston at 1st base for an easy out would end their half of the inning with the score still 5-2. I knew this was our chance to put them away and that’s exactly what we did! Paul Parr got things going with an infield single. Ryan Smith then had three good swings at the plate before finally going down on strikes for the first out. Matthew quickly picked him up with his second hit of the game to get us going again. Matt then drove in both runners with a single to right field and just like that the score was 7-2. I knew all we needed was one more run and this one was probably over. With the time limit winding down, there wasn’t time for McDonalds to get two more at bats in, so one more run would sow this one up. Weston then hit a high fly ball to centerfield that looked like it would secure this win, but McDonalds made a great catch on the ball for the second out of the inning. Grant would then double to right field, but McDonalds got the ball in quickly and Matt wasn’t able to score on the play. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Clayton battled hard at the plate but went down on strikes for the final out of the inning. After two full innings of play we held a 7-2 lead.

I knew if we could hold them to less than 5 runs in the top of the 3rd, this one was over. The time limit was close to being up. McDonalds did not go down without a fight. They have a great group of players and are very well coached. After a single by their lead-off batter, their best hitter went down on strikes as he looked to be swinging for the fences. Their next batter did the same thing but he did contact with a ball that sailed over the right field fence and suddenly it was 7-4. After a couple more singles, their last two batters of the inning would go down on strikes and the umpire called the game due to time limit. Our kids, parents and coaches went nuts, as we had won the city championship 7-4.

McDonalds is a very good team and showed they deserved to be there with us on this night. We just managed a few more timely hits than they did and that was the difference in the game. Congratulations to their players, parents and coaches on a great season. I see why they won the league championship in the Evans league.

But what can I say about our kids. How about CHAMPIONS!!!!! That’s what they are and they can walk around with their chest out for a while now. They deserve it! Thank you to all our parents and fans. You guys have been so supportive all season long. I feel really blessed that I was a part of these kids’ lives over the past few months. I can’t thank you all enough for all your support this season. Can’t wait to see you all at our team party and give these kids the wonderful awards we will have for them.

Congratulations ASE………  2008 FSBGC Pee Wee League and City Champs!

 



ASE Final Batting stats (17 games)

    Player                         Batting Average                    Runs Batted In

Grant Johnson                         .833                                      29

Weston Phillips                        .794                                      15

Brittany Fuhr                           .733                                      5 

Clayton Mayo                          .690                                      10

Matthew Appleyard                 .621                                       7

Matt England                           .577                                      9

Aaron Dalton                           .545                                      9

Nick Martin                            .478                                     10

Paul Parr                                 .409                                      4

Trace Dillinger                        .400                                      5

Kalen Pearson                           .214                                      2