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The 2011 Myers Park Cougars - 9U Challenge Baseball Team

The Myers Park Cougars are a 9U challenge baseball team representing Myers Park Trinity Little League in tournaments throughout the Charlotte region.  Congratulations to the following players, who were selected for the 2011 challenge season and will compete in tournaments through November:

Carter Andreozzi - Hutch Bray - Colton Curtis - Mason Diel

Becker Dienst - Michael Giardi - Matthew Giovannelli

Harris Hollar - Scott Hosmer - Stuart Jarrell

Aiden McAvoy - Luke Metzler - Kyle Smith

The Myers Park Cougars are coached by William Bray, Paxton Hollar, Tom Giardi and Ryan Smith.  For information on the team, scheduling issues, etc. please contact William Bray at wbray@braylong.com or by phone at (704) 523-7777.



Monday, October 24
Cougars Win 4th Title of 2011!



The Myers Park Cougars won their 4th tournament title of 2011 yesterday in a Sunday tournament sponsored by HQ4 and hosted by the Dilworth Little League.  The Cougars defeated Stewards of the Game and Dilworth, allowing only 5 runs over 11 innings with good pitching and a strong defense.

Highlights included:

  • Mason Diel demonstrating power at the plate with two huge shots against Dilworth.
  • Strong pitching performances by Matthew Giovannelli, Scott Hosmer, Harris Hollar, Hutch Bray and Carter Andreozzi.
  • Great defensive plays by Stuart Jarrell, Kyle Smith and Luke Metzler.
  • Productivity at the plate and on the bases by Colton Curtis and Becker Dienst.
  • Solid play in both games at catcher by Michael Giardi.

Through four tournaments and three scrimmages this fall, the kid-pitch Cougars are 11-4 with two championships and a second-place finish.  This brings the team to an overall record during the 2011 campaign of 23-10-1 as it heads into the final tournament of the season.

Myers Park Trinity Little League will be the host of the final challenge tournament of the year, November 4-5 at Randolph Park.

 



Tuesday, September 27
Coach Bray Finally Updates Site!



After far too long of a delay, and a lot of baseball, the Myers Park Cougars website is being updated!  It looks as if our last update left us as we headed into our final machine pitch day of the 2011 season, where we made it to the championship game and lost to a strong Porter Ridge team.  The semifinal game on that last day of our machine pitch careers was against the Weddington Red Storm and was one of our most exciting wins ever.  It only ended after the Cougars squad held off Weddington with a huge catch by Stuart Jarrell in left field to end a 5-run rally for a 15-14 win.

The Cougars ended their spring campaign with an overall record of 12-6-1.  After 8 games (including scrimmages) in their fall, kid-pitch season, the Cougars are 6-2 behind strong pitching and increasingly dangerous hitting.

This weekend (October 1-2) sees the Cougars in action in an HQ4 tournament against a strong field, which thus far includes Porter Ridge, MARA and Indian Trail.

 Previous game scores and updates will be entered over the next few days.  Also, thanks to Mr. Giovannelli for posting some great pictures from the Cougars last tournament, a championship effort in last week's Sunday-Only Tournament at MARA!



Saturday, June 18
Cougars Improve to 11-4-1 Heading Into Final Day of Machine Pitch Season



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The Myers Park Cougars won each of their first round games in today's South Charlotte Invitational as they head into their final day of the 2011 machine pitch season.

The Cougars defeated South Charlotte 11-0 in their early game behind a stingy defense and solid hitting throughout the order.  In their late game, the Cougars beat Weddington Red Storm 10-0, allowing only 13 hitters through 4 innings and winning on the Nations Baseball mercy rule.

Depending on the outcome of the other first round games, the Cougars will play either two or three games on Sunday.  The Cougars are now 11-4-1 on the season, having won two of their past three tournaments.

The South Charlotte Invitational is being played at the South Charlotte Recreation Association fields, located at 3800 Rea Road in Charlotte.  For more information visit www.crystalcarolinasports.com.



Friday, June 17
Cougars Face South Charlotte, Weddington Red Storm in South Charlotte Invitational



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In the first round of their final tournament of the machine pitch season, the Myers Park Cougars will face South Charlotte and Weddington Red Storm in the first round of the South Charlotte Invitational on Saturday, June 18.

The Cougars play South Charlotte at 9:00 am and Weddington at 11:00 am at the South Charlotte Athletic Recriation fields, located at 3800 Rea Road in Charlotte.

The annual South Charlotte Invitational traditionally includes some of the top 8U all-star and challenge teams in the Charlotte region as they head into their summer break.  Among the other teams participating are MARA, Porter Ridge and Weddington Thundersticks.

Depending on the Cougars' performance on Saturday, they will play two games on Sunday - hopefully for their third championship of the machine pitch season! The Cougars will then take a break until they resume practice in August, in preparation for their first kid-pitch tournament on Labor Day Weekend.



Monday, June 13
Cougars Play Tough, Get Mixed Results in Beast of the East



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The 10th Annual Beast of the East Super Regional proved two things to the Myers Park Cougars: (i) they can compete with the best teams in the region; and (ii) baseball games can be won or lost on a couple of plays.

The Cougars went 1-2-1 over their four games, but easily could have ended up with a 3-1 record.  In their first game they played a revamped Weddington Thunder team and carried a 10-6 lead into the bottom of the 6th inning before giving up five runs and losing a heartbreaker, 11-10.  The Cougars rebounded with a 16-1 win over the Huntersville Black Sox in their afternoon game on Saturday with a tremendous, all-around hitting performance.

On Sunday morning the Cougars faced one of the best 8U teams in North Carolina, the Caldwell Heat.  The Heat are a travel team which has played in nearly 70 games in 2011 alone, but the Cougars showed that they could compete with the best despite having cold bats on a hot Sunday morning at Nevin Park.  The final score was 9-0 in favor of the Heat, but even the Heat's coaches praised the Cougars' defense as one of the best they had faced in their long season.  The Heat went on to win the Beast of the East with five straight wins, but against no other team were they held to less runs than in their battle with the Cougars.

In their final game, the Cougars once again faced their season-long rivals, the Weddington Thunder.  Both teams were weary after being baked by the 95 degree weather over two long tournament days, but the players rallied to give their fans a game to remember.  Weddington held a consistent lead throughout the entire game as the Cougars continued to struggle at the plate.  Entering the 5th inning down 6-3, the Cougars rallied to take a 7-6 heading into the 6th and final inning.  Weddington stormed back, going up 11-7.  In the bottom of the 6th, the Cougar bats continued their offensive resurgence and the 6th inning ended in an 11-11 tie.

The two teams then demonstrated some remarkable sportsmanship, lining up to shake hands rather than going into extra innings after playing one another in spirited competition four times over the past two tournaments.  Cheers to Weddington Coach Jeff Cheek for suggesting that this would represent a fitting end to a tough tournament.  Neither team deserved to walk off of that field on Sunday with a loss.

And as Scott "Scootch" Hosmer demonstrated on the ride back to Charlotte, the Cougar squad was ready for some down time!



Wednesday, June 8
Cougars Win Second Straight Tournament, Improve to 8-2 on Season



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The Myers Park Cougars showed strong form in winning the 2011 CCBL Memorial Tournament over Memorial Day Weekend at the Myers Park Trinity Little League fields.  In their four games, the Cougars outscored their opponents 68-17 with a balanced attack, featuring outstanding defense and solid hitting performance.

The Cougars played against Dilworth and South Park on Saturday, and then had to pull out both games of a double-header against Weddington on Sunday to claim the 8U 4A Division prize.

Tournament highlights included:

  • Harris Hollar making some CRAZY defensive plays at shortstop, drawing rave reviews from fans and opposing teams alike.
  • Stuart Jarrell showing power at the plate and a strong arm in left field.
  • Carter Andreozzi being named the MVP of the Championship Game with the game-winning hit following a tough injury in center field, earlier in the game.

Next up for the Cougars is their first ever Nations Baseball tournament, the 10th Annual Beat of the East Invitational on June 11-12 in Gastonia.  As they head into their final two tournaments of the machine pitch season, the Cougars are now 8-2, having gone undefeated in their last 8 games.