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seminole tony

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Posted - 04/22/2012 :  21:59:28  Show Profile
Looks like the RoadRunners get it done down in Valdosta tonight. A big congrats on winning the NIT. I would like to hear a little about the games against some pretty strong Florida teams. Early on it looked like the Florida teams might walk off with it. Lets hear what went on.

DBL PLAY

34 Posts

Posted - 04/23/2012 :  01:07:52  Show Profile
This is a very neat format and was a lot of fun to watch but I must say that there was a red headed kid there that played the game with more heart and desire than any kid I've ever watched compete. He also did this with the deck stacked against him because he amd his team were 13u. Not only did his 13u team go undefeated in pool play but he also hit an opposite field HR in the ship. With all that said they did take a big 13-1 lose to the Roadrunners in the ship.
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Mike Corbin

523 Posts

Posted - 04/23/2012 :  09:45:20  Show Profile
I wish that I had of been able to go! But I was here having a great time with my 9u Roadrunners.

It is a pretty cool format. Although the weather eliminated the best 2 out of 3 Championship. All reports said that 13u Team Florida team was very, very good. Like DBL PLAY said they did beat all of the Georgia teams in pool play to earn their spot in the Championship. The redheaded player you are referring to sounds like he is a great player. But also from what I heard threw a TON of curveballs. Sure hope that he is able to maintain a healthy arm if that is a usual occurrence with them.

Congratulations to the Roadrunners on keeping that Championship here in Georgia. And to all of the other teams who played representing their states.
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DBL PLAY

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Posted - 04/23/2012 :  10:54:14  Show Profile
I'm not sure if.he has to throw as many hooks at the 13u level but it was obivous he was in the Roadruunners heads and it is a lot to be said for a kid to be able and beat such a high caliber team when the deck was stacked against him. Kudos to him and his team!!
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Mike Corbin

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Posted - 04/23/2012 :  12:41:08  Show Profile
I wasn't taking anything away from him or his team. Did you not read what I wrote? I said "Team Florida was very, very good". That they had " beaten ALL of the Georgia teams to earn their place in the championship". And that "he is a great player".

I am however concerned that the kid threw about 80 to 90% curveballs to win a 13/14u baseball game. He sounds like a player who has some great skills. But he won't be able to continue to abuse his arm that way for long. But he certainly was very effective this weekend!

Edited by - Mike Corbin on 04/23/2012 12:43:09
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seminole tony

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Posted - 04/23/2012 :  13:52:12  Show Profile
Me and my "Rabbit" kept close tabs on these games and wished we could have been down there to watch the Georgia teams play. Again, a big congrats on bringing home the trophy!

Edited by - seminole tony on 04/23/2012 15:20:34
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DBL PLAY

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Posted - 04/23/2012 :  15:52:38  Show Profile
Oh no Mike I wasn't trying to imply you were taking anything away from that young man or his team and to even agree with you I think first and most of all the saftey and well being should come before winning. Dr. Andrews has been quoted as saying that more importantly the number of pitches should be looked at rather than what pitch is being thrown. In my unprofessional opinion I think that player may have gone over what I would consider an exceptable pitch count but without the exact number I couldn't be sure. I was told though that if he is not pitching he is catching and that is plus his pitches a lot of use with that arm.

I will say that I have seen in some cases where parents, players and coaches at the end of a loss pull out the sore loser card and start to throw out the "I hope he can still pitch at 18" statement. I was also told that the Roadrunner coaches were in panic mode discussing how many innings the young man could throw in the championship. It must have been a site to see the RR head coach who is an ex major leaguer worked up over a 13yr old boy!


Edited by - DBL PLAY on 04/23/2012 16:04:55
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ItsjustLLBBall

119 Posts

Posted - 04/23/2012 :  16:59:36  Show Profile
Exactly its not the type of pitches, it's the fact he would pitch in a game, throw a lot of pitches because he does strike a lot of kids out, then he catches, throws to second from his knees between innings to show off his arm, and when he plays third, he asks for extra ground balls from the 1st baseman to show off his arm across the diamond...truly a great competitor and athlete but a shame he is being abused like that...He threw close to 50 pitches vs us in the pool play and then turned around and caught the next game within an hour and then started catching in the championship game and then came in to pitch again in the championship and easily threw 50+ in that game because it didn't go as smoothly in the championship as it did in the pool play..so in the two day period, well over 100 pitches, caught both days and played third...the team's parents should take a stand and make this type of behavior stop...
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ItsjustLLBBall

119 Posts

Posted - 04/23/2012 :  17:08:54  Show Profile
And they weren't being sore losers at all, they were a bit upset at the fact the umpires said there was two minutes left and then came back after our kids took the field and said they game was over....also one of our hitters was called out on strike 3 with the bases loaded when he was not standing in the box and was never warned to get in the box...the umpiring down there was atrocious to say the least and I hope those umpires involved are actually forced to take some sort of class...Clear lack of basic rule knowledge...
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bestplayinbaseball

67 Posts

Posted - 04/23/2012 :  19:48:30  Show Profile
On top of the weather, the 14U facilities were awful. No concessions, no scoreboards, no quality food nearby, terrible infields, hard as a rock....even after all that rain! On one field the bases were practically at the grass, no bullpen, no batting cages. The umps were not the worst, but on the other hand could have been better, especially given the other services were downtrodden, and 7 $ to get .in??
Some people stayed at exit 16 which was a HAUL to exit 5 because there was some lack of clarity about lodging and field location. If you are going to host an event you have got to be able to handle the services. I would not play again in the county and it's hard to give a second chance when the 1st impression was sub par.

The RR were there to win. The 13u's paved the way for a team I'm sure most thought twice about, an easy win perhaps. Not sure about the others. I noticed a few things... Some teams did not bring their best to do battle, some serious rec ball performances rom "major" teams, player and staffs absent, low offensive performances, and this from the "bigger" teams, kids not dialed in and "jockeying" for positions this time of the season, and team drama so early in the season....... 13U whooping up on 14U's. Should be an interesting next few months..............

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