Monday, February 27, 2012

Will's Doubles Leads DH Sweep

At 9 am Saturday Will stroked the first pitch of the season over the centerfielder’s head for a stand-up double, setting the tone for the doubleheader sweep of Grace Baptist, at Legion Park in Austell. Will smashed the ball almost on a hard straight line. The centerfielder leaped, and barely touched the ball as it sailed past. On Nathan’s fly ball to center, Will tagged and advanced to third. Later the catcher threw to third, attempting a pickoff, but the ball hit Will and rolled toward the shortstop, allowing Will time to score the first run of the game.

Crown would build on the lead, and Will played a major role. In the fourth he led off the inning with a walk, stole second and third, and scored on Braeden’s groundout. With a big lead, by the fifth inning Crown was only advancing one base at a time. With the bases loaded, Will singled to left, driving in the runner from third.

Coach Rosemond emptied the bench in Game Two. Will caught the last two innings. He only batted once, and again hit a hard, low, deep line drive that hit the very top of the left field fence…barely missing a home run. On second with a double, Will stole third, and scored on Casey’s single. The next inning Will was on deck when the game ended. Will finished the day as the most productive offensive player on either team.

Doubleheaders can run quite long (9 am to 1:33 pm), but Saturday’s was made most pleasurable with the appearance of Don Head, my dear old friend from Second-Ponce de Leon. We had a great time catching up and reliving old times…my voice wore out from talking so much. Don told at least two hilarious stories I hadn’t heard, one about walking into the wrong cabin at Rock Eagle as an impressionable 6th grader. Matthew hung out with Justin, and Ceil chatted with the other moms, practically ignoring Don.

Crown has three home games this week, at 4:30 Tuesday, and a late afternoon doubleheader Thursday. After originally being scheduled to pitch the second half of Saturday’s game two, Will is now scheduled to start the 4 pm Game One on Thursday. Like last year, games can be followed on the internet, at

Will: 3-4, 2 doubles, BB, 4 runs, 3 SB, RBI

#7: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, SB

Franklin: 2-6, 3 runs, 5 RBI, BB, HBP, 3 SB

Andrew: 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI

Casey: 1-2, 3 BB, 3 runs, RBI, SB

Ray: 2-4, run, BB, 4 RBI

Patrick: 1-3, 2 BB, HBP, 2 runs, 2 RBI

Adam: 3-4, RBI, 2 runs, BB

Braeden: 3-7, 4 RBI, run, SB

Nathan: 1-5, triple, BB, 2 runs, RBI

#12: 1-3, 2 runs, BB

Charlie: 1-3, run

Sam: 0-5

Slugging Percentage: Will 1.250, Adam .750, Andrew .667, #7 .667, Nathan .600, Ray .500, Casey .500, Braeden 429, Charlie .333, #12 .333, Franklin .333, Patrick .333.

OPS: Will 2.050, Adam 1.550, Andrew 1.334, #7 1.334, Patrick 1.133, Ray 1.000, Casey 1.000, #12 1.000, Braeden .858, Franklin .833, Nathan .800.

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