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Week 8/9 Wrap-Up

As mentioned previously, from my perspective, this years format is working out smashingly… having had a few conversations over these past weeks where some of you have mentioned missing Upper Hutchinson and our 4 diamond home up there for so many years… know that if the day were to ever come where lights were installed on Upper, I’ve been promised that Thursday nights would revert back to us up there… that’s the dream… but in the meantime, we need 8 diamonds to make our format work and that’s only possible on Lower…

The primary issue this years format is probably causing most of you… is one of individual team attendance… for instance, we have a guy that went on vacation Wednesday before last and returned today… instead of having missed 2 games as would have been the case in all previous seasons… he missed a whopping 6 games, more than a third of the season… makes things tricky… if you’re missing a good player on triple-header Saturday, you’re missing him/her for 3 games instead of just 1… something to perhaps Captain differently in seasons to come or even moving forward this season… I’m considering adding a 14th player to the Dogz roster for instance where we’ve always carried no more than 13, gives me a better chance of staying out of the lurch…

On the diamonds last night in the Design League’s first ever double-header night in Grant Park… we saw 5 of 16 teams sweep… meeting the Reservoir Dogz in a battle for the 1-seed, Clune emerged with the 8-7 win on a walk-off in the bottom of 7 with a neon ball and no light to speak of… Clune off to the 7-0 start… Old Stylin’ showed that they once again have some meddle this season sweeping their 2 games as they flip-flopped with 1-1 Perkins & Will into the 3 seed and into a records tie with the Dogz… and they’ll get to play the Dogz next Thursday with a chance to climb yet another rung up the ladder…

Ruder Group bounced back from a disappointing Triple-Header Saturday to take both of their games yesterday as well jumping all the way back up to the 5 seed… as did VOA with wins over P&W and SOM to move into the 6th seed… and last but never least, SCB… another team I feel capable of big things bounced back from dropping 3 as well last Saturday to take both of their games over theBuzz and Thornton-Tomasetti

Also wanted everyone to know that I noticed all the late games playing into darkness and I also noticed that no games played on our 8 diamonds prior to our 6:30 start… I’ve got an email in to CPD asking whether we can expect the same situation moving forward… if so, we might slide starting times back to 6 or 6:15… if not, we’re going to have to focus harder on starting those earlier games more promptly… while I need to do a better job of blowing the horn on time… as we need to get those second games started sooner. By my perception 8:40 last night seemed to be the cut-off line… a work in progress though, so we’ll work together to improve that…

All for now… same deal next Thursday… and please remember to start fleshing out your rosters for the July 19th Tournament as well as the July 20th rain date… both scheduled for Upper Hutchinson…

Have great weekends…

Week 5/6/7 Wrap-Up

For my money, I have not one single complaint about how the Design League’s 1st Annual Triple-Header Saturday unfolded… it transformed a sputtering May into a month where we got 5 games in the books before the calendar rolled to June… if anything, I kick myself for not having happened upon the idea 2 years ago… before all that pain… but all credit goes to Ed Mirkavic of theBuzz for suggesting the idea… and the additional potential I saw in Ed’s idea to use the day to capture ALL team pictures at one time… has literally turned 10 hours of tedious work into just a couple hours of enjoyable editing…

Most special thanks to our Park District Rep Marie who has always been a great partner, without her this format we’re taking out for a spin this season would not have been possible… her offer of the 4 additional diamonds as they became available to her truly allowed the day to breath and made all games much more stress-free and fun to play… at least that’s what I saw around the diamonds… if you had a different experience, please feel encouraged to put it to words in the comments section of this post…

Now that the day has come and gone and I’ve tallied the results, it would appear some further nuance has been introduced to our Design League traditions… mainly, you need to have a good roster turnout for Triple-Header Saturday… if you don’t, it affects 3 games instead of just one as it would have in past seasons… this caused major stumbles for a handful of teams while more unlikely suspects appeared to benefit… one way or another, the Leaderboard feels different than it has in the past after 5 game weeks… and we move now to the double-header portion of our season where the same dynamic is in effect, albeit over only 2 games any given Thursday… but all the same, Captains need to focus more closely on making sure they’re covered for players… I saw more teams taking automatic outs for the lack of 2 girls than is typical at all… that just another observation…

One of my favorite aspects of the day was not having to stick to a rigid clock… playing games all the way to their conclusion regardless was nice and relaxed. Three games went to extra-innings, one went 8, another 9 and the very last game to finish Saturday was an epic battle for the ages where SOM eventually bested Thornton-Tomasetti 11-9 after a full 11 innings…

The second to last game to finish was Old Stylin’ scoring 6 runs after 2 outs in the top 7th to tie the game against Dobbins Group… and then later in the bottom of the 9th, after scoring 1 to take the lead, thwarted Dobbins final push ending the game with a double-play where out 1 was a 4-throw rundown between home and 3rd.. and out 2 was a quick sidearm throw to 3rd to get the trail runner who was trying to advance there while the rundown was happening… absolutely amazing finish to that one that I was lucky enough to witness live.

The day saw 6 games decided by one run… any of you have a game summary for an interesting game you were a part of that everyone might like… please, please post it to the comments.

Please start readying your rosters now for our first of at least 5 double-header Thursdays which will commence later this week on the 5th… games will return to the rigid clock, I’m going to go with exactly an hour for the first games this week at 6:30 and then monitor how the light situation feels at 8:30 near the ends of the second games… we’ll adjust from there moving forward.

Also, and an email will be going out to Captains soon specifically regarding the fact that this years Tournament is scheduled for a Saturday (07/19) and the Tournament Rain Date is scheduled for the very next day on a Sunday (07/20)… there’s a reason for this which I will explain… but I’m including it here now so that you can alert your players with as much notice as possible.

Last but not least, sincere thanks to all of you for making Triple-Header Saturday the success that it was. Everyone showed up close to on-time… you all queued up for pictures perfectly… we didn’t have nary the argument, that I heard about anyway… an all around great day… thanks to one and all.