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.

 

 

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