Saturday, August 14, 2010

DREAMS PARK, COOPERSTOWN ~ Little League Tournament


Cooperstown, New York

Little League Baseball
brought to you by
My Cousins !!!

My Little Cousin Justin is up in Cooperstown this week for
Tournament Baseball.
He's there with Big Cousin, his POP, and someone who is a brother to me.

"Jolly Young Players"
you see below in red and white represent the
Long Beach Nationals Baseball Club
Long Beach ~ Lido Beach Little League

Scenes from Tent City

These are pins the players are trading with each other.
The Tribe pin on the left belongs to the Virginia Beach team.
The pin on the right is from a team hailing from Seattle.

This is Long Beach's cap with more collected pins.

And here's an Umpire's Pin.

This was my CUZ earlier this season in game action...

...Legging out an extra-base hit!

where there will be a
this afternoon.

The beautiful mountains of upstate New York
and Baseball.


The HOME RUN DERBY is next.

This will be an on-going post so keep checking out this page for as
long as our team stays in competition during the week.
I will keep posting updates and pictures as fast as my cousin can keep me updated!

These are helpful links if you want to follow along:

and this link is spectacular for the pictures alone. 
It's all the coverage of the
Cooperstown's American Youth Baseball
Hall of Fame Invitational Tournaments

I'm waiting for the first update on how Justin is doing during his turn in the
Home Run Derby

The shadows you see in the foreground are all the parents and fans.
That's as close as the Tournament would allow them!  LOL
Parents are the worst!
: D

The Final report on Justin's day in the HR Derby:
He hit 2 Home Runs.  Pop said he hit a bunch of frozen ropes.
Two more went off the wall.
But alas, no 2nd round.

The Tournament starts in earnest tomorrow.
Dave will be coaching and we are going to get field level pictures!

Here's the Levittown Cyclones team pin.


****DAY 2****
SUNDAY ~ August 15, 2010

Long Beach Nationals play this afternoon at 1:45p.m.

Here are scenes from an early game.

It's game time!
Justin is #14 and playing Left Field today.
He'll be batting 6th in the line-up

Justin is all suited up

The team poses for a pregame picture

Scene of today's action.  First things first ~ Stretching!

Long Beach Nationals (NY)
Cheviot Hills Bombers (CA)

Justin at the bat

A big moment in this game ~ Long Beach leading 4-1 in the bottom
of the 4th inning.  Cheviot Hills had the bases loaded with two out.  A wild pitch by Long Beach allowed the home team to score another run and move the runners along to 2nd and 3rd base.
The score stood 4-2 in the bottom of the 4th with two outs, in a 6 inning game.  With the lead in the balance stellar defense from the left side preserved the 4-2 lead for the Long Beach Nats.

When it was all said and done, the visiting team of today's game,
defeated the home team; Cheviot Hills Bombers
Congratulations Boys!!

To the young men of the Bombers I say you've done everything this afternoon
to exemplify why this is the greatest game in the world with your gamesmanship,
desire, high level of proficiency and respect for the game.  Well Done.

Stay tuned for some vids on YouTube.

Justin worked out a walk in this at-bat.

Here's the last out and the post-game handshakes.

The second game for the
Long Beach Nationals is this evening at 7 p.m.
Field #18

Currently  as/of  8 p.m.


bottom of the 2nd inning

Our Long Beach hurler is struggling with control.
He has walked 9 batters in 2 innings worked.

I just have reports of the final.  It's not good.

Huguenot Huskies (VA) ~ 12
Long Beach (NY) ~ 4
Get yourselves a good night's sleep tonight boys.  You've had a hell-of-a-day.
Tomorrow are new games and today doesn't matter anymore.

Tomorrow the Long Beach team is scheduled
to play at 11 a.m.
and 4 p.m.

See you then.


Monday  August 16, 2010

The first game for the Long Beach Nationals today was scheduled for 11 a.m. this morning.
The game was held up by rain but they played a full game afterwards.

Game One

The field received the pre-game treatment.

And then the rain came.......and went.

The Game:
The Nationals were down early 4-0.  In the 4th inning they mounted a furious comeback
and plated 7 runs to make it a 7-4 game.
The HammerHeads answered back with one run in the 5th inning to make it 7-5. 

Moving on to the 6th inning, the home team Nationals needed to protect their lead.
Big Dave said with runners on first and third and no outs, it was time to summon the National's closer.  The Hammerheads made it 7-6 but the Nats managed to secure two outs during that time.
The final out was made and victory belonged to the home team.

The Long Beach Nationals (NY)
Dane County HammerHeads (NC)

* * * * *

Game Two
The Long Beach Nationals
next game is 4p.m.
Wellesley Raiders (MA)

The early reports aren't good.
The Nationals are down to the Raiders 3-0 after 3 innings.
Wellesley's pitcher is throwing gas.  75+ on the gun.
He has 8 strikeouts through three innings.

In a word...

The updates were coming in.  My Cuz was txt'ing me.
First it was 3-0
Then 6-0
then 10-0
finally 12-0
...and ultimately


That's why you have to have a short memory in Baseball,
because tomorrow is another day to win. 
Today no longer matters and has nothing to do with tomorrow.
There is only one thing that matters right now;
Go out tomorrow and play hard.

Big Cuz said this Wellesley Raiders (MA) team is the best he has seen so far.

The Long Beach Nationals are now 2-2.
There are two games remaining in Pool Play.
Three wins will most likely get us into Wednesday's games.  They need one more.
Securing a spot for Wednesday play with only two wins will require a lot of help
from the other teams and those results.

That's the way today played itself out.
Two more games tomorrow ~ Be there.

That's Baseball!

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