With a 7-6 victory over second seeded South Orangetown on June 2, Somers 11U Red Storm won the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League Championship. The success came on the heels of a season long “Spartan” mantra that demanded team first and always sticking together, according to Head Coach John Barbagallo. But no matter the level of team cohesion, adversity can cause a breakdown, and Somers faced such a moment in the fourth inning of the semifinal game versus Briarcliff.
I always knew that someday when I had kids I would be "that" mom. I would be overenthusiastic, loud, and unapologetic for my actions. There was never any doubt in my mind. As a teenager, I was an athlete and also a sport's girlfriend. And I was always there, always loud, and always opinionated. It didn't hurt that I loved all sports and had a working knowledge of what was happening. Of course, I had imagined having girls and envisioned a life full of cheerleading, softball, and volleyball. Or, if I had boys, it would be football. And then I had kids, and my oldest, at an extremely young age, showed quite an aptitude for baseball skills. So, baseball it was.
It was an honor to share the journey and insights of former Chicago Cub and Miami Marlin Adam Greenberg in the book we co-wrote called Get Up: The Art of Perseverance. His journey of resilience and perseverance began in Guilford, Connecticut, with a dream of one day becoming a Major League Baseball player. His relentless drive, work ethic, and passion to succeed took him to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned tremendous accolades in Coach Fox’s baseball program. Soon he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs organization, and made his way through the minors until he got the call.
The Somers Travel Baseball teams closed their regular season with five games on Saturday, June 20th. Winning three out of five, the boys weren’t chilled by only doing break even one better; and despite the unbelievable swelter, they gladly welcomed a little more cooking before calling it a day with their baseball community.
Baseball is an exciting game that brings the whole family together, and allows everyone to enjoy a great game. The warm summer nights, being outside will be fond memories for anybody and their family.
Before the season started, first-year coach Brian Knisley told his team that they were better than the one-win squad that took the field in 2018. Beechcroft High School (Columbus, Ohio) improved its overall record to 3-4 after its 14-2 home win over Mifflin on Wednesday, April 17.
"I like striking people out. I like to see their face and the walk of shame when they leave the plate. It's just so funny and they look at me angry."
- Sean Speakman
I thought it would be cool to take a look back at the first article I ever had published. References are a bit dated but the content still works.
What baseball player doesn’t like the idea of hitting a ball so hard it goes far beyond the reach of the outfielders? The hit that becomes an instant home run and the hit that everyone will be talking about for weeks to come is what every baseball player dreams of. It’s the kind of hit that legends are made out of, and that type of hit is only possible by improving hitting power. Sure, accuracy, focus, and batting form all play integral roles in creating a hit like that, but without hitting power, none of those other factors will lead to an instant home run. Even a poor batter can hit the ball out of the park occasionally if they have some serious hitting power.
As the sun set just behind the baseball diamond at Mifflin High School, in Columbus, Ohio, coach Brian Knisley, first year coach at Beechcroft High School, circled his players up and said these words.
In baseball when you start slow, a cold, wet spring always stands at the ready as an explanation. Whether the team will warm with the calendar certainly remains a question. But the uncertainty didn’t rule for Lewisboro Little League Coach Jason Pizer as his twelve year olds got caught in between all the April raindrops.