Billings MVP & Gold Glove Award- Marc McCullough
Pensacola MVP- Larry Hall
Sarasota MVP- Randy Meeker
Louisville MVP- Kyle Gehring
Tampa MVP- Nick Benge
Chattanooga MVP- Stan Defehr
Plant City MVP- David Parsley
Indianapolis MVP & Tony Perez Award- David Meranus
Daytona MVP- Will Adkins
Dayton MVP- Steve Bitzer
Cincinnati MVP- & Joe Nuxhall Award- Doug Price
Goodyear MVP – Phil Deaton
Trainers Award- Robert Napier
Joe Morgan Award- Steven Balzer
It is Friday and that means 3 innings with the Pros. Each team will play the Pros for 3 innings. The Championship team crowned Thursday night will start off the day against the Pros. The Pros have lost one time in all these years. The pressure is now on the Pros to continue their winning ways.
This is the fun part of the week. You get up to the plate to face Tom Browning, Danny Graves or Joe Price. You can see if Herm Winningham or Billy Hatcher will make the outfield catch as you hit a high fly or maybe see if Ron Oester or Doug Flynn can turn two for the double play.
The Championship game was played under the lights for the second year in a row at the Reds Development Complex on Thursday evening. It was Cincinnati vs Dayton.
Cincinnati was coached by Ron Oester and Glenn Braggs. While the Dayton team was coached by Ron Robinson and Billy Hatcher.
Cincinnati’s starting pitcher, Doug Price had Mike Goldshot, a veteran camper attending for his 25th year catching for Doug. Dayton goes up by 2-0.
At the top of 4, Dayton brings in Big Gig Franklin to pitch. Goldshot with bases loaded gets a hit and brings in a run. At the bottom of 4 it was now 4-2 in favor of Cincinnati.
Tom Brown helped his team in the 5th by driving in a run. Les Murray singles to make it 6-2 for Cincinnati with bases loaded. Jim Etherton is hit by a pitch forcing a run in with one out to make it 7-2.
Dayton makes a pitching change bringing in Bitzer who strikes out two and ends the inning. Moving on to the top of the 6th, Dayton retired the side. In the top of the 7th, Dayton tried to catch up with 5 runs down. Doug Price pitching for Cincinnati, had one on base and no outs. Then it came down to 2 on and one out with Dayton hanging in there. It just wasn’t enough as Doug Price got the last out leaving 2 on base as Cincinnati got the 7-2 win.
The playoff brackets were settled on Wednesday. The final four will be playing in the morning to determine which teams get to play under the lights tonight for the Championship game and trophy.
Match games will also be played on Thursday. Match games are games that were set up for teams to have the opportunity to play the team they may have not played yet. All teams will be scheduled a game during each session. These games will be completed prior to the grill out.
Last year was the first year that the Championship game was played under the lights at the Reds Development Complex. The other teams will be finished for the season and will take over as the fans in the stands instead of the players on the field.
The semifinals start tomorrow at 10am! Our final four are:
Cincinnati (4) vs Daytona (1)
Indianapolis (3) vs Dayton (2)
It’s playoff time already. With 5 games in the record books, Wednesday finds the teams in the playoff brackets.
||Team 1 – Daytona
||Team 11 – Dayton
||Team 10 – Indianapolis
||Team 2 – Cincinnati
||Team 5 – Plant City
||Team 12 – Chattanooga
||Team 8 – Sarasota
||Team 4 – Pensacola
||Team 7 – Tampa
||Team 3 – Louisville
||Team 6 – Goodyear
||Team 9 – Billings
Louisville vs Pensacola Sunday, Game 1
The Louisville team was coached by Joe Oliver, Wayne Granger and their cronie Mark Reynolds. Pitchers for the day were Kyle Gehring going 2 innings with 2 K’s, Jeff Kristoff going 2 innings with 2 K’s, Mark Magee going 2 innings with 1 K and taking the loss was Mike McFarland going 1 inning. Their bats were not silent as Dave Gerhing went 1-3 and 1 RBI, Mark Magee 1- 3 and 2 RBI’s, David Foy 1-2 and 1 RBI, Ray Standifer 1-2 with 1 RBI and Tim Tepe 1 -3 and 1 RBI.
Team Pensacola (in white) coaches are Don Gullett, Tommy Helms and their cronie, Dan Mahan. Starting off the pitching was Steve Ritchie going 2 2/3 innings with 4 K’s, Larry Hall at 1 1/3 innings with David Schmidt picking up the win after his 2 innings. The batters were David Brown going 1-3 and 1 RBI, Rob Faber 1-2 and 1 RBI, Larry Hall 2-4 and 3 RBI’s, Dale Snodgrass 1-2 and 2 RBI’s and Charles Lefford going 1 -3 with 1 RBI.
CJ May catching for team Pensacola with his coaches, Tommy Helms and Don Gullet with guest coach, Johnny Bench.
The Monday morning briefing is a recap by the Commissioner, Doug Flynn. This recap involves items from the day before, the daily activity and stats for specific player.
GOLD ROPE: Clayton Zupon
BROWN ROPE: Kirk Schreiber
As you can imagine, the morning briefing has some surprises for the players and their coaches before they head out to do stretching in the morning with the Reds trainers.
It was also photo day today, so everyone got their photo with the Pro’s. A great memento for the Man Cave.