The 11U Red Devils continued their championship ways, winning the Georgia Dizzy Dean District 4 Tournament at Webb Bridge Park in Alpharetta. The Red Devils swept through the winner's bracket of the double-elimination tournament with victories over the NYO Rangers, NYO Firebirds and Sandy Springs Storm. At six o'clock, Monday night, June 22nd, the Red Devils faced the Firebirds for the championship, and dropped their first game of the tournament in a gut-wrenching 8-7 extra innings loss. With both teams having one loss, the stage was set for a final winner-take-all game. After a short break, the teams were back on the field for the championship rematch. The Red Devils, still recovering from the effects of that night's first game, fell behind 0-2 in the first inning. But then, behind a virtuoso one-hit, 4K, no walk pitching performance from Finn Blackmon, the team showed its grit and fought back for redemption in the form of a 4-2 victory. It was this group's second straight district championship, having also won the tournament last summer.
12U Spartans Do it Again, Win the Central Park Invitational! Extend Season Record to 17-0!!
The 12U Spartans continued their winning ways and captured first place at the Central Park Invitational in Cumming. The Spartans look forward to representing DHYS in the upcoming Dizzy Dean District Tournament starting June 26.
8U Red Devils Capture Cal Ripken State Championship!
Timely hitting and stout defense were the order of the weekend for the 8U Red Devils as they swept their opponents en route to the 1st ever Cal Ripken Georgia State Championship for DHYS. A 14-4 victory against the Southwest All-Stars at Boundary Waters Park in Douglasville sealed the title. The Devils pushed 34 runs across the plate in the tournament while yielding only 12 runs to their opponents. The Red Devils defeated the East Georgia (Augusta) All- Stars 12-7 followed by an 8-1 victory over the Buckhead Bombers to reach the finals on Father’s Day.
The Devils jumped all over the Southwest All Stars in the bottom of the first, sending 7 runs across the plate. A bases loaded triple by Ellington Hodge and a bases loaded double by Noah Brocklebank highlighted an 8-hit inning and provided all the offense the Devils would need. Adding a run in the 2nd, 5 in the 3rd, and 1 more in the 4th put the game out of reach by the 5th inning.
The Devils defense did the rest as they allowed four runs spread out over 5 innings. The Devils put on a defensive clinic all weekend, frustrating opposing coaches and players. The Red Devils displayed total team unity as they ran the gauntlet to the title. Against the Bombers, the Devils’ defense allowed only 4 hits as they nearly shut out their in-town rivals.
They are back in action this weekend at the Dizzy Dean 8U District Tournament at Wills Park in Alpharetta.
Planning Your Summer? How about a Summer Baseball Camp!
Our partners Emory University and Pitching for Excellence have finalized their summer camp schedules. Please click here for more information and registration process.
DHYS on Social Media!
DHYS is stepping up its game on social media! Follow us on Facebook. Our Twitter account will give you real time news and updates, including field status (rainouts). And help our new Instagram account go viral by sending pictures from around the park to or texting to (770) 757-2227. And don't forget to include a caption! Tag us everywhere at #dhysbaseball.
Jim "Big Pop" Cobb (1937-2014)
You may have noticed "Big Pop" on our players' jersey sleeves this season. Who is Big Pop?
Jim “Big Pop” Cobb was a life-long coach, umpire and scorekeeper for countless youth baseball teams at Medlock Park over the years. He coached his son and neighborhood kids, and went on to do the same for his grandson and the sons of the same neighborhood kids he coached years earlier. Many of his former young players would still call him by his well-deserved nickname: "Big Pop." We were lucky to have his services well beyond coaching. Big Pop would often be seen even in recent seasons cutting the grass along the foul lines by hand, and painting the outfield foul lines on Friday’s before game time. Jamie Laubenthal recalls one day last year when he came by to deliver his hand-drawn diagram, instructions, and material list on how to make the home plate templates we all use to chalk the field. He was always working out at the park, and we will miss his positive energy very much.
His family tells us that one of his proudest moments occurred when DHYS honored him by naming Field 4 at Medlock Park the Coach Jim "Big Pop" Cobb Field. DHYS will miss Big Pop, and all that he did for two generations of baseball players! There will be a memorial service for Jim in the Spring.
With more than 150,000 visitors to Medlock each year, sponsorship of DHYS provides a great opportunity to help improve the baseball experience of each and every DHYS player AND gain exposure for your business among DHYS area families, friends, visiting teams and area residents who frequent the park year round! Our DHYS families come from numerous communities in and around Medlock Park (including Decatur, Oak Grove, Druid Hills, Emory, Morningside, Virginia-Highlands, Stone Mountain, Oakhurst and others).
Maintaining and improving our park facilities is a constant challenge. Sponsorships are what make critical improvements possible. It's a win-win scenario! Become a sponsor today and help us to improve and maintain the park, increase your business's visibility among area families and receive a tax deduction while supporting local youth baseball.
Our four sponsorship opportunities include: General/Team Sponsorship ($400)
5-foot banner supporting a team or your league of choice
Company ad on DHYS website (with company link if desired)
Listing in the team directory
Field Sponsorship ($1,000)
An 8-foot banners hung on your field of choice
Company ad on DHYS website (with company link if desired)
Half-page ad in the DHYS directory
Scoreboard Sponsorship ($3,000)
Company logo placed on one of the scoreboards AND an 8-foot banner hung on your field of choice
Special recognition on DHYS website, along with an ad and a company link if desired
Full-page ad in the DHYS directory
Medlock Park Partner ($7,500)
Company logo placed on one of the scoreboards and an 8-foot banner hung on EVERY field in the park
Special recognition on the DHYS website, along with an ad and a company
link if desired
Full-page ad in the team directory
All sponsors are invited to set up a promotions table at our Opening Day Ceremonies in the Spring.
Corporate sponsorships are also available. Please contact Michael Rafter, , or 404-443-6702.