13U DHYS Hornets take home Dizzy Dean District 3/4 Hardware
Directly on the heels of a second place finish at the Eastside Summer Slammer Tournament, the 13U DHYS Hornets advanced undefeated to the combined Dizzy Dean District 3 and 4 championship game before falling in two games to the Eastside Tide.
The Hornets first defeated the Sharon Springs all-star team 14-2 in the opener, behind superb pitching from Cartman Cross-Dunn. Cross-Dunn scattered 6 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings as he went the distance. The run-rule shortened game was dominated by Hornets’ hitting, as Jack Purdy, Max Cook, Zaylen McCoy and Gaines Moore all contributed 2 hits and combined for 11 RBIs. Every batter in the lineup had a hit as the Hornets’ .429 batting average was too much for Sharon Springs.
In the Hornets’ second game of the double-elimination tourney, they faced off against the Hobgood Heat, who they had defeated 5-4 in the first game of the tourney season this year. Led by three innings each of strong pitching from Michael Hannah and Jack Purdy, who allowed only 1 run total, the Hornets again defeated Hobgood 10-7. Zaylen McCoy led all batters with five RBIs, with three coming on a clutch, bases-clearing triple in the 5th inning that secured the game and was mere feet from an inside-the-park grand slam. Nick Holt and Jack Purdy also provided two hits each as the patient Hornets racked up 10 walks.
In the nightcap, the Eastside team proved too much for the Hornets, taking the game 11-1 despite a strong 3 1/3 innings by Mercer Buechner and more hitting heroics by McCoy, who had 2 of the Hornets’ 5 hits. Max Cook was voted by the tournament coaches as worthy of the Sportsmanship Award.
In the first championship game, the undefeated Hornets continued their pitching and defensive domination, leading the Eastside Tide 6-3 behind 6 innings of 2-hit, 7-strikeout pitching by Michael Hannah. Unfortunately, a very good Eastside team was able to rally in the 7th inning, scoring 6 runs to take the first game 9-6. The Hornets’ bats were paced by Mercer Buechner, Noah Hammond, and hot-hitting Zaylen McCoy, who each contributed two hits.
The Hornets’ exceptional play netted them second in the combined Districts 3 and 4 and an automatic berth in the State Dizzy Dean tournament in Calhoun, Georgia.
12U DHYS Stingrays finish 2nd at Southwest Early Bird Tournament
The Druid Hills Stingrays hit the ground running in their first tournament of the summer during the Memorial Day weekend. After losing a 4-3 nail-biter to New Georgia in the opening round, they began the second round by handing Bill Arp a convincing 17-6 loss and then proceeded to get revenge on New Georgia, defeating them by a score of 9-7. The Stingrays finally fell to the home team, Southwest, in the championship game.
The Stingrays are pictured below, along with their well-deserved hardware.
11U DHYS Warriors Cap Off a Great 2012 Summer
After a very tough rebuilding 2011 summer, the 2012 Warriors came out swinging hard, and playing tough defense early in the summer. Entering an all 12U tournament during the Memorial Day weekend was a tough way to start the summer. However, the Warriors battled hard against the older and bigger teams to take third by losing to the inevitable tournament champions in the semi-final game.
In the 39th Annual Larry Hutson Tournament at Shaw Park, the boys played two fantastic pool play games, to take the first seed going into the bracketed play. However, our Warriors met a formidable opponent in the Kennesaw Generals, an inevitable Dizzy Dean District 3 Champion, and lost their first bracket play to end their run at Shaw Park.
The Warriors then traveled up to the first annual Coaches Curing Kids Cancer Tournament at Wills Park in Alpharetta. The boys played well, and were sitting strong in third place when Mother Nature decided to take Sunday and Monday off the calendar. The tournament was cancelled, and the Warriors were left in 3rd.
Then came the Dizzy Dean District 4 Tournament in Sandy Springs. The Warriors had never played on a Sunday – ever. This was about to change with this tournament. After meeting a buzz saw in the Sandy springs Storm, and their first of only two mercy losses of the summer, the boys dropped down into the losers’ bracket in this double elimination tournament. They then won their first game in the losers’ bracket to take the team into the SUNDAY quarterfinal game versus Sharon Springs on Father’s Day. Not only was this the first game the Warriors had played on a Sunday, but they won – what a great father’s day gift! However, their high was tempered quickly by the doubleheader semifinal game versus NYO. Errors in defense, and NYO’s pitchers hitting three of our batters took the Warriors off their game, and they ended up losing to the two teams in the District that would take 1st and 2nd.
With the 3rd place in the Dizzy Dean Districts, the team earned a berth in the Dizzy Dean Sanctioned “A” State Tournament up in Rock Spring, Georgia – affectionately nicknamed “Shawshank” by the team due to the seemingly pre-1950’s ballpark amenities and cinderblock dugouts. They would be playing the 16 best 11U Dizzy Dean teams in Georgia. The Warriors’ first game was against the host Rock Spring team on Friday night. The Warriors played very well, and earned their first mercy win of the summer. Then they were paired with the Kennesaw Generals, the team that hit two homers for 5 runs in Shaw Park to beat the Warriors 9-4. This time, the Warriors came ready to rumble on Saturday night. The extra inning game saw many aggressive and gritty plays by both teams, but ended with a walk-off, game-winning single in the bottom of the 7th to take the team into the Sunday game versus SCRA. The 105-degree Sunday afternoon was tough on both teams. The home team Warriors were down early, but fought back to tie the game in the 6th, taking them to another extra-inning game. The heat and errors allowed the SCRA team to get 2 runs in the top of the 7th, and the Warriors couldn’t convert. The Warriors had to come back Monday night to play in the quarter final game against a Hall County team that was weakened by many games in the losers’ bracket. They played hard, but couldn’t keep up with the Warriors’ pitching and aggressive base running. The Warriors mercied Hall County in 5 innings to earn a spot in the semi-final game versus Winston immediately following the Hall County game. This would be the Warriors’ 5th and final game in the State Tournament, where they would lose to the inevitable State Champion Winston team, earning a true 4th place finish in the “A” States.
The 2012 All-Star summer was capped off with the 2nd annual Wood Bat Classic hosted by the DHYS 12U Aces and our 11U Warriors team at Medlock Park. Another long, hot weekend of baseball, but this time the heat came from the solid team play by the Warriors. Four straight wins, including three wins by the mercy rule, earned the team their first championship!
Third Place – 12U Memorial Day Early Bird Tournament
Third Place – Coaches Curing Kids' Cancer All-Star Tournament
Third Place – Dizzy Dean District 4
Fourth Place – Dizzy Dean Sanctioned “A” State
Champion – 2nd Annual DHYS Wood Bat Classic
Overall Record 15-8
9U DHYS Red Devils win 2012 Rome Classic
The 9U DHYS Red Devils played hard throughout a long and hot weekend to win the 2012 Rome YAI Classic on Sunday June 24th. After struggling at district on defense, this was a strength during the tournament. The Red Devils pitching staff allowed only 9 walks during the entire tournament and the defense supported them with 42 putouts, making just 5 errors along the way. Way to go Red Devils!!
Saturday saw the boys go 1-1, beating the host Rome Braves 5-0 before falling 4-6 in a close game against the Alpharetta Eagles. Sunday’s play started with a rematch against Rome for which the score was tied 5-5 before the Red Devils broke it open with 5 runs to start the 5th inning, ultimately winning 10-7. The boys dove into a rematch with Alpharetta in the semi-finals, this time winning 9-2. The championship game was also an opportunity for the Red Devils to avenge a loss, this time against the NYO Rangers who had beaten them during district play. It was different this time as the Red Devils nine came to play and won 14-2 in just 3 innings. The Red Devils are now 12-6 on the year and start play in the State Invitational June 29th.
Below is a picture of the team after the championship.
9U DHYS Red Devils Place 3rd in DD State Invitational and Capture Sportsmanship Award.
The 9U DHYS Red Devils finished 3rd at the DD State Invitational Tournament held at Acworth Sports complex June 29th through July 6th. The Red Devils were also awarded the Tournament Sportsmanship Award.
The Red Devils continued their strong play of the weekend before by getting off to a good start in this tournament, beating the OP Sharks and the Buckhead Bucks in the first 2 rounds. They then demonstrated their moxie by scoring 6 in the bottom of the last inning to beat the Sandy Springs Cyclones to up a district tournament rematch game with the Eastside Tigers. Down six runs going into the bottom of the 6th against the Tigers, the boys once again showed that never say die attitude. A walk and 3 straight hits started off an exciting inning at bat which unfortunately ran out of gas after scoring 5 runs with the tying run on base. The game ended in an ever so close 10-11 loss.
After a day of rainouts the boys returned to challenge the Hobgood Heat and once again they gave their all for 6 innings. Behind 2-12 late in the game the boys executed an exciting play designed to manage the game clock. With 2 outs, the bases loaded and time running out in the bottom of the 5th the boys began to steal home. One boy crossed and then the second before the other team got a handle on the ball and tagged out the third and final runner, with just seconds left on the game clock. With a chance to play another inning the boys showed great defense and held the Heat to no runs in the top of the 6th. With the score then 4-12 the boys put it all on the line once again in a gallant last inning comeback effort. They scored 4 to make it 8-12 and only stalled after our batters hit rockets to the outfield, forcing the defense to come up with some great plays to win. Unfortunately, the opposing team was not to be denied this time as their outfielders made 3 straight great catches to end the game.
The State tournament capped a great tournament season that saw the 9U Red Devils play in 6 tournaments, winning 15 games against only 8 losses. Along with the 3rd place finish at the State Invitational, the Red Devils placed 1st in another tournament and went 4-1 in a semi final finish. Way to go Red Devils!
9U DHYS Mavericks finish 2nd at Dizzy Warm-Up
The Druid Hills Mavericks capitalized on great defense, solid pitching and timely hitting to go undefeated in poolplay and advance to the finals of the 2012 Dizzy Warm-Up Tournament at All-Tournament Players Park in Marietta on June 3rd. Along the way, the Mavericks defeated the North Gwinnett Bulldogs, Sandy Springs Cyclones and Oregon Park Piranhas before falling to the East Cherokee Cobras in the championship game. The Mavericks are pictured below in their tournament t-shirts.
DHYS 8U Invitational
The DHYS 8U Destroyers and Dragons hosted the 2012 DHYS 8U Invitational June 15-16 at Medlock Park. In the quarterfinal round the Destroyers and Dragons faced each other. The Destroyers came out on top in a fun game between competitive but friendly teams. The Destroyers went undefeated and won the tournament convincingly, and the Dragons finished fourth.
7U DHYS Dynamite finish 2nd at Southeastern All Stars
At only their second tournament ever, the Druid Hills Dynamite finished second in the silver bracket at the Southeastern All Stars. The team lost a close match to the Powder Springs Seminoles in the championship game after beating them in pool play the previous day. The boys keep getting better at hitting and fielding, and their coaches and families are proud of them. The Druid Hills Dynamite is pictured below.
7U DHYS Dynamite Qualifies for State A
Update: The Dynamite have qualified for State A; the first DHYS 7U team ever to qualify for State A!
Hit `em hard, Dynamite!!!
The 2012 DHYS Summer All Star Tournament Teams
Posted below are team rosters for the 7 year old through 14 year old age groups.
2012 14U Tournament Team
David Benoit, Manager
2012 13U Hornets
Jeff Hannah, Manager -
2012 12U Aces
Michael Albuquerque, Manager -
2012 12U Stingrays
David Tansill, Manager -
2012 11U Warriors
Jamie Laubenthal, Manager -
2012 10U Vipers
Tom Hills, Manager -
2012 10U Gladiators
Kirk Setzer, Manager -
2012 9U Red Devils
Gary Lusk, Manager -
John Henry Harrison
2012 9U Mavericks
Preston Marshall, Manager -
2012 8U Destroyers
John Blackmon, Manager -
2012 8U Dragons
Devin Gordon, Manager -
2012 7U Dynamite
George Rainbolt, Manager -