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 Post subject: Son wins playoff game
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 12:38 pm 
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Son's team played in second round playoff game yesterday vs. a good team from Orange County called Pacifica. Son pitched 6 innings and his team prevailed, 2-1, in a tight pitchers duel.

Son went up against a very talented senior pitcher who has been offered a scholarship to Long Beach State. The opposing starter was throwing 91-92 mph with a filthy breaking pitch that appeared to be a slider. He would target the pitch knee-high, corner and it was unhittable.

Son started off slowly ... walk, bad pickoff, double, walk and down 1-0 very quickly. However, son got ground balls when he needed them. Two double plays were big, including in the 5th with runners first and second, no outs. Son then got a nubber back to the box for the third out. One big pitch and the inning plays out for the good guys.

Crespi scored two in the 4th and had really good AB's from the second inning on. They put together 8 hits, most of which were solidly smoked, and put up 2 runs to take the lead. Also had a runner thrown out at the plate on a close play.

Pacifica appeared to have tied the game in the 5th, but runner on third called out for leaving early. Runners first and third, one out, and batter hits a "duck fart" to short RF. The Crespi RF'er made a really good diving catch. If he does not catch the ball, the inning is pretty ugly. He makes the catch, and throws to first to get the runner who left early ... would have had him but the first baseman had moved off the bag into cut-off position. Ball finally picked up with the trail runner back on first. Meanwhile, the guy on third had crossed the plate and gone into the dugout.

The 3rd baseman and son yell to appeal. Ball tossed to 3rd and runner called out.

Son put down Pacifica 1-2-3 in the 6th and turned the game over to the Crespi number 1 starter for the 7th. He closes out the game.

Son has received credit for two wins against highly-ranked pitchers (Skaggs from Santa Monica and Gerritse from Pacifica). Both guys have a lot of attention from scouts and will be high draft selections, but son was the winning pitcher in both games. Son is the epitome of the "crafty righty" who keeps the ball down, gets ground balls, and avoids walks.

Here is the newspaper article about the game.

http://www.dailynews.com/preps/ci_12456338


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Very nice. Congrats to all. Keep us posted on the continuing journey through the playoffs.


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 Post subject: Re: Son wins playoff game
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Nice to hear he battled through and won the game. Very nice.

Where in the season is No. 1 AZ?

The lovely and talented ZelieKim continues rehabbing shoulder and muscle tone for upcoming jump to D1 women's hockey next year.

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 Post subject: Re: Son wins playoff game
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ZelieMike wrote:
Nice to hear he battled through and won the game. Very nice.
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Thx, ZM. Battled is a good description. He made pitches when he had to.

We always think about pitchers facing pressure in key spots, but batters face that pressure x 2. Pitchers have lots of tough spots, key situations. Batters may get 1 key AB per game. The pressure is more on them than the pitcher, and son takes advantage.

P.S. Son hit a kid with an 0-2 pitch. The batter (right handed hitter) wore a large elbow pad on his left arm. When son threw on 0-2 curve, the kid turned his left shoulder towards the plate and stuck his padded elbow out. He wanted to get hit - that is why he wears that thing on his arm.

I can also guarantee that he gets out of the way if the pitch is thrown 2-0 or 3-0.

I have previously professed my disdain for metal bats. Now, those elbow and arm guards have equal dislike in my book. The batter yesterday clearly put his elbow in the path of the pitch, down in the count, struggling to make contact. Let's see him do that without an elbow pad.


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 Post subject: Re: Son wins playoff game
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Congrats Bucfan...

Is he playing in any summer leagues or doing any summer wrestling camps?

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nad69dan wrote:
Congrats Bucfan...

Is he playing in any summer leagues or doing any summer wrestling camps?

Son is busy during summer. His coach founded a summer league 15 years ago, that now has 30 high school teams participating. Son plays on that team, but also attends summer wrestling work-outs and conditioning.

He is a tired kid come bed time.


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Bucfan wrote:
nad69dan wrote:
Congrats Bucfan...

Is he playing in any summer leagues or doing any summer wrestling camps?

Son is busy during summer. His coach founded a summer league 15 years ago, that now has 30 high school teams participating. Son plays on that team, but also attends summer wrestling work-outs and conditioning.

He is a tired kid come bed time.


Baseball is a relaxer after summer wrestling...of course I was a heavyweight and used to pull objects like an ox...

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Goooooo Crespi!! 8-)


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Argentum wrote:
Goooooo Crespi!! 8-)

Thx, Argentum.


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 Post subject: Re: Son wins playoff game
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nad69dan wrote:
Baseball is a relaxer after summer wrestling...

No doubt, Dan. Other parents are inquiring about John wrestling in the fall. They worry that it will take away from his baseball preparation.

My feeling? Son is much tougher mentally, and stronger physically, because of his wrestling experience. That has made him a better pitcher.

Seriously, I wish Ian Snell had wrestled in high school.


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