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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: July 2009

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Saratoga National on Road to Williamsport

Here is the list of teams competing in the 11 & 12-year-old New York State Little League Championship tournament at Indian Meadows Park in Glenville this weekend.

The top six teams from throughout New York will gather in a two-game pool play series before advancing to Monday's semifinals and Tuesday's championship game witht he winner advancing to the East Regional in Bristol, Conn.

Pool A final pool play standings
Section 5: South Shore (2-0)
Section 6: Massapequa Coast (1-1)
Section 1: Auburn (0-2)

Pool B
Section 4: North Salem (2-0)
Section 3: Saratoga National (1-1)
Section 2: Johnson City (0-2)

Friday, July 31 games
Massapequa Coast 13, Auburn 2 (5 inns)
Saratoga National 8, Johnson City 0

Saturday, Aug. 1 games
South Shore 15, Auburn 9
North Salem 5, Saratoga National 3

Sunday, Aug. 2 games
South Shore 9, Massapequa 2
North Salem 13, Johnson City 0 (5 innings)
  • Credit to the Burnt Hills Baseball staff for getting these two games in between rain and during the rain later in the day Sunday.

    Monday, Aug. 3 games

    5:30 p.m. Pool A No. 1 South Shore vs. Pool B No. 2 Saratoga National
    8 p.m. Pool B No. 1 seed North Salem vs. Pool A No. 2 seed Massapequa Coast

    Tuesday, Aug. 4
    2 p.m. Optional consolation game
    4 p.m. Optional consolation game
    6:30 p.m. Championship game
    Winner advances to East Regional in Bristol, Conn.

    Here is a link to the Burnt Hills Baseball League host site with a full schedule of festivities.

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  • Monday, July 27, 2009

    Nice night for a drive...:(

    It's officially 74 miles from Saratoga Springs to the Chatham Baseball Complex where the Saratoga National Little Leaguers were scheduled to face Colonie in the Section III final.

    Until the rain came minutes before the official start of the game. A thunderstorm moved through, soaking the infield and making a mess of the outfield grass.

    Coaches, managers and staff from Saratoga, Colonie and host Chatham swept, pooled and pushed the water to make the infield almost to a ready state. The grass behind home plate and the outfield didn't stand up to the umpiring crews inspection.

    The game is set for 5:45 pm Tuesday, but any more rain at the site could move it back North, closer to home.

    The pitchers gain a day of rest for their arms, but no game day rest is granted from the rainout.
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    Thursday, July 23, 2009

    CP Thunder brings lightning

    Clifton Park Thunder 9 yo Cal Ripken Baseball squad wins Eastern New York title with a 10-3 win over Amsterdam.

    The Clifton Park "White" beat in-house rival Clifton Park "Green" Wednesday night to advance to the final.

    On Thursday their bats shook the sky, banging out seven runs in the third inning.

    Amsterdam showed its mettle with a 9-man roster for the final played one inning without a right fielder as one player was in the dugout with a bloody nose.

    Congrats to the Thunder.
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    Tuesday, July 21, 2009

    Rain ruins Cal Ripken 9s night

    Well the weatherman and Mother Nature are not baseball fans as the 9 year old Cal Ripken Eastern New York State semifinals were postponed by rain at Gavin Park.

    The rain also washed out the Saratoga Phillies game against Albany.

    It didn't prevent the Clifton Park Green from beating Queensbury, 6-2 at Gavin Park in the rain on the Yankee Stadium field in the first 11-year-old Cal Ripken ENY semifinal.

    Wilton is set to face Spring at 6 pm as the crews are working to keep the infield fit for play with plans to get the game in.
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    Sunday, July 19, 2009

    9 and 11-year-old Cal Ripken ENY tournament standings

    For scores and standings of the Cal Ripken Baseball 11-year-old 50/70 Eastern New York State baseball tournament click here.

    For scores and standings of the Cal Ripken Baseball 9-year-old Eastern New York State baseball tournament click here.

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    Cal Ripken 9s ENY locals Saturday re-cap

    9-year-old locals re-cap
    Clifton Park White 8, Poughkeepsie 4
    Clifton Park White gave up a three-run lead to Poughkeepsie in the top of the fourth inning, but bounced back with four runs of their own in the latter half for an 8-4 comeback victory.
    Jack Nelson walked to lead off the fourth and was plated on at triple by Benson. Devon Smith followed with a walk and Geordan Buffoline singled him home before Brandon Roberts stroked a double. He would eventually come around to score after Zach Goldberg walked, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
    Benson tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on his own, reaching on a double and then moving around the bags on three wild pitches.

    Amsterdam 7, Wilton 3
    Amsterdam posted four runs in the first inning, forcing the hosts back on their heels in the morning contest.
    Wilton scratched out a run in the fourth inning after Ben Wellson walked and scored after a single by Anthony McCarthy and Ethan Mania reached on an error by the right fielder.
    The hosts threatened in the sixth inning, when Cameron Adams reaching first to lead off the inning, he moved around on a passed ball and stolen base with Max Lee following him with a base on balls. He moved up two bases on steals before both scored on an Amsterdam error.

    Clifton Park Green 8, Queensbury 4
    The second Southern Saratoga County entry doubled up its North Country rival, 8-4 Saturday afternoon at Gavin Park courtesy of a pair of three-run innings early on.
    Cole Vincenzi reached on a one-out walk, advancing on Cole Charrette’s two-out single. Anthony Sgambellone delivered a one-out RBI single before Matt Bishop delivered his single, putting Clifton Park up, 4-0.
    Clifton Park Green tacked on three more in the third as Nick DeBrino took a one-out walk followed by singles from Kyle Douglas and Vincenzi before Mike Pizziketti’s sacrifice.
    The Green added an insurance run in the fifth when Vincenzi reached base for the third consecutive time with a one-out walk and Mike Shields delivered with a pinch-hit single.

    Clifton Park White, 5, East Fishkill 4
    Clifton Park White continued its winning ways, dropping Dutchess Country entry Fishkill, 5-4.
    With the score knotted at four runs apiece in the bottom of the sixth inning, Carter DeCarr led off with a single and stole second, moving over on Ryan Grande’s single. He would score the game winner on a passed ball with Jack Nelson at the plate.
    Zach Goldberg scored the opening run for Clifton Park. He walked to start the inning, stole second and moved to third on Devon Smith’s groundout. He scored on Geordan Buffoline’s RBI single.
    The White team had a three-run third when Goldberg led off with a single followed by a hit from Smith. Buffoline moved the pair over with his groundout, scoring on a Brandon Roberts single and an RBI baseknock by Carter DeCarr.

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    Saturday, July 18, 2009

    Play resumes at Cal Ripken states

    Things started earlier than scheduled this morning at Gavin Park in Wilton as the 11-year-old Wilton vs. Beekman game was resumed in the top of the third inning after being suspended Friday night due to rain.

    Wilton will finish against Beekman before the slate of four 11-year old games get underway.

    On the adjacent fields, the 9-year-old Eastern New York State tournament continues with nine contests during day two.

    Time permitting I'll get a post up with results and standings later today heading into Sunday's do or die contests as only four teams advance in both events to the semifinals.
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    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    New picture record tonight!

    Well we not only set a new record for headshots in the Community News tonight with 90 Clifton Park Cal Ripken Baseball players, but we still made deadline!

    Thanks to Sam Hollingsworth for all the layout help and continued tolerance for these surprise projects. (I think buying him dinner helped).

    I still missed one team that is playing this weekend and owe another, but they be on the cover if they are on their way to the Mid-Atlantic Regional.

    More to come next week, but it won't be a record breaker and done a lot earlier on Wednesday night.

    Thanks for those who enjoy the work it takes to pull this off. Feel free to e-mail my boss at to let her know. Sometimes she questions my sanity when I attempt these projects, but she's still allowed me to push the envelope. Let her know that her decision was the right one.

    Now some sleep!
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    Saturday, July 11, 2009

    Getting ready to kick it in Clifton Park

    The teams have all arrived, the fields are mowed, the lines painted and the Clifton Common along with the Shenendehowa campus soccer fields are impeccable (as usual). Now it's time to blow the whistle and get it started.

    It's a slightly down year with only 108 teams competing...only 108, that will be kicking it on 22 fields this weekend. Previous tournaments have had a staggering 150 teams, cut down to a more manageable 124 to this year's base number of 108.

    Saturday for me is about a few features, staying hydrated and fully sun-blocked for the entire day. Scores will be available here.

    I'll be updating both on Twitter and here from my Blackberry (shameless plug hoping for free stuff).

    Packing up and heading over to the Common now.

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    Sunday, July 05, 2009

    A great day to play two, or three and maybe four

    The Babe Ruth baseball 13-year-old Northern District tournament is in full swing on Sunday with locals Saratoga and Clifton Park in action. If both teams have success it could mean more than just a doubleheader for me.

    Clifton Park takes on power house North Colonie at noon in a winner's bracket showdown while Saratoga plays in a must-win contest against Amsterdam at 3 p.m. The winner of the 3 p.m. contest plays at 6 p.m. against the loser of the noon contest, potentially setting up another Clifton Park vs. Saratoga showdown.

    That would make it a tripleheader for me and if time, space and internet allows, I might stay for the 8:15 p.m. game for the winner of the noon contest, but I think the limit is going to be three.

    Noon contest update: Clifton Park once again gave back a lead, but Corey Hommel did everything in his power to push the green shirts to an 11-5 victory. He went 4-for-4 at the plate and threw six strong innings for the win. Clifton Park will now face yesterday's winner, Queensbury at 8:15 p.m.

    3 p.m. contest: In a must win, loser go home tilt, Saratoga faces Amsterdam, a 10-0 loser to Queensbury yesterday. That winner will then face North Colonie at 6 p.m. tonight.

    5 p.m. update: Saratoga became the first team eliminated from the 13-year-old tournament after a 4-3 loss to Amsterdam. Amsterdam will now face North Colonie at 6 p.m. in another elimination contest. The blue shirts were putting the bat on the ball, but right at the Amsterdam outfielders, including a chance with the tying run at third in the top of the seventh.

    That'll wrap things up for me here at Boght Road Baseball Complex, hoping the Clifton Park squad can get by Amsterdam tonight to put their championship game on the schedule for Tuesday night. A loss puts them in a must-win Monday night with me attempting to make the opening round of the Babe Ruth 15s in Amsterdam Monday.

    'Till then, "Hit 'em where they aint."

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    Saturday, July 04, 2009

    Babe Ruth tourneys in full swing.

    The Clifton Park Babe Ruth 13's gave back some runs, but rallied for an 8-3 win at Boght Road Park in North Colonie.

    Clifton Park faces North Colonie at noon on Sunday, Saratoga gets the loser of the Amsterdam/Foothills Thunder game at 3 pm in an elimination contest.

    Those winners and first losers play at 6 and 8 pm also Sunday.

    In the 14s, Clifton Park lost 4-3 and expect to face Saratoga who was down, 11-5 late on Friday before the game was called due to darkness. They'll meet at 2 pm at Queensbury in an elimination contest.

    The 15s don't start until Monday in Amsterdam, so a little break and I haven't even begun to break down the Cal Ripkens yet. Hopefully tonight.
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    Thursday, July 02, 2009

    Third (rain) strike against Phillies

    Another day, another rain out. Thursday's Saratoga Phillies game at Amsterdam Mohawks is rained out.

    Saratoga will attempt to squeeze in a doubleheader (7 innings each) at home Friday at home.
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    Wednesday, July 01, 2009

    Abby Knight to row at Junior World Championships in France

    The incredible rowing season for Shenendehowa sculler Abby Knight refuses to end.

    The New York State gold medalist, Scholastic Rowing Association national silver medalist and silver medalist at the Stotesbury Cup will continue rowing throughout the summer competitively, qualifying for the Junior World Championships in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, Aug. 5 to 8.

    A 2009 graduate of Shenendehowa, Knight was invited to the United States Rowing junior national sculling selection camp at the GMS Rowing Center in New Milford, Conn. Knight qualified for the world championships by finishing third in the double with Katie Burke from Hillsborough, Fla., at the Junior World Championship Trials last weekend in West Windsor, N.J.

    “It still hasn’t hit me yet,” Knight said from the selection camp. “It’s in the back of everyone’s mind, but being my size I didn’t even think I had a shot. I had no idea how the coach was going to select the boats.
    “(Coach Guenter Beutter) was very fair. When we did a 2k (2,000-meter workout on the ergometer) it was weight-adjusted — that helped me too. It’s pretty amazing. I’m still in shock.”

    While Knight has experienced the thrill of being selected to represent the USA in France, it came with a hefty price: her lavender Hudson single.

    “After we were done with our singles we had them lined up at the camp and a tree fell on my boat, the entire bow is gone,” Knight said. “Hudson already has it, at least I don’t need it for the rest of the summer.”

    Knight, her family and Shenendehowa Crew are also banding together to help the sculler pay for her trip to France. The US Rowing Association requires each athlete to pay a fee to cover the cost of food, lodging, airfare and all other expenses associated with attending the Junior World Championships, the cost is estimated at $5,000.

    Two Web sites have been set up to assist her, here and on Facebook on her “Support Abby Knight” page.

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    If the day ends in 'Y' it must mean a Phillies rainout

    There is one thing that I have learned to guarantee this summer, if it's 3 p.m. in Saratoga Springs it probably means that it is going to do I mean pour.

    I had hope this afternoon, with no rain all day I left job one and headed out for a quick Angus burger at McDonald's (at least it's a lean hamburger!) and there I sat in the dining room watching it rain like cats and dogs.

    It was bad enough that the storm drain that I was staring at had a hard time keeping up with the East Side Rec I knew that my new most unfavorite four letter word had just become R-A-I-N.

    Another day, another downpour and another rainout for the Saratoga Phillies, that's two in a row with a road trip scheduled for Amsterdam on Thursday and a home start against Amsterdam before the Fourth of July day off.

    No word on the latest rescheduled rain outs, but I'll update as they become available.

    Till then, keep your umbrella's handy and be prepared for a slew of 7-inning twi-night doubleheaders at East Side Rec.

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