Your 2015 Champs……The Scorpions.

In an exciting Championship game, The Scorpions edged out Frazier’s Heaters, 6-4. The Heaters took a 3-1 in the third inning but The Scorpions pulled ahead, 4-3, in the fifth after John Miret hit a two-run double. Frazier’s Heaters tied the game up in the top of the seventh and pulled ahead on a bases loaded, two-run double. Derek Kraus earned the win tossing 7.0 complete game and throwing 118 pitches.

Congrats to The Scorpions led by Head Coaches Brian Fuentes and Garrett Atkins. (NOTE: This is Fuentes’ second consecutive Fantasy Camp title)

Head over to @RoxFantasyCamp for some more photos and videos of today’s games.

Your 2015 Fantasy Camp Champions, The Scorpions.

Your 2015 Fantasy Camp Champions, The Scorpions.

Lew tasting the win.

Lew tasting the win.


Halfway through Day 3

12:20 p.m. – The first games of Day 3 of Fantasy Camp have just wrapped up. Stritt Streak got on the board first against Vinny’s Cousins but came away with a 7-2 defeat. Vinny’s Cousins’ 14 hits were gave Stritt Streak their third loss in camp. The Cousins’ bottom of the order, 7 through 11 in the order, went a combined 9-for-13 with three RBI and six runs. John Birks threw the seven inning complete game and gave up just two runs.

In the other game, Frazier’s Heaters cemented their place in tomorrow’s Championship game with a 7-4 win over the Dragon Slayers. All but one in Frazier’s Heaters lineup got a hit and all 14 of their hits were singles. Tara Harbert was the ace for the Heaters, tossing seven innings and striking out seven. For the Dragon Slayers, they banged out 14 hits with 10 of them coming from Dave Aldridge, Brian Hastings, Larry Merfelf, Andy Isberg and Tyler Schlagel.

The Scorpions got the morning off and spent the two hours working on some fielding and hitting under the sun. Let’s see if the extra practice helped as they’ll face off against Vinny’s Cousins in the second bill. With the Dragon Slayers loss, The Scorpions clinched a Championship berth.

Frazier’s Heaters vs. The Scorpions for the trophy tomorrow.

Everyone will be back on the field for the second half of games.

Game-by-game results through four games.

Game-by-game results through four games.

First doubleheaders of 2015 Fantasy Camp

Every morning of Fantasy Camp, the participants, coaches and staff members get to the Salt River Fields complex at about 8 a.m. unless they want to get an early lift in, then they take the 7:15 a.m. bus. Whether lift or don’t, everyone enjoys walking into the building with the strong smell of Major League bacon floating through the hallways. The bacon is by far the best part of eating like a pro. Chef Ray Dominguez and his staff do a great job of preparing and cooking lots of it for everyone.

Following the morning feast, campers head into the Theater Room for Kangaroo Court. Kangaroo Court is used every morning to dish out camp violations, all in fun of course. After some friendly banter between campers and coaches, everyone left the theater and headed out to the field for the second games of camp. Stritt Streak got the early morning bye and headed to the cage to work on their hitting. Hitting was their focus since they only were able to muster up four hits in the first game.

The pairings for the games were Dragon Slayers against The Scorpions and Frazier’s Heaters versus Vinny’s Cousins. Slayers dropped their first game of camp, 6-3. Larry Merfeld and Andy Isberg each had two hits for Dragon Slayers. Steve Masted was the offensive hero for The Scorpions, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Frazier’s Heaters squeeked by Vinny’s Cousins thanks to a last at-bat 7-6 win. Steffan Tubbs drove in the game-winning run in the top of the seventh and six scoreless relief innings, which included a final out comeback line out snag.

After a quick lunch, everyone came back out for the second bill of the camp’s daily doubleheader. Between The Scorpions and Stritt Streak, Rob Peckham (3-for-4, RBI, run) and Alan Hanson (3-for-4, RBI, run) led the way for The Scorpions in their 9-3. After falling behind 3-0, The Scorpions scored nine unanswered runs over the final three innings. The Dragon Slayers saw nine of their 11 players had multi-hit games as they beat Vinny’s Cousins, 14-9.

With the second day in the books, the last thing to do before everyone headed back to the hotel was the Fantasy Camp Hors d’oeuvres in the Rockies home clubhouse. It was a good day from Scottsdale and everyone is looking forward to what Day 3 will bring.

Fantasy Camp hors d'oeuvres

Fantasy Camp hors d’oeuvres

The 2015 Colorado Rockies Fantasy Camp is underway!

The first day of 2015 Fantasy Camp is in the books with only one team of the five teams going to bed with the distinct honor of being 1-0.

The morning started with the camp crew – 58 campers plus coaches and staffers – at Denver International Airport with snow falling during the 28 degree morning. After a lengthy de-icing prior to take off, the group landed in Phoenix to a pleasant high-70s and crystal clear skies. After a lunch, group introductions and a camp photo, everyone headed to the clover leaf fields for a skills session. Coaches used this time for scouting purposes. Following the skills portion, there was a one hour scrimmage between campers.

Once the scrimmage ended, everyone came inside for dinner. It was this time that the coaches headed to the draft room and picked their teams. Following the draft, team rosters were announced for the Dragon Slayers, Stritt Streak, Frazier’s Heaters, The Scorpions and Vinny’s Cousins.

With the five-team camp, it left Vinny’s Cousins with a bye for the first game – they spent an hour in the hitting tunnel with coaches Vinny Castilla and Ryan Spilborghs – while Dragon Slayers hosted Stritt Streak and The Scorpions took on Frazier’s Heaters, that game’s home squad. Dragon Slayers were led by Steve Foster who pitched a complete game shutout in the 14-0 win. While, thanks to a last at-bat surge, Frazier’s Heaters tied The Scorpions, 9-9.

On a side note, earlier in the day it was announced that Fantasy Camp Coach, Rick Mathews, a member of all 18 Colorado Rockies Fantasy Camps, will be departing camp early as he’ll be Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Rick Mathews doing what he does best.

Rick Mathews doing what he does best.

Rick was unbeaten as a pitcher for Centerville Junior College (as IHCC was known at the time) in the mid-60s before moving on to Drake University. He returned to Indian Hills as the head baseball coach in 1986 and led the team to a .700 winning percentage over the next six years, including a trip to the JUCO World Series in 1992. He will join original Rockies scouting director Pat Daugherty (coached at IHCC for 17 years) and former Rockies pitcher Kevin Ritz in the Hall of Fame.

Congrats to Rick and thanks to everyone for a great first day.



The Scorpions Celebrate Camp Title

The Scorpions came into the game with a 4-1 record and faced an undefeated The Young & The Restless team (5-0). Alan Czarnowsky led off the game with a triple for the Scorpions but was left stranded. The Scorpions threatened in the top of the second with runners on first and second with one out, but TY&TR got out of the inning with a beautiful 4-6-3 double play.

Derek Kraus (Scorpions) was cruising through the game and had a no-hitter through 2.2 innings. The no-hitter was broken up by Ryan Hewitt with a bloop single to centerfield.

The scoreless tie was no more when the Scorpions plated five runs in the top of the fourth. With bases loaded, Roger Chaddick walked which scored the games first run. Later in the inning, Brad Mangham singled in two runs and then Kerry Weigner doubled in a pair. The game was put out of reach when the Scorpions scored seven runs in the fifth inning and stretched their lead to 12-0.

After The Young & The Restless broke the shutout with a run in the bottom of the fifth, Mangham came in to relieve Kraus and closed out the game. Rick Mathews and Brian Fuentes led the Scorpions to a 15-1 victory.

Kraus earned the win in the Championship game by going 5.0 innings and allowing one run on six hits with six strikeouts. Over the six games, Kraus pitched 14.0 innings and allowed three runs with 17 strikeouts for a 1.93 ERA. Czarnowsky finished the game 3-for-4 with a double, two triples and three runs. Mangham went 3-for-4 with a double, 3 RBI and a run. He also pitched 2.0 scoreless inning, giving up just two hits and striking out three batters and was elected the Championships Game Most Valuable Player.

Championship Game is Underway!

We’ve reached the Championship Game of Fantasy Camp. The Scorpions will take on The Young & The Restless in a complete seven inning game.

Lineups and both teams lined up!

Lineups and both teams lined up!

After a lead-off triple from the Scorpions in the top of the first, they couldn’t push that runner across the plate. Who’s gonna step up?

Fantasy Camp Day 3 Wrap-Up

There have been some bumps and bruises along the way for some of the campers, but everyone remains in good spirits and have enjoyed their time through the three days here. Right now, everyone is inside the theater for the Coaches Bull Session. The session is a time where the campers get to ask all of the coaches questions that range from playing careers to what they are doing now when they get home. It’s a really intimate time.

While they are off doing their thing, some of the camp staff members are in the office taking a little time to enjoy a nice dinner cooked by Ray Dominguez and staff.

Fantasy Camp staff grabbing a bite to eat.

Fantasy Camp staff grabbing a bite to eat.

With five games down in camp and we will be watching the Scorpions take on The Young & The Restless in the Championship game. The consolation game match-ups will be Scared Hitless at The Love Letters and Family Matters at Dragon Slayers. Some highlights from today’s double header are:

Game 4

  • The Young and the Restless plated 8 runs in the first inning and sent 14 hitters to the plate.
  • Ryan Hewitt (TY&TR) collected his 3rd three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with a triple and run scored.
  • Andy Watson of the Scorpions came up a single shy of the cycle and collected 6 RBI. It was his second multi-RBI game of camp.
  • John Birks pitched a 7.0-inning complete game, surrendering 3 runs/2 earned as the Dragon Slayers beat Family Matters. Out of a possible 33 batters faced, he threw 27 first pitch strikes (82%) and 67 total strikes (96 total).

Game 5

  • The Dragon Slayers’ David Anderton was 4-for-4 with a triple, home run, 5 RBI and 3 runs in the win over Scared Hitless. Seven of his 10 hits at camp have gone for extra bases.
  • The Murray brothers from Family Matters were a combined 8-for-11 with a double, 2 triples, 7 RBI and 4 runs in the win over The Love Letters.
  • Family Matters had 9 batters with multi-hit games, 5 of which had multi-RBI games.
  • Joe Scahill (Family Matters) was 2-for-2 with a walk, RBI and a run in the first game of the doubleheader and went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 4 runs. He has hit safely in all 5 camp games.

Time to relax, take the anti-inflammatory’s and rest up!

Fantasy Camp Day 2

It was a busy second day at Fantasy Camp with each team getting to play a doubleheader. Campers started to arrive at the complex beginning at 7:30am for breakfast and maybe a little workout session…if they were really ambitious (not many were).

The group gathered in the theater for Kangaroo Court at 9:00am and went over the punishments from Wednesday. George Frazier, a veteran camp coach and former Major League player, was the judge of the court and had everyone rolling on the floor. When that was done, the campers went out to the field and began their stretch and warm-up program.

Some highlights from Game 2 (first game of the DH):

  • Jason Weber had a complete game, 9-strikeout performance for Scared Hitless in the morning.
  • Alan Czarnowsky gave the Scorpions an early 2-0 lead with a 2-run double in the first inning. He finished the first game 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and 2 runs.
  • Ryan Hewitt was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and a run scored in The Young and the Restless’ 13-2 win over Family Matters.
  • Brian Cree pitched a 7.0 inning complete game for The Young and the Restless and allowed 2 runs/1 earned while striking out 7.
  • Brian Hastings collected 2 of The Love Letters’ 7 hits against the Dragon Slayers.
  • David Anderton (Dragon Slayers) was a single shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, home run, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored.

With just enough time between games for the participants to grab a quick, light snack, many did.  Highlights from Game 3 of camp:

  • Tim Cox led The Love Letters offense going 1-for-5 with a triple, 5 RBI and 3 runs. TLL scored 14 runs on 6 hits over Scared Hitless.
  • Steve Foster of Scared Hitless collected his first RBI of Fantasy Camp when he led off the 6th inning with a solo home run to center.
  • Steffan Tubbs (Scorpions) has hit safely in all three games of camp after going 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI against Family Matters.
  • Arlis Bader went 3-for-4 with a RBI and 3 runs, and has driven in at least one run in each of his team’s first three games. He has 7 RBI in camp which is tied for the camp lead.

After 3 games, The Young and the Restless and Scorpions remain the only unbeaten teams. They’ll square off against each other tomorrow (Friday) at 1:45pm but after each teams plays a game at 11:00am. Could this be a preview to the Championship game?

On a side note, the Spring Training truck arrived from Denver with a lot of the belongings of players, staff and the equipment that will be used during Spring Training.

The truck has arrived!

The truck has arrived!

We’re just 9 days away until Pitchers and Catchers report. It’s almost here!

First Day Of Fantasy Camp Completed

After a LONG first day of Fantasy Camp, it came and it went. Many of us woke up before the sun broke through the clouds in Denver and as we were driving to the airport, we saw the temperature gauge hit -17. The 70ish of us that were on the Frontier flight to Scottsdale and when we saw that it was 50 degrees at departure, man, were we excited.

From cold to better

From cold to better

When we arrived in Phoenix, we quickly grabbed our luggage and loaded the two buses to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. After arriving, the campers unloaded the bus and chowed down on some really good chicken and veggies. When lunch was done, we all went to the locker rooms to change and get out on the fields to show the coaches what we could offer them if they drafted us. We had rotated between hitting, fielding (infield and outfield) and pitching stations while each coach jotted down notes on everyone. After the stations, we broke up into six teams and played an hour long showcase game against live pitching.

Following the game, it was dinner in the chow hall while the coaches and Fantasy Camp staff went upstairs and held their private draft. When the draft was completed, we all gathered in the theater room to announce the teams and for what coaches we would be playing for. Once the theater broke out, we put our game uniforms on and headed out to the field. After a quick stretch and warm-up, it was game time!

With the Dragon Slayers, The Young and the Restless and Family Matters each winning their first games they sit a top the team standings but with two more games for everyone tomorrow, a lot can change.

Some Day 1 highlights were:

  • Jeff Barnes getting the Scorpions on the board first with a RBI single to center in the first inning. He finished 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and run scored.
  • A five-run second inning pushed the Scorpions lead to 8-0 and was highlighted by Alan Czarnowsky’s 2-run double and Barnes’ 2-run single.
  • Brian Hastings was the only The Love Letters batter to have a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and 2 runs scored.
  • Don Karras started for The Love Letters and pitched 3.0 innings and struck out 7 of his possible 9 outs.
  • Arlis Bader and Quentin Schamber combined to go 2-for-5 with a triple, home run 9 RBI and 3 runs scored for The Young and the Restless.
  • Steve Foster threw a Fantasy Camp-high 108 pitches over 4.0 innings and struck out 6. He also went 1-for-2 with 2 runs scored at the dish.
  • Gary Barta went a perfect 3-for-3 with a RBI and 2 runs.
  • The Harbert family – Tammy, Roger and Tara – were a combined 3-for-5 with 4 RBI and 5 of the Family Matters’ 13 runs.