February 2014

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.