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.

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