February 2015

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.


“You’re my boy, LEW!”

Remember, Fantasy Camp is for all ages.

88 years old and still bringing it.

88 years old and still bringing it.

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.