Monday, June 20, 2011
2011 Cove Creek Closing Ceremonies
Image: Sam poses with his Sportsmanship and Tournament Champ trophies.
2011 Closing Ceremonies were held last Saturday at Cove Creek.
The Riddle family kept our five year streak alive of having at least one person in a championship game on Closing Day. This year it was Sam's Angels team in the Major Leagues. They beat the White Sox (who had upset the regular season champion Rangers in the semis) by a score of 4-3. The Angels entered the the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 3-2 but won in dramatic fashion with a walk-off single that scored runners from second and third. Sam played shortstop the first three innings and pitched the final three innings to earn the win. He also hit second in the line-up, went 1 for 3, and scored the Angels' first run of the game.
At the closing ceremonies, three individual awards are given in each division. I am very proud of Sam who received the Sportmanship Award by the vote of his peers at the Major League level (11-12 year olds).
My Hot Rods team in Rookie League finished the season at 8-12, getting knocked out in the tournament semis against the Astros last Wednesday. Our highlight of the regular season, however, was getting a coveted win against the Astros (the regular season and tournament champ), giving them their only loss of the year. In that game we were down 12-1 after two innings but came back to win 13-12 in six innings. Isaiah was a steady first baseman, pitcher, and lead-off hitter for the team, and Joseph served as our most excellent bat boy.