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"2009 Sidewinders Standings and Game Summaries"
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Game Summaries of 2009
In a game that timed out in 7 ½ innings, the Sidewinders took the loss against the Blue Demons at Berkmar in this one-run game 6-5. Kevin Schmidt had the first hit of the Sidewinders season with a Triple to the fence in the first. However, the team was rusty, with only 6 hits. Also, our pitchers walked 9 while striking out 11. The walks total will have to shrink for us to be successful. One highlight was that Zach John had 2 RBI’s but, in general, the hitting was anemic.
The Sidewinders put one in the win column with a hard fought 4-2 win over the Red Sox at Berkmar. Judd Boyd had two clutch RBI hits and the pitching was outstanding, giving up only 2 runs while striking out 17 and walking 6 in this tight game.
Pitchers Adam Dawkins and Zach John were outstanding. Bryan Carroll also hit the go ahead RBI on a single to right in the top of the 7th.
The Sidewinders turned on the scoring machine, dominating the Diamondbacks 14-7 at Avondale. The Diamondbacks pitchers gave up 8 walks and 8 runs in the first two innings. Zach John had 3 hits and 3 RBI’s and PJ Bennett had 2 run Homerun to lead the charge with the Sidewinders scoring 13 runs in the first 5 innings.
Justin Alexander had 4 hits and 3 RBI’s and PJ Bennett had 3 hits, including a huge 2 out, 2 run double in the first innings while the Sidewinders trounced the Rays 15-3 at Lithia Springs. Newcomer Jeff Parker (left handed pitcher) went 4 2/3 innings, giving up only 2 runs in the first, while striking out 6 and walking only 1. Both Adam Dawkins and Judd Boyd had 2 RBI’s. The Sidewinders ended with 16 hits on the day.
The Sidewinders held the Mustangs to 5 hits and 3 runs to win 6-3 Sunday at Avondale Estates. The Sidewinders had 12 hits in this very fast 2 ½ hour game. Ted Pratt had 3 hits including a double. Taylor Greenhut also had two hits including a double and also scored 2 runs. Cliff Cross also had 2 hits and scored two runs.
Ted Pratt pitched 7 innings, striking out 9 and giving up 2 runs. Zach John finished the game on the mound and struck out 3 and gave up only one unearned run.
The Sidewinders almost let a big lead get away at Meadowcreek on Sunday against the AL Barons. After leading 7-0 after 2 ½ innings and 9-4 after 6 ½ innings, the Barons put a 5 spot on the board in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game. The scoring barrage came from a lead-off walk, three straight singles, a hit batter and an error!
Justin Alexander fired up the team when he led off the 8th inning with a single ripped down the left field line. He stole second and third base and Zach John walked. A passed ball allowed Alexander to score and John to advance to third. Cliff Cross then hit a sacrifice fly to center to allow John to score and give the Sidewinders a two run lead that held up for the 11-9 win.
The Sidewinders run-ruled the Gwinnett Braves 18-2 in 6 ½ innings at Avondale Estates. The Sidewinders amassed 16 hits in 6 innings and Jeff Parker threw 4 shut-out innings, striking out 4 to lead the charge.
Cord Stribling had 4 RBI’s and a double and Cliff Cross had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s. Zach John had two hits and an RBI while Will Jeziorski contributed 2 hits and 2 RBI’s to lead the charge. Bryan Carroll and Zach John each scored 3 runs.
The Sidewinders beat a tough Cyclones squad in a make-up game of an earlier rain-out 10-4 Wednesday night at Meadowcreek. Bryan Carroll had 3 hits and scored a run while Ted Pratt had a triple, 2 RBI’s and scored 2 runs. CJ Kersey also had an RBI triple and Adam Dawkins had a hit and scored 2 runs. Will Jeziorski also had a hit and scored twice.
Ted Pratt pitched 8 innings, striking out 9 while giving up only 2 earned runs. Adam Dawkins closed out the game, striking out two batters.
The weather was hot at Lithia Springs and the Sidewinders knew they had a big hurdle to jump to beat the Atlanta A’s who’s record was 6-1 coming into the game. The story of the game was a 3-hit complete game shut out thrown by Ted Pratt.
Will Jeziorski led off the game with a double to right center and scored on Ted Pratt’s single. Pratt led off the 7th with a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Adam Dawkins. Dawkins stole second and advanced to third on a fly out to center by Cord Stribling. Dawkins scored on an RBI single to right by Zach John. The Sidewinders also added on unearned run in the 9th with the help of two errors by the A’s.
The good guys were happy to get away with a 3-0 win against a tough opponent and extend their win streak to 8 games.
The team took their 8 game winning streak to Pebblebrook on Sunday against the Patriots. Scattering 11 hits, the good guys won 8-2. Adam Masarek had two hits including a double and Cord Stribling had a triple and scored 2 runs. Cliff Cross and Will Jeziorski also both had doubles.
Adam Dawkins pitched a fantastic game, giving up only 1 run in 7 innings, while striking out 11! Our trusty lefty, Jeff Parker suffered a season-ending broken arm while pitching in the 8th. Jeff had surgery to install a pin and screws into his humorus bone on Tuesday. We will miss Jeff and wish him the best of luck.
After injuries to both of our catchers during the game, Ted Pratt donned the gear and Justin Alexander closed out the game. The battered team extended the win streak to 9 games and we hope to heal during the week!
The Sidewinders came out of the gate quickly and scored 3 runs in each of the first two innings to take a 6-0 lead on the Reds (AL) at Lithia Springs. Cord Stribling, Ted Pratt, Zach John and Taylor Greenhut each had two hits. Pratt had a Sidewinder’s record 7 RBI’s on the day. Justin Alexander had 3 hits, including a big two out double in the first inning that scored 2. Zach Day’s first game with the team included a hit and RBI as well as a stellar play while playing second base.
Adam Dawkins had a great pitching performance, striking out seven in six innings and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. Newcomer Zach Day pitched 2 innings, striking out 2 while giving up a run. C.J. Kersey closed out the 9th inning striking out 2.
The Sidewinders dominated 15-4 at the end of the day.
The Sidewinders bettered their record to 10-1 and extended their league winning streak to 10 games in a row!
The Sidewinders put together 14 hits to win 12-2 against the Austell Braves at Lithia Springs on Sunday. The hit parade was led by Bryan Carroll, with 3 hits and 2 runs scored. Justin Alexander also had 3 hits including a Single, a double, and a triple, with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Both Adam Dawkins (bases clearing triple) and C.J. Kersey each had 3 RBI’s. Zach Day also had two hits, including a perfect bunt hit in the 6th inning.
Adam Dawkins threw 7 innings, giving up 1 earned run while striking out 7. Zach Day closed out the game, pitching one inning while striking out 2.
The win streak is at 11 games!
The Sidewinders came away with a hard-fought win 4-3 against the Trojans at Lithia Springs on Sunday. Ted Pratt threw a complete game, giving up only 2 earned runs and striking out 12.
The Sidewinders could only muster 7 hits against tough pitching by Craig ‘Bo’ Waller, who also put in a complete game. Justin Alexander hit a long solo home run to left field to lead off the 7th. However, the Trojans scored in the 8th to tie the game at 3-3. There was plenty of excitement when Zach John led off the top of the 9th with a single and a stolen base. He then advanced to third base on a throwing error and scored by just sliding under the tag at home on Taylor Greenhut’s sacrifice fly to center field!
Pouring rain then came and the Sidewinders were able to shut the door when catcher Kevin Schmidt threw out #2 trying to steal 2nd base after a base hit in the bottom of the 9th. Pratt was able to strike out the last batter with a runner on first (after a walk) to end the game on a wet, messy field.
A lot of fun and a 12 game win streak!
The Sidewinders squeaked another one-run win out at Lithia Springs on Sunday, beating the White Sox 8-7 in 8 innings before the game timed out. Kevin Schmidt hit a walk-off single to right, scoring Cord Stribling from 3rd base with one out after Cord had lead off the inning with a solid single to left. Cord then stole 2nd and 3rd, winding up with 3 stolen bases for the day and scoring 2 runs. Cord also gunned a runner out at home from left field in the top of the 8th inning.
C.J. Kersey had a big two-out RBI single in the 7th inning to score Adam Masarek, who had been hit by a pitch. Justin Alexander had 3 walks on the day and scored 2 runs and stole 2 bases.
Ted Pratt pitched 5 1/3 solid innings, striking out 4, but the Sidewinders defense let him down, committing 4 errors on the day. Adam Dawkins closed the game out, pitching 2 2/3 innings while striking out 2.
Well, the win streak is over, but we didn’t lose. The Sidewinders ended up kissing their sisters on Sunday at South Cobb with a 9-9 tie with the Dirtbags (12-2). The Dirtbags pitcher #25 Gamble was tough and held the good guys scoreless for 4 innings, with a 4-0 score. But the Sidewinders put a 6 spot on the board in the 5th, to put Gamble on the bench.
The Dirtbags came back and scored one in the 7th and 8th innings, but the Sidewinders also scored 2 in the 8th. The game suffered from a rain delay and a lawn sprinkler delay, lasting more than 4 hours before each team scored in the 9th to end in a tie.
Zach John ignited the hitting with a big RBI double in the 5th. Adam Masarek had 3 hits and scored a run. Both Kevin Schmidt and Bryan Carroll reached base 4 times! Will Jeziorski had 2 hits and scored a run as well.
Adam Dawkins pitched on 3 1/3 but threw 104 pitches, giving up only 1 earned run. Zach John hurt his elbow in the 6th inning in relief. P.J. Bennett stepped up big with 3-2/3 inning of relief, giving up only 2 runs.
The Sidewinders squeaked out a win against the Angels Sunday at Campbell 9-8. Leading 8-2 in the middle of the 6th inning, a series of unfortunate events allowed the Angels to put a 5 spot on the board and draw within 1 run. They added another run in the 7th to tie the game, but the good guys scored in the last inning to secure the victory. The final play of the game was an amazing snag by Justin Alexander on a ball hit up the middle. The bases were loaded with 2 outs when Justin dove to catch the ground ball and tagged 2nd base for the final out.
The bottom of the 6th inning started with the Angels lead-off man, Germaine Hyacinth, reaching on an error. The next batter reached on catcher’s interference when Hyacinth took off to steal. Three consecutive hits, including a very unfortunate double to center which was lost in the bright sun, led to the big rally.
The Sidewinders managed 11 hits, including 5 doubles on the day. Cliff Cross hit a two-run homer in the 7th. Kevin Schmidt had two hits including the game winning RBI to score Bryan Carroll. Carroll led off the last inning with a walk and was bunted to second by Taylor Greenhut. After a strike out, Schmidt smashed a double down the left field line to score Carroll. Justin Alexander and Zach Day also each had big RBI doubles earlier in the game.
P.J. Bennett pitched 5 1/3, giving up 7 hits and striking out 6. He was relieved by C.J. Kersey, who gave up 2 runs and struck out 3.
The Sidewinders won their much delayed (by lots of rain here!) quarterfinal series on 10/3-10/4/09. The players were a bit rusty after playing only 1 game in the previous 6 weeks! Our weekend schedules practices, as usual, were sparsely attended! The rust was apparent and the good Diamondbacks squad won the first game 15-1 at noon on Saturday!
We rallied and won game 2 at 4pm Saturday by 8-2 as Zach John put in a stellar pitching performance, giving up only 1 hit in 7 innings. Kevin Schmidt had a big bases loaded double as a high point.
On Sunday at noon, Adam Dawkins pitched a fine game and the good guys were able to lead comfortably by 7-1 for most of the game until Dawkins tired in the 7th. He gave up a run and a 2-run homerun so we went to the eighth inning leading 7-4, which is where the game ended.
The Sidewinders (#1 seed) defeated a tough Atlanta A’s (#5 seed) squad on 10/10-10/11/09 in the 3 game semi-final series, W8-3, L4-3, W10-5.
Heroes for the weekend were Zach John, who threw 7 shut-out innings in game 1 and hit 2 home runs, Will Jeziorski, who hit a 3 run home run, Zach Day with a three run double in game 3, and pitchers Adam Dawkins and Ted Pratt who held the high scoring A’s to only 11 runs in 3 games.
The Sidewinders swept the tough White Sox team on a chilly, breezy Saturday 10/17/09 to win the Championship in two games, 7-3, 15-3!!
Led by a fabulous pitching performance by Zach John, who threw a complete game and gave up only 2 earned runs, while striking out 11 against an outstanding team. The White Sox pitcher was an all-star, striking out 14 Sidewinders (!) and giving up only 8 hits, while throwing 180 pitches in 8 innings!
Will Jeziorski hit a home run and both Zach Day and CJ Kersey had two hits and an RBI for the Sidewinders.
Game 2 was a blow-out, with the Sidewinders scoring 9 runs in the first two innings and cruising while Adam Dawkins shut down the Sox, giving up only 3 hits in 7 innings. Taylor Greenhut was the hitting hero for the good guys with 3 hits and 4 RBI’s. Zach Day also had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s.
Coaches John Wolosick, Bill Carroll and Bruce Greenhut, Sidewinders.
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