Friday, August 24, 2012

Season Wrap-up

The 2012 Red Sox season came to a close after they were swept by the Mustangs 2-0 in the three game series.  The Muckdogs advanced to face the Comets in the GPMABL championship.

The team was much improved after a rough start to the rebuilding year.  With more new guys than returning ones and a new manager, the team started the year 4-12.  The pieces started coming together in the 2nd half as the Sox went 6-7 in the last 13 games of the regular season, and stunned the defending champion A's in the first round of the playoffs.  Next season appears promising as the team will return a solid group of players.

The Red Sox were proud to send five players to the GPMABL All-star game held at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Delaware. The guys represented the team well, and had the following stats:

Bret Binder, P: 2IP, 1H, 0 ER, 1K
Rich Ryan, OF: BB, SB
Jason McDowell, OF: 3B, R
Shaun Frazier, SS: 1B, RBI
Steve McDermet, C: HBP, SB, R

Outfielder Joe Gorman was also voted an All-star, but was unable to attend.

Manager Brian Freiland also attended the game, snapped a few photos, and helped collect a $170 donation for the Aiden Peterson Foundation - a education fund set up for the son of our fallen Red Sox teammate Don Peterson.

Here is some of Brian's handy work behind the camera.
Shaun Frazier watches Jason McDowell at bat as he waits on deck.
2012 GPMABL All-Stars
(left to right) Bret Binder, Rich Ryan, Brian Freiland, Jason McDowell and Shaun Frazier.  Steve McDermet (kneeling)
   See you next year!
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Binder No Hits Defending Champion

Binder fires a pitch in the 1st Inning
Bret Binder made history on Sunday by pitching the franchise's first post-season no-hitter.  As the 7th seed, the Red Sox faced off against the #2 seed and defending champion A's in a single-elimination contest.  The game's lone run was scored by Steve McDermet on a groundball to the second basemen.  Steve was on second, and broke on contact.  As the second baseman threw to first, Steve rounded third and didn't stop.  The throw by the first baseman wasn't in time, and Steve's agressive baserunning paid off.  Bret kept the A's off-balance all day and there were very few hard hit balls.  Congrats to Bret!

For the next round, the Red Sox face off against the #3 seed Muckdogs in a best of three series.  The first game was played immediately following the A's game, but the Sox couldn't keep the good momentum going as they fell 9-4.  Muckdogs' ace Nick Long got revenge for his post-season no-hitter loss against the Red Sox last year.

The Sox are down 1-0, and need to win this Sunday to keep the season going.  The game is at Plymouth Meeting and first pitch is at 10am.  See you there!

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