Friday, March 23, 2012

Here's to a couple of "my guys" - doing well





We're going to have to make the trek up to Beloit to see Mr. Norman pitch. The team is off to a slow start, but Alex is 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 15K's in 22 IP.

Only 18 H's, only 3 of which are 2B, no 3B and 0 HR's That's keeping the ball in the old ball yard. It seems as if he's keeping guys off balance, as usual. Good job.

The kids that Alex's dad mentioned are raking the ball as well. All good to see.

We had featured Alex in a previous post and his Dad keeps me updated (below) on his progress.

Norman's Conquest Post
http://slavieboy.blogspot.com/2011/11/normans-conquest-elburn-herald.html

One of Alex's teammates from HS, fellow LHP Austin Park appears to be doing well for University of Northwestern Ohio. Austin is currently 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 9.2 IP.

Austin Park, LHP Northwestern Ohio
http://www.unohracers.com/roster/9/3/591.php

Good to see he is keeping the academics in order as well.

2011: Park was named to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Academic team. … Led the Racers with 10 starts, 54.1 innings pitched and 43 strikeouts. … Went 3.6 with a 4.31 ERA and two complete games. … Allowed only 19 extra-base hits against 214 batters faced.

I'm glad to see these guys doing so well, both were great kids to coach. The only negative thing to come out of their success is, it forces me to come to the realization that -- with all that talent to work with -- I really should have had a better record.

Oh well!!!

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Alex had two teammates that were players to watch in D3:
 
Shortstop - Jordan Jaenicke.  Janni was his first year roommate (and oddly shares the same birthday as Alex), AND
 
1st Sacker - Jake Tresemer (Tres).
 
Jordan also won a Gold Glove at third a couple of years ago. 
 
These two kids can rake.
 
bob
 
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This was right on the money Charlie.  I saw Jamie Moyer on MLB network a couple of weeks ago, throw a two hit shut out at the AGE OF 47.  One of the 50 greatest games ever per MLB.  In the process, Moyer "got" the two SONS of players he played with previously.  Garry Matthews Jr  (son of Sarge when Moyer was with the Cubs) and another son that I can't remember.
 
I loved your line about guts and guile and finess, and pitching your ass off, while people stare at their radar guns.  Alex had a 1.55 era this summer against a boatload of DI's this summer.  I will take him in a key game against anybody out there.  
 
My favorite game for Alex though was last Spring during Beloit trip to Florida - against Webster, ranked 20th at the time.  11 hit shutout (3-0 win) against one of the best pitchers in DIII (another Alex by the way).  4 double plays behind him, three in crucial spots – and 3-4 strike outs looking on three different pitches.  The other team had to be thinking how did we not score off this guy.  The guy doing the broadcast for Webster said "this was two great Alex's – theirs was just a little better today.  This was two pitchers going toe to toe."  COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER MYSELF.
 
See ya around the ball field.
bob norman        
 
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