Monday, June 27, 2011

Historic Success For Myers Park Trinity

Our league enjoyed its most successful day of summer competition ever on Sunday, winning three All-Star tournaments. The 11's, 10's and 9's all won their Tournament of Champions (TOC) and brought three banners home to MPTLL in one day. The 12's had an outstanding tournament as well, going 4-1 and reaching the semifinals of the 12-year-old TOC.

The 11's went 5-1 this week and beat Weddington American 4-3 in the final.

The 10's went 6-0 in this week and beat Weddington Natl. 13-2 in the final.

The 9's beat Weddington National 8-4 and finished 6-0 in their tournament.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

TOC Schedule Update

The Myers Park 12's lost a heartbreaker 2-1 to Dilworth last night in semifinal action in Pineville. The 11's were rained out and play Dilworth at 11:00 today at home. The 10's play Weddington American at 12:00 in Mint Hill. And the 9's were also rained out and play Dilworth today at 1:00 at Dilworth. Good luck!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Four MP Teams to Play in TOC Semifinals

Myers Park is 15-1 so far in the Tournament of Champions and all four teams will play in the semifinals this weekend. Three teams will play Dilworth tonight: the 12's at 8:00 in Pineville, the 11's at 6:00 at Myers Park and the 9's at 8:00 at Dilworth. The 10's will play an undetermined opponent at 12:00 on Saturday in Mint Hill. Good luck to all of our teams.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sports Parenting the Gerry McIlroy Way

Among all the news about obsessive and aggressive sports parents out there is a good article at Bob Cook's blog, Your Kid's Not Going Pro, about Gerry McIlroy. Gerry is the father of "next big thing," Rory McIlroy, who just came off a 16-under US Open Golf Championship. Obviously Rory did "go pro," but he did it without the kind of parenting that too often makes news in golf and other sports.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Successful TOC Day for MP

Myers Park went 5-0 on Day 2 of the TOC, winning games in all age groups (two by the 9's). The league went 7-1 over the weekend. The 12's, 10's and 9's are 2-0 in their tournaments, while the 11's split two games with a talented Weddington National team. Click on the links in the right hand column for schedules and game results.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

10-year-old TOC Schedule Change

The Father's Day 10-year-old TOC game vs. Coul Oak has changed from 6:00 to 12:00. The dust storm and thunder storm delays on Saturday caused a changed in the Sunday schedule.

The 10's beat CO 5-2 on the first day. The MP 12's won big with four home runs. The 9's were suspended, up 8-0 and the 11's lost a tight one to Weddington National.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

District 3 Tournament of Champions Begins Saturday

The District 3 Tournament of Champions (TOC) starts this weekend in the 9-, 10-, 11- and 12-year-old age groups. Come out and support our TOC All-Star teams as they try to add more banners to the MPTLL collection. Here are the schedules:

12-year-old TOC  -  Hosted by Pineville-Ballantyne LL
11-year-old TOC  -  Hosted by Myers Park Trinity LL
10-year-old TOC  -  Hosted by Mint Hill LL
9-year-old TOC  -  Hosted by Dilworth LL

Don't Forget Home Plate, Boys

This is a heartbreaking story about a team not only losing a game, but a state championship, because a player failed to step on home plate. Don't let this happen to you. No matter how big the game is, you gotta touch 'em all.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What To Do This Summer... Build a Wiffle Ball Field

Here's a cool story about a wiffle ball field and league in New York. Chris Hess did it with dugouts, an electronic scoreboard, and uniforms. Our family's field (left) was done on the cheap. Hours of weekly fun for just an occasional can of spray paint. Oh - and don't forget the foul poles.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Lightning Safety

The animated picture on the left is no joke. It's thunderstorm season and knowledge about lightning safety is a must for coaches, parents and players.

If you can hear thunder, that means lightning is close enough to strike. Get your players off the field and into a closed shelter or vehicle.

Here is a link to more information on lightning safety from the NOAA National Weather Service.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Don't Try This at Home

Here's how the baseball team entertains the fans (and themselves) during a rain delay at Radford University....

Sunday, June 5, 2011

2011 Spring Season Wrapped Up

The 2011 Spring Season was finished on Saturday with tournament championship games and postseason trophies and awards. Congratulations to the following tournament champions:

Major League  -  Christ Church
National League  -  TR Lawing
American League  -  JE Dunn Construction

Congratulations to the following regular season champions:

Major League - Christ Church and Carolina Pad
National League - TR Lawing
American League - JE Dunn Construction

Congratulations to the following team sportsmanship award winners:

Major League  -  Judge Fred Hasty Award  -  Regions Bank
National League  -  Stone Barnett Award  -  McGladrey, Inc.
American League  -  Sean Schultz Award  -  Chick-fil-A

Thanks to all the parents and volunteers for a great season. Special thanks goes to our grounds crew, whose year-round tireless efforts have made our park the absolute best.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Closing Day Schedule is Set for Saturday

The MPTLL league tournaments continued this week with semifinal games on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the Major League division, Christ Church defeated Cameron Harris and Al Browne beat Carolina Pad in 8 innings. CC and AB will meet on Saturday at 12:00 on the "new field."

In the National League, TR Lawing beat Cotswold Barber Shop in 7 and Empowered Benefits beat US National Whitewater Center to earn a spot in the final on Saturday at 12:00 on Wade Field.

And in American League action, JE Dunn Construction defeated K&L Gates and Bray & Long beat Andrew Roby. The two will meet in the tournamant championship on Saturday at 12:00 on Randolph East.

Major League consolation games will be played at 10:00. Good luck to all the teams playing on Saturday.

Closing Cermonies will begin on Founders Field at 2:00, or immediately following the last tournament final. Annual trophies and awards will be presented to various teams and players. Everyone is invited.