Tuesday, May 28, 2013

MPTLL Postseason League Tournaments

It's tournament time at Myers Park Trinity. Click on the links below for the updated brackets for each division. Final games will be played at 12:00 on Saturday, just before Closing Ceremonies. Good luck to all the teams.

Major League Tournament

National League Tournament

American League Tournament

Al Browne Wins Major League Title

Al Browne clinched the 2013 Major League championship on Wednesday with a 16-4 victory over Christ Church in the final game of the regular season. The offense was led by Avery Schwartz, who went 4 for 5, including his 2nd HR of the season.  Raul Beltran had 3 hits and his 3rd HR, while Darnell Craig added 2 hits, including his 1st career HR over the left field scoreboard. Henry Merchant handled the bulk of the pitching, allowing 2 hits over 5.1 innings.

Congrats to the players of Al Browne, who led the team out of a late season slump to finish on top. This is the team's 6th league title in the last 9 years.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Cooperstown Team Fundraiser

Stop by the table set up at the center of the park on Wednesday night to support the MP Cooperstown team fundraiser. They are selling entries for a "golf ball drop" that will take place on Closing Day, June 1st. All of the balls purchased will be loaded into a container, which will be raised above the outfield at closing ceremonies. The balls will be dropped at once over a golf cup cut into the field.

Closest to the pin wins up to $3,000. Furthest from the pin wins up to $400. Entries / golf balls cost $20 each. If less than 1,000 balls are sold, prizes will be 15% and 4% of the total proceeds respectively. The balance of the proceeds after payouts will help fund the MP team's trip to Cooperstown Dreams Park for a week of tournament baseball against 100 other 12U teams from around the country.

So stop by on Wednesday and support the team.

Friday, May 3, 2013

T-Ball: Still the Same After All These Years

Legendary Charlotte sports writer, Bob Quincy (left), was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame last night. He was a World War II veteran, five-time N.C. Sports Writer of the Year and spent a long and distinguished career in sports media.

But he was also part of the MPTLL family at one time. While he usually wrote about bigger and better things, back in 1980 he wrote about us. More specifically, T-Ball, which at the time was still being played on the Eastover Elementary School playground. There were winners and losers back then. Only two years prior, there had been an actual championship game - played on our crown jewel, E.C. Griffith Field on Randolph Road, no less. I know - I was a 5-year-old on that team and we cut our beach vacation short to come back and play in it.

Otherwise, it's amazing how little has changed about T-Ball in 33 years - the tears and tantrums, the clover picking and helicopter watching. And as Quincy said, "...unless one has the patience to deactivate a time bomb, he never should consider running a T-ball team." Still true. Enjoy, straight from the scrapbook: "No One Left Holding The Bag In T-Ball" - Bob Quincy, Charlotte Observer, 1980.