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Rattlers: PICTURE DAY is BACK!
by posted 05/16/2021

Hi all, we have been informed by the league that Picture Day is scheduled for next Saturday, 5/22.  Please click here to pre-order your photos: https://preorder.groupphotographers.com/?wo=705846 

 

Our time slot is 2:50 PM.  Pictures will take place at the Crossway complex.  I realize that this means there are two separate trips to Crossway on Saturday, but there are no other open slots that will allow us to make our game at 11.  Look at the bright side - maybe we can get a load of laundry done so the boys' pants are sparkling white? 

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior so that we can get organized.  As I hear more about specific location of photos, I will let you know - but for now let's plan to meet at the tennis courts near the parking lot outside of Crossway 3.  Make sure the kids are wearing full uniforms - including belts.   

 


 
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Rattlers: Thunderstruck! Thunder John slams Rattlers to 12-11 W
by posted 05/15/2021

Another gorgeous day for baseball, as the Rattlers took to Crossway 2 again to face the River Dogs.  The team went with a different lineup today, with new players in new places both in the lineup and in the field.  

The first inning saw Xavier take the hill for a near-perfect inning.  3 strikeouts and the Rattlers came to bat.  Unfortunately, the bats hadn't started the game yet, as the Rattlers went down in order as well.  A pitcher's duel!

In the second inning, Xavier was again on point, striking out 3.  Some errors in the field led to 2 unearned runs against.  The Rattlers came in to bat, and again, were retired 1-2-3.  A pitcher's duel still!

Thunder John took the bump for the 3rd, getting through the inning with 2 stikeouts and only 1 unearned run scored.  (Note: once again, unearned runs are a theme of the game...).  In the bottom of the 3rd, it was time for the bats to emerge from their slumber, as Blake , Kyle and Zac drew walks, and Xavier and Lightning Ben drove in runs with a single and a walk.  The Rattlers were down 3-2. 

Kyle pitched the 4th inning, and was hung out to dry by some poor defense!  He was all around the plate, throwing strikes... but those strikes were being put in play and the ball was being botched around the infield and outfield.  Simultaneously, the practice plan swirled around Coach Pete's and Coach Chris's heads... Plenty for us to work on!  

The bats picked up Kyle in the bottom of the 4th.  Nick led off with a single, then 8 walks plated 5 runs giving the Rattlers a 7-6 lead. 

Zac took the bump for the 5th - and the team again stated to make questionable decisions in the field.  More to work on!  With a 5 spot, the River Dogs took an 11-7 lead.  

It was do or die time as we headed to the bottom of the 5th.  And that's when the storm clouds came rolling in over the hills - started off by Lightning (Ben) leading 4 straight batters to reach.  Then came the Thunder... as Thunder John hit a Judge-ian home run that split the fielders and kept rolling for a game-leading GRAND SLAM!  The Rattlers bench erupted as Thunder John was hooked up to the oxygen tanks. 

Zac was able to regain his focus and shut the side in the top of the 6th, securing the 12-11 win for the Rattlers.  A hard fought win for sure!

 

Team record: 7-1

WP: Zac (1-0)

HR: Thunder John (3)

Runs: Lightning Ben (11), Hollis (4), Nick (5), Adam 2 (8), Thunder John 2 (9), Ben P.(3), Blake (4), Kyle 2 (15), Zac (4) 

RBI: Lightning Ben (5), Adam (5), Thunder John 4 (16), Kyle (15), Zac (7), Judah (12), Jack (4), Xavier 2 (13)

SB: Lightning Ben 2 (13), Hollis (2)

 


 
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Rattlers: Reminder - game tomorrow!
by posted 05/14/2021

Hi all, a friendly reminder that we have our game tomorrow at 11 AM at CROSSWAY 2 vs. the River Dogs.  

Pitchers:  Xavier, Thunder John (1), Kyle (1), Zac

Catchers: Zac (1-3), Thunder John (4-6)


 
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Rattlers: Practice tonight
by posted 05/13/2021

Reminder: Practice tonight 6:00 at Fox Meadow.  I hope to see everyone there!  If you cannot attend and have not already RSVP'd, please let Pete and I know.  Thanks!


 
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Rattlers: My Good-Ness! Rattlers defeat Lake Monsters 11-6
by posted 05/12/2021

The Rattlers and Lake Monsters squared off in a showdown of the top two teams in the Pacific division.  The Lake Monsters came in with a perfect 6-0 record, while the Rattlers came in at 5-1.  It was going to be a burner!

The Rattlers started the first inning in the field with Blake on the hill.  The team struggled a bit in the field, and Blake left the first inning a bit beat up and dirtied (sort of like the water bottle he left at the game, which I will bring to practice tomorrow).  Down 4-0, the team came to bat.  Thanks to a few walks and a RBI single by Thunder John, the Rattlers scratched one back and were trailing 4-1 after one inning. 

Nick took the hill in the second inning.  He pitched really well, giving up 1 unearned run on a couple of hits and an error.  The Rattlers scratched another run back in the second inning, thanks to a walk by Lightning Ben, two stolen bases, and an RBI single by Xavier.  

In the third, Nick gave up a fly ball to the first batter that was misjudged by Kyle, and resulted in a 3 base error.  Needing to pick up his team, Nick picked up his game and struck out the next two batters before retiring the third on a comebacker.  The score remained 5-2. 

Judah led off the bottom of the 3rd with a triple, Kyle drove him in with a double, and Thunder John drove in Kyle with a triple of his own.  A Blake single brough Thunder John home, tying the score at 5 as we headed to the 4th. 

Judah took the mound, and retired the side in order on 11 pitches.  The Rattlers came up looking to take the lead - and after a Xavier single and 6 straight walks, the Rattlers had a 9-5 lead going to the 5th. 

Judah pitched a 2nd inning, and gave up a long fly ball out to Kyle in left field (atoning for his earlier error!) and two baserunners, but left the inning unscathed.  

The Rattlers wound up batting in the bottom of the 5th as time was running short, as we were hoping to play a 6th inning - but the bats came alive again, with a Xavier homerun, singles by Judah and Kyle, a double from Thunder John and a single by Blake.  After that inning, the game was called, and the Rattlers left victorious!

 

The team played well, but the Lake Monsters were not able to pitch two of their better pitchers due to the travel restrictions / pitch counts.  So, I would imagine that if we play the team again, it will be a much harder battle!  Even so, we faced one of the Lake Monsters' better pitchers and still scored 5 runs - the boys can hit, no matter the pitcher.  We will continue to work on all aspects of the game so we can be sure to put our best game forward!

 

Team record: 6-1

WP:  Judah (2-0)

HR: Xavier (1)

2B: Kyle (3), Thunder John (3)

3B: Judah (1), Thunder John (1)

RBI: Xavier 2 (11), Kyle 3 (14), John 4 (12), Blake 3 (5)

Runs: Xavier 2 (14), Jack (9), Judah 4 (14), Kyle 3 (13), Thunder John 2 (7), Lightning Ben (10)

SB: Xavier 4 (9), Jack (6), Judah 3 (6), Kyle (5), Thunder John (1), Blake 2 (3), Lightning Ben 2 (11)


 
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Rattlers: Reminder - game tonight!
by posted 05/12/2021

Hi all, a friendly reminder that we have a game tonight at 6 PM at CROSSWAY 2 vs. the Lake Monsters.  They're a good team (1st place) so it should be a good one!

I haven't gotten the restricted pitchers list yet, but am planning on the following: 

Pitchers:  Blake, Judah, Zac

Catchers: Xavier (1-3), Jack (4-6)

Bullpen: Nick, Thunder John, Kyle


 
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Rattlers: Snakes shine on diamond, defeat Emeralds 15-3
by posted 05/08/2021

Under the threat of rain, the Rattlers looked to rebound from their loss last Saturday against the Emeralds at Crossway 2.  While it looked dicey whether we would get the game in, the rain held off long enough to start on time. 

The offense started early, scoring 3 in the first thanks to a 2 run double by Thunder John and an RBI single from Nick.  Xavier and Jack helped the cause with 3 SB between them.  In the second inning, the Rattlers plated four more runs, thanks to a RBI double from Judah scoring Kyle and Xavier (on an error), and a monster 2 run home run from Thunder John!   

Nick started the game for the Rattlers.  In the bottom of the first, the Emeralds plated 2, but Nick settled in, and in the second Nick retired the side without a run scoring.  Final line: Nick threw 2 innings of NO HIT BASEBALL, striking out 5, and left the game with a 7-2 lead. 

The third inning saw more fireworks, with Kyle smashing a run scoring triple and Xavier bringing Kyle home on a single. Judah capped the scoring with another run scoring double, and the Rattlers led 10-2. 

Thunder John came on to pitch the 3rd, and got through 5 batters in 7 pitches.  That's... that's not Little League baseball!  No walks?  No strikeouts?  3 great defensive plays?  

After getting shut down in the 4th, the Rattlers bats came alive in the 5th again.  After some initial wildness by the Emeralds' pitcher, Nick singled home a run, followed by an Adam single and a 2 run double by Kyle to give the Rattlers a 15-2 lead.  

Jack pitched both the 4th and 5th inning, giving up a Little League Home Run to one of the Emeralds' best players, thanks in part to a throwing error and ... wait, the Rattlers didn't have a right fielder?  C'est la vie!  Jack gave up a couple of hits, but Xavier had a great unassisted double play (catching the ball and getting a runner at 3rd who came off the base), and then the game ended as Kyle threw out a potential base stealer! 

 

It was a good bounce back win for the kids.  Defense and pitching were much stronger than our prior game, and I'm glad the boys got back to solid defensive baseball.  The offense continues to rake - with contributions from everyone, including Ben P.'s first hit of the year!  

(Speaking of Ben P. - I have his bat and will bring it to our game on Wednesday!)

 

Team record:  5-1

WP: Nick (1-0)

Save: Jack (2)

HR: Thunder John (2)

3B:  Kyle (1)

2B:  Judah 2 (7), Kyle (2)

Runs: Xavier 3 (12), Jack 2 (8), Judah 2 (10), Thunder John 2 (5), Ben P. (2), Lightning Ben (9), Nick (4), Adam (6), Kyle 2 (10)

RBI: Xavier (9), Judah (11), Thunder John 4 (8), Lightning Ben (4), Nick 2 (7), Adam (4), Kyle 3 (11)

SB: Xavier 2 (5), Jack (5)


 
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Rattlers: Game tomorrow
by posted 05/07/2021

Reminder:  Game tomorrow 11 AM at Crossway 2 field (near the fire station) at the Emeralds!

Pitchers:  Nick, Blake, Jack, Xavier

Cathers:  Xaver (1-3), Kyle (4-6)


 
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Rattlers: Game cancelled
by posted 05/05/2021

More rain.  

Practice tomorrow 6 PM at Fox Meadow!  


 
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Rattlers: Game today?
by posted 05/05/2021

If we are able to get the game in today, a reminder that we are playing 6 PM at FOX MEADOW vs. the Muckdogs.  

Pitchers:  Judah (1-2), Thunder John (2 - bullpen, 3), Jack (4), Nick (5-6)

Catchers:  Zac (1-3), Xavier (4-6)


 
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