Area Code Games: Day Six

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 9th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 0

  … And it comes to an end. Day six of the Area Code Games came to a very quiet close. Unlike the rest of the week, the last day of the ACG is always played in front of a skeleton crew of people remaining in the stands. The smattering of applause from a grand [...]

 
 

Area Code Games: Day Five

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 8th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 0

 

It's a Code Red.  There are smiles all around as the Reds finish up the ACG week unbeaten.

It’s a Code Red.
There are smiles all around as the Reds finish up the ACG week unbeaten.

 

The Red Scare is Back.

 

No, not the Soviets. I don’t care how many times Vladmir Putin is pictured shirtless on horseback, the Russians don’t scare me. And don’t give into the hype and have them scare you either. They are a bunch of insecure leaders in an otherwise beautiful country full of people that are actually sick of their government. But I digress.

 

What I’m referring to is the Four Corners-based Reds team who sewed up the Area Code Games title today with their 8-3 win over the Northeast-based Yankees on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Reds wrap up an ultra-rare unbeaten week here in Long Beach, at a perfect 5-0.

 
 

Area Code Games: Day Four

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 7th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 0

 

The A's outfield of Nico Hoerner (Stanford), Jonathan Englemanm (uncommited) and Michael McAdoo (UCSB) made a formidable outfield for the A's.

The A’s outfield of Nico Hoerner (Stanford), Jonathan Englemanm (uncommited) and Michael McAdoo (UCSB) has helped keep the Northern California-based Athletics unbeaten so far this week.

 

Way way way back when the Area Code Games first began, they were held in Lodi, California, which is up North in the San Joaquin Valley and the self-proclaimed “Zinfandel Capital of the World.” The idea for a showcase of top-flite high school talents came from the brain of former scout Bob Williams. The first year of the ACG was in 1987 and teams actually were formed according to the players’ area codes.

 
 

Area Code Games: Day Two

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 5th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 0

Day Two went so smoothly, even the bat boys sat there at the ready in complete unison.

Day Two went so smoothly, even the bat boys sat there at the ready in complete unison. Remember boys, if you don’t comply, you’ll go straight to bed with no porridge.

 

Two days in, the Area Code Games are offering a lot of intrigue, a lot of talent and some really good baseball. And today, there was also a heavy dose of sadness added to the action on the field. You’ll read about that in my write-up of the second game of the day.

 
 

Area Code Games: Day One

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 4th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 1

Another sun-splashed day at Blair Field in Long Beach.

Another sun-splashed day at Blair Field in Long Beach.

 

Yep. First week of August. That means it’s Area Code Games week.

 

And as is my usual lead intro… In the lore of everyday, household-known baseball names, there are a number you recognize without hesitation: Barry Zito, CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett, Bryce Harper, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard, Roy Halladay, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Torii Hunter, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols, etc. etc. Those are some of the talents who have dug their cleats into the Blair Field diamond in Long Beach, California while playing in the Area Code Games. Good enough of a pedigree for ya’?

 
 

Distillers’ Dozen: The Long Hard Summer

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on August 1st, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 0

Mike Rooney, left, the best connection between our sport and how to play it and how to coach it.

Mike Rooney, left, the best connection between our sport and how to play it and how to coach it. And also helping us into this painful part of the calendar where there is no college baseball for the first time since February.

Welcome to the worst part of the year to me: the months of July and August. Here are some of the things racing through my mind and through college baseball’s news feeds over the last few weeks. Starting with the amazing Roons, of course.

 
 

The Mike Rooney Opus

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on July 21st, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 3

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THE JOURNEY TO OMAHA (vol 2)

July 21, 2014 by Mike Rooney

 

At the end of every season, college baseball coaches inventory their program.  What are the areas where we need to improve?  It is player acquisition, player development, facility upgrades, staff changes, or fundraising?  The typical target list is quite large so it becomes critical to prioritize these items.

 

Let’s do the same for College Baseball.  Where can we get better?  What are the changes that are the most urgent?

 

 
 

The Distillers’ Dozen: Our Man Roons & the Post Omaha Buzz

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on July 8th, 2014 in National stuff Comments: 3

Knowing him as I do, THIS is the championship trophy that Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin wishes he was really holding in his hands.

Knowing him as I do, THIS is the championship trophy that Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin wishes he was really holding in his hands.

Okay StitchHeads, this seems like a yearly occurrence for me… I come home from the College World Series and intend to write a wrap-up column of sorts. Then, lethargy sets in and I can’t seem to write a thing for a week.

 

So here you go – a week late at that – my CWS wrap-up and season commentary. But to kick off our Distillers’ Dozen, the “Inside” of our “high and Inside” baldcasts has decided to enter the written word in our college baseball world. Here are Mike Rooney’s Journey To Omaha notes:

 
 

The ‘Dores of Perception – Break on Through to the Other Side

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 25th, 2014 in College World Series Comments: 4

 

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And it’s the Vanderbilt Commodores…

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You might’ve heard it in the post-game press conference. Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor said that he almost wishes he WASN’T from Omaha because he feels that fact puts so much attention on him and takes attention away from his players. Tim Corbin echoed those sentiments about how big this was for his players and how much it meant to him to see his players succeed and win the title. You heard it back on Saturday after his team beat Texas and he just sat on the bench watching his players celebrate and saying, “It like watching your kids open their presents at Christmas. You don’t grab a present of your own and start opening it, you watch your kids and the joy they get from opening theirs.”

 
 

Having A Cavalier Attitude

By Eric Sorenson . Posted on June 24th, 2014 in College World Series Comments: 2

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Virginia didn’t let themselves get in their own way this time. They also didn’t trip over their lip. It was a no-nonsense, nose-to-grindstone type of performance for the Wahoos, and it showed.

 

No wild number of walks. No hit batsmen. No flinging the ball into the stands on routine plays – okay, maybe that happened once, but you get my drift. This is the Virginia team that we saw in the final six innings last night and the team that has been near the top of the polls all season long, playing at an Appalachian-like high, man.

 

Tonight’s 7-2 win for the blue & orange sets up a winner-take-all College World Series finale on Wednesday night. As it should be, right? This is good stuff.