|, Aug. 30, 2010|
Discussion: SSUSA IN BOERNE
The 40's team in the Boerne tournament is actually a 45+ team composed of retired Air Force members from the San Antonio area playing in their first sanctioned tournament. They are young and inexperienced and just looking to learn the game at the seniors level. Although the tournament scheduling or lack of was a problem for everyone all in all the tournament provided the 40's team just the right amount of exposure that they need to the game. They played the entire tournamnet with the same 13 guys from start to finish despite what FreeAgent10 would like for you to believe.
The experienced players from the other senior teams at all age levels welcomed us in with open arms and shared with us the secrets of how to be successful at the seniors level, these individuals were a class act and we welcomed their advice. I only wish we would have listened to them.
In fact it was players from the Houston Free Agent team that told us to stop over swinging and just take controled swings hard and down through the infield, we appreciate the advice and help from these players as well as many others who gave up their time to help educate us as we continue to learn the game.
We gave up 5 runs to every 50's team that we played, which we were okay with as we just welcomed the opporunity to play and learn the game. We lost both of our seeding games to better teams (Houston Free Agents and Carlito's). We were again being beaten by a good HFA team before we rallied in the open inning to score 17 runs and hang on to win 26-24.
We then played the Hosuton Half Breeds who hit the ball a heck of a lot harder than we do and are a very strong team. Again we were down 7 runs down in the last inning when we came up to bat in the open inning. After our first 2 batters of the inning flew out we went on a run to score 11 straight runs and only won because the Half Breeds hit a HR that counted as an out because they had already used all of their bombs earlier, again another good team that probably should have beaten us. We then played Carlito's who wore us out 34-13 with consistent hitting and solid defense, again another good team that even though they pounded us shared with us many of the errors of our way. Just like the Half Breeds another class act team that was more willing to teach us and share with us then complain about having to play us. Our experience was eye opening and even though we may have a few years of youth over the teams that we played we really enjoyed the opportunity to play and learn from the teams that we played against and found them all to be eager and willing to help us as we continue to learn the game. We have nothing but respect for the teams and players that we played against as we formed many new friendships and were taught some hard lessons by the veterans of the game. We salute you the players and teams (Houston Free Agents, Carlito's, Half Breeds) of the seniors division and thank you for making us feel welcomed.
FreeAgent10 I can understand your frustration with blowing an 11 run lead against us, as you were beaten by a 40's team that isn't as good as you are but just happened to have one good inning when it mattered most. A new 40's AAA team playing in their first tournament ever, I think the tournament director did an outstanding job of pairing us in a bracket where we would have a chance to play and be competitive. Honestly all of the teams that we played agaianst were better teams than us and we took lessons learned from every team that we played and hope to only get better. Senior players are truely gentlemen of the game as well as teachers to the 50 players of tomorrow. You guys are the players that we inspire to become and we respect and admire your game as you can still play the game, man can you ever :-)
FreeAgent10, I don't know what to say to you my friend. Yes, you were beaten by a 45+ team that you had totally outplayed for 5 innings. Are you a better team, without a doubt. However there's no need to fabricate stories and reasons for the loss at the expense of a younger inexperienced team. Again we are thankful for the oppotunity that the Boerne tournament directors gave us by allowing us to play. We are also appreciative of the friendships that we formed with many of the players that we met this past weekend. To you the players of the Houston Free Agents that took the time to spend with us and share with us your knowledge of the game, again we thank you for your time and friendship and don't harness any ill feelings towards any of you based on the comments of FreeAgent10.