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No announcements have been posted yet for Irvine Sting 18 Gold Fastpitch Travel Team.
Three back-to-back "to-the-fence" hits against Renegades brought in 2 home runs and a triple in a "Sting Trifecta." The duel weekends'final count at the Worth Firecracker held in Menifee and Winchester CA tallied in at 5W/2L/3T.
Penn's innovative approach to education began with a revolutionary concept. In 1749 in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin presented his vision of a school in a pamphlet titled Proposals for the Education of Youth in Pensilvania. Unlike other American Colonial colleges, the new school would not focus on education for the clergy. Instead, it would prepare students for lives of business and public service. The proposed program of study would become the nation's first modern liberal arts curriculum. Doors to the University opened in 1751, when the first classes were held. More than 250 years later, Penn continues to blaze trails in education. It is home to the nation's first medical school, which added as early as 1874, a university teaching hospital. The University is also the birthplace of technological invention. In 1946, Penn introduced ENIAC, the world's first electronic, large-scale, general-purpose digital computer. In addition to ushering in new ideas, Penn has welcomed countless leaders through its doors. Nine signers of the Declaration of Independence and eleven signers of the Constitution are associated with the University. Recognized as America's first university, Penn remains today a world-renowned center for the creation and dissemination of knowledge. It serves as a model for research colleges and universities throughout the world.
Rayburn Hesse noted the following ASA Rule changes from the last ASA Council meeting: * The top two finishers at 18A are given automatic berths at the next 18A tournament and do not have to move up to Gold, nor do other top 18A finishers. * Pickup players must come from within the team’s state/metro association * Current age regulations remain in effect; thus college players who are age eligible can continue to play JO ball, rostered or as pickup players * Changed the date of 2003 Gold nationals to the weekend which includes the second Saturday in August * All Gold teams, including top four finishers from the previous year, will be seeded on the basis of two-game pool play * Tournaments must provide a web site and report daily scores * Gold tournaments will no longer choose All American teams * Players using banned bats are ejected from tournaments (not seasons) * Allowing variations in trim on uniforms * Requiring notifying home plate umpire of DEFO/DP changes * Requiring coaches to remain in the box when instructing batters * Requiring batters to keep one foot in the box after the first pitch * Instructing umpires to call “dead ball” when players are injured, and allowing runners to proceed to bases that would have been reached
The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day; The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play. And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same, A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game. A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast; They thought if only Casey could but get a whack at that -- We'd put up even money now with Casey at the bat. But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake. And the former was a lulu and the latter was a cake; So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat. For there seemed but little chance of Casey's getting to the bat. But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all, And Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball; And when the dust had lifted, and the men saw what had occurred, There was Johnnie safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third. Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell; It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell; It knocked upon the mountain and recoiled upon the flat, For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat. There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place, There was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile on Casey's face. And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat, No stranger in the crowd could doubt 'twas Casey at the bat. Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt; Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt. Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip, Defiance gleamed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip. And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air, And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there. Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped -- "That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike one," the umpire said. From the benches, bleak with people, there went up a muffled roar, Like the beating of the storm waves on a worn and distant shore. "Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted someone in the stands, And it's likely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand. With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone; He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on; He signaled to the pitcher and once more the spheroid flew; But Casey still ignored it and the umpire said, "Strike two." "Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and the echo answered fraud; But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed. They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain, And they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again. The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clinched in hate; He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate. And now the pitcher holds the ball and now he lets it go, And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow. Oh! somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey has struck out. Casey at the Bat From The Sporting News of January 20, 1906 by ERNEST LAWRENCE THAYER