Sarasota Reds – Baseball – Reds vs Miracle, Game One – Recap and Photo Journal

5 05 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

2323232327ffp53675nu3396834388wsnrcg3246884777344nu0mrj2The first place team in the FSL South showed  Monday night why it’s gotten off to such a strong start this season (14-9 heading into last night’s contests against the Reds), with the Fort Myers Miracle, led by the hot bat of catcher Danny Lehman, lighting up the scoreboard at Ed Smith Stadium and pulling out an 8-6 victory over the Sarasota Reds.

The Reds made things interesting late, however.  Trailing by five runs in the bottom of the ninth, right fielder Dens Phipps doubled a line drive into left field and brought home both first baseman Yonder Alonso and second baseman Alex Bucholz.  Catcher Devin Mersoraco then singled on a fly ball, again to left field, which allowed third baseman Neftali Soto to score yet another run from third base.

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USF – Baseball – 2009 – Bulls vs Bearcats (Game Two) – Thoughts and Perspectives

4 05 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

dsc_0651Being new to USF baseball (okay, I admit it; I’ve not been much of a baseball fan – at least, until discovering the Bulls . . .), I didn’t think I would have gotten the least bit emotional when I arrived at Red McEwen field Saturday evening, just in time for the introduction of four players – Brandon Smith, Mike Consolmagno, Trey Manz, and Chris Rey – being honored as a part of the program’s annual Senior Night.

Parking spots were a scarce commodity for the second of a three game series between the University of South Florida Bulls and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, thanks to graduation ceremonies taking place concurrently at the nearby Sun Dome.   Plenty of smiles and more than a few shed tears, however, were in abundance out on the diamond.

One thing that you’re taught as a media representative — never give a hint of your personal leanings toward one team or another when you’ve been asked to cover an event.
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USF – Baseball – 2009 – Bulls vs. Bearcats (Game Two) – Photo Journal

4 05 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

All photos original work by and property of Jason Roberts

Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

The following is a sample of the photographic work done at the 2009 South Florida v. Cincinnati baseball game on Saturday, May 2nd.

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OCU Baseball – Stars grab NAIA homerun record

1 05 2009

A freelantz contribution; written by Jessica Lantz

100_1815They say records are made to be broken; for the Oklahoma City University baseball team, last Thursday night brought the opportunity to do just that, with the Stars shattering a NAIA home-run record against cross-city competition, Southern Nazarene University.

The record-setting night at Jim Wade Stadium saw OCU topple a landmark the team established just last year, with the Stars smashing seven homeruns by four different teammates by the end of the night.  In doing so, the program also finished the contest with a record-breaking season total of 149 homeruns now penned in the books. 

It being Senior Night at the park, it was fitting that seniors Landon Camp, Jason Machado and Brent Weaver were part of the record-setting evening, all contributing to the overall total of homeruns for the game.

The OCU Stars notched yet another win on the season, beating the SNU Crimson Storm 12-2 and running their season record to 47-7 (23-6 conference).  The Stars are second in the NAIA, trailing only Lubbock Christian in the standings.

The game was kicked off by a two-run blast by Nick Spears of the visiting Storm in the first inning.  OCU would fight back with theirown scoring effort in the bottom of the first, however, with a two-out homerun hit by Kirk Walker. Read the rest of this entry »





OCU Baseball Photo Journal – April 30, 2009

1 05 2009

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A sampling of photos taken at the April 30th game between the Oklahoma City University Stars and the Southern Nazarene University Crimson Storm.

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Through Their Eyes – Chandler Carr – Volume Two

30 04 2009

Chandler Carr, quarterback for Bolles High School (Jacksonville, Florida), takes time in his second-entry to catch us up on his experience at a Nike skills camp held this past week at Florida State University.


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After a tiring 17 hour day traveling to the Athens, Ga., Elite 11 on Friday, it was time to head to Tallahassee in order to attend the Nike Training Camp  at Florida State University on Sunday.

I was really looking forward to the camp because it was much closer to Jacksonville, (only a 2 ½ hour ride) and I was going with two friends, quarterbacks Trenton Parete from Bishop Kenny High School, and Kevin Payment, from Creekside High School.

The first thing we did when we got to FSU was to check in inside the Moore Athletic Center. You couldn’t miss the two National Championship trophies behind the front desk. They took us back in an area near the weight room and measured and weighed us. I tipped the scales at 201, which is good as I have been working really hard to get my playing weight above 200 for my upcoming senior year. We also got a chance to pass through the football weight and locker rooms and they were really nice.

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Through Their Eyes – Chandler Carr – Volume One

30 04 2009

chan-at-elite-11-athens-005In the initial entry from Bolles High School (Jacksonville, Florida) quarterback, Chandler Carr, we read his insights on attending his second Elite 11 Regional Quarterback Camp, this time at the University of Georgia.

This was my second Elite 11.  As I had attended one in Orlando earlier this year, so this time I knew what to expect.

I’ve been to the University of Florida campus and Vanderbilt, so it was kind of cool to see another one of the big time SEC schools.  Some of the Georgia players were finishing their workouts and I was hoping to see Shaun Chappas, who is the starting fullback at Georgia.  He is from my high school, Bolles, and I was in 8th grade when he graduated from Bolles.  Unfortunately he was in New York attending the NFL draft with Matt Stafford, who is a good friend of his, so I didn’t get a chance to see him.

Some of the things that I like and don’t like about camps like this and combines, as well as some of my thoughts:

  • It’s kind of funny how some kids spend time talking about how good their high school teams are and like to run smack about what their team would do to your team.  I’m not really into that, but if they keep on, I just ask them how many state championships they’ve won and that usually shuts them up.