Rockpile Rumblings Spring Training- Intra-Squad Games!

     The last two days were filled with early work and intra-squad games between the Asheville work group and Modesto. Yesterday, we played 3 1/2 innings and then had a very important meeting to go to afterward, well if you call golf important.  Every spring, we include an annual staff golf tournament. My team included Dave Hajek, Bill Swanson (Director of Employment Assistance), Scott Muryama and myself. We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon and came up short shooting a 60, 10 under and missing out on 1st place by two strokes. We did eagle two par 5’s on the front nine but on the back missed a couple of shots and putts that cost us.

    In today’s intra-squad game, we saw the Tourists defeat the Modesto club 11-7. When playing in these games, we design certain situations when the inning starts and then continue the inning from there. In the 2nd inning we placed runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs and put the bunt plays on. In the 4th, we placed a runner on 2nd with no outs and the hitter had to work on moving the runner over any way possible, via bunt or hitting the ball to the right side of the infield or outfield. We also put a runner on 1st and work on the hit and run. This gives not only the hitters an opportunity to work on things but also the defense has to execute the play with pre-pitch communication and alignment. Last year’s Tourists Bryce Massanari hit a 2 run home run for Modesto. One of our top prospects Trevor Story made an incredible diving stop to his right got up and threw a runner out at 1st….”web gem.”  Rossel Herrera had two singles. Jordan Ribera had a 2 out rbi triple, he also stole 2nd twice and he is a power hitting 1st baseman. Taylor Featherston also had two singles. David Kandilas made a nice diving catch coming in on the ball in leftfield and he had an rbi single.

    Thats all for today.  Take time to help someone today and don’t take any day for granted!!!

May God Bless and Never Surrender!!!

-Joe Mikulik


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