Week 2 of the MSCDL from Coach Kerwin Giles

L.E.A.D. had another great week of baseball. This was Week 2 of our Middle School Character Development League. The success of the MSCDL is due to the tireless planning and dedication of our Middle School Director Kerwin Giles. Here is Kerwin’s weekly account of the on field development of our LEADers.

Monday March 4

I attended practice at Harper-Archer. We had a great day of practice as I worked with the infielders and pitchers on certain situations that I saw from the week of games before. The LEADers were very eager to learn new things about the game. It is our responsibility to find out where our LEADers best fit on the field so they can have the best chance to succeed.

Kerwin Giles at the 2012 L.E.A.D. Middle School Pep Rally

Friday March 8

Friday night lights(baseball style) featured B.E.S.T. vs. Harper-Archer. The B.E.S.T. Eagles bats continued to ring loud putting up 17 runs on their way to a 17-3 victory. Despite the score, Harper-Archer’s play improved tremendously. The Eagles got an excellent pitching performance from Reginald Parham but it looks as if their bats will carry them a long way this year.

Saturday March 9

Our day got started with Brown vs. Sylvan Hills. The Browns Dolphins got a very strong pitching performance and rode that to a 8-3 win over the Bears of Sylvan Hills. Sylvan felt the effects of not having their usual catcher, as they allowed a numerous of passed balls to allow Brown to score some easy runs. Sylvan’s overall play also improved leaps and bounds and I expect it to continue under the LEADership of Coach Sedrick Parker.

Our second game featured King vs. Young. This game will go down in L.E.A.D. Middle School Character Development League history. This was our first game to go into extra innings as King fought back from a 3 run deficit to defeat the defending champs 8-7. Young went ahead early and stayed ahead 7-4 until the 6th inning when the King bats began to awake. After tying the game at 7, King got a 1-2-3 inning in the top half of the inning and got a walk-off hit in the bottom half for the come from the behind victory. This game also had several Life/Character teaching moments, as this great game of baseball will provide about the ups and downs, peeks and valleys that our LEADers will definitely go through.

We finished the day with Kennedy vs. Parks. Parks jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and held on for a 5-2 victory. Kennedy showed the most improvement from last week but was not able to complete the comeback after scoring 2 runs in the last inning. Parks got an excellent pitching performance and held on with good defense.