Showcase Camp for the College-Bound American Legion Baseball Player

May 7, 2008

Without question, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana have some fantastic, talented baseball players in high school.  Most of these athletes have been playing since they were five years old, playing T-ball in a Parks & Rec program.  Now they’re thinking about their future, and perhaps wondering if they could play baseball in college.  Unfortunately, because we live in states without big cities, in communities that are isolated, it is hard to get noticed by college recruiters.  Particularly in Wyoming, where there is no high school baseball program and no baseball program at the University of Wyoming, it is difficult for baseball players to receive any recognition.

Jackson Hole Youth Baseball is excited to tell you that this summer we will be hosting a Showcase Camp for the College-Bound American Legion Baseball Player and we hope your players will consider attending.  We are thrilled with the credentials of the three coaches who will be conducting the camp.  They all have spent their lives in baseball and have long experience in hosting baseball camps.  Two are head coaches of successful college programs and one has worked as a scout for the last twelve years.  In addition to great baseball instruction, there will be a discussion about the college recruiting process and a time for players and parents to ask questions about college baseball.  Each camper will receive a written evaluation of their skills which can serve as an introduction to the coaching staff of the college or university where a player would like to pursue his education and perhaps continue playing baseball.

We have arranged the camp to be following the 4th of July weekend.  Jackson has many festivities for Independence Day including a parade at the town square, a free afternoon concert by the Grand Teton Music Festival and evening fireworks set off at Snow King Mountain.  Baseball families may want to consider spending the holiday weekend in Jackson and then remain for the camp.  Others can continue their family traditions and then come to Jackson for the camp which will be held Sunday and Monday, July 6th and 7th.  For younger siblings, we are offering a Skills Camp for 13-15 year olds from 9am – 12pm, on Sunday, July 6th for $75/person.  The Showcase Camp will begin at 1PM on Sunday and the fee will be $175 for two days.  This will be during the height of the summer season, so please make a decision as soon as possible to ensure that you can book accommodations.  Blocks of rooms are being held at two hotels and will be released on JUNE 1.  Camp sites are also available in Grand Teton National Park and a limited number of campers can stay with host families.

Please distribute the following flyers to your baseball team.  We hope to see you at our Showcase Camp for the College-Bound American Legion Baseball Player.

JHYB Sills Camp July 6th.pdf
JHYB Showcase Camp July 6-7.pdf

    Let’s Play Ball!

    Jolene Moulder
    Jackson Hole Youth Baseball
    www.moulder5@bresnan.net

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    Giants Drop Two Against Gallitan Valley Outlaws

    May 3, 2008

    THREE FORKS, Mt. (JHYB)

    Saturday, May 3, 2008

    by Chris Moulder

    Giants Lineup

    1. Colter Huhn – Catcher
    2. Bryn Windle – 3rd Base
    3. Grant Smith – Designated Hitter
    4. Sky Garnick – Center Field
    5. Bryan Weber – Right Field
    6. Ryan Weber – Left Field
    7. Patrick Renz – Shortstop
    8. Ian Chapman – 1st Base
    9. Ethan Moulder – 2nd Base
    10. Lucas Moulder – Pitcher

    Substitutes

    • Carlos Toledo
    • Dusty Treick
    • Cord Schultz

    The Jackson Giants couldn’t find the strike zone or hit the ball in Three Forks, Montana this weekend as the Giants fell behind quickly in the first of two 7 inning games scheduled at Luzenac Field.

    The Giants right handed ace hurler, Lucas Moulder had trouble with location in the first inning walking 3, hitting 2 batters and striking out 2 which unfortunately set the tone for the 2 game venue against the Gallatin Valley Outlaws. The ball had some sizzle but just sort of drifted on Moulder.   2 runs were walked in to put the Outlaws ahead 2-0 in the first. The second inning didn’t go well for our hometown heroes either when Moulder continued having trouble although he struck out the lead-off batter, walked 3 more Outlaws, hit 1 another with a wild pitch and gave up 2 hits with one being a grand slam by Gallatin Valley’s designated clean-up hitter Colton Anderson before getting the hook from Coach Euart and replaced with  rookie, Carlos Toledo. Toledo settled in and retired the side making the Outlaws 7&8 batters pop up to left and center. Carlos continued on the mound in the 3rd and part of the 4th facing another 16 batters, walking 4, hitting 2 and giving up 7 hits including another homerun by Anderson which contributed to the 11 more runs for the home team Outlaws. Dusty Treick filled in on the mound in the 4th striking out Gallatin Valley’s Connor Moore and finally stopped the bleeding. Offensively, the Giants had a hard time catching up to Outlaw pitcher Cameron Frost who put on a fine display pitching a 1 run, 1 hitter against the Giants striking out 5. Frost threw a beautiful game which ended in 5 innings due to the mercy rule.

    Box Scores

    Team Batting Average: .059

    Game Score

    • Jackson Giants (visitors) 1
    • Gallatin Valley Outlaws (home) 17

    Pitcher Statistics

    It didn’t look any better for the Giants in Game 2

    Giants Lineup

    1. Colter Huhn – 3rd Base
    2. Carlos Toledo – Catcher
    3. Grant Smith – 1st Base
    4. Sky Garnick – Center Field
    5. Bryn Windle – Pitcher
    6. Lucas Moulder – Right Field
    7. Ryan Weber – Left Field
    8. Ethan Moulder – 2nd Base
    9. Patrick Renz – Shortstop

    Substitues

    • Ian Chapman
    • Cord Schultz
    • Dusty Treick

    The second game faired no better for the Giants although they did seem to make contact against Outlaw pitcher Sean Cronin, but Cronin’s tight explosive curveball kept the Giants down to 4 hits.

    The first inning looked optimistic as lead off batter, Colter Huhn walked thereby setting up an opportunity for a sacrafice bunt.   Number 2 hitter, Carlos Toledo did just that with a well placed bunt down the 3rd base line and the speedy “Torpedo” coupled with the equally quick Huhn proved too much for the previous games winning pitcher Cameron Frost who is now achoring the 3rd base corner as Toledo beat the throw with ease. Unfortunately, Grant Smith hit a ground ball to third baseman Frost who vindicated himself by stepping on 3rd and throwing to first thereby completing a nicely executed double play. Bryn Windle followed with a linedrive back to the pitcher to retire the side. Defensively, it turned out to be a repeat of the first game as starting pitcher Bryn Windle dealt a mixed bag of walks, strikeouts and hit batsman resulting in 7 runs. The next 3 innings offensively did not offer much in the way of hope with the exception of a hit by Ryan Weber in the 2nd, a stolen base by “The Torpedo” in the 3rd, and a monster blast by right fielder, Lucas Moulder which on contact looked as if it was sure to be extra bases.  Unfortunately,  a 405’ dead center field and a blazing fast Miceal Hedgecock who completely turned his back on the ball only to turn around and snowcone it at the 390’ mark, wiped out any chance for Moulder to get something going for the Giants.

    Defensively, Windle continued into the 2nd trying to tweak his control and although he was able to dial in his strikezone, the bottom of the Outlaw order still managed to pepper him with hits and walks resulting in another 4 runs. With 2 outs, 2 men on and the top of the order coming to the plate, Coach Euart replaced Windle with Colter Huhn on the mound, Windle swapped with Huhn at 3rd. After loading the count, Huhn dealt a fastball that lead-off hitter, Evan Larabaster drove to left-center for a 2 RBI double. With a man in scoring position, Huhn again filled the count against center fielder, Miceal Hedgecock who smacked a ball to deep center but the fly ball was easily chased down by Sky Garnick, retiring the side.   Although the game was again called in the 5th by way of the mercy rule, Sky Garnick came to the mound in the 4th and proved his abilities by striking out 2 and yielding no runs.

    Box Scores

    Team Batting Average: .191

    Game Score

    • Jackson Giants (visitors) 3
    • Gallatin Valley Outlaws (home) 14

    Pitcher Statistics

    Weekend Wrap-up

    Although it was painful, the first weekend of Jackson Giants American Legion baseball is now in the books. On the surface, it looked a bit tragic but understanding that our hometown heroes have only touched an actual field 3 times prior to playing their first game, leaves one very optimistic.

    All in all, pitching was off across the board again perhaps due to the abrupt change from throwing on a flat gym floor in sneakers to a sloped dirt mound with cleats.  Veteran chuckers, Lucas Moulder and Bryn Windle had big trouble dialing in their strikezone as between the two of them they combined to face 33 batters in only 2 2/3 innings walking 11 and 4 of those were hit batsman. It’s fair to say that the Montana boys do not flinch on inside pitches and in one instance, the umpire didn’t think the batter tried enough to get out of the way and was not awarded first base. Needless to say, a few of the Gallatin Valley boys are wearing bruises from Moulder that clearly say “Spalding” on their person as he creased them squarely. And then there is our inconsistant batting, there is no substitute for practice with live pitching and although Coaches Euart and Bedford have done what they can with Wiffle balls in a gym, it still can’t prepare our men against teams that have 7or8 games behind them. What else can be done when the field is either covered in snow or too wet to play on due to the melting snow? Even though the Giants have been able to get on the field last week, they still had to deal with a 3 foot tall snowdrift on the north side of the center field wall. And so it goes…

    In spite of the 3 game sweep, some bright spots emerged with this young Giants lineup. Although there were some control issues, the rookie squad of pitchers; Patrick Renz, Bryan Weber, Carlos Toledo, Ethan Moulder and swing player from Babe Ruth, Dusty Treick all showed Coaches Pat Euart and Matt Bedford what they have in terms of young minds and arms and what they need to work on. The Giants fielding on the whole looked very good with outstanding plays from infield acrobats Colter Huhn and Ethan Moulder. Both had a couple of amazing diving plays at their respective positions as well, Moulder played errorless ball at 2nd the whole weekend. Grant Smith despite a nagging shoulder injury from the last high school football season held on at 1st base firmly and Bryn Windle proved himself at shortstop and 3rd. The outfield veteran Sky Garnick commanded centerfield shagging down long running fly balls, while Lucas Moulder threw strikes to home and 3rd from right field. The dynamic duo Ryan and Bryan Weber also proved themselves in the outfield but need a bit more experience judging American Legion fly balls but they continued to make the routine look spectacular. At the plate this weekend, the Giants were 13 for 83 collectively for a meek .157 team batting average but sure-fire, go-to hitters like veterans Sky Garnick, Grant Smith, Bryn Windle, Lucas Moulder and Colter Huhn all proved they can put the bat on the ball. Rookie batsman who are going to be exciting to watch are the twins, Ryan and Bryan Weber, Patrick Renz, Carlos Toledo and Ethan Moulder. The thesis of this weeks practice; Pitching & Hitting, Pitching & Hitting, and let’s hope for warm sunny days and no more snow.

    “There are three kinds of lies. White lies, damned lies and statistics”

    — Mark Twain


    Jackson Giants Come Close in Season Opener

    May 2, 2008

    BOZEMAN, Mt. (JHYB)

    Friday, May 2, 2008

    by Chris Moulder

    Giants Lineup

    1. Colter Huhn – 3rd Base
    2. Carlos Toledo – Catcher
    3. Grant Smith – 1st Base
    4. Sky Garnick – Center Field
    5. Bryn Windle – Shortstop
    6. Lucas Moulder – Right Field
    7. Ethan Moulder – 2nd Base
    8. Patrick Renz – Pitcher
    9. Ryan Weber – Left Field

    Substitutes

    • Ian Chapman
    • Bryan Weber
    • Cord Schultz
    • Dusty Treick

    The Jackson Giants season opener got off to a rough start facing the Bozeman Spikes Friday at Heroes Park in Bozeman, Montana. Rookie pitcher, Patrick Renz was given the rock to start the Giants season and pitched a great 1st inning striking out the first two batters looking but still got tagged for 2 hits. The Giants bats woke up offensively in the 3rd inning with an RBI single by Grant Smith and followed by another RBI fielder’s choice by Sky Garnick which tied the game at 2. Renz struggled a bit in the 2nd and 3rd with control before being replaced by Bryan Weber who held off the Spikes and whiffed Bozeman’s Josh Mackey with Weber’s first big boy pitch of the season, a scorching fastball on the inside corner, leaving the bases loaded.

    The 4th started out with back to back singles from the Moulder boys, first with big brother Lucas driving one up the middle and the second with Ethan laying down a perfect bunt down the 3rd base line and beating out the throw. With men on 1st and 2nd, Patrick Renz proved too patient for the Bozeman pitcher and walked to 1st. Now with the bases loaded, no outs and Bryan Weber at the plate, Weber gave the pitcher, A. Abate the stink eye and walked to first thereby scoring Lucas Moulder and giving Weber his first legion RBI. With the bases loaded and no outs, Colter Huhn approached the plate and with a mighty slash, cut the ball to right center scoring 2 more.

    With the quick Bryan Weber on third base, Huhn bolts for second and beat the throw but over slid the bag and was tagged out scrambling back. After Carlos Toledo and Grant Smith grounded out retiring the side, the momentum of the game seemed to have spun for the Giants, but unfortunately that was all there was for our hometown heroes. Although the Giants had base hits from Sky Garnick in the 5th and Bryn Windle in the 7th and men on due to walks,  the Giants couldn’t convert enough to catch up to the Spikes who pulled ahead in the 8th and 9th innings for the win.

    The Giants struggled with early season nerves and cold temperatures this Friday night as the game transcended into dark. While waiting for the return of 3 of the Giants main pitchers to return from school, Coach Pat Euart chose to pitch his younger arms against the 16 year old Bozeman Spikes. A smart move as the game gave Coach Euart a good look at his rookie pitching staff. Starting pitcher, Patrick Renz started out strong but lost his zone after the 1st inning. Reliever Bryan Weber settled right in and struck out 2 in the 4th and continued to pitch well through the 6th inning. Ethan Moulder came in to relieve Weber in the 7th and struggled finding his strike zone as well. Dusty Treick the 14 year old swing player from the Babe Ruth Club proved that he had what it takes to finish out the game into the 9th recording his first Legion K as well as picking off Josh Mackey of the Spikes while leading off first with a sweet left handed move.

    At the plate the Giants did fair against the young Spikes with 7 team hits by, Huhn, Smith, Garnick, Windle, L. Moulder & E.Moulder. Stolen bases from the Giants squad were contributed by Colter Huhn, Sky Garnick and Bryan Weber.

    Box Scores

    Team Batting Average: .180

    Game Score

    • Jackson Giants (visitor): 7
    • Bozeman Spikes (home): 14

    Pitcher Statistics


    14s Travel Team in Riverton

    May 2, 2008

    JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING (JHYB)

    by Michele Doyle

    The 14-year-old Babe Ruth travel team picked up a couple of wins on Sunday in Riverton, knocking off the host team 12-6 then beating Casper’s Bar Nunn 21-15. The Jackson boys took advantage of consecutive RBI singles from Christian Doyle, Cody Haskin and Andy Renz in a seven-run seventh inning to take the lead against Riverton. Doyle pitched three and a third innings of scoreless relief to notch the win, while Haskin and Renz each went 3-for-4 at the plate. Marc Rossolo added an RBI and scored three times to help the cause. Against Casper, a seven-run second inning and a nine-run third put Jackson ahead, while Dusty Treick gave up just two hits in three innings of relief to earn the victory. Doyle went 4-for-5 with eight RBIs, including a 3-run double in the second, and Renz was 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and three runs scored in the game. Rossolo was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.