2007
2007 SEASON

BEAST OF THE EAST TOURNAMENT
WHEELING, WV
ATHENS 12u (DIV II) - 2nd PLACE
"AROUND-THE-HORN" COMPETITION - 2nd PLACE OVERALL


Home Runs Awards

Ronnie "Big Nut" Thomas, Josh "Skinny" Skinner, Alec "A-Ray" Ray (not pictured)
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Baltimore, Ohio - 10u Tournament Champions

Athens 10s "A" Team

TOURNAMENT MVP - ADAM LUEHRMAN

Game Highlights Here

Thunder in the Valley
Fast Pitch Girls Softball Tournament Results

10u CHAMPIONS - DANVILLE DIVAS!



2nd PLACE - ATHENS SANDLOT ALLSTARS!


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VIENNA 12u TOURNAMENT HOME RUNS
TANNER "WOODY" WOOD
KYLE "MONEY" MCCARTHY
TERRANCE MAYLES



ATHENS 12s - MARIETTA 12U TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSTOURNAMENT HOME RUNS
 
ALEX STARON (1)
JOSH SKINNER (TOURNAMENT WINNING WALK OFF HOME RUN)


ATHENS 9s - VIENNA 10U TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS


ATHENS 10/9s - VIENNA 10U TOURNAMENT 4TH PLACE


ATHENS 10s - NEW LEXINGTON 10U TOURNAMENT -  2ND PLACE 

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MARIETTA BANTAM BASEBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! 


ATHENS 12s!

TOURNAMENT HOME RUNS
JOSH "Skinny" SKINNER  -   5 (2 BACK TO BACK IN SAME GAME
& INTENTIONALLY WALKED)
RONNIE "Big Nut" THOMAS - 3 (1-GRAND SLAM)
BRANDON "B-dub" WITHAM - 3 (2 IN SAME GAME)
KYLE "Money" MCCARTHY - 2 (1-GRAND SLAM)
TANNER "Woody" WOOD - 1 

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2007 
THROW DOWN IN A-TOWN 
TOURNAMENT!!!
June 23-25
Thanks to all 25 teams that participated including:

Lexington, KY * Tri-C (Parkersburg WV) * Washington Court House *
Vienna (WV)* Jackson * Amanda * Little Hocking * Barlow-Vincent * 
Mineral Wells (WV) * Mason County (WV)

TOURNAMENT RESULTS12 AND UNDER


12u CHAMPIONS - ATHENS  
SECOND PLACE - AMANDA       
THIRD PLACE - MASON COUNTY, WV 

10 AND UNDER

10u CHAMPIONS - ATHENS  10s

RUNNER UP - TRI-C (A)    THIRD PLACE - WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE


8 AND UNDER

8u CHAMPIONS - SOUTH LEXINGTON, KY

8U RUNNER UP - LITTLE HOCKING, OH

THIRD PLACE - MASON COUNTY, WV 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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MORE PICTURES HERE!!!!









WE HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME!!!!

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2007 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP!
 
BASEBALL DIVISION
 
 7th Grade Champions

Athens (Lonas)!
 
Second Place - Nelsonville York!
 
 12u Champions

Athens Paint & Decorating 
Rivercats!
 
Second Place

Don Wood 
Aeros!
 
 10u Champions

KFC 
Giants!
 
Second Place

Matthew Sweeney Appraisals 
Astros!

8u Champions

Don Wood 
Red Sox!

Second Place

Accolades Awards 
Angels!
 
SOFTBALL DIVISION
 
12u Champions

KFC/Luna 
Blue Devils!
 
Second Place 

Larry's Dawghouse/Shawna Stump 
Tigers!
 
10u Champions

Don Wood 
Hooisers!
 
Second Place

Hoon Builders 
Lady Volunteers!


Coach Lonas gets soaked. . . one of the hazards of winning!
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!
 
AND TO THE THE PLAYERS AND  PARENTS
OF THE ATHENS SANDLOT LEAGUE
THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT SEASON!
 
FROM THE ATHENS SANDLOT BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
BILL FOURNIER, MIKE RIDER, KEVIN SCHWARZEL, KEITH MCGRATH, BOB STARON & GEORGE MCCARTHY

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FLOWER FUNDRAISER!
 
DENNISON WEST!!!! 
 
SOLD THE MOST FLOWERS OF ANYONE! 
GREAT JOB DENNISON!!!

Dennison was awarded $100 for selling the most flowers!

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WHY A FLOWER FUNDRAISER? 
 
Athens Sandlot Baseball is a private, not for profit 501(c)(3) organization. It operates on the goodwill of the people involved who devote their time, experience and expertise to run the league. 
 
In 2007 Sandlot incurred extra expenses to meet the league's growth.  This included approximately $5000 in new equipment and uniform purchases and an additional $3000 in baseballs/softballs. Additionally, the parade cost $750 to hire officers to block off the streets for the parade route.
 
Most of our revenue goes towards paying umpires for games even with coaches umpiring thieir own games for younger divisions. Team sponsors defray the costs of uniforms. The grant funding we received goes towards field improvements. The concession stand is our primary source of revenue of approximately $2000-$3000 a year.
 
Due to these expenses, the league needs your help and seeks your donations to meet these expenses.  And we are seeking a sponsor or sponsors for next year's parade.  If interested call Mike at 594-7788.
 
Any donations are graciously accepted and can be mailed to Athens Sandlot, c/o Mike Rider, 473 Richland Avenue, Athens, OH 45701.
 
Thank you!
 
                                                                                                                            - Athens Sandlot
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OPENING DAY PARADE & CEREMONIES
  

Alexander Marching Band gets the parade underway with the teams following!

  

  



Waiting to be announced to run out on to the Polo Grounds



  

The Plains VFW hoists the first flag to fly over the fields and the Ohio University ROTC Color Guard presents colors.



The Plains VFW donated three flag poles for the fields.



Keith Bolin and Steve Bolin throwing out the first pitch to the Cubs' Wade Lent



Jerry Mollica cutting the ribbon and officially opening the Athens Rotary Club's 
Bill Harmon Field - Polo Grounds

The parade started at 10:00 a.m as planned.  We hope you enjoyed it - we know the kids did! Thanks to the Alexander High School Marching Band for marching, and The Plains Fire Department and the Richland Area Fire Department for sending fire trucks to the parade. You folks help make the parade special for the kids!

Opening ceremonies started with a visit from Ohio University baseball head coach and assistant coach who applauded the league for their tremendous efforts and announced that OU Baseball was having Sandlot Day in recognition of opening day and invited players and families to their game that night with players being guests of the team. 

The Plains VFW presided over the raising of the flag and was recognized for the three flag poles they donated which now fly three new American flags over three of the fields. The Ohio University ROTC presented colors for the singing of the national anthem sung by JoAnn Wolfe who did a great job!

In recognition of all the dugouts and block backstops they built, Keith Bolin and Steve Bolin helped dedicate the first pitch on the Polo Grounds.  Keith Bolin pitched the first pitch to Wade Lent of the Cubs.  Then pitcher Ryan Mack (Phillies) pitched to Wade Lent (Cubs) as well. The first balls were given to Rotary in recognition of the field and to Mr. Bolin.

All the teams were introduced and the kids and coaches did a great job of lining up and getting onto the field. 

Opening day ceremonies included dedication of Athens Sandlot's final field, the Polo Grounds sponsored by the Athens Rotary Club.  It will will be offically known as the Athens Rotary Club - Bill Harmon Field Polo Grounds. Jerry Mollica, Karen Harvey and Don Cooley were present on behalf of Rotary.  While Athens Sandlot Board members held the ceremonial ribbon, Jerry Mollica made the cut that officially opened the field.

It was fitting that Jerry Mollica was present when dedicating this field.  Mr. Mollica was one of the Athens Jaycees who helped create the two softball fields 1 & 2 back in the late 1960s which are still in use today 40 years later.  We hope the Polo Grounds are around just as long.   

The Athens Rotary Club is Athens Sandlot's largest single sponsor of a field pledging $20,000 over four years which will cover approximately 1/3-1/2 the final cost of the field. The presented their second $5000 check at Opening Day as well.  Jerry Mollica then spoke about how impressed Rotary was with the fields and applauded Sandlot for their effort on behalf of the kids. 

After the conclusion of ceremonies, the games began. . . and the season is offically underway!

We hope you enjoy the season!

                  - Athens Sandlot

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SINCE 2005 ATHENS SANDLOT BUILT
SIX MAJOR LEAGUE REPLICA PARKS!!!
 
THREE RIVERS * RIVERFRONT  * CROSLEY FIELD * 
FENWAY PARK * JACOBS FIELD * WRIGLEY FIELD
 
and in 2007 introducing

ATHENS ROTARY CLUB'S 
BILL HARMON FIELD
THE POLO GROUNDS!!!

THANK YOU ATHENS ROTARY
FOR SPONSORING OUR SEVENTH AND FINAL FIELD!!!

WHY THE POLO GROUNDS? 
EACH  FIELDS  WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE IT REPRESENTED A SPECIAL PART OF BASEBALL, EITHER MEMORIES OR HISTORIC MOMENTS. BELOW IS WHY THE POLO GROUNDS WAS CHOSEN. . . 
THE POLO GROUNDS OPENED IN 1880 TO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.    IT WAS THE HOME OF THE NEW YORK GIANTS. IT WAS USED BY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'S NEW YORK GIANTS FROM 1883 UNTIL 1957 (WHEN THEY LEFT FOR SAN FRANCISCO), NEW YORK METROPOLITANS FROM 1883 UNTIL 1885, THE NEW YORK YANKEES FROM 1912 UNTIL 1922, AND BY THE NEW YORK METS IN THEIR FIRST TWO SEASONS OF 1962 AND 1963. IT ALSO HOSTED THE 1934 AND 1942 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STAR GAMES.

The original Polo Grounds was built in the 1870s for the sport of polo, and is how it acquired its name.

The park was noted for its distinctive bathtub shape, with very short distances to the left and right field walls, but an unusually deep center field AT 483 FEET. 

The Polo Grounds  (Version I) was the first ballpark to ever attract a crowd of more than 20,000, the first ballpark ever to host a doubleheader where each team was from a different league and the home of the first American Association versus National League "World Series" in 1884.

No player ever hit a fly ball that reached the 483-foot (147-meter) distant center-field wall, which fronted a part of the clubhouse which overhung the field.  It was actually 505 feet to make it to the club house roof.

Some special moments include. . .

1934 - July 10: Site where Carl Hubbell fanned Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Simmons and Cronin in succession in the All Star Game.

1951 - October 3: Bobby Thomson's infamous "Shot heard 'round the world" gives the Giants the National League pennant.

1954 - September 29: Willie Mays makes the most memorable catch in World Series history. With his back to home plate, he makes an over the shoulder catch in center on a drive by the Indians Vic Wertz. The catch prevented two runners from scoring, instead none scored.

Four sluggers have put a ball over the center field wall in the Polo Grounds (Version IV). They are:
 1. Luke Easter of the Negro League 1948 
2. Joe Adcock on April 29, 1953
3. Lou Brock on June 17, 1962 and
4. Hank Aaron on June 18, 1962

Our Athens Sandlot Polo Grounds is also as unique as the original.    It is only a mere 120 feet down to foul territory.  Left and right field home runs are 220 feet away.  And we have the basket area  at dead center field is an amazing 240 feet away.   Also, like the original, after the bases the foul line fences are in fair play.  There is no warning track. 

In addition, the backstop is three times the size of our other backstops at a length of 330 feet and contains the highest foul line fencing of all the fields which again is in fair play.