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Major League - Spring 2013
RCC Reds
 

Coaches Kevin Hall and Randy Beasley
4th place regular season in the North Division, 4th place out of 14 teams in Surry County Cal Ripken tournament

June 9, 2013. The Reds went out fighting, but were knocked out of the tournament by the Copeland Mets in a 5-3 loss.  Jackson hit a line drive to 2nd that was caught, struck out, then grounded out.  All the kids went down swinging.  It was a great year and a good run.  The team finished with an overall record of 11-10.
June 8, 2013. A 6-3 win over our fellow RCC team, the Rockies, puts us in 4th place out of 14 teams.  Jackson played good defense on 1st base and had a nice hit up the middle in the 5th to drive in the 6th and final run of the day. 

June 7, 2013. A 1-4 loss to the Beulah Royals places us in the losers bracket.

June 3, 2013. The Reds won their 5th straight game and advance to the third round of the winners bracket following tonight's 9-8 win over the #2 seed Elkin Mariners.  Jackson had two hits, scored once, was walked once and struck out once. He also took a bad hop to the face while playing first base, but seems to have survived it with some lost skin and what might turn into a shiner.  Both of his hits were to the left side of the field.  Cole had a good night at the plate, hitting home runs in his first two trips to the plate.  We missed the first game of the tournament because we were in Nags Head that day.  It was a 7-1 win over the Elkin Indians.  Alex hit two home runs in that game.
 

May 24, 2013.  The Reds finished the season with 3 straight wins.  They beat the Rockies 10-1 and played their best ball of the season.  Jackson put the ball in play during each of his 4 at bats.  He popped up once, had a nice hit between third and short that ended as a fielder's choice to 2nd base, had a single via error that went up the middle and had a really nice hard line drive to center field that resulted in a single.  He scored twice. The entire team played great and I do not recall a single error being made.  It was a great way to end the season.  They finished the regular season at 7-7, which put them in 4th place out of the eight North Division teams and in 7th overall in the North heading into the 14 team tournament.

May 21, 2013.  The Reds won 4-3 over the Orioles to pull to 6-7 for the season with one game left.  Mason pitched 5 good innings and the team played excellent defense.  Jackson made a couple of outs at 1st base, fielding a grounder and running down a fly foul ball.  He struck out twice at the plate though, ending his good run in the batter's box.
May 10, 2013.
A close 2-1 win over the Astros.  The game was 0-0 entering the 6th and the Reds had to come from behind in the bottom of the inning to get the win.  I can't recall Jackson's stats at the plate, I think he grounded out twice with one hit going to 2nd and one going to short.
May 9, 2013
.  A late game 3-9 loss to the Pirates.  The rain-makeup game did not start until 8PM and ended at 10PM.  Jackson had a good night at the plate, he popped up in his first at bat for an out, but got the first RBI of the season for the Reds against the Pirates in the 4th.  He did not have anything for their ace pitcher in the 6th though as our batters went three up and three down, all on strikeouts.  In Jackson's last 10 at-bats, he has struck out only twice.  He had 2 hits, was walked twice and either grounded out or popped up 4 times.  I am proud of his efforts to improve that part of his game.  He is putting the ball into play and like I always say, good things happen when you can do that.  

May 3, 2013
.  An exciting 9-8 win in the bottom of the 6th on Jackson's birthday.  It was our second win against the Red Sox this season.  An 8-1 lead turned into an 8-8 tie in the 6th, but the boys pulled out the win when Mason stole home.  Jackson had a good night with one hit and two ground outs at first. 

April 30, 2013.  An 11-0 loss to the Royals.
April 26, 2013. 
The Reds were back on track and avenged their earlier loss to the Cubs by winning 11-2.  Great game by all players on the team.  Jackson had a good night on defense.  On offense he was walked twice, scoring once,, was out on a pop fly and struck out once.

April 23, 2013. 
3-6 loss to the Rockies.  The team made a rally in the 6th, but came up short.  Jackson had a great game, but was at the plate with 2 outs, bases loaded, down 3 in the 6th inning.  He fouled a couple off, but was caught looking on the 3rd strike.  It was a tough loss for him.  The highs in sports are great, but competition will also bring along some lows as well. 

April 20, 2013
.  2-4 record.  The Reds had a tough day against the Orioles in Westfield.  The team was flat and lost 11-1 in 4 innings.  Jackson was walked once, advancing to third, and struck out once.  As with the other games this season, he played at 1st base.
April 16, 2013
.  Jackson had a good night versus the Astros.  He was walked in the 4th, got a single in the 5th, scored off a hit by Alex and had a ground out RBI in the 6th.  He missed the beginning of the game as we had to travel from his track meet in Piney Grove.  The outfield lights failed in the bottom of the 5th with the Reds up 7-5, bases loaded and no outs.  Alex came in to pitch once the lights came back on.  Between his great pitching and an offensive push by the Reds, they were able to pull away and come away with an 11-6 win.  The Reds are 2-3 on the season, 4th in runs scored, averaging 4.4 a game, and 3rd in runs allowed, averaging 4.6 runs a game.

April 12, 2013.  Lost 0-7 to the Pirates. 
April 9, 2013
.  First win, 7-3 versus the Red Sox.  Another good night of pitching from Mason and Alex, but a good night swinging bats too this time.  Cole had a solo home run that went over the centerfield fence, Alex had a 2 run homer over the right field fence.  Jackson had much better at bats, he fouled off 5 balls in his first at bat before striking out, he grounded out to 1st in his 2nd at bat and was walked in 5 pitches on his last at bat. Lots of hits from the team, Mason had a double, Ben had a hit, John Bilos had a couple of hits.  The weather was great, the defense played good, it was a fun night at the ballpark.

April 5, 2013.  A narrow 2-3 loss to the Royals.  Good pitching from Alex and Mason, good defense, just had a few errors in one inning that led to the 3 runs. 

April 2, 2013.  The Reds opened the season with a 2-4 loss to the Cubs.  The bases were loaded in the bottom of the 6th with 2 outs, so it was close.  Good pitching from Alex and Bailey, good defense, a little weak on the hitting.  Jackson played 1st base, struck out twice and walked once.  Was stranded on third in the 6th.

 

March 5, 2013.  Sadly, we will have to retire the White Sox uniform.  We were looking forward to seeing what the Sox would be able to do this year.  But with too few sign-ups to support three teams, the White Sox team was disbanded by RCC.  Jackson is now on the Reds and has his first practice tonight.

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