S: the blue knights - spring 2012
BC: congrats on a great season! | fabulous banner shown above by the brydon family... photo book by carrie wilkin
FC: the blue knights 11U select minors spring 2012
1: The Blue Knights were a select team of eleven 5th and 6th grade boys who played together for the spring 2012 baseball season in Austin, Texas. Most of the boys and their families knew each other from their days playing baseball in the Oak Hill YSA, but they were brought together by the head coach, Beck Brydon. One of the BEST things about this team was how well everyone got along... not just the players, both on and off the field, but the coaches and the families as well! We all became a sort of family during the season...bonding during Sonic runs and concession stand lunches and team dinners...in the dugout and the bleachers and under pop-up canopies...with younger brothers and sisters playing and complaining in equal parts...and all of us talking and talking to pass the chilly spring mornings and the warm Texas afternoons while we waited for the first pitch! The Knights started up practices on March 3rd and played their first tournament, the Taylor Rumble, the weekend of March 24-25.The team went 1-2 in that first tournament, winning 1 of 2 in pool play on Saturday, then losing their first seeded game on Sunday. The boys scored 22 runs in those 3 games though, batting .398 for the weekend. It was a solid start for a team that would get better and better with every weekend! Over the course of the season, the Knights played in 9 tournaments in ballparks all around Austin...Taylor, Round Rock, Southeast Metro, Dripping Springs, San Marcos and Burnet. In their final tournament of the season, the Summer Lounger in Taylor on June 9-10, the boys went 2-0 in pool play and were the #1 seed going in to Sunday... with 24 runs scored and only 3 scored against them! They won a semi-final game against the Vipers, but lost a well-played championship game to the Centex Young Guns and their VERY big pitcher! Overall, the Knights played in 3 tournament championship games...in Dripping Springs vs. the Gunners, at Southeast Metro vs. the Diamond Kings and in Taylor vs. the Young Guns. They took 2nd each time...but played tough in every game and made their fans proud! Believe it or not, no one knows what their overall record was for the season. As Coach B often reminded us, he didn't care about winning and losing on the scoreboard...and he wasn't kidding! We do know they played 32 games...some better than others...but all with heart and great sportsmanship. Remember the Fuego and the Canes, the Wranglers and Hardball U, the Blue Chips and the Frogs, the Fighters and Jets and so many different Vipers!The Knights beat some really good baseball teams... and were beaten by some really good baseball teams...but each one of the boys got better at baseball and learned a lot about life through the game. Thanks for a fantastic season, boys...we were so lucky to be able to spend our days watching you play the great game of baseball!!
2: 2012 blue knights back row: coaches mike geraty, beck brydon, lawrence thorne 2nd row l to r: will tyler brydon, conner geraty, clay buckner, luke wilkin, logan thorne, mason geraty 1st row l to r: jackson lord, brooks nelson, aaron owens, grant andruss, keegan o'reilly
3: logan thorne #1
4: aaron owens #2
5: brooks nelson #6
6: keegan o'reilly #7
7: luke wilkin #8
8: clay buckner #12
9: will tyler brydon #21
10: jackson lord #25
11: mason geraty #28
12: grant andruss | #34
13: conner geraty #55 | "cactus jack"
14: we had the BEST coaches...
15: ...especially the unforgettable coach B! | "unhitch the caboose...be a cat...catch with your eyes...don't flinch...be athletic...that's too easy...get dirty, you don't do your own wash...it's 0-0...just throw the ball...i hate the scoreboard...[arms wide with incredulous look!}... does that make sense?...come on, bubba!!"
16: like father, like son...?! | sitting on the bucket...
17: we took home some hardware...
18: we kept our head down, our eyes in and our weight back...
19: ...and celebrated some big hits!
20: we "caught with our eyes"...
21: ...and when we pitched, we "just played catch" and we always finished strong!
22: we bonded with our mohawks...
23: ...and had good times on ward, the big green bus!
24: we found a way to pass the time waiting to play...
25: ...and we ALWAYS looked sharp! | how many ways can you mix and match white pants, gray pants, a white undershirt, a blue undershirt, a white jersey and a blue jersey? answer: 8 sadly, coach B only had us wear the uniform 6 different ways.
26: we had the BEST fans....
27: ...some went above and beyond! | and we had the world's most reliable scorekeeper, mrs. owens!
28: we played our friends... | we cheered our friends... | we supported our friends... | and we DEFINITELY never missed any signs...
29: ...above all, we were a TEAM!
30: Some STATS from the season: Team Batting Average .361 Total Runs Scored 236 Average Runs per Game 7.4 Most Runs Scored in a Game 16 Most Hits in a Game 13 Total Pitches Thrown 2,483 % of Pitches that were Strikes 53% Total Strikeouts 105 Most Strikeouts in a Game 7 Fielding Average 81% Total Home Runs 9 Triples & Doubles 39 Total Stolen Bases 221 Most Stolen Bases in a Game 13