LET THE BIG CAT PURRRR—Drexel Canales, affectionately known as "The Big Cat" by players and friends, recently won the BPA World Series Home Run Derby in Peoria, Illinois. Starting with 30 competitors, Canales had six homeruns in 10 swings including a blast of over 300 feet. The Big Cat, representing the Fort Wayne Stars Academy, sealed the derby crown when he hit five more dingers in a play-off round. The 12-year-old slugger went 4-8 in the tournament competition and the team finished 1-2 losing to the 2011 WS champs. (Photo provided)
South Adams' girls golf hosted their annual invitational at the Golf Club of the Limberlost in Geneva on Saturday with a seven field team including the team champion Wabash Lady Apaches who won the event by 12 strokes over Fairfield who finished second.
The 2012 City of Decatur Golf Tournament made a successful run this weekend at Cross Creek Golf Course in a two-round format on Saturday and Sunday.
Dr. Mike Ainsworth posted his first win in come-from behind fashion after hitting a 74 in his first round, then shooting a stellar 68 for the second round to win with a -2 142 for the weekend. At even par ending up with a 144 for the tournament was Luke Ainsworth recording a 73 and a 71 respectively for his two rounds.
BRAVES TAKE MONROE—The Decatur Braves 14U all-star team finished the season by playing in the Brickhouse Monroe Tournament from July 26-29th. The Braves won their pool games by defeating the Portland team with a score of 36-2, then beat the Monroe Harvestland team, 7-1. In the semis, Monroe's Crushers got beat by Portland & the Braves defeated Harvestland once again, this time, 3-2. Bellmont finished their title run with a win in the championship game beating Portland, 12-0.
REESE AWARD WINNERS—The above 12-and-under Decatur Baseball players received post-season awards recently at Rube Wynn Field. Tyler Bauer (top, left), Lukas Strickler (next to Bauer), and Nate Kaczmarek (below) were given the annual Leo Alberding Outstanding Player Awards for their regular season accomplishments. Kaczmarek, Jordan Fuelling (top, right) and Peyton Staub (second from right), all players for the tourney champion Decatur Dental squad, were given Tourney Most Valuable Player Awards. (Photo Provided)
Last week, the Decatur Baseball Association hosted a skills competition for the Mays and Reese Leagues and had a successful turnout. The skills contest tested players ability to bat and field among other fundamentals.
Jon Ruble, a player from Decatur Dental, took first place in the Reese League competition, while Tanner Walker, Kobe Oritz, and Caden Staub all took home trophies for their work from the Mays League.
Decatur True Value, the eight and under All-Star team, came in second place at the Monmouth All-Star tournament.
The tourney was a pool consisting of six teams: Decatur, Monmouth, New Haven, Elmhurst, Hoagland, and Monroeville.
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson earned the checkered flag in this year's Brickyard 400, a record-tying fourth victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and DDD corospondent Chris McCoy was present taking the festivities, including this shot of Johnson's #48 car.
2012 JUNIOR LEAGUE SOFTBALL RUNNERS-UP—Rorick Electric ended their season on Wednesday night in second place falling to 1st Class Hoosiers in the championship game at Hannah Nuttman, 3-1. The players are listed here starting with the front left to right: Morgan Shifferly, Emily Selking, Rylie Velez, Meghan Busick, Sarah Noonan, Sarah Enterline, Jessalyn Akers. In the back: Coach Sandy Busick, Coach Amy Gage, Alyssa Selking, Jenna Busick, Kaydee Gage, Gabby Birch, Coach Katie Birch. not present for photo: Alex Reichart. (Photo by Deb Shannon)