Just got through hosing out the aftermath of our latest Gatorade disaster (I now have two broken Gatorade nozzles sitting here on my desk) and wishing I were pre-tripping the beast (bus #7) for another trip to Springfield tonight. There is so much to say after a year like this one, but more importantly the time that’s been shared for so many years with such a great group of boys, so much will go unsaid.
I still struggle to hold back tears when I recall having the entire team in my room in their jerseys on the day after Denny’s passing, and the comfort of the uncomfortable hugs (as they all know I don’t do hugs well). It’s been a season of adjustment with the passing of an old friend, but you all kept his memory alive both on and off the field, and you couldn’t have made him prouder.
We’ve tried to never define “success” in terms of winning, so I’m hesitant to put too much emphasis on our goals to win the MSM, win 20, and win a regional, but some of the winning is a reflection of the commitment you guys made to be the best on and off the field. This is a culmination of years of work, but it seems that for you guys (as it was for Mark, Coach Walter and myself) it was a labor of love.
And so it is, that my favorite memories of the season will be pushing cars at Denny’s funeral, working on the field under the lights beyond midnight on the night before a game, the excitement you showed for throwback uniforms, Gatorade disasters, playing in the mud, clashing clans, retweets of DP, dugout candy, walk-up music, left over pork patties, and Mark and Dane giving me a hard time about nearly everything.
So thanks guys. I’ll miss you all…good luck to Coach Walter in his new endeavor, we were all lucky to have had him with us for the ride. Thanks to our Peter Pan of baseball, Mark Ferrill (do not continue to stretch the analogy guys). And for now a final story. At the end of every long bus ride there was Call. Since he was a “lifer” on the bus trips home, he was frequently the last man standing when it came time to clear the bus of equipment. He NEVER failed to make sure I was not left with the equipment, never complaining, always at the ready, completing a thankless job with no fanfare. That’s true service, and that’s what each of you made Mohawk baseball all about. When I see the trophies in the case, THAT’S what I’ll be thinking about.
Mohawks Honor Veterans For Memorial Day
The Mohawks help place flags at the Morrisonville Cemetary to honor our veterans for Memorial Day. This is the second season the Mohawks have participated just before one of their regional games. The reschedule of the regional semi-final game to Friday created a little time crunch, as the Mohawks had commited to place the flags at 2:30 and game time was 4:30. Most of the team participated and were able to place nearly 200 flags prior to departing for the game. The presentation was especially meaningful to two Mohawks, Christian Jones and Call Beiermann, who will enter the military this summer. Mike Parkin and Ray Montgomery helped organize the group and gave them some background on the history and significance of the ceremony.
Mohawks & Lancers Step Up To The Plate For Grace
The Mohawks joined with the Lincolnwood Lancers raise awareness for a rare genetic disorder that Grace Herchselman and her family are battlilng. The teams raised money for research and presented their checks to the family before the Mohawk's regional game vs Mt Olive. The Mohawks sold special shirts, donated concession stand money, had a 50/50 baseball toss (that her grandpa won!), and collected pledges based on offensive production during the Mohawk-Lancer game @ Morrisonville in late April. The Mohawks presented a check for $1,350 and the total presented between the teams was over $2,000. To all who participated and donated the Mohawks and the Herchselman's say a big THANKS!!
Sectional Championship Rained-Out, Play Monday
The Mohawks sectional championship game vs Okawville has been rained out for today and has been rescheduled for Monday @ Carlinville 4:30. That pushes the Super-Sectional back to Tuesday. Should the Mohawks advance, the game will be at 4:30 @ Lincolnland CC. Since you're likely now looking for something to do with your afternoon, you might want to take a look at the Breeze Video of the Mulberry Grove game put together by Derek Parris by clicking HERE. You can also access his game shots HERE. Great job as always by Derek...Thanks!!
Play Hard. Play Smart. Sports Safety Initiative
The IHSA has partnered with Play Hard. Play Smart to provide sports safety information for players, coaches and parents. The initiative and the website focus on sports safety. While I feel we've worked hard to provide a safe environment for our activities, and have worked as a staff to stay informed and aware of player safety concerns, there are always avenues for improvement. You can access the sight and its resouces by clicking the link below. The link will remain on our main baseball permanently.
Denny D Sized Hats Are In...Pick Up @ One Of Our Games
We have had the sized Denny D Tribute hats in hand for about a week. If you ordered a sized hat, please stop by the school or one of the home games and we'll get you your hat. The flex fit hats are supposed to be completed on the 14th and shipped directly to us (they're coming from Korea, so it will take a couple of days). I'd like to distribute as many of the sized hats as possible, so I can be confident of what I have in reserve. This will allow the small number of extra hats to be disttributed to the many who have requested them since the original order. It is definitely a relief to be able to honor Denny on the field in a tangible way as we complete the season, grab your hat so you can join us in celebration of what Denny meant to Mohawk Baseball.
Denny D Memorial Game At GCS Field in Sauget
The Mohawks will pay tribute to Denny D "Statman," when they take on the Lincolnwood Lancers at GCS Field in Sauget on April 28th. The stadium is home to the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League. We will play a varsity and JV game on the date. Tickets are $4 each, but we haven't decided exactly how we'll distribute the tickets, so stay tuned for an update. We'll have our Denny D tribute hats by that time as well.
Mohawks Close Out Regular Season @ Home
The 2015 regular season is rapidly coming to a close, and the Mohawks will close it out in style with four home games, including our Senior Night on Tuesday, May 12th vs Lutheran. Monday we'll host North Mac in a Varsity/JV game. On Tuesday, will celebrate with our Seniors as we host the last MSM Conference game of their careers vs Springfield Lutheran. This game looms large in MSM Conference standings, a win will guarantee the Mohawks at least a share of the conference championship. We'll follow that game up with a game the same night with Arthur Christian at 6:30 PM. The seniors (and jrs plus Adam) will be taking long trips for the rest of the week, so we'll be out of action until Monday, May 18th when we've picked up a regional tune-up game vs Gillespie. The Miners have graciously agreed to head north, so we'll get another chance to see our seniors in action at Memorial Field. It promises to be a busy couple of weeks as we transition from regular season to the IHSA Tournament series that begins next week.
The Red Events Box Takes You To The Calendar
Tucked between the Game Changer Link & the daily schedule is a red bar that reads "events." This is a LINK to the team calendar. Now that the site is back, games and practices will be posted on that calendar and you'll be able to see what's going on with the Tomahawks this Fall and the Mohawks once the Fall season is complete.
Concession Volunteers 2015