Kevin Roberts Newport Gulls Journal Entries
Monday, August 11
Thanks in advance for reading this, my final journal entry. I have really enjoyed writing this summer and can't thank you enough for reading and keeping up with my progress.
In the first round of the playoffs, we beat Danbury in a three-game series to advance to the second round to face the regular season champs, the Torrington Twisters.
They had the home field advantage because they had the best overall record in the league. We lost 2-0 at their place in the first game of the best of three series. The second game was on our turf and they jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. To make things worse, the rain then began to fall, causing an hour and a half delay.
Following the delay, we started to turn things on and allowed only one run the rest of the way. We also put together a good charge offensively, scoring four runs, but ultimately fell just short.
I was the designated hitter and had perhaps my best game of the summer offensively. I went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, so I was happy to finish strong. Unfortunately, none of us wanted the summer to end in this round of the playoffs.
Following the game, our home crowd gave us a standing ovation, which was gratifying and we all said our goodbyes to everyone. I feel very fortunate to have played in such a class organization.
In my opinion Newport is one of the best places to play summer ball, giving the Cape Cod League a real challenge in terms of competitive baseball and all-around atmosphere. The ownership tries so hard to make our stay enjoyable, and would do anything for us players. The support staff is also wonderful and I've met some great people on and off the field. I will leave with a lot of memories and many new friends.
All and all, it has been one of the best experiences of my life and I consider myself extremely lucky as not too many baseball players have the opportunity to experience what I have.
For now, I will pack up tomorrow and spend some time with my roommates and host family. I'll probably leave Tuesday giving me a night to hang out with my friends, which should be a great time. Then it's home for a couple weeks and back to Siena, where I hope to see you all at the Diamond in the spring.
Thanks again for following me and supporting the Siena program,