It has been a year of transition for the Leigh/Schuyler Crawdads in Dodge County Baseball League action in 2019. For the past several years, the Crawdads have had a solid grasp near the top of the league standings.

This year the Crawdads have struggled a bit, but they still field a solid team of excellent players who provide top-notch entertainment for baseball fans in the Schuyler area.

Despite their 5-6 season record, the Crawdads are only half a game out of a three-way tie for third place in the nine-team league. The Crawdads have four regular season games remaining with three of those encounters taking place at Merchant Park here in Schuyler.

They play Dodge at home of Thursday, at home against West Point on Sunday, at home against Blair on July 18; on the road at Arlington on July 21.

Current League Standings: 1-Wahoo 12-0, 2-West Point 10-3, 3-Arlington 6-6, 4-Dodge 6-6, 5-Leigh/Schuyler 5-6, 6-Yutan 4-5, 7-Scribner 4-7, 8-Blair 3-6, 9-North Bend 1-12.

With three home games remaining you still have a few great opportunities to go out and support the ‘Dads.

HOW ABOUT THOSE DIDGETS?: The Schuyler little league baseball teams are members of the Tri-County Baseball League. It has been many years since Schuyler has fielded a team that has finished near the top of their groupings.

The Schuyler “Green” Didgets decided that would not be the case in 2019. This group of young athletes was coached by Lance Johnson and David Hild.

They finished the regular season with a sparkling record of 10-1 and tied for second place with the West Point Twins, West Point Patriots, and Wayne Blue in the 26-team league. Wayne White captured the regular season crown with a perfect 11-0 record.

Schuyler’s only loss came way back on May 30 to the number one team. Schuyler reeled of eight consecutive victories to end the regular season. Congratulations to coaches Johnson and Hild and their outstanding group of young athletes.

USA! USA! USA!: Leaving politics out of it, it was great to see the United States women’s soccer team win a second consecutive World Cup with a convincing 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Sunday’s final in France.

These are the kinds of moments that used to pull us together as a nation. They helped to restore pride to the hearts of Americans as we watched the athletes saluting the flag and singing the National Anthem, bringing lumps to out throats and tears to our eyes.

For one shining moment, we were one again.

AND THERE WENT THE FOURTH: When the Fourth of July slips past us we know that summer vacation is half-way over. Maybe the odd weather has made a difference, but I can’t remember a summer slipping by this quickly before.

Take advantage of the few weeks you have left as a family. Take that mini-vacation you have been talking about. Spend some time at the pool as a family. Take in a ball game or two. Try to create some special memories that will always make the summer of 2019 special for you and yours.  

Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.

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