Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Taking a break from blog posts

I have kept up with this blog for a number of years, but just seems like to much duplication with Facebook, where there are a number of fans that follow RD Sports Photo.  I would add the blog here, then paste it into Facebook, but never seemed to be to many clicks on the game story, so I am trying posting a direct link to the photos from games and a quick story line in Facebook.  I like it, because it lessens my workload, which is very nice.  We shall see how it goes.  If you stop by, this is the reason there have been no updates.  Please visit my Facebook page at;


Thanks for your support as always :)

Rob DeForge

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gaylord vs Cheboygan Jv and Frosh football

#13 Justin Fessler on a punt return for Gaylord in the frosh game
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The opening of the 2013 football season began Thursday night for Gaylord and Cheboygan with a pair of games, Freshman and Junior Varsity.  The frosh game was a wild affair as Gaylord controlled the game early off of the legs on Nathan Boswood, who would score 5-td's and rush for int he ara of 170-yards as Gaylord built a 40-19 lead at the start of the 4th quarter.  In the blistering heat, the Cheboygan line took over, and I believe Gaylord had negative yardage and 0 first downs in the quarter, as Cheboygan scored 22-points, the last ones coming with 20-seconds left on a 8-yard TD pass to win a wild game 41-40.  In the soph game, Gaylord scored the only TD in the first half to lead 8-0, and tacked on 22-more points to white-wash the Chiefs 30-0.  The Varsity battle is in Gaylord tonight to wrap up the 2013 edition of Gaylord-Cheboygan football.

Cheboygan back breaks off a TD run in the frosh game.

The winning extra-point for the final 41-40 margin in a Cheboygan comeback win.

Jacob Freeman for Gaylord in the JV game.

#49 Joseph Miller of Gaylord, with a reception for a 2-point conversion in the JV game.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Tawas Area 3 - Gaylord 1 - boys high school soccer

Gaylord's #9 Austin Kirby

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The opening night of the high school 2013-14 sports season took place for me tonight in Gaylord, as the Blue Devils hosted Tawas area in a boys high school soccer match, with the Braves from Tawas taking a 3-1 victory.  Tawas scored first in this game right near the end of the first half after many great saves by the goalies from both teams.  Gaylord would even it up about halfway through the 2nd half when a corner kick found it's way into the net off a Tawas defender.  Gaylord would play a ball with the hand in the penalty box a few moments later, and would bury the penalty kick for a 2-1 lead, then add an insurance goal with a couple of minutes remaining to open up the season with a win.  Tawas took the JV game as well, by a 2-1 score.

Battle for the ball at midfield

Gaylord goalie Ben Fry grabs a corner kick as Tawas #20 Jacob Carroll could not make a play.

The Gaylord goal off of the Jordan Monarch corner kick.

Gaylord's #10 Matt Coger

Gaylord goalie Ben Fry

Sunday, July 21, 2013

3 Little League baseball games to end the season for RD Sports Photo

Gaylord 9-10 baseball

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Click here for Gaylord/West Branch 9-10 baseball District Final

Click here for TC West/Byron Center 10-11 baseball sectional

2 games Saturday, and 1 on Sunday wraps up the photography for Little League baseball in 2013.  On Saturday, a pair of games in East Jordan for District 8, as the finals for the 9-10 year olds in softball and baseball were played.  In the softball final, Hillman started strong with 8 runs in the first inning, and cruised to a 15-6 win over West Branch, and will play on in the State Tourney in Escanaba, while on the baseball side, West Branch used a 9-run 3rd inning to put the game out of reach, beating Gaylord 13-1 in 4 innings to earn a trip to the Sate Final Tourney in Muskegon.  Sunday was another 10-11 sectional baseball game between TC West and Byron Center played at Hutchinson Field in Gaylord.  West would force a 1-game winner take all game on Monday, as they beat Byron Center 9-3 in 6-innings.  The winner on Monday between these 2 teams will head to the State Tournament in the 10-11 year old bracket.  Time for a 3-week or so break for RD Sports Photo, and then it is here....the 2013 football season :)

West Branch 9-10 softball

Hillman 9-10 softball

Gaylord 9-10 baseball

West Branch 9-10 baseball

Byron Center 10-11 baseball

TC West & Byron Center 9-10 baseball

Friday, July 19, 2013

TC West vs Muskegon Reeths Puffer 10-11 baseball

The game winning run scored in the 3rd inning by Reeth Puffer in a tight 1-run game.

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3 District winners in the 10-11 year old division of Little League baseball are meeting in a sectional double elimination tournament over the weekend in Gaylord, and the first game Friday night between TC West and Muskegon Reeths Puffer was a good one, with Muskegon coming out on top by a 2-1 score.  With the score tied at 1-1 and a Reeths runner on 2nd base with 1-out, a grounder was hit to the infield, and TC West made the play at first, but the throw across to 3rd base got by the TC West player, and Muskegon was able to score what would be the winning run.  I believe this was the bottom of the 3rd inning.  TC in the top of the 6th, had the first 2 batters make an out, but a base hit, and a couple of walks, and the bases were loaded with 2-out, but a ground ball to shortstop, where the Muskegon player gobbled it up and stepped on 2nd base to close out this game.  The other team is Bryon Center.  They play 2 games tomorrow, and 1-2 on Sunday.  Hopefully will make it back out for Sundays games.

This Muskegon shortstop has great range to his left or right.

TC Runner is stranded at 3rd base after this 3rd out play at first in a 1-run game.

TC West pitcher delivers to the plate

Last out of the game with bases loaded in a 1-run game.....not an easy play with the runner in front of you!!

Solid swing from the Muskegon player.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

TC East vs Gaylord District 8 Championship baseball

TC East poses in front of the scoreboard with the District 8 flag

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A great Little League baseball game Saturday in Boyne City as Traverse City East avenged 2+ years of frustration by finally beating Gaylord in the District 8 Championship game by a 7-5 score, earning a berth in the state final tournament in Ispheming in the near future.  Gaylord, who has beaten TCE in the district final the past 3-years, and who I believe has not lost a district tournament game in that time, started out with a quick 5-0 lead highlighted by a Parker Rey home run, and looked to be on their way, but the 3rd inning of this game turned out to be the crucial moment for both of these teams.  In the top of the 3rd, the TCE shortstop made a great play on a ball up the middle, and almost turned a double play, but his pick-up of that ground ball saved a run and allowed TCE to make it out of the inning putting a zero on the board for Gaylord for the first time.  In the bottom of the inning, TCE would hit a solo homerun to make it 5-1, and then the steady Gaylord defense would make 3 critical defensive errors, a misplay on a flyball to centerfield, an over throw by the pitcher to 1st base, and a ground ball to 1st base in which a wrong decision was made...all of these occurring I believe with 2-outs in the inning.  When the smoke cleared, Gaylord still held a 5-4 lead after 3 innings, but you could feel the difference in each of the teams.......mainly TCE believing they could win this game.  TCE would add 3 more in the bottom of the 4th inning as the Gaylord pitchers had a hard time throwing strikes, and that was your ball game, a 7-5 win for East, that set off a great celebration by the players, parents and family.  The TCE left handed pitcher did a great job in shutting Gaylord down, as they went scoreless the last 4-innings of the game.  This game was just another reason why Little League baseball is such a great sport.

TCE shortstops great play in the top of the 3rd inning.

Matt Wilson grabs this groundball at 3rd base for Gaylord.

A tag out at 2nd base that finally ended the TC East 3rd inning in which they scored 4-runs.

The Gaylord centerfielder cannot make a play on this flyball in the TC East 3rd inning.

The final out as Traverse City East claimed the District 8 Championship.

TC East celebration by the players after the final out.

Posing for photos with the District 8 flag.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gaylord vs TC West Major baseball semi-Final

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4 teams were left in the Little League Major tournament in District 8 heading into Tuesday's semi-final games, which I was able to attend the Gaylord vs TC West side of the bracket.  This group of Gaylord players have been unbeaten in tourney play the last 3-years, and TC West put a scare into them, before the Gaylord bats got hot, and they won going away in 4-innings by a 18-8 score to earn a berth in the District 8 Final Saturday in Boyne City vs TC East.  TC West held an early 2-1 lead in the 1st inning, and down 7-3, they were able to tie the game at 7-7.  Gaylord would take a 10-7 lead into the bottom of the 3rd inning, and the key play of the game was made at home plate by Gaylord.  Gaylord's centerfielder picked up a base hit and threw the TC West runner out at home plate, with a great play made by Gaylord catcher Parker Rey (more on him later) who had to turn to tag the TC West runner just before he reached the plate, ending the inning with West not getting a run.  Gaylord would out an 8-spot on the board in the top of the 4th inning to then take control of the game and close it out.  TC West's big 1st basemen Rutwouski (sp) had 2 big home runs in the game, along with another player for West hitting 1.  The big star of this game was Parker Rey of Gaylord, who went 4-4 at the plate, with 3 doubles and 1 single, picking up 7 RBI's in the game.  Each one of his at bats he just stung the ball,,,,could be the best I have seen a player dialed into the baseball in my 8-years of photographing Little League baseball.

Rutouwski watches his first of 2 home runs in the game for TC West

Gaylord pitcher Mitch Wilson

Parker Rey with the play of the game, as he tags out the TC West runner at the plate ending the inning.

TC West home run ball, as Wilson in the foreground can only watch it go out.