Watching a determined Jacob Nottingham step into the batter’s box last week against Dodger left-hander Clayton Kershaw might’ve been a confidence-building moment for the ex-Redlands High slugger and catcher.
Kershaw, as he’s been known to do quite often, seems to wipe that confidence out quickly. Any time. Any hitter. Nottingham should just take it in stride.
One at-bat, for instance: An aggressive, yet seemingly-under control Nottingham, fouled one into the dirt at home plate. Strike one.
Second pitch, Kershaw, was fouled off to the right. Strike two.
Third pitch. Off-speed. Down, in. Swing and miss. Third strike. Third out.
Nottingham, aka The Sheriff of Nottingham, never got another chance to hit in that game. Regular starter Omar Narvaez came in to catch. When it was his turn to bat, Milwaukee manager Craig Counsel sent fourth-string catcher David Freitas up to strike out.
The Brewers couldn’t score in two games against L.A., which swept that series.
Nottingham, for his part, has 15 career big-league hits, five of which were swatted for HRs. Kershaw, heading for the Hall of Fame, wound up with 13 strikeouts.
Kershaw follow-up: Some of his previous meltdown moments — key HRs surrendered during post-season, particularly against Houston — seem to now be reflected upon those stolen signals by the Astros.
It’s another part in an outlandish result resulting from Houston’s cheating scandal. Not only did the Astros win a World Series against some top pitchers — Kershaw included — but those actions cost the Dodgers’ three-time Cy Young Award winner a piece of his legacy.
Nottingham, not to mention his Brewers’ lineup around him, didn’t seem to be getting aided by any stolen signs. Milwaukee’s onetime MVP Christian Yelich didn’t fare much better against either Kershaw or Walker Buehler.
Three of Nottingham’s four post-season at-bats, incidentally, came against Kershaw and Buehler. It’s called Playoff Baseball.
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Mike Sullivan, a Vietnam vet, got a book from his third grade grandson, Erik, and was asked to write a book report. “He thought of me when he saw the cover because he knew I had served in Vietnam.”
In that book, “Medal of Honor,” (Michael Spradlin, author) he read about an Oklahoma man named Jack C. Montgomery, a Cherokee and World War II decorated vet, who played football and baseball at the University of Redlands.
“I’ve only lived in Redlands for five years,” said the older Sullivan, whose grandson attends school in Northern California, “so I’m not that familiar with the U of R. I was a little surprised that in the ‘30s the school pulled in students from Oklahoma.”
Montgomery, incidentally, is a Bulldog Hall of Famer who wore jersey No. 22. His service time earned him the Medal of Honor from President Roosevelt in January 1945 — five years after graduating from Redlands.
Lots of great historical data on Montgomery, via Sullivan’s “book report,” but there was a keen insight: Guy was part of Gen. George S. Patton’s 180th Division.
Thanks, Mike, for reading Erik’s book. Montgomery, incidentally, died in 2002.
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Here’s a cool note: Darryl Womack, a Redlands High flagship member who’s now on staff up at Yucaipa High, coached water polo at Redlands East Valley a number of years back.
Garrett Womack, a player on his dad’s team, was a member of the 4-ship F15 fly over of Normandy during the 76th anniversary of D-Day back on June 6.
His local résumé: A 2009 REV grad. 2013 grad from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Three-year varsity polo player at REV. Four years at Air Force, which copped the 2012 Western Water Polo Association championship.
Womack? Yes, we’re talking about Darryl, the son, and Garrett, the grandson of Hall of Fame Terrier football coach Paul Womack.
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April Berry, the highly successful girls track & field coach from Redlands High took issue with remarks made from an area school about what P.E. teachers are doing in distance learning.
A few weeks back, we related on how high school P.E. teachers teach by video. That P.E. teacher admitted they were going crazy.
That’s both teachers and kids. That school’s counselor connected me with a P.E. teacher who admitted the process was not working to capacity.
It probably left people the belief that P.E. teachers are getting away with a teaching modicum that’s far less effective than, say, what their contemporaries have in math or science, English and history. Hold on a minute, said Berry, who teaches P.E. at Redlands High.
She rebutted a few days later. “We (Berry, plus three others) started collaborating in July to put together an online curriculum for distance learning that would offer variety and best meet the needs of our students.”
Re-creating an entire P.E. curriculum from scratch; yes, she said, “we are using videos to help guide our workouts.”
There was thought and intent for each choice of videos. In other words, it was as professional as possible under these pandemic circumstances.
Students are required at the end of each period to reflect on daily activity. Berry reports, “we are getting really positive feedback …”
Berry said it, “was why I felt the need to set the record straight about what we are doing in P.E.”
One final note from Berry, who’s also the school’s girls track coach: “We are also for the most part doing the workouts right along with the kids every period.”
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Speaking of AYSO: Ernie Lemos, Regional 50 commissioner, was nominated and voted in for another three-year term.
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