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— Gallaudet baseball doubleheader split

— Mississippi track

— college deaf pitcher

— deaf fullback faces competition

— national deaf soccer champions

— Los Angeles area deaf schools basketball tournament

— Eastern deaf schools invitational slo-pitch tournament

Deaf Sports Collections update
— shoulder tap during football practice

DeafSports picture of the day


Gallaudet baseball doubleheader split

MARCY, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University baseball team entered this weekend
with a goal of winning all four conference games to keep its North Eastern
Athletic Conference (NEAC) playoff hopes alive. The Bison (7-29-1, 4-12
NEAC) began the day on the right foot with a sound 13-5 victory here
Saturday over SUNY Poly (11-16, 5-6 NEAC).

Unfortunately, in the second game the Bison lost their early lead and fell
to the Wildcats, 9-4. SUNY Poly, who has only played 11 conference games,
is in position to lock up the sixth and final playoff spot.

Game 1: Gallaudet 13, SUNY Poly 5
Gallaudet jumped out to a commanding 10-0 lead after five innings of play
and added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh to pick up its
seventh win on the season and fourth in conference play.

Sophomore Winston Lane (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) led the Bison offense with
two triples and five RBI. Junior second baseman Cameron Upton (Vicksburg,
Miss.) was a perfect 4-for-4 as he drove in one run and scored four times.
GU’s top of the order, first four batters, scored a combined 12 runs and
walked six times.

Junior Ryan Gilbert (Mount Dora, Fla.) and freshman catcher Julian Locke
(Waco, Texas) added two RBI each.

Gallaudet scored three times in the first, fourth and seventh innings and
twice in the second and fifth innings.

Freshman Darren Drolsbaugh (Lansdale, Pa.) earned his second win of the
season as he pitched six innings where he allowed three runs (two earned)
on six hits and three walks. Sophomore Robersy Delgado (Tampa, Fla.) came
on to pitch the bottom of the seventh as the host Wildcats scored two runs
on four hits while Delgado struck out two.

Game 2: SUNY Poly 9, Gallaudet 4
Gallaudet started the second game where it left off as Upton drove in a
run in the first and third innings as the Bison led 2-0 after two and a
half innings.

SUNY Poly scored five unanswered runs off GU starting pitcher Ethan Denson
(Huffman, Texas) to chase the freshman right-hander in the bottom of the
fifth as the Wildcats led 5-2. Delgado came on and got the final out in
the fifth and got GU into the eighth inning.

Denson allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits, walked two and struck
out one in 4.2 innings of work. SUNY Poly starting pitcher Nate Palmer
(3-2) hurled a complete game as he allowed four runs on eight hits, walked
three and struck out five in nine innings.

Drolsbaugh was GU’s top hitter as he went 4-for-5 off Palmer as he was a
home run shy of the cycle. He hit two doubles, a triple and single off the
SUNY Poly starter. He scored three times to led the Bison. Upton finished
2-for-3 with three RBI, a triple and one run.


Lane and Upton now are tied for first on the team with five triples

GU extended its win streak to three games after the first game of today’s

The first game win also increased GU’s win streak over SUNY Poly to three,
dating back to last season, before the loss in the second game

This is Gallaudet’s second NEAC doubleheader on the road this season

Gallaudet will conclude the regular season tomorrow (Sunday, May 6) with a
NEAC doubleheader at SUNY Cobleskill (3-26, 2-12 NEAC) at noon.


Mississippi track

part of newspaper story

Amazing deaf sprinter highlight day 2 of track meet

It was man-up time for Kenmarkis Meeks.

The standout athlete for the Mississippi School for the Deaf showed up to
Saturday’s state track and field championships at Pearl High School and
was amazed by what he saw.

“There’s so many people here,” Meeks said through an interpreter.
“It’s just amazing to see this many people here.”

If it made Meeks nervous to see the crowd, he also said he had to “just
fight through it.”

“Be a strong man,” he said.

It worked — Meeks, a junior, took home a pair of individual gold medals,
first clearing 6-4 in the 1A boys’ long jump and then later running the
110-meter hurdles in 15.6 seconds, almost a second ahead of his
second-place competition.

His best event of the day may have actually been running the final leg of
the 4×100 relay. He got the baton in probably third place but stormed down
the straight-away and edged out Potts camp for a win by .08 seconds.

And then Meeks celebrated by imitating Usain Bolt’s signature
celebration, so suffice to say Meeks learned how not to be scared of the
crowd but instead love it and play to it.

“I’m glad I was successful,” Meeks said. “I trained hard and tried
my best, so being a state champion this year and last year; compared to
last year many, many more people here.”

Meeks finished off his day by finishing second in the 200-meter dash,
running it in 23.17 seconds.


college deaf pitcher

Robby Medel



University of Arizona

his collegiate baseball profile is this:

TCU 2014
Redshirted for the Horned Frogs (TCU)

Arizona 2015
Medel began the year as a member of the starting rotation … As a
starter, he was 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA and had 12 strikeouts in eight starts
… Was moved to the bullpen and never allowed more than three runs in an
appearance for the rest of the year and finished with a record of 2-3 …
Brought his ERA down 1.15 points after being moved to the pen … Earned
his first win of the season against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 14 when he
went 7.2 innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out four
… Recorded his second win of the season against Arizona State when he
came out of the bullpen for some long relief and tossed 6.1 innings while
allowing just one run.

Arizona 2016
Made 12 appearances for the Wildcats, pitching 17 1/3 innings…Posted 14
strikeouts to five walks…Made his season debut at Rice (2/19), throwing
a perfect inning in relief…Earned his first win of the season against
Sacramento State (3/13), tossing two innings in relief and giving up one
run…Pitched three scoreless innings against Washington State (4/9),
allowing three hits and striking out a season-high five…Made one
postseason appearance, throwing two scoreless innings against Louisiana

Arizona 2017
Posted a 2.96 ERA in 15 appearances, spanning 24 1/3 innings…Struck out
20 batters, and walked 16…Allowed just four extra-base hits, while
batters hit just .220 against him…Had a 1.08 ERA in nine conference
appearances…In 16 2/3 innings in Pac-12 play, allowed just 12 hits, two
earned runs and struck out 12…Tossed two scoreless innings at UCLA
(3/17), walking two and striking out three…Tossed 2 1/3 scoreless
innings at Washington State, striking out two…Had two scoreless innings
with one strikeout against Utah (4/20)…Threw four scoreless innings,
allowing three hits and two walks, while striking out three versus Utah
(4/22)…Posted 1 2/3 scoreless innings at Stanford (4/29)…Finished his
season with 3 1/3 scoreless innings against Sam Houston State in the NCAA
Tournament, striking out three and walking one.

this season:

looking at stats, not that great a senior season

4.44 ERA

16 relief appearances (out of his team’s 45 games)

total 24.1 innings pitched

allowed two homers

held opposition batting average to .304

Will he be drafted by the majors?

Don’t know

Deaf? Yes, but functions as a hearing person


Deaf fullback faces competition

Fullback (or blocking back) is a dying position in
the NFL.

Derrick Coleman is a fullback with the Atlanta Falcons.

Good news that Atlanta did not draft any fullbacks, but
the bad news is that two free agent fullbacks were signed,
after being bypassed in the draft.

What this means is that if these free agents are equal
to Coleman in skills, then the Falcons may look at
“cheaper” costs in signing a rookie, undrafted fullback.

All NFL teams worry about the salary cap.


national deaf soccer champions

British Deaf Cup Finals
Doncaster Deaf FC 4
Fulham Deaf Football Club 2

it is like the national deaf basketball tournament
in USA for deaf adults


Los Angeles area deaf schools basketball tournament

a tradition in Los Angeles is a basketball tournament
among non-varsity deaf schools. It takes place
every year in May.

This tournament has had some controversy for one reason -
some schools have been accused of “sneaking” in
varsity players (on their hearing high school basketball
teams). Using varsity players is not permitted according
to tournament rules.

It was the reason why one tournament director quit
few years ago out of anger.


Eastern deaf schools invitational slo-pitch softball tournament

from a tweet:
The WPSD boys’ softball team battled Lexington School & Center for the
Deaf in the championship game of the American School for the Deaf
Tournament this weekend. It was a tightly contested matchup, but, in the
end, our Lions came up with the win!! Always Remember and Never Forget,
WPSD #1!!

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