News and Announcements
As most of you know Coach Galewski is still very involved with SMLL. He and his staff hold our annual coaches clinic to impart his approach to coaching at the youth level. If you see coach please congratulate him on his 400th win as the SMHS baseball coach. Here is the jsonline write-up:
South Milwaukee baseball coach John Galewski notches 400th career win
By Dave Boehler, Special to the Journal Sentinel July 7,2014
South Milwaukee baseball coach John Galewski thought his team didn’t know he was one victory shy of No. 400 in his career.
“I was hoping they didn’t because we’re chasing a conference championship,” Galewski said. “I know they know about that, so that’s more important.”
It looked like the Rockets were unaware after their 4-0 victory over Shorewood behind pitcher Matt McCarty’s two-hitter on Monday at Henry Aaron Field.
There were the usual handshakes, but nothing out of the ordinary.
“Yeah, we all knew,” McCarty said. “We talked about it on the bus on the way here and maybe doing something if we got the win.”
So, as Galewski was being interviewed near his dugout, two players dumped the Gatorade bucket on their unsuspecting coach.
“It’s a real honor to play for him,” said South Milwaukee’s Anthony Marlowe, who had two brothers and a cousin compete in the program.
Only 14 coaches in summer baseball have more victories than Galewski (400-388), who is in his 27th season.
“It’s really about the history of the kids that have gone through the program,” Galewski said. “My son played for me. There’s some emotion there.”
Added McCarty: “It’s so awesome to know I could give my coach his 400th win. It’s a great achievement for him and the program.”
During Galewski’s tenure, however, the only conference championship South Milwaukee won was the Southeast crown in 2000.
A four-run first inning Monday kept the Rockets in position to change that.
South Milwaukee and Greenfield are 10-6 atop the East Division of the Woodland Conference with two games remaining.
The 16-9 Rockets host Shorewood on Tuesday and resume a suspended game with Wauwatosa West on Wednesday. The Trojans hold a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning.
South Milwaukee, which won for just the second time in its last six games, sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the first.
With runners on first and second, J.P. Saskowski attempted a sacrifice bunt that turned into a single. That’s because pitcher Alec Nelson dove to try to catch the bunt but came up short and was unable to throw anyone out.
A wild pitch allowed Ben Zbikowski to score from third for a 1-0 lead.
After a ground out by Zach Simuncak, McCarty hit a ground ball that bounced over the glove of first baseman Bryan Frieseke and allowed two more runs to score.
“I was actually looking for a curveball because it was a full count and he had a pretty nice curveball,” McCarty said. “I was sitting on a curveball and he threw me a fastball. I just drove it the other way and got the runs in.”
A sacrifice bunt by Scott Plachinski was followed by a single to center field by Marlowe for a 4-0 lead.
“I knew that coach wanted to get someone in scoring position for me,” Marlowe said.
McCarty, who also threw a two-hitter on July 1 in a 2-0 victory over Greenfield, gave up two singles in the fourth. The bases were loaded with one out, but the pitcher got out of the frame unscathed.
“That was a huge opportunity that we just came away with nothing on,” Shorewood first-year coach Josh Lemke said. “Our morale stayed pretty high through the game, but that really took a chunk out of it.”
Since 1954 SMLL has been a stable force in the development of South Milwaukee’s youth. Generation after generation of familiar last names return to play each year. Embracing that tradition are families who have chosen, due the unique qualities of our area, to move from all over to make SM and it’s neighboring communities their home. This time of year evenings at SMLL Park are full of energy and go beyond softball and baseball. The volunteers behind all of this show tremendous pride and sense of community. These volunteers are all of you, the families of our great league. Here is a little sample of how that effort and pride shows though in an email between a board member and a parent who is just looking to help:
“It was nice that someone raked after last night’s game, with the rain and all, it made it easier for me this morning. Therefore I had extra time to chalk out the batter’s box and foul lines for you.”
The grass is getting long and I’d love to help with that but have never driven that large tractor style mower before.
Just a heads up that tomorrow I do have a field trip with my son early in the morning till about lunch time. I will still make it over there afterwards since I don’t have to be at work till 5:00"
Reply from board member:
“…the field looked awesome all week. Thanks for your great work.” “Volunteers like you make me proud to be part of SMLL”
Reply from parent:
“If you need more help just call, I’m proud to be part of what you guys have done for my family and others”
This is South Milwaukee Little League! We can all be proud of what has been passed down to us and our children over the past 60 years. As this season continues and we see situations that don’t emulate the great tradition, remember we don’t live in a fairy tail world. You can enhance any situation with a positive perspective, a word of kindness, and understanding. We all have the same goals…teach our kids the game and competition, make sure they have fun and continue the strong community tradition.
We will be posting more grounds opportunities shortly as coordination is difficult without a director of grounds.
Jr. Rocket Update
8u and 9u both medaled in Lakeland tournament this past weekend. These teams are the building blocks of our Jr. Rocket program. Congrats go out to both teams and their families for representing SMLL so well. To see the details click here.
Upcoming DatesJune 10 Umpire appreciation night
June 14 Chinooks game- ticket info will be out early next week
June 15 All star teams announced
June 16-20 All star spirit wear ordering
June 21 Movie night & post season tournaments start
I would like to thank all the families for the great start to the 2014 South Milwaukee Little League season. Our entire board of directors is proud to continue our community involvement with hard work and dedication to SMLL. As we work with many area youth sports organizations, we realize how special SMLL is with it’s proud heritage. Thanks to all the families who have been involved in SMLL over the years building and extending this rich tradition.. Our focus of doing what is best for each player and the league as a whole serves as a guide to keep us on track. The start to this 2014 season has shown to be no exception to our proud history.
David Douglas Wisconsin District 6 Little League Administrator
Dave has been a part of SMLL since 1997. As a parent, coach, umpire, member of the BOD and president. While his role with D6 takes him off our BOD, he is continuing his tireless efforts to SMLL. Prior to opening day he was out in the rain on a ladder, hanging netting on Diamond 1. After serving as the Grand Marshal of our Opening Day Parade, Dave quickly got his umpire attire and worked two games to start the year. He has already umped over a dozen games on the brief season. Please give Dave a big THANK YOU as you see him around the park.
Upcoming Event Highlight
SMHS Rocket Baseball Softball Silent Auction/ Raffle Friday May 16 7 pm Oak Manor.
$15 free Beer and Food.
The Rocket Baseball and Softball teams have been intertwined for years. Many of the high school coaches have coached or even played in SMLL. The softball team, currently ranked 10th in the area, has a roster full of former SMLL players, including some girls from the 2010 state Little League championship team. Many of the parents of current Rocket players were coaches in Little League softball and did a great job of preparing the girls for Coach Hansen and her staff.
Coach Galewski and Coach Weber have been avid supporters of and continue to run clinics for SMLL. Our league would not be were it is today without the help and guidance of Coach Galewski and Coach Weber. The Rocket baseball team continues to tote the success of our program, fielding quality teams year after year.
Please come out and support these programs on Friday Night. I look forward being a part of a large SMLL parent presence.
Mark Your Calendar
Umpire Appreciation Night Tuesday June 10 SMLL Park
“Blue” finally gets the limelight with activities and recognition.
Help keep the lines short, sign up to volunteer in the concession stand.