With the Memorial Day holiday weekend coming up what could be more appropriate than to examine a few of the forgotten conflicts from America’s past? The soldiers who fell in those wars are no less dead just because they served in actions that are neglected in the history books and/or were never formally declared by Congress. (details, details)
And in keeping with my blog’s overall theme I won’t be bringing any of that weak Korean War, World War One or War of 1812 crap. When Balladeer says forgotten I mean forgotten with a capital (or at least italicized) “F”. As forgotten as The Montefuscos and Hizzoner. As forgotten as a Polish memoir or a promise from a presidential candidate.
4. THE FORGOTTEN YEAR OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR (1781 – 1782) – My fellow Revolutionary War geeks and I are forever rolling our eyes at documentaries that act like Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown marked the end of that conflict. True, it was the last MAJOR battle of the war, but there were 13 more months of open bloodshed and another year after that before the peace treaty was signed.
October 1781 to November 1782 saw General “Mad” Anthony Wayne’s campaign to fully recover Georgia from British Loyalists and Continue reading
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SOUTHWEST DISTRICT: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – From Marich Field in Phoenix, AZ came this clash for the Southwest District Crown. The 4 seeds – the SCOTTSDALE COLLEGE FIGHTING ARTICHOKES (Yes, really) took on the 3rd seeded PHOENIX COLLEGE BEARS. The Fighting Artichokes moved on to the National Tournament by winning this game with comparative ease. The final count was Scottsdale College 10 Phoenix College 4. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FIGHTING ARTICHOKES, THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF THE SOUTHWEST DISTRICT * Continue reading
The national playoffs in NAIA baseball get going on May 12th. Here are the teams, seedings and regions. Naturally Balladeer’s Blog will provide daily coverage.
BELLEVUE (NE) BRACKET – 1. TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS (49-9) ### 2. BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY BRUINS (44-13) ### 3. WILLIAM WOODS UNIVERSITY OWLS (38-12) ### 4. MADONNA UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS (37-15) ### 5. MAYVILLE STATE COMETS (39-20) ### Continue reading
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NORTH STAR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES – The top seeded MAYVILLE STATE COMETS had to face the Cinderella 6 seeds – the DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS – for the NSAA Championship. The Comets were undefeated in tournament play, so even though the Blue Hawks surprised them in Game One by crushing them 10-1 all that did was force a decisive second game. In Game Two Mayville State converted a 1-0 1st Inning lead into a 3-1 edge in the 3rd and 7-1 in the 7th on their way to an 8-1 victory. Tyler Leibert pitched all 9 Iron Man Innings for the Comets. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COMETS, THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF THE NORTH STAR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION * Continue reading
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CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – This was a clash between the 3 seeds – the LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS – and the 2nd seeded SAINT CATHARINE COLLEGE PATRIOTS. The game was scoreless through 6 Innings before the Blue Raiders notched a run in the top of the 7th. Each team put up 3 runs in the 8th, setting up the 4-3 victory for Lindsey Wilson College. Scott Sebald was the winning Pitcher. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BLUE RAIDERS, THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF THE MID-SOUTH CONFERENCE * Continue reading
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ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS
ROUND ONE – GAME ONE – The top seeded GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES faced the 6th seeded ASHFORD UNIVERSITY SAINTS. After 3 scoreless Innings the Grizzlies made it a 1-0 game in the 4th, then exploded for 5 more runs in the 5th and 8th. For their part the Saints could only muster 1 run each in the 6th and 9th Innings. Georgia Gwinnett College won by a score of ELEVEN to TWO. Alex Roberts was the victorious Pitcher. Continue reading
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GULF COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 2 seeds – the TALLADEGA COLLEGE TORNADOES – tangled with the top seeded EDWARD WATERS COLLEGE TIGERS in this title game. The contest was scoreless until the 8th Inning when the Tornadoes took a 3-0 lead and followed that up with another run in the 9th for a 4-0 victory. Matt Holland pitched the entire game for Talladega College. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TORNADOES, THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF THE GULF COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE * Continue reading