Bears Baseball

Pleasant Valley hosted the Mounties of Stroudsburg today. This is a long-time rivalry and both teams are doing well this year. The playoffs are next week, so this game was being watched by everyone who could be there. PV started on top with a 2-run homer by Pat Kregeloh, who also was the pitcher for the Bears. He hit a secondĀ  home run later in the game, but Stroudsburg stole home in the top of the 7th inning to tie the game at 5. Derrick Walling reached first when he was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the 7th. Travis Raseley put down a very nice sacrifice bunt to put the winning run on 2B. Tim Shea came to the plate and stroked a single into right field for the winning RBI. What a game!

There were many great moments to photograph during this game! The problem was where to focus my attention at times, wondering where the action might take place next. It was an action-packed game and one that I will remember for a long, long time. Anticipating where the next play is going to take place helps in being ready to capture the action on the field. I always have scenarios in my mind as I try to anticipate what might happen next. Selecting an area and pre-focusing on that area is often a good approach. There are times, of course, when the action takes place quickly and in places you never expected. This is why always being ready is imperative.

I cannot for the life of me figure out how some people think that baseball is boring. To me it is the best game in the world and I will keep putting myself in places where I can try to capture the action. I will be ready for the next game, will you?

More Baseball!

Today I photographed part of the Lehighton vs. Pleasant Valley baseball game. They were rained out yesterday and today they had to start by finishing a suspended game from two weeks ago due to rain. April showers have turned into May showers and it was cold today.

The Bears beat the Indians in the first game by a score of 12 to 3. Travis Raseley launched a grandslam over the left field fence to add four more insurance runs in the top of the 7th inning. The second game was tied 2 to 2 when I had to leave in the middle of the third inning.

Photographing a baseball game is enjoyable. I love to anticipate where the action will take place and each time the ball is put into play there are any number of things that can happen. A base runner might steal second. A hitter might hit a homerun. A pitcher might strike out the side. Captuing these moments with my camera is one of my most favorite pasttimes.

Today, when Raseley hit his grand salami, I tracked him with my camera as he approached and then rounded third base and made his way to the plate. The smile on his face told the whole story! You can view the photos here to see what I am talking about.

Pocono Mountain East vs. Pleasant Valley

Today I photographed another high school baseball game. Pleasant Valley hosted Pocono Mountain East on a beautiful sunny day. Xavier Hammond pitched a very good game for the Bears and was able to go all the way. He kept opposing batters off balance with his offspeed pitches and Pleasant Valley went on to win by a score of 7 – 2. I posted some photos of the game on my photo gallery and you can click on this link to see them. http://www.bobshankphotography.com/Photography%20PVBears.htm

Look through these action photos and let me know what you think of them.

-Bob

Freedom vs. Pleasant Valley Baseball

Today I photographed the baseball game held at Pleasant Valley High School. The Bears hosted Freedom at 11 o’clock in the morning. The Bears jumped to an early lead in the 2nd inning and played well throughout the game. Strong hitting, effective pitching, and successful base-stealing all contributed to a solid game by Pleasant Valley. They won the game 7-1. You can see some of the photos I posted from this game here: http://www.bobshankphotography.com/Photography%20PVBears.htm

Baseball is About Set to Begin

Our son, James, plays travel baseball for the Lehigh Valley Baseball Academy. He is currently on the 13U team and they held a scrimmage last Saturday. You can view the photos I took at the scrimmage here. I enjoy the challenge of trying to capture the baseball action on the ballfield. Baseball is a great game and I find it extremely rewarding when I am able to freeze an action-moment with my Nikon D300. By the way, this new camera of mine is working tremendously well! I particularly like its 6 frames-per-second feature to capture moments like an attempted steal or the batter’s swing. It is amazing how much of the action this camera is able to capture. The first official tournament is scheduled for this coming weekend and I will be there on the firstbase side behind my camera. The boys have been working hard in practice and their skills will soon be tested in the first official tournament of the season. Do you like baseball as much as I do?