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SAY Team of the Day: Blanchard Funeral Home

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

SIKESTON -- Blanchard Funeral Home took seventh place in the American League this year with a 2-10 record.

In the year-end tournament, the squad was eliminated by Fabick in the first round.

"We played well all year long, we just had trouble getting things together and playing a complete game," said Blanchard coach Chris Silman. "I think we had a pretty good season. We had a lot of good bats on the team and our defense was pretty strong when the players stayed focused. Most of the ones we lost were close games. There was a lot of improvement from everybody on the team."

Blanchard pulled out its first win in the third game of the season, coming from behind to beat Steward Steel, 11-10.

The team notched its second win in the final game of the regular-season, upsetting American League power Old Security.

Landon Hampton played shortstop and did most of the pitching for Blanchard this year. He was picked as a second team all-star for the 10-year-olds.

Michael Brown was the team's catcher and led the offense with a .548 average. He recorded one triple and five doubles in 31 at bats.

Tyler Gilliland and Dylan Martin were both utility players, playing outfield, third base and pitching. Gilliland was a second team all-star for the 10-year-old team.

Derek Rebstock was at first, and was a second team all-star on the 10-year-old team.

"Derek Rebstock started out slow on the hitting, but towards the end of the season, he started putting the bat on the ball," said Silman. "He ended up with an on-base percentage of .412."

Brandon Copeland played third base and finished the year with a .533 batting average. Sam Gleason was on second. The outfield consisted of Ashley Ramey, Taylor Medlin and Matt Carmack.

Ramey also carried a heavy stick, finishing with a .545 batting average.

"There were several on our team that didn't make the all-stars," said Silman. "I think a big part of that was because we had several 11-year-olds on our team, and the National League coaches didn't get to see these kids play every night. If they would have, there would've been at least one or two that would've made the all-stars."

Silman was assisted by Jim Gleason and David Hampton.

"The parents were wonderful," said Silman. "We were probably the only team that never had to pick up a player to have enough to field a team. We had at least nine there every night. I was pleased with the attitude the kids and the parents had."

Members of the 2002 Blanchard Funeral Home team in the American League of Sikeston Area Youth Baseball are Michael Brown, Taylor Medlin, Dylan Martin, Matthew Carmack, Brandon Copeland, Sam Gleason, Landon Hampton, Derek Rebstock, Ashley Ramey and Tyler Gilliland.