A parade celebrating South Farmington Baseball and Softball’s 2018 spring season will step off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, from City Hall in downtown Farmington.Players from all teams with floats and signs will cheer and chant their way across Grand River to Oakland Street, then head north on Farmington Road. They’ll turn onto Shiawassee Street and end the parade at Shiawassee Park with music, prizes for the most spirit, the announcement of Umpire of the Year and the official opening day pitches of the season. South Farmington Baseball and Softball is a non-profit Little League program that provides recreational baseball and softball opportunities to boys and girls in the Farmington/Farmington Hills area and surrounding communities. Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) To learn more about the league, visit southfarmington.org. Reported by
Rugby League Wests Tigers playmaker Benji Marshall is one of the NRL’s leading authorities on halfbacks rediscovering their confidence – and he reckons Mitchell Moses has got his back. The battle between Marshall and the man he effectively replaced at Concord, Moses, will add an interesting subplot to the Tigers’ clash with Parramatta at ANZ Stadium on Sunday. Marshall’s second coming since his return to the Tigers has been one of the stories of the 2018 season. The 33-year-old knows all too well the fickle nature of form having rediscovered it in what could be the final year of his glittering career. On the flip side, Moses appeared to lack his usual swagger during the Eels’ winless opening six weeks of the season. But Marshall said his opposing half had seemingly flicked a switch during Sunday’s 44-10 demolition of Manly. Asked if he was wary of Moses, Marshall said he and Eels halves partner Corey Norman appeared to have turned a corner. “I think they found a lot of confidence with their running game, both of them,” Marshall said. “The thing with them is they’ve been trying hard and their execution just hasn’t been there. “When you play off the back of slower play-the-balls, execution is a lot harder. “It looked like they were on the front foot the whole game and they’re a hard team to stop when they’re on the front foot.” After Parramatta posted their first two points of the season, Marshall said they looked ready to make the kind of impression on the competition which so many had expected. “It was only going to be a matter of time before they found their mojo and they looked like they found it,” Marshall said. “Unfortunately for us that’s just bad timing. The thing it does do, it makes us have to step up our game. We know they’re going to be on.” Marshall rebuffed claims the Tigers’ bubble had burst after having their three- game winning streak snapped by Newcastle, pointing out they were still 5-2 and in the top four.
The Washington Capitals were less than three minutes away from losing their fifth game in their last six tries and falling below .500 for the first time in forever, and then everything changed.Detroit’s Dylan Larkin took a careless delay of game penalty and T.J. Oshie scored on the power play, with Braden Holtby on the bench for the extra attacker, with just 1:01 remaining to send this tilt to overtime.In the Caps first ever visit to the new Little Caesar’s Arena, Alexander Ovechkin drew a tripping penalty and then scored his first career goal on Wings goalie, Petr Mrazek, to win the game for Washington, 4-3. The Capitals are now 4-3-1 on the season and more importantly, they halted a two game slide. Had they lost this one, they would’ve been 0-3 without the injured Matt Niskanen in the lineup.For most of this game, the Capitals played well, especially at five on five, but they took too many penalties, once again (five). Detroit used the last one, a terrible delay of game penalty on John Carlson, to grab a 3-2 lead with 6:15 left in regulation. The goal by Tomas Tatar, which came just over seven minutes after he scored his first of the night on an unbelievable deflection to tie the game up at deuces, came on a power play rush. Good things happen when you get pucks to the net and that’s what the Red Wings did on their first 3rd period tally that came just under four minutes after Jay Beagle’s shorthanded breakaway gave Washington a 2-1 lead just 84 seconds into the final frame.Things were looking bad for the Caps trailing by a puck with just six minutes left and they didn’t help themselves by trying too many East-West passes when they were coming across the Detroit blue line. Washington tends to get into this habit too often. Good things happen when you get pucks and bodies to the net, the Tatar first tally was proof of that, so why the Capitals keep forcing cross ice feeds just inside the opposing blue line is a head scratcher?Larkin’s mistake allowed the Caps to finally realize what they needed to do to succeed – go North-South and get to the net. Coach Barry Trotz pulled the Holtbeast (34 saves) and put Ovechkin, Oshie, Carlson, Evgeny Kuznesov, Nicklas Backstrom, and Andre Burakovsky on the ice. Burakovksy, who has been really struggling, had more jump in this one, especially after he tied the game up late in period two with a sweet snipe off of a great feed from Dmitry Orlov. #65’s laser was able to elude Mrazek thanks to a beauty of a screen by Backstrom.It would take the Capitals 102 seconds to tie the game with Larkin in the box. Backstrom made a great play along the wall to carry in the puck and fight off two defenders before getting the puck to Kuznetsov down low. With Burakovsky and Oshie crashing the net, #92 found #65 all alone in front of Mrazek. When the Wings goalie totally committed to Burkie’s shot, Andre slid the puck over to the Osh Babe, who made no mistake about depositing it into the open cage for his sixth goal in eight games. It was text book hockey – get pucks and bodies to the net and you drastically increase your chances to score.The goal then set the stage for the Gr8. Backstrom made a SUPER zone entry using his body, or big fat ass as Mike Babcock calls it, to shield the biscuit from two Wings defenders. The Caps then got set up four on three. With Oshie in front, Backstrom, Carlson, and Ovechkin all rotated around and confused the Detroit PK trio. #19, moving to his right, then slid an all world pass back across the ice to Ovi, and the league’s best goal scorer buried it far post for his 10th goal in just eight games.Game over!Wow, what a comeback!This was a huge win because the Capitals finally received some balance in the goal scoring department. They had two goals from players in their bottom six in Beagle and Burakovsky (dropped down to the third line for this tilt) and when the chips were down and things looked lost, the Osh Babe and Ovi showed up to save the day.It was a much needed victory in a season that will see the Eastern Conference very tightly bunched for most of the campaign. Giving points away now makes things harder to overcome later in the season, so this was a monumental triumph.Here are some other random thoughts on Friday’s big OT win:Orlov was just stellar in this game and he led the Capitals in ice time at 27:37. When #9 has the puck he really is able to drive possession and he did just that in Motown.I liked the move of Tom Wilson up with Backstrom and Oshie. #43 is a big physical presence who can really skate. He caused havoc for the Wings most of the night. If Tom can get his hands to cooperate this line could really take off because Backy and Osh are playing so well. It really is unbelievable just how good #19 is at both ends of the ice.Ovi had a terrible giveaway on the Wings first tally, a shorthanded goal by Darren Helm on a two on one rush. Holtby was hung out to dry a bit, but I bet #70 would like to have that shot back. He won’t like being beat short side there.Burakovksy had three shots on net, all of which were very good chances. He still needs to work on adding a very quick snap shot to his arsenal. Too often he has to cradle the puck before firing and that gives the goalie and opponents time to adjust.Madison Bowey played the fourth highest minutes for Caps defenders and he performed very well. #22 logged 15:50 and was +1. He is very sound positionally and he has the size, speed, and skill to be a top four defensemen in this league in due time. As much as it hurts to have Nisky injured, being able to bring Bowey up now will end up being a blessing in disguise for Washington later in the season. This kid can play.Carlson had 10 shots on net in 27:07. He’s playing a ton of hockey and his subpar third period was likely the result of too many minutes. Coach Trotz is going to have to try and find a way to keep him under 25 minutes overall going forward until Niskanen returns.Shot attempts for the game were 69-65 for Washington, but at even strength shots on goal were 29-23 for the Capitals. The Caps can still do better in the offensive zone with the puck. Did I mention there were a lot of offensive zone giveaways on bad decisions?The Holtbeast is now 4-2 this season with a save percentage right around .93. Once again, the Capitals will need their star players to shine this season, and so far Holtby, Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Oshie are doing just that.Alex Chiasson hasn’t done much for the Caps in seven games, but his play to set up Beagle’s shorthanded tally was some good ole fashioned hard work and sacrificing of his body on the penalty kill.Next up for the Caps are the Florida Panthers at Capital One Arena in DC on Saturday night at 7:30. Both teams played on Friday night with the Cats losing at home to the Penguins, 4-3.Notes: Washington won the faceoff battle, 33-27. All Star Backstrom was 10-5…Taylor Chorney had the fewest minutes on the blue line with just 11:53 of ice time. Forward Devante Smith-Pelly only played 6:02 and Chiasson saw just 9:56 of action…Philipp Grubauer will get the start for the Capitals on Saturday night. Florida will likely go with James Reimer since Roberto Luongo injured his right thumb against the two time defending Stanley Cup Champions on Friday night.