Shelby Turnier on Instagram: “So I grew up a little today. I’m so excited to start this next chapter as an assistant coach at UNF!”

Congratulations to Chicago Bandits pitcher Shelby Turnier on another milestone in her stellar career. The former UCF Ace is now on the UNF staff. We UCF fans are fine with it. The Ospreys are not in our conference! Good on you, Shelby!

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Source: Shelby Turnier on Instagram: “So I grew up a little today. I’m so excited to start this next chapter as an assistant coach at UNF!”

Fave Fotos: My Pigeon Friend from Crane Creek Streaks By

Fave Fotos: My Pigeon Friend from Crane Creek Streaks By

I was very pleased with the pix from that visit to Crane Creek Promenade in Melbourne. The one featuring Pete the Pigeon doing Warp 10 right past my face just might be the best one from that afternoon.

I’ll let you decide. It certainly is a fave of mine.

This park is known for being a spot where one can spot manatees; I didn’t have the good fortune to see any of those guys, but had decent luck with the pigeons.

By the way, the wall art adorning the back wall of a business on the street where the park is located is not a part of the park itself. But you see the murals easily once you’re on the park grounds. I loved them. I’ll make a couple of them a part of this posting, too. You may have seen those pix already two posts before this one.

It’s way later than I thought. Time for me to make short work of a grilled cheese, power down this computer and get some shut-eye!

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

 

Fave Fotos: Mr. Pelican Broods in the Surf

Fave Fotos: Mr. Pelican Broods in the Surf

It’s so true that gulls and pelicans make marvelous photo subjects. Here’s a pensive pelican from Brevard County who didn’t stay in this pose very long. I think I was just a bit too close for comfort and he took to flight. I got a good shot of him in full bug-out mode, too, as he cruised by.

Very rainy in Central Florida today. Not going to make it to the beach. But I have photos…

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

Fave Fotos: Crane Creek Promenade in Melbourne

Fave Fotos: Crane Creek Promenade in Melbourne

 

I’m on vacation right at the moment. Will visit some great settings for photography before I have to turn myself in next Tuesday.

I visited Crane Creek Promenade in Melbourne two or three vacations ago. Liked the pix I got while I was there.

Will be heading somewhere in the next day or two to get a new passel o’ pix! But at this moment I’ll enjoy a few from a previous photo excursion.

Photo credits Benjamin Lawrence Basile

Fave Fotos: Loved the Yard, Loved the Deck

Fave Fotos: Loved the Yard, Loved the Deck

Loved that yard. Spent a couple of thousand hours mowing, trimming, clipping and pruning over many, many years.

We had a deck put in about six years ago. Don’t have the house anymore but here’s a photo of the deck and two Adirondack chairs I bought at a yard sale. Not long after this photo, we had some serious patio furniture put on the deck, but I like this simple photo best.

The house and the chairs I loved so well are gone. Not gone, but gone. Nevertheless, the memories remain.

The Chicago Bandits Do It Again

The Chicago Bandits Do It Again

On Tuesday night the Chicago Bandits took the Cowles Cup for the second straight year. I know that Professional softball is not on the typical sports fan’s radar, but I’m a serious fan of the game and watching the National Pro Fastpitch Championship was pure delight!

Those of you who know me from the real world, know that I have long roots in Central Florida; a part of my interest in the NPF league stems from the fact that the Chicago Bandits took former UCF pitcher Shelby Turnier in last year’s draft; I just loves me some Knights sports! She was the first pick in the second round, eleventh overall. Shelby had a very good year as an NPF frosh and really shined in the post-season.

Turnier got nine innings of work in three games in the NPF playoffs and didn’t allow a single run. Her ERA was 3.69 at the end of the regular season and shrank to 3.22 with her strong performances against the Scrap Yard Dawds and the front-running USSSA Pride.

As a staff, the Bandits performed well overall. Angel Bunner was solid — as was Michelle Gascoigne — but when you look at the stats, Shelby was on fire. She has positioned herself as one of the best relievers in the business, and she — and the Bandits organization — have to be very pleased with her inaugural season.

For more about National Pro Fastpitch, the only Womens’ Professional softball league in the U.S., follow this link.

 

Photo UCF Athletics used with permission