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FLYERS 12u OPEN SEASON BY MAKING CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Nicholas Doud

A complete team tournament leads to 2nd place finish for the Duneland Flyers 12u to open up the 2018 campaign.

A complete team tournament leads to 2nd place finish for the Duneland Flyers 12u to open up the 2018 campaign.

GAME 1 (Pool Play) - Duneland Flyers 7, Crown Point Bulldogs-Price 4

Expecting to have some early nerves in the first game of the year, Coach Doud started a more experienced pitcher in Joe Ennis. The Flyers fell behind 3-1 after the first inning after Ennis struggled to find the zone and a few errors allow Crown Point to plate 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st. But as could be expected, pitcher Joe Ennis settled in and so did his defense. Crown Point was able to sneak 1 more run across in the 2nd inning taking a 4-2 lead before the Flyers offense woke up and rallied back while Ennis shut the Bulldogs Offense Down. The Flyers scored 2 runs in the 3rd inning and 3 runs in the 4th to put the game away. 

GAME 2 (Pool Play) - Valpo Stingrays 9, Duneland Flyers 5

With a chance to clinch the #1 seed in the bracket, pressure is too much for Flyers as they fall to the Valpo Stingrays allowing 4 runs in the 5th inning. Justin Hecimovich started on the mound going 4IP, allowing 6 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), 6 K's and 2 BBs. Justin did a phenominal job albeit having some fielding errors behind him and an offense that never truly got rolling. Tyler Parrish hit his 1st Home Run of the 2018 campaign with an opposite field bomb to Left Field. Bryce Doud hit a big RBI Double. Ryan Mahaffey and Ryan Holder were the only others to join the hit club this game as the offense was held to only 4 hits. The Flyers were able to put up 3 runs in the first inning, but then were held scoreless until getting 2 more runs in the 4th inning to tie the game 5-5. But the Flyers, fighting against the 90 minute drop dead rule, could not get out of the 5th inning to get another chance to hit, allowing the Stingrays to plate 4 runs and take the W.

GAME 3 (Bracket) - #3 Duneland Flyers 9, #2 Crown Point Bulldogs-Fronak 0

The perfect medicine for a defense that has made a few errors and a sputtering offense? Enter Tyler Parrish, who was dominant on his way to his first ever no-hitter as he kept the Crown Point batters completely off balance throwing 5 innings and allowing 0 hits, o runs and 2 walks while striking out 12 batters. His dominance allowed the offense to work through their struggles before finally catching fire in the 5th inning to put the game away. While Tyler dominated the game pitching, the offense was truly a team effort as players from top to bottom all contributed to this wiin and advance the Flyers to the next round of the tournament.

GAME 4 (Bracket Semi-Final) - #3 Duneland Flyers 6, #4 Munster Bombers 2

The Munster Bombers were not who the Flyers were anticipating to play, but after a 13-0 drubbing of the #1 seed, Munster comes in fully confident on offense. Enter Keagen Holder, who pitched his first game for the Duneland Flyers. He allowed 2 runs in the first inning off of a couple chopping grounders got runners on base and then a solid line drive single. Then he settled in and Munster didn't threaten much after the first inning, posting al 0's on the scoreboard after that inning. This put the pressure on the Flyers' offense who came up big scoring runs in the first 3 innings as the scoring was done after the 3rd inning was complete at 6-2. After that, it became a pitcher's dual the rest of the way. Justin Hecimovich came through with a big RBI Double plating Joe Ennis and Aidan Harrigan in the bottom of the 3rd to put the game away.

GAME 5 (Championship) - #1 West Englewood Tigers 15, #3 Duneland Flyers 1

Coming into this game, West Englewood had already outscored their opponents 70-1 in this tournament. Their hard hitting offense was no match for anyone's pitcher this weekend. Sebastian Boswell was the man given the start for the Flyers who struggled slightly trying too had to paint the corners and keep the ball inside the park against this team that had hit at least 4 home runs in each of their games. Boswell did not give up a home run, but after a couple of walks, fielding errors and then timely hits, West Englewood put up 9 runs in the first game - all but securing the championship. Bryce Doud pitched the rest of the way going 4IP allowing 6 runs. The Duneland Flyers offense could not get it going against the Tigers Ace pitcher who showed complete command and control from the opening pitch.

COACH DOUD ON THE WEEKEND

I could not be more proud of our group the way they opened up this season. It was a total team effort as all 11 kids made contributions all throughout the weekend. When we were hitting, it seemed as though we werent defending as well, and when we were defending it seemed like we werent hitting as well, so I think when we get those things working together we will be pretty good. Our pitching did what I expected that they would do as that is probably the strength of our team. We need to hit and we need to defend. When our guys are on the mound doing their jobs and pitching outs, we need to make those plays behind them - we struggled in that this weekend. But, I don't want to take away anything from these boys. They battled, they did some things the harder way, but they fought and fought and got to the Championship game. It's a great opening weekend and gives us something to build on as the season progresses.

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