The Duneland Flyers 12u advance to 2nd Championship game in as many tournaments, but this time, finish the job!
After splitting their 2 pool play games with a record of 1-1 and earning the 4th seed (out of 7), the Duneland Flyers battled through the bracket to earn the Championship victory in dominant fashion. They opened up bracket play against the Midway Aviators at 4:00pm on Sunday 4/22. The Flyers bats were hot as they opened up the game by scoring 16 runs in the first inning. This allowed them to coast to an easy victory in 3 innings because of mercy rule. The next game was against the Lou Collier All Stars and this proved to be the closest game of the day as the Flyers eventually broke it open with a 7-3 Victory to advance to the Championship game. The temperature dropped into the 40's for the 8pm Championship game, but the Flyers bats certainly did not cool off. The Flyers easily dispatched the Lincoln Way Blue Demons 10-0 in a short 3-inning game that lasted only 45 minutes for the Championship.
The Flyers ended up going 4-1 over the weekend and scoring an astounding 59 runs in those 5 games. As a team, they batted .532 with a .605 on base percentage. "I tihnk with what we did offensively, you were able to see our main focus in the offseason. We changed our philosophy on hitting and worked really hard on just trying to hit the ball hard. This weekend is the result that we can expect when we do that. Our lineup hit from top to bottom and that is a strength of our team. Many teams have a drop off in their lineups, while I don't think we have that same drop off. Our biggest strength is probably our depth in pitching as well. Our team can withstand playing 3 games in one day and playing 5-6 games in a weekend." said Coach Doud.
Top hitters for the weekend were Seth Melton (1.000avg, 3-BBs, 4-RBIs and 5-Runs), Ryan Mahaffey (.750, 2-2Bs, 3-3Bs, 1-HR, 10-RBIs and 9-Runs), Sebastian Boswell (.583, 2-2B's, 1-3B, 6-RBIs, 6-Runs), Ryan Holder (.571, 3-RBIs, 10-Runs, 6-BBs), Bryce Doud (.500, 1-2B, 4-RBIs, 3-Runs).
Doing the work on the mound for the Flyers this weekend were Justin Hecimovich (3 1/3-IP, 7-Ks), Joe Ennis (3-IP, 4-Ks), Aidan Harrigan (2-IP), Tyler VerSchure (1 2/3-IP, 2-Ks), Tyler Parrish (6-IP, 7-Ks) and Keagen Holder (3-IP, 5-Ks).