The Duneland Flyers 12u could get used to this. They have made the Championship Game in their first 3 tournaments, although they weren't as happy about this one.
"Our offense had been firing on all cylinders, but this weekend we struggled a bit. Our pitching was good and our defense was good. We just couldn't square up the ball when it mattered." said Coach Doud.
The Flyers earned the 1 seed in their pool by defeating the LandSharks Blue 3-1 on Friday night and tieing the South Shore Smoke on Saturday morning, 5-5. This set up an 8:00am game on Saturday in which the Flyers won 10-2 against the Renegades. Next up would be the LandSharks Blue again and this turned out to be the game of the tournament! The Flyers outlasted the LandSharks winning the game 1-0 in 8 full innings. "I kept telling out boys that the longer the game went, the more it played into our favor. We did a phenomenal job of getting out of some jams in this game. They had a guy on 3rd a couple of times with 1 out or less and we were able to work out of it without them scoring. I think we threw out 2 or 3 runners at the plate. We were even able to counter a couple of suicide squeeze attempts by throwing pitches high and out of the zone."
This put the Flyers into the Championship game against the South Shore Smoke. The Smoke just got their offense rolling in the prior game, putting up over 10 runs to knock off the Valpo Stingrays. Their offense continued to hit the ball in the Championship game, scoring 1 in the first inning after the Flyers got out of a jam. The Flyers answered with 1 of their own in the bottom half of the first. Then the Smoke opened it up scoring 4 in the 2nd inning to make it 5-1. The Flyers just struggled to get anyone on base and make anything happen. "They did a great job of putting the bat on the ball. They're a good team. We didn't hit well this tournament and in games like this against a good hitting team, you have to be able to hit with them. Unfortunately they didn't get our best today. But I'm proud of my guys. We had to be here at 7am this morning and they've been out here about 11 hours now. It was a long and tough day. Very proud of the fight in my team." Said Coach Doud. "We will bounce back".