The 10u Duneland Flyers finished the weekend with a 1-2 record and the third seed in their pool. However, it wasn't wins and losses that the coaches were looking for this weekend. When the schedule was released for this tournament, the coaching staff knew it was going to be a challenge. With 6 of the top 20 teams in the State of Illinois in the tournament and the #2 Upper Deck Cougars in their pool, coaches knew this weekend was going to be about being challenged.
And in the end, coaches were very happy with how the 10u Flyers responded, battled and held their heads high throughout and after the weekend. The quote "win or learn" was truly in play as the games that they lost this weekend were learning opportunities. They opened play Friday night by losing to a good Rockford Travelers program 6-4. In this game, they learned that they needed to take advantage of opportunities when they are given. The Flyers were unable to capitalize with any big hits and left runners on base. This was really the story of the whole weekend.
Game 2 on Saturday was against Oswego Panthers, who were a very good team and gave them a challenge. The Flyers won this game in walk off fashion in the 6th inning as Braylon Doud led off the inning with an infield single, advanced to 2nd on a throwing error and then Ayden Schultz capitalized with a walk off double. This was after the Flyers lost a lead and had to respond - which they did.
Game 3 was against the best team of the weekend as the Upper Deck Cougars went on to beat the Flyers 10-2 en route to winning the tournament with a 5-0 record. Easily topping what was the #1 ranked team in Illinois, Pro Player Canes 14-6 and beating the #6 ranked team in the Championship.
This was a weekend to build off of and the boys will show dividends from playing these challenging games as the season goes on. In the end, lack of timely hitting was the theme of the weekend as the Flyers hit below .290 as a team for the weekend. Although good pitching had a lot to do with that as the Flyers probably saw the best pitchers that they have seen thus far.