The 13U Bombers put in some extra work hitting before taking the field at Billericay Park and the effort paid off when the bats exploded during a 14-5, 16-6 sweep of the Fishers Tigers. In the two games combined, the Bombers piled up 29 hits, including six home runs, and 30 runs in 11 total innings, failing to score in just two innings. So let's get into the good stuff.
Bombers 14, Tigers 5
The Bombers eased into the scoring binge in the first inning of game one when Patrick Mastrian smacked a base hit up the middle to bring home Zach Lewis. Josh Carney started the second inning off with a hit and then scored along with Eli Clotfelter on a bases-loaded single by Lewis. Quality ABs by Nolan Bowser and Mastrian followed as they hit grounders to second base allowing Jake Stadler and Lewis to score and extend the lead to 5-2.
Then the fireworks started as the Bombers were rolling in the third inning. Jacob Graff smoked a fastball outta the park in right-center for his first home run of the season. Then with two outs, the Bombers scrounged up a couple more runs. Stadler slammed a double to score Clotfelter and then Lewis sizzled another single to plate Stadler to put the Bombers in control, 8-2.
Patrick Mastrian led off the fourth with a monster blast to right-center allowing him to trot around the bases. Nick Taylor was then beaned, drilled again on a pickoff throw but eventually scored when Graff grounded into a double play. Mastrian kept rolling in the sixth inning with a two-run jack to left field to cap a three-hit, five RBI game from the clean-up spot. Graff and Stadler capped off the scoring by knocking in two more runs as the game was stopped after six innings.
The Bombers wasted little time jumping on the Tigers in game two as the home team. After surrendering a run in the top half, the offense took over to put the Bombers in the lead for good.
Walker Stull, Zach Lewis and Nolan Bowser each singled and then eased their way home after Patrick Mastrian crushed a Grand Slam to right-center for his third dinger of the day. With no outs, the Bombers kept rolling with hits from Nick Taylor and Jacob Graff followed by walks from Josh Carney and Eli Clotfelter to score Taylor. Walker Stull completed the first-inning scoring binge in style with his own Grand Slam to center field.
The Bombers resumed the scoring in the bottom of the third after singles by Nolan Bowser and Mastrian set the table, Jake Stadler singled to score both. Then in the bottom of the fourth, Carney and Clotfelter set the table with a pair of walks and advanced the third and second allowing Coach Bowser to make a bold call and give 'Slam' Stull the bunt sign. Stull put the ball in play nicely allowing to give himself up to score Carney. Lewis followed with a single to score Clotfelter which put the Bombers up 13-3.
After giving up three runs in the top of the fifth, the Bombers invoked the 10-run rule in the bottom half with three more runs. Nick Taylor quickly added the first run, leading off by muscling a dinger into the trees behind the left-field fence. Stadler walked and scored the second run on a double by Carney. Graff singled and eventually scored the final run when Stull drew a bases-loaded walk to wrap up the action.
The two wins improved the Bombers record to 7-4-1 on the season as the kick things into high gear at the Florence Freedom Memorial Day Classic in Florence, KY over Memorial Day weekend.
The 13U Bombers weren't able to overcome an early 5-0 deficit before eventually losing 9-0 to the aptly named Ohio Elite in pool play of the TDS Crossroads Qualifier.
Once again, the Bombers were unable to plate a run as Walker Stull, Patrick Mastrian and Josh Carney provided the only hits in the game. Unfortunately, the Bombers were unable to get back on the field for the rest of the weekend due to a combination of poor weather and an equally poor desire by the host site to prep the fields after the rain finished falling on Sunday. At least I had time to mow the lawn on Sunday afternoon, although I did have to apply some sunscreen. I'm sure the fields were still a mess, though.
Regardless, the loss to the Ohio Elite dropped the Bombers to 5-4-1 on the season. The team looks forward to celebrating a scored run in their next outing, a doubleheader on Sunday (3pm/5pm) at Billericay Park against the Fishers Tigers.
The Bombers opened pool play in the TBS Crossroads Qualifier with a tough-luck 2-0 loss to the Bulls White on Friday night at Grand Park.
Great pitching and defense are usually the foundation for a win but both teams delivered that combo which meant something had to give and the Bombers simply weren't able to cash in on any scoring opportunities.
Walker Stull and Matthew Lood teamed up on the mound to give up just four hits and two runs as the defense behind them put forth a stout effort in the field. Stull started the game and gave up one run in five efficient innings to keep the game tight.
The Bombers had a few scoring opportunities but came up short in the hunt for a timely hit, limited to just three hits for the game. Jake Stadler and Zach Lewis each singled, but the signature highlight of the night came from Patrick Mastrian who blistered a fastball, sending it screaming to deep centerfield for a stand-up triple.
The loss dropped the Bombers to 5-3-1 as they resume pool play on Saturday morning against the Ohio Elite at 11:15 a.m. on Field 11 at Grand Park.
The Bombers played one inning of baseball in pool play of the Boiler Breakout on Saturday before the cold and extensive rain ended play for the day and minimized pool play to one game.
As it turned out, the Boiler Breakout tournament ended up being a doubleheader against the Northern Stars (Lafayette, IN). Unfortunately, the Bombers won the pool play game, 5-4 but ended up losing the first tournament game, 6-0 to complete one of the longer doubleheaders the Bombers have ever endured.
In the pool play win, Walker Stull, Nick Taylor, Matthew Lood, Eli Clotfelter, Nolan Bowser, Jake Stadler and Patrick Mastrian teamed up on the mound to allow only three hits and nurse home the win. Stadler, Bowser and Zach Lewis all knocked in runs with Stadler collecting two hits in the game.
In the tournament loss, the Bombers fell behind 3-0 but were never able to mount a rally on offense despite the strong defense backing up a solid pitching effort from Walker Stull, Nick Taylor, Jake Stadler and Patrick Mastrian. Taylor rapped the only two hits of the game for the Bombers as they struggled at the plate against a solid pitching outing from the Stars.
The highlights of the tournament weekend were reserved for off-field activities, including indoor putt putt and a lethal dad's air hockey tournament won by Todd Stull while trying to wait out the rain on Saturday. On Sunday, the Bowser crew took the lead on a strong tailgating effort behind the right field fence.
The Bombers left Lafayette with a 5-2-1 record for the season.
The 13U Bombers swept the Indy Black Sox amidst the festivities of OYO Opening Day on a beautiful Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park. The Bombers held on to win the first game, 7-4 and then broke through in the second game for a 9-2 win.
Eight of the 10 Bombers pitched at least one inning and kept the Black Sox bats off balance all afternoon with an air tight defense behind them making all of the available plays look routine. The solid defensive work was needed as the Bombers struggled to capitalize on several scoring opportunities when the Black Sox flashed their own defensive prowess in the field to minimize any budding rallies.
A double in game one by Josh Carney and a triple in game two by Walker Stull highlighted the Bombers' offensive attack. Stull's shot to right-center traveled well in excess of 250 feet bouncing to the 300-foot fence as he raced around the sacks. Nick Taylor, Nolan Bowser and Zach Lewis also had multiple hits on the day.
In the second game, Taylor nearly decapitated Coach Lewis with a line drive foul ball that appeared to have a homing device set on the coach's temple, forcing the old man to tap into his youthful reflexes and gracefully drop like a sack of potatoes. Fortunately, no video has surfaced to confirm this description so I'm sticking with it.
The sweep moved the Bombers to 4-1-1 on the season as they head to Lafayette this weekend to play in the Boiler Breakout tournament.
The 13U Bombers found themselves in a championship game three days into the start of the season but this time couldn't generate enough runs to keep up with the Indiana Hurricanes, dropping the King of the Swing title game, 4-1.
Credit to the Canes who beat the Bombers at their own game executing at the plate with timely singles and bunts to take advantage of base runners. The Bombers were held to just four hits through seven innings, two of those hits courtesy of Josh Carney. But for the most part, the lefty/righty combo the Hurricanes threw at the Bombers worked ahead and kept the good guys off balance at the plate for the balance of the game.
The loss dropped the Bombers to 2-1-1 on the season but they did pick up a little hardware for their runner-up efforts on the weekend.
The Bombers ran past the USAthletic Flames, 10-0 to earn a spot in the King of the Swing championship game.
Nick Taylor was effective on the mound for the Bombers, giving up just three hits in four shut out innings before giving way to Jake Stadler who kept a lid on the Flames in the fifth and final inning.
The Bombers wasted no time getting the offense going as leadoff man, Walker Stull drew a walk, stole his way to third base and was then knocked in by Nolan Bowser to put the Bombers up for good. Later in the inning, Jacob Graff did his job at the plate with a ground out that scored Patrick Mastrian from third base.
Josh Carney provided the fireworks in the second inning, leading off with a blast to the wall for a double and then scoring on a single by Jake Stadler.
The Bombers blew the game open in the bottom of the third by running wild on the bases and plating four runs. Mastrian and Taylor lead off the inning with walks and advance to third and second, respectively on a wild pitch. Mastrian then scored on another wild pitch and then an error brought home Taylor and put Jacob Graff on first. Zach Lewis was then hit by a pitch setting up the next two runs. Matthew Lood sent Graff home with a single and Eli Clotfelter put the ball on the ground to score Lewis and push the lead to 7-0.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Bombers ended the game in the fifth with three runs to invoke the 10-run rule. Nick Taylor singled to start the rally and an error moved him to third. Lewis bunted Taylor home and was safe at first while also moving Graff to third. Graff scored and Lewis moved to third on a wild pitch and then the Flames booted a ground ball by Clotfelter which allowed Lewis to score and end the game.
The Bombers improved their record to 2-0-1 and will play the Hurricanes in the championship game.
The Bombers took care of business on Saturday afternoon, beating the Indiana Hurricanes, 5-1 to wrap up pool play in the King of the Swing tournament. The Bombers first win of the season also secured a top seed in tournament play for the Bombers.
After failing to finish off their first win on Friday night, the defense and pitching remained air tight until the last out of the game. Nick Taylor, Zach Lewis, Eli Clotfelter and Walker Stull combined on the mound to allow just one bloop hit and one unearned run in seven innings.
The Hurricanes' pitching was up to the challenge as the game remained scoreless through three innings. But the Bombers broke through in the top of the fourth inning, scoring three runs and then backed it up with two more runs in the fifth inning.
Nolan Bowser started the scoring rally in the fourth with a leadoff hit and then advanced to third base on a double by Taylor. Jacob Graff then executed a safety squeeze bunt to score Bowser with the first run. The play worked so well, Walker Stull did the same thing and scored Taylor while arriving safely at first base. Stull then caused problems for the 'Canes on the bases, eventually scoring after an error while stealing third base.
In the fifth inning, Patrick Mastrian turned a beaning into a run when he scampered home on a single by Taylor who would eventually score from third when Jacob Graff drew attention of the Canes by trying to steal second base.
The Bombers move to tournament play on Sunday when they get a rematch with USAthletic Flames at 9 a.m. ET.
The 13U Bombers opened the season at Forest Park in Noblesville in frustrating fashion letting a 10-2 lead slip away late before ending in a 10-10 tie against the USAthletic Flames. The Bombers are now 0-0-1 in pool play for the King of the Swing tournament.
While the Flames did their damage late, scoring eight fifth (and final) inning runs, the Bombers built an early cushion with six first-inning runs and then three more in the second. The two teams scored 20 runs on just five combined hits so it certainly played out like an the first game of the year after a harsh winter.
For starters, both teams were plenty patient at the plate which resulted in enough walks to fund the March of Dimes for a year. Matthew Lood did break the seal with the bats, earning the Bombers' first hit of the season in the first inning to drive in Jacob Graff. In the second inning, Zach Lewis laid down a safety squeeze bunt which ended up clearing the bases after an errant throw past first base.
Nick Taylor scored one more important run in the top of the fourth after drawing a walk and working his way around the bases to score on a passed ball.
The Bombers continue King of the Swing pool play on Saturday when they play at 3 p.m. against the the Indy Hurricanes.
The 13U Oaklandon Bombers will hold their annual spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser to earn money to attend a national tournament in Omaha, NE. This special group of boys has become one of the top travel baseball teams in Central Indiana with three championship titles (including the GameDay USA National Championships) along with an impressive record of 45–20-4 in 2014. Over the last four years, this team has compiled a 153-65-4 record, 15 championships and 5 runner-up finishes! The boys have continued training hard through this winter and are looking forward to another successful season in 2015. With your help, they will be able to travel a little further to test their skills against other top teams all across the United States.
The 13U Bombers are a 100% self-funded team that relies entirely on the generosity of local donors and sponsors. This year, the team is hosting a dinner and silent auction fundraiser on February 28, 2014 to raise the necessary funds to take the boys to the TCS Slumpbuster and College World Series in June. We are asking for your help to make this a successful event by donating an item, gift card, or gift basket to be auctioned.
You can donate auction items, money or purchase tickets online at http://oyobombersbaseball.myevent.com. Thanks for your support!
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