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Weekend Recap July 13th-15th

July 17th, 2018

Author: John Magers

9u Castro capped off their season with a runner up finish in Zionsville this past weekend. The Orange caught fire, winning six of their last seven games while outscoring opponents 60-25 (35 run differential). The pitching staff collected 52 strikeouts in 32.2 innings, for 1.65 strikeouts per innings pitched. The dominance did not stop there; however, as the Orange hit .399 as a team on the weekend. Throughout the weekend, many players shined at the plate: Lukas Risser (.714 avg and 5 runs scored), Pedro Castro (.417 avg, 4 runs scored, and 3 stolen bases), Luis Castro (.333 avg and 4 runs scored), Jaxsen Demos (.571 avg and 3 RBIs), Bo McVey (.429 avg), and RJ Katter (5 hits and .625 avg). In their last two games of the tournament, 9u Castro’s pitching was lights out. Pedro Castro, Jaxsen Demos, Zach Tansel, and Donovan Proll combined for 11 innings pitched, 19 Ks, and 0 runs allowed. The Orange finished with a .531 winning percentage on the year.

 

10u Roach captured their fourth tournament championship on the season after winning the Billericay Double Elimination Tournament. The Orange offense could not be stopped, especially after they reached base. They ran wild, totaling 59 stolen bases in four games. Key contributors to the offense included: Nick Nasser (.333 avg and 6 runs scored), Izayah Mahaney (.625 avg, 9 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases), Quinn Smith (.333 avg and 3 RBIs), Nathan Hawkins (.538 avg, 6 runs scored, and 7 RBIs), Peyton Auler (.583 avg, 7 hits, and 7 runs scored), Jack Roach (.455 avg, 5 RBIs, and a HR), and Riley Davison (.375 avg, 4 runs scored, and 5 stolen bases). Not only was the offense outstanding, but the pitching was great too. Nick Nasser threw 5 innings, with 7 strikeouts, and did not allow a walk. Jack Roach threw a total of 5.1 innings, with 12 strikeouts, and closed out the championship game. 10u Roach completed the season winning 60% of their games, while also finishing ranked fifth by USSSA for Class A.

 

Another team that finished their season on a high note was 10u Imes. They finished as runner ups in the Summer Savage Tournament in Cicero, where they fell to a very tough AA team. The offense led the charge with a variety of players: Roman Gralak (.636 avg, 3 RBIs, and 5 stolen bases), Graham Imes (.250 avg, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base), Noah Melvin (.556 avg, 3 runs scored, and 8 stolen bases), and Carlos Gallardo (.429 avg and 3 stolen bases). After a strong finish to the season, 10u Imes finished ranked twelfth by USSSA in Class A.

 

11u Staton also finished as runner ups in the Summer Savage Tournament in Cicero. The Orange picked up two wins against the Fall Creek Blues. 11u Staton finished ranked seventeenth by USSSA in Class A.

 

13u Lupke travelled to Cincinnati this past weekend to play at the Reds Urban Youth Academy. The Orange battled with great competition all weekend long. Besides tournament play, the team enjoyed time at the pool and catching a Freedom Florence game. The Orange enjoyed Super Hero Night at the ballpark and leading “Take Me out to the Ballgame.” They also met a new friend in Ricky Ramirez Jr who gave his game used bat to the kids at the conclusion of the game.
    

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