Cleveland Fall Classic
This past weekend featured 18 teams playing in the Athens and Cleveland area at the four colleges in the area and Bradley Central. Young Guns and TN Athletics went 4-0 in their respected ways! Young Guns used amazing pitching to shut out their opponents, the Grind Rangers, in one of the best games of the week. As for the TN Athletics, they just out-hit their opponents and easily won all four games. Check out some of the game notes from our tournament recaps below!
Game 1: Legends vs. RBI Prime
The game started off with the Legends having a rough first inning by giving up 2 fueled by multiple walks and a passed ball. Legends pushed one across in the 2nd, to half RBI’s lead. It is now 2-1 going into the top of the 3rd. The scoring stayed the same going through 6 ½, as the pitchers were on top of their game. The Legends were able to get a hit, breaking up the no-hitter. The score is still 2-1 RBI going into the last half. Then, Legends execute and score the walk-off victory against RBI with a timely hit by #14 Harrison, propelling Legends to their late-game victory.
Games 2: Prospect vs. ETB
The game started off slow for both teams in the first two innings. ETB threatened by putting runners on second and third in the bottom half of the 2nd, but a ground ball was able to get the Prospects out of the inning with the score still tied at 0. Still, nothing going for either team through 4. There was only one combined hit in the game thus far, as the pitchers were dealing very well. Aaron Bobo for Prospects and Connor Lamons for ETB have been in control all game pounding the zone. A defensive miscue from ETB propels Prospects to a run in the bottom half of the 4th, the tie is now broken at 1-0 Prospects, and Bobo was still going strong. Timely hitting for Prospects extends their lead to 2-0 going into the top of the 6th. Nothing changed until the top of the 7th, where ETB tied up the game by scoring 2 going into the last half-inning. Not to be outdone, Prospects loaded the bases and won the game on a walk-off HBP.
Game 3: Prospect 18u vs. TN Stix
The scoring started early in this game, when Stix scored two off of 2 hits and an error. Raby had a hard hit double to the right-center gap to score the first run of the ball game. Nothing going for Stix in the top of the 2nd, but Prospects pushed one across via a single up the middle to tie the game at 2 going into the 3rd inning. Prospects struck for 2 more in the bottom of the 4th, making the lead 4-2 going into the top of 5th. Prospects struck for another run in the bottom half, making it 5-2 going into the 6th. Stix struck for a run in the 6th and Prospects went down quietly, making the score 5-3 going into the last inning. Nothing going for the Stix in the 7th ending the game, leaving the final score at 5-3.
Game 4: Prospects 18u vs. Fury
Prospects scored 3 runs on multiple walks. The score was 3-0 going into the 2nd. The Fury didn’t make any progress in the second either. However, it was a similar story for Prospects here in the 2nd as well, with three more hits off of free passes and miscues by Fury, bringing the score to 6-0. A sudden turn around with the bats occurred when Fury scored 4 in the top half of the 3rd. Prospects then struck back in the bottom half and tacked on a run. The final score was 7-4.
Pirates Baseball vs. TN Grind
Pirates threatened in the top of the 1st with a lead-off single and a hit batter, but neither of those runners would come around to score, as the Lowhorn got out of the jam by striking out a batter. Nothing was going for either team (still 0-0) going into the top of the 3rd, as it has been a pitching duel thus far. Each team was pounding the zone very aggressively. The Grind pushed across one to take the lead 1-0 going into the top of the 4th. There was still nothing going for Pirates Baseball, and no real threats had been made since the first inning. Grind then pushed across one more courtesy of an RBI single from the pitcher Jordan Lowhorn. The score was 2-0 TN Grind going into the 5th; this would be the final score.
RBI Prime vs. ETB
ETB was able to start the game off with 3 runs, a couple of hits, a couple of walks, and a miscue by RBI. They led 3-0 as the 1st inning came to a close. RBI pushed across one run in the top of the 3rd, when #99 hit a ground ball to the shortstop for an RBI fielder’s choice. The lead had now been cut to 3-1. ETB scored again in the bottom of the 3rd, as #4 Wade Fletcher dropped a bases-loaded single into right field to push the lead to 4-1. The bases were still loaded. Soon, #2 Nathan Lisenby knocked in 2 with a single to the right-center gap, bringing the lead to 6-1. #12 Issac Collins joined the hit parade and knocked in two more, and the lead was now a decisive 8-1. #23 Cadin Tullock knocked in two more with a double to the left-center gap, pushing the lead to the final score of 10-1.
Legends vs. TN Grind
Legends started the scoring early, when #16 scorched a double over the center fielders head to score the first run of the ball game. So, the score was 1-0 Legends going into the bottom half of the 1st. Grind then scored on a passed ball as #22 Evan Anderson trotted home. Grind soon scored one more to make it 2-1 going into the 2nd. Scoring continued in the second, as an errant throw brought in #15 to score. This cut the lead in half to 2-2. Grind was able to take full control with another passed ball and #10 Kupfner came in to score on Nate Pitts, bringing the score to 5-2. Bryson Wolfenbarger knocked in another run with a single to center field. A throwing error scored one more for Grind, making it 7-2. #7 Powell brought the score to 9-2 when he hit a bases-loaded double over the left fielders head to score two. The Grind then took advantage of a passed ball to score another run, making it 10-2. #7 Powell came in to score on another passed ball, making this an 11-2 victory for the TN Grind.
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