Game 1 vs. NV Road Dawgs – Brayden L took to the hill in Game 1. He was aggressive and did a fantastic job of mixing pitches while somehow managing to throw three scoreless innings to start the game while LVBA’s defense committed 4 errors behind him. After jamming the leadoff hitter into a weak ground ball to short, LVBA committed its first throwing error of the game. Trevor H and Brayden L then perfectly executed a pitchout while Preston P put down a quick tag to get the out and pick up their SS who committed the throwing error just two pitches before. The Lightning posted a 7 run first inning and followed with a big 5 spot in the 4th to take a 13-6 victory. Crosby M led the offense with three hits and 4 RBI’s. Preston P and Brayden L also added two base knocks. Lincoln M came in for strong relief after the starter ran into some trouble in the 4th.
Game 2 vs. Xtreme Heat AZ – After a rough game 1 defensively, Cameron G picked himself up by throwing a 4 inning, 74 pitch - 3 hitter. He struck out two and gave up 3 runs (0 earned). Lincoln M came in again for clean-up work and shut the door throwing two innings giving up 1 run (0 earned). Impressive pitching especially considering there were at least 6 errors defensively. Logan G and Brayden L hit screaming doubles, Cam G added 2 RBI’s, and Jayson M and Preston P both had 2 stolen bases. The Bolts squeaked out a 5-4 win and finished 2-0 on the day. A few cheap runs cost them the #1 or #2 seed and they ended up having to play an extra game on day two as the #3 seed.
Game 3 vs. LV Swing – With the Lightning’s ace sick and out for the weekend, Jayson M was called to step up and pick up the team against the LV Swing as he took the bump in the first playoff game. Again, LVBA didn’t help themselves committing 6 errors defensively. Jayson M struggled to recover and found himself in trouble without an effective off-speed pitch. But in winning-time, with the game winning run on second; Jayson M picked him-self and the team up by hitting a game winning single down the right field line. Jayden J hit a clutch single to start the bottom of the 5th, and scored the game winning run. In this contest, every single LVBA player had a hit! Preston P was the man though with 3 hits and 4 RBI’s. Crosby M banged 2 hits as well. Austin H came in relief in a jam and got out of a huge inning while Logan G gunned down a runner at the plate after a single up the middle. Austin H and Lincoln “Rolaids Relief Man of the Weekend” M played big parts in shutting down the Swings offensive attack late in the game. LVBA did a fantastic job battling back in their walk-off win after falling down 6-0 early in the second.
Game vs. Young Gunzz (CA) – Jayden J took the bump in his first club ball pitching appearance and threw very well. He competed against a strong SoCal team throwing 2 innings giving up only 4 hits and while picking up 2 strikeouts. Falling behind in counts was the downfall as 4 walks and a rising pitch count called for relief. Cameron G, Trevor H and Jayden J picked up the only three hits for LVBA. Simply out-hit, the Bolts fell 0-9. Trevor H went full ironman mode catching 20/20 innings behind the plate this weekend picking up his teammates by blocking and keeping opposing run games in control with throw downs, and backdoors.