During the April 6th and 7th weekend the 9U LVBA Lightning competed in the April Madness tournament. Game 1 of the tournament the Lightning fell 13-4 to Team Adidas. The opposing bats were too strong for the defense. Connor McDonald came into the game and relief and had a great outing. Costly defensive plays allowed for big innings by the opposition. Jameson D. went 2-2 and Ty C. had a big 2b for the Lightning.
The next game on Saturday was against the CBA Hustle. A high scoring affair between both teams. For the first three innings each team posted 2 runs in the half inning. Jake G. went 2-2 with a BB, Mason D. had 2 hits, and Marco C. reached base 3 times. All members of the Lightning recorded a hit and as a team recorded 12 stolen bases. The offensive production was magnificent. Rocco G. started the game, pitching 2 innings and allowing 4 runs, but all unearned. Mason D. came into finish the game over the last three innings and recorded 5 punch-out's. The Lightning came out ahead in this game 14-9.
Onto championship Sunday, the 9U Lightning was matched up against the CBA Hustle. After a high offensive display the previous day, this game was played much differently. Pitchers limited baserunners and catchers stopped the running game. Each team threw out runners on stolen base attempts. Marco C. and Jake G. combined for 5 innings and only allowed 2 earned runs. The defense made mistakes which allowed for 6 more runs to cross. Jake G. had 3 BB's and Mason D. went 3-4 to lead the offense. Entering the last inning the 9U Lightning were down 7-3. The bottom of the lineup found ways on base and put stress on the defense. Vincent S. came up big with a two out, game tying 2 RBI base knock. Unfortunately, the rally ended at a tie. Bottom of the 6th the Hustle's leadoff hitter started the inning with a double, stole 3b and we balked him in. Balk off loss for the Bolts, but a much better defensive display after the high scoring affair in the previous game.
Keep working hard TEAM! Us coaches are impressed with your continued progress so far in 2019…
The 8u Lightning competed this past weekend in the Vegas Valley April Madness 9u tournament. Putting together a solid 3-1 weekend and grabbing their second ring as a team. The 8u LVBA won the silver bracket of the 9u division, making this their first championship at the 9u level. It was a full team effort all weekend, as top to bottom contributed in all four games. Each player stepped up and had a big moment for the team this past weekend, showing to everyone the hard work that they have been putting in on and off the field. I could not be prouder of the group and how far they have come with their personalities and as baseball players.
In game one the Lightning battled until the last out with the Sin City Thunder 9u, eventually coming inches short as the tying run was thrown out at home plate to end the game 10-9. The team battled through five innings of solid baseball, putting up 9 runs and only committing one error on defense. Notables at the plate in game one was JaBron J (2-3) with a triple, HR and RBI, Lucas O (2-2) with a double, walk and RBI and Giovanni G (1-2) with 2 RBI. Chase L also added three walks in three plate appearances to go along with 2 1/3rd innings and 3 strikeouts on the mound for LVBA. Rocco R also tossed 1 2/3rd innings on the mound, collecting 4 strikeouts in the process.
Game two was a tight back and forth matchup with the Lake Havasu Scorpions 9u, with the 8u Lightning coming out on top 12-9 in four innings. The LVBA offense stayed hot, scoring 12 runs on 8 hits. Leading the way at the plate in this one with two hits a piece was Rocco R (2-3) and Lucas O (2-2) who added a triple and 3 RBI. Derek K (1-1) also had a good day at the plate, adding two walks and an RBI to his 1-1 day. Enzo Z (0-0), Maverick C (0-0), and Dillin T (0-0) all had a walk and stolen base in their only plate appearance of the game. On the mound Dillin T was instrumental as he battled for 2 2/3rd innings, striking out 2 and only allowing 4 runs on 5 hits.
Going into Sunday, the 8u Lightning put themselves in a great position as the number seven seed overall and the number one seed in the silver bracket. The 8u Lightning would start the day off in the semifinals against the California Crushers, and even after a 15 minute delay to start the game due to dugouts, LVBA’s offense could not be stopped for long. Putting up 5 runs in the first inning and 11 runs in the game, LVBA would handle the Crushers and move on to their first 9u championship appearance. At the plate the 8u Lightning were led by Giovanni G (1-1), who added a base hit and RBI to his weekend. Also getting in on the action was Noah S (1-1) with a walk, Dillin T (1-2) with 2 RBI, and Maverick C (1-2) with a double. On the mound Noah S got the ball for the first time with LVBA and tossed a great 1 2/3rd innings only allowing 3 runs. Rocco R would come on in relief once again, and once again he would get it done going 1 1/3rd striking out two Crushers. JaBron J came on in the top of the fourth to shut the door, going one, two, three and striking out one to move the 8u Lightning onto the silver bracket championship.
Game four and the Silver Bracket Championship would bring a familiar opponent in the Lake Havasu Scorpions 9u. With a strong start and a strong finish to the game, the 8u Lightning would secure their second championship as a team and first at the 9u level. This one took a full team effort to secure the 20-13 victory, as every player in the lineup scored a run and reached base safely. Led at the plate in this one by Lucas O (1-1) with a triple 2 RBI and 2 walks, JaBron J (2-4) with a walk and RBI, Rocco R (2-3) with a double, walk and RBI, and Hudson C (1-2) with a walk, run scored and drag bunt base hit. LVBA would need all their top arms to finish the job Sunday, turning to JaBron J (2 innings) for the start, Dillin T (2 innings) in relief, and Rocco R (1 2/3rd innings) to close it out.
The 12u LVBA Lighting took the road and headed to Phoenix, AZ to compete in one of the best tournaments of the year. The Bolt’s would start out facing the Dolphins Elite in Game 1 of Day 1. Big Kat H., Eisa K. and Lucas S. led the offensive power as they scored 5 runs in the second inning to give Kenji O the lead, he needs to coast into Game 1. The bolts would go on to win 9-1 and secure the win.
Game 2 of the double header led off by AZ Firebirds, as they would go out to an early lead. The Bolts showed their resilience and scored 4 in the bottom half, with big hits from Kole T., and Kenji O. The Firebirds were not phased as they went on to hit back-to-back Homeruns as put up 3 to tie it up 4-4 entering the 3rd inning. The Bolt’s would need to get a shutdown inning and take the momentum back, as they did behind some great defensive plays from Rob. L and a huge double play that started with a rundown. The boys would cruise to a 14-5 victory. Going 2-0 on Friday was a step towards playing in the championship.
Rob L led game 3 of the tournament. He had a huge day at the plate hitting two 2- Run shots and a double to add on to his day. Eisa K. also pitched a gem of a game going 3 innings and giving up on 1 earned run. The boys cruised to another victory 13-5. Lucas S, Jack P, and Tanner T, all had hit to lead the team with 12 hits in Game 3.
Game 4 was the toughest test of the tournament as PSP came out swinging putting up 5 runs in the first two innings. LVBA would respond by tying the game in the bottom of the 4th. Tanner T threw a great game, but game was damaged by errors. Some big plays weren’t made, and the Bolts were now going into the last inning down by 2. Walks from PSP led to a 3 run comeback and went on to win the game and go 4-0 in pool play.
With the number 1 overall seed in AAA gold division, the LVBA would have to play the Cal Select from So Cal. A tall task as they went 3-1 in pool play and only lost one game by 1. Kenji O started the game and was throwing very well however the offense did not show up as they collected only 3 hits in 5 innings of play. It was safe to say that the confidence from pool play did not carry over into the championship rounds. Overall the weekend was a successful one as we collected over 40 hits in 5 games. We are excited and proud to see where the boys are going to end up at the end of the summer. They are making the strides in the right directions! GO BOLTS!!