Congratulations to the 9U Lightning for winning the 2019 LVBA Memorial Day Baseball Bash. This is back to back wins for the 9U Lightning in this tournament marking the first two victories of a Lightning team in LVBA hosted tournaments. Over the weekend the team went 6-0 outslugging their opponents putting up 69 runs in the six contests.
First game of the tournament was against the Colorado Yard Dawgs. The Lightning jumped out early and came out victorious 10-2. Mason D had 3 rbi’s and Ridge O had a solid performance with 3 innings on the mound. Second game of the day was a great showing by the 9U team with another win of 16-1 against America’s Pastime Sports out of New Mexico. Rocco G pitched 3 solid innings allowing 1 run and striking out 3. Jameson D, Bryson D, Mason D, Rocco G, and Jake G each had two hits in the game.
On day two of the tournament, there were two matchups set up against local Vegas teams: Vegas Gamers and Team Adidas Silverman. The Lightning continued their offensive attack and went onto beat the Gamers 10-2. Alex S had 2 shutout innings in the game. Ty C had 2 rbi’s. Bryson D, Alex S, and Ty C each hit a double in the game. Against Team Adidas Silverman the Lightning jumped out early in the first to a 5-2 lead. Extended the lead to 7-3 after 3, then the defense fell apart. With 6 errors in the inning, Team Adidas put up 7 runs and took a 10-7 lead. With the high-powered offense of the weekend, the bolts fought back and came out ahead 11-10 in 6 innings. Jameson pitched 3.1 strong innings allowing 1 earned run with 5 strikeouts. Jake G came in and shut the door over 2.2 innings pitched. Ridge O had 2 hits and 2 rbi’s. Connor M had two hits in the game. A brutal defensive performance to wrap up pool play but the Lightning did just enough to earn the 1 seed in their bracket for championship Monday.
Semifinal game was set for 9am against local competitor Team Adidas-Fairweather. The opponents jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Lightning responded with 2 in the bottom of the first. Then, Marco C settled down on the mound and worked a wonderful game on the mound. In 4 innings of work limited the opponents to 1 hit and no walks, while striking out 3. Mason D had 3 rbis in the game and Marco C reached base both times. The offensive firepower from the previous 4 games of the tournament wasn’t as dominant, but the Lightning’s offense found ways to put pressure on the defense in other ways. With great baserunning and poor defensive execution from the opponents, the Lightning came out winners 10-2 in 4 short innings.
Championship game had great buildup awaiting the other semifinal to finish. The anticipation to face the Vegas Xpress in what felt a long time off from competing against them. Championship game was set to be a tournament victor between local rivals of Vegas Xpress and 9U Lightning. The paths to reach the championship game may have been different, but the matchup was set for a tournament champion. Both teams threw shutouts in the first inning. Lighting jumped out 2-0 in the top 2nd with a couple runners reaching with walks and Bryson D and Connor M driving in the first two runs of the game. Vincent S came up with huge triple in the 3rd that drove in the 3rd run of the game for the Lightning. Vincent S would later score on a single by Jake G. Rocco G drove in Jake G with a sac fly to put the Lightning up 5-0. Bottom 3rd the Xpress scored one and Jake G was done on the mound. He threw 3 stellar innings leaving the game with a 5-1 lead. Top of the 4th was 3 up, 3 down for the Lightning. Bottom 4, Connor M came into pitch and a few defensive miscues built an inning for Xpress. He was able to retire a few batters before handing the ball of to Mason D. He closed out the bottom half of the inning, but the Xpress were able to put up 2. Score was 5-3 after 4, with momentum slowly creeping towards Xpress. Bolts responded and put up 5 in the top of the 5th. A few hits, a walk, hit batter, and three intelligent baserunning reads from the players led to the big inning. Back in control of the game up 10-3. The Xpress continued to fight putting up 3 in bottom of the 5th. The Bolts countered with 2 in the 6th. A perfect bottom of the 6th resulted in a 12-6 victory for the Lightning. Connor M led the offense with 2 hits and Alex S drew 3 BB’s. With great plate discipline drawing 8 walks in the game, making smart baserunning reads and taking advantage of defensive mistakes the 9U Lightning won the game. Mason D closed the championship with 2.1 solid innings on the mound.
After a successful Memorial Day Tournament, the Lightning look forward to a short break and the Xtreme Diamond World Series in late July.
This week the 13u team competed in their final tournament for LVBA. The boys set out to finish on a positive note and showcase what their years of hard work has produced.
The weekend started Saturday morning against the Player Factory, NV. The weekend began slowly as the boys gave up an early lead with 3 runs scored in the top of the 1st. The team answered with a run in the bottom of the 1st and the score remained 3-1 until the boys posted 4 in the bottom of the 3rd to take a 5-3 lead. Cooper C. had taken over on the mound by that point and after 2.1 hitless innings the team exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the 4th to walk off the field with a 15-3 win. The offense was led by Sebastian L. who recorded 3 hits, including a 2b and a HR with 3 RBIs. Brayden S. added 2 doubles, and James O. scored 3 runs out of the leadoff spot. Robert C. and Vinny R. also scored 2 runs apiece while Tanner T. and Kaleb S. provided 2 hits apiece.
Building off of that momentum, the boys next matched up with the City Terrace Toros, CA. Unfortunately, another 3 run top of the 1st found the team trailing again. This time the team waited until the bottom of the 3rd to explode for 7 runs. Rob C. provided the quality relief in this one going 3.1 innings allowing only 2 runs with 4 K’s. Braden S. and Horacio B. provided the offense in this one each with 2 hits and 3 RBis. Christian M. and Kaleb S. each added 2 RBIs as the boys poured it on to win 13-5.
The boys headed into their matchup with the Scottsdale Firebirds, AZ needing a win to clinch a spot in the championship game. The boys took a different approach in this game and decided to post a 4 spot of their own in the top of the 1st with consecutive RBI hits by Christian M., James O. and Tanner T. Horacio B. got the scoring going with an early RBI double. Vinny R., Christian M. and Kaleb S. continued putting pressure on the defense getting on base 3 times apiece. Devon G. added an RBI single and Brayden S. with James O. combined for 4 hits and 5 RBIs. Sebastian L., the longest tenured member of the 13u team handled the rest. In his final start for LVBA, he went the distance with a complete game effort securing the team’s spot in the championship with an 8-3 victory.
In a weird twist, the team’s 4th game was against their eventual opponent in the championship game. The boys set out to send a message and Horacio B. provided a quality start going 3 innings and left the game trailing 4-3. James O., Vinny R. and Cooper C. produced RBIs to keep the game close, however, the bullpen faltered late and the team took a 13-5 loss to finish out pool play.
On deck was the championship game rematch with Project X, NV. The team got going early with a 2 run double by Christian M. in the top of the 1st, however some 2 out miscues allowed our opponents to come back and tie the game in the bottom of the 1st. Kaleb S. provided yet another quality start on the mound and eventually left in the 5th inning trailing 5-2. Cooper C. provided a shutdown 6th giving the team a chance to win the game in the 7th. However, Project X played some quality defense throughout the game including a game ending line drive double play and we took the 5-3 Championship Game loss.
The runner up finish completed our 13u season and the boys will now be moving forward into their high school programs. It was quite a run for a team that didn’t win a spring game and only had 6 players left just 2 short years ago. We are extremely proud at the development and loyalty of these players old and new have shown during their time here at LVBA. We look forward to following their path going forward and wish them the best of luck as they continue their baseball journey.
The 12u Bolt’s looked to impress in a four-game guarantee tournament over the weekend. LVBA opened Game 1 on Saturday against American Pastime Baseball, NM. The game went the full six because Dom L. (2 R, 3H, BB. 4k’s) dominated on the mound, giving up 2 runs on 58 pitches. The defensive was definitely behind him as the infield of Kole T. Jack P, Ty K, and Lucas S. turned three double plays. The offense took off behind Lucas S and Big Kat H., both with huge days going (3-6, 3 HR’s, 4 RBI’s). The Bolt’s would go on to win the game 5-2.
The second half of the double header against WKAC Warriors, HI provided us with another great performance from the starting pitching. Jack P. (4 IP, 2 ER, 5 K’s, 4 BB’s) battled through windy conditions and came through with big pitches with runners on base. The offense carried the load by collecting 12 runs on 10 hits. Chad L. had two early RBI’s, Ty K. and Eisa K. also collected hits in the 4th inning run rule. The boys ended day one (2-0) tied for the first seed; they would only need one win to play on Monday for the championship.
Day 2 of the Memorial Day Bash did not go the way the Bolt’s anticipated. Game 3 of the tournament pitted the Bolt’s against Project X Clutch, NV. This match up was a barnburner the whole game. The offense came out swinging scoring 3 runs in the first behind a first inning double from Lucas S. Big Kat H. added to the party with a RBI base hit. The pair would also hit back-to-back HR in the third to give the Bolt’s the lead heading into the last inning. Project X Clutch did not get cheated on many swings as the Bolt’s pitching staff gave up 11 hits leading to 12 runs. Ultimately defensive errors, walks, and timely hitting from the opponent led to a 12-8 loss. Heading into Game 4 the Bolt’s would need to win in order to play in the championship rounds on Monday.
Game 4 against the Downey Dirt Devils, CA (the eventual tourney CHAMPS) was a very entertaining game. However, errors and walks dug the Bolt’s an early hole after the second inning as the Bolt’s were down by 5 runs. Tanner T. and Kenji O. competed on the mound, but it wasn’t enough. The offense was stagnant; scoring only 1 run on 5 hits, and 7 K’s. The Bolt’s would go on to lose 9-1, and be eliminated from Championship play on Monday.
Great things happened this weekend, and not so great of things happened this weekend. This was a weekend that will have a lasting impact on the TEAM as we move forward in preparation for our Cooperstown trip in August! STAY POSITIVE TEAM…