Team B.C. (Delta Tigers) Enjoying NJ Trip.
Team BC spent Sunday touring New York City. They started their day at Grand Central Station, made stops for a tour of Rockefeller centre and some shopping in Times Square and finished the afternoon with a two hour bike ride around Central park.
On Monday the boys got up early in preparation for an 8:00 game. However, the weather didn’t cooperate and both their 8am and Noon games were postponed to Thursday. The rain didn’t stop Team BC from exploring more of New York. They took the train into the city and visited Ground Zero, the 9-11 museum, Wall St and the SoHo shopping district before heading back to New Jersey to get a good nights sleep before Game 1 on Tuesday morning.
Team BC’s first game was against the Tri-State Tribe from Connecticut. Team BC sent Delta Tigers ace Braedy Euerby to the mound. Euerby got off to a great start, striking out the side on 15 pitches in the top of the first. In the 2nd, Tri-State loaded the bases with 1 out on a single to right and two walks and scored two runs on a sac fly and overthrow. In the 3rd, the Tribe scored two more runs on an infield single, walk and triple to make it 4-0 after 3. After allowing a 1 out triple in the 4th, Declan Forbes came in to relieve Euerby and after a walk, he retired the next two batters to end the threat and keep the score at 4-0. Cloverdale pick-up, Logan Domanski, came in to pitch the fifth after another 3 up 3 down inning offensively for Team BC. After striking out the first two batters, a HBP put a runner on 2nd with 2 out. Sean Heppner would quickly throw the runner out attempting to steal 2nd to keep the score at 4-0 through 4-1/2. Warkentin managed a single to right in the sixth but that was all in the home half of the fifth. Cody Hendriks, a pick-up from the West Coast Cardinals, came in to pitch the 6th, keeping the Tribe off the board and allowing the Tigers offence one last chance to put some runs on the board in the 6th (6 inning game – time limit had been reached). With two outs, Jordan Bach collected his second hit of the game, followed be a Carter Spencer walk, to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Enter pinch hitter, Jude Hall who took a 1-0 offering deep to left centre for a 2rbi double to make the score 4-2. Walks to Hendriks and McIntosh loaded the bases with the winning run on first, however, a strikeout ended the game, a 4-2 final for Tri-State. Team BC got over the loss pretty quick and headed back to New York for the Mets game, a slugfest with 6HR’s, that ended in a 5-4 Mets victory over the Rangers.
Team BC was back at it on Wednesday against the host Diamond Jacks, opting to throw Grade 8 Noah Thomas against a team full of Grade 11 New Jersey residents. Thomas was given some run support early as the Tigers put 2 runs on the board in the top of the first on a Domanski infield single, Hall Single, a 1st and 3rd delayed steal that scored a run and put Hall on 2nd and a McIntosh popfly behind the 2nd baseman that fell in to score Hall. Thomas allowed a walk in the bottom but held the runner at first to keep the score at 2-0 through 1. Tommy Richards and Bach drew walks in the 2nd but were stranded at 1st and 2nd. In the bottom of the 2nd, the Jacks first five batters reached base, however, a Johnny McGill bullet down to 2 and a great relay throw to 3rd by Domanski limited the Jacks to only 3 runs. The score now 3-2 for the Jacks. With the top of the order coming up again in the 3rd, Team BC knew the time was now to take the lead back. Kenny Sugi doubled down the left field line to kick things off. After a McGill groundout moved Sugi to 3rd, Domanski doubled to left centre to tie the game, 3-3. After a 4 pitch walk to Hall which included a steal of 3rd by Domanski, McIntosh came to the plate with runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out. Hall stole second without a throw to put two runners in scoring position and McIntosh delivered with a single to the right centre gap to score 2 and give Team BC a 5-3 lead. An Euerby HBP and Hendriks single loaded the bases for Richards who battled for the bases load walk to make it 6-3 after 2-1/2. Thomas came out strong in the 3rd, retiring the side in order following an error to lead off the inning. Skip ahead to the bottom of 4, where Jude Hall made a great defensive play to record the first out. The next batter singled to centre but was picked off by Thomas for the second out. A HBP with 2 out would end Noah Thomas’ day on the mound, leaving with a 6-3 lead with 2 out and a runner on first in the bottom of the 4th. Thomas pitched great, showing great composure and confidence for a 14 year old against a team of players who drove themselves to the game. Declan Forbes would come in and strike out #38 for the Jacks to end the 4th, leaving the mound with a double fist pump which fired up the BC squad. Skip ahead to the bottom of the 5th where Forbes pitched to contact and retired the Jacks on five pitches, keeping the score at 6-3 after 5. Skip ahead to the bottom of the sixth (6 inning game – time limit reached). Forbes walked the Jacks leadoff hitter and was relieved by Hall who allowed one deep double to left but got a strike out and two groundouts back to the mound to close out the game, a 6-4 final for Team BC.
Two games Thursday
Noon vs the Adirondack Heat Class of 2019
2:15 vs the Staten Island Orioles
Two wins will put Team BC at the top of their pool and into the round of 16