Day 3 for the 11-12 Dixie Youth Boys State Tournament
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Written By: Chip Ravaglia, JPRD Roving Reporter
The Swashbuckling Pirates of Little Farm’s Clips the Wings of Miley 4-2
Pitcher Cole McMyne Stymies The Cards on 5 hits & 5 k’s
Now there are two JPRD Teams left in the tournament after Little Farms delivered a knockout blow to Miley by a score of 4-2. The keys to victory for Little Farms were executing the “Trifecta”: Great Pitching, Timely Hitting along with Solid Defense (no errors). Fulco at second again was flawless and Schnabel backhand a laser for a 6-3 assist. The ball could have gone for extra bases. Also catcher Beau Curtis turned in another great day behind the plate that included a snap throw to third to catch a Cardinal base runner attempting to steal to end the inning. McMyne allowed just two runs on 5 hits while fanning 5 in 5 2/3 innings. After allowing those 2 runs in the first, McMyne silenced the Cards bats over the next 5 innings. He also helped his cause with an RBI Sacrifice Fly to center in the first.
Miley took an early lead to start the game. With 2 outs, Jordan Farrell got on via an infield hit by beating out a ball to the right side. Next up was the clean up hitter, Bryson Baxter. On a 3-2 count, he delivered a 200 ft blast over the left field fence. After the first, Miley was unable to mount another threat.
After going down 2-0 in the first, The Pirates set sail by answering with 2 runs of their own. Beau Stevens steps to the plate and with one swing of the bat he cuts the lead in half with a tremendous home run that set the stage for a comeback. Now with 1 out and Schnabel on third, McMyne hits a deep fly ball to center to record a sacrifice fly to send Schanbel scampering home with the tying run.
In the third and 1 out, Schnabel hits a blue darter past the left side of the infield. After two pass balls, Schnabel scores on a ground ball by Englander and the Pirates tack on the go ahead run 3-2. Miley missed an opportunity to cash in in their half of the third. With one out, Zheng walked. The next hitter struck out. From here, Furman delivers a base hit to place runners at 1st and 2nd. Their opportunity to score was stymied by Pirates’ catcher, Beau Curtis throwing out Zheng attempting to steal third base. The Cardinals broke one of the basic rules of the Grand Ole Game, never make the first or third out in an inning at third base.
Heading into the fifth the Pirates were seeking an insurance run. They got it in a big way with a blast over the centerfield fence by James Adams, Jr. Adams’ hit deflated the hopes of the Miley Faithful. This helped the fans and players of Little Farm’s breath a little easier with a 4-2 advantage.
The top of the sixth added a little suspense to the game. After McMyne retired the first two batters, he then allowed a single to Carter Furman. This allowed the tying run to come to the plate. Pirates head coach, Greg Schnauder, pulled McMyne and inserted the closer, James Adams, Jr. He retired Lane on a swing and a miss. The game ended. After the game I asked Cole about his fine pitching performance, his response: “ I felt really good and could have gone another 5.” The coaches summed up the game in one word, “Sweet!”
The Vikings continue to Level Opponents
They Ravage Franklin 13-0
Cam Guitterrez got the “W” allowing 0 Runs, 1 Hit & 6 K’s
Austin Guedry lead the assault with 2 Round Trippers 7 RBI’s
After three games the Vikings of Girard have fully demonstrated why they were the pre-tournament favorite to win. First of all they have posted a 3-0 record. Second, in the three games, the offense has produced a total of 51 runs while the mound crew has limiting opponents to 4 runs.
On Sunday it was just another stroll in the park for the Vikes. Austin Guedry led his team by driving in seven runs. His two hits were round trippers with the second one a Grand Slam!
Other Viking players that chipped in at the plate with a hit were: Chaix, Delatte, Gutierrez, Couret, Gadola, Pourciau, Nugent and Stuprich.
Cam Guitterrez got the win. Cam went three innings, allowing zero runs on one hit and striking out six. Brennan Chaix threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
The question remains, can any beat the Vikings? I wouldn’t bet on it.
“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.”
— Bob Feller.