9U Bulls Bring Home Championship

The 9U Bulls traveled up to Kennesaw this past weekend for the Memorial Day Warm-up tournament.  The weather was scorching and so were the Bulls bats and pitching.  On Friday night, the Bulls opened up the tournament against the Sandy Plains Cougars. The Bulls jumped out early and cruised to a 13-0 win highlighted by a combined no-hitter from Owen McKeeby, Cole McDuffie, Henry Waidelich and Kyle Shannon.  On Saturday, the Bulls faced off against the East Side Cyclones. The pitching was once again dominant with a combined one-hitter from William Mastella, Landon Murray, Graham Bean and Will Scott in route to a 21-0 victory.  Clutch hitting and outstanding defense from Alden Martin, Will Cooper and Hill Hudson led the way with the game’s highlight being a grand slam bomb deep over the right field fence by Jackson Tank.  With the 2 wins the Bulls earned the number 1 seed in the Gold Division bracket of the tournament.  On Sunday the Bulls opened up bracket play against the Alpharetta Eagles. The pitching was once again outstanding led by Cole McDuffie going 3 scoreless innings.   The Bulls defense was near perfect highlighted by a sliding catch by Will Scott in the outfield, and the bats were hot with Hill Hudson and Will Cooper having big RBI hits in the decisive and final inning.   The Bulls 12-2 victory over the Eagles earned them a spot in the Championship game against the Acworth Warriors.  Landon Murray got the Bulls off to a strong start on the mound and Jackson Tank had a huge in-side the park home run to give the Bulls an early lead. The Warriors fought back and took the lead 6-3 going to the bottom of the 4th. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 4th, William Mastella had a huge double to get the bats going.  Big RBI hits by Kyle Shannon, Alden Martin and Owen McKeeby gave the Bulls the lead and some breathing room as they took a 10-6 lead heading to the final inning.   Graham Bean and Henry Waidelich closed out the game on the mound for the Bulls as they earned a 10-7 victory over the Warriors and the tournament Championship.  It was a long and hot day for the Bulls with the final game ending around 10 pm but the Bulls showed no signs of exhaustion racing around the field post-game showing off their championship rings.