The 9U Bulls continued their summer hot streak last week in the Dizzy Dean District Tournament. Because of all the recent rain, the tournament stretched over 9 days and into 2 weekends. First up for the Bulls in the double elimination tournament was the East Side Lightning. After a slow start and getting down early in the game 5-0, the Bulls rallied behind great defense and clutch hitting for a 9-6 victory. With the victory the Bulls moved on in the winner’s bracket, however the tournament quickly got delayed by the rain, and more rain, on and off for the next couple of days making the fields unplayable. After a long 4 day delay, tournament action continued and next up for the Bulls were some familiar faces in the Buckhead Bucks. The Bulls jumped out early in route to a convincing 14-4 win over their rivals to the South. After a quick change of fields, the Bulls were set to face the Druid Hills Red Devils next. With the first batter at the plate, the rain returned. An epic and impressive rain shower that quickly turned the field into a lake and the sidewalks into rivers. The game was finally postponed when the tournament director noticed that animals were starting to pair up.
The Druid Hills game resumed the next day and despite a solid effort the Bulls came up short. With the loss, the Bulls were faced with fighting their way out of the loser’s bracket against some tough competition and some of the top teams in the state. First up was the Murphey Candler Gold Sox. The Bulls trailed early but rallied in the 5thinning for an 8-6 victory. The celebration was short lived as the Bulls had to immediately face off with the powerful East Side Thunder. The Bulls played one of their most complete games of the season in route to a 7-5 victory over the Thunder. With the double header win, the Bulls advanced to the final day of the tournament.
With a spot in the championship game on the line, the Bulls faced off with the Hopewell Mustangs in the semi-finals. The intensity level was high, but the neither the pressure nor a very ornery and intimidating home plate umpire (who clearly was not having a good day) was enough to derail the Bulls. The boys came out hitting and quickly put 5 runs on the board in the 1stinning and cruised to a 14-4 victory. With the win, the Bulls advanced to the district championship game against the Druid Hills Red Devils. The championship game started out tight but Druid Hills ultimately pulled ahead in route to the victory.
After 9 days, 4 rainouts and over 300 miles of commuting to Forsyth County, the Bulls stood tall with a second-place finish in a very tough and competitive district tournament. All the coaches and parents were very proud of how hard the Bulls played in a tournament that the players and fans won’t soon forget.
Team members: Will Cooper, Alden Martin, Cole McDuffie, Graham Bean, Henry Waidelich, Hill Hudson, Jackson Tank, Kyle Shannon, Landon Murray, Will Scott, William Mastella, Owen McKeeby
Head Coach: Derek Scott
Assistant Coaches: Peter Mastella, Jesse Shannon, Claire Murray, Ryan Hudson, Scott McDuffie