By 9u Longhorn Nation
The NYO Longhorns 9U team picked up their second runner up finish in as many tournaments. The Longhorns finished second place in the Midsummer Classic in Waleska, GA in the Championship game against our formidable neighbor to the North the Sandy Springs Cyclones. In a game where the Longhorns illustrate grit, heart, and a furious comeback that was cut short by time expiration.
In the opening game of the tournament the Longhorns faced the eventual Champion Sandy Springs Cyclones in what was a defensive and pitching duel between the crosstown heavyweights. Will Martiny got the nod for the Longhorns on the mound throwing two scoreless innings, allowing the Longhorns to take an early lead in the contest off rbi singles from Lucas Murphy and Cole Negro in the first and second innings. Unfortunately, the Longhorns couldn’t keep the Cyclones off the board in the 3rdgiving up 3 runs, and the cyclones the 3-2 lead. A clutch rbi single by Holsten Hayes in the 4thknotted game at 3. However, in heartbreaking fashion the Cyclones managed a 2 out walkoff single to win the game in the bottom half of the final frame winning the game 4-3.
During the second game of the tournament the Longhorns faced the Eastside Earthquakes. Unlike the first game of the day this was a one sided offensive onslaught by the Longhorns who managed to win the contest 14-0 on 10 hits with Towle Hosmer, Lucas Murphy, and Cole Negro each notching 2 hits and 2 RBI a piece. Hudson Nelson toed the rubber for the Longhorns hurling a no hit performance and sealing the Longhorns #2 Seed and first round bye headed into Sundays tournament play. Carson Dietz, Holsten Hayes, Liam Rabideaux, and Julius Thomas all contributed timely hits in the contest.
With the Father Longhorns in all their glory on Sunday the Longhorns squared off against the home team Canton Noles. The Longhorns got off to a fast start with their hot bats posting 4 runs in the first inning with hits from Fletcher Black, and hard balls put in play by Julius Thomas and Towle Hosmer each scoring runs. Longhorns hard throwing ace Julian Hendrix started for the Longhorns, while Liam Rabideaux, and Cole Negro entered in relief surrendering just 3 hits in the contest. Despite holding the Noles to just 3 hits some walks followed by those timely 3 hits, the Longhorns faced a 6-4 deficit headed into the bottom half of the inning. The comeback kids fought back scoring 4 runs on quality at bats from Hudson Nelson and Towle Hosmer and RBI singles by Fletcher Black, Julian Hendrix, and Lucas Murphy. Julius Thomas came to the plate with game tied and the bases juiced and delivered a 2 RBI walk off single to win the game and send the Longhorns to the Championship game to face the Sandy Springs Cyclones.
The Championship Game, a rematch of game 1 of the Tournament, the Longhorns faced the Sandy Springs Cyclones. In a sweltering 90 degree midsummer heat of Waleska the Longhorns had to dig deep on no rest in this back to back contest. The Cyclones jumped out to an early 9-0 lead as their bats blistered and everything seemed to drop. The Longhorns finally came alive in the 3rdand mounted a furious comeback scoring 6 runs on hits by Zack Ziolo, Fletcher Black, Julian Hendrix, and Julius Thomas. Unfortunately, the 3-inning championship contest and fired up Longhorns was cut short by an 80 minute time expiration. The fight, determination, and stubborn refusal to never give up from the 9U Longhorns capped off a great fathers day contest making all Longhorn Fathers proud!