The 11u NYO Bulls went 1-2 in their first tournament of the summer, The Memorial Day Warmup Hobgood. Despite the two losses, there were several bright spots in each game, both offensively and defensively.
In the first game, the Bulls fell 11-8 to the Sandy Springs Storm. The Bulls had a 8-7 lead up until the 5th, when the Storm had a two out, bases loaded triple to take the lead. Despite the loss, the Bulls outhit the Storm, with Rex Ramsey hitting a double and Luke Yano crushing a triple and driving in a run. Drew Scott led the Bulls with two RBI, and Blake Towson, Whit Broach and Will Vinci all racked up an RBI a piece. Rex Ramsey and Luke Yano did a great job in their split time on the mound, for a total of four earned runs.
The second game of the tourney was all NYO, with a 15-0 offensive display against the Hobgood Heat. Elan Lieberman was close to perfect on the mound, allowing only one hit and one walk in three innings, and almost every Bull had a hit. Morgan McCaffrey and Will Vinci both went 2-3 at the plate, and Elan Lieberman and Luke Yano logged three RBI a piece. Hudson Thomas and Blake Towson also each had two RBI. The game was called after three innings due to the mercy rule.
The Bulls faced the Murphy Candler Gold Sox in game three, and despite a last inning spark, were unable to catch up and ultimately fell 8-4. Nolan Banks pitched 3 and two-thirds innings for the Bulls, allowing only two earned runs. Offensively, Harrison Fitfall went 2-3 with a double and single, and Will Vinci and Luke Yano also had a double a piece. Defensively, the Bulls executed a double play in the first when Whit Broach caught a fly ball in center and punched out a runner with a lead at second. Morgan McCaffrey came in and was clutch as a relief pitcher with a perfect fifth inning. Head coach Sammy Scruggs sees a lot of promise in his team, commenting, “Although the overall outcome wasn’t what we had hoped, I thought overall the boys played well for their first tournament together. We still have a lot to work on and we will get better with every practice and game. What impressed me the most was the fight the boys had. The never gave up and always fought to the end.”