JEFFERSON — It may have
not been the outcome desired, but the Cowle Post 151 16U Bruisers Junior Legion team rallied for second place in
its own American Legion
tournament over the weekend at the Jefferson Havens Complex.
“We were happy to make it to the finals, but there was a collective disappointment we couldn’t close it out,” Bruisers coach Greg Myers said. “We just couldn’t get the big hit in the final game.”
After going 1-1 on the opening day Friday, Post 151 defeated Chillicothe Post 737 8-5 on Saturday.
After a 9-6 win over Sandusky Post 83 Sunday morning, the Bruisers advanced to
the championship game,
where they fell to Sandusky 4-2.
“Our pitching staff stood out, even a 4-2 game against a team that had been putting up double-digit runs,” Myers said. “It took everyone to make some defensive plays, it took some timely hits. I was proud of how we stood up as a team.”
After getting run-ruled by Circleville Post 134 11-1 in
the second game Friday, the Bruisers had to fight to get back into championship contention.
“We had to throw that game away,” Myers said. “We had to work hard to put themselves in a position to reach the championship game. I’m very proud the way the guys responded.”
Myers believed his team had a chance to win entering the tournament.
“We always expect we can compete,” he said. “We take it pitch by pitch, inning by inning, out by out, game by game. We know we have the ability to compete.”
In the win over Chillicothe, Madison’s Truman Myers and Conneaut’s Alex Kennedy each had RBIs in a key three-run fourth inning.
Conneaut’s Nick Morris led the way with three hits.
Kennedy and Geneva’s Daniel Wilms both recorded multiple hits.
Edgewood’s Nicholas Welty posted two stolen bases.
Morris earned the pitching win. He gave up three earned runs on three hits with six strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
Jefferson’s P.J.Modzelewski threw 1.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Overall, Myers was pleased with the tournament.
“I think it went well,” he said. “I heard positive feedback. We had a rain delay Saturday morning and the kids were having fun, so there was good camaraderie. It was about baseball, but it was something fun to do.”
Myers said the visiting teams stayed in the county.
“We gave them
restaurants and other entertainment opportunities in the county during down time,” he said. “We wanted to showcase our assets.”
The Bruisers will head to West Virginia for the Beast of the East Tournament July 4-7.
“We play seven to nine games, so it’s a bit of a grind, but it’s more than just baseball,” Myers said. “We have cookouts and good camaraderie.”
The Bruisers enter the tournament with a 14-7 mark.
“I think we’re in good position,” Myers said. “We hope to continue the success off this tournament and
hope to keep battling. This will be a tough tournament.”