|YOUTH BASEBALL (12U): STEALIN' HOME FALLS IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT HOME RUN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT (2018-05-30)
Valley Sports Report
SYRACUSE — The Stealin’ Home 12U travel baseball team lost its first two games of the weekend, but played its way back into the championship game of the Home Run Memorial Baseball Tournament, where it dropped a heartbreaking 12-11 decision to the Baldwinsville Swarm.
Titans 9, Stealin’ Home 4
The Titans scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open a close game on its way to a 9-3 win over Stealin’ Home in the opening game of pool play Friday night.
Waverly’s Jay Pipher walked to lead off the game, then Athens’ Korey Miller reached on an error, and Athens’ Lucas Kraft singled to load the bases. With one out, Pipher scampered home on a wild pitch, and Miller scored on a fielder’s choice groundout off the bat of S-VE’s Tyler Beeman to make it 2-0.
After leaving the bases loaded in the second inning, Athens’ Connor Mosher belted an RBI double in the top of the third inning to give Stealin’ Home a 3-2 lead, but they left the bases jammed again.
The Titans scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead, then put the game away with five runs in the fifth for a 9-3 lead.
NEB’s Clay Wiggins blasted a one-out home run in the top of the sixth inning to provide the final margin.
Wiggins homered, while Mosher doubled and drove in a run, Beeman singled and drive in a run, and Kraft singled and scored a run to account for Stealin’ Home’s four hits.
Roosters 11, Stealin’ Home 10
The Cicero-North Syracuse-bases Roosters jumped out to an early lead and held on for an 11-10 win over Stealin’ Home Saturday morning in pool play.
The Roosters led 5-1 after three innings, but Korey Miller’s three-run to plate Athens’ Tyler Roe and Aidan Garcia, who led off the top of the fourth inning with back-to-back singles, to trim the deficit to 5-4.
The Roosters scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to up its lead to 9-4, but Stealin’ Home countered with three runs in the top of the fifth to pull within two runs, at 9-7.
Once the Roosters answered, this time with two runs to take an 11-7 lead into the sixth inning.
Kraft led off the top of the sixth, and Jacob followed with a two-run home run to close the gap to 11-9. Mosher walked, Wiggins singled, and Roe walked to load the bases with one out. Garcia plated a run with a ground out to trim the deficit to 11-10.
Jacob had three hits, including a home run, scored one run, and had two RBI, while Garcia singled twice, scored two runs, and knocked in one run, and Kraft singled twice, scored one run, and drove in a run to lead Stealin’ Home’s 12-hit attack., and Wiggins singled twice and scored one run.
Miller hit a three-run home run, and scored two runs in the win, while Roe singled and scored two runs, and Pipher singled, stole two bases, and drove in a run.
Stealin’ Home 10, Camillus 9
Stealin’ Home push home a run in the top of the seventh inning to pull out a 10-9 extra-dinning win over Camillus Saturday afternoon in pool play.
Kaden Rowe was placed on second to start the top of the seventh inning in accordance with the tournament’s tie-breaker rule, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on an RBI single by Aiden Garcia.
SH catcher Tyler Beeman threw out Camillus runner at third base for the first out in the bottom of the seventh inning, then deliver Jay Pipher recorded a strikeout and induced a groundout to preserve the win.
Camillus scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-2 lead, but Stealin’ Home erupted for seven runs in the top of the third inning to take a 9-4 lead. The rally featured a three-run home run by Lucas Kraft, who also hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and a grand slam by Clay Wiggins.
Camillus answered with three runs in the home half of the third inning, then plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to force extra innings.
Kraft homered twice and had five RBI, and Wiggins added a grand slam to pace Stealin’ Home’s 11-hit attack, while Nicholas Jacob doubled and singled, and scored one run, and Pipher doubled and singled, and scored two runs.
Korey Miller, and Tyler Roe each singled and scored a run in the win, while Garcia singled and drove in a run, and Beeman added a single.
Connor Mosher tossed a six-hitter to lead Stealin’ Home to a 2-1 win over Camillus in a quick rematch in the quarterfinals of bracket play Sunday afternoon.
Mosher allowed an earned run, while striking out three and walking two in a six-inning, complete-game performance. He threw 85 pitches.
Korey Miller and Lucas Kraft stroked RBI singles in the top of the third to give Stealin’ Home a 2-0 lead.
Camillus scored its only run of the game in the fifth inning.
Miller and Kraft each singled and drove in a run to pace SH’s six-hit attack, while Jay Pipher and Tyler Roe, who had two stolen bases, each singled, and scored a run, and Mosher and Tyler Beeman each added a single.
Stealin’ Home 10, Roosters 5
Stealin’ Home built a 6-2 lead through 2 1/2 innings en route to a 10-5 win over the Cicero / North Syracuse-based Roosters to avenge a loss in pool play.
Stealin’ Home pounded out 17 hits in the win, including home runs by Tyler Beeman, Lucas Kraft, and Clay Wiggins.
Aidan Garcia was 3-for-3 with a run scored, and two RBI to pace SH at the plate, while Kraft homered and singled, scored one run, and had three RBI, Beeman singled, scored one run, and drove in two runs, and Wiggins homer and singled, scored two runs, and knocked in one run.
Jay Pipher doubled and singled, scored two runs, and drove in a run in the win, while Kaden Rowe singled twice, Nicholas Jacob singled, scored one run, and drove in a run, Connor Mosher, and Tyler Roe each singled and scored a run, and Korey Miller added a single.
Kraft earned the win, allowing four runs — two earned — on five hits, while striking out four and walking two in 4 1/3 innings of work. Pipher closed out the game, allowing one run on two hits, while striking out two in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Baldwinsville Swarm 12, Stealin’ Home 11
Stealin’ Home rallied from an early 10-3 deficit to tie the game, only to drop a 12-11 decision in walk-off fashion to the Baldwinsville Swarm in the championship game.
SH took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Nicholas Jacob, a steal of home by Kraft, and a solo home run by Tyler Beeman, but the Swarm answered with six runs in the home half of the inning, and four more runs in the third inning to take a 10-3 lead.
Run-scoring singles by Korey Miller and Lucas Kraft capped a five-run rally in the top of the fourth inning that closed the gap to 10-8.
After the swarm upped its lead to 11-8 with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, SH plated three runs in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Kraft, and RBI groundouts by Jacob and Beeman.
The Swarm won the game on a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Kraft singled twice, stole three bases, scored two runs, and drove in two runs to pace SH at the plate, while Miller singled twice, stole two bases, scored two runs, and drove in a run, and Beeman homered, scored two runs, and drove in two runs.
Pipher singled, scored two runs, and drove in a run for SH, while Jacob singled and drove in two runs, Wiggins singled and scored a run, and Roe added a single.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CRISTINA KREYKENBOHM.
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