By Jeannie Gregory
The Rockford Baseball Academy (RBA) 9U baseball team had a huge weekend at the Pioneer Classic June 16-17, and came home with a runner up trophy in honor of Father’s Day. RBA came into the tournament with a 1-2 record and went out with a 4-3 record after an extremely successful weekend.
To kick off the tournament, RBA faced off against the Outlaws on the diamond and dominated the game 12-2. RBA gave their fans a nail-biter for their second game when they were looking at the wrong end of a 9-7 score heading into the top of the seventh inning against Clubhouse. But, some heroics gained a 10-9 win. RBA downed the Diamonds 12-7, to earn the right to play in the finals. In the championship game, RBA fell to a strong River City team by a score of 13-11, to earn runner up status.
The team went 12-for-27 against the Outlaws, with Bryce Miller going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, scoring three runs, and tallying one RBI. Landon Lloyd-Jones went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, tallying one RBI, George Haan went 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Carson Cavner went 2-for-3. Three pitchers – Mason Plain, Miller and Cavner - combined for the win, giving up only five hits and no free passes, while striking out 11.
In the 10-9 win against Clubhouse, the team went 10-for-27 at the plate. Cavner went a perfect 4-for-4, and Lloyd-Jones went 3-for-4 with a double, tallying two RBI. Plain tallied a hit with two RBI, and Jack Henkel and Trevor Schueller notched a hit apiece. Four players took the mound in the victory, combining to give up only five hits, while striking out nine.
RBA led throughout the 12-7 victory against the Diamonds. The team went 13-for-31 at the plate, with Lloyd-Jones going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple and tallying four RBI. Miller went 3-for-3, and Cavner and Haan went 2-for-4, recording one and two RBI, respectively. Plain, Niam Kusreau, Henkel and Rylan Kim all notched a hit for the game. Haan, Lloyd-Jones and Miller combined on the mound, giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks, while fanning nine.
In the 13-11 loss in the championship game, RBA jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first, giving the fans plenty to cheer about, and finished the second inning with a 7-1 lead. River City woke up in the bottom of the third, however, plating seven runs to knot the game 7-7. River City stymied RBA in the top of the fourth, and scored four more runs in the bottom of the inning to move the score to 12-7. The top of the fifth found RBA showing some hot bats, plating three runs, but River City answered in the bottom of the fifth to move the score to 13-10. RBA rallied in the top of the sixth, pushing a run over, but it wasn’t enough to earn the win, with RBA falling 13-11 to earn their dads the runner up trophy for Father’s Day. Lloyd-Jones went 2-for-3 with a double and pushed three runs over the plate. Plain went 3-for-4, and Cavner and Haan went 2-for-4. Miller, Kusreau, and Henkel each recorded a hit for RBA. Five pitchers saw the mound in the victory, giving up 13 runs on 10 hits and eight walks, with just two strikeouts.
Tag(s): Rockford Baseball Acad