Our 12U Bulldogs had their strongest showing ever in a tournament over Mother's Day weekend going 2-0 in the preliminary round to capture the #2 seed in the Gold Bracket. While the team played well in the final round, they lost a close heart breaker to a very good Warren Wave Blue team 4-3 after the the game hit its hard stop time limit. The Bulldogs started early Saturday morning with a pair of 8-2 wins over the Minooka Magic and the Roselle Rockers. The preliminary round was shortened by a lengthy rain delay, which ultimately shortened the tournament overall. Even though they came up a little short in the playoff round, the Bulldogs outscored their opponents 19 -10 on the weekend.
"Squirrel and Vicious and Beebs Oh My." Elly "Squirrel" Reynolds dominated play for the Bulldogs throughout the tournament hitting .625, with 7 RBI's, and collecting game MVP honors in two of the three games. She also scored twice and swiped 3 bases. Squirrel was also perfect on defense with 6 assists, 5 put outs, 0 errors and a double play. Reynolds also gunned down runner at home early in the playoff round game to provide a huge momentum shift in the game causing Coach Schmitz to ask, "Who runs on Squirrel?" and the team shouting, "No one runs on Squirrel."
Syd "Vicious" Schmitz also earned a game MVP for pitching a complete game against Minooka with a 1.167 ERA, giving up only 1 earned run and striking out six. Schmitz also had a solid tournament on offense with a .250 batting average with three stolen bases and had a fielding percentage of .857.
The third MVP Bulldog was Molly "Beebs" who swooped in for the last game and provided stellar defense with three key put outs including a spectacular running catch in center field.
Other highlights of the tournament included a gritty performance by Meghan "Doc" Seuss who pitched a total of 4 innings in the tournament, leading the Bulldog pitching staff with 10 strike outs while allowing only 2 earned runs, while playing through a nagging leg injury. Katie "Duck" Schroeder was a rock behind the plate catching all 16 innings of the three games while not allowing a single passed ball. Avery "Showtime" Lundblad was another key to the Bulldog defense with a fielding percentage of .933 with 13 put outs, 1 assist and only 1 error on the tournament. Haydin "Icepack" Hampton had a batting average of .400 for the tourney, while Schroeder, Shouse and Tratar scored 12 of the Bulldog's 19 runs on the weekend.
When asked for a comment about the teams performance in the tournament, Coach Tony Schmitz said, "I a very proud of the way the girls played this weekend. This was by far, our best performance ever in tournament play. Everyone played well and we peaked at the right time, playing our best game of the season so far in the playoff round against Warren Wave Blue."