Colts win second tournament

June 4, 2014 

The Yosemite Colts under 14 baseball team took first place in the Central Cal Grizzlies Memorial Day Mayhem Tournament winning four games without a loss.

The colts have now won two tournaments in a row with nine consecutive victories.

The team opened the Grizzlies tournament with a 5-4 win over the Parlier Panthers at Caruthers High School.

Austen Burgeno came on in relief for Brendan Gillespie and notched the win, giving up only one hit while striking out five.

Samuel Burnheimer layed down a bunt in the bottom of the fifth to drive in the winning run.

For the second game, the Colts traveled to Kingsburg High School where they beat the Kings County Bombs 5-4. Pitcher Jaeden Pierce got the win after allowing five hits and recording six strikeouts.

Gillespie hit a single in the bottom of the fifth inning that drove in two runs to tie the game at four. Then RJ Garcia stepped to the plate and hit a walk off line drive single to center field to drive in the game winning run.

On Sunday, the Colts traveled back to Caruthers and took on the Kingsburg Vikings. Behind the pitching of EG Walden, the Colts won 8-1. The Colts had 11 stolen bases in the game.

The defensive highlight was a great catch by Blake Atkins in the outfield that saved two runs. The win advanced to the Colts to the championship game, a rematch against the Kings County Bombs.

Burgeno pitched well for the Colts. The Colts left two runners stranded in the first inning. In the second inning, Garcia lead off with a walk, Cody Woolsey single to center, and Ty Peterson's sacrifice fly brought home Garcia.

With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Jaeden Pierce hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run.

Following walks to Burgeno and Gillespie, Garcia doubled to right scoring both runners making the score 4-1.

There were several nice defensive plays in the game. Peterson saved two runs in the top of the third with a nice running catch, and Samuel Burnheimer robbed a base hit in the top of the fourth to save a run. The final score was 5-2, running the Colts win streak to nine consecutive tournament victories.

After the championship game, Coach Gillespie presented game balls to Atkins and Burgeno.

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