Belton 8U Yankees fight through to third place
The Belton Yankees 8U coach pitch team took the field last Friday morning in Cameron in the loser’s bracket final of the 2016 Texas Teenage Baseball Association 8U Coach Pitch State Tournament against the homestanding Cameron Yankees.
Cameron broke out with a five-run rally in the first, sending Belton reeling early and unable to spark a major rally. Cameron eliminated Belton 9-3, sending the pinstripers home with a third-place finish.
The 8U Yankees were Belton Youth Baseball Association’s highest finisher in 2016 in a TTAB state tournament.
The Cam-Yanks hit a trio of RBI singles, which included a pair of two-run singles to take a quick 5-0 lead.
Belton responded quickly in the bottom of the first. Brayden Naegele reached on an error, moved to second on a groundout by Evan Lazott and scored on a single by Braxtan Cope.
Solid Belton defense kept Cameron off the board in the second inning and Cameron stranded a Belton runner at third in the bottom of the frame.
Cameron extended the lead to seven in the top of the third inning. A two-run double and an RBI single in back-to-back at-bats landed Belton into a deeper hole, 8-1.
Belton answered with a run on a single that scored Naegele in the bottom of the third. The defense kept Cameron off base in the fourth and fifth innings and the homestanders kept Belton off base in the same innings.
Cameron scratched out a run in the sixth inning to extend their lead back to seven, 9-2. The run was pivotal, as Belton needed the seven-run maximum to tie the score and force an extra inning.
Owen Babcock’s triple set up an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring Belton back to within six runs. Belton loaded the bases with one out, but were unable to plate additional runs to extend the ballgame. Belton ended their season 24-4.
The member of the Belton Yankees are: Owen Babcock, Ethan Borchers, Landon Borchers, Jackson Cain, Braxtan Cope, Benjamin Harmon, Colton Huard, Evan Lazott, Elias Rivera-Mengis, Bejamin Sallee, Dylan Stephenson, Landon Owens, Dylan Rowlett and Brayden Naegele. The Yankees are coached by Richard Lazott and he is assisted by Bobby Babcock and Travis Owens.