KCLL wishes to give a big "Hum Babe!" shout out to the 12U KC Cobras tournament team for taking second place in the CABA Brighton Bash Tournament - a one day tournament. With just a 10 man roster, it was an intense day of baseball for the Cobras.
The Cobras started the tourney against the Thunder Rays of Broomfield and lost a hard fought game 9-5. The Cobras next made swift work of the Brighton Bulldogs, eliminating the Dawgs in just 4 innings with a 16-4 win. This brought on a rematch with the Thunder Rays in the championship game.
The Cobras jumped out to quick 9-3 lead at the end of two, but the tenacious Thunder Rays fought their way back to win the title game with a walk-off homerun and a final score of 13-12.
The impressive performance by the Cobras has already earned the team an automatic invitation in the CABA State Tournament. Congratulations Cobras!
Cobra Players: Ben Bailey, Joseph Bailey, Nathan Bailey, Jesse Berland, Nick Stone, Connor Florence, Josh Fenstermacher, Breckin Holmberg, Charlie Manta, Jared Sharpe. Coaches: Jim Bailey, Brian Berland, David Sharpe, John Manta.
Ken-Caryl Little League wishes to give a big "Hum Babe!" shout out to the KC Tournament Teams. This past weekend KCTT entered 6 teams in the Luck O' Irish tournament across all divisions. This was KCTT's largest number of teams ever participating in tournament play. The 11AA KC Devils took second place as the top KCTT finish; but all the teams turned in impressive performances. You can read more about the KC Devils below.
GOLDEN, May 17, 2014 - The Ken Caryl Devils' 2014 tournament season got off to a strong start at the CABA Luck of the Irish tournament this past weekend. The Devils' bats were hot, scorching the competition for 52 runs en route to an undefeated record (3-0-1) through four pool games on Saturday and Sunday. Lights out hitting by Seth Beals, Jake Gensemer, and Thomas Hartman (batting .818, .778, and .724, respectively during pool play), helped fueled the team's success. Drew Lytle, Luke Schoon, and Cooper Stack also lit a fire at the plate—each hit .500+ for the tournament.
Game #1 vs the Raptors was never in doubt--a 20-4 blowout in 3 innings sparked by bats en fuego, plate patience (a perfect 1.0 OBP for Beals, Gensemer, Inez Gonzalez, Levi Schlomer, Schoon, and Stack), and flame throwing by the duo of Carter Dart and Lytle, who combined to surrender just 4 hits for the game. Game #2 vs. the Golden Grizzlies was a tug-of-war with Nick Garcia anchoring the Devils’ rope from the mound for two innings, then Gensemer, who closed the game out for a 10-6 victory. Game #3 vs the Rocky Mountain Colts was a nail-biter with some unusual twists—the game ended in a 9-9 tie (due to tournament time constraints), and the final run scored on a surprising and wacky steal of home. Game #4 was a 13-5 drubbing of the Sandlot Bees with Hartman and Beals taking turns on the mound for another 4 hitter, and with Stack, Brock Miller, Beals, Hartman, Gensemer, and Lytle all pounding out multiple hits.
The Devils came up short in the championship game on Sunday, but when the players were asked how they felt about their championship loss (a.k.a. runners-up achievement!), their KCLL character shone through. Their responses did not resonate with the frustration and agony of defeat—that game was already in the rear view mirror. The most common player comment after losing the championship game: "When do we play our next game?"
Fortunately, we were able to tell them all that KCLL opening day is right around the corner--April 5th!
From Left to Right: Levi Schlomer, Cooper Stack, Thomas Hartman, Seth Beals, Luke Schoon, Inez Gonzales, Jake Gensemer, Carter Dart, Brock Miller, Drew Lytle
Not pictured: Nick Garcia, Coach Thom Hartman, Coach Greg Garcia, Coach Dan Miller, Coach Russ Gensemer
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