So after fives games this weekend, it's all over… JCBI wrapped up its season today with a second place finish at the Show Me State Games. And to get to the championship game they had to get through the Rippers, who finished 2nd at state a few weeks ago. And boy did they get through – beating the Rippers 7-1. Wow! The boys were pumped and poured their hearts and souls into that game. Unfortunately, to win it all they had to face the St. Joe Astro's and a win just wasn't in the cards. The Astro's are a 12U AAA team and a darn good one, with lots of USSSA points and tournament victories under their belt. It was hardly a fair contest, but that's how it goes sometimes.
Anyway, I'm proud of the boys. I think they surprised a lot of people. They worked hard and improved greatly over the course of the season. And my hat goes off to the younger players – they had a mountain to climb to keep up with some of these boys and climb they did! Ross, Erick, Brenden – awesome job boys!
Show Me State pictures are being posted, you'll find them here. There's about 90+ plus pictures in this batch so it'll take awhile before they're all uploaded. Still working on the Sizzler pics.
John Haynes –
JCBI 12U took 2nd place and received the Silver Medal in the State Show-Me Games Tournament last weekend. The team won 5 and lost 1 in the single elimination tournament.
JCBI won all 3 pool games defeating the Kirksville Lightening 10-2, the Fulton (CMAA) All-Stars 16-1, and the Florissant Redbirds 7-6. In bracket play on Sunday JCBI beat the St. Louis Johnny Mac Thunder 12-2, and beat the Nixa Rippers 7-1 before losing to the St. Joseph Astros 17-0 in the championship game.
In the 10-2 win over the Lightening Joey Smith pitched a complete game picking up 3 strikeouts and allowing one walk. Corey Beard and Brenden Ogletree each had 2 RBI, Dan Haynes was 3-3 with 1 RBI, Dylan Brauner was 2-3, Sam Atkinson had a triple and 1 RBI, Alex Johnson and Erick Standlee also adding 1 RBI each for JCBI.
In the 16-1 win over Fulton Dylan Brauner pitched a one hitter with 3 strikeouts and a walk and picked up the win. Rylie Klosterman, Standlee and Johnson each had 3 RBI. Atkinson had a triple and 1 RBI, Haynes had a pair of doubles and 2 RBI, Brauner had 2 RBI and Beard added 1 RBI.
In the 7-6 win over Florissant Haynes was the starting pitcher with 8 strikeouts and 1 walk. Corey Beard got the last batter and picked up the win. Ross Shelton picked up 1 RBI for JCBI, Haynes had 3 RBI including the game winner in the bottom of the fifth driving in Atkinson. Atkinson had a triple and Ogletree doubled for JCBI.
On Sunday JCBI opened bracket play with a 12-2 win over the Johnny Mac Thunder. Corey Beard picked up the complete game win allowing 4 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings. Haynes had 5 RBI on two hits with a double, Klosterman had 3 RBI on 2 hits with a double, Johnson had 2 hits with a triple and RBI, Brauner had 2 hits with a double and RBI, Smith had 2 hits and an RBI, and Ogletree had an RBI.
In the semi-final game JCBI beat the Nixa Rippers 7-1. Nixa had finished 2nd and JCBI finished 5th in the Missouri State tournament at Joplin. Smith was the starting pitcher and pitched 2 innings allowing just 1 run. Alex Johnson picked up the win with 4 innings in relief, 6 strikeouts and 1 walk. The game was tied 1-1 through 4 innings before Joey Smith doubled in the fifth inning and drove in Atkinson; Nixa had a pair of throwing errors on the play that also allowed Smith and Haynes to score. JCBI added 3 runs in the 6th. For the game Smith had 3 hits and 2 RBI including the game winning RBI, Haynes had 3 hits and 1 RBI, Standlee and Klosterman each had an RBI. Brauner had 2 hits with a triple, Atkinson had 2 hits and Corey Beard doubled for JCBI.
In the championship game and third game of the day JCBI lost to the AAA St. Joseph Astros 17-0. Johnson was the starting pitcher and took the loss with Beard and Brauner pitching in relief. Sam Atkinson had 2 hits.
For the season JCBI 12U finished with 26 wins and 27 losses. The team was coached by Bob Cardwell with Assistant Coaches Robert Holden, Jake Johnson and Dave Schreimann.