JCBI: Show-Me State Games

That sound you hear in the back of you head is ole Porky the Pig; “That’s all Folks!”

JCBI 13U wrapped up their season today in Columbia, MO at the Show-Me State Games.  To be honest and for the most part is was another in a long line of struggles for the team. But in the end the boys managed a third place finish.

There’s just not a lot that can be said about this season.  It was, bar none, the toughest year of baseball I can remember and I can remember a lot of them.  We all had high hopes for this 13U team back in January and by the time they hit the fields in March and April, they had folks attention –maybe too much so.

Then rains came, tournaments were canceled and the boys feet hardly touched a field for almost two months.  And as if to add insult to injury the boys we’re bumped from AA to AAA; at the time, 0-1 against Majors and 2-3 against AAA, if I remember correctly.  Maybe they just needed more AAA teams.  O.K.  I’m whining a bit, but certainly in retrospect you’d have to admit we had a really strong AA team, not AAA.  Oh well, that’s how it goes sometimes.

End the end, I know the boys were frustrated and tired, they just couldn’t catch a break all year.  But they kept pluggin’ away at it and because of that I’m proud of them.  Sometimes it’s enough to just survive.  2009 will be a new year, a new team, and new opportunities.  And the survivors of the 2008 season will live on to play again.

Until 2009 — be safe, have fun, unwind, and clear your minds of baseball for awhile.  But for those of you who just can’t get enough –we’ll see you in a few weeks for fall ball.

Show-Me State Photos:  sorry folks, did the best I could.  They handed out the medals too fast and the boys didn’t cooperate all that much… caught more backs than I did faces.

John Haynes provides the game by game details:

JCBI 13U Wraps Up Season and Wins Bronze at Show-Me State Games

The JCBI 13U baseball team won two and lost three in the Missouri Show-Me State Games held July 19-21.   JCBI went 1-2 in pool play and were 1-1 in bracket play to take the Bronze medal (3rd place) in the 4 team tournament for Competitive level teams.

JC opened with a 6-2 loss on Friday to the Wellston Rugrats.  Joey Smith was the starter and picked up the loss with a pair of strikeouts and three walks.  Joseph Limbach pitched in relief.  Alex Johnson led the hitting with a pair of RBI driving in Smith and Dylan Brauner.  Smith also knocked out a double.

In the second pool game JC pulled out a 6-5 extra inning win over Washington Post 218.  The game went into two extra innings and JC won in the bottom of the seventh with Dan Haynes’ bases loaded infield hit to drive in Jake Laughlin.  Corey Beard picked up the win in relief with a key strikeout third out to end the sixth.  Laughlin was the starting pitcher, Johnson and Sam Atkinson also pitched.  Rylie Klosterman picked up 2 RBI, Joseph Limbach and Brauner each had an RBI.  Brauner scored twice, and Trevor Rucker, Atkinson, Smith, and Laughlin also scored for JC. The game had controversy in the top of the sixth when Post 218 had a go-ahead run called out due to batter interference.

In the final pool game JC lost to the Farmington Gappers 11-6 after jumping out to a 6-1 lead in the first.  Smith was the starting pitcher, with Limbach and Johnson pitching in relief, and Johnson getting the loss.  Johnson led the hitting going 2-3 with a double, a RBI and a run scored.  Atkinson, Klosterman, Limbach and Rucker also had RBI’s for JC.  Atkinson, Stegemen, Klosterman, Brauner and Laughlin also scored for JC.

JC opened bracket play with a 12-6 loss to the Gappers on Sunday.  The Gappers went on to win the Gold medal for the tournament.  Again, JC jumped out a 3-0 lead after the first, but couldn’t hold the Gappers.  Stegeman was the starter for JC and took the loss with Johnson and Atkinson pitching relief.  Johnson and Brauner led JC hitting, with Johnson picking up a double and 2 RBI, one run scored.  Brauner was 2-3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.  Limbach and Stegeman also picked up RBI’s, and Beard, Limbach and Smith also scored for JC.

JC won the 3rd place game to claim the Bronze medal, winning 11-6 over the Rugrats.  Brauner was the starting pitcher but Klosterman pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief and picked up the win.  Johnson  and Stegeman led JC hitting with Johnson going 4-4 with 1 RBI and 3 runs scored and Stegeman going 3-3 with 4 RBI’s.  Brauner had 2 RBI and 3 runs scored, Beard had 2 RBI, and Klostermen and Rucker also had an RBI for JC.  Rucker, Laughlin, Limbach and Smith also scored for JC.

JCBI 13U finished a rain interrupted and injury plagued AAA season with a 20-28 record, but should feel good about the improvements they made at this very competitive level.

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