Rematch against Eagle Valley no-match for All-Stars
The 9-10 All-Star team extended its district tournament bid by one more on Tuesday with a 14-3 win over Eagle Valley. A game in which coach Shane Camilletti turned to an assistant in the fifth inning and proclaimed, “If we keep playing like this we’ll be going to state.”
The victory moved the team on in the bracket to face Grand County who clubbed Eagle Valley 23-5 in a second round game.
“The Grand County team is a solid club,” said Camilletti, “but like I’ve said all tournament if we hit we can’t be beat.”
The rematch had been a game that the Bulldogs were looking forward to ever since they stranded three runners on base in an 11-10 loss in the first round. Behind the pitching of Jason Kettle and Austin Sadvar and the hitting of the whole team, the All-Stars put themselves in a position that they would not need a final inning rally.
In the first inning the team was held scoreless but coach Camilletti could tell it was going to be a big offensive day.
“That first inning we hit the ball hard it was just right at their fielders,” said Camilletti. “It was good to see that we were timing the pitcher pretty well.”
In the second inning the hits found the holes and the team sent seven across the plate and opened up the game 7-0.
“Unlike the first game against Eagle Valley we had to win this one to go on,” said Scott Costello. “We don’t want to lose now because baseball is a lot more fun than anything else we don in the summer.”
In the fourth inning Eagle Valley gave the Bulldogs a little scare with three runs to make the score 10-3, but the next at bat the boys-in-blue added four insurance runs. With an 11 run lead Sadvar shut down the Eagle Valley offense and the game was in the books as a 10-run rule victory for the hometown favorites.
The win moved the team on to another 10a.m. game on Tuesday, which is fine with them since it allows more pool time, and the nine and 10 year olds are starting to get pretty focused.
“We went and scouted the Grand County, Steamboat Springs game,” said Nick Gillespie. “They are both pretty good and we have to keep playing harder each game if we want to keep winning.”
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