YOUTH BASEBALL: Bears win Swing for the Cure tourney title
The Gold Country 13U Bears roared loudly at the Swing for the Cure youth baseball tournament in Sacramento, going 4-0 and claiming the tourney championship.
The Bears won both their games in pool play, beating the Jr. Gold Sox from Yuba City and the Sacramento Hornets. Gold Country had previously lost to the Hornets twice in other tournaments, but were able to swat them aside this time.
“Baseball is the closest thing to life,” said Gold Country Bears coach Russell Brackett. “You’re going to fail and fail and fail, but that time you succeed it turns everything around… Coming out on top against that team was big for their confidence.”
In the semifinals, the Bears faced Bases Loaded, out of the East Bay area. Gold Country grabbed a big lead early, going up 10-1. Bases Loaded was able to fight back and tie the game at 10-10. But, the Bears did not hang their heads, rather they rallied for the game winning run in their final at bat.
In the championship game, the Bears again drew the Hornets.
The Hornets jumped out to an 11-3 lead, but the Bears would not go away. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bears scored eight runs to knot the game at 11-11. The Hornets battled back with two more runs to grab a 13-11 edge. But, the confident Bears responded with a walk-off win, scoring three runs in their final at bat to claim the tourney title.
“Our kids were running around, screaming — it looked like the World Series,” Brackett said of the walk-off celebration.
The Bears are comprised of players Nick Baltz, Luke Barrieau, Nate Becker, Shane Clinkinbeard, Trevor Davis, Ben Fitzpatick, Caiden Hiles, Zachary Hurst, Anthony Packard, Mathew Sandstedt, Brennan Schad and Larry Terronez. The Bears are coached by Brackett and assistants Mike Barrieau and Shaun Clinkinbeard.
The Gold Country Bears, who are now 9-2 this season, have a couple more tournaments left this year. Next up is a trip to the Big League Dreams fields in Redding for their fourth tourney of the season.
To learn more about the Gold Country Baseball Academy visit http://goldcountrybears.com.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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