Cannons in the News - June 2018
Lighting Strikes Twice for Cannons Baseball
Commerce Township, MI
Thunderstorms were in the air as the Cannons Baseball Organization came home with two championships this past weekend in Ida and Maybee, Michigan.
Both tournaments experienced weather delays but the SMARTS Tournament directors had the fields ready to weather any storm and both tournaments ended with Cannon Teams coming out on top.
In Ida, the 11U Cannons rolled into the Championship game unblemished and the number 2 seed in bracket play. The #1 seed Saline Hornets had a similar path winning all three of their games to advance to the finale.
Saline jumped out to an early 6-1 lead after two innings putting up 5 runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Cannons chipped away at the lead scoring one run in the third and one run in the fourth inning to close the gap. And then lighting struck as the Cannons scored 4 runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good. The Cannons added an insurance run in the sixth to carry a two-run lead into the bottom half of the sixth. The insurance run paid off as Saline scored to close within one. On the final pitch of the night Saline had the tying run on third base and the winning run on second with two outs.
“This is the most resilient group of kids I have been around, this is our fourth or fifth time being down by 5 runs or more this year and we have fought back to win every game.” – Head Coach Rick Rachner; 11U Cannons
Meanwhile over in Maybee, the Cannons 13U team was making a tournament run of their own. Unlike their 11U counterparts who breezed through their first three games, the 13U Cannons won three straight one-run games to advance to the Championship game. The Championship game for the 13U team was quite different than the drama filled 11U game. The 13U Cannons won big claiming their first championship of the season. As one Cannon parent put it, “it was the most stressful 12 run lead I have ever been a part of.” Jack Biron led the hit parade with 4 hits in the championship game. Lucas Shallal, tournament MVP, had 5 RBI and finished 3-3.
Cannons 13U Coach David Fiedor had this to say: “I could not be happier for my kids. They have worked so hard, come so close so many times. To be able to claim a Championship together is something they will remember forever.”
So, on a stormy afternoon in Southern Michigan many were witness to the old adage, Lighting Can strike Twice as the Cannons Baseball Organization claimed two titles within an hour of one another.
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