The Hamilton Cobras had their fangs removed just as they were about to bite into a championship opportunity. The Cobras, a Hamilton and District Baseball Association entry, survived pool play to advance to the championship round of the SANDLOTT Under-15 World Wood Bat Tournament before bowing out to the eventual winners.
On Saturday, the Cobras won their first game of the Select Amateur National Development Leagues of Traveling Teams championship round, edging Rochester Battery 4-2, although they needed 12 innings to do it. Mike Gattschalk got the mound decision, going 5 2/3 innings of scoreless pitching.
While he gave up seven hits, he also struck out seven batters and walked only one.
Stephen Hubbs had a pair of singles and one run-batted-in for the Cobras. Graham Sullivan was tagged with the loss, going 2 2/3 innings. He held the Cobras to just two hits but gave up one run. Jordan Eich had two singles and an RBI for the Battery.
The Cobras, who had little time to rest between games, were not as fortunate in their next contest and were shutout, 8-0, by the Cincinnati Astros who would go through the four-day tournament undefeated and finish with a 5-0 record. Andrew Nieheisel held the Cobras to just three hits in the five innings he pitched. He struck out four batters, and walked no one.
Hubbs, who also had a single, was charged with the loss for the one inning he pitched, giving up two hits that produced four runs. The Astros Blake Lehmann had a single and a double.
The Hamilton Thunderbirds, who hosted the tournament, were eliminated Saturday when they lost 7-1 to the West Virginia Valley Blasters. Winning pitcher Andrew Robinson’s strong six innings silenced the TBird bats. He gave up four hits, struck out nine and didn’t issue a walk. Hamilton’s Joe Presutti went two innings on the mound and was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out one.
At the plate, the Blasters Stevie Mcdonald had a single, a double, and two RBI. For Hamilton Danny Penfold had two singles.
The Valley win sent them into the semifinals against the Buffalo Cardinals, who diffused the Blasters 6-4. Winning pitcher: Mike Bright went three innings, giving up no runs, allowing three hits, striking out three, and walking no one. Losing pitcher: Christian Lewton lasted five innings and all six runs were charged to him. Lewton allowed seven hits, had one strikeout, and walked one. Offensively, Jason Radwan had two singles and an RBI for the Cardinals while Lewton had two singles and two RBI for the Blasters.
That set the stage for the championship game, own 8-4 by the Astros over the Cards. The winning pitcher was Brett McKinney (3 innings, 4 runs, 3 hits, 1 strikeout, 4 walks) and the losing pitcher was Blake McLaimas (7 innings, 8 runs, 7 hits, 4 strikeouts, 6 walks). Leading hitters were the Astros’ Brett McKinney (double, 2 RBI) and the Cards’ Tyler Matecki (2 singles, 1 RBI).
In other games, it was:
Buffalo Cardinals 3, Rochester Monroe County Cougars 2. Winning pitcher: Mike Bright (7 innings, 3 runs, 4 hits, 8 strikeouts, 0 walks). Losing pitcher Joe Akel (2 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 0 strikeouts, 1 walk). Leading hitters: Cougars’ Alex Black, (single, 1 RBI) and Cards’ Ryan Jaracz (3 singles).
West Virginia Valley Blasters 5, Buffalo Inferno 3. Winning pitcher: Andrew Robinson (3 2/3 innings, 3 runs, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts, 6 walks). Losing pitcher: Royce Consigli (3 innings, 5 runs, 3 hits, 1 strikeout, 4 walks). Leading hitters: Blasters’ Ryan Lewicki (single, 3 RBI); Inferno’s Robert Nalepa (single, double, 1 RBI).
Buffalo Cardinals 10, Indianapolis US Athletic) Hustle 2. Winning pitcher: Jason Radwan (6 innings, 2 runs, 1 hit, 8 strikeouts, 9 walks). Losing pitcher: Paul Baechtold (4 innings, 6 runs, 11 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk). Leading hitters: Hustle’s Grant Butler (single); Cardinals Ryan Brunner (2 singles, 3 RBIs).
Twinsburg (Ohio) Tigers 9, Etobicoke (Toronto) Rangers 1. Winning pitcher: Adam Hogue (4 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 5 strikeouts, 2 walks); Losing pitcher: Chris Caba (4 innings, 5 runs, 5 hits, 4 strikeouts, 3 walks). Leading hitters: Tigers’ Mike Supliki (3 singles, 4 RBIs); Rangers’ Russ Kuzniak (2 singles, 1 triple).
Twinsburg (Ohio) Tigers 6, Cincinnati Diamond Stars 2. Winning pitcher: Adam Hogue (7 innings, 2 runs, 3 hits, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks); Losing pitcher: Marcus Kuykendoll (3 2/3 innings, 5 runs, 7 hits, 1 strikeout, 3 walks). Leading hitters: Tigers’ Adam Hogue (double, 2 RBI); Stars Anthony Howard (double).
Most Valuable Players
Cincinnati Astros pitcher, Brett McKinney;
Western New York Cardinals designated hitter/second baseman, Tyler Matecki.