It was a perfect outing for the Battlefield 15-under Trailblazers who opened their tournament schedule by capturing the Hyde Park Babe Ruth (Niagara Falls, NY) Annual July Holiday Weekend Tournament.
The Trailblazers went undefeated through the tournament and capped off Canada Day with a 9-6 championship win over the Lew-Port Lancers of Lewiston, N.Y.
But the Stoney Creek team, a Babe Ruth League club, didn’t take the pennant without some dramatics. In their semi-final game against the Mid Town Little League from Niagara Falls, N.Y., the Trailblazers fell behind 8-3 before rallying for a 12-8 victory to advance to the final.
Lew-Port defeated the host Hyde Park squad in their semi-final to set up the Trailblazers-Lancers showdown. The Lancers jumped to a 5-1 with the ‘Blazers loading the bases in four consecutive innings but were unable get a key hit to score.
Finally, in the sixth inning the Trailblazers scored two runs off a key two-out hit by Josh Vanyo to make it 5-3. Then in the final seventh inning the Battlefield club again loaded the bases but this time scored six more runs to take a 9-5 lead.
The Lancers managed one run in their last at bat and the Trailblazers took the title.
Shawn Parisee won four of five game most valuable player awards as selected by the opposing teams. Scott Batton won the fifth medal.
The Trailblazers next event is the Babe Ruth 15U World Series district tournament which opens in North Buffalo and North Tonawanda this week.
The Battlefield Cal Ripken 10-under Nationals also played in the Hyde Park tournament. Although the first-year team did not win a game, coaches from Cayuga (Niagara Falls, NY) and Lewiston observed how positive the Nationals were and that many of the players displayed potential to make the team a contender.
MVP medals were presented to Jordan Furtado, Jennifer Kircos and Nicholas Barlow for the three games the ‘Nats played.
Further information on the league can be found at www.leaguelineup.com/battlefieldbaseball