Tomahawks' first baseman Alec Fitzgerald grabs a grounder as second baseman Adam Dockery rushes over to back him up on the play in Saturday's game against Whitpain.
The Upper Perk 11U Tomahawks placed second at their home tournament this past weekend. After dropping their first game on Friday night, the Tomahawks roared back with two wins on Saturday and two more on Sunday to punch their ticket to the championship game.
Upper Perk opened Saturday with a 5-2 win over Whitpain. Starting pitcher Sean Boyle threw a complete game in the victory. Tim Landis knocked in two runs in the win and Parker Fulp drove in one. Alec Fitzgerald singled and scored a run and was slick defensively at first base with four put-outs.
The Tomahawks followed up with a 10-2 win over Montgomery. Landis tossed a complete game in the victory. Zach Rozanski had two hits while Landis had three hits and scored two runs. Tyler Lewandowski and Max Kratohwill each chipped in with one hit and both scored two runs. Lewandowski was also stellar in the field at third base with assists on five of the first six outs of the game.
On Sunday morning the Tomahawks won their third straight game by defeating Deep Run, 12-2. Pitcher Adam Dockery went the distance for Upper Perk and drove in two runs in the fifth inning to help the ‘Hawks 10-run their opponent. Donald States made two great defensive plays in left field in the victory. The first was a diving catch, and the next play, States made a barehanded grab on a one-hopper and fired to second base to get a force out. Cameron McKeehan had a hit and scored a run in the contest. Gavin Gamboa scored a run and Luke Whary crossed the plate twice and made several nice catches while patrolling center field.
Upper Perk got the best of Whitpain once again in the semifinal round by a count of 5-2. Boyle threw his second complete game of the tournament in the victory. In 12 innings pitched over the weekend Boyle only gave up one earned run and was named the Tomahawks tournament MVP.
Upper Perk lost to Central Perk in the championship game 8-4, but overall it was a successful weekend for everyone involved in the tournament.
Head Coach Anthony O’Hara’s assessment of the team’s performance was positive: “After an opening game loss, the team responded to the challenge. We played great fundamental baseball on defense and stepped up at the plate to drive in runs when we needed to.”
O’Hara added, “Second place wasn’t our goal but it was nice to see the kids get trophies after all their hard work in practice. I told them they can be happy with second place but they can’t be satisfied. Our goal moving forward is to win a championship.”