The Boyertown 11U-B Advanced Play Team went undefeated in the Drexel Hill Summer Slam 11U B Tournament, taking the championship over host Drexel Hill 9-7.
The Bears rolled through their two pool play games against Springfield and AMLL Select, winning by a combined 20-4 margin. The Bears jumped out to an early big lead in the Springfield game, scoring five in the bottom of the first for a 5-1 advantage. Springfield would claw back three runs to narrow the advantage to 6-4, but the Bears put the game away in the bottom of the fifth by plating another four runs for the final 10-4 score. Four Bears hitters had two hits each in the game - Jon C, Landon D, Trey D, and Logan B. Solid pitching from Ike L, Landon D, and Isaac P quieted the Springfield bats. The pitching trio scattered five hits over six Innings, striking out six. Pool play game 2 against AMLL Select was a total domination by the Bears, who came out on top 10-0 in a mercy rule-shortened four innings. The pitching duo of Logan B and Jon C tossed a no-hitter, striking out five. Logan B and Trey D both had two RBI for the Bears.
The quarterfinal playoff game was a rematch of pool play game 2 against AMLL Select. In some ways, the Bears were even more dominant in this rematch, triggering the mercy rule after only three innings due to their 23-4 lead. The Bears pitching duo of Isaac P and Trey D no-hit AMLL for the second straight game, striking out five. The Bears offense got things going in the bottom of the first when Greyson C reached on a two-base error. Jon C followed with a bunt single and Landon D walked to load the bases. After Greyson scored on a wild pitch, Trey D hit a sacrifice fly to score Jon. Isaac P followed with a single to score Landon and put the Bears up 3-0. The Bears offense was even more prolific in the second inning, scoring five additional runs to take an 8-3 lead. Chris H got things started with a one out bunt single and ended up scoring on an error on a pickoff attempt. Rowan D took his place on the bases after he was hit by a pitch, eventually scoring on a Logan H sacrifice bunt. The wheels started to come off a bit for the AMLL pitching, who walked the next three batters, eventually leading to the 8-3 Bears advantage after two. Bears relief pitcher Trey D held AMLL to a single run in the top of the third, setting up the Bears offense in the bottom of the inning to further expand the lead. Expand they did, scoring 15 runs and triggering the mercy rule ending. Jon C led Boyertown batters, going 2-2 in the game with an RBI, two walks, and three runs scored.
The playoff semifinal game was against Brookline Select. Brookline got on the board first with two runs in the top of the first. The Bears answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs of their own to take a 3-2 lead. Boyertown’s scoring started when leadoff hitter Greyson C was hit by a pitch and sacrificed into scoring position by Jon C. Greyson ended up scoring on a Landon D pop fly that was dropped by the second baseman. Landon stole second and third and ended up scoring on a Trey D sacrifice fly. Bears pitcher Ike L followed this big inning by the Bears with a shutdown top of the second, striking out the side. The Bears offense managed to load the bases in the bottom of the second before the game was suspended due to lightning. Ike L got things started by reaching on a ground ball error to second. He was joined on the base paths by Chris H and Rowan D, who both hit singles. Then came the weather. The game was suspended for two days due to the July 4 holiday. You wouldn't know, though, because the Bears offense picked right up where it left off. With two outs and the bases still loaded, Greyson C hit a clutch single up the middle, scoring Rowan and Chris. The Bears brought in a new pitcher, Logan B, in the top of the third, and he proceeded to repeat the success of Ike L from two days prior in the previous inning, striking out the side. the Bears offense continued to roll, scoring another four runs in the bottom of the third and expanding the lead to a comfortable 9-2 margin. Brookline would end up scoring five runs in the top of the fourth and one run in the top of the fifth to narrow the lead to 9-8, but the Bears would score two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to secure the 11-8 victory. Bear's pitching was truly outstanding in the game. Starter Ike L and relievers Logan B and Jon C held Brookline to two total hits and struck out 11. On offense, Isaac P led the charge, going 3-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.
The championship game put the Bears up against tournament host Drexel Hill. The Bears offense got on the board first, scoring four runs in the bottom of the second. Declan M started the inning with a leadoff bunt single. He was joined on the bases by Ike L, who was hit by a pitch. Chris H made Drexel Hill pay by hitting a line drive double, scoring both Declan and Ike. Rowan D followed with a walk and a steal of second, putting two runners in scoring position for Logan H. He put down a sacrifice bunt that ended up scoring both runners. Pitchers for both teams settled in in the third inning and the score remained 4-0 until the top of the fourth. Drexel Hill's offense came alive at that point and tied the game 4-4. The Bears responded in the bottom of the fourth with five more runs. Rowan D started things off with a bunt single and was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Logan H. Greyson C popped up to first, but the first baseman dropped the ball and Rowan scored, giving the Bears a 5-4 lead. Jon C followed with a bunt single, which Drexel Hill threw away, scoring Greyson and advancing Jon to third. He would later score on a passed ball to put the Bears up 7-4. After Trey D and Landon D both walked, Logan B hit a key single to drive in both runners and put the Bears up 9-4. Drexel Hill would claw back three runs but it was not enough as the Bears held on for the 9-7 victory. Logan B, Chris H, and Logan H each had two RBI for the Bears. The Bears used a pitch-by-committee approach in the championship game, spreading the duties across six different pitchers, who struck out a total of 11 Drexel Hill batters in the six inning contest.