BSAA Softball & Baseball Plays First Games
The 2017 softball season started off this past weekend at B.S.A.A. (Bellevue Sports Athletic Association). Since 1971 the fields have been prepared and ready for play. This past weekend was no exception. It was a beautiful day to play ball and it seemed all the teams and fans were happy to be outside at the park.
The Smashers and the Divas played the first game for the 12-U division Saturday evening. Makenzie Black was starting on the mound for the Smashers and Megan Schelling was pitching for the Diamonds. Makenzie Black had five strikeouts in the first two innings and Luci Grinder closed it out with three strikeouts in the last two innings. Megan pitched all four innings, striking out six.
The Smashers were considered the visiting team so they started off the game swinging the bats. Lead off batter Brooklyn Baldwin scored twice and had a double and single. Luci Grinder scored twice and hit a single. Layla Lucas scored three times and hit three singles. Tayler Tanksley scored three times and singled. Eva Meacham scored one run. Reese Anderson scored once and hit a big triple and a single for the game. Lizze Meacham added a single and one run to the final tally.
The home team was the Diamonds and they responded by swinging their own bats. Grace Simmons and Kendall Quinn each scored and hit a single. Megan Schelling scored twice with two singles. Emma Reese and Harlie Ivey singled and scored twice. Ariana Odom had a hot bat with a triple and a double. She scored three runs. Maggie Clark scored two runs. Rachel Drake and Mary Porter scored once each.
It was a nail biter of a game, with the home team Diamonds tying the score and going up by one in the bottom of the last inning. The final score was 14-15 Diamonds on top. The Smashers were disappointed but look forward to playing next weekend.
Raptors Beat Reds
The Raptors played the Reds in the opening game of the 8U Advanced Coach Pitch Division at BSAA fields. The Raptors won and exciting and close opening game 7-4 against a talented Reds team. The Raptors came alive with 15 hits.
Roth Bell had four hits and scored three times, Maddox Black had three hits, two singles and a double, and scored once, Zachary Jones had two hits, a triple and a single, and scored once, Henry Terrell had one hit, Jared Kuhlmeyer had 1 hit, a double, Henry Bradshaw had one hit, Baylor Watson had great at bats and did a great job catching, and Hudson Black came up to from the Raptors Teeball team at 4-years-old to help out his older brother’s team because they needed players. Hudson had three hits, a double and two singles, and scored twice.
The Reds had a potent offense as well with 14 hits. Jake Haywood had two hits and scored once, Patrick Mulloy had one hit, Maddox Van De Pitte had two hits and scored once, Max Coleman had two hits, Andrew Jarosemich had three hits, Liam Yoder hit into a great defensive play, Sloan Robbins had one hit, Noah Hancock had two hits and scored once, Patrick Thompson had a great hit into a defensive play, and Samuel Ellingsworth had one hit and scored once.