Evan Cammann scores on a wild pitch after a first-inning RBI triple for Bucks County Generals 12U.
By Sean Reilly
The Bucks County Generals 12U Red were making their season debut at Diamond Nation on Friday night, and Shaun Blowers and his teammates were determined to make it a good one.
Blowers scattered six hits while pitching a complete game, and hit a home run and walked twice out of the leadoff spot as the Pennsylvania team opened play at the 12U Spring Fever Tournament with a 13-2 victory over the Morris County Cubs White in Flemington.
Blake Jakub added a two-run home run and Carter Leonard hit a three-run blast for the Generals, who had two pool play games remaining on Saturday.
“This is our first time here this season,” said Blowers, who had six strikeouts and one walk. He also fielded his position well, as five Cubs batters grounded out to the pitcher, with one of those turned into a third-inning double play when it was still a 2-1 game.
“We’ve had a pretty good season,” he says. “We have two losses in three tournaments so far.”
Now the Generals get to test themselves at ‘The Nation,’ and they passed their first assignment impressively. They totaled 11 hits overall, with Evan Cammann and Jakub both going 2-for-3.
Cammann got things started in the top of the first, by hitting an RBI triple with two out before scoring the team’s second run on a wild pitch.
The Cubs got one of those runs back in the bottom of the first when Connor Henn hit an RBI double with two out. Henn was the third straight Cubs batter to reach base, but Blowers struck out the next batter looking, and then eased in on the mound to allow only four baserunners over the final five innings.
“My slider and my fastball on the outside was working,” he said. “This was a great way to start the tournament.”
Bucks County broke the game open by scoring five times in the fourth for a 7-1 lead. Blowers led off the frame with a home run over the fence in right field.
“He threw an inside pitch and I was able to hit it,” he said.
Carter Shortall was the next batter, and he drew a walk. Boston Gower followed with a double to right field, and an error on the relay allowed Shortall to score. Asher Fontaine supplied an RBI single to center for a 5-1 lead, and he scored on Jakub’s two-run homer into the trees beyond the left field fence with two out.
The Cubs scored a run in the bottom of that inning after Max Roberson (2-for-2) singled and came around to score his second run, on a wild pitch.
The Generals extended their lead to 9-2 in the fifth, courtesy of a two-run double to left field by Lucas Dischinger with one out.
The Generals put up four more runs in the sixth inning. Kyle Abromaitus singled in a run with two out, before Leonard followed with his three-run home run which cleared the fence in right-center.
“My teammates gave me a lot of support,” Blowers said. “It really helped. We have a pretty successful team, so it doesn’t really surprise me. We have a couple of people getting multiple home runs a tournament.”