The Long Island Body Armor Titans 12U were in the middle of a busy and productive spring season when they swung over to New Jersey to test their development a bit this past weekend at Diamond Nation’s Spring Classic.
The Titans liked the results.
The team based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. rolled to a 5-0 tournament ledger and the 12U Spring Classic championship to improve to 15-0 on the season. The Titans used some late game lightning to escape major trouble in the semifinals before rolling to a 6-1 victory over the Bucks County Generals in the championship game.
The Long Island Body Armor Titans (5-0) trailed the Rhode Island Rays, 7-1, in the bottom of the sixth inning and were down to their final out. Ryan Yormack stepped up and launched a three-run home run to draw the Titans within 7-4. Not to be outdone, Jaxson Torres came to the plate two batters later and unloaded a three-run home run of his own to shockingly tie the game at 7-7.
The Rays got out of any further trouble to send the game into extra innings and set up the California Tiebreaker. The tiebreaker rule calls for a bases loaded, one out situation for each team.
“We struck out two batters to get out of it in the top of the seventh, then won it in the bottom,” said Titans head coach Brian Anderson.
Derek Yormack, Ryan’s twin, led off the bottom of the seventh with a shot off the center field fence to drive in the winning run, giving the Titans an 8-7 victory.
“Two big three-runners,” said Anderson. “That’s up there for me man. That was a good one.”
Derek Yormack, who closed out the Rays in the semifinals, pitched four tidy innings in the final while the Titans were building a lead against the Bucks County Generals. Torres homered in the first inning and Connor Sheridan hit a bomb in the second as the Titans built a 3-0 lead.
The Titans cruised to a 6-1 victory from there and Luke Coats came to close out the final two innings and assure the Generals didn’t fire up their offense. Torres was named the 12U Spring Classic’s Most Valuable Player.
“We’re big and strong and hit homers but, more importantly, we grinded at bats,” said Anderson. “We faced some good arms and worked them to get to the bullpen early and make good things happen. Our defense played well, too and we had timely hits. It was a typical formula for winning baseball.”
The Long Island Body Armor Titans outscored their opponents 57-14. The Bucks County Generals (4-1) held a 40-19 runs advantage on their opponents.
Spring Classic recaps
Dream Chasers Academy 9, Canes Baseball Pa. 5
Dream Chasers Academy defeated Canes Baseball Pa., 9-5, in the 9U Spring Classic championship game. Valentino Alberto of Dream Chasers Academy was named the 9U tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Dream Chasers (4-0) outscored their opponents 44-15. Canes Baseball Pa. (3-1) held a 49-22 runs advantage on its opponents.
KBC Cardinals 13, Delco Wolfpack Baseball 0
KBC Cardinals defeated Delco Wolfpack Baseball, 13-0, in the 10U Spring Classic championship game. Connor Jones of KBC was named the 10U Spring Classic Most Valuable Player. KBC Cardinals (5-0) outscored their opponents 60-12. Delco Wolfpack (3-2) was outscored 35-33 by its opponents.
Jersey Storm 10, CJ Young Guns 3
Jersey Storm defeated the Central Jersey Young Guns, 10-3, in the 11U Spring Classic championship game. Jersey Storm (4-0) outscored its tournament opponents 44-11. The Young Guns (4-1) held a 45-28 runs advantage on its opponents.
Diamond Jacks Super 13U 11, Bulldog Baseball Academy 0
The Diamond Jacks Super 13U defeated Bulldog Baseball Academy, 13-0, in the 13U Red Bracket Spring Classic championship game. Brain Tulli of Super 13U was named the 13U tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Super 13U (5-0) outscored its opponents 46-6. Bulldog Baseball (3-1) held a 32-11 runs advantage on its opponents.
Minutemen 8, Garden State Ducks Green 4
The Minutemen defeated Garden State Ducks Green, 8-4, in the 13U Blue Bracket Spring Classic championship game. Caleb Miles of the Minutemen was named the 13U Blue Bracket Most Valuable Player. The Minutemen (5-0) outscored their opponents 29-13. The Ducks (4-1) held a 38-27 runs advantage on their opponents.