Game one of the tournament saw Team DeMarini - Koutnik against the Mid-Atlantic Rookies. Both Mid-Atlantic Rookies and Team DeMarini-Koutnik put runners aboard on Friday, but it was Mid-Atlantic Rookies that was able to take advantage, pulling out a 3-2 win at Charlotte Co (Rays) Complex. Team DeMarini-Koutnik 2014s out-hit Mid-Atlantic Rookies five to four, but Team DeMarini-Koutnik 2014s stranded 10 runners on base.
After the game one loss on Friday, Team Koutnik beat Powermill Baseball 8-0 in game two to even their record to 1-1. Adam Turner kept Powermill Baseball 16U off the board during his six innings of work and Team DeMarini-Koutnik 2014s beat Powermill Baseball 16U, 8-0. Turner struck out four and allowed five walks and three hits.
Five runs in the first three innings helped Team DeMarini-Koutnik blow out Powermill Baseball 16U. An RBI double by Gehrig Parker in the first inning fueled Team DeMarini-Koutnik offense early. Parker racked up three RBIs on two hits for Team DeMarini-Koutnik and increased its lead with four runs in the third. A double by Laren Eustace ignited the offense, plating Chris Costello.
Game three of pool play saw an outstanding effort by Dalton Wright to lead Team DeMarini-Koutnik to a 6-0 win in seven innings over Mizuno Houston Select on Saturday at Jet Blue Player Development Complex. Wright was in control on the rubber. Mizuno Houston Select managed just one hit off of Wright, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out seven during his six innings of work.
Team DeMarini-Koutnik blew out Mizuno Houston Select thanks to seven hits, including three extra base hits. Team DeMarini-Koutnik scored three runs in the first on a two-run triple by Mike Papierski and an RBI double by Evan Skoug. Team DeMarini-Koutnik was sparked by Skoug and Papierski, who teamed up for three hits and four RBIs.
With the win over Mizuno Houston Select, Team DeMarini - Koutnik won their pool to advance into the playoff rounds on Sunday afternoon. Facing off against Baseball U Texas Orange, Team DeMarini-Koutnik wasn't able to score a run off of Zach Wielgus during his his 5 1/3 innings on the hill and allowed Baseball U Texas Orange took home the win, 1-0.
Below are Team DeMarini - Koutnik top offensive performers of the Tournament:
Player AB H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI R HBP ROE BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Nick Blomgren 11 5 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 .455 .500 .545 1.045
Mike Papierski 12 5 2 2 1 0 3 2 0 1 1 1 .417 .462 .750 1.212
Laren Eustace 12 4 3 1 0 0 2 4 1 2 0 3 .333 .385 .417 .801