Loomis Pirates Take Tourney
The Loomis Pirates, a 14-and-under competitive baseball team, opened it tournament season by taking the Davis tournament. Making up the winning squad were front, from left, Aidan Kearney, Adam Pettigrew, Ryan Takayama, Trevor Sloss, Keith Heyer. Top, from left, coach Ron Haynes, manager Dale Sloss, Cody Kenney, Skyler Rand, Zach Labar, Aaron Froidevaux, Duston Richards, Eric Haynes, coach Roger Heyer and coach Mark Richards.
March 26, 2009
Loomis Pirates Win Opening Tournament
The Loomis Pirates overcame rain, game-delays and a huge deficit in the championship game to win its opening competitive baseball tournament of the season last weekend in Davis.
Battling the weather and a schedule that backed games up late Saturday evening into Sunday, the under-14 Pirates rolled through three straight foes to reach the championship game then used a big comeback to slip past the Sacramento Bandits, 8-7, in Sunday’s championship contest.
“The kids did a good job,” said Pirates coach Dale Sloss. “We had to fight the weather and some schedule changes but they relly hung in there.”
The Pirates opened with a 9-3 win over Hard 90 from Roseville on Saturday before coming back later that evening for an 8-0 win over Yuba-Sutter Cut.
In Sunday’s semi-finals, the Pirates whitewashed the Fairfield Silver Expos, 6-0.
The championship game against the Bandits then found the Pirates down 7-0 after five innings before rallying for seven in the sixth to tie the game and then one bottom of the seventh for the 8-7 win.
Eric Haynes drew a bases loaded walk to force in Duston Richards with the winning tally. The seven-run 6th rally was highlighted by consecutive run scoring doubles by Aaron Froidevaux, Cody Kenney, and Adam Pettigrew.
The Bandits had a runner at 2nd base and no outs in the top of the 7th, but Keith Heyer struck out the side (the 5,6,7 hitters) to earn the win in relief of Eric Haynes. The Pirates had nine hits with Ryan Takayama and Eric Haynes getting 2 hits each in the victory.
In other tourney highlights, Skyler Rand pitched six innings of shutout ball in the semi-final win over the Silver Expos. Rand allowed only four hits and struck out 14. Rand also had two hits including a double while teammate Trevor Sloss also added a double.Aaron Froidevaux, Keith Heyer, Ryan Takayama, and Trevor Sloss each had four hits in the tournament to lead the Pirates. The Pirates also used their speed to steal 26 bases in the tournament and allowed only 11 runs in 4 games.
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