The 12s played the South Hills "Wild Things" for the third time this year on Tuesday, and the Greenfield team came out uncharacteristically flat. Oh, Bryan McCann hit an early home run to give them an early lead, but the Wild Things came to play for all six innings. A combination of good South Hills hitting and costly Greenfield errors gave the Wild Things a solid victory.
The evening before, the 12U team took on Swissvale, with their mighty catcher/shortstop "Matty Ice" and their power pitcher Frankie. However, Logan Carter, Jack Heider, and Tommy Zymanski frustrated the Swissvale hitters, while the rest of the team played solid defense behind them. Swissvale also ran into walking trouble, loading up the bases and making the Greenfield base hits into RBIs.
Both Heider and Cameron Conderato hit home runs for Greenfield in the victory.
For the first time this tournament season, the 12U team 10-run-ruled their way to victory!
On Wednesday, the 12U team faced Baldwin-Whitehall in a rematch from their first game of the tournament. The first contest between these two teams got out of hand early for Greenfield, but this time they hung with Baldwin-Whitehall for five innings. In the fifth inning, a series of errors widened Baldwin-Whitehall's lead and effectively sealed the deal.
Though the 12U team had a challenging tournament season, they get kudos for winning half of their games in this tournament and for improving their play significantly in their rematch with a very good Baldwin-Whitehall team.
On Thursday, Baldwin-Whitehall came back to face the Greenfield 12s, and for four innings, they gave the boys in green all that they could handle, and more. Baldwin-Whitehall led till the fourth inning, when Greenfield pulled even with them again, and in the fifth inning, Greenfield hitting and Baldwin pitching woes combined to pile up runs, putting the game out of reach.
Baldwin-Whitehall is to be congratulated on its great play and its well-earned 3rd place finish. As a team of mostly 11-year-olds right now, it has a bright future ahead of it in tournaments next year.
In the Thursday victory, Bryan McCann hit his 31st home run of the year, breaking the Greenfield Baseball Association single-season record. His accomplishment was recognized after the game with an announcement and award presentation by Coach Jim Gregg.
The Greenfield victory set the 12s up with a potential double-header on Saturday with the Wild Things. To win the championship, Greenfield would have to beat South Hills, the team that just beat them, twice in a row.