The Midnight Suns Baseball 12-and-under team recently competed at the Budd Bay Bash tournament in Lacey, Washington over the Labor Day weekend. The Suns posted a record of 2 wins and 4 losses, and finished in fifth place.
In Saturday's opening game of pool play, the Suns lost a close game, 7-5,, to the hometown favorite Sports Unlimited. In the second game, the Suns fell 10-2 to the Federal Way Warriors.
"Our players were a little nervous on that first day and it showed," said manager Andy Macaulay. "We made some mental mistakes that the other teams were able to take advantage of. But once our kids settled down and relaxed, they played very well against some very strong baseball teams."
On Sunday, the the Suns started their first of three games with a 6-4 come-from-behind victory against Team Trinity. Down 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning, the Suns mounted a rally that was capped off by a bases-loaded double by Nick Stewart. Nathan Klein and RJ Markovich split the pitching duties in the victory.
The Suns followed their win with back to back losses against Sports Unlimited, 6-1, and Muskilteo Rush, 12-4, to close out the day.
"There was three to four rain delays on Sunday, along with some thunder and lightning, and it seemed that when we would start to build some momentum, we'd have to stop the game," Macaulay said. "Although not reflective in the score, the team played extremely hard throughout both games."
On Monday morning, the Suns bats awoke as they pounded out 13 hits in a 9-4 victory over the Federal Way Warriors. Nick Stewart led the offensive charge, going 3-for-3, while RJ Markovich and Collin Ludeman each went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple. Nathan Klein pitched six strong innings in the win, with Ludeman retiring the final three batters in the seventh.
"In the final game, the team played up to their potential in every aspect of the game," Macaulay commented. "They put it all together...their hitting, fielding, pitching and base running was all outstanding. The coaches couldn't be prouder of how strong our boys finished the tournament. They showed that they can play some very solidbaseball."