The Midnight Suns baseball team from Juneau recently competed at the En Fuego Invitational Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii and returned as third-place finishers after a successful trip.
The Suns 12-and-under team posted a 3-3 record against teams from Washington, Oregon and host-state Hawaii in the tournament.
The team from Juneau began the tournament with wins against Coos Bay from Oregon, 11-4, and the Hawaii Braves, 11-6. Jake Tanner, Grant Ainsworth and Matt Cunningham split the pitching duties, giving up only 3 hits during the opening game of the tournament for the Suns.
Tony Tocco led the offensive charge going 4 for 4 with two runs scored, while Ainsworth went 2 for 5 with a double and triple. Cunningham, Brendan Pietz and Collin Ludeman each went 2-4.
The Suns bats stayed hot in the second game as the team had multiple hits each from Ainsworth, Ludeman and Jared Markovich.
The Suns followed their wins with back-to-back losses against the Kahala Warriors, 19-4, and Team En Fuego from Washington, 16-8. The Suns managed to bounce back with a win over the Hawaii Red Sox 11-3 before losing their final game in a rematch against the Braves 8-5.
"It was a great tournament," team manager Andy Markovich said. "Our boys played hard and showed that they can compete, and win against tough competition. Zeb Storie and Brendan Pietz played well through the tournament while Tim Christensen pitched extremely well. Playing six games over four days is a lot for this team but they loved every minute of it. The Hawaiian teams were incredible hosts and it was a great opportunity for our kids to form some new friendships."
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