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13U Brownlee Lookouts: 2015 Blue Chip Classic Finalists
On April 24th the 13U Brownlee Lookouts opened their 2015 tournament season facing off against 16 teams from throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania in the Blue Chip Classic at Victory Park in North Ridgeville. The Lookouts showed their resolve and determination battling through adversity and near freezing temperatures finishing as finalists in the 13U open division.
The outlook was bleak after dropping the opening game 8 to 10 under the cold lights on Friday night. The Lookouts chances to even make it into the Championship Bracket Playoffs were looking slim at best.
An early morning weather delay pushed the Lookouts second game back into the cold night with a 9:00 pm Saturday start. Undaunted by the task before them, under windy conditions, and 38 degree temperatures, the Lookouts arms and bats showed up to play baseball. Frank Martin put on masterful display of pitching keeping the Avon Lake Bandits out of sync. Martin’s full game effort surrendered no earned runs, allowed just 3 hits, just one walk, and struck out five, in 4 innings of stellar work. The Lookouts batters backed him up with a powerful offensive display as well. Lookouts generated 19 hits as they downed Avon Lake 18-1 ending the quick game by 10:30 pm to garner the 5th seed and a 9:00 am game against the (2-0) Spiders in the Championship Playoffs.
It was still 40 degrees Sunday morning when Grant Gedeon, of Hudson, started on the mound. The Lookouts jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. The team held tight with relievers Cody Bauer and Colby Basel to take the Spiders out of the tournament by a score of 7-4.
In the semi-final game the Lookouts knocked out the 1-seed Northern Ohio Baseball 19-10. Lookouts scored 19 runs on 19 hits to set up an epic championships game against the Steel City Spartans out of Pennsylvania.
In the championship both teams put on a show of offensive fire power. Locked up in an epic back and forth battle which saw seven lead changes, the determined Lookouts batters launched repeated bombs and lasers into the night sky. Aggressive Lookouts batters blasted in 15 runs on 15 hits as their rugged determination to never give in showed up with every plate appearance. The Lookouts 4 run rally in the bottom of the seventh fell just short as the Spartans held on for the win 17-15.
Over the course of the final two games the powerful Lookouts batters cranked their game up a notch and racked up 34 runs on 34 hits, including 12 doubles, and 5 triples, and only striking out 5 times.
Coach Paul Basel, “I was really already expecting an outstanding season from the boys this year. But with what I saw from them this weekend my expectations are now even higher. If they continue to show the resolve to overcome adversity, have the sheer determination to win that I saw from them this weekend, and they continue to put in the hard work to improve, the sky is the limit for this team.”
Names of players under the picture would be following:
Front row L-R : Tyler Mintz (Kenston), Cody Bauer (Dover), Cameron King (Garrettsville), Nick Nastasi (Kenston), Ryan Gilbert (Kenston), Ty Yurkovich (Kenston). Second Row L-R : Jon Tomcufcik (Kenston), Sam Willkomm (Kenston), Grant Gedeon (Hudson), Colby Basel (Kenston), Frank Martin (NDCL). Coaches : Damon Mintz, Paul Basel, Paul Tomcufcik, Denis Yurkovich and Rick Nastasi(Not pictured)