BRIDGEPORT—The Blazin’ Summer Classic came to a close on Sunday at the Bridgeport Recreation Complex, and the Grafton Bearcubs placed second out of six teams in the 9U division.
The Bearcubs played five games in three days, and according to Bearcubs’ manager Ben Kinsey, “We started off the weekend sluggish but rebounded well on Saturday. We put ourselves in a hole for the tournament on Sunday as a number five seed.”
That sluggish start resulted in a 10-2 drubbing at the hands of Bridgeport and left the Bearcubs searching for answers.
On Saturday Grafton rebounded to tie the Ohio Valley Jokers 9-9 to set up an early Saturday matchup against the number four seed, Tribe Baseball of PA. The Bearcubs turned on the offense scoring 13 runs while holding Tribe Baseball to only 2 runs.
This huge win and momentum builder turned out to be just what the Bearcubs needed, as they defeated number one seed Bridgeport 11-8 in the rematch.
That win then set up a rematch with number two seed Ohio Valley who this time defeated the Bearcubs in the championship game, 11-6.
“I am very proud of our kids from Taylor County,” Kinsey added. “They are not only able to compete but to compete at such a high level. Most of the teams we play in these types of tournaments have kids from multiple counties placed onto one team which makes it tough.”
When asked how the rest of the schedule looked for his Bearcubs, Kinsey replied, “This is our third tournament this year, and we will be back in action at the end of June in the Tournament of Champions in Bridgeport.”
The Bearcubs are managed by Kinsey and assisted by Chad Gray, Mike Moats, Eric Hess, Thomas Davis, Mike Nestor, Alan Wilfong, and Zach Scheme.
The Bearcubs’ players (in no particular order) are Cameron Gray, Chace Kinsey, Cade Mooney, Logan Shaver, Caleb Wilfong, Garrett Davis, Mason Nestor, Chase Maier, Luke Hess, Mason Scheme, and Jacob Moats.