BY DEAN HOCKNEY
KOKOMO, Ind. – The cfd Saints II 14U baseball team traveled to the Carmel Cup Tournament and played its best baseball of the year. After rolling through pool play with a perfect 3-0 record, the Saints dominated the 10-team field and captured the Cup championship with a 6-0 win over the Fishers Tigers.
“We finally got hot for a weekend and won 6 games in 72 hours,” said Saints manager Brent Owens. “It was a weekend when all three phases were working for us. Offensively we scored 47 runs, defensively we played some error free games and made several great plays and our pitching staff only gave up nine runs in 36 innings.”
With the No. 1 seed in the knockout round of the tournament, the Saints (21-16-2) topped the Indy Jets 12-2 in the quarterfinals and Zionsville 4-3 in the semi-finals to set up the championship showdown with Fishers.
Kacy Wilson picked-up a pair of wins on the weekend, including a six inning effort against Zionsville. Wilson allowed just three earned runs in nine innings while striking out eight hitters.
Cooper O’Neal pitched nine innings on the weekend including a complete game shut-out against Fishers in the title bout. O’Neal recorded eight strikeouts in the contest.
Ashton Guyer and Grady Davis pitched complete games for victories and Kolten Gifford got a victory against the Jets in the quarterfinals.
“Kacy Wilson got his eighth win on the season and has been a mainstay for us on the mound this year,” said Owens. “And when Cooper O’Neal is on, he is an awesome pitcher.”
Offensively, Gifford led the charge going 9-20 with two doubles and four RBIs over the course of the six games. Jaret Humphrey finished 7-14 with four RBIs while O’Neal also had seven hits, four RBIs and a pair of doubles. Peyton Tracy ripped three doubles among his six hits while knocking home six RBIs. Wilson was 6-12 with three RBIs. Bailey Owens tied for the team lead with six RBIs while ripping five base hits and Chandler LaMott had two doubles among five hits and three RBIs. Rounding out the offense was Davis with four hits and three RBIs, Peyton Johnson with a triple and three singles, Wynn Takacs with a pair of hits and Guyer with two home runs.
“Ashton Guyer crushed a home run that went about 350 feet,” said Owens. “This is a great group of young men and we really represent Western, Taylor, Kokomo and Lewis Cass well; it is a fun group to be around.”
For more information on cfd Saints II baseball, visit the programs website at www.cfdsaintsii.com. The Saints will host tryouts for the 2015 team on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. at the cfd Field on Goyer Road. For more information on the tryouts, contact Owens at (765) 438-0635.