In only its second ever travel ball tournament on March 14-15, the Columbia Thunder 9U won two games and reached the Championship Game in the Gameday USSSA/Gameon Sports Rawlings Swing into Spring Tournament at Howard Park today!. Though the Thunder lost in the championship game, the Thunder finished in second place and received a runnerup plaque and individual runnerup trophies.
Tournament play on Saturday was rained out, thus Sunday was a one day tournament with teams playing as many as three games. It was a test of talent and endurance for the Thunder.
In the first game, the Thunder took on the Predators Baseball American. The Predators took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Thunder responded with two runs of their own for the 2-1 lead. After holding the Predators scoreless over the next two innings, the Thunder scored seven runs in the bottom of the third to take a 9-1 lead. The Predators rallied, scoring one run in the fourth and four runs in the fifth. But the Thunder closed the door and won 9-6.
In the second game, the Thunder took on the Gameday Shockwave Green. The Thunder jumped ahead, scoring three runs in the top of the first for a 3-0 lead. The Thunder held the Shockwave Green scoreless in the first two innings. In the top of the third, the Thunder plated three more runs to take a 6-0 lead. The Shockwave Green rallied, scoring two in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to four, 6-2.
After both teams held each other scoreless in the fourth, the Thunder scratched out another run to go up five, 7-2. The Shockwave Green responded with three runs of their own to cut the deficit to two, 7-5. The Shockwave Green held the Thunder scoreless in the top of the sixth. But the Thunder struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth and held on for the 7-5 victory.
The two wins enabled the Thunder to play in the championship game against the talented Lake Murray Bombers. The Bombers took an early 1-0 lead after one, then extended it over the next four innings, plating at least one run in each inning. The Thunder would score two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but it was not enough, as the Bombers won the championship 10-2.
Still, it was an outstanding overall effort on the day by the Thunder. The coaches were very pleased with the team’s overall performance and know that the team will only get better by working with a purpose. It was a great Sunday for the Thunder!