The Bagel Bombers Rogers 13U travel baseball team recently participated in the Beach Blast Tournament at Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. The team, consisting of players from Rehoboth, Lewes, Milton, Millsboro, Georgetown and Berlin, Md., placed first in their age bracket and brought the championship back to Delaware.
The Bombers’ record was 7-1 at the end of the five-day tournament. Game 1 found the Bombers going against Rhino Baseball from Illinois. Caleb Loring pitched four innings, allowing one run. Miles Godwin had two inside-the-park home runs, while Lukas Loring had one homer. The team tallied 16 hits and ended the game with a 25-1 score.
Game 2 was against Parkland Pokers from Florida. Dylan Briggs and Caleb Rogers pitched a combined five innings, allowing just two runs. Brayden Tidwell went 4-for-4 at the plate, knocking in three RBIs. The Bombers racked up 14 hits to win the game 16-2.
The second day of baseball brought Ohio’s Powhatan Bandits to face the undefeated Bombers. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Joaquin Rodriguez collected an RBI to tie the game at 4-4. The Bombers built a five-run lead on six hits in the fifth inning. The Bandits battled back, but came up short and the Bombers won 9-8.
Godwin, Kole Swain, Loring, Brayden Tidwell and Jeremy Vest all collected multiple hits in the game. Godwin went 3-for-3 at the plate. In a combined effort on the mound, Brady Kosc, Vest and Swain claimed the win for the team.
In the second game, the Bombers suffered their only loss 15-2 to Brownlee Lookouts Mintz from Ohio. Jaxon Clampitt, Godwin, Rodriguez and Rogers combined for five innings pitched. It was a tough game at the plate, as the team combined for only six hits with runs being scored by Tidwell and Clampitt.
On Day 3, the team won an exciting back-and-forth game against the Brownlee Lookouts Kievman from Ohio. Swain, Tidwell and Vest pitched a combined six innings and delivered six strikeouts. The Bombers were down 1-8 in the sixth inning when a walk and an RBI tied up the score 10-10. With two outs in the top of the sixth, Caleb Rogers, Caleb Loring, and Lukas Loring all scored to give the Bombers the 13-10 win.
Heading into the quarterfinals, the Bombers put together a 4-1 record, earning them the third seed.
The game against the Parkland Pokers was underway with Caleb Loring on the hill. After three innings, the sky opened up and the park was cleared out due to heavy thunderstorms. The boys left the field ahead 5-2, unsure if they would get a chance to finish the game. After a three-hour delay, the game resumed and the Bombers won 9-2. Caleb Loring pitched six innings, and Kosc pitched the seventh inning to close the game. Kosc and Godwin led the team with three hits each.
The semifinal game took place against a tough Michigan Blue Jays team. Clampitt was locked in on the mound, pitching six of the seven innings. He threw a total of 96 pitches, struck out seven batters and let up one run. Kosc came in as relief and threw the last inning in three-up, three-down fashion. Clampitt and Lukas Loring led the team with two runs each and a combined five hits to help the Bombers clinch the win 7-1.
The championship game started early Friday morning against the Brownlee Lookouts Kievman. Swain pitched all four innings, striking out two and letting up only five hits. The Bombers racked up 13 runs in the first inning with every hitter scoring at least once. The team had a total of 14 hits, led by Lukas Loring with four and Swain with three. The game ended with the Bombers coming out victorious 19-4.
Swain was selected as the MVP for the championship game.