Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bobcats invade Historic Dodgertown

More than 60 players and many of their families enjoyed the Bobcats' third annual trip to Historic Dodgertown and Vero Beach, Fla., for tournament play in February. The journey began with a stop at Washington Nationals spring training in Viera, Fla, where the boys rubbed elbows with some of the players and even shagged fly balls during a round of batting practice with the Nationals! The 12u Bobcats notched the organization's first win with a 4-2 triumph against South Jersey, highlighted with a home run by Sean Wynkoop. On the final night of play, they defeated Seacoast United, 15-5 but did not qualify for the playoff bracket. Right-handers Anthony DiNardi and Luke Ramsey picked up victories on the mound. DiNardi worked four innings on the weekend, striking out seven and allowing one earned run. Ramsey fanned eight batters in three innings without allowing a run. Nicholas Ritchie collected five hits in four games, including two doubles, while Brady Philibotte led the organization with six RBIs over the weekend.

  • In 11u action, Myles Rheinhardt and Austin Hazzard combined on the hill to defeat Vero Beach Baseball Academy, 4-2. Sam DiCicco, Connor Winn and Rheinhardt all had extra-base hits.
  • Drake Leask provided a three-run triple and led the Bobcats 13u pitching staff. Philibotte, Ramsey and Erik Hanser -- a triumvirate of 12-year-olds -- joined the 13u squad and played their first-ever games on a 90-foot diamond.
  • In 14u games, Logan Galloway earned a win as the Bobcats defeated Minnesota, 9-5. Dylan Walsh struck out the side in the seventh inning.
  • The 16u squad picked up their first win on Saturday night under the lights, beating Old School (Mich.), 7-1. Riley Denver reached base in six consecutive plate appearances, and power lefty Dylan Bogacz earned the win.