For the second consecutive summer baseball tournament the 10-year-old All-Star boys from Baldwinsville were spectacular.
Coming off an impressive performance in the District 8 All-Star Tournament the team of local boys shined even brighter in the annual Can-Am Tournament.
Beyond the four wins and the one run loss in the Championship game against the Jamesville Dewitt All-Stars was the true grit, heart and hustle each and every player exhibited both on and off the field. Facing a tough North Syracuse squad in the much-anticipated rematch from the District 8 All-Star tournament, the Baldwinsville Boy's of Summer held off their rival for a 3-1 victory. Solid pitching, great fielding and clutch hitting from the Baldwinsville team were the tickets for a hard fought victory.
As the number one seed after the event's first three games, the Baldwinsville Bee's drew the number four seed for their first game in the championship round held Sunday Aug. 10. As it turns out, number four seed was none other than the same North Syracuse team they faced twice before over the past two weeks. It's tough enough to beat a good team once, even tougher to beat them twice in a row. Now they had to beat them a third time to advance to the championship game.
Baldwinsville jumped on North Syracuse in the early innings playing small ball and solid base running to grab a 5-1 lead. North Syracuse fought back with a big late game rally marked by a three-run homerun blast in the fifth inning. North Syracuse eventually tied the game in the sixth sending the game into extra innings. The atmosphere was like a major league playoff baseball game -- each team's intense desire to win in this latest version of the newly formed rivalry resulted in excellent play by both teams. After two extra innings, the 10-year-olds from Baldwinsville overcame a one-run deficit in the bottom half of the eighth inning to win 10-9.