Bartlesville United Linen Braves players wrapped up a busy week in style.
The 17-and-under American Legion Baseball team powered past Vinita and Baxter Springs (Kan.) to earn a spot in the championship game of the one-day Vinita Tournament.
Adair turned back the Braves in Saturday’s night final.
The Braves carved out a 4-3 record for the week.
Vinita tourney recap
Against Vinita, Randsom Jones tossed a complete-game gem, Braves coach Pat McCarty said.
“He threw well,” McCarty said about the 8-5 victory. “He kept them off balance. We had a few errors early, but then we started making plays behind him. We were behind until the last two innings. …. Randsom was probably the best pitcher there.”
The Braves followed up by leveling Baxter Springs, 10-0.
Jacob Martz (three innings) and Ryan Jones (two innings) combined to throw the shutout.
The Braves’ offense struggled early in the game.
“But, in the fourth inning we led off with a walk and then we laid down four great bunts in a row,” said McCarty. “We scored a couple of runs with nobody out.”
In the loss to Adair, “We hit the ball well, especially late,” McCarty said. “We hit it hard right at people. They made three or four really good plays.”
The Braves’ Chase Brim might not have any peers at the tourney when it came to hitting.
“He had probably the best stick,” said McCarty. “He hit three or four triples. He was staying back and blistering the ball.”
Jones also swung an effective bat and Corbin McCarty “was laying down bunts, running bases and catch,” coach McCarty said. “Hunter Reed did a good job of hustling all the time. Levi Juby played several positions “and was hustling everywhere he was,” coach McCarty said.
Corbin McCarty and new Braves player Harald Borg handled catching duties.
Andrew Harden also joined the team.