Crushers Beat teams from Delaware, Richmond
The ’99 Virginia Crushers from Woodbridge started the week disappointed to learn that they would not be able to play up in 14U for the 2012 USSSA Blue-Gray Summer Shootout in Ellicott City, Md. due to an uneven number of teams in each age division. The Crushers understood the tournament directors need to even out the divisions for timely tournament play. Twenty six teams competed in the 12U division this year and even though the temperatures reached triple digits each day, the Crushers perspired and persevered to win the 12U Gold Championship by going 6-0-1.
The Crushers got things started in pool play with a 4-1 win against the Tri-State Thunder from Hagerstown, Md. Then a 7-7 tie against a team that has always played us close since 10U, the Diamond State Swoop – Blue from Laurel, Del. The final pool game resulted in an 8-4 victory over the Delaware Magic.
The Crushers went into elimination bracket play as the sixth seed knowing they would have to win four games back-to-back in the heat to win the championship. They started with a 6-0 win against the Maryland Stars from Winfield, Md.
Next came a hard fought 5-3 win against the number three seeded Maryland Magic from Ellicott City. The semi-final game resulted in an 11-3 (5 innings) win over the number two seeded ’99 Virginia Glory Elite from Lorton. The championship game was not only against the number one seeded team, but against the only 12U team to defeat the Crushers so far this spring/summer season.
The Virginia Legends from Richmond came into the championship game with a record of 5-0, having outscored their opponents 54-8. The Crushers jumped to a 5-2 lead after the first inning, but the bats cooled down for both teams until the fifth when the Crushers added two and the Legends answered with one.
The Legends found home plate one more time in the sixth, but the Crusher’s defense held on for the 7-4 championship win.
-Submitted by Stephen Shipp