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National Team Programme - GB Baseball U12 Wins

Author: BBF , 04/07/19

GB Baseball gets their third consecutive win in the European Qualifier in CZ.

 Thu 4th July 2019 

On a sunny day, in Trebic CZ, the Great Britain National Team U12 Team resume action, against Lithuania. GB Baseball is coming in with two wins and no loss record and a top of the tournament leader board with Austria. Lithuania is coming into today's game played two games with no wins and two loss record. 

GB Baseball has home-field advantage, and Lithuania is the away team. 

The GB Baseball starting pitcher is Christian (Clutch) McCarthy, making his first appearance on the mound. 

INNING ONE

Lithuania starts the game with their lead-off man getting a double to left field. However, the next three batters, get consecutive outs to end the top of the first inning: Lithuania nil and GB Baseball nil. 

At the bottom of the first inning, GB Baseball gets a single from Christian (Clutch) McCarthy; however, he gets caught stealing at second. The inning ends with the other two batters striking out and grounding out — Lithuania nil and GB Baseball nil. 

INNING TWO

Lithuania struggles to hit Christian (Clutch) McCarthy and go down after four batters. 

GB Baseball comes up at the bottom of the second inning. Erik Gustafson leads off with a streaming single to centre field. However, advances to second base on an error from the outfield throwing in the ball to the infield. Gustafson intelligently runs to third on a wild pitch. 

The next GB Baseball batter, grounds out, although Gustafson, scores, making the score GB Baseball one and the visitors' nil. Sebastian (Lefty) Bozzo, comes up and hits a double to right centre field. With two men in scoring position, Brandon Cochrane comes up. Brandon hits a tower shot to right field which cannot be easily tracked down by the outfielder. Astutely, Brandon hurries around the bases and makes it an inside the park homer.  The inning ends for GB Baseball, but only after scoring four runs. 

INNING THREE

Lithuania not to be undone at the top of the inning, sending six batters to the plate and score two runs, to bring the score GB Baseball four to Lithuania two. 

At the bottom of the third inning, GB Baseball sends Christian (Clutch) McCarthy to the plate. Clutch hits a powerful stand-up triple. The next batter, Travis (The Natural) Hartfield. Lithuania playing conservatively brings in the infield to minimise GB Baseball from scoring any further.   Travis (The Natural) Hartfield hits it to the shortstop, who throws out Christian at home plate. However, Hartfield advances to third base while Lithuania gets control of the ball in the infield. The next batter Gustafson hits a ball which is bobbled by the first baseman and gets to first safely. During the mentioned error, Hartfield scores. Lithuania manager making multiple changes. However, GB Baseball scores a total of seven runs after three errors in the half inning. 

INNING FOUR

Lithuania sends two pinch hitters to the plate and gets some timely walks. After a wild pitch, fielders choice and heads up base running, Lithuania scores two runs. So at the end of the top of the inning, Lithuania scores two and leaves two men on base. 

In the bottom of the inning, GB Baseball mounts a big rally in scoring six runs, on five hits and one error. The big hitters for GB Baseball are Lawler, Harfield, and Rai. The mentioned all coming through with base hits and extra base hits. 

INNING FIVE 

Coach Anderson, for GB Baseball, makes some position moves of his own. Lithuania is now at risk of the game ending early, considering the score differential. 

Lithuania makes two pinch-hitting changes. However, after mounting a rally, i.e., a double, men in scoring position, they are only able to score one run, on one hit and three men left on base to end the game. 

" GB Baseball U12 Team third consecutive win means, so much for the entire National Team Programme. Last year was our first year in bringing back the U12 Team. While our first year was a struggle considering the relaunch of the programme, this year we see the dividends. Everyone is so proud of the coaches, players and supporting volunteers with the U12's in CZ. Again, we entered the tournament intending to win the tournament, not just place. Our coaching staff is doing a great job of managing the Team and motivating the players to excel at the right moments. There are two games to go, and we are all behind the young men that are setting the pathway for our other National Teams'  success this summer" said a spokesperson for the BBF. 

FINAL STATS

Lithuania 5
Great Britain 17 

Winning pitcher: Christian (Clutch) McCarthy; Homerun - Cochrane. 


Great Britain is at top of the leader board in the tournament with three wins and no losses. Next, up for GB Baseball is the other undefeated Team, Austria, Fri 5th July at 14:00 BST. 

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