The 18U team from Brown's Baseball Academy made the trip up to Kansas City Thursday through Sunday, July 20-23. Brown's won five games over the weekend before falling short in the Championship on Sunday.
Brown's opened up the weekend by thrashing the Topeka Rebels 13-1. They used a seven-run second inning sparked by an RBI triple by Noah Doyle. Jaden Roark and Evan Grayson also drove in runs in the inning. Cole Stillwell earned the victory for Brown's, going five innings and allowing one run with four strikeouts. Brown's recorded a total of 10 hits with Doyle, Roark and Grayson all having multi-hit games.
After a great first game, Brown's kept rolling in their second game on Friday. After the first inning ended in a 1-1 tie, Brown's took the lead for good with three runs in the second inning before adding four more runs in the third. Doyle had yet another RBI triple in the game, while Douglas Payne, Noah Ochoa, Roark, Ethan Brown and Grayson all drove in runs in the 14-hit victory. Brown also earned the win on the mound by allowing four runs in four innings of work, while striking out four in the 11-4 win over the Colorado Lightning.
Brown's bats stayed alive in their afternoon game when they played against the Nationals. The first inning again ended in a 1-1 tie and Brown's again took the lead for good in the second. The scored twice in the inning before opening up the flood gates with five in the fourth. Brown's exploded for a total of 17 hits in the 10-3 win, with seven players having multi-hit games. Doyle, Payne and Grayson each had three hits in the win. Davie Pound walked away with the W on the mound by allowing one run in three innings, while striking out four. Grayson earned the save by securing the final nine outs of the contest.
The win sent Brown's into Saturday with a clean 3-0 record, which they quickly improved upon against the T-Town Rangers. After trading runs in the first, Brown's scored two runs in the third to kick start their offense. They went on to add another three in the fifth inning on their way to a 10-4 win. Payne earned the win for Brown's, pitching six innings with four runs allowed and seven strikeouts. He also helped himself out on the mound with a pair of runs driven in. Stillwell and Pound each drove in two runs as well.
The win sent them into the tournament semi-final against Total Release Baseball. This game was much more of a pitchers' dual, as two Brown's players teamed up for a shutout. Levi Loughridge earned the win with five no-hit innings with seven strikeouts and Grayson came in for the final six outs to finish off the win, allowing one hit in the process. Stillwell, Roark and O'Neal each drove in runs in the 4-0 win.
The win put Brown's in the championship game, but unfortunately their bats went silent against the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers are an older team than Brown's and showed their experience in a 9-1 win over the club based out of Rolla.
The tournament ended Brown's Baseball's season with an overall record of 20-7.