The Turlock American Bulls faced off against Delhi on the second day of the minors Tournament of Champions, in what turned out to be an offensive fury for the Bulls who were able to turn things around coming off a tough defeat in the first game on Saturday.
Sunday morning was a better day for the Bulls, who won their game in a walk-off mercy-rule decision in the bottom of the fourth inning after a 15-4 final.
“Kids played a great game despite waking up early to play a Sunday morning game,” said Bulls coach Carlos Guerrero. “With a few donuts provided by the parents, it got the kids motivated and playing good team baseball.”
Whether it was the donuts that triggered the offense or just the thrill of the TOC, the Bulls took advantage of their opportunities after Colton Webster finished with a pair of triples in the game.
Drew White had two RBI and Logan Durkee started the game on the mound and struck out six in three innings.
Webster, who helped the team offensively, came in to relieve and finished with three strikeouts in the fourth. But it was Phoenix Bradshaw who put the game to rest with a walk off two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth and gave the Bulls their first win of the tourney in two games.
“Brock Arellano had a solid hit to right field, but the players of the game are Colton Webster and Bradshaw with huge hits for us,” said Guerrero. “Very proud of the kids in the win. Solid defense and big hits.”
In Saturday's game, the Bulls didn't have as much success as Los Banos was able to contain their explosiveness with a 4-2 decision.
The Bulls took the early lead in the opening inning, 2-0, after Noah Lema struck an RBI double and Phoenix Bradshaw followed with an RBI single.
“We could not do anything with the bats after that. Los Banos had very good hitters facing my ace in Lema,” said Guerrero.
Los Banos scored four runs on four hits against Lema and Guerrero was forced to call on Drew White to relieve.
“We brought in Drew and were thinking of hopefully coming back to try and win it,” said Guerrero. “But Bulls bats were dead.”
White had seven strikeouts and didn't allow a single run in his relief duties.
“And Los Banos lineup was solid 1-11 batters can all hit and I mean... hit,” said Guerrero. “After that first inning, nothing for us.”