In their final Tournament of Champions contest on Wednesday, the Turlock American Bulls minors
didn't expect for the game to end the way it did.
The Bulls went on an offensive fury behind Noah Lema's spectacular performance on the mound and at the plate, completely dominating and shutting down the Mariposa squad in a 13-2 romping that ended in a mercy-rule decision in the fourth inning.
“My feelings were for the kids to go have fun,” said Bulls coach Carlos Guerrero. “Last game of the season and we should play hard and remember we are the champs. (It is the) last time we will get together as a team.”
Some of those kids on the Bulls side took those words to heart and executed when they needed to behind an offense that scored five runs apiece in the first two innings.
“I told them to go out and get a win for the final time,” said Guerrero. “I will definitely miss these guys.”
Drew White started for the Bulls on the mound and pitched the first two innings, striking out five in the process before Lema came in to relieve.
Lema pitched two scoreless innings and capped it off with five RBI that included two doubles for the game.
Three runs were added by the Bulls in the fourth to finish off the game in a 10-run rule decision.
The win gives the Bulls a 2-1 finish in this year's TOC.
“I would like to thank the coaching staff and parents that helped out with this year's Bulls,” said Guerrero. “Really going to miss this bunch. Every player on the team has had major improvement day in and day out.”
This year's Bulls were able to capture two titles in a very decisive fashion.
“The chemistry they developed was good to win two championships, American Minors Champions and City Champs. Very happy for these boys. Great group of parents as well, go Bulls,” said Guerrero.