Renegades champions in Back to School Madness Tourney | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | August 24, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: August 24, 2016 at 1:45 pm
“This weekend these boys played some great baseball.”
– Mike Phillips, head coach of the 11U Renegades
By CINDY CROSBY
The 11U Renegades, competing in a three-team bracket, took home the championship rings in the USSSA Back to School Madness Tournament held August 20-21 at the ACE Basin Sports Complex.
On Saturday, the Renegades earned a 13-1 win over the Berkeley Gladiators. Landon Lutzen was the starting pitcher of record. He allowed only the lead-off to cross home plate and the Renegades pounded their way to a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the first. Jabari Grant entered in the second and pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Britton Phillips closed out the game, holding the Gladiators scoreless.
In game two, the Renegades lost 6-5 against the Rebels in a game where they scored five runs in the fifth inning to take the lead. Lutzen earned the start, lasting two innings and allowing three runs. Grant entered in relief and held them scoreless in one inning of work. Cameron Farnsworth pitched two innings, allowing one earned run. Phillips closed the game, allowing two unearned runs to cross home plate, giving the Rebels the go-ahead run.
In a rematch against the Berkeley Gladiators, the Renegades came from behind for an 18-9 win. Phillips got the start for the Renegades and lasted 2.2 innings, allowing two runs before giving way to Lutzen.
The Renegades faced the Rebels for the championship with Jabari Grant on the mound. Grant pitched five innings, allowing only two runs in the first, to earn an 8-4 win. The Renegade bats came alive, scoring three additional runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. Phillips closed the game, allowing two runs before the Renegades sealed the win and their first championship.
“It took three years and a lot of hard work to get here, but it was well worth the look and excitement on these boys faces,” said Coach Mike Phillips following the win on Sunday. “I am very proud of these boys — they deserve this win.”