Crushers Take 4th in Madison Early Bird

Madison, SD – Cold temperatures and colder bats left the Capitol City Crushers U12 baseball team with a fourth place finish at the Madison Early Bird Tournament.   Mitchell Overtime derailed the Crushers in the first game.  Overtime got on the board early with a run in the first inning.  Cold bats kept the Crushers scoreless until Andrew Campea’s two run home run, in the third inning to take back the lead.  Colton Brady added his own solo homerun in the fourth inning for the Crushers.  Mitchell took advantage of fifth inning errors to score three runs and seal a 4-3 win.  Campea held Overtime to one run in his three innings on the mound.  George Stalley pitched in relief for the loss.

The Crusher’s bats warmed up in their 11-0 win over the Huron Tigers in game two.  The Crushers took the lead in the first inning with a Brady RBI to start the scoring.  In the fourth inning, the Crushers batted around their line up, highlighted by a deep double by Jacob Leiferman and singles by Trevor Rounds, JJ Bucholz and Ridge Liembach as part of an eight-run inning.  RBIs by Rounds and Brady set up a two run fifth inning that ended the game by the ten-run rule.  Leimbach was the winning pitcher and Rounds pitched in relief.

The Crushers faced the Watertown Reliabank Rattlers in the consolation championship.  Big scoring innings in the first and third for the Rattlers left the Crushers in a deficit they couldn’t overcome.  Fielding errors by the Crushers and a homerun by the Rattlers helped amass thirteen runs during the game. The Crushers fell 13-3. Leimbach took the loss on the mound.

The Crushers are 4-2 on the season and next compete in the Missouri River Classic in Bismarck, ND on June 7th – 9th.

Photo Credit:  Campea Photography

Andrew Campea watches his two-run homerun head out of the park in the game against Mitchell Overtime.  Overtime defeated the Crushers 4-3 in the opening game of the tournament.

Ridge Leimbach delivers a curve ball to a Huron Tiger batter.  The Crushers defeated the Tigers 11-0.  Leimbach was the winning pitcher.