By Kyle Koso
AURORA – Closure didn’t come in its normal fashion to the 18u Power Pool bracket at the Colorado 4th of July event, as one team needed to close the doors on their cars and get moving home.
Travel constraints for the Lady Dukes Lamar compelled the team to opt out of the title game Sunday at the Aurora Sports Park, which left them and the Texas Bombers as co-champions of the tournament. With the Bombers having beaten the Lady Dukes on Wednesday in the 18 TV Power Pool game, they got to take home the first-place plaque.
The Dukes had about an hour left of wiggle room, and no one wanted the pitchers to get all warmed up just to have it end without a real result.
“We’d love to play them again; that’s a good team, and I imagine we will battle them again someday,” said Bomber coach Scott Smith.
For the Bombers, the day still included some valuable lessons, as they fell behind 7-0 to the Lady Magic-Munoz in the quarterfinals before finding a way to post an 11-10 victory.
“We got lazy in that one game, and that maybe taught us a lesson about how to come out and play,” said Maci Bergeron, who is headed to play collegiately at LSU and hit a grand slam as part of the comeback against the Lady Magic. “Being down like that, we showed we have some fight in us.”
“We had a plan, and like every plan, once you get punched in the mouth like we did, the plan goes out the window,” Smith said. “We had to use all four pitchers in that game; we burned up a lot, but I challenged them and we found a way to take the lead. We went up actually, they tied it back up, and we found a way to win.”
The Athletics Jendro Premier claimed the 18u Supplemental Power Pool title with a 7-3 victory over the Lady Hustle Gold-Marshall.