Vogelweh Red Sox win baseball tournament

by Eric Seachris
Vogelweh Red Sox

The Vogelweh Red Sox, in the 13- to 15-year-old category, are new KMC baseball champions after a convincing 6-0 win over the previously undefeated Ramstein Cardinals.

Vogelweh lost the first three games of the season, but came out on top after winning eight consecutive games thereafter.

“We knew we were going to be up against two of the very best pitchers in the league, with Finn Harrington and Ian Acosta of the Cardinal staff, and they both pitched an excellent game,” said Red Sox coach Eric Seachris. “We just hoped that we could play great defense and have some timely hitting to stay in the game against their over-powering pitching styles.”

And the Red Sox’s coaches and fans were not disappointed.

The game started out poorly for the Red Sox though as the Cardinals put a base runner on third with only one out in the first inning. But thanks to a great defensive play by Red Sox pitcher Troy Smith, the Cardinals were unable to push across the first run of the game.

Troy pitched the entire game for the Red Sox; he struck out five batters and allowed the Red Sox team to stay in the game with his masterful placement of pitches. He was also the benefactor of some very solid defense from the entire Red Sox team.

The Red Sox played perhaps their best defensive game of the year as they had 15 defensive putouts ranging from fielding hard hit grounders to the infield to diving catches by their outfield. 

“The Cardinals are a great hitting team and they certainly showed us why they went through the season undefeated,” said Red Sox coach AJ Ash. “We were just fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time and made some truly outstanding defensive plays on their hitters.”

The game turned in favor of the Red Sox in the third inning when they were able to capitalize on a throwing error by the Cardinals combined with aggressive base running to provide Troy with a 3-0 lead. The Red Sox put another three runs on the board in the sixth inning to provide the final margin for their win and their ninth consecutive victory of the year and the crown for the KMC.

The Red Sox ended the season at nine wins and three losses.