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8U: The news article & picture in progress...stand by...coming soon from the 8U staff! 12U: The Spike 12U’s traveled to Hopkinsville, Kentucky (aka Hoptown) July 14th thru the 16th to compete in the “Play It Again Sports Classic” baseball tournament. After completing the pool play format with a record of 2-1, the team was seeded #2 in the elimination brackets. The Spikes defeated the host team the Christian County Colonels 4-3 in defensive battle in the first round. This moved the team on to the semi-finals vs. the Western Kentucky Mustangs. The Spikes came out strong and run-ruled them in 3 innings, 13-1. Then it was on to the championship game Sunday evening at 7:00 pm and facing a familiar foe, the Southern Indiana Bombers. The Spikes were out to avenge their only pool play loss, which had came at the hands of the Bombers the night before. The boys came out focused and ready to compete. The Bombers also came out strong as usual and putting the ball in play, but due to some very good pitching and great defense, the Spikes held them scoreless though five innings while themselves scoring 2 runs in the first and 6 runs in the third inning on a total of 10 hits to end the game by run-rule after five complete innings, 8-0. Then it was time to take the team pictures, dump the water cooler on Coach Brad and claim the huge Championship trophy, which stood six feet tall!!! [Go to the 12U Spikes webpage to see a close up of this mammoth hardware! Look under the “Team Awards” section] ...click here to go direct to the 2006 12U site This takes the 12U's combined 2006 season record to 32-9 so far. Way to go Spikes 12U!
All Six Spikes teams competed in the Kentucky BPA State tournament held in Owensboro July 7-8-9th. The Spike teams that placed were as follows: 10U's = State Champs 11U’s = State Runners-up 12U’s = 4th place 13U’s = 4th place 10U: On July 9th the 10U Spikes finished tournament play undefeated with a record of 4-0 to bring home the crown as the BPA Kentucky State Champs!! These boys came to the field ready to play this weekend and showed what they are capable of. Of course they did have a little extra incentive since Wilky promised to shave his head if they won it all. Hmmm, where is Wilky by the way? Keep an eye out for him and his new look!! Way to go Spikes!! Go to the 10U's own Webpage, then click on the "10U Pictures" folder for a shot of a few teammates offering to assist Wilk with "The Haircut". Drew Grass with scissors - now that is scary!!! 11U: The 11U Spikes enjoyed a great weekend of baseball and walked away as the 2006 Kentucky BPA 11U State Runners Up! The weekend started with an opening game against the Mt. Vernon Wildbats. The Spikes remembered an earlier loss dealt to them and avenged that loss with a commanding win, 12-3! What a great start!! The Spikes second round opponent turned out to be the Owensboro Nitro, a team that seems to give the Spikes fits on most occasions. The Spikes played tough, and with the help of a perfectly, orchestrated squeeze-play at the plate, tied the game in the sixth inning and went on to win 7-3! The Spikes once again found themselves in the Sunday afternoon Championship game against the Louisville Panthers. The Panthers squeaked out a close game and defeated the Spikes 5-3 in the first game. This sent the two teams into the "if needed" second championship game, with the Panthers holding on to a 7-4 lead and winning their second Kentucky BPA State Title. Great weekend guys! Stick around, we will get one of those 11U Championships! Thanks also to Jordan Messmer for playing with the Spikes this weekend!!
The Spikes 12U team traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, the 9, 10 and 11U teams went to Ft. Knox, Kentucky and the 13U's went across the Ohio River to Owensboro to compete in various 4th of July tournaments. The 9U team brought home the Runner up trophy from FT. Knox (and no, it was not made of gold...sorry!). The team competed well and had a good time. The 12U team participated in the "Gateway to the Best" AAYBA tournament held in St. Louis, Missouri. The event was played at the very nice Chesterfield Sports Complex (12 Fields). The 12U's division contained mainly "AAA" and "Major" teams. The 12U Spikes finished in 3rd place with a record of 4-2. Their only two losses came at the Hands of the St. Louis Toros. In the Semi-final game the Spikes rallied in the top of the final inning to take the lead 8-7, but were unable to keep the Toros from scoring two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Way to go Spikes 12U! The 13U team participated in the D&B Sporting Events "Firecracker" tournament in Owensboro, Kentucky and claimed first place. Way to go Spikes!
The Southern Indiana Spikes competed in the 2nd Annual BPA Summer Slam Tournament in Owensboro, Ky June 9 thru 11th. All Six teams were competing in their respective divisions. The 13U's finished in 3rd place, the 8U pitching machine team came in runner-ups and the 9U and 12U teams took home the top prize of 1st place in each of their divisions. The 9U Southern Indiana Spikes won the 2nd Annual BPA Summer Slam baseball Tournament at Jack C. Fisher Park in Owensboro, Ky June 9 thru 11th. They were undefeated in the tournament. So far this year the 9U Spikes have competed in six tournaments and have either won or placed second in five of them. This year they have traveled to Cincinnati Ohio, Murray and Owensboro Kentucky. The 12U Southern Indiana Spikes finished in first place in the 2nd Annual BPA Summer Slam baseball Tournament at Panther Creek Park in Owensboro, Ky June 9 thru 11th. The team went 4-0 throughout the tournament. This takes their combined record for the 2006 season to 20-4. They have outscored their opponents 152-81 and have a combined team batting average of .305 The following is the Spikes 12U teams tournament placements to date: 12U 2006 Murray ROT USSSA NIT Champions 12U 2006 BPA Spring Fling Runners-up 12U 2006 Mid-May Classic USSSA Cincinnati, OH -3rd Place 12U 2006 BPA Summer Slam Champions More team pictures and information will be coming as soon as the other team managers submit the info...