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Get up, get up, get outta here gone!

“I didn’t know Evan could yell so loud!”

Vince Twohill said that. I’m not sure how he heard Evan’s victory whoop over everyone else’s, but as the final out settled into Ben Clark’s glove, with the bases loaded and the YJs clinging to an 11-10 lead in the final Select baseball game of these guys’ lives, there was some definite whoopin’ going on.

It started quietly enough. Hoping to get all our pitchers one last inning or two, Hunter Louis battled through the first while Henry Laste and Kendall Gould each hung zeroes on the enemy in their frames. Meanwhile, the bats got busy. Powered by two long doubles from Kyle Carver, we bounced out to a 9-3 lead.

But Will Lucht found the strike zone unforgiving in the home half of the fourth. The Bears put 6 on the board to tie it up, but Will managed to complete the frame with a strikeout to close his Select-ball career.

We went to Antonio Chavez a little earlier than expected, and the Bears snuck one in on him and us in the last of the 5 th to take a 10-9 lead.

We got nothing in the top half of the 6 th. and now chasing the time limit, Antonio made quick work of the Bears in their half — keyed by a huge play from Evan, and a major-league scoop from Tyler Nault — to guarantee us one last at-bat. Carver and Chavez walked to get us started and soon moved into scoring position. That’s when Laste’s long fly to left ticked off the outstretched glove of the leaping left-fielder. Carver scores, Chavez scores and we’ve got a one-run lead to preserve heading into the bottom of the 7 th .

Chavez takes out the first hitter on five pitches. The next kid puts up a fight, fouling several off, working to a 3-2 count before Antonio puts him away too. Two outs. Then the Bears start clawing back. Single. Line drive just off Antonio’s glove for another base hit. Then an infield hit. Bases loaded. Ball one. No place to put this kid. Ball two. Strike one. Then a line drive to center, it’s dropping fast and if it keeps dropping, this game’s over, as the Bears are running. But there’s Clark, on his horse from center. It hits his glove, sticks, the happy Yellowjackets go push Ben around, and Evan yells louder than Vince has ever heard him yell.

What a way to end it.

So we’re 12-4-2. Third place, all alone. (We could still get second if a double forfeit is declared for an unplayed game involving the Jr. Vikings, but that likely won’t happen) Great job! All that’s left is to celebrate the season at the team party!

Three in a row

Some of those guys in YJ uniforms may not have looked very familiar recently as vacations piled up and we called upon subs to fill our lineups, but we bounced back from the tournament disappointment with three straight wins to climb the ladder in our league standings.

First was an 11-4 win over CMH, cut short by lightning. Antonio Chavez had two hits and he and Henry Laste teamed to limit the Crusader bats to five hits behind eight strikeouts.

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By the following Monday, nearly half our kids were either injured, vacationing or had other commitments, so Henry’s brother Joseph, super-sub Robby Lindsay and ex-Jacket Dylan Vokovitch were all in pinstripes to make sure we had a full lineup. And all delivered – young Joe had two hits and a big defensive play, Robby played catcher and scored a run, and Dylan scored twice, contributing to a 7-3 win over the Pumas.

The biggest contributors were our two pitchers, however. Will Lucht somehow managed to walk nine kids over four innings but allowed only two runs. And Hunter Louis, who’s innings have been limited this year due to occasional arm soreness, pitched his best innings of the year, allowing only one unearned run over the last three innings.

Even the coach couldn’t make Wednesday’s battle vs. the Braves, as Joe T ran the show vs. a Braves team that looked, in part, suspiciously like the Waukesha South Jayvee team. No matter, however, as we cruised to an early 11-4 lead and it looked like a runaway.

But pitcher Kendall Gould tired on a hot day in the 4 th inning and the Braves cut the gap by three, and Kyle Carver couldn’t find the strike zone in the 5 th as the Braves rallied to tie the score, 12-12. But fireman Dylan Vokovitch put out the flames just as he did in his old Yellowjacket days, and Carver bounced back with a massive triple to key a 4-run 5 th as we took the lead for good and won, 16-13.

Evan Reiss showed no effects from a nasty cut on his head in going three for three, as Carver contributed three hits as well. A nice game also from former Jacket Wayne Ruh, who scored twice and doubled.

So one game to go. First place is out of reach, but at 11-4-2, what a season it’s been!

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