On the road with the Jets – Day 8!

Newbury Park, CA 10 vs. Vauxhall Academy 3
Today’s semifinal matchup ended in disappointment for the Jets. All in all a lacking effort cost us our shot at a championship showdown with sought after hosts Bishop Gorman. From the first inning on it seemed as if very little could go right for us whether on the mound, in the field or at the plate. Newbury went up quickly in the first inning scoring two runs but a towering home run by Jean-Guy Bilodeau in the bottom of the first tied the game at two. Newbury tacked on another in the top of the second to make it 3-2 and from their they never surrendered the lead. The final was 10-3. Starter Taylor Simmonds scrapped his way through over three innings and was relieved by Cole Stober who didn’t experience anymore success then Simmonds. Our offense missed key opportunities to cash in runs with runners in scoring positions whereas Newbury did. The lone bright spots for us on this disappointing night were Shane Zimmer’s efforts at the plate as he scorched three hits, Bilodeau’s gigantic home run, and Josh Stephenson’s 2-3 effort at the plate with his only out coming on a diving play on a lineout to leftfield. Stephenson also played well defensively blocking everything that came his way and battling through injury. Tomorrow we play at 11:00 AM in the third place game against Douglas from Reno, Nevada. From there we will board the bus and drive all afternoon and into the night to Pocatello, Idaho where we’ll spend the night before finishing our return to Vauxhall on Sunday.