|First-time homers push Brookings-Harbor to victory|
|Written by Jef Hatch, Pilot staff writer|
|June 29, 2012 10:19 pm|
It took just four innings, but the Brookings-Harbor Little League 11-12 year old team claimed victory number one in the All-Star tournament.
Two of the players had first time occurrences as the hardballers used four pitchers over four innings to claim a one-hit shutout.
Cody Testa got hold of a pitch off the Gold Valley pitcher in the top of the third inning to hit his first-ever home run.
Just one inning later, Noah James hit one over the fence with two runners on for his first out-of-the-park home run.
Both players said it was great, but admitted that winning as a team was better, and they’ll keep looking for singles.
“It means a lot to help the team,” Testa said. “Everyone has their role.”
Head Coach Jeff Johnson said that the use of four pitchers was a game-time decision.
“It really depends on how the team is doing,” Johnson explained. “When we’re hitting the ball it works. They came out and made a statement.”
If a pitcher throws 20 pitches or less in a game, they can be eligible for pitching the next day.
Noah James started the game on the mound and gave up one hit before making way for Chris Hart who allowed a runner on an error. Joe Johnson pitched his 20 pitches before Brandon Letendre closed the game with a 3-up 3-down inning.
“They worked hard,” Johnson said following the game. “They deserve the win.”