First-time homers push Brookings-Harbor to victory

June 29, 2012 09:19 pm

 

Noah James strokes one out of the park in Friday’s game against Gold Valley. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
 

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.”