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Tournaments  | Story  | 6/25/2023

Cream Off to hot start at BCS

Riley Sheppard     
Less than 72 hours ago, Chi Town Cream was in East Cobb, Georgia, playing at the 2023 WWBA 18U National Championship. 

After posting a 7-1 record through seven days and cementing itself in the championship against USA Prime National-Detroit Tigers Scout Team, the team had an opportunity to walk out with rings and hardware. However, a 4-3 loss unfortunately ended Chi Town’s run in disappointment as the second-place finisher. 

But fast forward two days later, now playing in Fort Myers, Florida, with a new slate and national championship to play for. 

“That loss was definitely tough on a couple of guys and we don't ever want to feel that again.” Max Knight said. “We played nine games at that tournament just to lose in the championship, so it’s just coming out here with intensity and just the drive to win.”

Through two games at the BCS National Championship, Chi Town is posting a 2-0 record and outscoring its opponents 25-0 - with the latter of those run-rule victories coming against West Coast Guapos-Tx 9-0. 

Knight got his team on the board first with a sac-fly to bring home Kerim Orucevic who walked to lead off the inning. On top of his two RBIs in the game, Knight also came for relief on the mound, not allowing a hit over three innings and striking out five. 

Before Knight came on for relief following a short lightning delay, left-handed pitcher Luke Williams also tossed a stellar three innings - allowing just one hit and registering three punch outs. 

But the Chi Town offense was not finished yet, with the bulk of its runs coming in the top of the sixth. Catcher Ashton Zacher got his offense underway with a stand-up double before Williams drove him in two batters later, followed by Gian De Castro and Jax Ryan also contributing two runs a piece. 

Despite the previous tournament leaving a bad taste in its mouth, Chi Town has a prime opportunity to leave it in the past. 

“We didn't give up any runs so you can't do any better than that,” Chi Town head coach Chuck Reeder said. “And that really has been represented by the pitching staff the whole season.

“Our pitchers just need to keep doing what they’re doing because they and our defense has been lights out. Our hitters have been up and down, so I just want more quality at-bats.”

Reeder and his team are back in action tomorrow at 12:30 against 3n2 Sticks Baseball 18U Florida Scout Team.