Due to rain delay, the Kenedy Little League Invitational Tournament began Saturday evening, June 28, posting doubleheaders in all divisions, including Jr Girls, (13-15), minor boys, (9-11), and major boys, (12 yr olds). Despite the conditions, the fields were in excellent shape thanks to the hard work by Joe Gulley Park employees.
All games scheduled to Saturday night showed absolutely no sign of a “dampened” spirit by the team players.
In the Jr Girls’ Division, only two teams came to vie for top honors and they were the Goliad Tigers, and the Karnes City Blazers. The Blazers All Stars consisted of players nominated from the Falls City Lady Beavers combined with the season’s pennant winning KC Lady Badgers. Manager Jeff Allen, asst mgr, Philip Alaniz.
Opening game at Annadel Rogers Field in Kenedy’s Joe Gulley Park, 6 pm the KC Blazers hosting the Goliad Tigers, the Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead for 3 innings til the Blazers mustered some key hits to push 3 runs across cutting the Tiger lead. Everything about this game ended in runs scored as the final result was Goliad, 26, the Blazers, 20.
In the nightcap, the game began at 9:20 pm due to time spent in the opener, the Blazers put together a stellar defense along with key hitting to out score the Tigers, 11 - 6. This action was packed with suspense as the Tigers mounted a rally in the 7th but with bases loaded and two outs, a bullet throw to homeplate with the tag ended the game in spectacular fashion as HP Umpire Tom Gutierrez pumped out the Tiger runner in mid-slide! Blazers tie the series.
Sunday night, 8 pm, the championship. Goliad Tigers hosting the KC Blazers, the visitors scored a run in the first, two more in the 2nd, 4 more in the 3rd, then it was “game on”! The Tigers rallied across 5 runs with a hitting streak and a few missed throws by Blazer defenders. The 4th inning ended with the score a close 7 - 6, KC and the lead.
Top of the 5th, KC Blazers whipped out their batting skills, elite base-running, and a determination to seal the victory with 14 runs and nearly batting twice through the line-up. But the Tigers didn’t quit, the first batter hit an “inside-the-park” home-run using her speed to round the horn as the batted ball went to the fence. A couple of KC errors allowed for one more run, and two close plays at home-plate where Umpire Ed Griffin made the call to end the game, and the series, with the Karnes City Badgers 21, and the Goliad Tigers, 8.