Bugs Win!

This travel baseball season the Smyrna Bugs have seen a lot more ups and downs than in previous seasons.  The guys have played hard in very hot weather. They have practiced both as a team and as individuals, making their parents sweat it out with them in the back yards and fields across Middle Tennessee.

But today, June 27, 2010, they saw their hard work, dedication, love for the game, and total commitment to the team pay off in a big way.  The Smyrna Bugs won the 2010 Tennessee State USSSA Major Championship. The weekend saw tough opponents Brentwood Power and Nashville Knights Friday and Saturday.  Then it was the Tennessee Ravens in the semi-final and Greenville Little Devils for the Championship.  We also faced a lot of lighting and rain and HOT sun.

The Bugs went 4-0 only allowing a total of 3 runs in the three-day tournament.  Each game was a nail-biter considering these were some of the top teams in the state.  As I have said before, if you ever get the chance to see this level of baseball in your area, don’t miss it.

Well, now that you know the end of the journey to the state championship, what about the plays that got us there?

Was it Steven’s grand slam in the championship game against the Little Devils or his running catch against the Ravens in semi-final that kept the lead for the Bugs?

Was it Alex’s sacrifice that scored Gresham against the Power for one of our three runs or him fielding the grounders and pop-flies for the last six outs of the championship game?

Was it Gresham’s base hit in the fourth against the Ravens to set up our first of two runs in the semi-finals or his pitching four innings in the championship game?

Was it Brandon’s ground ball in fourth against the Ravens to drive in Gresham or his many innings behind the plate catching and throwing out runners?

Was it Aaron’s double over the head of the left fielder in the championship game setting up our first run or was it his Bugs record-setting, 3-pitch inning against the Power?

Was it Patrick’s utility playing of 3 positions over the weekend or his game-winning, walk-off base hit against the Ravens that scored Aaron from second?

Was it Luke’s sacrifice fly to center in championship that scored Aaron as our first run of the game or his throw from left field to get the runner at second early in the championship game?

Was it Bryce’s scoop at first to hold off the Knights scoring attempt or his bunt in the championship game to score Patrick for the first run of the game?

Was it Chase’s fielding of the grounder for a crucial out against the Ravens or making one of his signature scoops at first base in the championship game for the first out of the fourth ?

Was it Dylan’s diving stop in right to hold runner from scoring in the semi-final or his bunts in the championship game to help load the bases?

Was it Justin’s pitching in the semi-final giving up only 4 hits or his bunt to load the bases in the championship game?

Yes it was!  And the TEAM came together to prove every player, every play, every hit and every out is important!

Thanks Bugs for a great season and congratulations on your third State Title in five years.