Morris Hoosier Bats Farm Bridges The Arc Strack and Van Til


Sunday, June 17, 2012 • POSTED BY:  Director of Baseball Operations


In a match up between the #16 seed (Hammond Seminoles, 7-6) and the #1 seed (Kentucky Baseball Club; outscored their opponents 30-0 in pool play), it was the #1 seed that emerged with a 3-0 victory. Brandon Barnes got the start for Hammond and battled all 6 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on just 2 hits with 4 strikeouts. Kentucky's ace held the Noles to a single base runner in his 4 innings (Brandon Garcia, Griffith, HBP). Frank Podkul (Andrean) broke up the no-hitter in the 6th inning with a triple and Larry Crisler (Bishop Noll) recorded a single in the 7th for their only other hit. The Kentucky Baseball Club went on to win the tournament.


In their fourth and final game of pool play, the Hammond Seminoles (7-5) defeated the Minnesota Mizuno All-Stars 11-0 to improve to 3-1 in the tournament and earn a wild card bid to the championship round. Jonathan Azar (Munster) threw all 5 innings scattering 5 singles and striking out 5. Leaders at the dish for the Seminoles included Frank Podkul (Andrean, 3-3 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI), Jimmy Skiff (Andrean, 2-3 with 2 RBI and a double), Larry Crisler (Bishop Noll, 3 runs scored), Kyle Buikema (Griffith, 2 runs scored), and Matt Dvorscak (Whiting, 2 runs scored). Dvorscak also made two diving catches in right field including one with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the first inning.


Hammond (6-5) gave up 7 runs (1 earned) and scored only 2 against the Wisconsin Hitters (3-0 in pool play) to fall to 2-1 in pool play. Tyler Quillen (Chesterton) threw well in relief. The only two Seminoles hits came off the bats of David Hladek (Munster, home run) and Jimmy Skiff (Andrean, double).


The Seminoles (6-4) defeated JB Yaeger (Cincinatti, Ohio) 8-1 to move to 2-0 in pool play in the Cincinatti Flames wood bat tournament.  Jimmy Skiff (Andrean) dominated the Yaeger hitters to the tune of 1 run on 4 hits with 11 strikeouts and just 1 walk in 6 innings.  Offensive leaders included David Hladek (Munster, 2 hits, 2 runs and a double), Larry Crisler (Bishop Noll, 2 doubles), and Brandon Barnes (Andrean, 2 hits including a double).


The Hammond Seminoles (5-4) won their first game of pool play in the Cincinnati Flames tournament defeating Steve's Sports Baseball (Cleveland, Ohio) 8-5. Brandon Roeske (3-0, Chesterton) went 7 strong innings allowing 5 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits with 5 strikeouts to just 1 walk. Offensively for the Noles, Matt Dvorscak (Whiting) had 2 doubles and 4 RBI, Jimmy Skiff (Andrean) had a 3-RBI double, and Brandon Barnes (Andrean) was 2-3 with a run and an RBI.