by Bradey King
The TC OKC 14uB division wrapped up pool play on Sunday evening and the Blue Angels from Mississippi are sitting pretty in the No. 1 spot heading into Monday’s competitive bracket play.
The Blue Angels’ 3-0-1 record was capped off with an 11-0 no-hit shutout victory on Sunday against the Azteca squad from Colorado. The Angels offense was on fire; combining for 16 total hits in the game with 12 singles, two doubles and two triples.
“This win gives us good confidence going into bracket play. Something we’ve struggled with up until now was getting started with hitting, so I’m glad to see them finish up that way,” said head coach Tommy Lewers.
The Angels took a commanding lead 4-0 right off the bat and never let up.
The third inning was the most productive as they plated five more runs on four singles, a double and a triple, each of which were hammered to the right side of the field. Three more hits in the fourth inning, including Ellie Jones’ RBI-triple, secured the run-rule for the team. Jones had a great day at the plate going 2-for-3.
“It felt pretty good; I’m just glad my teammates were on base and they were getting a bunch of hits, too. This weekend we’ve all been focusing on waiting on the ball so that’s an adjustment we’ve made to not roll over on the ball,” said Jones.
Equally as impressive as the hitting stats was the phenomenal performance in the circle by Janna Shaw. The lefty couldn’t be touched, making the no-hitter look easy.
“I was just mixing the location and getting good movement on the ball,” said Shaw.
This is the Blue Angels’ second year at the TC OKC tournament and they have high hopes to dominate in bracket play and bring some hardware back home to Mississippi.