Wake up came early again in the barracks. 6:30AM and it was time to get the day started.
Per usual, the boys woke up, reflected on what they needed to do to be successful, made their beds and headed to the showers. The boys again opted for a power bar instead of breakfast and then headed out to the cages to get the Championship Day started.
Here the boys were in the final 16 - set for an 8:30AM date with the undefeated 6th seed Lake Elmo from Minnesota. Since the boys were the lower seed, we would be visitors.
As per the normal, Captain Jack Spero got the game started with a bang sending the 1st pitch of the game well over the center field fence for a 1-0 lead.
Brady Rea was on the hill for the Clutch. Lake Elmo was going to be a tough match up and put bat to ball in the 1st inning scoring 2 runs. At the end of 1, the Clutch trailed 2-1.
The second inning was a scoreless frame - but the Clutch got going in the 3rd.Nicky Rodriguez and Jack Spero started the inning with singles and then Jordan Walczykowski hit a double to drive in Nick. Ben Ransi singled to drive in Jack and then Jordan scored on a wild pitch - Clutch leads 4-2.
Brady held Lake Elmo in the 3rd and the 4th. The Clutch scored 1 in the 5th on a beautiful bunt by Ty Moran.
In the bottom of the 5th, Lake Elmo erupted for 6 runs - claiming the lead 8-5.
And there it was = the Clutch’s tournament life coming down to the top of the 6th - needing to score 3 runs. Jack lead off the inning with a hit by pitch and two outs later and the Clutch was down to their last out. A routine pop up to the pitcher was dropped and once again the Clutch had life.