In yet another day of unrelenting heat, the 1st Annual ĎBeat the Heatí 12 and under baseball tournament concluded Saturday at Jayís new Summer Sports Complex.
After some 14 hours of continuous play, Fort Gibsonís Oklahoma Cowboys, after losing in the Fridayís first round, won five games on Saturday, to clinch the inaugural championship.
After winning their game Friday against Ketchum, the Jay Indians fell to the Cardinals from Grove in early Saturday action. And the Jay Hurricane, who defeated Oaks on the day before, knocked off Chelsea to earn themselves a spot in the tournament finals.
With one loss each, it was battle of the Cowboys and the Indians for the right of the winners to take on the Cardinals in the semifinals and the loser to be eliminated.
With the temperature in the 100ís the Cowboys scored three runs in the top of the second and four more in the third, to blank the Jay squad 7-0.
In the semifinal game, the Fort Gibson Nine avenged their Friday night extra inning loss by downing the Grove Cardinals for the right to play the Hurricane for the title, provided that they could beat them twice.
The scrappy little visitors played their third consecutive game under a cloudless summer sky.
After a scoreless first, the Cowboys used a pair of walks, a sacrifice and hit to go up 3-0, in the second. The Indians were unable to generate any offense in their next at bats.
With six more Cowboy runs across, the bases loaded and no one out, the Hurricane bench decided to concede the victory and regroup for the late game.
Early on, thanks to a Cordell Barton two-run homer in the first inning of the final it looked like the Hurricane strategy might pay off.
But the Cowboys offense churned out five runs in each of their at bats, while their defense held Jay scoreless for the rest of the night, to seal the tournament title.
First round Friday
True to itís name, the 1st Annual Beat the Heat 12 and under baseball tournament commenced in triple digit temperatures at Jay on Friday evening. And by the end of the dayís events three Delaware County teams had advanced into the winnerís bracket.
In the dayís opening game, the Jay Indiansí left hand starter Daniel Green allowed a two-out double by Ketchumís three-hole batter, but got out of the inning with a pop up to his second baseman.
In the bottom of the first, the Indians picked up a pair of runs thanks to four walks and a hit batsman.
In the top of the second the Yankees were able to cut the deficit in half with a single and the first two of the Indiansí four errors in the game. But Green managed to quell the uprising with a strikeout.
Jayís Jaleel Fields led off the Indianís third inning with a homerun over the right-centerfield fence. And with one out in the stanza the Yankee pitcher issued another pair of walks, both of which came around to score on a Daniel Green single and a wild pitch.
The Indians allowed a pair of Ketchum runners to score in the top of the fourth, but using a walk, three stolen bases and a botched fielderís choice, Jay trumped the visitorsí comeback attempt winning 8-3.
In the other pair of opening day contests, the Jay Hurricanes took advantage of one big inning to brush past the Oaks Hawks, 10 and under team, by a 12-10 margin. And the Grove Cardinals completed the DelCo triumvirate by tying the Fort Gibson Cowboys on Austin Butlerís bases loaded double in the fourth and winning it in the sixth inning 6-5.