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Chiefs Roll Past Miami Panthers To Second Tournament Title

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A huge second inning broke things wide open, and the Chiefs rolled to their second HSBN Boys of Summer tournament championship with a 14-0 win over the Miami Panthers in Sunday’s 16U title game at Len Koch Field.

The Chiefs (4-0) sent fifteen batters to the plate and scored ten runs to take a commanding lead in the second inning, and then they never looked back in closing things up in five innings.

The deciding run actually came in the bottom of the first, thanks to the first of several big hits from catcher Jared Murdock. Brice Montiel was hit by a pitch and stole second, and Murdock delivered with Montiel in motion with a liner to center field for an RBI double. The freshman was 3-for-3 with four RBIs on the day, the last coming on a triple that plated Timmy Manning in the third.

With the offense clicking, the Chiefs’ pitching and defense was right in par. Kenny Morgan earned the victory with four shutout innings, allowing three hits and recording three strikeouts. Manning then closed things out with a 1-2-3 fifth inning, striking out the final two batters.

Some big plays on defense also had major significance in the final result. Ethan Contreras got things off to a good start for the Panthers (3-1), smacking a lead-off double to left field to start the contest. A passed ball allowed him to advance to third, while Morgan struck out the next batter to answer back.

Blake Brookins then put a nice swing on an offering, but lined it right to third baseman Keanu Siracusa, who managed to race and dive back to the bag ahead of Contreras for the unassisted double play.

The 2018 HSBN Boys of Summer 16U champion Chiefs.

After taking the lead in the first, the Chiefs stayed in control with another strong defensive inning in the second. Jake McCreary again got the lead-off batter on base, but Morgan flashed a nice move and picked off the runner.

Ozzie Martinez then reached on an error, but he was then doubled off when the Chiefs again closed the inning with an unassisted double play.

This time it was Javier Cabeza making a nice swing, only to watch the ball line straight to Montiel’s glove and him standing on first base while holding on the runner.

With all that momentum on their side, the Chiefs erupted offensively in the bottom of the second. Demi Rivard and Preston James both walked to start things off, then advancing on a passed ball. Matt Meyl then dropped down a nice suicide-squeeze bunt that plated Rivard for the first run of the inning.

Things were just getting started.

Morgan was hit by a pitch and gave way to courtesy runner Robbie Breckenridge, who scored on an error after Isaiah Farris first delivered an RBI single that prompted the throw. Montiel and Manning also both walked to load the bases and bring Murdock back to the plate. This time he drove a shot to the right side for a bases-clearing double that pushed it to a 7-0 advantage.

The 2018 HSBN Boys of Summer July C Runner-up Miami Panthers.

The Chiefs kept it going to bat around the order. Siracusa lined an RBI single to plate courtesy runner Matt Chayet, and Rivard and James were both hit by pitches to again load the bases. Angel Gonzalez followed with an RBI single, and two more runs came in off a throwing error to give the Chiefs a massive lead.

The Chiefs added two more unearned runs in the fifth. Lucas Santiago singled and Noah Levy walked, before both scored off an error.

Both clubs have already earned a spot in the Boys of Summer Champions Tournament, which will be held immediately following the July D Tournament. The July D Tournament begins on Monday, July 23rd.

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