‘Got winning in their heart’

Published 10:49 am Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Buckingham County Youth League (BCYL) Majors All-Star team produced an outstanding collective effort to open with a 3-0 record and become the only remaining undefeated team in the State Dixie Youth Baseball Major League All-Star Tournament in Victoria.

“There’s no hero here,” BCYL Majors Manager Ben Gormus said. “It’s just team ball. We’re pleased with where we are.”

Before earning a rematch with the host Lunenburg All-Stars on Monday evening, Buckingham defeated the Brunswick All-Star team 6-5 on Sunday to stand one win away from the state championship game.

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“We got down early,” Gormus said, adding that Brunswick led 3-0 in the first inning.

But with great pitching from Braedyn Schaeffer, the BCYL Majors held Brunswick, giving time for their offense to come to life.

Buckingham went up 4-3 in the third inning and never relinquished the lead.

Clutch defense secured the win for the BCYL Majors as Cam Newton ran full force in the outfield, making an outstanding catch of a hard hit to end the ballgame with the tying run on third base.

“Cam Newton did a great job catching the ball,” Gormus said.

Holden Tyson drew praise from the manager for his hitting, going 2-for-3 wiht a single, a double and two RBIs.

Schaeffer pitched the entire game.

Analyzing what has enabled his team to be so successful, Gormus said his players never really get down on themselves when they are down on the scoreboard.

“They’ve got it in their hearts that they can score enough runs to win a ballgame,” he said.

When one part of the batting lineup has gone cold, he said another part heats up, helping the offense to be a consistent force.

“The defense has been outstanding, and our pitching’s been great,” Gormus said.

On Saturday, the BCYL Majors came back from a 5-1 deficit in the first inning to defeat Lunenburg 6-5.

“We made a few mistakes when the game started, and we just made up for our mistakes, and when the game was over, our boys came out with another victory,” Gormus said.

Buckingham began its resurgence in the third inning when Newton hit a two-run home run, changing the momentum of the ballgame.

Justin Gunter contributed strong pitching across five innings, throwing five strikeouts. George Hurt closed out the game on the mound in the sixth and final inning, throwing two strikeouts and coming up with a key tag at home plate to prevent Lunenburg from scoring the tying run.

Hurt and Eli Bryant each went 2-for-3 at the plate on offense.

On Friday, the BCYL Majors defeated the Prince George All-Star team 11-1.

“They’ve got winning in their heart, and that’s what counts, really what counts,” Gormus said of his players.