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Bull's 18's finish 32-10 on the season

07/29/2011, 7:15pm CDT
By gc

18u Bulls go 3-1 at Bloomington, Illinois World Series


18U Bulls go 3-1 in the DSP World Series
July 31, 2011
The Lids Missouri Bulls ended a very successful summer season with a 32-10 record after going 3-1 in a very competitive World Series tournament in Bloomington, Illinois last weekend.
In the first game on Friday morning at Lincoln College, the Bulls beat the Indiana Bandits 8-4 behind a gutty complete game performance from Jordan Anderson.   Anderson allowed 4 earned, scattering 10 hits, walking three and striking out five.
Lack led off the first with a triple and came around when James Naile doubled him home. 
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the second, the Bulls tacked on three runs and never trailed again.   Cody Heisserer led the inning off with a walk and Kyle Campbell followed with a single. Trent McMillan stepped up and hit a two run double down the third base line and scored on a sacrifice fly making the score 4-2.
The Bulls tallied on single runs in every inning for a final score of 8-4.
In the second game on Friday, the Bulls faced the Illinois Royals.   In a pitcher’s duel, the Bulls out hit the Royals eight to five but lost 3-1. Cody Heisserer was the tough luck loser but pitched a heck of a ballgame. 
Heisserer pitched six strong innings allowing three runs, one earned, striking out three, walking only one and allowing five hits. James Naile came in and pitched a scoreless seventh.
Offensively the Bulls faced as good a pitcher as they have seen all year.   Josh DeYoung allowed one run on six hits, striking out nine and walking two in six innings.   The Bulls had their chances stranding 11 base runners in the game. James Naile and Tyler Heuring had two hits each for the Bulls.
The Bulls needed to win both games Saturday and hope for some help as they faced the Southside Sluggers from Chicago.   Brady Wright took the hill for the Bulls and like he’s done all year pitched lights out.
Wright allowed one run one three hits and three walks in a complete game 5-1 Missouri Bulls win.
Offensively the Bulls had 11 base hits led by Adam Grantham and Tyler Heuring who had three hits apiece.   Andy Lack had two hits including a double. Trent McMillan had two rbi’s in the game.
In the second game on Saturday, the Bulls once again faced a Chicago team, the Illinois Indians, who were undefeated coming into the contest.   It was another pitcher’s duel as the Indians scored first as they plated a run in the top of the second.    The score remained 1-0 until the fourth.
Tyler Heuring stepped to the plate with runners on second and third and hit a deep fly ball that was caught but Naile trotted home to tie the score at one.
Adam Grantham took the hill for the Bulls and pitched a good game as he held a hot hitting Indians team to one run on six hits, walking five and striking out three in 5 2/3.   Jame Naile entered in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied at one and the bases loaded with two outs.   Naile had ice in his veins as he struck out the Indians hitter on three straight pitches.
The Bulls scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth as Cody Heisserer struck out with bases loaded but reached base when the catcher over threw first base on a dropped third stike.
With the Bulls ahead 3-1, Naile went out and secured the victory with a solid seventh. Naile allowed a two out walk but promptly struck out the next batter looking.
The Bulls season came to an end as they didn’t advance to the final eight because of run differential.   Regardless, it was a great season as the Bulls 18U finished 32-10 against some very strong competition.
“Our goal was to get our players exposure to college coaches all over the Midwest and I think we did a pretty good job, said Mitch Wood, head coach of the 18U Bulls.  All eight of our 2011 players will be playing college baseball next year somewhere and that is what we are most proud of. Wins are great and finishing 32-10 feels good, but giving kids a chance to play at the next level is really the only thing that matters.”
“This was a pretty special group of kids,” said Glenn Campbell.   “We rostered 18 player initially and ended up having 21 kids on the team before the year was over due to injuries and other things. Each and every one of those 21 players contributed in some way, shape or form and that’s why the summer so good. I know I speak for everyone in our organization when I say good luck to our first graduating class.”

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