Aug 16/22
12:11 pm

Las Vegas Bulls



Las Vegas


The Summer Tournament started off in a tough way for the BULLS.  Drawing what was probably the tougher of the two divisions, the BULLS started off the tournament against the Lobos.  It is never a walk in the park when these two teams meet up, and this time was no difference.  The Lobos jumped out to an early lead, but that just saw the BULLS fight right back.  Trailing 4 with an inning to go, the BULLS showed unbelievable restraint and fought hard to get 4 runs in the top of the 7th inning.  Jon then shut the door on the Lobos in the bottom of the 7th ending the game in a 7-7 tie.  There was little time to rest during that first day, as the BULLS had to play the Convicts immediately after tieing the Lobos.  This game could have been a disaster, but the BULLS jumped on the Convicts early and often and managed to end the  game after 5 innings.  The BULLS were lead by a strong outing by Jeremy in that second game as he threw 5 scoreless innings as well as going 3-4 at the plate.  Other bright spot in the game were Jesse going 2-3, Mike continuing his recent tear through the league, and Joe finally starting to show signs of getting out of his slump.  

The second day of the tournament saw the BULLS fighting for their playoff lives.  Not knowing if they were playing or not, the BULLS were left unprepared for there game against the Convicts, and thus meant they were relatively short handed for that game.  Without having Jason, Jermaine, Mando, Jerry, and Sam, the BULLS pulled up some members of their new AAA team.  Not knowing how they would fare, the BULLS were slapped in the face immediately by a much turned around Convicts team.  After only an inning and a half, the BULLS were trailing 6, and hadn't mustered much of an offense in their lone time at bat.  But the 2nd, 4th & 5th innings saw the BULLS jump on the Convicts for a total of 16 runs.  Unfortunately, the Convicts kept fighting back.  The BULLS escaped with their lives, but not after giving up 11 runs and raising doubts on how far they would go.  Some of the bright spots for the BULLS was Rocco going 3-4 with 5 RBI's, Kelly going 2-2 with 3 Runs and Jesse going 3-4 with a double and 4 RBI's.

The division championship saw a rematch of the Lobos and BULLS.  But the outcome was extremely different this time around. Jon kept the Lobos in check, not giving up a hit until the 6th inning.  The BULLS whole team got in on the act on the offensive end, poweing them to an 9-2 win.  Jon lead the way with the bat, going 3-3 with 2 R's 2 RBI's and 2 SB's.  Also contributing to this win in a big way was Mike going 2-3 with an RBI and a Run, Joe going 1-2 with an RBI and Jermaine going 2-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.

Finally came the championship game, and this would be the toughest test to date.  The BULLS faced off against a tough, and loaded Gamblers/Mustangs team.  The pain started off fast as the BULLS went down in order their first few times up, and the Gamblers jumped on the BULLS for 5 runs after 3 innings.  After 5 innings of play, the BULLS faced their biggest deficit in a while being down 11-2.  Not wanting the summer to end on such a bad not, the BULLS pecked away at the Gamblers lead, eventually pulling to within 3.  But mental mistakes, and a good outing by Keoki Wright kept the BULLS first championship out of reach.  The BULLS eventually fell to the Gamblers 14-10. 

All in all, the BULLS put up some impressive numbers during the summer both offensively and on the mound.

.409 Batting AVG
.529 On-Base%
44 RBI's

Opponent's BA - .269
36 Strikeouts
1 Shutout

BULLS final record was 3-1-1

Summer MVP - Jon Verde


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