Written by Storm Baseball Staff
PERRY, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College baseball team hosted its eighth annual SFL Cup game on Monday (Oct. 12) at Perry High School.
The Storm baseball program has had a running tradition in which the senior players are split up on two separate teams and then draft their own remaining players. The game has always been played in front of the families on their annual Family Day, however rain changed those plans this year. Despite having to finish the fall up and play the SFL Cup on a Monday, there were plenty of familiar faces in the stands.
In the SFL Cup finals, the Black team was victorious in a 4-0 beat down of the Green Squad. All records indicate this was the first shutout in SFL Cup History. Things got going in the top of the second inning when the Black team struck first on a Tyler Bires RBI single through the rights side to score Louie Peterlin who led the inning off with a double to left center field. Both teams remained quiet until the sixth inning when Black got back at it again. The inning started with a Jacob Csizmadia single, followed by a Rees Rua HBP, after a fielder's choice and walk to Zak DeCamp the bases were loaded for Louie Peterlin who grounded into a 6-4 fielder's choice. It looked the Green Squad and pitcher Michael Poole was going to get out of this jam until Tyler Bires came up and cleared the bases with a triple to right center field to extend the lead to 4-0. The score would stay the same as Black team pitchers Vince Pitzulo and Michael Stryffeler closed the reaming two frames.
The Black team was led by post game award winners, Dave Lemasters and Tyler Bires. Lemasters was named Cy Young after throwing two innings, giving up no runs and striking out three. Tyler Bires was named the game's MVP after going two-for-three with three RBI's and a triple.
For team captain and Green Squad senior Rutger Luebke it capped off a 0-4 SFL career. He is now desperately searching for a 5th year of eligibility to erase this horrible memory.