Dimond clinches No. 1 seed in Pool A at BP Invitational

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 14, 2012

Dimond Post 21 rode pitcher Sean Bradley all the way to the end in a 6-3 victory over Castroville [Texas] Post 460 on Saturday during Day 3 action at the BP Invitational Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Bradley fired a 7-hit complete game, getting 12 fly ball outs and a run-saving double play thanks to first baseman Mahlon Cleveland’s scoop. He had only 1 strikeout – the final batter of the game.

"Certainly it all starts with Sean Bradley," said Post manager Brad Lauwers. "Going into tomorrow with a possible doubleheader, we needed to see if we could get some innings so if we would have gotten 4 or 5 out of Sean we would have been ecstatic, but to get a complete game … and the way it turned out he was the ideal pitcher to kind of frustrate them a little bit, getting them to hit the ball in the air; and our outfield played well."

Dimond’s Sagan Osborne got hit by a pitch three times and finished 0-1, ending his 27-game hitting streak. Teammate Payton Lauwers scored twice and collected 2 of his team’s 7 hits.

But the biggest hit came from Jordan Clevenger, who ripped a 2-run double down the left-field corner in the first inning.

"That was definitely huge," Coach Lauwers said.

More so because on the previous play Texas left fielder Trevor Harlos threw out Dylan Lauwers at the plate trying to score from second base on a base hit.

"I kind of thought with Dylan on second and a hit to left, we would take a little chance, I knew they had a good arm out there. Dylan got in [the dugout] and says, ‘Why did you send me?’ "

Dimond – currently the first place Legion AA team in Alaska – clinched the No. 1 seed in Pool A and a spot into Sunday’s first semifinal at 11:45 a.m. Texas clinched the No. 2 seed and will play in the second semifinal at 2:15 p.m.