Napoleon holds off Canes to win 19th annual BP Invitational title

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jul 15, 2013

If your name was Tyler, chances are you came up huge for the Napoleon [OH] Post 300 River Bandits on Sunday night.

Infielder Tyler Torrez drove in the winning run and closer Tyler Bell recorded the final out to lead Napoleon to a dramatic 7-6 extra innings victory over the East Texas Canes of Texarkana in the championship game of the 19th annual BP Invitational at Mulcahy Stadium.

Napoleon finished the four-day tournament with a 5-0 record, earning its second title in three stops along the Alaska Airlines Tournament Tour. The River Bandits also won the Todd Ryan Memorial Tournament in Wasilla and finished 11-3 on their trip.

Napoleon looked like it would win the BP Invitational title game in a snoozer, taking a 6-0 lead after two innings thanks to tournament MVP Dylan Hendricks and Torrez, who combined for five of the team’s first six RBIs.

Texarkana starter Coulton Lee gave up eight hits by the time he got six outs and forced skipper Chase Brewster to make multiple mound visits. He never pulled the lefty. The coach’s confidence paid off because Lee was brilliant the rest of the game, allowing just two other hits – one in the third and one in the eighth.

Meanwhile, the Canes mounted a comeback, trying to avoid their first loss in Alaska.

They got started in the third with RBIs by Blake Sullivan and Nate Fielder. Fielder’s two-run double made it 6-3. In the fourth, Lee retired the side on seven pitches and Levi Smith ripped an RBI double. Now it’s 6-4.

In the fifth, Napoleon escaped trouble with a double play. In the sixth, Texarkana pulled within 6-5 on Zach Bradford’s RBI groundout. In the seventh, the Canes tied it at 6-6 with a two-out base hit.

That sent the game to extra innings, where Torrez plated the winning run when his hard-hit grounder was misplayed by the second baseman. Then in the bottom half of the inning, Blake Kuszmaul got two outs before Bell closed it out on a comebacker.

2013 BP Invitational

Championship game

Napoleon [OH] 7, Texarkana [TX] 6

MVP Award

Dylan Hendricks, Napoleon

.692 batting average, 9 RBIs, 2 doubles

Big Stick Award

Nate Fielder, Texarkana

.647 batting average, 7 RBIs, 4 doubles

Top Pitcher Award

Corley Huffstickler, Texarkana

CG, 1-hitter, 7 IP, 14 Ks

Gold Glove Award

Nick Jensen, South

Zero errors on 12 total chances