Published on August 14, 2013
Ryan Kaulbach, #2, is an outfielder from Bridgetown. The 17-year-old is five feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. He bats right and throws right.
Published on August 14, 2013
Bradley Fuller, #50, is a third baseman from White Rock. The 18-year-old is six foot five inches and weighs 200 pounds. He bats and throws right.
An already “amazing experience” got a little bit better for Bridgetown’s Ryan Kaulbach as he was given player of the game honours Thursday at the national Midget U18 championship.
The Kentville Midget AAA Wildcats, who are representing Nova Scotia at nationals, came back from a 7-4 loss against Manitoba earlier in the day to dominate a match-up against Newfoundland. As coaches liberally substituted players and switched up the pitching, the Wildcats defeated the Rock 17-6.
Kaulbach, an outfielder who had two at bats and brought three runners home, was named player of the game for the Wildcats.
"I have never played baseball like this," said Kaulbach. "It's an amazing experience and I still can't believe that I am here."
The win, says coaching staff, helps the boys feel more confident moving into the second day of play on Aug. 16. They’ll next see action Aug. 16, with a game against New Brunswick at 3:30 p.m. AST and a game against Prince Edward Island at 9:30 p.m.
The Wildcats wrapped up day one of the tournament with a 1-1 record, good for a four-way tie for second place in Pool B, which includes New Brunswick (2-0), PEI (1-1), Manitoba (1-1), Saskatchewan (1-1) and Newfoundland (0-2).
Yarmouth's Luke Muise, who is batting .800, has the third-place ranking out of both pools, while Kaulbach is in second in both pools for having the most runs batted in at three, while teammates Brett Long of Wolfville and Muise are in a five-way tie for third with two runs batted in apiece.
The Wildcats’ pitcher, Bradley Fuller of White Rock, is ranked fourth out of both pools for having the most strikeouts, at five, while teammate Logan Aker of Little Pond, is close behind with four strikeouts, good for a three-way tie for fifth.
Action from Game 2:
Wes Harding singled to put the Kentville on the field at the top of the first. Harding – a centrefielder from Liverpool who was named player of the game for the Wildcats against the team’s earlier match-up against Manitoba, which ended in a 7-4 loss – stole second, then made it to third as Kentville’s Brady Atwater singled. An error by Newfoundland’s catcher allowed Harding to run home, as Atwater stole second, to put Kentville on the board.
Muise singled, allowing Atwater to advance to third. Dartmouth’s Jaelin Trider made a sacrifice fly to left field to bring Atwater home, bringing the score to 2-0.
Left fielder Alec Armstrong from Kingston walked to first, allowing Muise to advance to second. Long walked to first, advancing Muise and Armstrong and loading the bases for Eric Such from Hantsport. Such walked to first as well, allowing Muise to score – making the game 3-0 – and leaving the bases loaded for Kaulbach.
An error by the first baseman allowed Kaulbach to advance to first and Armstrong to run home. Mike Boylan, from New Minas, struck out, but an error by the first baseman allowed both Long and Such to score.
Fuller took to the mound in the bottom of the first. The right-hander had one run and stole a base in the Wildcat’s first match of the day against Team Manitoba. Newfoundland managed to get one runner on base, but Fuller quickly retired the rest of the island squad.
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At the top of the second, Harding singled and then stole second. An error by the second baseman allowed Atwater to make it to second and Harding to run home. Muise then doubled, bringing Atwater home, making the score 8-0. Trider struck out for the first out, then Armstrong walked to first. Long singled, advancing Armstrong to second and allowing Muise to score.
Such singled to load the bases again and a single by Kaulbach brought both Armstrong and Long home.
Newfoundland substituted its pitcher as Boylen came up at bat. A wild pitch brought Such home, bringing the score to 12-0, then Boylen struck out for the second out and Harding was put out to finish the top half of the inning.
Fuller was quickly able to retire the Newfoundland offence with three up and three down to end the second inning.
A single from Atwater began the Wildcat’s offence, and a wild pitch allowed Atwater to advance to second. Muise was walked to first, but Trider struck out swinging. Armstrong was walked to first to load the bases, and Atwater scored on a balk, but Long struck out swinging for the second out. Such struck out to end the half.
Harding subbed in as pitcher, but even though Newfoundland loaded the bases, the Rock was only able to bring one run home to make it a 13-1 game.
Gage Reid of Kentville, who replaced Kaulbach, doubled, then Boylen and Harding both singled to bring Reid home.
Muise singled to load the bases and Fuller was hit by a pitch to advance him to first and bring Boylen home.
Mount Denson outfielder Ben Caldwell replaced Armstrong and a wild pitch allowed Harding to score, but both Fuller and Caldwell were tagged out to end the top of the inning 16-1.
Harding walked two Newfoundland players before he was replaced by Long on the mound. The Wolfville player, who normally is a catcher, was replaced by Jacob Doucette of Bridgewater behind the plate.
Long walked one to load the bases, then walked the next Newfoundland player, allowing the second run of the night to make it home. A wild pitch made the game 16-3 and an error by the first baseman made it 16-4. Newfoundland’s Zach Noseworthy was hit by a pitch to load the bases again, and an error by the third baseman allowed the Rock to bring two more players home to make it a 16-6 game.
A walk left runners on first and second with two out and the Wildcats were finally able to put out the last Newfoundland player to end the inning.
At the top of the fifth, Long struck out, then Falmouth’s Austin Sabean subbed in for Such and walked, then advanced to second and then third on two wild pitches. Reid was walked to first and Boylen advanced to first as Reid was tagged out and Sabean scored to make it 17-6. Doucette was put out on a fly ball out to centrefield to end the game.
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