Capahas baseball team snares Valmeyer tournament win in 10th inning

Sunday, July 1, 2012
Capahas starting pitcher Zach Smith delivers during Saturday's game at the Valmeyer, Ill., tournament. (WAYNE McPHERSON ~ Special to the Southeast Missourian)

It looked like a missed opportunity for the Plaza Tire Capahas.

Clayton Gibbons bunted a ball hard at the first baseman in an attempt to move up the runners on first and second. The Belleville, Ill., Rockies first baseman threw to third for the force out, and the third baseman attempted to complete a double play with a throw back to first. But the throw was high, which allowed the Capahas' courtesy runner to score from second base in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday.

The Capahas defeated the Rockies 8-7 in the first round of the Valmeyer, Ill., tournament to improve to 17-2 this season.

Trey Bazzell earned the win in relief. He allowed one hit and hit a batter while striking out two over 2 2/3 innings.

"I thought Trey Bazzell did a really nice job," Capahas manager Jess Bolen said. "He came in with two on and one out, and they didn't score. Then he pitched the ninth and the 10th. He got the win, and he deserved it."

Zach Smith started for the Capahas and went the first seven innings. He allowed eight hits, four runs, three earned, walked three and fanned five.

"Zach pitched really well today," Bolen said. "When it's hot as it was and a guy gives you seven good innings, that's about all you can ask for."

Smith departed with the Capahas leading 7-4 after seven innings. But the Rockies scored three earned runs off Colton Young, who pitched one-third of an inning, to start the eighth.

Shane Blair led the Capahas with two of their six hits. But the Rockies hit six batters to aid the Capahas.

The Capahas will start Jason Chavez today against Fairview Heights at 2 p.m. If the Capahas win today, they will play for the tournament title Wednesday.

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