The MVP Blue Jackets 11/12u were a frightening bunch this Halloween weekend out in Diamond Nation located in Flemington, NJ. Guest Coach, Mike Tierney said, "if these boys work hard through their off season, they are guaranteed to be nationally competitive". Tierney also said, "this will undoubtedly be the team to beat at this age division in NEPA.
The Jackets entered in to the Halloween Mash at Diamond Nation on a 9 Win Streak. First on the Blue Jackets Halloween hitlist was Trenton A's Elite, also known as the Green Machine. The A's were disassembled by a swarm of Blue Jackets. Next, was Diamond Nations very own, Diamond Jacks Gold. This game started off slow but the Jackets opened it up in the 4th inning with some long ball treats and ended up enforcing the mercy rule, winning by 10 runs. The 8am game Sunday morning was given to the Blue Jackets by a forfeit from the Diamond Studs.
Winning their pool with a record of 3-0, the Blue Jackets patiently waited for the tournament director to name their next victim. It was Hustle Baseball out of Fairfield, NJ. Now this was a great game! The Blue Jackets pulled out a 1-0 Win by a baserunning trick play which scored the only run of the game.
Now it was time for the biggest game of the year, MVP Blue Jackets vs. Tri-State Arsenal. Tri-State Arsenal won 2 national championships this past tournament season and needless to say, this was what made this the Blue Jackets biggest game of the year.
Awaiting the storm to pass, both teams participated in some good old rain delay festivities but both teams were very anxious to get it on. At about 7:30pm, it was GO Time! After a back and forth battle, it was 4-4 in the 5th inning. In essence, this was a 2-inning game and it was up for the taking. Arsenal led off the inning with a base hit followed by a walk. After a wild pitch and a big single to the gap, they went up by 2. A couple of mistakes allowed 3 more unearned runs and it ended in a result of a 9-4 victory for the Arsenal.
This was the final tournament of the MVP Blue Jackets 11/12u season. The Blue Jackets 2017 Tryouts will begin Sunday, Nov. 6 for all ages. Congratulations to all the Blue Jackets on an amazing travel year!