2018 Recap

At Tillamook Cheese Factory

We were introduced to fresh new faces in our “B” team, who will no doubt bring surprises and strength to this organization in the future.  The “A” team was able to shine in Oregon and even got to visit the Tillamook Cheese factory.  The “AA” team made it to the championship game at State before ending their season 36 – 7.  Amazing run.  Some of these young men we will see next year and some are headed to college or back to college.  Such is the nature of U19 Legion ball; but for this short time, we witnessed an inspiring coalescence of skill and friendship that we will remember for a lifetime.   Thank you boys for this season and best of luck wherever you are headed!

Gems through to State!

As we proceed to the the second day of the State Tournament, I want to congratulate our boys of summer for their effort so far.  The Gems entered the District tournament with a 26 – 5 record (give or take). The Legion District Tournament was hosted at Bishop Kelly High School, and the Gems blew through it without a loss.  Here is a sampling of highlights I picked up through browsing the Game Changer recaps and stats. The tournament started with a strong showing from Braden Rachael allowing 3 runs over 6 innings, striking out 4.  It was a close game with the Silverwolves limiting the Gems to singles. But that was all that was needed.

The Treasure Valley Stars fell 8 runs to 2 the next evening.  The score was tied through four, then Jonah H singled to start the unraveling. E. Youde followed up with a 2 RBI double, Callahan collected a RBI triple, and Randall finished that inning with a RBI single.  E. Youde doubled again in the next inning to give the Gems their 8th and last run of the game.

Gems played Mountain VIew Torros the next evening.  Impressive 13 runs for the Gems in a game with zero errors from either side.   Scoring began with a 2 RBI HR from Alex. Callahan singled to bring in Viz that inning as well.  Later, Viz would go yard as well bringing in the Gems’ 11th run.

The Gems faced the Senators the next day.  The highlight was that Logan Durk got his first homer bringing in Parker who had just doubled. The Gems had two other home runs by Alex and Viz that game.  Murphy pitched through three innings giving up one run and 2 hits.

The Championship game was between the Gems and the Nampa Chiefs.  Both teams were going to state, but this was for bragging rights and the top seed.  The Chiefs would have to beat the Gems twice, but a second game was not needed. 9 to 2 score secured the top seed for the Gems.  Sebastian Elu started it off on the mound lasting five innings giving up one run on 3 hits, walking on and striking out 5. Viz and Duffy finished the game on the mound.  The scoring was shared between, Elkins, Vizgirdas, Alex and Parker, where both Alex and Parker each contributed with 2 out RBI’s.

I want to acknowledge the failure of Game Changer to provide accolades to the fantastic fielding our team has showed.  A grounder in Game Changer is not always a ‘grounder’. We all have our golden glove moments. Here are mine: Jonah at second dives to his left and, while maintaining his rotational momentum, comes up on a knee to throw the runner out at first.  Visgirdes in center lays out horizontal to stop an offense. Elu charging from shortstop comes up throwing. Callahan, from third, bare hands a chopper and in one motion throws to get the runner at first. Funkhouser who appears to be in two places at once so many times I can’t count: is he picking the runner off second or deep in the gap.  How can he do both.

I am sorry that I can’t catalogue every awesome event.  And I know you have your own. There are many more I did not include because it is all a blur.  I hope to get in another blog post or two this year. Two more post tournament posts would be cool.  Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting the efforts of these fine young men. See you in the stands. Go Gems

 

Champions in St George

In a hotly contested battle for the championship in St George, the Gems held their composure and bested the Jay’s from Las Vegas 19-8 in 5 innings. The Jay’s particular gamesmanship garnered a Jay’s player ejection and later the ejection of their coach and a second player as well. The Gems weathered the ruckus while focusing on their bats and playing within themselves.  Phenomenal offensive effort overcame early errors securing the championship.  Viz’s second double thwarted his attempt at the cycle by one single, and it was apparent he knew it, as he slowly rounded first for his last at bat  (he already had the HR, 3B and 2B accomplished).  This game, the second of the day, which started at 8:30pm in 95 degree temperature and ended close to 11:00, tested our boys’ endurance and heart. They excelled beyond expectations. A satisfying win.

2017 Boise Gems AA Team

The AA team had a fantastic season, traveling to Reno and Omaha for back to back tournaments.  And later, to finish season in Twin Falls at the state tournament.  They made plenty of memories as a team, but also played very well.  37 home runs between: Viz, Mac, Wagner, Chambers, Riddle, Hultberg and Stefanic.  Viz made it to double digits with 10 home runs.  Evan Blodgett gets credit for the only two shutouts for the season: against BK Wave and Borah Senators.

Matt Chambers, #1
Chaston Goodwin, #2
Bradley Funkhouser, #3
John Duffy, #5
Nic Elkins, #6
Jonah Hultberg, #7
Morgan Baker, #8
Alex McFarland-Smith, #9
Evan Youde, #10
Tanner Hartnett, #11
Matt Stefanic, #12
Thomas Vizgirdas, #15
Connor Riddle, #16
Evan Blodget, #17
Layton Wagner, #18

2017 Gems AA Schedule

2017 Boise Gems A Team

The Boise Gems A team had a great season marked by 4 shutouts.  Sullivan gets two of those with only 5 hits combined between those two games.  McAdams pitched a shut out on June 19th and Shafer got the win from a collective shutout against the Liberty Falcons on June 22nd.  Garrett Thompson managed two home runs this season.

Camden Wagner, #1
Greyson Shafer, #4
Logan Durk, #16
Hunter Stunga, #6
Jeremy Underwood, #7
Chris McAdams, #8
Gannon Malloy, #10
Braden Rachael, #12
Danny Orrock, #13
Garrett Thompson, #14
Cooper Sloan, #15
Keegan Carlson, #17
Murphy Sullivan, #18

2017 Gems A schedule

2017 Boise Gems B Team

Congratulations to our B-Team’s. Their overall record was 23 to 7, which is a great way to start their Gem’s experience.  We hope they will stay on board and decide to grow with our program.

Tyler Gomez, #1
Ethan Wolfe, #2
Donovan Merriweather, #3
Harrison Michael, #4
Max Spielman, #6
Duncan Bennett, #7
Reagan Wiese, #8
Colton Farnsworth, #10
Tyler Jordan, #12
Dylan Pike, #13
Eli Meldrim, #14
Gary Brown, #15

2017 B Team Schedule

Getting through districts

The AA’s make it through the losing bracket (having lost initially to Borah); beating Centennial, Bishop Kelly, and then Borah. A final loss to the Toros meant a lower seeding but we’ll take it.

Grand Slam

Layton Wagner gets some love from coach after bringing Gems to within 2 runs after grand slam in the 5th inning of a 9 inning game. Gems would beat the Cannons 16-12 in final game of regular season play.

A nice close to 2017 Summer League play

A successful Gems’ season.  Our AA team finished 23 and 9 overall and 9-3 in our division.  This gives us a #1 seed and a pass for the first round of play at Districts.  The A team finished the season with an overall record of 20-14 record and 16-6 division play record.  This was good enough for #3 seed and a bye for first round play at Districts.  Our B team finished strong with a sweep at Bishop Kelly.  No word as to seeding yet for them.  

And now a quote: “Progress always involves risk.  You can’t steal second base and keep you foot on first.” – Frederick B. Wilcox