Brayden Albers, 10, throws the ball to home while competing in throwing with his Port Huron teammates during a Little League skills competition Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Marysville City Park.
Power, speed and quickness are always the name of the game on the baseball diamond. On Saturday at the Marysville All Star Tournament, it just meant a little more.
Through 8U to 12U, the best of the best competed in home run derbies, base running races and around the horn throwing competitions. The competition was high and the room for error was low, and this is how the young ballplayers fared under the sunny skies.
Home run derby
In the 12U home run derby, Greenwood’s Preston Hughes sent the balls flying to send him home with the title. However, it came with drama too as Hughes, Richmond’s Jacob Denapole and Port Huron’s Mike Block had a three-way tie in the championship round. The trio went into a tiebreaker where they had one minute of hitting, and Hughes smacked six homers in 60 seconds for the title. Denapole had five and Block had four.
The 10U homer contest was dominated by Joey Randazzo of Harper Woods, hitting seven homers in the championship round after belting 13 in the preliminaries. Richmond’s Joey Parinello hit four while Fort Gratiot’s Owen Johnson hit one.
In 8U, Croswell-Lexington’s Cody Metevier smoked seven home runs to take the crown. Fort Gratiot’s Taylor Falls and Ira’s Tyler Finkbeiner each hit two in the final round.
The question was rather simple – who here can run around the bases the fastest?
Richmond’s Colton Stricker answered that question rather quickly, running the bases in 12.05 seconds to claim the 12U title. Marysville’s Evan Woodard placed second (12.19) while Marine City’s Wes Uppleger raced to third (12.25).
The speedy Nick Garcia of Fort Gratiot won the 10U title even with a slight stumble after first base – that’s just how fast he is. He touched all the bases in 12.54 seconds, and Emett’s Connor Jakubiak (12.79) and Greenwood’s Kaden Kovach (12.85) came in second and third.
Croswell-Lexington’s Nolan Campbell dashed to first in the 8U division, running the bases in 13.95 seconds. Ira’s Brady Lee was second (14.09) and Marysville’s Zach Wright came in third (14.15).
Around the horn
Teams of four were tasked to throw the ball to third, to second, to first to home and back around again. Greenwood’s quick hands and footwork proved to be the day’s best as their team of Mason McCoy, Aaron Greb, Scott Harnden and Ethan Pruss did it in 12.54 seconds to take the 12U trophy. Richmond came in second at 12.94 while Fort Gratiot was third at 13.28.
Richmond’s 10U team of Ryan Zweng, Connor Bergeon, Kyle Bartolomucci and Brice Wesley got the job done in 15.35 seconds to take the 10U title. Marysville’s 9U team came in second with a 15.5 and Emmett took third with 15.8.
Marysville’s quartet of Eli Furtah, Brody Tuffin, Luke Thick and Connor Martin tossed the ball around in 25.15 to claim the 8U title. Port Huron was second at 29.2 and Fort Gratiot came in third at 30.9.
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