The Blast Red opened the tournament on Saturday with a 5-1 victory. Joey Feldman threw three shutout innings for the win after Trent Davis and Billy Rodger provided solid pitching in the opening innings.
Game two against the CCC Rockers saw the opposition live up to its name as the Rockers earned the decisive victory. With a 1-1 record heading into Sunday's games, the Blast players knew they had to bring the heat.
Behind six shutout innings by Brandon Alcala in the opening game on Sunday, the Blast beat a tough Galt All-Star team 2-0. Great defense was also the story in this game, as middle infielders Trent Davis and Marcus Clark made one outstanding play after another to give the edge to the Blast.
The victory sent the Brentwood team into the championship game against their nemesis, the CCC Rockers. Having already lost to them over Memorial Day weekend and then again on Saturday, the team knew it had a tough task ahead of it. Despite battling hard through every inning, the Blast fell 11-6. The boys of Brentwood still managed to clinch a World Series berth, however.
Key to the Blast's success throughout the tournament was defense. Shortstop Trent Davis earned the MVP title for the team, converting every opportunity that came his way, some in dazzling fashion. Tyler Barrios and Jeffrey Murray also showed fine glove work. The one, two and three hitters, Anthony Norris, Frankie Garcia and Trey Victor, were on base all tournament, setting the tone for the rest of the bats in the Blast lineup.
After a tough spring season during which two Blast players suffered major injuries, the team seems to have recovered. Jeffrey Murray is now back in the lineup, but Tyler Roby won't return until late July. Considered a quiet leader on the team, Roby's teammates made sure to reserve him a trophy from the Manteca qualifier.
The Blast will continue to play a busy summer tournament schedule in preparation for the late-summer nationals.