On the sunny Friday of September 9th, eleven high school students walked towards Hawkins Field with smiles on their faces and gleaming blue jerseys on their backs. These students came to crush their opponents in a game they love: baseball.
The first game of the tournament was against the Western Academy of Beijing, a team that the Dragons have never lost to in the history of ISB baseball. The game began with Ted L. (12) throwing the first pitch. Despite a few defensive errors made by ISB, no WAB player made their way home.
However, ISB seemed to underestimate the Tigers and were unable to score until relatively late in the game. In the beginning of the game, ISB’s lead-off batter, Wilson Liang (12), popped a fly ball into fair territory but was caught by the first baseman. This disappointment was followed by another pop fly and a runner thrown out at first. It remained tied until the fourth inning, where ISB dominated by scoring 7 runs, with 2 more in the fifth inning. The game ended with ISB’s victory of 9-0.
The second game was against Concordia International School Shanghai. Leo X. (12) was our starting pitcher, and Peter L. (12) was the lead-off batter. The Dragons edged ahead with a 3-0 lead in first inning. Unfortunately, the Phoenixes scored 13 runs in the top of second inning, due to ISB’s lapse in concentration. The inning was eventually finished off after Riley M. (9) was put on the mound.
In the bottom second inning—with the help of some impassioned speeches by the captains—the Dragons were able to score 6 runs. During this inning, there was also some controversy regarding the use of metal cleats. According to ISB policy, no metal cleats are allowed due to high-risk for potential injury; Concordia insisted that they were not informed about this rule. This issue took around 20 minutes to resolve, with Concordia players forced to replace their metal cleats with soccer cleats.
The bottom of the third inning ended with bases loaded after a grounder to the pitcher. The game ended with the score of 12-13, with Concordia on top.
At the end of the day, team captain Leo spoke about the second game. He began by taking responsibility for their loss against Concordia: “The blame for the second inning of the second game goes to me, but props to everyone for fighting back and putting the tying run 90 feet away.” He then motivated his team by saying:
“While it would’ve certainly been nice to score that run right there, hopefully that lit a fire underneath us! Ice your arms, eat good food, sleep well, and get right back at it tomorrow!”
The second game of Day Two was a rematch between ISB and WAB. ISB won, as expected, 22-8.
The last game against Concordia was the most exciting of the entire tournament. ISB’s defense was solid, but pitcher Ryan M. (11) was on fire. He was called “Kershaw on the right” by his dad. The first 3 innings each consisted of 1 run scored by ISB and 0 by Concordia. Although the fourth inning was a bit shaky, ISB was able to maintain the lead and defeat Concordia 6-5.
Overall, a good two days for the Dragons.
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