22u Diamond League (DL)- Joe Borkey, Sr. and Elwood Walters
Major - Brendon Borkey and TBD
Opening Day for Blaze Baseball! ⚾️
Blaze Black and White hit a combined 22 home runs this summer
BLAZE BASEBALL NABF COLLEGE WORLD SERIES-Quarter Finals: Wow. DOWN 2-1 going into the 9th inning against Muskegon Michigan Clippers AND being no-hit by a U of M pitcher. We rallied for 3 runs on 3 hits in the 9th, highlighted by a 2-out, 2-run single by Marcus Bobb to WIN 4-2. We move to semifinal round!! Brendon Borkey went 4-innings giving up 2 runs in the 1st inning. Tyler Lautanen threw scoreless 5-7, Joe Borkey threw scoreless 8th with 2k's and Nick Buckingham picked up the win with a scoreless 9th. John Royce brokeup the no-hitter with a single to center to start the 9th. TJ Lett followed with a bunt single for 1st and 2nd no out. Dan Walters grounded into a force at third. Bryant Kennedy pinch hit and walked to load the bases. Tom Mulig struck out. Seth Velucci walked on a full count to tie the games coring Royce. Marcus Bobb then lined the first pitch to right center to score Let and Walters, GO BLAZE #blazeup #blazefam @blaze22u.
NABF College World Series Update: After losing game #2 on Thursday 3-1 to the Indiana Bandits, Blaze baseball bounced back and beat Long Island Astros 5-1 Friday morning. The Astros, who beat Indiana Bandits Thursday nite, were stifled by starting pitcher Jay Milo who threw 5-innings of 1-run ball for the win. Nick Buckingham threw a 1-hit shutout over the last 4 innings and the Blaze comes out of pool play as the #1 seed. Tied 1-1 in the top of the 6th, Joe Caporale hit an opposite field 2-run -2 out single to put Blaze up 3-1. In the 9th, Seth Velucci hit a 2-out double to score Tyson Lautanen from first base and later scored on a single by AJ Strnad.
NABF 22u College World Series Game 1: Blaze Baseball 4. Michigan Bulls 2. Behind Ryan Lally and 8 innings of 1 run ball, Blaze starts tourney on good note. A 4-run 8th inning higlighted by Rbi singles from Tyson Lautanen, Mike Capel and Chance Retino put the Blaze ahead to stay. Brendon Borkey came on to pitch the 9th and get the save. Go Blaze #blazeup #blazefam@blaze22u
BLAZE 22U BLACK- came back to beat the Cleveland Sox 9-4 in Diamodn League Championship play. The game featured the 22u Division Champ Blaze Black and the LEBL (Unlimited) DIvision Cleveland sox who beat Blaze earlier in teh year 5-2 and 10-0. behind powerful pitching by Ryan Lally, Tyler Kennedy, Jay Mlo, Brendon Borkey and Joe Borkey, Blaze pitchers held the Sox to 6 hits overall and struck out 9. Big stick for Blaze was TJ Letts 3-run HR to Right Center in the 6th inning to pull the Blaze to 6-2 score at the time.
Going 15-3 in the inaugural Diamond League College Division, Blazed Baseball swept through the intra-division schedule with a perfect record. The only losses were during inter-division games against the LEBL (unlimited) division where they were 7-3. Congrats guys!
JUNE 8 2016- Blaze Black wins 10-0 over the E 80 Iron Pigs @ryanlally7 threw one hit shutout ball over 4 innings and Tyler Kennedy threw 2-shutout innings in the inning-shortened game. Offensively @walters_dan lead the charge with a 3-run HR in the 3rd inning. The Blaze jumped out early and staked Lally to a 4-0 lead after one inning with the usual barrage of timely hits and aggressive baserunning...#Blaze
JUNE 4, 2016- In game one of Saturdays Split DH vs Columbus Braves, the Blaze Black -22u (1-0) took an early lead and cruised to a 18-0 whitewashing of the Columbus Braves. TJ Let and Luke Capel both had 3-run Hr's for the Blaze while Brendon Borkey, Ryan Lally, Jay Milo, and Joe Borkey combined to throw 2-hit shutout ball.
In Game 2, the Blaze White- Unlimited team (2-0-1) held a 5-1 lead going into the 5th inning lead by the crisp pitching of Nick Buckingham and Mike Martin. The White fell behind 7-5 in the 6th, but battled back to tie the game 7-7 as time expired.
Blaze-White will be back at it on Monday with a cross-division DH vs Rebels Baseball at Victory Park #7 at 6:15 and 8:30pm
Blaze Black will be back 6pm Wednesday with a single game Diamond League divisional contest vs E80 IronPigs at Lake Catholic.
The Blaze White-Unlimited team swept the Ohio Longhorns in a Double Header on 6/1 at Victory Park #7. Winning the game 5-1 and 17-2.
In game 1, Tyler Kennedy (Findlay Univ.) got the start and went 3 innings of 1 hit ball. AJ Strnad, and Joe Caporale led the offense with 2 hits a piece.
In game 2, the offense erupted with 12 runs in the first inning, as that was enough as the team cruised to a 17-2 victory.
Blaze Baseball partnered with Victory Park Ohio in their first 5k Color Fest. Brendon Borkey led the pack and crossed the finish line first among the 400 runners/walkers. Players Mike Capel, Ray Posipanka, AJ Strnad, Luke Caple, Tyson Lautanen, Kyle Zabarsky, Marcus Bobb, Chance Retino, and Jay Milo helped with race registration, course setup, and throwing colored chalk at the runners.
3 of our players: Brendon Borkey, Chance Retino, and AJ Strnad volunteered to help The Cleveland Indians Charities, where they helped renovate and clean up Gunning Park in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Indians and Victory Park Ohio thank them for their efforts in revamping the park.
Junior AJ Strnad is just fine with not going to the FLA coast during Spring Break. The Coker Centerfielder has a homerun, a double, 17 walks and 10 stolen bases in the first month of the season. Batting leadoff for the Blaze 22u Summer team, Strnad believes he can challenge TJ (Streaker) Lett, Danny (Little Wally Walters) and Mike (let me olay 1b coach) Capel for the team HR Title.
NOTRE DAME COLLEGE had a tough start to their Florida trip at the RussMatt tourney with a 2-6 record. The Falcons showed plenty of promise, as sophomore outfielder TJ Lett hit .289 with a home run, 2-2b's, a triple and 9-rbi's. Keep up the good work TJ and flex those biceps ala Albert Belle!
Blaze Players continued to roll in Sunny Auburndale with the Pitching Trio of Jr-Jacob Sheaf, Jr-Brendon Borkey and Soph.-Joe Borkey along with the bats and gloves of Soph.- Danny Walters, Fresh.-Joe Caporale and Soph.-Connor Hopkins. Brendon Borkey lead the way with a 1-1 record in his 2 starts including a 1-run, 3-hit, 6k performance in his second outing. Sheaf was 1-0 in his 2 appearances (1-start, 1-relief) while Joe (JoeBoo) Borkey was 0-1 with a save and 6-k's in his 2 relief appearances and a sterling 3.18 era. Danny Walters hit a Grand Slam in Game 4 at the Winter Haven Stadium and Little Wally had 6 rbi's for the week while playing a stellar 1B. Joe Caporale had plenty of key hits after being inserted into the starting lineup after game 4. JoeCap had a .952 fielding percentage and turned 3-DP's. Connor Hopkins in limited duty managed to score a few runs and played a flawless outfield.
The BGSU CLub Team had a rough go of it and suffered through various early season injuries enroute to a 0-3 start in The RussMatt. Junior First Basebaman Tommy Mulig went 6-8 with 2-2b's and 3-rbi's in the first 3 games. Keep it stroking Tommy!
The Walsh University Cavaliers hit another gear as they jumped out early to a 3-1 record in their 9 game FLA trip. Junior Tyson Lautanen is hitting .413 with 3 doubles, 1-3b and 9-rbi's while boasting a .522 slugging percentage. In addition to being a fixture at 3b, Tyson has also re-discovered his pitching form and in 3 relief appearances has 2-saves and a .000 ERA. Congrats Tyson!
Mount Union took an ambitious schedule into FLA to prepare them for the upcoming rugged OAC conference schedule. Sophomore Mike Martin had a pair of starts with mixed results and threw real well according to innocent bystanders. JSophomore Joey Keleman got a couple of at-bats during the trip and Sophomore Johnny (Stupid Thumbs) Thombs did not see Varsity action but memorized the new Jay-Z CD.
OHIO DOMINCAN is off to a great start in their 2016 baseball season. Sophomore Cody Paterniti is hitting .318 with 11 walks while sporting a .500 OBP for the Panthers in the early going while starting all 10 games in the Outfield. Keep up the good work Cody!