By Colin Becht
Palo Alto Online Sports
Despite the billing as a championship game, B&B Builders turned its Wednesday matchup with Goetz Brothers at Baylands Athletic Center into little more than hitting practice.
B&B walloped Goetz Brothers, 10-1, to take home the title in the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15U City Tournament. Behind great outings on the mound from Jack Cleasby and Clay Carey and clutch hitting from Isaac Feldstein, B&B cruised to its second victory over Goetz Brothers in the city tournament.
"We had good pitching, solid defense, and we were an overall good team that meshed well together," said Feldstein, who knew all along his team had championship potential.
B&B finished third in the regular season, but played as a different team in the postseason while never losing a game in the double-elimination tournament and outscoring foes 36-7.
"There was really on one difference (between the regular season and the postseason). We had the whole team here," said B&B manager Ed Rea. "We were often missing two or three of our best players, but everyone signed up to really be here during the tournament, and that shows what kind of team this is when everyone's there."
After defeating Goetz, 14-4, in a semifinal game shortened by the mercy rule on Monday, B&B once again found its offensive stroke. It took B&B until the fourth inning to get on the board, but once breaking through, the runs quickly followed.
Trailing 1-0, B&B struck for three runs in the fourth when five batters in succession reached base. After Carey walked, Cleasby singled and James Foug reached on an error, Feldstein drove B&B into the lead with a two-run single. Mathias Schmutz followed with another single to score Foug before Goetz pitcher Mikey Diekroeger induced two infield popups to get out of the inning.
With the dominant pitching of Cleasby and Carey, those three runs were all B&B needed. Cleasby retired the first seven batters of the game before surrendering his first hit of the game, a double by Michael Fraser. Fraser scored on a groundout by Ryan Vertelney for Goetz's only run of the game.
Cleasby pitched five innings, allowing only four hits and no walks to earn the win. He faced just three batters over the minimum.
"He was sensational," said Rea.
Carey was equally tough in his two innings of work, surrendering just two hits while striking out one.
"They really just did their job," said Feldstein, who caught both pitchers. "They got groundballs. They kept their pitch count low. They let our defense, which turned out big for us today, just do what they've been doing this whole season."
B&B added to its 3-1 lead in the fifth with another run when Cleasby drove in Clark Schmutz. In the sixth, the Goetz wall of defense caved and B&B put the game out of reach with six more runs to nearly end the game at that point.
Clark Schmutz singled to score Alec Fishman, beginning a string of four straight singles. Eight straight batters reached base safely as B&B piled on the runs. Andrew Lim singled in a run and Feldstein added two more RBI to his name with another single. Goetz did little to help itself in the inning, committing two errors that led to three unearned runs.
Feldstein finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBI. He was one of three B&B players with multi-hit games as Christopher Rea and Lim each recording three singles. Cleasby, Carey and Clark Schmutz each scored twice.
"We've just all been hitting well," said Feldstein.
Goetz Brothers would have to agree.