Thu11272014

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Brushback caps stellar season, moves on to the next one


Courtesy of Kris Mims
Brushback Baseball Club’s 12-and-under team recently capped a 56-24 season. Front row, from left: Cole Baker, Nate Geiger, Zach Espiritu, Phillip Carey and Jared Norris. Back: Assistant coach Jojo Perez, Ethan Jean, Justin Nam, Derrick Turner, Johnson Ku, Stephen Johnson, Ryan Swearingen and head coach Kris Mims.

Playing a game known for numbers, Brushback Baseball’s 12-and-under team posted plenty of impressive stats.

The local travel team recently capped a 56-24 season that included six tournament titles, three second-place finishes and the sixth spot at a prestigious tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y. Brushback ranked second in points among USSSA Majors teams from Northern California.

“The kids worked hard and it showed,” head coach Kris Mims said.

Brushback notched 10 shutouts and was blanked only twice all season. The team won 23 games on the 10-run mercy rule and averaged 7.44 runs per game.

Brushback got off to a so-so start, returning from an October trip to Las Vegas with a 12-12 record. Several rainouts followed, according to Mims, and the team didn’t play again until early January.

The team “took off” from there, the coach said, winning 44 of its final 56 games. Brushback went 5-1 in its bracket at Cooperstown – losing to the eventual champ – before splitting its last two games in the single-elimination playoffs. The squad belted 13 home runs in the tourney, five of them from Derrick Turner.

Turner topped the team in homers (nine) and RBIs (74) this season. Johnson Ku led Brushback in hits (86), runs (82), doubles (11) and stolen bases (56). Justin Nam pitched a team-high 61 innings, racking up the most wins (eight) and strikeouts (74) and the lowest ERA (2.93). Nate Geiger finished with the best fielding percentage (.983).

“Overall it was a great 12U season for Brushback Baseball,” Mims said. “Let’s hope that in 2013-2014 we will continue to build on that success.”

The team began its 13U season last week.

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