11-and-under Flames win tournament

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The 11-and-under Flames rolled into the Big League Dreams field in Manteca Saturday morning with the hope of winning some games and gaining valuable big tournament venue experience. They left Manteca as USSSA Super NIT Champions. The Flames went a respectable 2-1 in pool play and landed the No. 4 seed. They started bracket play by taking down the No. 5 seeded Redwood Empire, 13-3, with a strong pitching performance by Peter Hansen. The Flames strong offense and a stingy defense prevented Empire from ever getting into the game. The second game against the top-seeded Delta Dawgs of Brent wood was the game of the tournament for Flames. Taylor Ignacio threw a gem of a game for the Flames, while the offense got things started quickly in the top first with back-to-back doubles by Ignacio and Chad Wilson to go up 1-0. Folsom added two more runs and relied on their defense to make one spectacular play after another en route to the 3-0 win and a trip to the finals. The finals featured the third-seeded Rebels against the Flames. The Flames fell behind 4-0, but fought back. Folsom scored twice on an infield hit by Chad Wilson and one inning later tied it with a two-run single by Mark Powers. Flames pitcher Jason Wiese held the Rebels at four runs and with relief help from Powers, shut the Rebels out the last three innings of the game. The two-run double and game-winning hit was delivered by Nick Marchi, sealing the championship for the Flames. "It was a team victory by all eleven members of the Flames," Manager Patrick Wilson said. "This group continues to amaze me. They step up and deliver when the pressure is on. They now have recorded three tournament wins and three second-place finishes in less then 15 months of competitive tournament baseball.” Members of the Flames include Nick Neuschmid, Mark Powers, Taylor Ignacio, Dominic Baciocco, Chad Wilson, Matthew Jenner, Peter Hansen, Tyler Nycum, Evan Swartz, Nick Marchi and Jason Wiese. John Baciocco, Steve Marchi and Mike Wiese coach the team.