T-birds, Braves win Brickhouse tourneys

    The Decatur Thunderbirds team went 6-0 to win the Brickhouse Tournament in Monroe's 12-under division earlier this month, while the Decatur Braves' 9-under squad surprised the field by winning the 10-under division.
    In the first game for the T-birds, Brevin Slusher (three K's) and Noah Macklin combined for a two-hit shutout win, 4-0, against New Haven. Aaron Lehrman paced the offense with an RBI double. The Decatur squad then turned their sights on South Adams where Kevin Brown struck out eight in the starting win with Collin Mills pitching in relief earning four K's in the 11-3 victory. Ethan Corral, Lehrman, Jon Ruble, Nick Teeple, and Payton Boyd all had two hits for the T-birds in the win.

    The championship game was a rematch against Van Wert, a team that handed the Birds a loss in a tournament the week before. The Thunderbirds held on to a 5-4 victory over the Dons from Ohio behind the pitching of Brown who struck out five. Teeple and Slusher each had three K's in their relief stint behind Brown for the win. Voglewede stroked his second homer of the tournament and had two hits to lead the way. Slusher had three hits and Brown added two.
    For the tournament, Ruble led with 10 total hits, while Macklin had nine, Slusher, Brown, Boyd, and Teeple had eight, Voglewede and Corral each had six, and Noetzel had two doubles and a homer.
     The 9-under Braves came into the 8-team tourney under the radar when they went 1-2 in their pool play landing them a 4-seed. The team's only win in pool play came against New Haven 14-13, then they lost to South Adams, 11-0, and Hoagland 4-3. 
    The underaged squad got hot at the right time, however, beating their 10-under counterparts from Decatur, the Hamilton Insulation team, 9-8 to advance to the semi-finals. The Braves got revenge against Hoagland in a 2-0 win, then shocked South Adams in the finals, 5-3 for the title.
    Individual stats were not provided for the winners.