Cobras cap year with win
12-year-old all-star team sweeps Kearsarge Valley Invite
The ConVal Cobras 12-year-old all-star team capped off its season with a 13-2 win over Kearsarge Mountain in the championship game of the Kearsarge Valley Invitational. Back row, from left: Coach Eric Bowman, Casey Burgess, Alex McCall, Tim Burgess, Coach Scott Jaynes, Max Richard, Will Campbell and Coach Hunter Burgess; middle row: Eli Jaynes, Nate Brothers, Manny Bowman, Brendan Magee and James Wolpe; front: Aiden Hall; missing from photo: Bodie Swain. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »
The ConVal Cobras 12-year-old all-star team capped its season on Monday with a 13-2 win over Kearsarge Mountain in the finals of the Kearsarge Valley League Invitational.
With the win, the Cobras finished the season with a 16-6 record overall, earning at least one win over 10 of the 11 opponents they faced.
“It was a fantastic season,” said coach Scott Jaynes. “For these kids to win 16 games was great.”
Over the course of the five-game tournament, the Cobras connected for 11 home runs, including a pair from Eli Jaynes in their mercy rule finals victory. Jaynes, who finished with five home runs on the season, had a two-run shot in the first and another three-run bomb in the third.
“We just had an incredible tournament,” said Scott Jaynes.
ConVal’s toughest game came in the semifinals when they trailed Seacoast 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and nobody on. Following Will Campbell’s single, a James Wolpe walk and Brendan Maggee’s infield single, Jaynes hit a game changing grand slam and Aiden Hall followed with a solo home run as the Cobras held on for a 5-3 win.
“The biggest hit of our season was Eli’s grand slam in the bottom of the fifth of the Seacoast game,” said Jaynes. “We were basically four outs from being skunked.”
In the tournament opener, the Cobras defeated Kearsarge Mountain 13-3 behind two home runs from Tim Burgess and Jaynes’ first of the tournament.
“They were hitting it like a major league team,” said Jaynes.
In game two, Burgess hit a grand slam and Manny Bowman also had a home run in a 9-1 win over Youngsville, a team they lost to by 10 runs in the state tournament. Burgess, who led the Cobras with six home runs over the summer, and Hall also hit grand slams in the final game of pool play — a 19-1 victory over Swanzey.
To begin the all-star season, the Cobras went 5-1 on their way to the Swanzey Invitational tournament title.
In district play, ConVal placed third out of eight teams in the Cal Ripken West Area tournament to advance to the state tournament.
After an 0-2 showing at states, the Cobras made it to the semifinals of the Souhegan Valley tournament, going 3-0 prior to their loss one game short of the championship game.
In addition to his five home runs, Jaynes led the Cobras with 32 hits, 37 runs batted in and a .604 batting average.
Hall hit .400 with 17 RBIs and 21 runs scored. Bowman ranked second on the team with 21 hits and finished with a .375 average.
Casey Burgess made 16 appearances on the mound and had four wins. Tim Burgess had six wins in 10 games to lead the team and had a 3.98 earned run average and a team-best 32 strikeouts.
Jaynes had five wins in his 12 appearances with a 3.45 ERA and Campbell had the other victory.
For the season, the Cobras had 19 home runs after hitting just one last year as 11 year olds.
“It was pretty much the exact same team with the exception of one kid who decided not to play,” said Jaynes.