Boshamps wins Kid Pitch title (video and photos)

Tina Harbuck

The hard work paid off for Boshamps as they captured a 7-1 win over Bright Smiles in the championship game of the Destin Little League Association Kid Pitch Tournament.

“They have gotten better and have had a great attitude,” said Boshamps Coach Lionel Fayard after the victory. “They have worked harder and harder as the season went on. They are just a great bunch of kids that worked hard.”

But the difference in the championship game was “throwing strikes,” Fayard said.

“We threw more strikes than they did and put the ball in the play.”

Manning the mound for Boshamps was Braxton Taylor and Maddox Fayard. Taylor started and faced nine batters, striking out six, walking one and giving up one hit. Fayard came in in the third and faced 12 batters. He struck out three and walked three.

Bright Smiles got off to a good start in the first inning with Wyatt Wainwright ripping a single to right. He made it around to third base before Taylor struck out the next two batters for a no score inning.

In the bottom half, Boshamps answered with two runs on two hits. Garrett Jacobs singled up the middle and moved around on a fielder’s choice shot by Taylor. Fayard walked to load the bases. Up next, Kadon Chapman belted a single to left center for two RBIs.

In the second inning, both teams went three up, three down on strike outs and ground outs.

In the top of the third, Bright Smiles cut the Boshamps lead in half. With one out, Zach Clark and Joey Henson each walked. Clark slipped in home on a groundout by Gavin Bartlett.

Boshamps threatened in the bottom half. With one out, Kace Gould singled and moved around on a hit from Garrett Jacobs. Taylor hit a fielder’s choice with Gould going down at third. The next batter struck out to leave two on base.

In the fourth, neither team could get anything going.

Boshamps blew the game open in the bottom of the fifth scoring the five-run limit and putting the game out of reach for a come back by Bright Smiles. Henry Haas singled and the next batter struck out. Colton Tankersley walked and Gould ripped a single with Haas scoring. Jacobs followed with a base hit to left to score Tankersley. Taylor walked and Fayard was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Up next, Chapman slapped a single to left center to bring in two runs for a 7-1 finish.

With a five-run limit per inning, and the Kid Pitch league only playing six innings, there was no way for Bright Smiles to catch them in the sixth. Thus, Boshamps won the Kid Pitch tournament.