Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


June 20, 2013

King's turns up the heat on Rocchio's

Nine-run uprising in third takes Heating to the final.

King’s Heating manager Jeremy Moon remembers what it feels like to finish second in the David A. Kasey Memorial Youth Baseball Tournament, doing so as a child playing for Amber Electric of Eastside in his days as a major leaguer.

Now, in a new role as the skipper, Moon will have another crack at finding out what it feels like to take home the hardware.

King’s improved to 20-1 Wednesday night after a 10-0 win over Southside’s Rocchio’s in a run-rule shortened contest which lasted four innings.

“I never really thought this tournament [was winnable] because we only have two 12-year-olds,” Moon said. “We just never had the opportunity in our league draft to draft many 12-year-olds. But, we teach the kids the fundamentals of baseball and it’s worked for us. They play good defense, and although they don’t intimidate anybody with their size, they play baseball.

“It feels really good right now. I remember being runner-up at Eastside as a kid, and that was not a good feeling, so let’s finish this off [today].”

One of Moon’s 12-year-olds, pitcher Logan Bowser, put forth a performance to remember, hurling a no-hitter and delivering the game-ending RBI from his lead-off position. Bowser struck out four and walked three, and after his offense gave him a sizable cushion with a nine-run outburst in the third inning, he smacked an RBI single back through the box with two outs in the fourth, plating Cameron Arcari to finish off the 10-0 victory.

“I’ve been with Logan since minor league and he’s always been clutch,” Moon said. “When I had him at short stop, he ran all over the field. I had to teach him to play his position and let everyone else be accountable for their position. He’s always had a gun, and it’s been a lot of fun watching him develop. He’s like one of my own, and I’m going to miss him.”

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