By Stetson Marlin
After finishing second in the Cal Ripken District Tournament and winning the State Tournament, the Bellevue Bruins had the chance to compete in the Southeast Regional in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Unfortunately their season ended there.
The Bruins were on fire heading into the regional tournament, going 18-2 in their last 20 games. The regionals got underway for the Bruins on Wednesday with a matchup against the South Augusta All Stars.
Bellevue got on the board first, scoring one run in the first inning, but let South Augusta to score six early runs in the first inning to take command of the game.
After allowing two more runs in the bottom of the second, the Bruins dug themselves into a hole, down 8-1 just after two innings.
The Bruins were able to answer with two runs in the third inning, but that was all they were able to put up on the board. South Augusta was just too much for the Bruins, as they tacked on three runs in the fourth inning and one run in the fifth to come out on top 12-3.
The loss sent the Bruins down to the losers bracket where they faced off against the hosts of this tournament, the Jacksonville Beach FL All Stars.
The Bruins got on the board first, scoring one run in the first. Jacksonville answered with two runs in the second, but Bellevue put up two more to take a 3-2 lead heading into the third inning.
From there, Jacksonville caught fire offensively, scoring three runs each in the third, fourth, and sixth innings, putting the game out of reach.
The Bellevue Bruins, ultimately ending their historic season on a 11-4 loss. Like the day before, the Bruins struggled offensively, only gaining five hits.
Blake Surratt had two of those hits and drove in three runs to lead the Bruins.
“It’s been an amazing seasonson and I’m sad to see it end,” said mom Stephanie Surratt. “But I’m so proud of the Blake, not only for their accomplishments, but for the passion and the sportsmanship he consistently showed,” she said.
“We had a blast in Florida and I am so proud of all of these boys and I love our Bruins families,” she said.
Although the Bruins finished short of their ultimate goal, they have nothing to hang their heads on. They finished with a state championship and a record of 35-8-3.