“Ashley was probably our biggest competition,” said Matt Saylor, junior. “They had better hitting teams.” Despite Ashley’s skill, Leesville ended the game with a score of 9-5. Saylor contributed to the victory, striking out eight Ashley hitters in only his second time pitching this season.
Other players also played exceptionally well during the tournament. Mike Kelly, sophomore, hit a home run, his first for the season, to help lead Leesville to a win. “It felt really good,” said Kelly, who hopes to improve as a player over his next two years at Leesville.
Ryan Mulligan, senior, won the title of MVP for the tournament. “I was surprised, but it felt good,” said Mulligan. He attributes the honor to hitting well throughout the tournament, as well as playing good defense. However, the greatest part of the tournament for Mulligan was not his personal victory, but instead sharing the title of tournament champions with his teammmates.