Sportsmanship has always been part of the game. You have your sore winners, sore losers, good sports, poor sports, bad sports, et cetera. Sports at the Beach is no stranger to all types of sportsmanship. This weekend, a demonstration of poor sportsmanship was showcased by a young player blantantly throwing his tournament runner-up medal into one of the fishing ponds. The fish probably enjoy their new bling, but was it really necessary? The young man definitely acted in a poor fashion. This action opens up the door to questions of what should be done? "Should the player be called out", "why does the player feel this was appropriate", and "will the team suffer the consequences of his actions" are all questions that come to mind.
Good sportsmanship is important because all the players should be proud of how hard they work and play every weekend. One person shouldn't spoil the bunch of good sports. Baseball is a team sport and the players should be proud of their team effort.
"Sometimes I think sportsmanship is a little bit forgotten in place of the individual attention."
--Cal Ripken, Jr.
The 2014 Buffalo Wild Wings Wheelhouse Blast kicked off this weekend to beautiful (albeit at times quite breezy) weather and 58 teams ready to go for the championship. In the end it came down to twelve teams in six age divisions and resulted in six champions and six runners-up. All the teams did a phenomenal job of playing their best and really showcasing their talent.
In the 9U bracket, ten teams came ready to play. After two days of baseball, the Delaware Rockets and the Mid-Atlantic Shockers were ready to go head-to-head in the championship game. Once it was all over, the Mid-Atlantic Shockers came out on top. Congratulations to the Shockers as they are the 2014 BWW Wheelhouse Blast 9U tournament champions. And a round of applause to the Rockets as they are the tournament runners-up. All ten teams did a great job this weekend.
In the 10U bracket, eight teams battled it out. In the end, it came down to the Bagel Bombers and the Brandywine Jays. The game ended with the Bagel Bombers as the victors. A round of applause to the Bombers as they are the 2014 BWW Wheelhouse Blast 10U tournament champions. Kudos to the Jays as they are tournament runners-up. Each of the eight teams played great ball.
In the 11U age division, six teams fought over the weekend for the top spot. The final was between the Delaware Rockets and the Gambrills Vipers. In the end, the Rockets came out as victorious. Congratulations to the Delaware Rockets as they are the 2014 BWW Wheelhouse Blast 11U tournament champions. Also, congratulations to the Vipers as they are the tournament runners-up. All of the six teams fought hard this weekend.
In the 12U age division, eighteen teams were in the chase for the trophy. As the final game began on Sunday, Brooklawn & the Bagel Bombers were in the dugouts. The game was a battle and after the dust settled, Brooklawn stood as the winners. So a round of applause for Brooklawn as they are the 2014 BWW Wheelhouse Blast 12U tournament champions. And congratulations to the Bombers as they fought hard and are the tournament runners-up. All of the eighteen teams did a great job.
In the 13U bracket, twelve teams stepped up to the plate. The final game came down between the DAP Bomb Squad and the Delaware Hurricanes. Once it was all over, the Bomb Squad were crowned the victors. Congratulations to the Bomb Squad as they are the 2014 BWW Wheelhouse Blast 13U tournament champions. And congratulations to the Hurricanes as they are they tournament runners-up. All twelve teams deserve a round of applause.
In the 14U age division, four teams played all weekend for the championship. The final game Sunday saw the Delaware Blue Hens play the Evo-Shield Canes Mid-Atlantic. After it was all over, the Blue Hens finished on top. Congratulations to the Blue Hens as they are the 2014 BWW Wheelhouse Blast tournament champions. And a round of applause for the Canes as they are the tournament runners-up. All of the teams played great ball.
So that is another tournament in the books! This weekend we have the Diamond Challenge. And Mother's Day on Sunday. Will you be joining us? Can't wait to celebrate with all you baseball-loving moms!