TTBC 14U Coming Away With the Best Record of the Invitational
TTBC’s 14U squad headed to Bangkok over the weekend of January 20-21 to play in the International School Bangkok Invitational for middle schoolers.
The boys played against Singapore American School (SAS) and International School Bangkok (ISB), and their biggest competition was the Baseball Club of Singapore (BCS), a Japanese-based baseball club in Singapore.
They played a total of four games over a day and a half. One game each against SAS and ISB, which TTBC came out on top, and played BCS twice, winning one and losing one.
It was not a tournament but rather an exchange of four teams, and within the short weekend, TTBC finished with the best record.
First Game vs BCS
The highlight of the weekend was the first game against BCS.
In a nail-biting finish, the TTBC 14U team clinched a thrilling 4-3 walk-off victory over BCS.
BCS took an early lead in the first inning, scoring two runs. They added another run in the second inning, making it 3-0.
However, the TTBC refused to give up and fought their way back. In the bottom of the fifth, Harrison Waag’s double scored two runs, followed by Andes Chai’s single, which brought in another run.
With the game tied at 3-3, Adrian Unertl walked it off with a single to drive in the winning run.
Khai Harris started on the mound for the TTBC, and despite surrendering three runs (one earned) over two innings, he struck out four and walked two. Jacob Flach and Waag came in as relief pitchers to shut down BCS, allowing no runs and only one hit combined.
In between the action was a skills competition that included team infield throwing, outfield throwing, base running, and a home run derby.
You could tell TTBC had a highly skilled team that placed in almost every event.
First, the home run derby. TTBC’s Andes Chai was crowned the home run king by sending the most nukes out of the park in 60 seconds.
In the team infield throwing competition, each team had to effectively throw around the horn in a star pattern. The fastest to complete the throw around would win. With some of the quickest transfers around, TTBC easily won this skill competition.
As for the outfield throw, players had to throw four balls from 200 feet into home plate. Each ball that hit the target area would get points. The player with the most points wins. Kai Shohtoku came in third, with two of his throws coming into the target area.