BRAWLEY — Four local sluggers represented the Imperial Valley at the 2019 American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament in Cooperstown, New York, August 24 through September 1. Rane Reeves (Brawley), Logan Fisher (Imperial), J.J. Jimenez (Imperial), and Carter Tucker (El Centro) stood out among thousands of nationwide participants.
The team, named All-City Silverbacks, composed of four kids from the Imperial Valley, five kids from Arizona, and one kid from Texas, earned the invitation to the tournament.
Aside from the actual tournament, a skills competition kicked off the event on opening day where each team selected one kid to compete in each contest.
Rane Reeves represented the team in the speed competition and finished 13 of 104 with a speed of 13.41 seconds to make it around the bases.
J.J. Jimenez competed in the Home Run Derby and smashed one homer in eight swings.
In the team-around-the-horn relay competition, the team finished 8 out of 104.
The Silverbacks lost their first game (10-9) to Garnet Valley, PA, but then won their next five preliminary games (7-5) over Orange County, NY; (3-2) over Washington, D.C.; (22-3) over South Carolina; (10-2) over Foxboro, MA; (9-6) over Westonka, MN.
In the next session of the tournament, All-City beat Newport, VA (8-1) but was taken out in round five of single elimination play (16-11) by DeBary, FL.
The Silverbacks finished 17 out of 104 teams that participated.
Rane Reeves of Brawley led the team in homers, runs batted in, and runs scored.
Reeves tourney stats: eight games hitting 12-27 (.444 average), eight homers, one double, 13 runs scored, 15 runs batted in, and two stolen bases.
J.J. Jimenez tournament stat line: eight games hitting 13-22 (.590 average), two homers, 13 singles, six runs scored, six runs batted in, and one stolen base.
Carter Tucker tournament stat line: eight games hitting 6-20 (.300 average), two home runs, four singles, four runs scored, and five runs batted in.
Logan Fisher tournament stat line: 2-20 (.100 average) and three runs scored.