Solano Invitational Huge Success

July 26, 2016


The 7th Annual was a huge success. The 8 team, 6 day tournament featured teams all up I-80, 680, and Hwy 37's & 101. Peppered with a great number of players entering college this upcoming fall, the competition could not have been better. Teams had rosters with players heading to Cal, UOP, UCD, Sacramento State, New Mexico, Utah, and San Jose State. There were also student-athletes heading to Division2 schools and community college.  The host team, the Rally Factory Rock Hounds finished with a 2-2 record, one loss being 3-2 to the eventual champion El Dorado Vipers. The Rock Hounds were 2-0 vs the Vipers during the regular season. 


The semi-final games featured Thunder Sox Baseball vs the Danville Hoots. The Sox pulled out a 7-4 victory to earn a berth in the championship. The Vipers beat the Sonoma Rebels 11-1 in their semi match up. The Rebels, who were the 2015 defending champions, ran out of pitching on the final day, which is often the case with most teams on the last day of a tournament. 


The championship game, which was broadcasted by the Solano College Sports Network, was close form the first pitch. The Sox took an early lead in the 3rd inning, only to give up 3 runs in the 4th inning. The Sox anwered back with a big 2-run double by Kyle Cabanas to tie the game 3-3. The Vipers wasted no time, scoring 3 in the top of the 6th inning, mostly in part by a 2-run double off the bat of Mike Nelsen. The 6-3 lead looked like the dagger the Vipers needed, but the Sox would not go down without a fight. The Sox scraped together a 3-run 6th inning to tie the game 6-6. Neither team scored in the 7th, sending the championship game into extra innings. It was in the top of the 8th where the Vipers put the game away to secure a 8-6 victory.


Aidan Malm (San Jose State) was named the tournament MVP. He was 7x16 with 5 doubles, a triple and 9 RBI. He led all hitter in extra base hits and RBI.


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Tourney Stat Leaders




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