The Archers took part in their second tournament of the year in Indianapolis, IN. The Hitters and Heroes Tournament is a special tournament that honors the Service Men and Women of our Country. Archers Volunteer, Cory Sturdevant received a special mention for his service in the US Marine Corps.
Typically held over 9/11 weekend, the tournament was rescheduled due to the pandemic last year to May 14 and 15th. Teams attending this year’s tournament were the host team, Indy Edge, the 5-time reigning Beep Baseball World Series Champions Indy Thunder, and the BSO Philly Fire.
The Archers started this tournament low on regular players due to family commitments. Not attending this tournament were: Chad Dillon, Rich Krussel, Jonathan Clemons, Ethan Johnston, and Demetris Morrow. Kyle Borah, Sean Borah, and Liam McCoy were also limited in availability due to having a scheduling conflict with The St. Louis Blues Blind Hockey Club, with whom they had an event Sunday afternoon.
With all the absent players, the Archers had to go outside the organization to make sure they had enough players to field a proper team. David Smith, a perennial All-Star and player for the San Antonio Jets and Casey Bahn from the Long Island Bombers joined the Archers for the weekend.
Although the Archers did not win any of the 3 games this weekend, they did have some standout performances. Kyle Borah (10 putouts) and David Smith (8 putouts) made the Defensive All-Star Honors team for the tournament. These honors go to the 6 best defenders at the tournament. Quite a feat, given the high-quality players in attendance.
Another highlight of the weekend was rookie Henry Allen. Henry scored 3 runs in his 7 at-bats and had his first professional putout of the season.
Thank you again to this season’s sponsors, Lighthouse for the Blind St. Louis, Ameren, IL, Mascoutah Noon and Evening Lions Clubs, and Permobil.
The Archers next tournament will be the Indy Bonanza, hosted by the Indy Thunder on June 4th and 5th.