The Bear River Major Diamondbacks have been on a roll as they have won 8 consecutive games. They did dropped their first game of the season as they faced the BR Sox ace Cole Winters but the team has not looked back since. This team reminds me of a team from 2012. That team also lost their first game of the season to the BR Giants ace Clay Corripo and they did not lose again. That team was the Bear River Angels managed by Sean Solomon who went 19-1 on the season. Dbacks catcher Ryan Bradford then 10 was on the team but he saw little playing time as the team was filled with gifted 12 year olds including Scotty Sandstadt, Jake Leonard, David Fenton, Jordan Elliot, Ryan Solomon and Anthony Crawford.
The similarities of these two teams are, they are both deep at pitching, they both have one 7th grader and they both hit the long ball. That season Sandstadt led the league in home-runs with 9. This season Bradford has 5 as we near the halfway point. Caleb "Eddie" Edwards plays with heart and skill at short stop as well as pitches just like Solomon. Jake Leonard a southpaw could be compared to Caleb Hurst. The biggest similarity is who anchors second base, in 2012 it was Jordan Elliot and this season it is Porter Elliot. Both are scrappy and they give it everything they have.
While the 2012 Angels met every test but their first the 2014 Dbacks have a ways to go. Tonight they will face the BR Yankees at 7:15. The Yankees struggled early in the season but have started to put it together as of late. The Yankees team is led by Reid Zoldan and Colton Jenkins. But the real test for the Dbacks will be when they play the BR White Sox who gave them their only loss on a Monday then will travel to Nevada City on Thursday where they will play the Angels who hold a record of 11-0-1. The Angels are not as deep at pitching as the Dbacks but they have the bats. Seth DeSena leads the team in homer-runs with 3 and Bennett King and Trevor Neilson who play second and shortstop are never an easy out.
|Mon 6/2||7:15 PM|
BR White Sox
|BR Major Field|
|Thu 6/5||7:00 PM|
|NC Major Field|
|Sat 6/7||4:00 PM|
|FH Major Field|
Rounding out their very difficult week the Dbacks will have to travel to Forrest Hill on Saturday where they will take on a team that pushed them to the bottom of the 6th inning prior to their come from behind victory. This is the week that will test the 2014 Diamondbacks and we will see if they are indeed sinilar to the 2012 BR Angels.