The Pasadena Eagles 12U Black baseball team produced one of the most mind-blowing comebacks anyone will ever see in any sport to claim the championship of the Chesapeake Baseball Association Silver Bracket postseason tournament.
The 12U Eagles overcame a 21-4 deficit to defeat Gambrills-Odenton 26-25 in the championship game of the CBA tournament on Father’s Day, June 16, at Old Love Point Park in Stevensville.
The team of Gavin Wilson, Jordan Palinkas, Landon Brown, Jack Weibe, Peyton Ingle, Aden Summers, Layne Shiflett, Jacob Lauman, James Ferrell and Ethan Ackerman, coached by head coach Dan Summers and assistant coaches Mike Ackerman, Jeff Laumann and Chad Weibe, went 6-7-2 in the CBA regular season before getting hot at the right time when playoffs begin. The Eagles defeated a strong Upper Queen Anne’s team 11-7 in the semifinals to advance to the championship against GORC.
Against the Wildcats, the Eagles quickly found themselves in a 21-4 hole after three innings, but they refused to give in. They surged for 11 runs in the third inning to cut the lead to 21-15, only to see GORC respond with four runs in the fourth to increase their lead back to double digits at 25-15.
In the later innings, the Eagles put together additional rallies. After several walks, consecutive singles by Weibe, Laumann, Summers, a walk by Ingle, and singles by Palinkas, Shiflett, Brown and Wilson closed the gap to 25-23.
After a strikeout, Weibe came up again, hitting a double to drive in Brown and Wilson to tie the game at 25-25.
Laumann came to the plate and knocked a line-drive single to center field, scoring Weibe to seal the championship on a walk-off, 26-25.
Weibe led the team in batting, going 3-4 with six RBIs.
“Craziest game I have ever coached,” said coach Summers. “The players learned a valuable life lesson in never giving up and persevering through adversity to come out on top.”