With three wins in the Bolivar Tournament, the Aurora Houn' Dawgs claimed their first trophy of the year last weekend, claiming the title of tournament champions after an 8-1 victory over Stockton.
The team ranked number one in the state started off slowly in the tournament, falling behind to Clinton in the fourth inning of the first game. But the deficit didn't last long, as the Dawgs came back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning and scored the winning run in the next frame.
The second game was a close one as well, with the tournament hosts holding Aurora to four hits in the 3-2 contest.
The Houn' Dawgs matched their own offensive production in the first three innings against Stockton, however, leading 5-0 after three and adding another three runs to take care of the Tigers and claim the trophy.
The offense really exploded as the Dawgs shifted focus to the Clever Right Off the Bat Tournament on Monday, as Aurora took down the hosts 13-0 in five innings.
Wyatt Sparks led off the game with a double and came around to score on a single by Gage Singer. The Dawgs would add two more runs in the first as eight Aurora batters came to the plate.
Sparks got the offense going again in the second with a one-out single before advancing on a walk by Miah Fisher and a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly by Singer scored Sparks, and an RBI single by Matthew Miller. The Houn' Dawgs would score three more in each of the next two innings and two in the fifth.
Meanwhile, Sparks was putting together a masterful performance on the mound. The senior Missouri State commit faced a total of 15 batters on the afternoon and struck out 14 of them. The only Blue Jay to put a ball in play popped up to Singer at shortstop in the first inning -- no other Clever batters managed more than a foul tip. Sparks was 12 for 15 on first pitch strikes over the perfect game.
The following day's tournament games were played on Aurora's turf, as the Clever field experienced an abundance of rain the night before. With the home field advantage, the Houn' Dawgs took down New Covenant Academy 10-0 behind another strong pitching performance, this time by Austin Erickson.
The senior allowed just one hit over six innings of work, striking out eight and walking three.
On the offensive end, Singer led the Dawgs with three hits, five RBI and two runs.
After a Thursday matchup against Conway, the Houn' Dawgs will play in either the third place game or championship on Saturday.