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Crystal Lake Bombers stay positive, search for first MCYSA win

The Crystal Lake Bombers' DJ Cruz pitches Monday in the third inning of the MCYSA game against the Puerto Rico Apaches in Crystal Lake. The Bombers lost, 12-2.
The Crystal Lake Bombers' DJ Cruz pitches Monday in the third inning of the MCYSA game against the Puerto Rico Apaches in Crystal Lake. The Bombers lost, 12-2.
Crystal Lake Bombers take on the Puerto Rico Apaches

CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake Bombers third baseman Marc Miguel thinks their biggest problem through Pool 2 play in the McHenry County Youth Sports Association 15U Summer International Championships was a lack of confidence.

“We were playing good competition and we were a little intimidated,” said Miguel, who will be a sophomore at Marian Central. “We just all need to get some confidence.”

The Bombers finished pool play at 0-5 and will start play in the Silver Bracket of the tournament Wednesday. There, like most of the local teams, the Bombers hope they can feel better about themselves.

Only the Lake in the Hills Thunder, of the seven host teams, advanced to the Gold Bracket, going 2-3 in pool play.

“I thought we battled well in some games,” said Bombers coach Mike Krueger, after their 12-2 loss to the Puerto Rico Apaches on Monday night. “We were a little overmatched in some games. I told them we’re capable of making a good run in the Silver Bracket.”

Miguel was 2 for 3 and scored a run. Starter Jake Polo threw two scoreless innings before he was pulled.

“Our pitching will pick us up and our batting will come along,” said Polo, who will be a sophomore at Huntley. “I think we’re set up in a better way. Now we’ll play some more even competition.”

The Bombers are 19-14 for the summer heading into consolation bracket play.

“We know we’re better than what we played,” Krueger said. “We can bounce back. This prepared us well for the Silver Bracket.” 

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