Nobody had to tell Hunter Basham how far his home run went. He saluted it on his way around second base.
Basham’s inside-the-park grand slam highlighted a 18-7 victory for Security Federal in the youth league championship game Friday night at Morrison.
Security Federal may have breezed through the Morrison youth league in the regular season, but it had to claw its way to a tournament title.
Security Federal double-dipped SouthPoint Risk in the championship, winning 15-5 in the first matchup before ending the second by run rule in the sixth inning. The victories came just a night after Security Federal had to go to extra innings to beat Crisp Springs 13-10 just to make it to the championship game.
A monster in the regular season, Security Federal fell 10-9 to SouthPoint Risk in tournament play. Despite the setback, the team was able to rally, thanks in large part to the team’s cohesion.
“From the first day of the tournament, everybody started picking up each other,” said coach Matt Brown.
Fellow coach Chris Mullican added, “The morale was great. We lifted each other up. It was a complete team effort.”
Basham embodied the team’s happy-go-lucky attitude in the finals after a big blast. With his team leading 5-3 in the third inning and the bases loaded, Basham – named the Director’s Choice top male in the league after the game – drilled a deep shot into left field.
Basham blazed around first, seeing outfielders still giving chase to his long ball. While rounding second, he waved to the ball as he shifted into high gear to score with ease.
Security Federal never looked back.
Ethan Cantrell added the finishing touches in the sixth, hitting a two-run, inside-the-park home run to give his team a double-digit lead. Basham, Kasen Mullican and Abigail Brown also had hits and scored in the sixth as the group put the game away.
In the first game, Ty Myers was the big hitter for Security Federal, slamming an inside-the-park grand slam of his own as his team won big.
Levi Jones was a standout for SouthPoint Risk in the two losses, going 7-for-7 at the plate, including two inside-the-park home runs in the second game.
Following the championship game, SouthPoint Risk’s Ledly Jones was named the Director’s Choice top female player.