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14U Perfect Game WWBA National Championship Preview

This weekend will be the first real national test in the 14U age group at the East Cobb Baseball Complex.  While the Battle in the South next week is fast approaching, this Wood Bat National Championship should be a treat and takes ‘center stage’.  This will definitely be Perfect Game’s biggest 14U WWBA National Championship ever.  To win this one, somebody is really going to have to step it up and announce their presence in a big way.  This year’s field will include numerous TBS ranked teams including the #1 East Cobb Astros, #4 NorCal Baseball, #13 Richmond Braves National, #14 Cyclones Baseball, #23 Home Plate Chili Dogs, Honorable Mention New Jersey Mariners, H. Mention Diamond Club Cannons, H. Mention Spartanburg Phillies, H. Mention Tri-State GreenWave, and other very talented teams.  The majority of this field will be heading directly to Rockwood, TN for the Battle in the South at the conclusion of this event.  With this much talent at one venue, you know Travel Ball Select will be on the scene as all the action unfolds.  Please visit the link below for the latest scores, schedules, and final results:

  
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Tournament Results: 14U USSSA California State Championships
The unranked Inland Valley Venom won the Under 14 championship with a wild 22-12 win over California Yankees Black. The Venom trailed 10-7 at the end of four innings then sent 14 batters to the plate in the fifth, scoring 11 runs. The Black scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to keep from losing by a mercy rule. The Venom beat the top seeded OC Stars 9-6 in a semi-final game while the Black knocked off the Nitro Elite, ranked third in the nation by Travel Ball Select.

Tournament Results (6/10/08): 14U Aberdeen Arsenal
 
CABA Monster Clash- TBS #20 ranked Aberdeen Arsenal went undefeated through out pool play and bracket play, while going 5-0 and outscoring their opponents 40-9. In the Semi Finals the Arsenal faced the Piedmont Select. After just recently joining the team, Andrew Dissen hurled a no hit, no walk, near perfect game!
The only base runner came on a bobbled infield grounder.  Ryan Jurney and Thomas Cornelius added Home Runs as the Arsenal went on to win 9-0.  In the other semi final game the Baltimore Buzz came up short 2-3 to a very hard throwing Diamond State Raptors team. In the Championship game the Arsenal came out strong as Ryan Schoenbauer busted it open in the first inning with a 3 run shot driving in Patrick Rogers and Ryan Jurney!!  On the mound for the Arsenal was Ryan Ripken who threw a one hitter while also adding a Homer of his own.  The Arsenal went on to win 8-0.


TOURNAMENT UPDATE (6/8/08): 14U AAU MARYLAND CHAMPS

In an odd three pool format, the Aberdeen Arsenal, Baltimore Buzz and Southern Maryland Tigers were all undefeated in pool play.  The Arsenal defeated the Rockville Reds 21-2 and the Storm 9-2 with great pitching from Ryan Ripken and Ben Grace. Ryan Schoenbauer, Ryan Jurney, Ryan Ripken, Sam Salas, Nick Riso, Thomas Cornelius and Jason Boyd led the hitting. After Pool Play, the #1 seed, Arsenal, received a bye to the final. The Buzz defeated the Tigers 9-4 in a hard fought semi game. In the Final the Buzz went up 2-0 in the first with the help of a Zack Mausen homer. Later in the first inning, the Arsenal made a key throw out of Austin Neary at the plate to help shift the momentum. After the First, Arsenal pitcher Andrew Dissen settled into very solid performance not allowing any additional runs until the sixth. In the mean time the Arsenal started chipping away. With two down in the fourth, the Arsenal pushed one across to make it 2-1. The Buzz worked hard in the sixth to gain a 4-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth with two out, the Arsenal rallied for three runs sending the game to a 4-4 showdown in the seventh. Patrick Rogers came in to close for the Arsenal setting the Buzz down one, two, three with two strikeouts. In the bottom of the seventh with Buzz closer Doug Brown pitching, Patrick Rogers hit one off the fence for a long single. With two down, Arsenal’s Ryan Jurney produces a key line drive single. With runners on first and second, two outs and two strikes, Jason Boyd hits a line drive screamer over third base to score Patrick Rogers and the winning run. Arsenal win the game 5 – 4.


Tournament Results (6/8/08):  14U Dallas Super NIT (Championship Day)

Team Demarini, ranked No. 20, refused to let any setbacks affect its course toward the championship of the Dallas Super NIT 14-and-under tournament on Sunday.  Already without players due to injury and travel, Demarini lost starting pitcher Grayson Lewis, who had thrown three shutout innings, when a line drive deflected off his hand.  The team’s bats more than made up for it, using a seven-run second inning to take control on its way to a 12-6 victory over the STTF Spikes.
“We got great pitching and good defense and that always gives you a chance,” Team Demarini head coach Gary Bothun said. “And then we came up with the clutch hits when we needed them. We felt like if we came into this tournament and could get to the final four, then anything could happen, so we went out there each game and tried to play our best ball.”
Demarini took charge in the second inning, as Colton Monk and Chris Colacecchi led off with back-to-back walks. One run scored when Steve Bean reached on an error and another came home on a single by Jake Baxter.  After Grant Bothum walked, Max Negoslawski and Cody Weishaar singled and Lewis doubled to cap the rally.  Demarini stretched its advantage in the third, as Bean reached base, Baxter walked and pinch-hitter Konner Kyser doubled. All three runners would come around to score.  The Spikes would avoid the run-rule in the fifth as Luciano Villanueva had a sacrifice fly to make it 10-3.  Demarini responded in the top of the sixth, as Monk had a two-run triple down the line in left to stretch the lead to 12-3.  The Spikes, to their credit, refused to go away, as Luke Streiber reached on a fielder’s choice and Cody Brest did the same on an error that allowed a run to score. Brennan Blakemore added a RBI single and a walk to Randy Vallejo loaded the bases, but that would be all the offense they would be able to generate.

While the final was less stressful, Demarini needed some late-game magic in the semifinals and got it when Bothun belted a seventh-inning grand slam that proved to be the difference in a 9-7 victory over the No. 17 Central Texas Raiders. The team also posted an 8-1 win over the Dallas Mustangs and a 7-2 victory over the Southlake Dragons on Sunday.

The Spikes, who won their first five games, picked up a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Tigers in the first game on Sunday, a 4-3 win against the Austin Nitro and a 6-2 win over McKinney Marshalls-Black in the semifinals.

The other ranked team in the bracket, the No. 19 Texas Drillers, defeated Dallas Tigers 2012, 7-0, but fell to the Central Texas Raiders, 6-5.


Tournament Results (6/7/08):  14U Dallas Super NIT

The 14-and-under division featured the largest field in this week’s Dallas Super NIT tournament with 21 teams, including three that were nationally-ranked.  All three teams that were ranked—No. 17 Central Texas Raiders, No. 19 Texas Drillers and No. 20 Team Demarini—emerged from pool play without a loss, as did the STTF Spikes, the McKinney Marshals Black and the Texas Hurricanes.  All six teams were impressive, including the Houston-based Drillers, who picked up a pair of run-rule victories.  In the opener against the Texas Twisters, the Drillers broke the game open with a six-run second inning and went on to a 13-3 victory.  In that rally, the Drillers took advantage of two errors, Jacob Sarabia, who also pitched five innings for the win, had a RBI double and Dustin Theiss belted a home run to open a 7-0 lead.  The score was 8-3 going to the fifth when the Drillers got their offense revved up again. Theiss and Connor Teykl walked and Travis Hennessey singled to load the bases.  Andrew Santacroce followed with the big blow, as his grand slam put the finishing touches on the 13-3 win.  In the second game, the Drillers jumped to a 10-0 lead and never looked back in an 18-6 win over the Arlington Cobras. To start the game, Sarabia, Brooks Haack, Theiss and Teykl all reached base and scored for a 4-0 lead.  Teykl and Hennessey added RBI base hits in the second to make it 10-0.  The Cobras did hang around by scoring six runs in the bottom of the third, but the Drillers had an immediate answer in the fourth.  The Drillers took advantage of five errors, including one to end the game, as they scored eight runs to invoke the run rule and end the game at 18-6.  As well as the Drillers played, the STTF Spikes were even more impressive, outscoring their two opponents 33-1 in two victories.  Team Demarini allowed just one run in each of its wins and the McKinney Marshalls Black scored nine times in both of theirs.  The Central Texas Raiders had a tougher time, holding off the Dallas Mustangs, 5-2, and edging the Flower Mound Warriors, 5-4. The Texas Hurricanes defeated the Dallas T-Birds, 5-2, and then slipped past the Austin Nitros, 7-6. 

The championship game of the 14-and-under division is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sunday.


Tournament Update (6/1/08):  14U Governor's Games Results 

Bullet Baseball met at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning to hit at its facility in Lake Charles before taking on the powerful 14u_bullet_baseball.jpgBanditos Black 13-U team in the quarterfinals at 8 a.m.  Bullets pitcher Taylor Butler then set the tone with the second win over the Banditos in three days, 7-2. That started a magical run for the Bullets, who beat No. 14 Dallas Tigers-Ingram 6-3 then the Memphis Tigers 7-4 in the championship.

“I can’t say enough for these kids,” said head coach Owen Clanton of his unranked team. “They got out there at 6:30 in the morning and they’ve battled ever since, 12 hours of baseball.”  Striker Trahan homered twice in the tournament for Bullet Baseball, including a majestic opposite-field shot over the left field fence at the O.D. Johnson Complex in the championship game. Pitcher Zack LeJeune pitched five shutout innings for the Bullets against Memphis.
Ranked teams had a tough day in this bracket. The No. 1-ranked 13-year-old team, the Banditos, fell early then No. 8 Alabama Storm lost 6-5 to Dallas Tigers-Ingram in the quarterfinals before the Dallas team lost to Bullet Baseball. 

Tournament Update (5/30/08):  14U Governor's Games  X

By Gary Laney May 30, 2008 — (Lake Charles, La.) The Banditos Black 13-year-old team of suburban Houston is the top-ranked 13U team in the nation, but the Banditos found moving up an age group a little tougher Friday in the first day of the 2008 Governor’s Game X tournament. The Banditos lost to homestanding Bullet Baseball of Lake Charles 5-2 while playing in the 14-year-old major division. The well-attended game at O.D. Johnson Complex highlighted first-day action of the three-day event.  Banditos coach Roger Jarvis said his team has won 155 straight games playing at its own age level. So moving up an age group forces his team to prepare for the times when his outstanding team is challenged by teams in their own age group. “That team over there is a good team, probably one of the top three teams in their age group,” said Jarvis, motioning to the jubilant Bullet post-game huddle. “That’s why we play up.” Tanner Hebert had two hits and center fielder Tyler Chapman, a varsity starter on his high school team, made a spectacular catch in center field for the Lake Charles team, which had 1,285 USSSA points entering the tournament, the most in the age group, and was an honorable mention in the Travel Baseball Select rankings. The Banditos, from the Houston suburb of Cypress, will try to advance today with games against the Texas Toros and the eighth-ranked Alabama Storm. History says they will hold their own against the older kids; the 13-year-olds are 25-3 in the last 28 games they have played up in age. “I don’t care what age group they are,” said Bullets Baseball coach Owen Clanton. “They are as good as the best 14-year-old teams we play.”

The Storm opened the tournament with a 17-1 win over the Mississippi Tornado. Also on Friday, No. 14 Dallas Tigers-Ingram beat Big Timers Baseball of Groves, Texas 9-2 and the No. 19 team, the Texas Drillers of Houston, were shut out by the Louisiana Toros of Port Allen 7-0.


Tournament Update:  Smoky Mountain Classic (5/31/08)

In 14 & Under action, the Morristown Diamonds beat the Hurricanes 13-1 but lost to the North Kentucky Hitmen by a 4-1 tally. Force Baseball beat the Stixx Baseball club 6-3, Team Knoxville beat the Hitmen 8-0 and the Hurricanes 6-2 while the Riverdawgs beat the Yarddogs 13-10 with Team Express beating Midway 12-0. Also, the Lebanon Bulldogs beat the Knoxville Stars 13-6, using a 2-run homer by Cain Sloan to help guide the Bulldogs to victory.


Tournament Update:  Smoky Mountain Classic (5/30/08)

In 14 & under action, the Knoxville Riverdawgs took a bite out of the Midway Greenwave by an 11-6 margin, the Yarddogs defeated Team Express 9-5, the Knoxville Stars beat Force Baseball 13-5, and the Lebanon Bulldogs beat Stixx Baseball by a 7-5 tally. In 12 & under action, the Knoxville Stars beat Thunder Pettiford by a 9-3 score and the Knoxville Smokies edged out Impact Gold Harris in a 7-6 thriller.


14U TBS Tournament Preview:  Governors Games X - (5/30/08)

Another battle is set for this weekend down in the Bayou.  As the weather continues to heat up, so does the competition.  Berths to the Elite are beginning to dwindle down and some teams are beginning to feel the pressure.  The favorite heading into this weekend’s tournament looks to be TBS #14 ranked Dallas Tigers.  The Tigers have been on a roll including their recent championship at the Kansas City Super NIT, which earned the Tigers a berth to the Elite at Disney.  Although the Storm come into the tournament ranked higher than the Tigers, still look for the Tigers to continue to impress over the weekend.  Others looking to finally capitalize in a big event include TBS #8 ranked Alabama Storm, #19 ranked Texas Drillers, Memphis Tigers, Houston Silver Sox, and the SE Texas Sun Devils. 

Teams looking to play the spoiler role will be the TBS #1 ranked 13U Banditos Black and Bullet Baseball.

Stay tuned to TBS for on the scene coverage throughout the weekend live from the Governors Games.

 
TBS Tournament Preview: 14U Baseball USA "The Yard"
 

Texas Invitational at Baseball USA “The Yard” (5/23 – 5/26/08)

Baseball USA a.k.a. “The Yard” will be a hot spot for competitive baseball in the 14U age group as some major teams come rolling into town.  This Memorial Day will feature some top notch talent as many TBS ranked teams will be participating.  The favorite heading into the weekend has to be TBS #1 ranked Houston Heat.  This will be a huge test for the Heat as many teams will be gunning for them.  Some of those teams include TBS #17 ranked Central Texas Raiders, TBS #23 TPX Baseball, TBS #24 Diamond Club Cannons, and the highly talented 13U Banditos Black (ranked #1 in TBS 13U Rankings).  Another team that could surprise some people is the College Station Stallions.  TBS will keep a close eye on all the action at “The Yard”, so stayed tuned for the latest news.


TOURNAMENT RESULTS - EAST COBB TRIPLE CROWN (5/16 - 5/18/08)

14U TBS Ranked Teams Prevail at 15U Event
 
Two TBS ranked 14U teams played "up" this past weekend at the East Cobb 15U Triple Crown event and showed why the 14U age group this year is being talked about across travel baseball circles as being very talented.  The East Cobb Astros (#2 Ranked 14U TBS) and the Home Plate Chili Dogs (#25 ranked 14U TBS) both played extremely well against older competition and finished 1-2 in the event.  The Astros put on quite a show belting 13 home runs in six games including four bombs by TBS Player to Watch Chase Scott, and no-doubters by Cole Miller and Jared Walsh in the Championship game.

Astros pitching was as solid as always with great outings by David Sosebee versus Team Georgia 15U in the semi-final and by Tucker Simpson in the championship where Simpson was dominant against a potent Chilidog offense.
 
For their part, the Chilidogs showed why they have cracked into the top-25 TBS 14U rankings going undefeated in the tournament until the final game against the Astros where they fell 12-2. 
 
Both the Astros and Chilidogs also beat the currently #3 ranked 15U Georgia Seminoles during the tournament. The Astros built a seven run lead in the middle innings of their pool play game against the Seminoles and Seminole starter Michael Gill and held on for a 2 run win with Simpson recording a one-out save.  The Chilidogs beat the Seminoles 8-7 in a quarter-final match up.
 
Both the Astros and Chilidogs will continue to play up as they square off against some of the best at East Cobb complex this weekend in a Triple Crown event.)


Tournament Results: 14U Colorado Super NIT (5/16 - 5/18/08)

Pool Play

Bullet Baseball of Lake Charles, LA, an HM team in TBS’s Spring Rankings, went 2-0 in pool play. Two other undefeated teams, 5280 of Centennial, CO and Grand Junction, CO entry Gene Taylors were both 1-0 but faced each other in Saturday night’s late game.

Bracket Play

5280_baseball_14u.jpg Centennial, CO’s 5280, ranked #18 in Travel Ball Select’s spring rankings, sailed through the 14-U tournament this past weekend in Aurora, CO, beating Bullet Baseball of Lake Charles, LA in the finals, 10-4. Bullet Baseball and Gene Taylors of Grand Junction, CO were the only two to get through pool play without losing. 5280 lost to Taylors in pool play by a 10-4 count but came back in the Sunday event to avenge its pool play loss, beating their in-state rival, 11-1. Austin Deal (3 innings) and Jacob Long (4 innings) handled duties on the mound for 5280 in the title game. In the semifinals against Gene Taylors, Jordan Schlehuber threw a complete game, allowing just five hits.


Tournament Results: 14U Sunshine State Super NIT (5/16 - 5/18/08)

Pool Play

Only the Cape Coral Cannons were able to survive pool play without a loss in the nine-team field of 14-U teams. TBS’s HM South Florida Snappers posted a 6-3 win over Cyclones Baseball but fell in earlier round play to a very impressive Cannons team, 12-2. Jason Carmichael pitched four strong innings for the Cannons in the win over the Snappers.

Bracket Play 

Nine teams entered the 14-U tournament with only one (South Florida Snappers) holding a Travel Ball Select preseason HM ranking. The Snappers, however, were not the lone team that got through pool play undefeated. That honor went to the Cape Coral Cannons. But neither the Snappers nor the Cannons reached the bracket finals. That honor went to unranked Cyclones Baseball (Clearwater, FL) and Gatorball Baseball Academy (Gainesville, FL). Go figure. At any rate, congratulations to Cyclones Baseball, tournament champs. They warmed up their tournament appearance with a 5-3 win over Wellington Warrior, had another scare with a 6-4 win over Scorpions Baseball and then blew it out in the finals, winning by a 15-3 margin. Pitchers Dominic Monda, Peter Drulias, Justin Disanto, Nick Mazzoni and Chris Frey carried the team through pool play.


TOURNAMENT RESULTS: 14U NORTHEAST SUPER NIT RECAP (5/4/08)

More News from Gilbertsville, PA

As previously reported by TBS, the Baltimore Buzz beat the Aberdeen Arsenal 9-4 to win the 14U Northeast Super NIT held recently in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania.

TBS has gathered more details on the tournament from our area sources.

In the semi's, Shane Campbell started on the hill for the Buzz against the NY Gothams.  The Gothams were up 4-0 in the fourth when Campbell was relieved by Doug Brown who quieted the Arsenal bats for the remainder of the game.  The Buzz scored 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 4-2. In their half of the fifth, the Buzz batted around and scored 8 to make it 10-4. In the sixth, the Buzz went up 12-4 and the game was called under the run rule.

The Arsenal played the Bally Bearcats in their semi-final match up.   In the bottom of the fourth with the game tied 0-0 Ryan Schoenbauer hit a 350' Grand Slam to put the Arsenal on top to stay. Ryan Ripken and Jordan Myers pitched for the Arsenal giving up only one hit combined as the Arsenal won 8-2.

In the Championship game, the Arsenal started fast going up 2-0 early. The Buzz got a run in the bottom of the second to make it 2-1. In the third the Arsenal made a pitching change and the Buzz exploded scoring 5 runs. The Buzz held on to win 9-4 behind the pitching of Doug Brown and Sam Miack.

The Arsenal is a new team on the travel baseball scene formed from The Maryland Orioles adding several of the top players from the Ironbirds including Ryan Ripken.  TBS is keeping its eyes on the Arsenal and congratulates and wishes the Buzz good luck at the Elite 24.


Tournament Results - 14U Oklahoma, Tennessee and Northeast Super NIT's (5/4/08)
 
The 2008 Elite 24 field increased by three eligible teams to a total of eleven clubs after play concluded at the Oklahoma, Tennessee and Northeast Super NIT's on Sunday May 4.
 
At the OKC Boomtown Ballyards, Team Demarini prevailed over a field of 15 teams to take the berth. Demarini posted two shutouts in bracket play including two 8-0 wins over the OKC Astros and McKinney Marshalls Black.  USSSA lists a "forfeit" by 2007 Elite participant - Dallas Tigers Ingram against Demarini in the Championship game and, at press time, no additional information was known concerning the circumstances surrounding the game being forfeited.
 
At the Tennessee Super NIT in Kingsport, the Alabama Storm secured a return berth to the Elite 24 by outscoring their opposition 54-6 during the event.  The Storm topped the Carolina Classics 16-2 in the Championship after posting big wins in all of their pool and bracket play games.  The Storm heads to Birmingham, Alabama this weekend for the Alabama Super NIT which has an impressive field including the East Cobb Astros, Team Alabama, Texas Drillers, Home Plate Chilidogs and Vestavia Rebels - all of whom are #1 seeds in their respective pools for the Birmingham event.
 
The Northeast Super NIT in Gilbertsville, PA saw the Baltimore Buzz earn the berth with a 9-4 win over the Aberdeen Arsenal.
 
With their earned berths, Team Demarini, the Alabama Storm and the Buzz join automatic berth participants Houston Heat, Panteras (P.R.), and Scottsdale Storm and 2008 Super NIT berth-winners, Nitro Elite, NorCal, East Cobb Astros, Arizona Landsharks, and Richmond Braves as teams qualified for the 2008 Elite 24 Championships.


TOURNAMENT RESULTS (4/23/08): 14U Charlotte Super NIT

The Charlotte Super NIT was full of upsets as the Richmond Braves National would persevere and bring home the Championship.  Earlier in the week, TBS warned the competition that the Richmond Braves would be the sleeper and looking to spoil the rest of the competitions plans.  The #13 Texas Drillers would walk away empty handed as they were really high on capturing a berth to the Elite out of Charlotte, but would end up with a 5th place finish.  Other teams that looked good, but came up a little short were the #23 Carolina Tarheels (finished 3-1 with a 5-2 loss to Richmond) and the Goose Creek Diamondbacks who had an awesome run and barely came up short from winning it all.  The Diamondbacks finished 4-1 with their only loss coming in the Championship Game against Richmond 7-6.  
Congratulations to the Richmond Braves National on a job well done and we look forward to hearing from you throughout the season.


Tournament Results: 14U Astros Qualifier (4/22/08) 

It was a beautiful April day at the East Cobb Baseball complex in Marietta, GA for this World Series Qualifier.  Sunday brought two very talented teams together in the championship game when  Bases Loaded/Team Alabama (TBS ranked #7) took on the East Cobb Astros (TBS ranked #3).  This was a classic as it was anyone’s game until the last out. 

The Astro's big pitcher, 6’5” Tucker Simpson was not in his last year’s Team Alabama uniform, but instead, was making his 2008 debut for the East Cobb Astros and was on the mound for 6 innings.  Simpson would not disappoint as he generated 7 K’s while only giving up 3 hits and 3 runs.  The starting pitcher for Team Alabama was Clayton Palicki.  Palicki also had a good showing by going 5 2/3 innings giving up 6 hits and 4 runs. 

Team Alabama struck first with a double by Matthew Goodson in the 2nd inning followed by another two bagger by Clayton Palicki knocking in the first run of the game.  Jacob Bruce of the Astros singled in the 3rd and Matt Gonzalez knocked in Bruce with a double to even the score at 1-1.  Team Alabama retaliated with an impressive two run homerun to dead center by David Dahl, which gave Bases Loaded/Team Alabama a 3-1 lead.  Chase Scott of the Astros would then smash a double and was later waved around third to score after Joe Wiseman hit an RBI double to pull the Astros within 1 with a score of 3-2….advantage still Team AL.  

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(Photo Left:  Bases Loaded TA's David Dahl tags out the East Cobb Astro's Matt Spruill on an attempt to steal) 

Left-hander Jacob Bruce struck again for the Astros in the 5th with a long double knocking in a run in the process.  Chase Scott would then follow up with an RBI single that pushed the score to 4-3, Astros in the 5th.  In the top of the 7th, the Astros got some big insurance as  Matt Gonzalez hit his 2nd double of the game bringing in a very important run. It’s the bottom of 7: Astro’s 5 – Team AL 3.  Matt Gonzalez moves from shortstop to the mound to close the game.   Team Alabama’s Matthew Goodson steps up to the plate…….Boom, it’s gone.   A lead-off solo home run brings the score to within 1….5-4.  Dad’s are wringing there hands and Mom’s are biting their lips.  The atmosphere has changed in the park.  Had the wind changed directions too?  East Cobb’s Matt Gonzalez kept his cool by getting a 4-3 ground out, followed by a strike out, a base hit, followed by another 4-3 to get the Save.  Final: 5-4.  East Cobb Astro’s get the win.  

Congratulations to both teams.  It was a great day to be a spectator while watching this one. 


Tournament Updates (Texas):  #1 Houston Heat, #13 Texas Drillers, and #18 Dallas Tigers
4/14/08

The Houston Heat have been on fire in the State of Texas as they have won 10 straight tournament games against very solid competition.  The Heat are currently ranked #1 by Travel Ball Select and they are beginning to show why.  Some of their latest victories have included wins over TBS #13 Texas Drillers, #18 Dallas Tigers, and a couple of other really solid teams in the SE Texas Sun Devils and Bullet Baseball (LA).  Expect the Heat to continue to get better, especially as the high school season nears an end.




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