The Weekend Wrap-Up for June 7-9, 2019
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South Texas State Championships
Baseball USA – Houston, TX
Texas Matrix – 12
Sabers Baseball Turquoise – 0
Back-to-back weeks for the Texas Matrix in our Weekend Wrap-Up as the Houston squad showed out on Championship Sunday. The Matrix took advantage of 5 walks and clutch hitting to put up 8 runs in the 2nd inning and never looked back, as solid pitching and defense held strong.
Marucci Elite-Nava – 8
American Force – 0
The pitching tag-team of Harrington & Shields, LLC shut the Force down combining for a two-hit shutout and 8 strikeouts, after posting a shutout in the semifinals as well. Offensively, the Marucci squad scored in every inning, including a 2-run dinger in the 4th.
Canes Southwest – Ibarra – 5
Banditos Black – 2
In a close title bout, the two Texas squads battled back and forth, alternating blows through the first half of the game, with the Canes leading 3-2. With two outs in the bottom of the 5th, the Canes scored on back-to-back plays with a single and double to take the lead 5-2. Canes pitcher Javi Cuevas gave up two runs, but finished with 12Ks in a complete game win.
Marucci Elite – Croft – 8
SA Kings Martinez – 6
SA Kings Martinez jumped out early in the championship game scoring 6 in the bottom of the first inning, but failed to score after that. Marucci Elite – Croft fought and clawed back scoring in the top of the 3rd and 4th to tie the game at 6. As the game headed to extras and the bases were loaded, Marucci Elite – Croft took advantage of a crucial error with two outs to take an 8-6 lead.
YETI Baseball Club Crawdads – 8
Alex Cintron Baseball – 7
The runs started early and often in this one as both teams plated runs in the first, with the Crawdads up 3-1. Alex Cintron Baseball put up a huge 6-run 3rd inning thanks to four singles, two walks, a double, and steal of home. Down 3, the Crawdads took advantage of 3 walks in the bottom of the 3rd to take an 8-7 lead and shut the door with 3 Ks to close out the game in the 4th.
J Sweet Memorial Tourney
Ohio Nationals – 13
Cincinnati West Stars – 8
In the Score or Strikeout game of the week, the Ohio Nationals jumped out to an early 4-2 lead and kept pace matching the West Stars’ 3-run 3rd inning and posting 5 runs in the bottom of the 4th after a pair of West Star runs. The total 21 runs in the title game was only matched by the total 21 strikeouts on the day.
11u – National
JB Yeager – 3
At The Yard – 2
As Baseball Youth President Matt Roberts will tell you, “Bunting still matters” and it did for JB Yeager more than ever in the title game. With the game tied at 2 and the bases loaded, Max B. laid down a bunt single to walk it off and win the title.
11u – American Gold
Xtra Innings – 14
West Side Raiders – 0
Xtra Innings had the title game on lock from the jump, as they scored 4 in the top of the 1st. The pitching combo of Bushman & Carlisle shut the Raiders down giving up just one hit in a stellar shutout showing.
11u – American Silver
West Side Sluggers – 7
Haubner Hornets-McKeever – 4
Haubner Hornets started off hot scoring in each of the first 3 innings. The Sluggers were slow out of the gate, but went OFF in the top of the 5th scoring 5 with two outs.
Midland Cherokees – 5
Cincinnati Riverbats – 4
The Midland Cherokees started with a bang thanks to a 2-run bomb in the top of the first. The two teams battled close scoring single runs in every inning until the bottom of the 6th, as the Riverbats were down 5-2. The Riverbats took advantage of two early hits, scoring one. Cherokees pitcher Ayden Holden came back to strike out back-to-back Riverbats and force a pop up to win the title.
Ohio Elite – 5
Cincinnati West Stars – 3
Another tough outing for a Cincinnati-named team, as the West Stars posted 3 runs in the first and were held scoreless the rest of the way. Ohio Elite posted a 1-3-1 in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and never looked back to win the championship 5-3.
USSSA State Championships
Victory Lane – Glendale, AZ
Swarm Baseball Gold – 8
AZ Venom BBA Black – 7
This game would have given us all high blood pressure. With AZ Venom BBA Black leading 3-1 after four innings, both offenses flipped the switch. AZ Venom BBA Black scored 2 in the top of the 5th, only to be outdone by a 4-run spot by Swarm Baseball Gold in the bottom half of the inning. With the game tied in the bottom of the 7th, Swarm drew four straight walks (1 HBP) to walk it off (literally).
GSSA World Series
Traveling Eagles – 6
West Florida Hustle – 2
The Eagles’ offense popped in the 2nd inning with two doubles and smart base running to put up 5 runs. From there, Cooper M. held it down with 11 Ks on 95 pitches, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits.
Triple Bagger Summer Classic
Iowa Heat White – 8
Jr. Warriors – 0
Ethan Winnike & Drew Larimer combined for the no-hitter to win the 11u title. The dynamic duo also combined for half of the team’s RBIs.