FRANKCLAY – Both the nine-year-old and 11-year old Babe Ruth district tournaments played their first game on Friday in the best of three format. On Saturday, the two tournaments met completion as Friday’s winners won in both cases.
NINE YEAR OLDS
MABA 18, Union 0
For the second day in a row the MABA All-Stars held Union scoreless, this time amassing 18 runs in just three innings, before being held scoreless in inning four.
Jared Jones struck out the first five batters he faced and went on to strike out seven batters of Union’s starting line-up with only a ground out to short by Trevor Bacon in the second inning, and a comebacker by John Wooley in the third interrupting his string of K’s in the scorebook.
Jake Sullens pitched the fourth inning and struck out the side to finish off the perfect game.
The All-Stars scored five runs in the first inning on only one hit, an RBI single by Kolten Poorman. Three walks, a hit batter and a Union error accompanied Poorman’s hit.
The All-Stars again sent nine batters to the plate in inning two with singles by Dillon Manion, Trae Robinson and Austin Jarvis. The Third inning the All-Stars exploded for 10 runs.
Jones powered a two run home run over the left-fielder’s head for the big hit of the game.
Ahmed Bates set the All-Stars down in order in the fourth inning.
Holden Mayberry was 3-4 with all singles, and Jarvis finished 2-3. The All-Stars had 13 hits altogether.
11 YEAR OLDS
The American All-Stars defeated the National All-Stars on Saturday in their second game by a score of 11-1 in five innings. Brandt Busenbark picked up the win, giving up only one run on three hits and a walk while striking out four in his three innings.
Jake Bridges pitched the last two innings for the Americans, striking out the first four batters he faced and getting two fly balls for the last two outs.
Garrett Thomure put the exclamation point on the Americans win with a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the fifth.
The Americans received three free passes to start the game, and Colin Huitt made the Nationals pay with a two-RBI single. Andres Castro followed with a sac fly, and Busenbark drove in the fourth run of the inning with a single.
Bridges led off the second with a home run, and a couple of Nationals errors set up Castro for a two-run single.
The Nationals scored their only run of the two game series in the third inning. Chandler Franklin hit a two out single, and Jared Deal drove him in a with a double.
The Americans made the score 9-1 with two more runs in their half of the third. After Brennan White singled and then scored on a throwing error, with runners on first and third, the Americans elected to throw down on an attempted steal, and catcher Devin Savage’s throw was on the money for the first out of the inning. Bridges lifted a sac fly to center to score the second run.
Thomure’s two-run homer set the 10-run mercy rule into effect to end the game.