Photo: Perfect Game

Gravel Baseball making a run

Tournaments : : Story
Matthew Stokes        
Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2012

SMYRNA, Ga. – For the second time in as many days, Gravel Baseball (7-0) rallied to win a game in their final turn to hit.

On Wednesday morning, the Chicago, Ill.-based organization mounted a comeback against the Richmond Braves 2015 American (0-7) and emerged 6-5 winners as Chris Botsoe grounded the game-winning single to center field, scoring Jake Surpaenant from third.

Gravel head coach Sam Sorce, in his 18th year with the organization, said pitching in large part has carried the group to its unbeaten finish in pool play at the 2012 WWBA 15u National Championship.

I was able to throw our top four guys,” said Sorce, referring to Botsoe, Charlie Donovan, Nelson Munoz and Ako Thomas. Munoz and Thomas have pitched complete game shutouts.

Sorce helped begin the organization’s youth teams in the early 1990s.

Prairie Gravel was the first name,” Sorce explained. “That was founded in the late 1970s. It was a semi-pro team, combining college players and ex-pro players. Then when my two boys were about 10, I started the younger teams.”

Sorce said there used to be four Gravel teams, but has now settled for one team at a time.

Now I just keep the same team and go 10u-17u,” Sorce said.

The Gravel will advance out of Pool G and continue playing as one of 32 playoff teams in the event, which begin Wednesday evening. Please visit the WWBA 15u National Championship schedule page for information on playoff seeding and matchups.

http://www.perfectgame.org/events/TournamentSchedule.aspx?event=1204

Recent Related Articles
2016 PG/MLK All-Tournament
The All-Tournament Teams from the 2016 Perfect Game MLK Championships, held January 15-18, which includes West MLK Upperclass... READ 
MLK West Upper title to Pac NW
Seattle-based Pacific Northwest Regional Baseball 2016s worked its way through a strong 32-team field with a 6-0-0 record and... READ 
Show, Padres win West MLKs
The San Diego Show (p) and the Padres Scout Team took home titles Monday at the PG MLK West Underclass Championship and the P... READ 
Most Viewed Related Articles
17u Tourney All-American Team
This week Perfect Game will unveil the inaugural 14u-17u Tournament All-American Teams for the 2015 event season. We start wi... READ 
16u Tourney All-American Team
Jayson Gonzalez enjoyed a very productive summer tournament season on his way to being named the Player of the Year at the 16... READ 
15u Tourney All-American Team
Elijah Cabell put up huge numbers all summer long on his way to being named to the inaugural 15u PG Tournament All-American T... READ 
 



Keywords in this article
       Player Profile Page    Event Page
What's Happening
About Perfect Game :: Contact us :: Site Map
Copyright 1994-2016 by Perfect Game. All rights reserved. No portion of this information may be reprinted or reproduced without the written consent of Perfect Game.