Ga. — Keyed by their red hot bats and dominant pitching, the No. 7
seed East Cobb Yankees 18u (12-0) emerged 10-2 winners over the No.
18 seed Marlins Scout Team (10-2) to claim the 2012 PG/WWBA 18u
National Championship on Friday at the East Cobb Complex.
jumping out to an early 2-1 lead, the Yankees scored two in the
fourth on a double by Austin Norrell (2012, Calhoun HS, Ga.). They
added a six-spot in the fifth thanks to run-scoring hits from Dansby
Swanson (2012, Marietta HS, Ga.), Douglas Miller (2012, Darlington
HS, Ga.), Eric Knox (2013, Effingham County HS, Ga.) and Norrell to
seal the title.
Knox’s game-ending RBI single to right field, the Yankees’ dugout
erupted, prompting a joyous dog pile near first base.
Jillson (2012, St. Edward’s HS, Fla.) pitched all five innings for
the Yankees, striking out four while topping out at 91 mph.
swung the bats well all week long and pitched well again today,”
Head Coach James Beavers — who’s in his 34th year as
the Yankees’ coach — said after the game. “This is a great
tournament and it means a lot to win it. When you look at
championship banners every year and you see yourself up there —
it’s just great to be part of this program.”
one of the semifinals matchups at 9:00, the Marlins Scout Team
pounded out 13 hits in a 5-2 victory over the No. 6 seed NVTBL Stars
17u. The Yankees then defeated the No. 32 seed Dulin Dodgers in the
other semifinals matchup. After falling behind 3-0, the Yankees
scored 10 unanswered runs to advance to the finals.
Yankees outscored their opponents 115-27 in 12 tournament games. They
scored 10 or more runs seven times, including their last four playoff
contests. Their pitching was equally good, holding the opposition to
three runs or fewer in all but two games.
pitcher Lucas Brown (2012, Allatoona HS, Ga.) was named the
tournament’s Most Valuable Pitcher. In 16 innings, Brown yielded
just two earned runs (1.13 ERA) on seven hits and no walks, striking
out 17 and peaking at 89 mph.
just went out there with confidence every day knowing I had run
support, so I was just trying to throw strikes,” Brown said after
the game with his MVPitcher trophy in hand. “This is probably the
best experience I’ve ever had. I’ve never been involved in a
National Championship, so I’m happy.”
is the East Cobb Yankees’ fifth National Championship. Former East
Cobb Yankees turned major leaguers include: Stephen Drew, Gordon
Beckham, Dexter Fowler and Matt Capps.
Marlins Scout Team’s Grant Diede (2012, Acalanes HS, Calif.)
was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. In 12 games, Diede
went 16-for-28 (.571) with two doubles, three home runs, three stolen
bases, 17 runs and 11 RBI. He also walked 10 times, giving him a .684
Marlins Scout Team’s loss in the championship game ended an
incredible tournament run in which they went 10-2 and outscored their
2012 WWBA 18u National Championship runner-up: Marlins Scout Team/Storm
2012 WWBA 18u National Championship MVP: Grant Diede
2012 WWBA 18u National Championship MVPitcher: Lucas Brown