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Tournaments : : Story
The well-rounded D-Bat Mustangs
Sam Brazenas        
Published: Monday, July 15, 2013

MARIETTA, Ga. – Victories have come easy for D-Bat Mustangs Gallegos 16u who have been on fire at the plate this week, racking up 42 runs in just five games at the 2013 WWBA 16u National Championship.

The D-Bat Mustangs are 4-1 so far and are barely trailing behind Chet Lemon’s Juice for first place in the pool. The Mustangs have a chance to proceed to the playoff rounds if they are able to pull out a win against Chet Lemon’s Juice on Tuesday.

The D-Bat Mustangs have done well in their four victories scoring at least nine runs each game. Collectively as a team, they are averaging .409 at the plate.

The D-Bat Mustangs scored 14 runs against Ninth Inning Royals on Monday beating them in just four innings. Head coach Roberto Gallegos said Noah Hill and Braden Williams were the MVPs in this game. Hill went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI. Williams went 2-for-2 with two singles and two RBI. He is averaging .533 overall this tournament and is leading his team in RBI with seven.

We came out today and swung the bats pretty good,” added Gallegos. “We’ve been swinging the bats pretty good all week. All around it was some good hitting out here with our group today. They came out here and were focused and were ready to go.”

The D-Bat Mustangs have been hot on the mound as well. Colton Moore pitched a four inning no hitter against the Royals on Monday. Beau Burrows started off the tournament pitching three innings with no hits, one walk and six strikeouts on Friday against the Staten Island Orioles 2016.

Well I came out there and was trying to throw strikes, but I couldn’t find the strike zone for the first half,” explained Burrows. “Then I started to find it and I got a few strikeouts. I was doing pretty well hitting my spots.”

He’s got a power arm and a big league career if he can just take care of himself, (and) take care of his body,” said Gallegos.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound right-hander from Weatherford, Texas, is ranked No. 9 on Perfect Game’s High School Class of 2015 National Rankings. Burrows, being a humble kid, was surprised of his high rank and said he “(didn’t) even know what to say.”

He’s a great kid,” added Gallegos. “He’s just a country boy. He’s always happy and always wants to be part of the team doing whatever he can to help or make the team better. He’s very talented but also humble.”

Burrows is going into his junior year at Weatherford High School, and was named sophomore of the year this past year for his district.

We went like 29-6 and finished second in our district,” said Burrows about his high school team. “Our offense kind of went downhill after our big hitter broke his thumb. I guess I was the sophomore who performed the best in our district but there were some pretty good sophomores in our district. Josh Watson on (this) team was in our district. He’s a ball player; he’s really good.”

Burrows just recently made a verbal commitment to play ball at Texas A&M after he graduates.

I went down there a month ago and they offered me a really good scholarship,” explained Burrows. “I really liked A&M so I figured that was the place for me to go. I’ve always liked A&M since I was a little kid so that’s where I want to spend my college (years).”

Burrows played in the 2012 WWBA 15u National Championship last year with D-Bat Mustangs Phillips, who came in fifth out of 180 teams. Burrows says he hopes to go even further this year.

The D-Bat (Dallas Baseball Academy of Texas) Mustangs program started in 1998, and have grown to house more than 50 youth teams ages 8-18.

The last 10-12 years have been really good for (D-Bat,)” added Gallegos.

According to the website, the D-Bat program has had more than 100 players drafted by MLB, more than 300 playing in college, and 16 state, regional, or national championships since 2009.



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