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2008 WWBA 16U National Championship


Elite Eight >>
There have been a lot of great games so far this afternoon. After all the action we are now down to the following eight teams. Congratulations to:
Team Ontario 16u
Richmond Braves National '10
Dirtbags 16s
6-4-3 DP Baseball Academy
Palm Beach PAL
East Cobb Titans
Big League 30s
Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Gold

Good luck to all!
Final 16 >>
Congrats to all of the teams who made it to the 'Sweet 16' of the 16U WWBA tournament. The teams are:
Mizuno Titans
Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Gold
St. Louis Knights
Big League 30s
East Cobb Titans
Diamond Devils Black
South Bergen Mets
Palm Beach PAL
Team Ontario 16u
East Cobb Shamrock
Richmond Braves National '10
South Shore Seadogs
Dirtbags 16s
World of Baseball Angels
Palmetto Sand Gnats
6-4-3 DP Baseball Academy

Good luck to all these teams!
Longest Winning Streak at WWBA Tournament Ends >>
The Big League 30's victory over the East Cobb Astros 15s ended the longest winning streak any team had ever had coming into a WWBA event. The Astros had won more than fifty straight games before being defeated 2-1 in the 11:30AM game here at the East Cobb Complex. Big League pushed accross what ended up being the winning run with a suicide squeeze in the top of the 7th inning. Congratulations to both teams on a great game.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the playoffs as the day goes on.
Top Performers Update >>

Top Hitters

Mitchell Coffman from the STaF Yankees 16u had a great day both at the plate and on the mound. At the plate Mitchell went: 1-2, HR, 2RBI, BB, R, SB. Then Mitchell came in and closed the door on the MLI Phantoms to earn a save and preserve the victory for the Yankees. His line in the save was: 1IP, 0H 0R 1K 2BB 0HP.

Bill Cullen from the Virginia Breeze had a huge game at the plate on Thursday against the Louisiana Elite 16s. Bill finished the day with a line of: 2-4, 1B, 2B, 2R, 1RBI. Bill wasn’t done yet, as he was also the winning pitcher for the Breeze. Bill tossed a complete game one hitter as the Breeze won 9-1. His final line on the mound was: 5IP, 1H, 1R, 5K, 2BB, 0HP, and the win.

Kyle Simon from the Florida Pokers 16u team had a big day at the plate Tuesday against the Farrah Builders. Kyle went 3-4 with 3 2B, 2R, 3 RBI. Kyle’s 3rd double brought the game to 9-8, and he scored the run to tie the game at 9-9. The Pokers were able to complete the rally and win 9-10 over the Builders.

Josh Ake had a big game at the dish on Thursday morning against the Virginia Jr. Barnstormers. His line of: 2-3, HR, 1B, 2R, helped the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks Gold earn a 5-5 tie.

Brian Zalneraitis from Action Baseball Club 16 supplied some firepower to his team’s offense in their 7-4 win against the St. Louis Gamers Gray. Brian finished with a stat line of: 2-3, 1B, HR, 2R 3RBI.

While there were many great outings at the plate for the Maryland Redbirds Thursday morning against the St. Louis Pirates, no one had a better day than Joseph Couch. Joseph powered his tam to a 13-3 victory by finishing a triple short of the cycle. His final line was: 3-3, 1B, 2B, HR, BB, 6RBI, R.

Top Pitchers

Palm Beach PAL starter Jamie Cardwell tossed a no hitter against the Richmond Baseball Academy 16u. He faced just one over the minimum number of hitters and led Palm Beach to a 5-0 victory on Wednesday. His final line was: 7IP 0H 0R 5K 2BB 0HP and the W.

Alex Brooks from the Palmetto Sand Gnats threw a no hitter against the Taconic Rangers. Alex worked four innings and the Sand Gnats won the game 12-0 on Friday. Alex’s line for this complete game was: 4IP 0H 0R 10K 1BB 0HP and the win.

Hayden Petitta from the East Cobb Astros 15u threw a no hitter in his complete game shutout of the Jacksonville Heat. The Astros went on to win the game 8-0, and Hayden finished with a line of: 6IP 0H 0R 4K 2BB and the win.

Louisiana Legends 16s pitcher Chad Miller threw a complete game one hitter against the Tallahassee Mustangs. The Legends went on to win the game 12-0 and Chad finished with a line of: 4IP 1H 0R 5K 2BB 0HP and the win.

Josh Woods from the Brevard Aces pitched a complete game one hitter on Thursday against the Georgia Mustangs. The Aces won the game 2-0 on the strength of Josh’s line of: 7IP 1H 0R 6K 1BB 0HP and the win.

Brian Heard from the Bullets Baseball threw a complete game one hit shutout against the Texas Magic on Thursday. The Bullets won the game 13-0 as Brian finished the game with a line of: 5IP 1H 0R 3K 4BB 0HP and the win.

Jason Bohrer of the Tri State Arsenal pitched a complete game shutout against the Big Hitter Diamond Stars. Tri State went on to win the game 9-0 behind the great final line from Jason of: 5IP 0H 0R 9K 1BB 0HP and the win.

Kevin Werner tossed five one hit innings to earn the win against the Virginia Breeze on Wednesday night. Kevin’s line of: 5IP 1H 0R 5K 0BB 0HP helped the Homeplate Wildcats earn an 8-0 victory.

Matt Wick and Jeb Dills had a great pitchers duel on Thursday afternoon. Wick of the Ontario Blue Jays tossed a complete game one hit shutout, but was actually out pitched in a way by Jeb, who threw a complete game no hit shutout. The game ended in a 0-0 tie. The line for Matt was: 7IP 1H 0R 5K 4BB. Jeb’s line was: 7IP 0H 0R 8K 3BB 1HP. Neither pitcher got a decision in the tie.

Schedule Update >>
Saturdays schedule is now posted on the WWBA webpage. Congrats to the 32 teams still in the playoff hunt.
Tomorrows Schedule >>

We are currently working on the schedule for tomorrow. If your team has advanced to the round of 32 you will play a morning game tomorrow. If you are in the consolation group, please call if you do not want to play a game tomorrow. We hope to post Saturdays schedule late this afternoon.

Updating Top Performances >>

Top Hitters

The Orlando Scorpions Purple had a great day at the plate in their 11-3 victory over the STaF Athletics 15u on Tuesday. Trevor Seiman went 2-2 with a 1B, BB, 2b, SB and 2R. Alex Arrelano went 1-2 with a HR, 2R, 2RBI, HP. Walker Wieckel went 1-2 with a 2B, 2RBI, 2R, BB. Skip Kovar added to the hit parade with a 2-2, 2B, HR, R, 2RBI performance.

Team Elite 16u had a pair of great performances at the plate against the Tallahassee Mustangs on Tuesday. Leadoff hitter K.J. McAllister displayed great plate discipline in drawing two BB, he came around to score twice and tripled to set the tone for the Elite Offense. RF Nick Jones broke the game open with a 5th inning grand slam. He finished the day with this line: 1-2, BB, GSHR, 4RBI, R.

Tyler Barnette had a day for the Carolina Lake Monsters on Tuesday night. He finished 3-3 with 2HR, 2B, 2R, 2RBI. Unfortunately for the Lake Monsters Tyler was the sole source of their offense as they lost the game 9-2 to the SC Bombers.

A pair of hitters for the South Carolina Bombers supplied a lot of offense against the Lake Monsters on Tuesday. Chase Warren finished the night: 2-2, 1B, 2B, 2BB, R, 2RBI, meanwhile Chas Goodman finished 2-3, BB, 1B, 2B, 2R, 2RBI.

While there were several good performers for the South Charlotte Panthers in their Wednesday morning game, their top performer was pinch hitter Brett Austin who stepped into the box and drove the first pitch he saw out of the park for a grand slam home run. Brett finished the game 1-2, GSHR, 4RBI, R.

Four hitters powered the Palmetto Sand Gnats to victory on Tuesday over Tomson Cabinetry. Chris Harrison went 3-3, 2R, 3 1B. Zack Smith went 2-3 with 2 1B, 2R. Forrest Koumas went 1-1, 2B, HP, BB, 2RBI, 3R. Hunter Rice went 1-3, 2B, 2R, 3RBI. Together these four accounted for 9 of their teams runs.

A pair of San Diego Gamers ’10 hitters led their team to victory in their Wednesday game against the Carolina Cubs. Leadoff hitter Cody Smith finished the game 2-2, 2 2B, BB, R. Cleanup hitter Jake Stinnett finished a HR short of the cycle with a line of: 3-3, 1B, 2B, 3B, 1RBI, 2R.

Julian Mola had a perfect day at the plate for the South Florida Snappers Blue to help his team beat the Cincy Flames 5-4. Julian was 3-3 at the plate with 2 1B, 2B, 2R, RBI.

In their 8-4 victory over Bullets Baseball, Nick Williams of the Knoxville Yard was not only the winning pitcher, but he also had a huge day at the plate. Nick went 2-2, 2HR, HP, 2R, 6RBI. His power at the plate helped his own cause as the Knoxville Yard earned a victory.

Top Pitchers

Campbell Henkel tossed six one hit innings for the Virginia Breeze in their victory over the South Florida Snappers Green on Tuesday night. Campbell’s final line was 6IP 1H 0R 4K 2BB and a Win.

A pair of pitchers dominated the Wednesday game between the Jacksonville Bulldogs and the Jack Cust Diamond Jacks 16u Black. Both starting pitchers hurled complete game shutouts. For the Bulldogs, Chris Hazelip’s line was: 7IP 7H 0R 6K 2BB. Alex Guerra of the Diamond Jacks was equally impressive with a line: 7IP 3H 0R 3K 0BB. Neither pitcher got a decision in the tie.

The Carolina Avalanche and St. Louis Gamers Gray game on Wednesday morning featured a pitchers duel between Justin Charles of the Avalanche and Jonathan Glidewell of the Gamers. Jonathan pitched very well, with a line of: 7IP, 5H, 2R, 10K, 2BB, HP, but took the loss. Justin earned the victory with the complete game shutout, finishing with: 7IP, 1H, 0R, 5K, 2BB.

Riptide Development won a tight game on Tuesday against the Pennsylvania Patriots. Their 2-0 victory was fueled by a complete game shutout pitched by James Alfonso. Alfonso’s line finished at: 7IP 4H 0R 6K 3BB 1HP.

Dirtbags 16u pitcher Johnson Hobbs shut down the Atlanta Longhorns offense on Wednesday afternoon. He earned the win with a final stat line of: 6IP 3H 0R 10K 0BB 1HP.

Franklin Outlaws pitcher Chris Orphonis threw a complete game 3 hitter against the Southeast Michigan Rebels Wednesday evening. His team won 9-1 by run-rule so the complete game was an abbreviated five innings. His line for the night was: 5IP 3H 1R 6K 0BB 0HP.

Diamond Devils 16u Black pitcher Tyler Wilson shut down Chain Baseball Gold Wednesday afternoon. Tyler tossed a complete game two hit shutout as the Devils won 11-0. His stat line for the game was: 7IP 2H 0R 10K 0BB 1HP.

St. Louis Knights pitcher Mark McClelland won a pitchers duel over the combined efforts of EJ Sports Titans pitchers Chris Wingard and Adam Hoffman to lead the Knights to a 1-0 victory. Mark’s final line for the game was: 7IP, 2H, 0R, 5K, 4BB, 0HP.

Schedule Update >>
Because the 8pm game at Walton will impact who makes the playoffs our release of tomorrows schedule has been pushed back to be no earlier than 11pm.
Schedule for Tomorrow >>
We are working on a playoff and consolation schedule for tomorrow. We plan on posting this schedule on the WWBA website sometime after 10pm Eastern.

For consolation round teams, please make sure to inform your teams Perfect Game contact person if you do not wish to participate in some or all of your teams consolation games.
Updates Pending >>
Good afternoon to all. Just a quick post to inform everyone that I am working on a large update on top performers from the first two days of the tournament. The scoresheets that trickled in the last two days are now all in front of me. Other than that todays action is well underway and we are fortunate to have great weather again at East Cobb. Stay tuned for more information on the blog as today goes along.
Charlie Steinman Throws a No-Hitter >>

Mizuno Titans pitcher Charlie Steinman was one error away from a perfect game during this morning’s game against the STaF Yankees 15u. Charlie was a ground ball machine and helped lead his team to their 3-0 victory against the STaF Yankees. Charlie’s stat line for today’s game was: 7IP 0H 0R 0BB 0HP 9K. Congrats again to Charlie on his complete game no hit shutout!

Strikeout Artist >>
During the 9am game #77 between the Virginia Junior Barnstormers and the East Cobb Rebels there was both a great game and a great pitchers duel. Bobby Ward of the Barnstormers outdueled Spencer Tolbert of the EC Rebels by throwing a two hit complete game shutout. Bobby's victory featured a dominating 15 Ks to 0BB and only 1HP. Spencer Tolbert had 7Ks allowed 5hits and one run in the loss for East Cobb. Congrats to both pitchers and teams on a well played game, and special recognition for Bobby's great strikeout total.
Late Game Heroics on Field One >>
The morning game at East Cobb Field One had a wild finish today. The Cincinnati Flames rallied from down 2-1 in the top of the 6th to take a 4-2 lead in the top half of the inning. Most of the offense in the 6th for the Flames came off the bat of Josh Hooper who had a clutch 2RBI double. The South Florida Snappers made the most of the bottom half of their inning, and with two outs a 4-3 score and the bases loaded, Michael DeJesus ripped a 2RBI walkoff double to give the Snappers the victory. Congratulations to the victorious Snappers and to both teams on a hard fought game.
Morning Games Underway >>
The early games at the complex are now well underway as field 2 is already in the 4th inning. We are fortunate to have another great day for baseball and a great weather forcast for the rest of the day. The weather is forcasted to be below 90 degrees and sunny both today and tomorrow, which would be perfect weather for all of the pool play games.

Later today there will be an update on more of yesterdays top performers. We are looking forward to another full day of great baseball here at East Cobb and the surrounding Atlanta area, please check back later today for news and updates, as well as checking out the WWBA website for updated scores. 
Schedule Change >>

Game #135 Hammond Seminoles vs. Jacksonville Heat will now be played at 430pm at Sprayberry High School

Game #149 Jacksonville Bulldogs vs. East Cobb Rangers 15u has now been moved to 9am at EC Field 3

Several College Programs Represented at 16U Tournament >>
Gm # 192 | 7/24/2009 | 7:00 PM NorCal East vs. Jack Cust Diamond Jacks 15u Gold

It appears that there are many college coaches in attendance here on opening day of the 16U WWBA tournament. Just from observations at the tower and the front gate we have noticed that the following programs have come to the East Cobb Complex for day one the tournament:


Louisiana State University

University of Virginia

Boston College

University of South Carolina


Georgia State University

High Point University

Troy State University

Virginia Tech

Pepperdine University

West Virginia University

Southern Illinois University


Clearly there are several schools getting a jump start on targeting future players for their programs here on day one of the tournament. It is likely that we will several more college programs with a coach in attendance at the complex (not to mention those that go to outlying fields) throughout the rest of the tournament.


Top Performances >>
Gm # 142 | 7/23/2009 | 7:00 PM Homeplate Chilidogs 15U vs. West End Wildcats
While there are still many several scoresheets that have not crossed this desk there have been several top performers in the early games who deserve to be recognized.

Jeff Johnson tossed six no-hit innings for the East Cobb Shamrocks who run ruled the ASA Titans. Jeff's stat line this morning was: 6IP 0H 0R 6K 3HP 0BB W. Once again congratulations to Jeff on his great outing!

A pair of hitters led a charge for the Arsenal Baseball team who defeated the New Jersey Knights 10-3. Ino Patron and Jamie Vega both had big days, combining their statistics they accounted for 4H, 2-2B, 2R, 5RBI, BB in six official at bats.

Mario Valdez led the Team NY Cardinals to victory over the Jacksonville Heat by tossing a complete game one hit shutout. His line today was: 7IP, 1H, 6K, 0R, 7BB W. His strong outing and some timely hitting gave the Cardinals a 5-0 victory. 

Emanuel Kent turned in a complete game two hit shutout to help 6-4-3 DP Baseball Academy earn a victory against the Maryland Redbirds. Emanuel's line was: 7IP, 2H, 5K, 0R, BB, HP, W. Congrats to Emanuel and the victorious   6-4-3 DP Baseball Academy. 

Jon Wilson earns mention for his 2-3, 2-1B, R, RBI line which was capped by having the game tying hit as the GA Impact rallied to tie the Dallas Titans. For Dallas, EH Brett Pettigrew had a big day at the plate finishing 2-2, 1b, 2B, R, 3RBI. His performance gave Dallas a 5-4 lead before the GA Impact tied the game in the last inning. 

Congrats again to all these players! Keep checking back here for more updates as the tournament continues.
Morning Games Nearing Final >>
The 16 and Under WWBA Tournament is well underway throughout the Atlanta area this morning. The weather is great for baseball and the 9:00am games are nearing conclusion. So far there is only one final score as 6-4-3 DP Baseball Academy shutout the Maryland Redbirds 3 to 0 at Kennisaw Mountain High School. Please check back on the blog and the WWBA website for updates as the day goes along.