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Tournaments | Story | 9/27/2021

Top Tier Wins Sophomore World Title

Blake Dowson     
Photo: Top Tier Roos National 2024 (Perfect Game)
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The championship game of the WWBA Sophomore World Championship belonged to Top Tier Roos National 2024 right from the first frame, as their first inning run was ultimately all they needed to collect the PG trophy, winning by a final of 9-0 versus Burn 2024.
 
Jack Clark walked to start the game for Top Tier, promptly advanced to second on a ground out, and scored the first run of the contest on a Jayden Harriel double to left field.
 
That turned out to be all starting pitcher Atticus Huffstutler needed, as he went all five innings for Top Tier, allowing just three hits and no runs. Huffstutler needed just 55 pitches to get through his outing, leaning on his defense to make plays time and time again. The right-handed pitcher from St. Pete Beach, Fla. added two punchouts and just one walk to his line, and earned MV-Pitcher honors for his dominant work in the championship game.
 
Top Tier put some distance between them and Burn in the second inning. Corey Moore worked an eight-pitch walk to lead off, and then four straight singles from Jack Earnest, Trey Babbitt, Daniel Spicher, and Creighton Koontz led to the first run of the inning crossing. Clark then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to push the score to 3-0, and an errant throw home allowed another run to score, to make it 4-0 in favor of Top Tier.
 
For good measure, Top Tier put a five-spot on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Koontz, who ended the game 3-for-3, was in the middle of the production once again, doubling to score Spicher to start the scoring. A sac fly from Clark scored Koontz. Huffstutler, Moore, and Earnest all added subsequent RBI knocks, and pushed the score to the eventual final, 9-0.
 
The dominance Huffstutler demonstrated on the mound was a carryover from Top Tier’s semifinal win over Clubhouse 2024 Scout. In that contest, Cole Huddleston and Trey Babbitt combined to throw seven scoreless innings. In Huddleston’s four innings, he struck out three and gave up just four hits. Babbitt completely closed the door, tossing the final three hitless innings. Top Tier scratched across three runs to move into the final.
 
Burn 2024’s Nolan Naese grabbed MVP honors for his work. The infielder hit .455 (10-for-22) over the eight-game stretch, adding 4 doubles, a walk, 10 runs, 7 RBI, and 6 stolen bases as well. Hitting leadoff for Burn, he was 1-for-2 in the championship game, one of three players to grab a hit against Huffstutler in the game.

| Top Tier Roos National 2024 vs. Burn 2024 Box Score |

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