Sign in
Create Account
Tournaments  | Story  | 6/24/2022

Okeeheelee Tide Continues to Roll

Riley Sheppard     
Photo: Perfect Game
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Run-ruling your previous three opponents can make any team comfortable, but the Okeeheelee Tide know that can’t be the case at the 13u BCS National Championship.

“Yesterday our baserunning was a little suspect, we cleaned it up today and did a lot better job,” Tide coach Keith Seal said postgame on Friday. “We think we could pitch a little better, we’ve been banging the ball all weekend, so hitting we’re doing just fine.”

The Tide capped off their 3-0 start to the 13u BCS National Championship by defeating Florida Burn 2027 National by a score of 9-1.

Left-hander Camden McFadden got the start on the mound for the Tide, tossing two scoreless innings while striking out three, with all three punchouts coming from his high-60s mph fastball.

The bulk of the Tides’ offensive output came in the bottom half of the first, when the entire order came to bat and brought home five runs.

Carlo Vazquez capitalized off of Gabrian Diaz and Kevin Blas' plate discipline, doubling to left field after they both started the frame with walks.

In the very next at-bat, Kane Decker followed it up with an extra-base hit of his own to bring in Vazquez.

“It’s interesting too, we’re usually a slow-starter at eight o’clock,” Seal said postgame. “But both days we came out and just banged the ball. The top of the order is just red-hot right now, even the outs were really hard hit baseballs.”

The Tide followed up their first outburst with a two-run second inning, highlighted by an RBI single by Decker to bring home McFadden after he reached on an error earlier in the inning.

Decker aiding McFadden was not done there, giving him some relief on the mound in the top half of the third. The right-hander punched out two over his 1 1⁄3 innings on the mound, with a consistent mid-70s fastball that topped out at 78 mph.

To conserve his pitching staff’s arms throughout the long tournament, Brayden Hassel closed things out for his team, pitching the final 1 2⁄3 innings in just 19 pitches.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, a Nick Seal two-run double brought in Caleb Soto and Tanner Gilman to make things 9-1 and reach the run-rule limit.

Three weeks ago, the Tide punched a free ticket to this tournament by winning the BCS National Qualifier. Now, they have cemented themselves in the gold bracket and a path to be named national champs.

“We’ve really started to come into our own this season. [In] this last year we’ve already won three or four tournaments, including a couple Perfect Games, so I think we got what it takes,” Seal said.