Tournaments : : Story
Tuesday, November 22, 2005

East Cobb Astros/Chet Lemon's Juice Share WWBA World Championship

Perfect Game Staff        
The two teams were in the dugouts and their starting pitchers warming up when the event ending storm moved across the area.

"In an ironic way it was a fitting end to a very wet and at times chaotic year," remarked PG USA Director Jerry Ford. "This would have been a great championship game between truly two of the top teams in the country. It was a very fitting match up as everyone remembers that two years ago the Juice beat the Astros in the 2003 World Junior Championships."

Each team was forced to win three 5 inning games Monday morning to reach the finals.

The Juice started the day with a 16-1 domination of the Boomtown Prospects in the Round of 16. Their quarterfinal match up versus the Midland Redskins was perhaps the most exciting game of the tournament, as the Juice scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to tie the contest at 3-3, then prevailed in tie breaker as LHP Justin Edwards came out of the bullpen to strike out the Redskins #3 and #4 hitters with the bases loaded.

The Juice then defeated ABD 5-0 in the semi-finals behind the 2-hit pitching of RHP James Wonn, who also picked up the win in the Redskins game with an inning of relief.

East Cobb's path to the championship game began that morning with a 7-0 win over the Houston Heat in a match up that pitted the last two WWBA World Champions against each other. LHP Jeff Lorick spun the shutout while registering 9 K's.

The Astros defeated the Florida Bombers 2-1 in the quarterfinals behind LHP Jimmy Gillheeney. Incredibly, only 2 Astros runners reached base against Bombers LHP Iden Nazario, but both scored.

East Cobb then edged Dirtbags in the semifinal 2-0 behind the 1 hit pitching of LHP Josh Smoker. Incredibly, East Cobb only allowed 1 run over the entire 7 games they played in the tournament, that being an unearned run that scored on a wild pitch in the quarterfinal game.

Smoker was named the Most Valuable Pitcher of the Championship, although the award could have gone to any one of a number of outstanding pitchers. The award was as much a team award to the almost perfect Astros staff as anything. Smoker was 2-0 at the championship, allowing only 2 hits in 8 innings.

ABD right fielder Chris Parmelee was the overwhelming choice as Most Valuable Player. Parmelee struck fear in opposing pitchers as no hitter has in recent Perfect Game/WWBA memory. He finished the event hitting 7-10 with an amazing 11 walks, many of them intentional or semi-intentional. He hit 3 home runs and even stole 6 bases while reaching base 18 of 21 plate appearances. Those are numbers that only Barry Bonds can really appreciate.
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