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Sunday, March 04, 2018

Two Spring Kick-Off Champs

Vincent Cervino         Greg Gerard        
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EMERSON, Ga. - Georgia Florida Boys defeated Ga Heat by a score of 9-1 to capture a victory in the PG 13U PG Spring Kick Off Championship.

Georgia Florida Boys got out to an early 4-0 lead in the topof the first inning. Josh Fernald highlighted the first inning by doubling homeboth Grant Gallagher and Dawson Mock to put the first two runs on the board.The Boys would take advantage of the walks they were granted to put the nexttwo runs across that included a sacrifice fly from Drew Burress.

Georgia Florida Boys only garnered 5 hits in their 9-1 win,but those hits came in a timely manor. In the top of the third inning, Dalton Kuhnhit an RBI double of his own to put the Boys fifth run on the board. Ga Heatwould muster their only run in the bottom of the third before Georgia FloridaBoys blew it open in the top of the fourth inning.

Burress and Bryce Genton would each single early in thefourth inning, but the scoring would come from a past ball, an RBI groundout byGallagher, and a bases loaded walk by Fernald. Georgia Florida Boys put aninsurance run on the board in the fifth inning in route to a 9-1 run rule winin five innings.

The MVP of the 13U PG Spring Kick Off was Dalton Kuhn ofGeorgia Florida Boys who batted 11-14 (.786) for the tournament with 5 doubles,a triple, 13 RBI, and 4 stolen bases.

The MVPitcher was Kijani Clarington of Ga Heat who tossed 5 2/3 one-hit innings with two strikeouts in the Heat’s final pool play game semifinal game of the 13U PG Spring Kick Off.

-Gregory Gerard

2018 PG 13u Spring Kick Off champions: Georgia Florida Boys

2018 PG 13u Spring Kick Off runner-up: Ga Heat

2018 PG 13u Spring Kick Off MVP: Dalton Kuhn

2018 PG 13u Spring Kick Off MV-Pitcher: Kijani Clarington

EMERSON, Ga. - The 14u PG Spring Kick Off ended on Sunday evening as the 643 DP Cougars downed Elite Squad 2022 in a highly contested final that ended 4-2. Both teams looked dominant throughout the weekend and provided an excellent championship game that really showcased the strengths of both teams.

Elite Squad had their ace on the mound in the final game as righthanded pitcher Blaydon Plain toed the rubber in the championship game. Plain features a fastball into the mid-80s, very advanced velocity for the age. Dawson Campbell started on the bump for 643 and the two starters went toe-to-toe against each other early on in the game.

The scoring got started right away as Andrew Bermudez laced a double to bring in a run and give Elite Squad an early 1-0 lead. The Cougars struck back in the bottom half, however, as after a leadoff double off the bat of Taylor Shultz, Zachary Rozsman drove him in to tie the game. Elite Squad would add another run to take a 2-1 lead after a fielder’s choice and the score would stay that way for some time. Plain settled into a groove and worked through a couple more scoreless innings.

The at-bat of the game came in the sixth inning. Trent Ringer, with the runners on second and third, laced a triple to bring in two runs and take the lead. Ringer himself would come around to score after a sacrifice got him across.

Champ Davis was the star of the game for the Cougars, as the righthander relieved Campbell in the fourth inning and turned in 3.1 innings of shutout baseball. He earned himself the victory on the mound and helped the Cougars secure the championship for the 14u PG Spring Kick Off.

Elite Squad’s pitcher Tyler Venegas was named the MV-Pitcher for the event. Venegas started one game but turned in a seven-inning, complete game shutout that saw him strike out nine batters. Andruw Jones was named MVP for the 643 DP Cougars as he batted .600, including two triples, and drove in seven runs batting in the three-hole.

-Vincent Cervino

2018 PG 14u Spring Kick Off runner-up: Elite Squad 2022

2018 PG 14u Spring Kick Off MVP: Andruw Jones


2018 PG 14u Spring Kick Off MV-Pitcher: Tyler Venegas
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