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Tournaments | Championship | 7/17/2019

MVP Hustle wins 13u World Series

Photo: MVP Hustle (Perfect Game)

SANFORD, Fla. – It was a hot one on Tuesday at the Boombah Sports Complex in Sanford. Perhaps the only thing hotter than the temperature was the bats of MVP Hustle (Calif.). After run-ruling each of their previous two opponents in bracket play, MVP Hustle started piling on the runs early, putting up an eight-spot in the bottom of the first inning in an eventual 15-0 win over the Motor City Hit Dogs to claim the 2019 13u Perfect Game World Series championship. That eight-run outburst was sparked by their speedy center fielder, Derek Curiel, who would ultimately have two base hits in the inning.

The meat of the order showed some run-producing prowess as the catcher, Raffaele Velazquez, lined a double to the opposite field. Third baseman Jonah Rouwenhorst followed up with a shot of his own, sending a ball sailing over the right field wall, displaying power to the opposite field rarely seen at this age.

Dalton Harper, third baseman of the Motor City Hit Dogs, had been one of the hottest hitters in the tournament, including going 4-for-4 in the semifinal, and continued swinging a hot bat in the second inning as he launched a ground-rule double to dead center, just missing what could have been his fifth big fly of the week.

The double was the only blemish on a strong outing turned in by MVP Hustle pitcher Sal Batres who pitched all three innings. Not to be overshadowed by his offense, Batres allowed only four hits and struck out three batters without relinquishing any free passes.

MVP Hustle continued to tack on the runs in the bottom of the second, which featured the bottom of the order, showcasing the depth of this lineup as nine-hole hitter and second basemen Will Dart hit a sharp liner down the right field line for his second double of the ball game. Right Fielder Treico Holland hit an absolute no-doubter in the second, drilling a ball over the wall in left field. Shortstop, Ty Southisene also roped a ball into the gap in left-center for his second double of the game.

Southisene was named the 13u PG World Series Most Valuable Player. He hit .526 (10-for-19) in seven games, hitting a pair of home runs, scoring 10 times and driving in eight. He also made a key pitching appearance in MVP Hustle’s most tightly-played contest of the event, striking out six in 5 1/3 innings.

The game was ended when Holland stepped back up to the plate in the bottom of the third inning with runners on first and second. It seemed like everyone at Boombah knew what was coming next. Holland crushed another ball to deep left field as MVP Hustle fans, coaches and teammates rose to their feet to watch the ball fall over the fence, this home run perhaps even further than his first. The three-run shot pushed the score to 15-0 and delivered the championship to MVP Hustle.

By no means should the stellar performance of the Motor City Hit Dogs throughout the tournament be overlooked. They began the title game almost instantly after a 9-4 upset of the event’s No. 1 seed, Florida Hurricanes 13u – Platinum, in the semifinals, a contest that ran for two hours and 57 minutes, the longest game of the entire tournament.

The Hit Dogs’ Parker Picot was named the event’s Most Valuable Pitcher. Picot made a pair of starts, the biggest of the two being a complete game, five-inning win I the quarterfinals in which he allowed just two runson two hits and a four walks, striking out three.

2019 13u PG World Series runner-up: Motor City Hit Dogs

2019 13u PG World Series MVP: Ty Southisene

2019 13u PG World Series MV-Pitcher: Parker Picot

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