Tournaments | Championship | 7/25/2019

World Series titles claimed

Photo: Dulins Dodgers 16u Ince (Perfect Game)

Rain forces 15u co-champs

SANFORD, Fla. – Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you’re playing a fantastic game and Mother Nature decides to spoil the finale, such as what happened on Wednesday in the PG 15u World Series championship game. With the score deadlocked at 5-5 when the rain came through, the Dulins Dodgers 15u Wright and Canes National 15u were named co-champions of the tournament.

The Canes were able to open the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Cole Young reached on a fielders choice, and then proceeded to advance to second and third on consecutive pitches. North Carolina commit James Triantos knocked in Young, a Duke commit, with a two-out RBI single to right field.

Dulins Dodgers took a run back in the second and then took the lead in the third inning. In the second, Texas Tech commit Cade McGarrh showed his plate discipline, drawing a bases loaded walk after working a full count. With two outs in the top of the third, Easton Carmichael worked back up the middle and drove in a run with a single to center to give Dulins the lead.

Heading to the bottom half of the inning, the Canes were able to respond with four runs of their own. Triantos got the scoring going when he ripped a ground-rule double with the bases loaded, plating two runs and giving him three RBIs in the championship game. Xavier Isaac crossed the plate on a passed ball while Triantos advanced to third base. Adam (AJ) Shepard, who is committed to Indiana, scorched an RBI double to center field, giving the Canes a 5-2 lead.

Down three with the weather closing in, the Dulins Dodgers knew that they needed to put some runs on the board quickly to give themselves a chance. Kolby Branch responded almost immediately, launching a solo shot to left, cutting the Canes lead to just two. Following Branch’s home run, Ethan Coley, Joshua Russell and Cooper Clapp drew three consecutive walks to load the bases with just one out. Tanner Jones decided to play the role of the hero, knocking a two-run single to left field to tie the game.

Jones was named MVP of the 15u PG World Series after impressive performances on both the mound and at the plate. In two appearances on the mound, Jones threw 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and allowing just five hits. At the plate, Jones hit .333 with a double, triple, home run and seven RBI.

The action was drawn to a hault following the half inning and did not appear to have an end in the foreseeable future. During the lengthy rain delay, both coaching staffs decided to settle the contest as co-champions of the 2019 15u PG World Series.

Tristan Smith was named Most Valuable Pitcher. Smith, ranked No. 18 in the 2022 class, made two appearances, working five innings. In the championship game against Dulins Dodgers, Smith worked three innings, striking out seven hitters and allowing just three runs. During the championship game, Smith ran his fastball up to 93 mph, also highlighting a strong slider that sat between 78-81 mph.

2019 15u PG World Series co-champions: Dulins Dodgers 15u Wright

2019 15u PG World Series MVP: Tanner Jones

2019 15u PG World Series co-champions (not pictured): Canes National 15u

2019 15u PG World Series MV-Pitcher (not pictured): Tristan Smith

Dulins Dodgers rally to complete 3-peat

SANFORD, Fla. – For the third consecutive year, a PG World Series trophy will be heading back to Memphis with the Dulins Dodgers organization. After winning the 14u World Series in 2017 and the 15u World Series in 2018, the pressure was on for the Dodgers. Looking to rewrite the storyline, the Scorpions 2021 Founders Club brought the pressure, but ultimately it was not enough to hold off the defending champions, as the Dulins Dodgers secured a 6-4 victory after seven innings.

The Scorpions got on the board first in the second inning with Davin Landers executing on a squeeze play to score Eric Day from third base. In the second inning, the Scorpions were able to push another run across the plate, scoring on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.

Sometimes using the same methods to score proves to be successful. Day also scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. Later on in the inning, Corey Robinson was able to lay down the safety squeeze to score Dylan Jacobs from third.

After four and a half innings, the Dulins Dodgers found themselves trailing by four runs and needing an offensive spark. Dylan Leach got the rally started by knocking a ground ball through the right side, allowing Jeffery Ince to score from second base. Blaze Jordan reached on an error with a run scoring on the play, cutting the Scorpions lead to just two. Slate Alford and David Jeon followed Jordan with back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game. Dulins Dodgers pushed their fifth run of the inning across the plate on a wild pitch and took a 5-4 lead.

The Dodgers added an insurance run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly from Jordan, which scored Lane Forsythe from third base.

Forsythe, a Mississippi State commit, was named Most Valuable Pitcher for the 16u PG World Series after a fantastic showing throughout the week. Forsythe combined for 13 hits and walks for the week, while also stealing two bases. In the semifinal game against the East Cobb Astros, Forsythe took the mound and completely dominated. While throwing a complete game shutout, Forsythe also allowed just four hits and fanned five hitters.

In the final two innings of the championship game, Dylan Leach took the mound for the Dulins Dodgers. Leach, a catcher committed to Arkansas, shut down the Scorpions offense and did not allow a baserunner. The two’s were wild in the box score for Leach – two spotless innings on the mound and two hits at the plate.

Cade Bush earned Most Valuable Player honors after several outstanding performances throughout the World Series. In the semifinal game against Elite Squad 16u, Bush toed the rubber, allowing just one earned run over five innings of work. For the week, Bush, a Florida State commit, accumulated a .435 batting average, tallying 10 hits, eight RBI and three stolen bases.

2019 16u PG World Series champions: Dulins Dodgers 16u Ince

2019 16u PG World Series runner-up: Scorpions 2021 Founders Club

2019 16u PG World Series MVP: Cade Bush

2019 16u PG World Series MV-Pitcher: Lane Forsythe

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