Tournaments | Championship | 7/31/2020

East Cobb Astros 16u & US Elite National Share 16u PG World Series Title

Jeff Dahn        
SANFORD, Fla. – In what was shaping up to be a rollicking affair in the championship game at the PG 16U World Series late afternoon on Wednesday was never allowed to reach a rollicking conclusion thanks to yet another intervention from Mother Nature.

The No. 3-seeded US Elite 16U National and the No. 4 East Cobb Astros 16U Texas Orange were declared co-champions after first lightning and then a heavy rain brought play to a halt in the top of the fourth inning with East Cobb holding a 10-5 lead. PG officials waited nearly 3 hours before declaring co-champions at the prestigious 30-team PG national championship tournament.

The US Elite 16U Nationals officially finish with a 6-0-2 record while the East Cobb Astros 16U Texas Orange finished 6-1-1.

Astros 16U Texas Orange 2021 outfielder Thaddeus Ector, a newly minted 2020 PG All-American and a South Carolina commit ranked No. 51 overall in his class, was named the Most Valuable Player; Ector went 11-for-25 (.440) with six singles, four doubles, a triple, five walks (.531 OBP), eight RBI and nine runs scored.

Jackson Gaspard, the Astros’ 2022 righthander/catcher/infielder was named the MV Pitcher after throwing 9 2/3 innings over two appearances without giving up a run and allowing five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.

The Astros Texas Orange won their pool with a 4-1-0 mark and outscored their opponents 37-7 to earn the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. They beat Slammers Holzemer 3-1 in Wednesday morning’s quarterfinals behind a complete game four-hit, five-strikeout outing from 2022 lefty Cade Fisher; Lleyton Lackey tripled and drove in two runs.

They absolutely throttled the No. 1-seeded Dulins Dodgers-McGarrh, 13-5, in the semifinals with Charlie Jones hitting a home run and single and driving in four runs while scoring three. Dylan Cupp went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, Ector doubled, singled and drove in two and Benjamin Hamacher had a pair of singles and a pair of RBI.

The US Elite National went through pool-play at 4-0-1, a run that included impressive wins over the Canes National 16U and the Top Tier Roos 2022 American.

They escaped the Tri State Arsenal 2022 Scout Team, 2-1, in the quarterfinals behind a 5 2/3 inning, four-hit, shutout performance from 2022 lefty Chase Horst; Mason Morris singled twice and drove in a run.

The Elite Nationals went up against the powerhouse 5 Star National 16u Burress in the semis and prevailed 3-2 in eight innings. Cohl Mercado hit a one-out single in the top of the eighth to get things going and eventually scored what proved to be the game-winner when Sabien Rivera delivered a two-out, RBI single.

2021 righthander Logan Musey and Mercado, a 2022 lefty, combined on a six-hitter with Musey throwing the first five innings.
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