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Tournaments  | Story  | 7/28/2022

Wow Factor Claims 14u WWBA Title

Blake Dowson     
Photo: Wow Factor National 14u (Perfect Game)
HOOVER, Ala. -- Wow Factor National 14u ran through the 14u WWBA National Championship unscathed, the only blemish being a tie during pool play on their way to a 10-0-1 finish, with the final tally in the win column coming in the title game against Canes National 14u, a 4-2 victory.

Keon Johnson was handed the ball to deliver his Wow Factor team a championship on the mound, and gave his team five scoreless innings in return, allowing just three hits in the process.

Johnson, the No. 14 overall prospect in the 2026 class, was named the MVP of the tournament for both his performance on the mound during the championship game, and also his work at the plate throughout the event. Over 11 games, Johnson hit .469 with 15 hits and 17 runs scored.

Johnson’s lineup gave him a three-run lead early in the title game thanks to a crooked second inning. Wyatt Shelley got plunked to start the momentum, and Johnny Carver followed him with a walk of his own to put two on base. Jaylen Walker delivered the big blow after working a seven-pitch at-bat, knocking the seventh pitch into left field for a two-run triple. Marcus Cantu rounded out the scoring in the inning with an RBI groundout to second base, moving the score to 3-0 early.

A little bit of small ball earned Wow Factor another run in the fifth. Cantu walked to start the inning, and was bunted over to second base soon after. After stealing third, he was driven in by Matt Ponatoski to give Wow Factor another insurance run, making it 4-0.

Canes National brought two across in the bottom of the sixth inch closer, but the buck stopped with Brody Landgraf, who was brought in to stop the bleeding and finished off the final 1 1/3 innings, closing out the championship victory for Wow Factor.

Entering the 14u WWBA National Championship ranked No. 28 in the country among 14u travel clubs, Wow Factor outscored its opponents 88-29 over its 11-game slate, and now sits at 26-5-2 overall in Perfect Game events in 2022.

Cane National’s Carson Bolemon, the No. 16 overall prospect in the class, was named MV-Pitcher of the event. Bolemon tossed 10 innings across two appearances to the tune of a 0.70 ERA, while allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out 12.