Ga. – Aided by early run support, left-hander Brian Exley punched
out ten batters in the East Cobb Astros 15u’s (12-0) five-inning
10-0 rout of the Evoshield Delmarva Canes (10-2) in the 2012 WWBA 15u
National Championship title game on Friday afternoon. The Astros also
won in 2007 and 2011.
in the morning in the two 9 a.m. semifinal games, the Canes withstood
a four-run rally by the 643 DP Cougars to secure a 5-4 victory while
the Astros had to work around a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the
seventh on their way to a 7-1 win over Tri State Arsenal Blue.
the championship matchup at 11:40 a.m., the Astros wasted little time
putting the game out of reach, scoring at least one run every inning
they were up to bat, including four in the first. Meanwhile, Exley
was dealing on the mound, striking out four straight batters at one
point on his way to a one-hit shutout.
the game’s final pitch, Exley induced the game-ending flyout to
right field, setting off a joyous celebration by the pitching mound.
Following the team’s win, Perfect Game announced the Most Valuable
Player and Most Valuable Pitcher. The Astros earned a clean sweep of
the hardware as Jonathan Hughes picked up Most Valuable Player while
Burton Dulaney claimed Most Valuable Pitcher.
the tournament, Hughes batted a scorching .680 with four doubles, a
homer, 13 RBIs and 12 runs scored. He also picked up two wins on the
hill in 10 innings of work.
threw nine shutout innings with 13 strikeouts at the event, allowing
only five hits and a walk.
his ninth year at East Cobb Baseball as well as his seventh with the
15u age group, Astros head coach Dennis Jordan said it took a
complete effort to run the table at this tournament.
played very good defense throughout the tournament,” Jordan said.
“Our pitching really stepped up. The bats came alive too.
Offensively we got ahead early, which really helped us out
added that the program’s national reputation serves as motivation
to maintain the standard that’s been set.
whole program takes a lot of pride in what’s been done in the past,
and the players and coaches who’ve been here and made us what we
are,” Jordan said. “We realize and understand that we’re
representing something much bigger than ourselves. It’s a situation
where we have to come out and play our best every day.”