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Friday, June 29, 2012

East Cobb Astros defend 15u title

Matthew Stokes        
Photo: Perfect Game

MARIETTA, 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.

Earlier 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.


In 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.

“Our whole program takes a lot of pride in what's been done in the past...We realize and understand that we're representing something much bigger than ourselves.”

-- East Cobb Astros 15u head coach Dennis Jordan


In 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.


For 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.


Dulaney threw nine shutout innings with 13 strikeouts at the event, allowing only five hits and a walk.


In 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.


We 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 pitching-wise.”


Jordan added that the program’s national reputation serves as motivation to maintain the standard that’s been set.


Our 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.”



2012 WWBA 15u National Championship runner-up:  
Evoshield Canes Delmarva



2012 WWBA 15u National Championship MVP: Jonathan Hughes




2012 WWBA 15u National Championship MVPitcher: Burton Dulaney


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