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Tomahawks secure playoff spot

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Sam Brazenas        
Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MARIETTA, Ga. -- After taking off at the plate in the fourth inning, the Midland Tomahawks won their sixth straight game securing their spot in the playoffs.

The Midland Tomahawks took an 11-2 victory over Titans Select in just five short innings on Tuesday at the East Cobb Baseball Complex.

The Tomahawks are now 6-0 and will play one last pool game on Wednesday at Cartersville Baseball Complex. However, win or lose; the Tomahawks will be champions of their pool and continue on to the playoffs.

After Tuesday’s game, head coach Brian Carney is confident his team will do well throughout the rest of the tournament.

We’re looking forward to hopefully securing a bye for Wednesday and be ready to go on Thursday,” said Carney.

Alec Graves pitched the first four innings only giving up two runs and striking out six opponents. Cole Heflin pitched the fifth and final inning for the Tomahawks and was able to keep the Titans at two runs completing the game after the top of the fifth inning.

Solid work in the field kept the Titans from scoring, but it was the Tomahawks offense that led them to this win.

Carney said hitting with men on base is one of his team’s strengths.

We can hit up and down the line-up,” explained Carney. “We have power guys from 1-10. We can hit anywhere and we have a lot of dudes who are fast.”

Brad Hall, Kyle Butz, Adam McDonough, Mitch Gremling, and Ricky West all had hits in the fourth inning helping to bring in the seven runs that were scored that inning. Hall went 2-for-2 on the day with two singles and two RBI. Kyle Butz also went 2-for-2 with one RBI.

The Tomahawks competed in last year’s tournament at East Cobb and are hoping to come out on top this year.

We’d like to win (the tournament), and beat everybody that we face. That’s hopefully our goal. Same as everybody else’s but that’s what we’d like to do,” said Carney.

The Tomahawks are comprised of players from Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan.

We have a lot of good players, they’re all very talented and there are a lot of kids here that are getting interest from colleges,” explained Carney, “They’re just good. They’re good, talented players who play hard, enjoy playing well together and have a desire to win.”

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