Tournaments | Championship | 9/2/2019

3 Southeast Titles Claimed in GA

Greg Gerard         Drew Wesolowski         Matthew Arietta        
Photo: Beast Mode Prime 2021 (Perfect Game)

Beast Mode too much for eXposure

MARIETTA, Ga. – The 2019 WWBA Southeast Labor Day Classic concluded on Monday afternoon with Beast Mode Prime 2021 triumphing eXposure Upperclass Fall Scout Team by a score of 6-2 in the Upperclass age division. Beast Mode broke out to an early 6-0 lead and did not let up as they turned to Matthew Johnson to fire a strong start on the mound earning the victory.

The scoring started for Beast Mode in the top of the second inning as Aidan Stewart, the team’s starting second baseman, doubled in Corbin Shaw for the game’s first run. The third inning was the big one for the team in purple, green and white. Led by hits from Breon Horne, Jaiden Duarte and Shaw as well as extra-base hits by Brady Jones and Joshua Baez, the squad put together a four-spot in the inning to make it a six-run lead.

Johnson, on the mound, struck out four in his start topping out at 86 mph with his fastball and spreading out four hits over his five innings. The bullpen was nails as well as Benjamin Steward and Bryse Ingle each helped get the job done to earn the victory for Beast Mode in the first tournament of the PG Southeast fall season. The championship game was truly a team effort for Beast Mode Prime as they got production from top to bottom in their lineup as well as on the mound.

The MVP of the tournament was Joshua Baez of Beast Mode Prime 2021. The 2021 graduate from Boston, Massachusetts was outstanding at the plate knocking in seven RBI with an OPS over 2.000. His .444 batting average on during the event was highlighted by his pair of long home runs. He also drew seven walks putting his on-base percentage at .667.

The MV-Pitcher of the event was Ben Johnson of eXposure Upperclass Fall Scout Team. On Friday night, Johnson threw a complete game, seven-inning no-hitter in which he struck out an incredible 17 hitters with just one walk en route to his team’s victory.

2019 WWBA Southeast Upperclass Labor Day Classic champions: Beast Mode Prime 2021

2019 WWBA Southeast Upperclass Labor Day Classic runner-up: eXposure Underclass Fall Scout Team

2019 WWBA Southeast Upperclass Labor Day Classic MVP: Joshua Baez

2019 WWBA Southeast Upperclass Labor Day Classic MV-Pitcher: Ben Johnson

5-run 7th leads to Sophomore title for BigStix Gamers

ATLANTA – A five-run seventh inning for BigStix Gamers helped propel them to a 7-4 win in the championship game over SWA Storm at the 2019 WWBA Southeast Sophomore Labor Day Classic at Brook Run Field outside of Atlanta on Monday. The biggest hit was a two-run single to center field by leadoff hitter Devin Portee that plated the go-ahead, and deciding, run.

The five runs that scored were all unearned as BigStix Gamers made the most of three singles, two errors and a walk. Portee and his double-play partner, second baseman Nolan Silver, each had a pair of base hits as Silver also scored a pair of runs in the title-clinching victory.

SWA Storm led for most of the game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second and a single tally in the sixth. BigStix did put up a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to put themselves within striking distance, and despite giving up three unearned runs, starter John MacDonald did a nice job on the mound, striking out five in five innings of work, allowing just the three unearned runs on three hits and a walk while pounding the strike zone with mid-70s fastballs.

Jayden Talik worked the final two frames, striking out a pair while allowing one unearned run on two hits and a pair of walks.

Ashton Essex was named the event MVP by hitting .412 (7-for-17) with a pair of doubles, one walk, four runs scored and six driven in. All six of his RBI came during his team’s four playoff matchups.

For the SWA Storm, Caden Colson received Most Valuable Pitcher honors. Colson came up big in the Storm’s first matchup against the BigStix Gamers during pool play, delivering four key, scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit while striking out four while picking up the win in a 8-4 victory.

2019 WWBA Southeast Sophomore Labor Day Classic champions: Bigstix Gamers Prime

2019 WWBA Southeast Sophomore Labor Day Classic runner-up: SWA Storm

2019 WWBA Southeast Sophomore Labor Day Classic MVP: Ashton Essex

2019 WWBA Southeast Sophomore Labor Day Classic MV-Pitcher: Caden Colson

Wow Factor dominates for Southeast Freshman title

ATLANTA – With the summer unwinding and football season kicking off, baseball is still being played at a high level across the country. The competitive play and high-level talent was evident at the WWBA Southeast Freshman Labor Day Classic where Wow Factor Scout Team secured the championship. They used a combination of solid pitching and timely hitting to go undefeated en route to take home the hardware with a 11-2 win over the Bullpen Braves on Monday.

In the championship game starting, Wow Factor Scout Team was down early by two runs before taking command of the game. Joshua Maharrey continued his hot streak as he knocked in three runs on a bases-clearing ground-rule double. On the very next pitch, Sam Thomas knocked him in with a single, and by then the flood gates had been opened.

Cooper Milford started on the mound for Wow Factor Baseball as he went on to strike out three batters in just two innings pitched. He also proved he could get it done in the box as he tripled to the right-center gap, knocking in a run to add to his team’s ever-growing lead. They ended up run-ruling both teams they faced on Monday, making them the unquestioned champions.

In their semifinal game Wow Factor Scout Team also pounded the baseball around the park as they beat East Cobb Prime 15u – Zilleox, 13-1. Maharrey got the party started early as he blasted a three-run bomb over the center field fence. He also went on to score another run. As a result, Maharrey was named the event's Most Valuable Player.

Wow Factor starter, and the event's Most Valuable Pitcher, Chris Smith filled up the strike zone as he struck out seven batters in 3 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball. He and Dean McCalla tossed a combined no-hitter through four innings. Smith pounded the strike zone working all four quadrants as he topped out at 87 mph showing plenty more in the tank helping to guide his team to the title game.

2019 WWBA Southeast Freshman Labor Day Classic champions: Wow Factor Scout Team

2019 WWBA Southeast Freshman Labor Day Classic runner-up: Bullpen Braves

2019 WWBA Southeast Freshman Labor Day Classic MVP: Joshua Maharrey

2019 WWBA Southeast Freshman Labor Day Classic MV-Pitcher: Chris Smith

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