Photo: Perfect Game

Banditos are champs at WWBA 17u

Tournaments : : Story
Matthew Stokes        
Published: Friday, July 13, 2012

MARIETTA, Ga. – Fueled by a three-run fourth and solid pitching, the number 16 seed Houston Banditos Black (11-1) won 4-0 against the number 30 seed Alabama Seminoles 17u (9-2-1) in a rain-shortened finale, claiming the 2012 WWBA 17u National Championship.

Bryce Welborn (2013, Northland Christian School, Texas) pitched a complete game four-hitter, working his way through a wild pitch, two hit batsmen and three walks to record the shutout victory. For his efforts, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound right-hander earned Most Valuable Pitcher honors. Overall the Texas Tech verbal commitment threw 9- 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out eight.

In a game that started nearly four and a half hours later than originally scheduled, the Banditos drew first blood on a Kacy Clemens (2013, Memorial H.S., Texas) RBI groundout in the second. Later on, the Houston, Texas-based squad plated three runs in the fourth, keyed by run-scoring hits off the bats of Robie Rojas (2013, Jersey Village H.S., Texas) and Ryne Birk (2013, Seven Lakes H.S., Texas).

In an odd sequence of events, the Seminoles’ Dylan Ingram (2013, The Edgewood Academy, Ala.) smashed a groundball to Banditos second baseman Zane Gurwitz (2013, Winston Churchill H.S., Texas), whose flip to the shortstop Birk forced out the runner heading into second. Birk’s throw to first base eluded Clemens, but the first baseman alertly fired home to nail Tyler Lynn (2013, Smiths Station H.S., Ala.) at home plate, completing a 4-6-3-2 double play. Following the play, heavy rain began to fall, effectively ending the game and giving the Banditos the championship.

Following the game, Keegan Thompson (2013, Cullman H.S., Ala.) earned Most Valuable Player honors after hitting .500 with four extra-base hits (including two home runs), 13 RBIs, 13 runs, four walks and three stolen bases. On the mound, the Auburn verbal commitment tossed 11 and two-thirds innings with four walks and 18 strikeouts, finishing with a 1.20 earned run average.

The Banditos scored 87 runs and allowed 17 overall while the Seminoles plated 82 and surrendered 35 in the tournament.

Roger Clemens, whose son Kacy plays for the Banditos, holds the championship trophy



2012 WWBA 17u National Championship MVPitcher: Bryce Welborn



Due to the rain, we were not able to take pictures of the 2012 WWBA 17u National Championship runner-up Alabama Seminoles or tournament MVP Keegan Thompson.
Recent Related Articles
2017 One Day Showdown #1 Recap
2017 One Day Showdown #1 Recap READ 
13U Playoff Bracket
2017 PG 13U One Day Showdown #1 Playoff Bracket has been released. READ 
2017 PG 10U One Day Showdown #1
2017 PG 10U One Day Showdown #1 has been released. READ 
Most Viewed Related Articles
16u Tourney All-American Team
Nolan Gorman enjoyed a huge season for the powerful Central Florida Gators travel team on his way to earning Player of the Ye... READ 
17u Tourney All-American Team
This week Perfect Game will unveil the 14u-17u Tournament All-American Teams for the 2016 event season. We start with the 17u... READ 
15u Tourney All-American Team
Bobby Witt Jr. broke onto the national scene in a major way this past summer and fall on his way to earning Player of the Yea... READ 
 



Keywords in this article
       Player Profile Page    Event Page
About Perfect Game :: Contact us :: Site Map
Copyright 1994-2017 by Perfect Game. All rights reserved. No portion of this information may be reprinted or reproduced without the written consent of Perfect Game.