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A good day for Slammers Black

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Sam Brazenas        
Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013

Marietta, Ga. – Things are going well for the Slammers, who now have two wins and a tie under their belt at the 2013 WWBA 15u National Championship.

Slammers Black racked up an 11-run victory over Knights Baseball 15u National, and a 1-to-1 tie with the East Cobb Braves 15u in their double header at North Cobb Christian on Saturday.

The Slammers finished their first game against the Knights with 12 hits and nine RBI, with eight of their 13 runs being scored in the seventh inning. Paul Tillotson led the team in RBI by hitting a three-run homer in the seventh inning.

The Slammers also played well in the field. They didn't commit an error and had two double plays. Right-hander Wyatt Featherston pitched 5 1/3 innings collecting four strikeouts while only giving up two runs. Jake Clark pitched the 1 2/3 innings without giving up a hit while striking out two.

Hopefully they keep doing well,” said Head Coach Mark Holzemer.

In game two against the Braves, Tillotson, also a right handed pitcher, tossed all seven innings for the Slammers, giving up only five hits while striking out seven.

Featherston, who went 3-for-6 on the day in addition to his strong pitching performance, hit a triple in the sixth inning scoring the Slammers one and only run. Unfortunately for the Slammers, the Braves scored in the seventh inning ending the game in a tie.

We brought (the team) here last year and finished, I think, sixth in the 14-year old division, so we wanted to come back with the same group of guys and see how we do in this division,” explained Holzemer.

The Slammers came down from Colorado in hopes of facing better competition.

In Colorado, we don’t see this kind of baseball as much as we do out here.

Baseball’s a lot more of a priority down here so it’s good for our guys to come down and see the type of guys that play down here and the type of baseball they (play),” added Holzemer. “It’s really good for our guys to come compete against these guys.”

The Slammers program has been traveling south for Perfect Game events for six or seven years now, according to Holzemer.

We’re lucky to come to the Perfect Game events and do pretty well, and it’s been great baseball for us,” said Holzemer. “It’s something we’re definitely going to continue to do because it definitely helps our guys.”

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