2003 Baseball America/Perfect Game
World Wood Bat Championship
Game Capsules for July 10
Compiled by David Rawnsley
ABD Bulldogs 6 (2-2), Florida Bombers 4 (3-1)
The score in the bottom of the bottom of the first inning before the approximately 1:10 hour rain delay: 4-3 Bulldogs. The score after a 6 inning complete game: 6-4 Bulldogs. Evidently both the ABD Bulldogs and Florida Bombers bats got soggy during the down pour or the respective coaches started the wrong pitchers. The Bulldogs strung together 4 straight hits following a leadoff walk to take the lead in the first. SS Josh Satin ('03, California) and DH Steven Wright ('03, Hawaii) each had Rbi doubles in the inning. Satin later singled and scored in the third inning as well. RHP Thad McBurrows ('04, Lake Wales HS, FL), the Bulldogs first reliever, pitched 3 innings for the victory, while Satin closed out the last 3 innings for the save. The Bombers hammered out 9 hits but left runners on base in all but one inning. SS Adam Davis ('03, Florida) had 3 hits and scored 2 runs for the Bombers, while LF Warren McFadden ('04, Nova HS, Plantation, FL) had 2 singles.
Ohio Warhawks 7 (3-1), South Carolina Spirit 3 (3-1)
Ryan Turner ('03, Georgia Tech) pitched a complete game to lead the Ohio Warhawks to a 7-3 victory over the previously undefeated South Carolina Spirit. 1B Jordan Mayer ('03 LSU) had an Rbi ground out, 2 singles and a long home run to pace the Warhawk offense. RF Jo Jo Batton ('03, Middle Georgia) had 2 hits and scored 2 runs.
Yard Dogs 12 (2-2), Texas Scout Team 3 (2-2)
The Yard Dogs, who had only scored 2 runs in their first 3 games, exploded for 7 runs in the second inning and 12 for the game as they run ruled the Texas Scout Team 12-3. DH Ryan Strauss ('04, Bloomingdale HS, Tampa, FL) hit a 3-run home run and high school teammate Ryan Collins ('04, Bloomingdale HS) blasted a 2-run shot during the second inning explosion. SS Bobby Molinaro ('04, American Heritage HS, Delray Beach, FL) scored 3 runs for the Yard Dogs. RHP Josh Zeid, the second of 4 pitchers for the Yard Dogs, pitched 2 innings for the win.
Texas Gators 9 (1-3), Brevard Stars 5 (2-2)
The Texas Gators broke open a 2-1 game in the 4th inning, parlaying 3 hits, 5 walks and 6 Brevard Stars errors into 8 runs on the way to a 9-5 victory. Brevard was working on an 18 inning errorless streak before the floodgates opened. LF Geoffrey Waddell ('03, Southwestern U) had the big hit during the inning with a bases loaded double that plated 2 runs. CF Joseph Cervantes ('03) scored 2 runs during the inning, reaching base on a walk and a triple. The Stars left men on 2nd and 3rd after bringing the score to 9-5 in the 5th inning and left the bases loaded in the 6th and final inning but could never get the big hit.
NY Yellow Jackets 2 (2-2), South Florida Fever 0 (2-2)
LHP William Hanlon ('04, Regis HS, Port Washington, NY) took a no-hitter into the 7th inning before settling for a 2-hit shutout as the NY Yellow Jackets beat the South Florida Fever 2-0. Hanlon had retired 11 straight hitters entering the last inning before 2 Fever hits and 2 stolen bases put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no out. Hanlon escaped with a pickoff, strikeout and line out to end the game. The Yellow Jackets only registered 2 hits off Fever pitchers RHP Frank Noble ('03, Gulf Coast CC) and RHP Chris Sabella ('03) but took advantage of South Florida errors. 2B Rich Santoro ('04, Massapequa HS, NY) had a single and the only Rbi for the Yellow Jackets.
Indiana Yankees 4 (3-0-1), All
Academy 4 (0-2-2)
Aggressive base running by Indiana Yankees CF Edwin Roman ('04, Princeton HS, IN) enabled the Indiana Yankees to tie the All Star Baseball Academy 4-4. Roman led off the game by striking out but reaching 1st base when the ball eluded the catcher. He then proceeded to steal second, third and home while the next 2 hitters struck out. With one out in the 7th and Indiana down 4-3, Roman singled, went to second on a wild pitch, third on a fly ball to center and scored when he coaxed a balk out of the All Star Academy pitcher. SS Eric Campbell ('04, Gibson Southern HS, Owensville, IN) hit a solo home run for the Yankees. All-Star Academy scored 3 runs on 5 consecutive hits in the 5th inning, including Rbi doubles by 3B Dan Williams ('04, Episcopal Academy, Berwyn, PA) and RF Larry Greenwich ('04, Springfield HS, PA).
San Antonio Hackers 6 (3-1), Louisiana Legend 3 (2-1-1)
The San Antonio Hackers brought out their extra base bats to subdue the Louisiana Legend 6-3. LF Ryan Poncik ('04, Calallen HS, Corpus Christi, TX) hit a bases loaded double in the first inning to score 2 runs, including SS Todd Sebek ('04, Kerrville HS, TX) who had reached on a double. DH Blake Stouffer ('04, Alamo Heights HS, San Antonio, TX) doubled home a run in the second inning. Sebek added a Rbi triple in the 4th inning, while Stouffer was stranded in the 6th after his second double of the game. RHP Jace Smith ('04, Dripping Springs HS, TX) shut out the Legend for 4 innings before tiring in the 5th, when Louisiana scored their 3 runs on 4 walks, an error and a Rbi single by DH Dustin Lavergne ('03).
Seattle A's 12 (4-0), Indiana Mustangs 0 (0-4)
RHP Jeff Schomaker ('03, Boston College) spun a 7 inning no-hitter as the Seattle A's maintained their perfect record with a 12-0 win over the Indiana Mustangs. Schomaker wasn't overpowering, only striking out 3, but mixed his pitches and only walked 2 hitters. The game was relatively close until the A's erupted for 7 runs in the 7th inning, sending up 7 pinch hitters during the inning to clear the bench. The pinch hitters went a combined 3-5 with a walk and HBP and scored 5 runs. 10 different players collected hits for the A's, with only DH Mike Wagner ('03, Vanderbilt) hanging around long enough to collect 2 knocks.
DBAT Yankees 1 (2-2), Georgia A's 0 (1-3)
The DBat Yankees edged the Georgia A's 1-0 behind a combined shutout by LHP Jackie Smith ('03) and RHP Jeremy Jenkins (04, Halisville HS, Longview, TX). Pick offs were the most effective defensive play during Smith's 5 2/3's innings, as the southpaw caught 4 Georgia runners off base. Jenkins got the last 4 outs for the save. LHP Kyle Goff ('03, Georgia Southern) pitched almost effectively for the A's, tossing a complete game 5-hitter. The Yankees scored their only run in the 3rd inning when LF Brock Wilson ('04, Lake Highlands HS, Dallas) singled with 2 outs, advanced on another single by high school teammate CF Colin Wood ('04, Lake Highlands HS) and scored on an A's defensive miscue.
On Deck O's 3 (1-3) , Jacksonville Royals 0 (2-1-1)
The previously winless On Deck O's rode a masterful pitching performance by RHP T. J. Worrell ('05, South Mecklenburg HS, Charlotte, NC) and RHP Josh Mangum ('04, Weddington HS, Indian Trial, NC) to upset the previously unbeaten Jacksonville Royals 3-0. Worrell went the first 5 innings, allowing 3 singles and no walks, to get the win. Mangum pitched 2 hitless innings for the save. No Jacksonville runner advanced as far as third base. 3B Dan Murphy ('03, Jacksonville) had 2 of the Royals hits. The O's scored all 3 of their runs in the 4th inning. A walk, infield error and single by 3B Kyle Shelton ('04, South Mecklenburg HS, Charlotte) loaded the bases and the 3 runs trickled home on another walk, a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly. RHP Joey Wedner ('04, Episcopal HS, Jacksonville) was the hard luck loser, bracketing the O's third inning with six 1-2-3 frames.
Puerto Rico Raiders 11 (1-3), Georgia Pirates 3 (0-4)
The Puerto Rico Raiders jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead after 2 innings, endured an hour long rain delay and finished off a 11-3 run rule victory over the Georgia Pirates. The Raiders knocked out 5 hits in the first inning on the way to scoring 6 runs, with the big blow being a 2 run double by 1B Javier Alicea ('03). Alicea also had an Rbi single in the second inning. C Miguel Donate (Miami Dade CC) also had run scoring hits in both innings for Puerto Rico. CF Stephen Shea ('04, Brookwood Academy, Thomasville, GA) and RHP/DH Jeff Beasley ('04, Campbell HS, Marietta, GA) each had 2 hits for the Pirates.
Bill Hood 7 (4-0), Austin Baseball Club 2 (2-2)
RHP Jonathan Garrett ('04, St. Paul's HS, Mandeville, LA) threw a complete game 3-hitter and Bill Hood broke open a close game with a 4-run 6th inning as they moved to 4-0 in pool play with a 7-2 victory over Austin Baseball Club. Bill Hood had managed just 1 hit off Austin RHP Kye Kolar ('03, Virginia) entering the 6th inning, an Rbi double by RF Grayden Greiner ('03, Tulane) in the first inning, but had scratched together 3 runs through walks and Austin fielding miscues. Rbi doubles in the 6th by SS Brandon Rousseve (Meridian CC), CF Brandon Belcher ('03, Alabama) and LF Charlie Kingery ('03, McNeese State) put the game out of reach, though. Austin's offensive effort was highlighted by 3B Nick Peoples ('03, Texas), who had a 2 Rbi triple in the 3rd inning.
Diamond Devils 17's 4 (2-2), Charlotte Express 0 (1-3)
RHP Matt Urys ('04, Hilton Head HS, Bluffton, SC) pitched a 6 inning complete game shutout, allowing 5 hits, as the Diamond Devils 17's posted a 4-0 victory over the Charlotte Express. As with the majority of the top pitching performances at the Championship, Urys key wasn't overpowering stuff, he only struck out 5 despite hitting 87-88 regularly, but the fact that he only issued 1 walk and received near perfect defensive support. The key blow in the game was provided by Diamond Devils SS Reese Havens ('05, Bishop England HS, Sullivan's Island, SC), who cleared the bases with a bases loaded double in the 3rd inning. 1B Justin Smoak ('05, Stratford HS, Goose Creek, SC) and RF Sonny Meade ('05, Stratford HS, Summerville, SC) each had 2 hits for the Diamond Devils. 3B Leif Demmink ('05, Ft Mill HS, SC) had 3 hits, including a double, for the Express.
Diamond Devils 18's 5 (2-1-1), East Cobb Cardinals 4 (0-3-1)
The Diamond Devils 18's pulled off a dramatic 5-4 victory over the East Cobb Astros by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to win a time limit shortened game. RF Harrison Belk ('03) scored the winning run on a bases loaded, 2 out wild pitch. Cardinals RHP Lane Holby ('03, Richmond) had the Diamond Devils shutout on 1 hit entering the 6th inning, but 3 walks and a key double by CF Landon Heatherington ('03, College of Charleston) knocked him out of the game. A sacrifice fly by C Doug Hogan ('03, Clemson tied the score and set the stage for the final pitch.
Knoxville Yard 3 (4-0), X-Team Florida 2 (3-1)
A battle between 2 undefeated teams went down to the final pitch in the bottom of the 6th inning as the Knoxville Yard defeated X-Team Florida 3-2. The ending was one of the strangest possible, not only in the current Championship, but in any baseball game. With the time limit already invoked, the Yard loaded the bases with no outs and SS Cale Iorg ('04, Karns HS, Knoxville, TN). The game quickly ended on a catcher's interference call when Iorg swung at a pitch and connected hard enough with the X-Team catcher's glove to send it flying. Both teams benefited from solid pitching performances. X-Team starter RHP Mickey Storey ('04, Deerfield HS, Boca Raton, FL) threw 5 innings, as did Yard starter RHP Tanner Hiles (West HS, Knoxville, TN). RHP/RF Dontavious McDowell (The Tucker School, Atlanta), the Yard closer and cleanup hitter, struck out the side in the top of the 6th and picked up a win to go with 2 earlier saves. DH Jesse Naber had an Rbi double for X-Team. 2B Alex Sink ('04, Ragsdale HS, Jamestown, NC) and LF Matt Pryor ('04, Seymour HS, TN) each had 2 hits for the Yard.
East Cobb Astros 8 (4-0), Huntington Hounds 0 (1-2-1)
East Cobb Astros LHP Tim Ladd ('04, Kell HS, Marietta, GA) turned in the most dominating performance of the Championship, striking out 9 of the first 10 Huntington Hounds hitters, allowing only a squib infield single, before tiring in the 4th inning. The 5-10 Ladd overmatched the Hounds hitters with a 90 mph fastball and a sharp 74 mph curveball. Ladd finished with 10 K's in 4 innings as the Astros won a rule rule 8-0 decision in 5 innings. LF Jon Mark Owings ('04, Gainesville HS, GA) led the Astros attack with a 2 Rbi 1st inning double and walk off home run in the bottom of the 5th inning. RF Dexter Fowler ('04, Milton HS, Alpharetta, GA) had 2 hits and scored 2 runs; 1B Whit Robbins ('03, Georgia Tech) had 2 Rbi singles and DH John Goodman ('03, Georgia Tech) had a 2 Rbi double.
Team Florida USA 8 (2-2), East Cobb A's 1 (0-4)
Team Florida USA used a balanced attack to win the late game Thursday night, finishing off a 8-1 victory over the East Cobb A's at 1:15 a.m. RHP Brian Chambers ('03, Florida State) threw 5 strong innings for Team Florida, striking out 6 out of 7 hitters at one stretch. OF Andrew McCutcheon ('05, Fort Meade HS, FL), 2B Tony Thomas ('04, Bloomingdale HS, Valrico, FL) each had 2 hits for Team Florida, while CF Steve Chapman ('04, Marianna HS, FL) scored 3 runs.
East Cobb Astros 1 (3-1), Mobile Bay Sox 0 (1-3)
1B Nick DeSilvio singled in the winning run in the East Cobb Astros final at bat for the second straight day as the Astros triumphed in one of the top pitching matchups of the Championship, edging the Mobile Bay Sox 1-0. RHP Jaager Good ('04, Riverwood HS, Atlanta) sat steadily between 88-91 for 7 innings, allowing 5 hits and stranding 8 hitters for the shutout. LF Nick McEmtyre ('04, Marietta HS, GA) threw out a Bay Sox runner at home plate with 2 out in the 7th inning to seal the victory. RHP Bill Kleinschrodt ('03, Vanderbilt) didn't show the same raw stuff as Good, but was even more dominating at stretches and benefited from C Luke Peavy's ('03, South Alabama) throwng out 2 baserunners to ensure 1-2-3 innings.
Miami Thunderstorm 2 (3-0-1), Norcross Blue Devils 1 (2-2)
The Miami Thunderstorm pushed across 2 runs in the 6th inning to defeat the Norcross Blue Devils 2-1. Thunderstorm cleanup hitter 1B Luis Rojas ('03, Florida State) supplied the big blow, smacking a 2 out double to drive in both runs. RHP Jonathan Budi ('04, Miami Southwest HS, FL) threw 2 innings in relief to get the victory.
Dulin's Dodgers 8 (4-0), League City Hornets 1 (0-4)
The undefeated Dulin's Dodgers rolled to a 8-1 win over the winless League City Hornets, clinching a spot in the medal round. The Dodgers broke open a 1-0 ball game in the 4th inning, scoring 5 runs with the help of 3 consecutive Hornets errors on ground balls. 3B Kyle Moffitt ('03, Arkansas State) capped the rally with a bases loaded single to score 2 runs. LF Ed Easley ('04, Olive Branch HS, MS) added 2 hits and scored 2 runs for the Dodgers. League City starter RHP Aaron Brown ('04) pitched very effectively for 4 innings, striking out 6 and touching 88-89 mph before his defense faltered.
Dallas Panthers 8 (1-2-1), Ontario Blue Jays 5 (3-1)
The Dallas Panthers jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the Ontario Blue Jays and hung on for an 8-5 victory. The Blue Jays had the bases loaded and 4 runs in with 2 out in the 7th inning before a game ending ground out. Panthers starter Javier Guerra ('04, Denton Ryan HS, Denton, TX) held the Blue Jays to 2 hits and no runs over the first 5 innings, touching 91 regularly on the radar gun. 3B Corey Zimmerman ('03) slammed a 2-run home run for the Panthers and RF Josh Latour ('03) and CF Stephen Sherman ('03) also had 2 Rbi's for the Panthers. The Blue Jays took advantage of 5 walks and a hit batter around a lone single during their 7th inning rally.
East Cobb Brewers 5 (1-3), Central Florida Renegades 4 (1-3)
The East Cobb Brewers hung a 5 spot on the board in the 2nd inning and made it stand up for a 5-4 victory over the Central Florida Renegades. The Brewers took advantage of 4 walks, a balk and a wild pitch to score their runs. 2B Chase Childers ('05, Kennesaw, GA) had a key Rbi triple during the rally. RHP Justin Telotte ('03) got the win for the Brewers.