The East Cobb Astros 17U Orange squad finished up another tournament Monday afternoon crowned as champions for the 2020 PG 18U Southeast Select Championship. The Astros took on a pesky D-BAT ELITE 2020 team in the championship game and were able to come out with a victory 3-2. This is the Astros first tournament win of the summer, but they will be adding to an already impressive trophy case for the ECB Astros organization.
This week’s event featured 40 teams, but the Astros were the last team standing. In pool play, they went undefeated scoring 18 runs and allowing only three. Only the five pool winners were awarded a seed in the bracket. The Astros were given the two seed and played the Bullpen RedStitch 18U in the semifinal game. They used a three run sixth inning to ultimately advance to the championship with a final score of 5-4. They took advantage of three walks to load the bases and two pass balls to score two of their runs. Carter Wright delivered the knockout blow with an RBI double scoring Caleb Ellard.
The championship game featured starting pitchers, Walker Noland (Astros) and Albert Pallasch (D-BAT), each of whom worked efficiently on the mound and kept the opposing batters guessing.
The first run did not score until the bottom half of the fourth inning with D-BAT scoring two runs. Cory Lee, Gehrig Ebel, and Donavan Frayer all singled en route to their first run. With one out, John-David Fritch hit a ball on the ground enabling Gehrig Ebel to score from third base for their second run. The Astros bats responded in the top of the fifth answering with two runs of their own to tie the game 2-2. They used a single by Bryce Knox and three walks in a row to score their first run. With the bases loaded and no outs, Samuel Smith delivered a timely hit to score Matthew Strand to tie the game, the last time either team scored before going into extra innings.
Relief pitcher for the Astros, Ed Manke, entered in the bottom half of the sixth and shut down the D-bat hitters for three innings as the Astros were able to score a run in the top half of the eighth to ultimately win the game and be crowned champions. Michael Mitchler led off the top half of the eighth with a single and scored thanks to a clutch one out triple off the bat of Justin Bogard.
The ECB Astros 17U Orange are the 2020 PG 18U Southeast Select Champions.
Walker Noland, of the ECB Astros, was awarded the tournament MVPitcher this week with 5.1 innings pitched, 6 strikeouts, 0 earned runs and a 1.31 WHIP.
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