18U Astros Win Perfect Game/East Cobb Invitational
The East Cobb Astros and Excel Blue Wave played in a nail-biter as the championship game for the 18u Perfect Game/East Cobb Invitational went nine innings. The Astros struck in the ninth inning to score two and win the championship by a final score of 5-3.
Andrew Groagan made an inspired effort on the mound as he pitched six solid innings for the Astros only allowing three runs to score. Grogan stranded multiple baserunners as he did allow eight hits and two walks, but he also struck out five.
The game was tied at two apiece until the sixth inning when the Astros broke through to take the lead. Christian Furr gave the lead to the Astros with an RBI single in the top half of the inning. The Blue Wave did not waver as they came back in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single from Nathan Lloyd. However, Grogan was able to escape a bases loaded jam to keep the game tied heading to the seventh inning.
Troy Cordery, the No. 16 overall player in the state of Alabama for the class of 2017, came in after Grogan and kept the game scoreless to give the Astros a chance to win it. He threw three scoreless innings and was credited with the win following the scoring in the top of the ninth. In the top of the ninth, the Astros plated two following an RBI single from Joseph Odachowski, the No. 28 middle infielder in the state of Georgia for the class of 2017, and a sacrifice fly from Tristen Hudson, the No. 7 shortstop in the state of South Carolina for the class of 2017.
Christian Furr of the Astros was named MVP of the tournament. Furr hit .500 for the entire tournament and had eight runs scored and nine RBI, including the RBI to take the lead late in the championship game. Jacob Sears of the Blue Wave was named MV-Pitcher for his performance this tournament. Sears collected one win and only allowed one earned run in eight innings pitched.
Furr was very happy not only for himself, but also for his teammates. He realizes that even though he was the MVP that the team would not have won the tournament had it not have been for a collective effort from the entire team.
“I’m really proud of the guys,” said Furr. “Today we didn’t have a couple guys on our team and a bunch of other guys stepped up today. We dug deep a little bit, it was a long day and a long game but we pulled through.”
The Excel Blue Wave advanced to the championship after defeating Team Elite Prime 5-1. Jacob Sears started for the Blue Wave and he allowed a run to score in the first inning against Team Elite. Following that he was able to stifle the offense for the remainder of the game as his complete game allowed the Blue Wave to advance. Nathan Lloyd knocked in two runs to help the offense and that was enough with the way Sears was pitching.
The East Cobb Astros defeated Team Elite South 9-3 in order to advance to the championship. The Astros jumped on Team Elite’s pitching early as they scored all nine of their runs in the first four innings. Christian Furr and Tyler Wilkerson collected two RBI each to propel the offense to victory.
18u Perfect Game/East Cobb Invitational MVP: Christian Furr