6-4-3 DP Cougars (14U) take Battle of the South tournament championship

6-4-3 DP Cougars (14U) take Battle of the South tournament championship

The 6-4-3 DP Cougars (14U) claimed the Triple Crown Battle of the South championship this past Sunday, November 3rd. The 14U Cougars, after going 1 and 1 in pool play, swept a triple header on Sunday to take the championship. The 14U Cougars came out on fire in the first game of pool play, fueled by an excellent pitching performance by Cameron Bloodworth. Bloodworth worked five strong innings.  The team also provided a huge offensive day and the Cougars prevailed.  In game two of pool play, the Cougars got down early to a strong SEB Tigers team, but mounted a strong comeback. However, the Cougars fell to the SEB Tigers in the second pool play game by the score of 6-10.

Based on seeding, the 14U Cougars were matched against the 6-4-3 DP Tigers (14U) in the first game of bracket play. As to be expected when any 6-4-3 teams match up, it was a close ball game all the way until the finish.  The Cougars, with a 1-0 lead for most of the game, saw the Tigers fight back to tie it up late in the 6th inning. Having to go to the tiebreaker rule, the Cougars, being the visiting team, were able to go ahead 2-1. The Tigers threatened in the bottom half of the 8th inning, but Hunter Reaid was able to shut the door and seal the victory. Pitchers Wade O'Neal and the Tigers’ Stevie Szucs matched each other pitch for pitch for most of the game, and any observer of the game will tell you, 6-4-3 is fortunate to have both of these teams in our organization. 

The second bracket play game was a match-up between the 14U Cougars and the Mizuno Team Georgia Baseball Academy Blue.  Team Georgia had the lead for most of the game, leading 2-0 into the fifth. The Cougars were able to start a rally by loading the bases with one out, and then Jake Reece cleared the bases with a clutch, three RBI double.  Hugh Chapman started on the mound for the Cougars and competed for five strong innings.  Matt Martin was dominant in relief and closed out the game. 

In the championship game played at American Legion field, two, familiar teams faced off – the 14U Cougars and the SEB Tigers (a rematch from pool play).  Jake Reece got the start on the mound for the Cougars and was solid in 2+ innings of work.  Drew Hamrock dominated in relief and Houston Mullinix was able to close it out striking out the last three batters. Offensively, the game saw a combination of situational and clutch hitting from the Cougars. The Cougars scored in every inning of the game, but two, and kept applying pressure until the game ended with a final score of 10-3.  Congratulations to the 14U Cougars players and coaches on a fine, fall, tournament performance.