Marietta, Georgia -
The 6-4-3 DP Baseball 14U age group claimed their first tournament title of the year in the DSN Slugfest Tune Up this past weekend. Utilizing a combined roster of Jaguars and Cougars players (due to temporary absence of many players competing on high/middle school teams at this time), the 14U group dominated the opening weekend of their season. The talented 6-4-3 group began the tournament playing against the ECB Black Knights. 6-4-3 jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Black Knights answered back in the middle innings to lead by the score of 6-2. The 6-4-3 squad fought their way back late in the game and secured a tie before the time limit expired. In game two of pool play action, 6-4-3 exploded offensively, beating the Mizuno Jayhawks by the score of 13-1. Ryan Miller and Ben Harris each contributed multiple hits and RBI for 6-4-3. B.T. Riopelle dominated on the mound for three innings by controlling the strike zone with three quality pitches.
Based on the pool play results, 6-4-3 secured the number one seed ranking for the remainder of the tournament with their first bracket play game against Team Elite Grey. The 6-4-3 14U squad continued its offensive exploits and took the game with a victorious 8-0 score in six innings. Jack Polhemus utilized three quality pitches in the strike zone while going the distance on the mound (and keeping his pitch count down). Offensively, Houston Mullinx set the tone early with multiple bunts for hits and stealing two bases. Trevor Brooks also paced the offense with key hits in big situations.
Game two of bracket play matched 6-4-3 against Team Elite Black. 6-4-3 put up a six run lead in the first inning and kept putting pressure offensively on Team Elite, ending the game with a 9-0 victory. Matt Martin was impressive on the mound contributing four shutout innings. Trevor Brooks threw the last inning and also had another impressive day at the plate. Overall, 6-4-3 stole multiple bases and played impressive defense – led by Billy Zinnershine and a quality catching corps of Greg Boland and B.T. Riopelle.
The bracket play victories led 6-4-3 to a familiar matchup with the Mizuno Jayhawks in the championship game. The 6-4-3 squad continued to be on fire at the plate with huge hits contributed by Peter York and Brett Potts. Potts had great at bats throughout the whole day, fouling off multiple tough pitches, hitting a two strike triple and collecting a bases clearing inside-the-park homerun. In the final, Cameron Bloodworth threw a complete game (4 innnings) needing just 39 pitches. Cameron had pinpoint command of his fastball, breaking ball and change-up, and also hit a key double in the win. The weekend as a whole showed the exciting depth of talent that 6-4-3 has at the 14U age group. Congratulations to the players and coaches from both the 14U Cougars and 14U Jaguars on their combined squad success this weekend.