Right-hander Ty Mathis pitched a 4-hitter and struck out 13 batters to lead the Blue Jays to an 11-4 victory over the Orioles in the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Minor League Tournament Championship Friday night.
The Orioles scored a first inning run as Walker Ward beat out an infield hit and came around to score on a throwing error.
The Blue Jays pulled even in the top of the second. Carson Gooden drew a lead-off walk, and Timothy McLean reached on an error. Walks to Andrew Horne and Jacob Barnes forced home Gooden with the tying run.
A 4-run third-inning put the Blue Jays ahead to stay. Walks to Nathan Howell, Evan Pait and Mathis loaded the bases, before Gooden cleared the bases by launching a drive over the right-fielder’s head for a 3-run double. Gooden raced home on a wild pitch to up the count to 5-1.
In the home half of the third, Ward rifled a one-hopper past shortstop and the ball rolled to the fence as Walker circled the bases to trim the deficit to 5-2.
The Blue Jays tacked on 2 runs in the fourth. Pait reached on an error, and Mathis walked. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, and Gooden brought them home by lining a 2-run single to right-centerfield.
Lee Barnes started the Orioles’ fourth inning with a single to right-centerfield and came around to scored on a throwing error to narrow the gap to 7-3.
A 4-run sixth-inning boosted the Blue Jay lead to 11-3. Pait reached on an infield hit, and Mathis and Gooden reached on errors as Pait scored. McLean then slammed a 3-run home run past the left-fielder.
Catcher Garrison Tatum hammered a triple to right-centerfield to begin the Oriole sixth and galloped home on a wild pitch with the final run.
Coleman Tatum struck out nine in 4 innings on the mound for the Orioles, and Ward struck out five in his 2 innings of work. However eleven walks and four errors proved costly for the Orioles.
Ward batted 2-2 with the home run to lead the Oriole hitters. Garrison Tatum cracked the triple, and Bailey Williams and Barnes added one hit each.
Gooden batted 2-3 with a double and five runs batted in to lead the Blue Jay hitters. McLean blasted the 3-run homer, and Pait had the winners’ other hit.
Members of Coach Grant Pait’s Tournament Champion Blue Jays are: Nathan Howell, Evan Pait, Ty Mathis, Carson Gooden, Timothy McLean, Luke Barber, Andrew Horne, Juan Reaves, Jacob Barnes and Darius Williamson.
Members of Coach Clarence Butler’s Regular-season Champion Orioles are: Coleman Tatum, Walker Ward, Zamar Lewis, Garrison Tatum, Matthew McKoy, Lee Barnes, Conner Padrick, Will Harrelson, Spencer Padrick, Bailey Williams and Cooper Padrick.
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