9U Baby Beasts Win Advanced Baseball Championship in AuburndaleUpdated Monday December 4, 2017 by Donnie Snyder.
December 3rd, Auburndale, FL,
The NW 9U team capped off an amazing season with a three game tournament sweep in Auburndale. Jayden Brethen started the day with a line drive single to leftfield against East Bay. Brethen finished the day with seven hits in three games and added two steals. Easton Stegbauer took the hill in game one and threw one inning of no hit ball. Kyle Garris then came in to throw three extremely effective innings enroute to a ten run NW win.
Game two was a bit more challenging against a very well coached New Tampa Thomahawk team. Andrew Hobbs took the hill and battled through three innings striking out three. He also fielded two line shots back to the mound to keep the score close. Down 6-4, Bryson Kautz took the hill to hold New Tampa down. NW then exploded for nine runs which started on a double by Danny Snyder with men on second and third. Jack Wing, Easton Stegbauer, and Leo Smith all contributed doubles in the game. Jackson Wing came in to pitch two innings of shut-out ball much to the dismay of little brother Max who wanted to get the save. Max did however swallow his disdain for Coach Donnie's decision and made a crucial running catch from second base into short rightfield to save a few runs. Andrew McGarrigle drew a key walk to seal the victory. The play of the game came from Leo Smith who uncorked a perfect throw on the fly from centerfield to catcher Logan Wulff who held on to apply the tag. NW took the win and got set to face a difficult Seminole team in the championship game.
Easton Stegbauer took the hill in game three and threw two and a third perfect innings striking out five. Stegbauer also helped his own cause by adding three hits and three steals. After pitching, Stegbauer threw on the catchers gear to spell a very tired Logan Wulff. Bryson Kautz entered the game to pitch out of a first and third jam and then closed the door in the fourth inning. NW scored 19 runs in four innings to cap off a great first season of 9U and take home the trophy.