Champions Again at Triple Crown Georgia State Championship
The 11U Dirtbags continued their June undefeated streak with another Championship Title at Fowler Park (Cumming, Ga.) over the weekend of June 13-15. This follows their two previous Sunday Championships: (1) June 1 at the Sharon Springs Shootout (Cumming, Ga.); and (2) June 8 at the Grand Slam North Georgia State Tournament (Dacula, Ga.)
Triple Crown Pool Play: On Friday, the Dirtbags posted big offensive numbers. In Game 1 they beat the Suwanee Dirt Dawgs (Buford, Ga.) 12-5 behind stellar pitching from Mark O’Meara and Brendan Parks, plus timely hitting by Liam Sullivan, Tyler Hare and Champ Davis. In Game 2 the Dirtbags cruised to a 15-3 victory over Team 300 (Dallas, Ga.), relying on a solid group pitching effort from Thomas Markwalter, Hare, Sullivan, Reid Sturgis and Patrick Withers. In Game 3 on Saturday the Dirtbags took a commanding 7-2 lead over the Parkview Panthers (Stone Mountain, Ga.) heading into the final inning, only to let it slip away into a 7-7 tie. With a 2-0-1 Pool Play record, the Dirtbags were slotted as the 4th Seed going into Bracket Play.
Triple Crown Bracket Play: In the quarterfinals, the Dirtbags topped the Oregon Park Braves (Acworth, Ga.) by a 6-4 tally. Hare pitched 4 solid innings, with steady relief appearances by Sullivan and Chase Roberts. Parks, Sullivan and Hare had key RBIs.
On a rain-shortened Sunday, the Dirtbags crushed cross-town rivals the Buckhead Braves in a convincing 9-2 rout. Markwalter was fabulous on the mound in a dominant pitching performance. Thereafter, the Dirtbags were crowned tournament champions!
Thus far, the Dirtbags have only lost to one team all summer! They finish their season with a Florida adventure to the Grand Slam World Series in Panama City June 18-22.
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