Triangle Youth Baseball tournaments to finish today

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Triangle Youth Baseball tournaments to finish today

Zechariah Brawdy of Hobson not only has some good hits, he has a little fun too, which is how it should be. Photos by Melody Montgomery and Matthew Strissel

Triangle Youth Baseball tournaments to finish today

Stanford pitcher Chantry Sherer tosses a fast pitch during a Little League game at the Triangle Baseball tournament on Saturday.

Triangle Youth Baseball tournaments to finish today

Denton's Ridge Stonehocker hits the ball off the tee during a T-Ball game at Saturday's tournament.

Triangle Youth Baseball tournaments to finish today

In a show of good sportsmanship, Highwood first baseman Bryson Stong (left) and Denton batter Emma Hershberger (right) high five each other during a game. Photos by Matthew Strissel

Triangle Youth Baseball tournaments to finish today

Stanford's Ian McCray swings for the fences during a T-Ball match at Saturday's tournament.

Triangle Youth Baseball tournaments to finish today

Winifred's Lane Raty picks up a ground ball and makes a move during the baseball tournament.

Triangle Youth Baseball tournaments to finish today

Highwood's Camden Christopher looks to make a play in the infield on Saturday, June 27.

Triangle Youth Baseball tournaments to finish today

Denton's Mercedez Barber rounds third and heads for home at a T-Ball game for the Triangle Baseball Youth League tournament.

Triangle Youth Baseball tournaments to finish today

Mother Nature was the ultimate winner of the Triangle Baseball Youth League tournament on Saturday, June 27. Before the championship and consolation games could be played, a lightning storm swept through Stanford, forcing the rest of the tournament to be postponed until Thursday, July 2.

Little League

Five teams played in the tournament this year. Four of them, Stanford, Winifred, Highwood and Hobson played during the regular season. A team from Lewistown came to play in just the tournament and would have to prove themselves if they wanted to make it to the championship game.

The team from Stanford was the heavy favorite to win the tournament after finishing the season undefeated, at 6-0. They played the winner of the play-in game between Hobson (1-5) and Lewistown (0-0). Middle-ranked Winifred (3-3) and Highwood (2-4) played each other in the first round. The winner of that game went straight to the championship.

Lewistown defeated Hobson 15-4 in the play-in game, giving the wild card team a chance to play the powerhouse Stanford team in the semi-finals. Highwood won against Winifred in the first round and moved on to the championship game.

Stanford and Lewistown battled it out, with the score staying close. A late-game rush gave Lewistown the 11-5 victory and a chance to face Highwood in the championship game.

The consolation bracket for third place was underway with Hobson playing Winifred in the afternoon. The winner moves on to play Stanford for third place. But the storm rolled through and the game was canceled. Winifred was forced to forfeit to Hobson.

The third-place game is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. and the championship game is set to play at 1 p.m. in Stanford.

T-Ball

The Stanford T-Ball team was also top-ranked with an undefeated season 8-0. They received a bye in the first round and played the winner of fourth-ranked Highwood (2-6) and Denton (1-7).

Coming into the tournament in second place, Winifred also received a bye in the first round and played the losing team from the Denton and Hobson (4-4)

The first game of the tournament was very close, with Highwood getting the one-run win with a 15-14 score. Highwood went on to play Stanford in the next round. This time it was Stanford squeezing out a win, by defeating Highwood 10-9.

Winifred then beat Hobson 16-5 and moved on to play Stanford in the semi-final game. The semi-final was a close matchup as well, with Stanford winning by two runs, 11-9.

In the loser-out bracket, Denton defeated Hobson 22-18 and moved on to play Highwood. With four out of five innings complete, Highwood was ahead 20-18 before the thunder rolled, causing the game to stop being played. Highwood was given the victory, and Winifred forfeited the semi-final game, which puts Highwood against Stanford for the championship. The championship game is scheduled to be played in Stanford on Thursday (today), July 2 at 1 p.m.

Please turn to page 8 to see more photos of the tournament.

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