Looking to complete an undefeated tournament, Five Star Tigers-DeMarini (FL) slowly built up a lead and never looked back, defeating 6-4-3 DP (GA) 8-1 in the championship game of the 11u division of the Triple Crown U.S. Club Nationals.
The win gave the Tigers a 7-0 mark in the division, with four wins in pool play and three wins in the bracket.
"We knew we all had to do our job,” said Jace Glisson, who drove in three runs in the contest. “If we went in trying to win every inning, we knew we’d win games.”
The win in the division gives the Five Star Tigers 50 points toward the overall club championship.
“We all came here with one goal,” said Tigers assistant coach Josh Roper. “That’s the great thing about this tournament. We came here wanting to show that Five Star is a force to be reckoned with.”
Trailing 1-0 in the second, the Tigers got a two-run single from Glisson to take the lead for good. After an error in the third helped the Tigers take a 3-1 lead, Glisson came through with another single to make it 5-1. In the fifth, Miles Burris capped a 3-for-3 game at the plate with an RBI single as part of a three-run frame to make it 8-1.
“We had to have good at-bats because, if you swing at the first pitch, it might not be the best pitch you get,” said Burris.
The sixth would see 6-4-3 go in order to give the championship to the Tigers.
“Those kids (at 6 -4-3) had to play 10 games this tournament. I know they had to play four games yesterday and then win this morning just to get to this game,” said coach Roper. “They are a very fundamentally sound, well-coached team. We’ve got a lot of respect for them.”
Winning the division was great for Five Star, but the unique format of the tournament where age groups from 9u to 14u were all in the same tournament will help the organization going forward, according to coach Roper.
“Right now, these boys are going to go watch our 9u teams play in that championship game. Our 10u team finished and they were here watching us," he said. "This tournament gives us a real sense of community and the sense of being an organization and not just a team. I think it’s great that they’re out there cheering on other age groups and being proud of being part of Five Star.”
6-4-3 took a 1-0 lead thanks to three consecutive hits to start the game. From there, however, they would be kept off the board as the Tigers would get the win. 6-4-3 finishes the tournament with a 6-4 record.
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