The 11U (Major) Crusaders opened the 2018 season with an ALL-STAR performance by winning the South Carolina -USSSA March Mayhem 9.0 Title in Greenville, South Carolina.
The 11U Crusaders every year set their sights early on the Upstate Region of South Carolina as it is home to wonderful early spring weather and strong/top level travel baseball teams. This weekend would not disappoint and serve as a very challenging path to the Gold championship.
11U Major Crusaders vs Carolina Canes (Easley,SC) – 11-3
The Crusaders stole the lead late in the game to secure an 11-3 win. The game was tied at one in the fourth when the 11U Crusaders exploded for a 7 run onslaught with runs being driven in by Nate S, Caden S, Eli L, Lucas D and C Rowland. C Rowland leading the way with a 2-3 day. Their would be nine hits total for the team with M Ward Pitching 3.0 strong innings giving up zero hits, 4K’s and only 2 BB. G Graziano would pitch 2.0 solid innings locking down 5Ks surrending only 2 hits and 2BB.
11U Major Crusaders vs UBA (Upstate Baseball Academy- Easley,SC) – 14-0
Two pitchers would work together (A Franklin & C Sturgill) for a combined shutout as the 11U Major Crusaders offense was on full display. A Franklin allowed zero hits and zero runs over two innings with 5K’s. C Sturgill threw two innings to close the game recording 5K’s and allowing 1 hit. The 11U Crusaders would collect 15 hits with M Ward leading the way with a 3-3 day. Multiple players (A Franklin, N Stoots, T Blankenship,C Sturgill, LDye) would go 2-3 at the plate helping secure the 14-0 victory
11U Major Crusaders vs 10U Major Crusaders (Johnson City,TN) – 8-0
Bright and early at 8:30 AM on Sunday Morning would play host to the first time meeting between the 11U Major Crusaders and the 10U Major Crusaders. Both age divisions have tremendous respect for each other and are filled with talented ballplayers from top to bottom. The excitement factor for the matchup was in the air….and your could tell by the effort put forth. In the end, the 11U Major Crusaders would prevail with a final score of 8-0. MWard earned the win for the 11U Crusaders as he recorded 8K’s allowing only 3 hits and Zero runs. G Graziano would throw 1 inning in relief in the closer role. The 11U Major Crusaders were lead by T Blankenship, N Stoots and J Arnold at the plate going 2-3. 13 hits total for the team and zero errors in the field.
Game 4 – Championship Game
11U Major Crusaders vs Powdersville Predators (Powdersville,SC) – 10-8
The 11U Crusaders managed through a push by the Powdersville Predators in the 3rd inning of the contest to retake the lead late and secure the final victory 10-8. A Franklin was the winning pitcher allowing 3 hits/4 runs over two and a third innings with 3K’s. G Graziano and C Sturgill entered the game out of the bullpen and helped close out in relief. The Crusaders would produce 10 hits total with N Stoots, LDye MWard, KMundy, E Larkin all driving in RBI’s in the contest with excellent situational hitting. C Sturgill with a 2-3 plate performance.
Great tournament win and tremendous effort from these young men! Congratulations!
The 11U Crusaders are back in South Carolina next weekend (March 10-11) competing in the SWING INTO SWING- USSSA event at TYGER RIVER PARK in Greenville,SC
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