FARMINGTON — The East Cobb Yankees are rounding into top form at the Connie Mack World Series.
The Yankees dominated D-BAT Leach 10-2 in a six inning run-rule victory on Monday at Ricketts Park.
All nine East Cobb batters recorded a hit and starting pitcher Matthew Gorst threw a near flawless outing to lead the Yankees.
"It's great to have this many guys who can hit," said Yankees' first baseman Nathaniel Lowe. "We're stacked top to bottom."
Lowe sparked a Yankees' rally in the top of the fourth inning with a leadoff home run to center field.
"It was a relief," said Lowe, who was shutout in Sunday's home run derby. "I told myself I was just saving it for the game."
East Cobb scored twice more in the inning to extend its lead to 5-0 over D-BAT after scoring a run in the first and second inning.
The Yankees were aided by five D-BAT errors, including three in the top of the sixth that led to five East Cobb runs.
"It's tough to win any game with five errors," said D-BAT head coach Pat Leach. "They only had five on the scoreboard, but it was more like seven or eight."
East Cobb was just as dominant on the mound as they were in the batter's box with Gorst allowing only two runs on two hits in five and two-third innings.
"I thought their pitcher did a great job. He did a good job with that secondary pitch and just kept our guys off balance," Leach said.
The start by Gorst was important for the Yankees, helping them save their bullpen for the later rounds.
"He did a good job for us. He lost his concentration there a little I think in that last inning with such a big lead," said Yankees head coach James Beavers. "Most importantly though, he saved our staff."
Gorst struck out six and walked one in the win.
D-BAT starter Ryan Thomas took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits in three innings of work.
The Yankees will be off until Wednesday after getting a bye in the next round and are hoping they can keep the momentum they've gained from the opening two victories into the next round.
"If we keep playing like this, we're going to be tough to beat," Lowe said.
Brandon Gold continued his strong series for the Yankees, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Gold is 4-for-5 in two games with four RBIs for East Cobb.
D-BAT will have a quick turnaround, facing the Illinois Sparks today at noon in an elimination game.
"We need to play defense, hit the ball the other way and come out with better intensity," Leach said.
Prior to the game, former MLB player Ken Phelps threw out the first pitch. Phelps played a total of 10 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics. Phelps was a member of the 1989 Oakland A's World Series champion roster.