FARMINGTON — D-BAT Elite shut down the East Cobb offense, holding the Yankees to six hits en route to a 3-1 win in Game 12 of the Connie Mack World Series Monday night at Ricketts Park.
Through the first four innings, D-BAT pitcher Coby Weaver kept the East Cobb bats quiet with a healthy dose of off-speed pitches.
"The pitch that really saved him tonight was his change up," D-BAT coach Ryan Nelson said of Weaver. "His curve ball is always good, and he went in and out with his fastball. (The Yankees) have some righties in the middle of the lineup that can really hit, but he lived on that change up tonight."
D-BAT (32-9) wasted no time getting its offense going. After drawing a lead-off walk, Josh Watson scored on an Alec Bohm single to put the Dallas-based team ahead 1-0 after the top of the first inning.
Darius Hill started the third with a drive to the wall in right center for a lead-off triple. In the next at-bat, Hill scored when Robert Salazar hit a double to the same spot in the field, giving D-BAT a 2-0 lead.
After going without a baserunner in the third and fourth innings, East Cobb (50-5), from Marietta, Ga., got two on with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. But Jackson Webb popped up a bunt attempt for the first out of the inning, and Weaver retired the next two batters to get out of the jam.
"We didn't get the bunt down in the fifth inning, and that kind of took the steam out of us," East Cobb coach James Beavers said. "We didn't push runs across when we had to."
Bohm led off the top of the sixth with a single for D-BAT. After Andrew Bolen came in as a pinch runner, D-BAT executed the hit and run perfectly with Josh Jung dropping a single into shallow right field, putting runners on the corners. Bolen scored on the next at-bat when Josh Ragan grounded to second.
Weaver was pulled in the bottom of the sixth, and Caleb Killian picked up where his teammate left off, striking out the first three batters he faced.
The Yankees started a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh, with Carter Hall hitting an RBI single to center to score Justin Evans. But Killian got Tucker Maxwell to line out to first in the next at-bat and sealed the win.
The win sets up D-BAT against the Southern California Renegades (41-5-2) at 7:30 today at Ricketts Park.
"They're an excellent team, and it's going to be a battle just like this game was," Nelson said. "We're going to take the same approach, try to score and scratch runs where we can, and, hopefully, we have another well-pitched game."
The loss drops the Yankees into an elimination game against the Dallas Mustangs (38-12-1) at 5:15 p.m. today at Ricketts.
To stay alive, Beavers said his team needs to break out of the hitting slump that has hampered them so far in Farmington.
"We haven't really swung the bats good in this tournament so far," Beavers said. "We need to come out with some intensity, but still have fun and not let the pressure get to us. I just told the boys, I don't think there are 10 teams to win this tournament by going undefeated. You may get a loss, but you just have to recover and come back."
Leading hitter: Alec Bohm, 2 1B, RBI
WP: Coby Weaver
SV: Caleb Killian
East Cobb Yankees
Leading hitter: Justin Evans, 2 1B, 2B
LP: Keyton Gibson