CMWS 2015: East Cobb Yankees rolls past Dallas Mustangs 7-3 in Game 15

Karl Schneider
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Georgia boys will be around Farmington for at least one more day.

In Game 15 of the Connie Mack World Series on Tuesday, the East Cobb Yankees, from Marietta, Ga., came alive offensively and dispatched of the Dallas Mustangs 7-3 in an elimination game at Ricketts Park.

The Yankees got their offense going early, recording nine hits and getting all seven of their runs in the first four innings.

"I thought we were a little more aggressive tonight," East Cobb coach James Beavers said. "In the first inning, I think we only saw seven pitches and scored a run. All day we talked about being more aggressive and we'd see what happens. You don't want to lose (by) not being aggressive."

Joey Bart got the East Cobb offense going in the bottom of the first with a single to left field that scored Carter Kieboom and gave the Yankees (51-5) an early 1-0 lead.

In the second inning, with two outs and a full count for Kieboom, the East Cobb Yankee hit a hard grounder up the middle. With runners going on the pitch, Logan Moody and Grant Berry scored to push the Yankees' lead to 3-0.

The Mustangs (38-14-1) got on the board in the top of the third.

With two outs, Brendon Venter singled to left to score Steele Walker from second and make it a 3-1 game.

The Yankees picked up another run in the third on a two-out, broken-bat single up the middle from Berry that pushed the lead to 4-1.

After Dallas' Nick Thornquist and William Caldwell drew two-out walks, Nolan Richie came through with an RBI single to left to make it 4-2.

While the Mustangs produced a couple of runs, they didn't get to East Cobb pitcher Zac Kristofak, who kept the Dallas offense quiet and never gave up more than two hits in an inning.

"The guy throwing (Kristofak) was the issue, that's what it comes down to. He kept us off balance," Mustang's coach Sam Carpenter said.

East Cobb's Kyle Jacobsen made his mark in the bottom of the fourth, hitting a three-run homerun to right center field that bounced off the top of the wall to get out of the park. The home run blast extended the lead to 7-2 after four innings.

"I made sure to see the pitch I wanted," Jacobsen said of the home run. "A fastball up in the zone was what I was looking for, and I just tried to drive it to wherever it was pitched. It was a little outside, so I went that way with it."

Dallas added one more run in the fifth inning on a Grant Reuben RBI single.

The loss sends the Mustangs back to Dallas. Carpenter said that will be tough for his players, but they'll soon remember the good times they had in Farmington.

"I told them, 'For about six weeks, this is really going to hurt. Twelve weeks from now, it will be about the good memories. Six years from now and 60 years from now, that's what it will be about: the good memories,'" Carpenter said.

With the win, the Yankees remain one of six teams left in the tournament. East Cobb will play the Louisiana Elite Yankees (24-7) at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Ricketts Park.

Beavers said he just hopes the good fortune will stay with his squad.

"A buddy of mine sent me a text and said we were going to get seven runs tonight, and there you go," Beavers said. "I hope he feels something better for (Wednesday)."


East Cobb Yankees

Leading hitter: Carter Kieboom, 3 1B, 2 RBIs

WP: Zac Kristofak

SV: Nic Dye

Dallas Mustangs

Leading hitter: Brendon Venter, 1B, 2B, RBI

LP: Coleman Beazley

Karl Schneider covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.