FARMINGTON — In a battle of the Yankees, Louisiana Elite edged Bayside 2-1 in Game 13 of the Connie Mack World Series on Tuesday morning at Ricketts Park.
Evan Jordan picked up the win for the team based out of Mandeville, La., pitching a complete game in the shutout win that eliminated New York City's Bayside Yankees from the tournament.
"The first inning was a bit of a struggle, but I pushed through it. I didn't really have my best stuff, but I attacked with the fastball and threw strikes," Jordan said. "All I was trying to do was get them to hit ground balls to my players, and I had confidence in them to make the plays."
Bayside (33-24-1) loaded the bases in the top of the first inning after three walks from Jordan, but the pitcher got out of the inning without suffering any damage.
"We told Evan this is something he's going to remember for the rest of his life, and he threw a complete game against a good Bayside team," Louisiana coach Cole Catalano said. "When he was hit with adversity, he went right back at those guys with his fast ball and was very successful all day with it."
Reed Bolton drew a lead-off walk on four straight balls to get things started for Louisiana (24-7). He reached third on a bunt single from Dylan Hardy, and after Hardy stole second to put two runners in scoring position, Travis Swaggerty ripped a single down the first-base line to drive in Bolton and Hardy, giving Louisiana the early 2-0 lead.
After allowing the first three Louisiana batters to get on base and giving up the two runs, Bayside pitcher Case Rolen retired the next 11 batters and only allowed one baserunner for the rest of the game.
"On the four-pitch walk, I'm not a psychologist, but it looks like jitters when a guy with the command he has walks the first guy on four pitches," Bayside coach Marc Cuseta said of Rolen. "He's got Major League stuff and has already been drafted twice."
Bayside cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fourth.
Ryan Markey reached on a Louisiana error and advanced to third on a Josh Shaw single. Then Chris Davignon hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Markey and cut the deficit to 2-1.
Louisiana threatened in the bottom of the fifth when Noah Nicaud led off the inning with a single and later reached third with one out. But Rolen got back to business and ended the inning without any damage.
Bayside had its chances to put up runs but couldn't find the offense when it was most needed, stranding three runners in the third and sixth innings and leaving two runners on the bags in the seventh.
"Honestly, that's kind of a microcosm of our season. Great pitching, good defense and offensively challenged," Cuseta said. "We're just not good enough offensively to play at this level where the margin for error is so small here in Farmington."
The win for Louisiana keeps the squad alive in the series. The team will face the East Cobb Yankees (51-5) at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Ricketts Park.
While the loss ends Bayside's Connie Mack run, Cuseta said his players will remember the experience forever.
"It's the greatest baseball experience for 18U players in my opinion. The way that they run it with all the events away from baseball, it's a great experience," Cuseta said. "The people you meet and the bonds you make, those are going to be life-long bonds. It's a great experience for every kid."
Louisiana Elite Yankees
Leading hitter: Travis Swaggerty, 1B, 2 RBIs
WP: Evan Jordan
Leading hitter: Chris Davignon, BB, SB, RBI
LP: Case Rolen