East Cobb Yankees stay unbeaten in world series after holding off Dallas Tigers 3-1
FARMINGTON — The East Cobb Yankees came up with big play after big play — and got a couple of breaks along the way — to secure a 3-1 win over the Dallas Tigers in Game 19 of the Connie Mack World Series today at Ricketts Park.
The Tigers out hit East Cobb 10-4 in the game, but the Yankees made key plays when facing bases loaded situations to avoid major damage.
East Cobb coach James Beavers said the hit differential didn’t matter as long as his team was leading the run differential.
“They could have had 20 hits,” Beavers said. “We got lucky a little bit. That’s a good team, and we played well. We got some big hits when we needed to.”
The Tigers threatened on a couple of occasions in the top of the second. A walk, an error and a single loaded the bases with no outs for Mark Ready. But Ready hit right back to East Cobb’s pitcher Nic Dye, who started a 1-2-3 double play. With runners still on second and third, Dye walked the next batter to load the bases again, and this time he got Zach DeLoach to fly out to left field to end the inning and avoid any damage.
“We got the double play ball in the second inning with no outs to get the first two outs, then got the third out. I thought that was really the turning point because they could have had a big inning,” Beavers said.
Dallas pitcher Eli Davis was perfect through the first three innings, not allowing a base runner during the span. But in the fourth inning, he struggled to find the strike zone and walked five batters. The fifth walk of the inning came with two outs and the bases loaded to give the Yankees (3-0) a 1-0 lead.
Dallas (3-1) tied the game in the top of the fifth when East Cobb catcher Kyle McCann dropped the ball as he tagged Jacob Martinez. The Tigers had a chance to take the lead, working the bases loaded with one out in the inning, but relief pitcher Zack Graveno got Ray Gaither to ground into an inning-ending double play.
“Offensively, we did a good job and got guys on, but we just couldn’t get the big hits when we needed to,” Dallas coach Kyle Woods said.
East Cobb, out of Marietta, Ga., retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs in the inning, Devin Warner provided East Cobb’s first hit of the game with an RBI single that scored pinch runner Billy Zinnershine from second.
East Cobb added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with a two-out RBI single from Tucker Maxwell to make it 3-1.
Both teams advance to the fifth round on Thursday. East Cobb will play with winner of D-BAT Elite 17U and Strike Zone at 7:30 p.m. at Ricketts Park. The Tigers will play the Southern California Renegades (3-1) at 5:15 p.m.
Woods said the key to bouncing back from the East Cobb loss will be the Tigers putting the game behind them.
“The baseball gods weren’t on our side for this one,” Woods said. “We just have to step up and get the hits when we need to. We can’t put too much pressure on ourselves. It’s just another baseball game.”
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.
East Cobb Yankees
Leading hitter: Devin Warner, 1 for 3, RBI, R
WP: Zack Graveno
Leading hitter: Jacob Martinez, 1 for 2, BB, R
LP: Justin Slaton