East Cobb Yankees' bats ignite, D-BAT 18 follows suit

Matt Hollinshead, The Daily Times
Cole McNamee (17) of the East Cobb Yankees celebrates hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning against the Danville Hoots Saturday at Worley Field.

FARMINGTON – The East Cobb Yankees’ bats made a loud opening statement to begin Connie Mack World Series pool play, crushing the Danville Hoots 13-1 in five innings today at Worley Field.

"We just got lucky and ran into some fastballs early in the count. I thought we had good at-bats early in the count," Yankees coach James Beavers said. "The lead was big, and then we kept on with it. That was even bigger."

East Cobb got into 1-0 and 2-0 pitch counts, and made solid contact from there. It began with some quick shots up the middle gaps, but the contest got out of hand quickly after that.

Jason Avers and Cole McNamee hit back-to-back solo home runs to right field in the bottom of the second, and McNamee added to the onslaught with a three-run bomb over the left-center wall in the bottom of the fourth to make it 13-0.

The Hoots’ Nick Santiago got his squad on the board with an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth, but the outcome long had been settled by that point.

"You have to have a lot of respect for East Cobb. They've been here pretty much every year ... . They just swung the bat great. They hit pitches that you normally wouldn't think," Hoots coach Don Johns said. "This is a young group that we have. We're the little engine that could, basically."

The Yankees, who have won three of the previous four CMWS titles, had 13 hits. Avers and McNamee each went two for two with three combined home runs, while Ryan Bliss was three for four with two RBIs.

East Cobb will continue pool play against D-BAT 18 at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Farmington Sports Complex. Danville will play the Texas Stix at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the complex.

D-BAT 18 12, Texas Stix 7

D-BAT 19 kept the hit parade going in Saturday's come-from behind win at Worley Field.

"It's great to see the guys swing like that. I think they just stayed the course and knew they needed to work, and work and work for seven innings," said D-BAT 18 coach Ryan Bonesio. "They thrive on the competition when they're playing good teams."

D-BAT 18 trailed 4-0 before its bats heated up.

Justin Mitchell and Braxton Fulford got the ride started with two-run homers, tying the game at 4, and their teammates kept the momentum going.

After D-BAT 18 got on top 7-4 after five innings, Heston Kjerstad smoked a three-run shot deep to left field. Easton Murrell hit a two-run jack moments later to make it 12-4.

D-Bat Bonesio players celebrate Braxton Fulford's two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning against the Texas Stix Saturday at Worley Field.

"They put some good swings on the baseball," Texas Stix coach Matt Young said. "Our boys played their butts off. It's baseball, and sometimes you've got to tip your cap to a guy hitting a good pitch."

Texas generated a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth, but it wasn’t enough.

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.