FARMINGTON – An initially close battle between the Danville Hoots and the East Cobb Yankees today quickly spiraled into a lopsided one.
Behind a speedy attack, the Hoots ended up on the winning end of that contest, downing the Yankees 15-2 in five innings in Game 7 of the Connie Mack World Series at Ricketts Park.
"It's always sweet to beat a team that bad," said Hoots left fielder Nick Santiago, who went three for three at the plate with one RBI and one stolen base. "They're the only team we've lost to so far, so we kind of played with a chip on our shoulder."
The Hoots had plenty of nice shots to the outfield and hustled along the bases. Such moments included Brett Tressen ripping the ball to right-center, pushing that extra 25 feet to reach third base for an RBI triple.
Danville also advanced runners via stolen bases and wild pitches. The Hoots even scored runs off passed balls, including one by Jared Wilson in top of the fifth.
Danville had built a nice cushion by the middle of the fourth inning, leading 7-1 at that point.
"We're getting really hot, and we're getting really confident right now at the right time," Santiago said.
Meanwhile, the Yankees struggled to build momentum at the plate, frequently lofting flyouts or hitting into groundouts.
East Cobb had won the previous matchup with the Hoots 13-1 via the mercy rule in Saturday's pool play opener. But Danville exacted its revenge today.
"It was fueling up inside of us," said Hoots first baseman Zack Patterson, who hit a two-run double in the top of the fifth.
The Hoots have a bye on Thursday and will resume play on Friday. The Yankees, who have won three of the previous four CMWS championships, will look to keep their title hopes alive when they play the Midland Redskins/D-BAT 17 loser on Thursday.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.