D-BAT Elite fights its way to CMWS final five
FARMINGTON — D-BAT Elite was backed into a corner all week, but that uncomfortable situation did nothing but fuel the Dallas-based club.
D-BAT Elite was the final squad of the 17-team field to qualify for the Connie Mack World Series. It faced elimination two times before entering Friday's 11-0 mercy rule CMWS semifinals loss to the East Cobb Yankees.
And yet, it fought and scraped its way to the final five.
"It was a fun time. It's unfortunate we didn't make it further, but we got a chance to get close with these guys and make a run," third baseman Jimmy Glowenke said.
Despite losing its opening winner's bracket game Tuesday against the Danville Hoots, another final five squad, D-BAT Elite didn't wither away. The team kept pushing for every run and every defensive put-out it could.
The Texans built nice, solid cushions against the host 4-C ClubSox and the SoCal Renegades during elimination games. They surrendered some key runs in later innings each time, but held down leads with that extra hit or that extra play on the diamond.
"We're relentless. We don't give up, we don't quit," second baseman Logan Kohler said. "We were doubted a lot because we're a lot younger than everyone here. It definitely fueled us coming here. We just kept fighting the whole tournament."
Coach Brandon Gowins and his players believe Friday's loss showed how long and draining the week was.
"(Friday's loss) is obviously not the way we'd like to write it up. It's been an emotional week. This game will wear you down," Gowins said. "It's been a grind when you lose the first bracket-play game, you win two (elimination games)."
Gowins said his players could've prolonged that momentum Friday if they had done some damage hitting in the top of the first, but he noticed that fatigue had set in.
Even so, Kohler said players competed their "butts off" at the CMWS.
"We didn't go down without a fight," Kohler said. "I think about 10 of us will be back next year. We'll be back and ready to compete."
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.