The Alleghany Crushers 13U (pictured above) from Covington, Virginia, won their hometown tournament this past weekend, the Covington Summer Classic, by going 3-0 in one day and outscoring opponents by a combined total of 15-5. The was the first tournament entered in the “2019” season for the Crushers as they technically played up in a 13-year- old division even though all but one of the players is 13. Over the past spring and summer, the boys did well playing against 12- Open company in USSSA. They posted consistent results, no worse than third place to go with two titles at the SWVA Elite Spring Classic and Blue Demon Classic respectively.
This time around manager Nolan Caldwell found a relatively soft landing spot in the 13-Open division to place his team. Their competition this past weekend all carried “AA” designations – the Mountain State Mudcats, Eagles 13U Black Squad and the WV Wolves. These four teams would play in a three- game round robin tournament to determine a champion.
The Crushers were first matched up against the Wolves from Crichton, West Virginia. The out- of – staters were unable to scratch across a single run and were defeated by the Crushers 4-0. In the next game for the boys from Covington was a date versus the Eagles Black Squad who was 2-0 at that point coming off victories over the Wolves (14-4) and Mudcats (5-2). The Crushers however had its way with the Eagles and prevailed 9-4. Tanner Evans started on the mound for the Crushers and pitched three solid innings before handing the ball to teammate Chase Depriest to record the final three outs.
The Crushers needed to defeat the Mountain State Mudcats to secure a 3-0 record and a tournament title. The Mudcats were 1-1 at this point and a win over the Crushers would make the final standings very interesting and cause tiebreakers to come into play. However all of this was avoided when the Crushers snuck out a 2-1 victory. In the six inning game, Crushers starting pitcher Anthony Webb was brilliant. He pitched five excellent innings to give his team a chance at a title before Tanner Evans entered the game in relief. Evans would pitch a single frame to ensure the victory.
The Eagles 13U Black Squad finished as runners up with a 2-1 mark. Including these three wins, the Crushers now sport a combined USSSA record of 23-7 dating back to last fall’s season. They are most dominant against “AA” classified teams as shown this past weekend, but reinforced by their 19-5 record against 12AA teams during the 2018 season.
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