Team Demolition 13-AA from Denver City, Texas, won this past weekend’s Winter Blast Global World Series Qualifier to capture its second consecutive USSSA tournament title. Manager Mario Chavarria’s club outscored opponents by a combined 34 to 4 en route to a 4-0 run. Demolition is now 15-6 overall, including 6-3 In Class.
An even 100 teams across 11 divisions descended in Midland, Texas, this past weekend to compete in this Global World Series Qualifier. The 13-Open division featured 12 squads – all from the host state. They competed in a two-game pool play first round before being evenly split into three single elimination brackets based on seeding after the initial two games.
Demolition began its slate versus a fellow AA team, Andrews Black Gold 13U. The boys from Denver City got off to a hot start and won by 10-run mercy rule, 11-1. They only needed to use one arm, Cameron Hernandez, for three innings to navigate their first victory. The second game of the day was an even greater mismatch from a final score standpoint. The Midland Aces did not mount a formidable challenge to Demolition and the score would reflect that; 18-1. David Ramirez threw two innings for the winning side and Damien Hernandez contributed with a single frame.
After pool play Demolition was seeded second behind Epik Aftermath Sports (pictured) based on a slightly higher average runs allowed average (0.5 vs. 1.0). The other two unbeaten teams to join Epik and Demolition in the Gold Bracket were the Midland Bandits and Midland Strikers.
Demolition matched up against the third seeded Bandits in the semifinals. Starting pitcher Angel Guiterez put together one of the finest pitched games of the season as he threw a complete-game six inning shutout. Guiterez’s heroics sunk the formerly 5-2 Bandits and earned Demolition a berth in the finals after coming off a title in the Winter Regional TXW/NM the weekend prior.
In the other semifinal the top seeded and 13-Major classified Epik blanked the Midland Strikers 8-0 and a collision course was set between the top two seeds. Demolition would ultimately pull the upset of Epik Aftermath doubling them up 4-2 in the title game as pitcher Isaiah Diaz threw five strong innings to limit a powerful offense. The team from Lubbock averaged close to nine runs per game in its first three contests but couldn’t solve Diaz before recording 15 outs. They still sport an excellent 13-3-1 overall record.
After a bumpy fall season, Demolition is now 12-1 in its last thirteen USSSA games resulting in a third place and two first place tournament finishes. This team is building momentum and has a bright future looking toward the spring.
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