The Dulins Dodgers Prime-14U (pictured above) won its second-consecutive Select30 Super NIT title in 2018 and third overall this past weekend at the Midsouth USSSA Super NIT in Southaven, Mississippi. The Dodgers emerged victorious from a 24-team, 14-Major classified field and went 6-0 overall while outscoring opponents 38-8.
This is a tremendous accomplishment for the team based in McKinney, Texas. They earned the top seed in the group after the pool play round. Dulins Dodgers-Prime started its slate off with a 7-0 victory against a AAA team from Alabama, Black Sox Baseball 14U. Ethan Coley pitched five shutout innings in this game. The Dodgers followed this up with a 10-1 thrashing of Mississippi’s Tombigbee Tribe. In this contest, Coy Defury led the way with five innings on the mound.
After two games, the 24 teams were seeded and placed into a single-elimination bracket. Manager Scott McGarth’s team would have to win four consecutive games to extend its winning streak and that’s just what they did. First up on Sunday for the Dodgers were the EC Sox Adams 14-2018 from Mississippi who had just defeated the Tupelo Rangers 8-3. They would not be able to generate much offense against the Dodgers or their starting pitcher, Joshua Livingston, and lost 7-1.
The quarterfinal matchup for Dulins Dodgers was the Columbia Warriors- Hill who had rattled off two impressive victories in bracket play by the scores of 8-0 and 11-3. They too would not be able to crack the Dodger’s staff, and in this game starter Jack Opoien who threw six innings. The Dodgers took down the Warriors, 6-2.
In the semifinals, the Dodgers played the Louisiana Tigers who was 21-5-2 heading into the matchup. Dodgers pitcher Cross Jumper threw six innings and limited the Tigers offense to just one run. Dulins would advance by the slimmest of margins after pushing across two tallies. Their fourth game of the day came in the title contest against S.L. Select- Crochet from Houma, Louisiana. The Select lost a pool play game earlier in the tournament but had rattled off four straight elimination game wins to reach the finals. The Dodgers’ stingy pitching and defense showed up one more time in Southaven and they defeated the Select 6-3. Pitching duties were split between Cade McGarth who threw 4.2 innings and Brady Cunningham who hadded 1.1 innings of effective work.
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The Dodgers are now 15-2 overall including an In Class (against fellow 14-Major teams) mark of 13-2. As one could suspect from their play in this Select30 Super NIT, the Dodgers allow an average of just 1.27 runs per game against In Class competition. That is an excellent figure for any level of play, especially one on the youth circuit.