Texas Hardball Wins Three One-Run Games to Take Summer Extreme Qualifier | Youth1

Texas Hardball Wins Three One-Run Games to Take Summer Extreme Qualifier

Texas Hardball 14U (pictured above) from Round Rock, Texas, won three one-run games in two days this past weekend to finish in first place at the USSSA Summer Extreme Qualifier in Pflugerville. Hardball won its other two games in blowout fashion – overall they were 5-0 and outscored opponents by a combined 37-8.

This Qualifier event featured 10 teams, all from Texas, across three different classifications. There were three AA and AAA squads in addition to four Major teams. Each team participated in a two-game pool play schedule before being seeded and placed into a single-elimination bracket.

Texas Hardball did not catch a break and were matched up against two Major teams for their pool play slate. The first opponent was the Chaos from Austin who entered the game with an overall record of 23-17-2. They would put up quite a fight against manager Jeff Meyer’s group but ultimately come up short by the score of 3-2. Meyer used three pitchers to navigate this challenging first game; Jesse Avila threw two frames, Samuel Kowalick entered for 1.2 innings and Landon Schroeder contributed 1.1 innings.

The next matchup for Hardball was not easier. The RiverCity Warriors came in off of a 3-2 victory against the Batter’s Box Naturals- Black and would play Hardball to another close, low-scoring affair. The boys from Round Rock again emerged victorious 2-1 behind the pitching arm of Nick Nolan.

After pool play, three teams were undefeated; CPYL Scorpions Gold who earned the first overall seed after allowing just one run per game on average, Hardball who was given the two seed followed by Cap City Halos Baseball Club who allowed two runs per game and claimed the third seed.

Hardball would face off against THZ Baseball who absolutely trounced their first-round opponent 21-0. The tables were turned however in this second round match up as Hardball plated 15 runs in a 15-1 victory. Jack Brinson threw three innings of effective baseball while Kowalick threw the final frame.

The semifinals was more of the same for Hardball as the game was never in doubt. They dominated Austin Slam Baseball 12-0 as Perry Raines pitched a complete game (run-rule shortened) 4 inning shutout to advance the boys to a rematch with Chaos in the title game.

Hardball and Chaos played to yet another one-run game, but this time the stakes were a bit higher. In a nearly identical result, Hardball squeaked out another hard-fought victory, 5-4 to win its second USSSA tournament in consecutive weekends. This title can be added with the Father’s Day Classic Qualifier and Hardball has now won 10 games in a row.

This recent hot streak improved their overall record to 25-7-3 including a solid 10-6-2 In Class mark.


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