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Dominate Reds Cop Boys Minor League Championship
July 4, 2007 - The Myra Wills Massage Therapy Reds were a complete package all season long in the Optimist Club youth baseball minor league program. That didn’t change in the tournament, as the team utilized a huge offensive assault, good pitching and clutch defense in claiming the league championship Saturday aver the FarmWorld Tigers, 16-2.
The Reds, Coached by Joe Peggs and Mike Mattix, jumped out to an early lead and were never threatened. The team completed a dominating season in which they lost just one regular season game and swept through the double elimination tourney without suffering a loss.
The Reds had multiple players collect two hits in the game, and were led by Drake Peggs, who went 3-for-3 with three runs scored. He drilled a three-run triple in the fourth inning that put the game out of reach.
Spencer Mattix and Kaden Gabbard both went 2-for-2 and scored three times for the winners, who jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Mattix had a triple and Gabbard doubled in the third inning, enabling the Reds to bolt to a 10-0 advantage.
Alex Fields and Quadere Noe both had two hits and scored two runs, while Rufus Noe and Jared Mills both collected two hits. Noah Stone, William Noe and Jacob Rush all hit safely as eight different players scored and 10 had hits in the game for the Reds.
The Tigers responded with good offensive games from Adam Bundy and Jared Waterman, who each went 2-for-3 and scored the team’s only runs. Travis Isaacs also had a base hit in the game. Isaacs was in on two of the best defensive plays during the game.
Twice Isaacs turned a double play, ending scoring runs by the Reds. In the third inning, Noah Stone grounded to Isaacs at second base, and he tagged the runner and threw to first for the double play. Then in the fourth inning, it was nearly a repeat when William Noe sent a grounder to second base. Isaacs did the same thing, tagging the runner and then nailing Noe at first.
The Reds bolted to a 5-0 lead in the first inning when Tiger pitching walked four men, hit a batter and yielded a pair of singles. Alex Fields, Drake Peggs, Spencer Mattix, Kaden Gabbard and Quadere Noe all crossed the plate to set the stage for what was to come.
The Tigers, who were a Cinderella story in getting to the championship game despite losing seven regular season contests, threatened in the first inning.
Adam Bundy singled and Eli Blower drew a walk. Travis Isaacs then ripped a single, loading the bases with just one out. Just as the Tigers looked as if they were going to respond to the Reds’ five-inning first, pitcher Spencer Mattix had other ideas. He immediately fanned the next two hitters, leaving the bases full and putting down the Tiger rally.
It was much of the same for the Tigers in the second inning. Reds pitcher Drake Peggs walked Marcus Couch to open the inning, and then struck out the next three hitters to end the inning and preserve that early 5-0 lead.
Eli Blower kept the game close for the Tigers by appearing in command in the second, setting down Chance Morgan, Jacob Rush and Alex Fields in order.
The Reds then opened the top of the third on fire. The team nearly hit for the cycle in the inning, with Peggs starting things off by ripping a single. Mattix followed with a three-bagger, and Gabbard doubled him home. A base hit from Quadere Noe scored Gabbard. That’s when Travis Isaacs fielded Noah Stone’s grounder, tagged Quadere Noe, and threw out Stone for the double play. But the Reds weren’t done. Rufus Noe singled, stole second and third, and scored on a single by Jared Mills. Mills then crossed the plate on a base hit by William Noe. By the time the smoke had cleared, the Reds were leading 10-0 heading into the bottom of the third.
The Tigers put together some offense when Adam Bundy ripped his second hit of the game, and kept on running until he ended up at third base. A sacrifice grounder by Eli Blower to Quadere Noe at third base scored Bundy and prevented the shutout. Quadere made several good plays in the game, including two sensational defensive gems in the final inning.
With one out in the fifth, Adam Bundy sent a rocket shot toward third base that Quadere short-hopped, set, and fired a perfect strike to first base for the out. After Jared Waterman and Eli Blower reached base, Travis Isaacs hit a sharp grounder toward the hole between shortstop and third base. Quadere went to his left and snagged the ball, robbing Isaacs of a hit, and then tagged Waterman, who was heading for third base. That play ended the game.
The Tigers, coached by David Blower and David Bundy, capped an extremely satisfying season by advancing to the championship game. At one point this season, the team stood just 2-7, but reeled off five consecutive victories to reach the final game.
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