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Sunday July 10, 2016
The Dawgs Baseball Academy recently took the top 16U players down to Louisville, KY for the Pastime 16U National Championships. The tournament had a total of 96 teams from all across North America competing in front of numerous D1, D2, NAIA and Junior College programs from all over the United States.
After going a perfect 4-0 in pool play, the Dawgs fell short in the first round of the Championship bracket. Despite the tough loss, it was a great experience for the younger players in the Academy to be able to play some better competition and get exposed to multiple colleges from around the country. The boys played hard and represented the Academy very well, turning a lot of heads in the process and helping establish the Dawgs as a top program in the country.
Game 1 vs Indiana Knights Baseball Club
The Dawgs did not waste any time to make a statement. The boys came out swinging and managed to put up 13 runs in 4 innings on 15 hits. Offensive standouts include; Tucker Zdunich (2-for-2 with 2 hits), LaRon Smith ( 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI’s), Jack Marlin (3-for-3 with 3 hits and 3 RBI’s, Zach Rabe (1-for-1 with a 2-run double) and Chad Picton (1-for-1 with a 2-run single. On the mound, Brendan Logan and Will Undershute would combine for a 1-hit shutout while striking out 7 and walking only 1 batter.
Game 2 vs Top Tier- North Shore (Illinois)
The offense kept on rolling into game two of pool play with Dawgs putting up 9 runs in another run-rule victory of 9-1 vs Top Tier Baseball. Offensive standouts included; Tucker Zdunich (1-for-2 with 2 RBI’s with a solo HR), Brett Platts (1-for-2 with a RBI double), Zach Rabe (1-for-3 with an RBI single and 2 runs scored), Chad Picton (0-for-1 with an RBI and run scored) and Brendan Logan (1-for-2 with an RBI single). Pitching was a combined effort between Ethan Francis (2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1BB, 4 Ks), Shaun Atamanchuk (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 Ks) and Jack Marlin (1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K)
Game 3 vs Rawlings Hitters (Wisconsin)
The Dawgs managed to pull off a victory in a back and fourth affair against the Rawlings Hitters by a score of 7-6. The Hitters came out swinging and got to Dawgs starting pitcher, Mitch Dennis. The Dawgs were down 5-0 going into the bottom of the 2nd inning when they managed to put up 4 runs to make it 5-4. After the Hitters scored one run in the 3rd inning, the Dawgs scored 2 in the bottom of the 4th to tie the game at 6-6. The score would remain tied until the bottom of the 6th when Jack Marlin hit a clutch 2-out RBI single up the middle to put the Dawgs up 7-6. Zach Rabe came in to shut the door, retiring the final 3 outs on 7 pitches.
Game 4 vs Illinois Bulldogs
In the final game of pool play, a victory would secure the #1 seed for the Dawgs. It did not take long for the boys to put runs up on the board, as they would put up 7 runs in the first inning. The Dawgs would ultimately end up winning 8-5 and secure their spot as the #1 seed in their pool. Offensive standouts included; Gavin Logan (1-for-3 with an RBI double), Tristan Peters (1-for-3 with a 2-run double), Cesar Valero (2-for-3 with 2 RBI singles), Cole Tucker (1-for-2 with a 2-run double) and Danny Donnelly (1-for-2 with a RBI single). Josh Dobberthein, Danny Donnelly and Cesar Valero would all pitch, with Danny Donnelly earning the W.
Game 1 of Championship Bracket vs Louisville Elite
In a win or go home format, the Dawgs fell short in the first game of the championship bracket and lost 6-2 against the Louisville Elite. Despite the fact that the boys managed to put 10 hits up on the board, they could not get that big timely hit to give the Dawgs the edge. Jack Marlin would pitch 4.2 innings while allowing 4 runs, all earned, on 8 hits. Brendan Logan pitched a solid 2.1 innings allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run. Offensively, LaRon Smith went 1-for-3 with the only RBI on the day. Jack Marlin, Kye Seitz and Noah Matsubara all collected two hits in the losing effort.