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Atlantic Shore Wins Babe Ruth World Series

Atlantic Shore, New Jersey Wins Babe Ruth World Series Title After Wild Finish

The Atlantic Shore, New Jersey 14-Year-Old Babe Ruth Baseball team's winning streak ended at 21 games on Saturday, August 22, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, but not because of a loss.  There just aren't any more games to win.

Atlantic Shore jumped out to an early lead and then fought off a late rally for a wild 8-7 win against Tri Valley, California in the championship game of the Babe Ruth World Series.

"There is no better feeling in the world," winning pitcher Cole Vanderslice said. "This is a great group of kids.  I wouldn't want to go through this with any other group.  It's just an amazing feeling."  (Vanderslice started the game and then actually came back in again in the seventh inning to pick up the win in relief.)  "Cole is just a clutch performer," said Atlantic Shore coach Dennis Foreman.

55d 91d 4288678.imageAtlantic Shore finished its run to the World Series title with a perfect 21-0 record through district, state, regional and World Series play.  "I know for me, personally, there was no other game that has meant this much to me in my 10 years playing baseball competitively," Vanderslice said.  "There was nothing more that we wanted than to win this game."

The top of the second saw Tri-Valley take an early lead, 1-0.  A double by Nicholas Maestas, scoring Matt Jew started off the inning.

Vanderslice hit a two-run double in the fourth inning to give Atlantic Shore its first lead of the game, 3-1. Then Sleiter Suriel came through with a big three-run double in the fifth to make it a 6-1 game.

Tri-Valley, California, which lost 5-4 to Atlantic Shore in the first game of division play, plated three runs in the top of the sixth inning to draw closer.

Atlantic Shore held a 7-4 lead and was in great position to put the game away with two outs in the top of the seventh, but Tri-Valley was just getting started.   

"It was crazy," Foreman said.  "But a baseball game is never over when you've got a bat in your hand, and that's a heck of a team over there."

Tri-Valley started things off in the seventh with a pair of singles and then back-to-back hitters were hit by a pitch before a bases-loaded walk which made it a 7-6 Atlantic Shore lead with two outs.  

That's when Vanderslice re-entered the game.  "Very few things bother Cole," Foreman said.  "He's such a great competitor.  He came in and changed from his outfield glove to his infield glove and he said, 'I was waiting for this.'

Vanderslice walked the first batter he faced as Tri-Valley tied the game 7-7, but then got the next batter to fly out to end the inning without allowing any more damage.

"Of course I get nervous, everyone gets nervous," Vanderslice said.  "But you've got to make the butterflies fly in formation.  That's what my dad has always told me."

Atlantic Shore's starting catcher Nick Atohi led off the bottom of the seventh inning and was hit by a pitch for the third time in the game. Atohi quickly stole second to set up Vanderslice's game-winning RBI.

Atohi and Dom Montelone each scored two runs.  Montelone walked three times.  Vanderslice and Sleiter Suriel each went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs.  

Tri-Valley's Maestas racked up 3 RBIs on three hits, while Dylan Lawlor had 2 RBIs and Josh Giffins, 1 .  

Champ


The process of organizing travel, hotel and food and paying for a 10-day trip for a team of players, coaches and their families took more than just the 14 members of the team stepping up to the plate.  Plenty of others pitch in.  The players, coaches, families, friends and several local businesses and members of the community all had a hand in raising more than $20,000 in the 10 days since the team won the Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament.  

Player Dom Montelone's 10-year-old sister Maddy, and several other siblings of the players sold lemonade on the Ocean City Boardwalk. There were coin drops in several surrounding communities.  Fundraisers were held at venues in Atlantic City, Somers Point, and Ocean City. Local businesses made sizable contributions.  Countless others donated gift baskets, merchandise and other items to be raffled and auctioned to raise money.  There was also an online GoFund Me page that raised more than $6,000 from 70 people.  

"The money just blows me away," Atlantic Shore coach Dave Geiger said.  It really shows you that we live in a great community.  There was so much these people did to let these kids have the experience of a lifetime."


Congratulations to the following World Series Award Winners:

ALL-WORLD SERIES AND ALL-DEFENSE HONORS

All-WORLD SERIES TEAM

ALL-DEFENSE TEAM

Pitcher

Hunter Rich

Atlantic Shore, NJ

Pitcher

Jared Viertel

Boonville, MO

Pitcher

Nick Atohi

Atlantic Shore, NJ

Catcher

Triston Hauptmann

Boonville, MO

Catcher

Isaiah Rupp

Hazel Del Metro, WA

1b

Harrison Whitt

Gainesville, VA

1b

Dylan Lawlor

Tri-Valley, CA

2b

Kyler Pritchet

Franklin, KY

2b

Matt Jew

Tri-Valley, CA

3b

Baylor Owen

White Hall, AR

3b

Trejyn Fletcher

Portland, ME

SS

Brandon Lashley

Atlantic Shore, NJ

SS

Liam Kerr

Hazel Del Metro, WA

OF

Kellen Brownfield

Boonville, MO

OF

Devin Sharkey

Atlantic Shore, NJ

OF

Brandon Thomas

Pine Bluff, AR

OF

John White

Tri-Valley, CA

OF

Josh Looney

White Hall, AR

OF

Drew Raines

Pine Bluff, AR

Utility

Austin Terrell

White Hall, AR

Utility

Blaze O’Saben

Gainesville, VA

 

 

 

Sportsmanship Award
Tri-Valley, California

Batting Champion
Dylan Lawlor - Tri-Valley, CA - .565

Most Outstanding Player
Dylan Lawlor - Tri-Valley, CA

 

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