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Tri-Valley Takes World Series Title at 13's

Tri Valley Celebrating

After eight days and 25 hard-fought contests, the Babe Ruth 13-Year-Old World Series finally crowned a champion as the Pacific Southwest Regional champion, Tri-Valley, California, earned an 8-2 victory over the Southeast Regional Champion from Tallahassee, Florida.

“It feels really nice to win it,” Tri-Valley manager Bill Hoefs said.  “We’ve hoisted a few banners before back home, so there’s a lot of pressure to win every year.  Last year, we fell a little short against Hawaii, and we had to beat them to get here this year, so that makes this even sweeter.”

Hoefs’ starting pitcher, left-hander Nick Bronzini, set the pace early in the game, striking out five of the first Tallahassee batters he faced on his way to Player of the Game honors for the eventual champs.

“Bronzini pitched well tonight,” Hoefs said.  “He tends to get himself in trouble, but always seems to work his way out of it.”

One such “trouble situation” arose in the top of the third.  After collecting two quick outs, Bronzini walked three straight Florida batters to load the bases.  But the left-hander knuckled down and forced Tallahassee clean-up hitter Kody Ashley to fly out to right field to end the threat.

Bronzini finished the night with 4 2/3 innings pitched, striking out seven and allowing only a pair of hits and two runs scored.

The Tri-Valley offense exploded in the third to effectively end the game, sending nine men to the plate and scoring five of them to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Tri-Valley would tack on an insurance run in the fourth to lead it 8-0.

Down, but not out, the Southeast Regional winners would not go away quietly.  InFlorida the fifth, Florida’s Player of the Game, Parker McDonald, sparked a two-out rally with an infield single.

After stealing second base, Tallahassee backstop Jaxson West drew a walk, and both men scored on right fielder Adam Parzych’s triple to right center, bringing the score to 8-2.

In the seventh inning, Tallahassee relief pitcher Jason Nevarez forced Parzych to hit into a 6-3 double play to end the game and claim the championship.

Tri-Valley’s offensive attack was led by their outfield.  Before he came to pitch, Nevarez started in left field and scored three times and stole a pair of bases.  Center fielder Chase Salisbury and right fielder Tanner Salisbury combined for three hits, two runs scored and two stolen bases.

After the game, Hoefs had nothing but praise for the host state.

“None of us had been to Arkansas before, so it was a surprise,” Hoefs added.  “But everyone has been really nice.  People we’ve met at restaurants and hotels and at the lake have treated us great.  Can’t imagine a nicer, more helpful group of people.”

Nevarez was named to the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while Mark Elliott of Atlantic Shore, New Jersey, earned the batting award, toting a .600 average over six games. 

Champ Photo From Web

2017 BABE RUTH 13-YEAR-OLD
 ALL WORLD SERIES AND ALL-DEFENSE HONORS

All-World Series Team

All-Defense Team

 OF

 Will Merrix

 Tallahassee, FL

 OF

 Mark Elliott

 Atlantic Shore, NJ

 OF

 Carter Klipfel

 Bismarck, ND

 OF

 Aidan Kulbeck

 Belgrade, MT

 OF

 Michael Ordille

 Atlantic Shore, NJ

 OF

 Chase Salisbury

 Tri-Valley, CA

 1B

 Jaron Navarez

 Tri-Valley, CA

 1B

 Jayce Kirham

 Tallahassee, FL

 2B

 C. J. Egrie

 Atlantic Shore, NJ

 2B

 Michael Cheng

 Tri-Valley, CA

 3B

 Liam Conley

 Greater Keene, NH

 3B

 Liam Conley

 Greater Keene, NH

 SS

 Payton McMillan

 Tri-Valley, CA

 SS

 Payton McMillan

 Tri-Valley, CA

 C

 Liam Yardley

 Greater Keene, NH

 C

 Jaxon West

 Tallahassee, FL

 P

 Zachary Mooers

 Greater Keene, NH

 P

 Jacob Kidney

 Greater Keene, NH

 P

 Jonathan Granger

 Tallahassee, FL

 U

 Chris Stanfield

 Tallahassee, FL

 U

 Matt Nunan

 Atlantic Shore, NJ

 

 

 

Most Outstanding Player: Jaron Navarez (Tri-Valley, CA)  Batting Champion: Mark Elliott .660 (Atlantic Shore, NJ)

Team Sportsmanship Award: Eagle Pass, TX

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