All Star Baseball Headed to Farmington
For the first time in 6 years the state of Arizona will have a representative competing in the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, New Mexico.
All Star Baseball Academy ran the table in bracket play, winning 5 straight and taking a come from behind 3-1 win over the Colorado Slammers to win the championship.
In the title game, with the Slammers needing to win a pair over the undefeated ASBA squad, the Colorado bunch pushed a solo run across in the top of the second to take an early lead.
In the 4th ASBA finally broke through,with Derek Legeza (Liberty) leading off with a single to right and advancing to third on a fielder’s choice. Legeza would score on Tyler Kelly’s (Mingus) ground out to tie the score at 1.
In the bottom of the 6th Legeza got things started again with a lead off liner to center, and moved to second on a Grant Lung (Liberty) ground out. David Avitia (Alhambra) followed with a walk, and when Kelly grounded out there were two outs with runners on the corners.
Genner Cervantes (Trevor Browne) was next, and he lined a single to right field to plate Legeza, with Kelly moving all the way to third. The first pitch to Sergio Heguerrty (Trevor Browne) went to the backstop, allowing Kelly to score and making it 3-1.
Leo Palacios relieved ASBA starter Jesus Aldaz to close things out, and the 2018 lefty from Carl Hayden got a pair of quick ground outs before ending it with a called third strike punch out.
Aldaz was sensational against a powerful Slammers lineup, working 6 innings and surrendering only 3 hits and a solo run.
Legeza was 2-3 and scored 2 of the 3 runs.
Liberty’s Grant Lung was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, going 15-30 at the plate for a .500 BA and driving in 12 runs.
It was a tough call for MVP, with Mingus’ infielder Tyler Kelly hitting .423 with a double and 3 triples, and Kellis ‘ Nate Young going 10-15 and tying with Lung for a team a leading 12 RBIs.
Anthony Quattrocchi was named the Most Valuable pitcher. The Joy Christian product and Small School Player of the Year tossed 8 scoreless innings, including a complete game 2 hit shutout over the AZ Pilots in the 2nd round of bracket play.
ASBA will travel to Farmington, NM for the 52nd Connie Mack World Series, featuring teams from across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
The format of the tournament has been expanded to 17 teams, with teams arriving Thursday July 27th.
Friday features a home run derby, the traditional CMWS parade, and the opening ceremonies.
Pool play begins Friday, with 8 teams, plus the host Farmington team, advancing into a 9 team double elimination bracket beginning Tuesday August 1.