Pilots Come Up Short In Mattingly World Series
The Pilots, coached by Mountain Ridge Head Coach Artie Cox, went 4-0 in pool play to reach the double elimination bracket. In bracket play, the Pilots won their first 2 games before falling to DBAT in round 3, and then notching wins over the Trombly Braves (CA) and Frozen Ropes Outlaws (NY) to reach the championship round.
Needing to sweep 2 games over DBAT, the Pilots sent Matthew Liberatore to the mound, but the Texas bunch jumped out to an early 5-0 first inning lead and took an 8-4 win to claim the title.
Several Pilots had strong showings in the event:
- Nolan Ruff (Mountain Ridge 2017) tossed 10 scoreless innings with 16 punch outs.
- Gabe Rios (Verrado 2017) hit .452 with 16 RBIs on the week.
- Kody Huff (Horizon 2019) was named the Batting Champion of the Tournament. Huff went 13-23 (.565) with 10 walks and 10 RBIs, He had an OPS of 1.436 for the week.