Erie Outlaws Get Black Triple Crown at Cedar Point 11U, 14U & 17U
The Erie Outlaws conquered The Sports Force Parks in Cedar Point by winning three titles at the 4th of July Fireworks Classic.
The 11U Black coached by Dave Ashton went 7-0. They outscoring opponents 51 to 11 in pool play. They continued to play good baseball in the payoff round beating IVL Baseball 7-3, then beating Beaver Valley Red 3-2 behind Quentin Orlando's complete game win, Brady Kramer who hit a two run homerun and Kam Kramer game winning hit to advance to the Championship. In the title game the Outlaws beat Steel City Select 6-5 to claim the Title.
Under new leadership due to coach Wegelin moving, the 14U Black didn't miss a beat going 3 & 1 in pool play. In the Championship bracket Erie beat the Michigan Warriors 8-4 to advance. In the semi's they got revenge on the only loss they had by beating the Ohio Prospects 4-2 behind the complete game pitching from Reece Colvin to advance to the title game. In the Championship game AJ Roach powered his way on the mound getting the victory 8-5 for the Outlaws.
The 17U playing up in the 18U division finished the tournament with a 6 & 1 record for coach Jim Colvin with it's only loss coming to the hands of the Ohio Stingrays 6-5. Erie relied on great pitching from Nick Rinella, Rock Seidel, Alex Baldi, Corey Shields and Ryan Smerkar who all earned wins on the mound. In the Championship bracket Erie beat the number one seed the Stingrays 8-2 behind Shields to advance to play Pride Baseball in the finals. The finals lived up to the hype with the Outlaws claiming victory 2-1 behind the pitching of Smerkar. Paul Causgrove saved the day for Erie making a great catch and doubling up a runner at 2nd base to end the game. Causgrove and Jaydin Vavreck were named Tournament MVP's.