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Youth Scene: Bat Rays win USSSA Halloween Haunt

Local U8 team outscores opponents, 34-10, on its way to capturing tournament title.

November 09, 2012
(Courtesy of Eric…)

The U8 local Bat Rays club baseball team won the championship at the USSSA Halloween Haunt tournament recently.

The tournament was held for a great cause to "Strike Out Cancer" and took place at the Big League Dreams Park in West Covina. The tournament was the qualifier for the 2013 Global Sports/USSSA World Series in July and had over 120 teams competing at the event.

The U8 Bat Rays, formed this past summer, is comprised of standout baseball players from Newport Beach and Irvine. Coached by Ariel Guitron and Nick Friel, the team played in an intense four-game tournament and outscored its opponents, 34-10.

The weekend started off with an 11-4 win over the Rancho Santa Margarita Storm where the team played stellar defense and offense including a triple and a home run by Eric Saba to lead the offensive charge and accompanied by multiple hits from Charlie Ransom, Kaulin Post, Ryan Hatcher and Andrew Miehe.

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The Bat rays then played the Bat Hawks from La Verne and after a tough first inning found themselves on the losing side in a 9-5 setback. The loss put them in a must-win position Sunday morning against the Knuckleheads who had gone undefeated coming into the game.

The boys played flawless baseball against the Knuckleheads and built a quick lead with an offensive charge that included two two-run home runs by Van Sidebotham and various extra base hits for Saba, Ransom, CC Clarke, Spencer Webb and Cooper Hoch.

Great pitching followed and the defense was able to put out anything that came to them. Then closer AJ Guitron Moore came in to finish off the Knuckleheads with a great outing and the Bat Rays won, 10-2, on a mercy rule to advance to the championship that afternoon.

The boys were then seeded against the undefeated Black Hawks for the championship with a second chance to play the team that beat them less than 24 hours earlier.

In the first inning the bats were hot and completely came alive and the Bat Rays sent 13 to the plate. The Bat Rays scored eight runs in the top of the first to give themselves a solid lead and seemed to stun the Bat Hawks.

Then the defense set in and it was lights out from that point forward. Dominant pitching and multiple strikeouts by Sidebotham and Clarke along with stellar defense led the way for the rest of the game to help the Bat Rays win, 10-4.

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