Showing some serious resilience and comeback ability, the Peebles 1 baseball squad captured the Southern Hills Youth League Class “A” tournament championship by winning three games in less than 24 hours on July 11 and 12. Battling their way out of the loser’s bracket, the Peebles team easily handled West Union 2 on Friday, July 11, then came back early the next morning needing two wins over Manchester to make it a clean sweep of the regular season and tournament titles.
That was exactly what Peebles did as they swept a doubleheader from the Greyhounds, coming from behind in both games to win 6-4 and 16-8, sealing the tournament title.
Game One of the championship round saw a pitching match up of Kaulen Cox for Manchester and Lane Hanson for Peebles and after a John Penn base hit produced a run off Cox in the top of the first, the Greyhounds, needing just one win for the title, jumped on Hanson for three runs in the bottom half. An RBI single by Jordan Carpenter scored the first run and Carpenter came home later on a wild pitch for the second score. A Mason Applegate RBI ground out gave the Hounds an early 3-1 advantage.
Peebles evened things up with two runs in the top of the third, both of them coming on a Manchester throwing error that could have ended the inning. In the bottom of the third, a Nick Hoskins base hit scored Carpenter and the Greyhounds were back in front, holding a slim one-run lead.
That lead evaporated rather quickly when Peebles came to bat in the top of the fourth. Alex Seaman singled home a run and Ryan Brown singled home two as the Indians jumped back in front for good this time at 6-4.
After taking the lead, Peebles brought their ace to the mound to finish things up and Austin Parks did just that, firing three innings of scoreless relief to pick up the save and get Hanson the win. Rickey DeAtley came on in relief for the Hounds and threw two scoreless frames but his offense couldn’t do the job to make him a winner.
The Greyhounds did threaten off Parks, loading the bases with two outs in the fourth, but Parks got DeAtley on a fly ball to right to end the inning. After allowing just one runner in the fifth, Parks closed out the game by retiring the Hounds in order in the sixth and the Indians had forced a Game Two, holding on for the 6-4 victory.
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Peebles 1 Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): Seaman 4-2-2-1, R. Brown 4-0-1-2, Hanson 3-2-2-0, J. Penn 4-0-1-1, Wolford 3-0-1-0, Fenner 1-0-0-0, L. Newkirk 2-0-0-0, A. Newkirk 1-1-0-0, Parks 3-0-1-0, Lightner 2-1-0-0, Team 27-6-8-4.
Manchester Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): DeAtley 2-1-0-0, Carpenter 2-2-1-1, Davis 2-1-0-1, Hoskins 3-0-1-1, Applegate 3-0-0-1, Anderson 3-0-1-0, Kaulen Cox 2-0-0-0, Kaige Cox 2-0-1-0, A. Hernandez 1-0-0-0, D. Hernandez 0-0-0-0, Team 20-4-4-4.
Peebles 1 Pitching: Hanson (W) 3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 66 pitches.
Parks (S) 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 39 pitches.
Manchester Pitching: Kaulen Cox (L) 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 88 pitches.
DeAtley 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 34 pitches.
Game Two was much the same story as the Greyhounds jumped to an early lead but fell victim to an offensive explosion by Peebles that resulted in a 16-8 win for the Indians.
With Parks on the mound again starting Game Two for Peebles, the Hounds took a 5-0 lead after two and a half innings, getting one in the first and four in the third. Meanwhile, Manchester starter Arturo Hernandez blanked the Indians for two innings before the roof caved in on the Manchester pitching staff in the third and fourth innings when Peebles scored a combined 16 runs.
The first inning in the second game was almost identical to the first for the Hounds as they took the lead on a run-scoring hit to left by Carpenter. In the top of the third, Carpenter led off with another base hit and scored later on Hoskins single. Sandwiched in between was Nathan Davis reaching on an error and he and Hoskins scored on an Applegate base hit. Applegate came across on a ground out by Kaulen Cox and the Hounds looked to be in the driver’s seat with a 5-0 advantage but Peebles definitely had other ideas.
A two-run double to left by John Penn got the scoring started for the Indians in the bottom of the third and it just escalated from there. Kaulen Cox came on in relief with the bases loaded but walked in a run and was replaced on the hill by Nathan Davis. With the bases again full, perhaps the biggest hit of the game came off the bat of Peebles’ Clay Brown. Brown blooped a double into no-man’s land behind first base, clearing the bases and giving his team a 6-5 advantage, a lead they never relinquished.
In his final inning of work, Parks set down the side in order in the fourth and his team came to bat and quickly erased any doubt as to who the tournament champions were going to be. Hitting off a tired Deatley and then Davis in a second stint, Peebles sent 15 batters to the plate and score 10 times, getting RBi hits from Tyler Fenner, Austin Newkirk, Ryan Brown, and Daniel Wolford to take a commanding 16-5 advantage.
With Hanson back on in relief for the Indians in the fifth, Manchester picked up a run on an RBI ground out by Haden Anderson. In what turned out to be their final at-bat of the 2014 summer, the Hounds got a hit from Davis that plated two but it was far too little, far too late, as Hanson got Kaulen Cox on a foul pop up for the final out and the Indians could celebrate a big day, a doubleheader sweep and a well-deserved Class “A” tournament title, finishing the season with just two combined losses, regular season and tourney. The Greyhounds finished a combined 7-5.
It was a big day on the mound for Parks, as he got the save in Game One and the win in Game Two. Peebles pounded out 14 hits in Game Two, three from John Penn in his final game. Penn also drove home three as did Ryan Brown, Tyler Fenner, and Clay Brown. Manchester got two hits each from Jordan Carpenter, Nathan Davis, Nick Hoskins, and Mason Applegate.
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Manchester Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): DeAtley 3-2-1-0, Carpenter 4-1-2-1, Davis 4-2-2-2, Hoskins 3-1-2-1, Applegate 4-1-2-1, Kaulen Cox 3-0-0-0, Anderson 3-0-1-1, Kaige Cox 2-0-0-1, A. Hernandez 2-0-0-0, D. Hernandez 1-1-0-0, Team 29-8-10-7.
Peebles 1 Hitting (AB-R-H-RBI): Seaman 3-1-1-1, R. Brown 4-2-2-3, Hanson 1-3-1-0, J. Penn 4-3-3-3, Wolford 3-2-2-1, Fenner 3-2-2-3, A. Newkirk 2-2-1-2, Parks 4-1-1-0, Lightner 1-0-0-0, C. Brown 3-0-1-3, Team 28-16-14-16.
Extra-Base Hits: R. Brown 2B,3B, J. Penn 2B (2), T. Fenner 2B, C. Brown 2B
Winning Pitcher: Parks
Losing Pitcher: DeAtley