This past weekend Coach Woods Tigers brought home their 3rd straight championship finishing 10-1 in the week long Travel Sports World Series hosted at Oak Grove Park in Grapevine. After pairing down the 26 team field to 10 for the 13U Major title, the Tigers began their run on Friday with an early bump in the road, dropping their second bracket game to the Waco Thunder thus forcing them to battle through the losers bracket in the double elimination event. After winning their next three games they faced the NTXBC Yard Dawgs in a must win two games against their undefeated opponent on Sunday. William Adair spun a 7 inning gem in the first match against the Dawgs with a 7-3 win. That set up the final championship tilt with Cody Master leading the way on the bump. Allowing only 2 hits and issuing 6 “chairs” (K’s) in route to the 12-4 championship win, Masters was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Pitcher deservingly from his final performance along with earning another complete game win and two saves to lead all Tiger pitchers for the tournament. William Adair swung the biggest bat of the tournament, earning him MVP honors. Adair was 19 for 33 with 9 doubles, 4 triples, and 10 RBI’s. He did have plenty of support from his teammates as they overpowered their opponents with 126 hits to 59. Pitching also was strong as the Tigers dealt 49 K’s over the 11 games. Other big contributors during the week were Lance Russell, JJ “Moonshot” Montenegro, and Canaan Smith. Montenegro was his steady presence on the mound even in absorbing the team’s lone loss to the Thunder, 5-3, tallying 10 K’s. He then replied with a 9-2 convincing win two games later against the same Waco Thunder sending them to the couch for the remainder of the event.
With this championship these Tigers extended their championship game appearances to a remarkable 13 out of 14 tournaments for the 2012 season, 6 of these championships, while pushing their season record to 64-12-2! They will now take their impressive record to the Travelball Select National Championship at the end of this month in East Cobb Georgia. They will compete in a field of the top 25 ranked 13U teams in the country. Congratulations and best of luck to Coach Woods and his Tigers in Georgia!