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12U Tigers Win AABC South Plains Regional

Tigers 12U Ingram Roll to AABC Regional Championship – Next Stop, Puerto Rico!

The Dallas Tigers 12U Ingram claimed the top spot in the AABC South Plains Regional tournament in Farmington, New Mexico.  The team qualified for the event by going 16-0 in BBI league play in Mesquite.  Coached by Linty Ingram, the 12U Tigers team brought their A-game to Farmington and rolled to a 6-0 record, with a cumulative victory margin of 130-9.

The Tigers made it to the finals along with the Santa Fe Orioles as the only two undefeated teams remaining.   On Saturday evening in the first game between the undefeated teams, the Orioles jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  It was all Tigers from there, as the team scored 20 unanswered runs on the way to a 20-2 win.  The Tigers’ bats were very active, and the defense cruised behind a pitching performance that accounted for 14K’s out of 15 total outs.

The teams met again Sunday morning, and this time the Tigers drew the visitor’s spot.  Despite facing a hard throwing pitcher from the Orioles, the Tigers jumped ahead early, including a well executed steal of home plate to take a 3-0 lead.  From there the Tigers never looked back – keeping the accelerator on with active bats and smart base running, complemented by strong pitching and solid defense across the board.  Final score – Tigers 22-1 over the Orioles to claim the AABC South Plains Regional championship.  Soon after the final out, Coach Ingram (being a great sport) was “surprised” by a cold shower from the water cooler, hoisted by a group of players who shall remain anonymous.  The six wins in the tournament bring the team’s record for the year to 67-15-3.

Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, for the AABC World Series.   The Tigers will face off against other AABC regional champions in the 8-team double elimination tournament.  The pressure will be on to represent Dallas well, as the D-Bat Mustangs took home the AABC 12U World Series title last year.  Play begins on Thursday, August 4, with the championship game played on the evening of August 7.  The team flies to San Juan on August 3rd and will be staying together in the Dorado Beach area, near Toa Baja, the site of the AABC World Series.  Several tournament games will be televised in Puerto Rico, and the team expects to play in front of large crowds of locals who are very enthusiastic about baseball.  While it is sure to be a very memorable experience for the boys, as always Coach Ingram will ensure the team is ready and focused on the task at hand.

Good luck to all the players and coaches as they prepare to head out and represent the Tigers organization, and the Dallas area, in the AABC World Series.   Let’s bring home the trophy!

12U Ingram takes 2nd in the Triple Crown Metroplex Opener

12U Ingram takes 2nd in the Triple Crown Metroplex Opener

The 12U Dallas Tigers – Ingram came in 2nd place in the Triple Crown Metroplex Opener this weekend at Texas Star in Euless. In Saturday’s pool play, the game was in top form in all phases and the Tigers rolled to two consecutive 10 – 0 shutouts to gain the top seed and first round bye in Sunday’s elimination bracket.  Championship Sunday proved to be quite a bit more challenging with slight wins over Dallas Stars Black and Dallas Tigers – Woods.  The Championship game was played against the Dallas Patriots and was a real nail biter down to the bitter end.  The teams traded runs in the 5th inning to make the final score 4 – 3 for the Patriots. It was a great effort for the first tournament of the Spring Season.  Their runner-up place qualified them for the Triple Crown World Series to be held later in the summer in Utah.

11u Ingram/Woods Super Series 16 National Championship Runner-Up

The Tigers-Ingram finished Runner-up last week in the Super Series Super16 National Championships hosted at Craig Ranch in McKinney. After 10 games and an 8-2 record in the 100 degree+ Texas sun the Tigers had a lot to be proud of with their finish. They had to battle back up the losers bracket after a second bracket game loss to the McKinney Marshals only to meet them four games later. After taking the first rematch game 7-3, the heat and schedule were just too much to overcome with the Marshals winning the deciding championship tilt.
Tigers selected to the All – Tournament Team were William Adair (16 for 27 with 7 RBI’s to lead team hitting), Jared Martin (12 for 27 with 7 RBI’s), Ty Manning (hit .400 for the tournament with 8 RBI’s, a homerun, and stellar defense), Syler Shepherd (hit .433 with 11 RBI’s and earned a win on the mound), Hayden Houser (solid defense and went 6 for 13 in the last 5 games), and Cole Solomon (hit .400 with three triples, threw 5 1/3 innings of a no hitter in bracket play and earned a save in another). Defensive MVP was Ty Manning for his spectacular “Sportscenter” plays in centerfield during the week.

Congratulations Tigers on a hard fought Runner-up finish!!