Cumby Trojans win Celeste baseball tournament

From Staff Reports

Mar. 5, 2007 - CELESTE - It was a productive weekend for Hopkins County teams at the Celeste Tournament.

The Cumby Trojans won the tournament championship on Saturday, while the Miller Grove Hornets finished in third place with a 13-3 win over North Hopkins.

CUMBY TROJANS

CELESTE - Cumby beat Celeste, 6-5, in come-from-behind fashion in the championship game, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Kris Stanford pitched a complete game, shutting down the Blue Devils in the bottom of the seventh to clinch the win. He struck out five and allowed only four hits.

Josh Rodriguez, the tournament MVP, was 3-for-3 in the championship game, Stanford had two hits including a two-run triple in the seventh, and Tanner Gomez had a two-run double also in the seventh.  

In the opening round, the Trojans defeated Honey Grove 14-5 as Rodriguez struck out 12 batters and also had four hits, while Stanford had two and Jeffery Smith had three hits.

On Friday, Cumby defeated North Hopkins 9-4 behind a complete game four-hitter from Smith. Rodriguez and Devon Owen had two hits, including a double.

The Trojans (4-4) will compete in the Campbell tourney this week, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday against Campbell.

MILLER GROVE

In their first game on Saturday, the Hornets lost to Celeste, 12-2, as Reece Evans took the loss on the mound. Evans went five innings giving up 10 hits, one walk, 10 runs and four strikeouts.

"We left six men in scoring position with less than two outs in the game," said MGHS coach Sam Panter. "We left the bases loaded in the second, and men on second and third in the fifth inning."

Yan Heijligers went 1-for-2 with a run scored, while Brady Harmon, Seth Roberts and Aaron Baylus recorded hits in the game.

In the third-place game, a 13-3 win over North Hopkins, Harmon went 4-for-4 with two singles, a double and a triple and also scored two runs with two RBI.

The Hornets broke a 3-3 tie by scoring 10 runs in the fifth inning on two walks, two errors and four hits.

Harmon pitched a complete-game four-hitter with 10 strikeouts, three runs and two walks.

Heijligers, Roberts, Zach Crispin and Jordan Lennon each recorded a hit against North Hopkins pitching.

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