Manchester 11 & 12 Year-Old All-Stars Win State Championship

State Champions... Photo and story by Dennis Weaver

State Champions… Photo and story by Dennis Weaver

In the first year of the Manchester Youth Baseball League’s association with TYBA saw all 6 teams place in the Final 4 of the state tournament and was highlighted by a state championship for the 11 and 12 year old all-stars this past Sunday. The Manchester squad went undefeated on the week-end finishing with a record of 5 and 0.
Battling rain delays and wet fields on Friday and Saturday, the Red and Black got wins over Woodbury, Christiana and Murfreesboro to earn the number one seed in Sunday’s championship bracket. A rematch started the title run for Manchester on Sunday as they got a much anticipated rematch with Murfreesboro. Manchester banged out 12 hits in the first 2 innings and coasted to a 14 to 7 win over the Vandals of Murfreesboro. Jake Hollandsworth was 2 for 2 on the game with a home run and 4 RBI. Cody Eslinger had 2 hits and 3 RBI and got the win on the mound.
The Championship game saw Manchester take on the #2 seeded, and other unbeaten team, DeKalb County. DeKalb came out hot in the top of the 1st inning scoring a run as they banged out a pair of hits, but it was Manchester’s game from that point forward. The Red & Black scored 7 runs in the bottom of the first inning and the game was never close again as Manchester won 15 to 1. Augie Burch had 2 home runs and 5 RBI on the night to lead the Manchester hitting attack. Isaiah Owens got the start on the bump pitching 3 innings to get the win striking out 5.