The Duncan Banner

May 20, 2013

Duncan Ducks soar to U14 Title

Evan Grice
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Not even gale force winds could stop the Duncan Ducks Sunday night at Abe Raizen Park.

Facing the Titans in the finals of the 14-and-under division, the Ducks needed extra innings to survive a late rally and prevailed 8-6 in eight innings to win the Wood Batting for a Cause title.

All proceeds from this years tournament went to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

First score in the contest went to the Ducks, as Joseph Mullins slapped a two-RBI base hit into left field with the bases loaded to score two runs, before Logan Holtmeyer made it 3-0.

Dathan Buben then increased the Ducks lead with a two-RBI hit to make it 5-0 going into the second inning.

A run by the Titans in the second made it 5-1, before the Ducks responded in the top of the fourth inning with Collin Klingensmith getting an RBI on a bunt which was overthrown at first base, making it 6-1.

Things started to get a little too close for comfort in the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Titans made it a two-run contest with three runs, before tying the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with two more runs.

A scoreless seventh inning meant the championship was going to have to be decided in extra innings.

Two runs by the Ducks in the top of the eighth inning were more than enough for Kligensmith as he shut the door in the bottom half of the inning with two strikeouts.

12-and-under Championship

In the 12-and-under division it was Walters claiming the championship with a 10-1 victory over the Bucks.

Walters reached the championship game after winning its semifinal contest against the Incredibles by a score of 7-0, while the Bucks staged a dramatic comeback, defeating the Cardinals by a score of 5-4 in their semifinal game.

10-and-under Championship

With the 10-and-under division came a victory for the kids from Oklahoma City playing for the Sandlot team as they defeated Sterling in the finals.

Machine Pitch 8-and-under

Perhaps the most exciting contest of the entire tournament came in the machine pitch division.

In what looked more like a basketball score, the Rattlers and the Padres went head-to-head, producing a classic championship game with the Rattlers winning 33-32 in eight innings.

T-Ball Championship

In the T-Ball division championship, it was the Titans claiming the title over the Rangers by a score of 12-11.