Ascension Warriors win Global USSSA World Series
Recently, the Ascension Warriors' 11-year-old baseball team won the Global USSSA World Series championship in Branson, Mo.
The Warriors won five games--including four straight victories in elimination-bracket play to earn the title. Teams from seven states participated in the tournament. The Warriors' first win was an 11-4 triumph over the Webb City Vipers from Webb City, Mo.
Burke Vavasseur, Teddy Webb and Austin Savoy each had two RBIs to lead the Warrior offense. Webb was also the winning pitcher--recording three strikeouts in three innings pitched. Their next win was a 10-9 slugfest against the Louisiana Hot Shots from Bastrop.
Trey Webb got the Warriors started with a three-run home run in the first inning. Brant Billingsley had three hits--including a double. Tyler Legendre had two hits with a triple, and Reed Brignac got two base hits while Easton LaBorde and Teddy Webb each contributed a run-scoring double.
Brignac held the Hot Shots to only two runs through three innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, Billingsley threw out the potential tying run as he attempted to steal second base, and Savoy pitched a clean frame to close out the win. The Warriors then defeated the Illinois Big Dawgs from Rockford, Ill., by a score of 9-8.
Peyton Loving led the Warrior offense with two hits, a triple and two RBIs. Loving also led the Warrior defense with several highlight-reel catches in centerfield.
Adam Bourgeois and Legendre each hit a triple while Billingsley banged out a double. With the winning run on third base at the end of regulation, LaBorde got a groundout from the Big Dawgs' clean-up hitter to Brignac at second base--which sent the game into extra innings.
Trey Webb stole home in the top of the seventh to score the go-ahead run, and he pitched two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh to secure the win. The semifinal game was a rematch with the Hot Shots. A 5-3 victory sent the Warriors to the championship dame.
Brignac pitched well for three and two-third innings but left the game with the Warriors trailing 3-2. Savoy got the final four outs in relief, and the Warriors scored three runs in the fifth inning to get the come-from-behind win.
Vavasseur reached on an error and went to third on a single by Teddy Webb. Bourgeois scored Vavasseur with a sac fly to tie the game. Trey Webb then singled home Teddy Webb for the go-ahead run. In the championship, the Warriors scored early and often to take a comfortable lead over the South Arkansas Elite of Monticello, Ark., but had to hold on late for a 9-8 victory--which earned them the title of World Series champs.
Every Warrior got a hit in the game. Savoy, Vavasseur and Trey Webb collected two hits each, and Bourgeois added a double.
Teddy Webb was outstanding on the mound--giving up three runs in five innings before running out of pitching eligibility.
Elite battled back to score five runs in the sixth inning, but Savoy entered in relief to record the final out on a grounder to Bourgeois at third base. The Warriors ended their season with a record of 27-16-1.