Clinton finishes second in Dixie Youth Ozone World Series

Aug 12 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

The magical run for the Clinton 11-12 All-Stars came to an end last week but not before they captured a second place finish in the Dixie Youth Ozone World Series in Oxford, AL.

Clinton lost to Alabama 7-3 in the championship game.

After defeating Tennessee 4-3 earlier in the day, Clinton earned a place in the championship game against the same Alabama team they lost to 3-2 the night before.  Once again, the 6th inning proved to be the difference in the game. With the game tied 3-3 in the 6th, Alabama would capitalize on three errors by Clinton, scoring four runs off of only one hit.

Zach Fortman started on the mound, pitching two and one-third innings, scattering three hits, allowing two earned runs and striking out one. Wil Stewart pitched the final three and 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs. 

Alabama opened the top of the 1st, scoring two runs off a solo homerun and a fielder's choice. Clinton scored one run in the bottom of the 2nd off a triple from RT Corley and a fielder's choice from Wilson Wages, making the score 2-1 after two innings.

Clinton tied the game in the 2nd off two walks, a single, and another fielder's choice to score one run.

Alabama's top half of the 4th would see them plate one run off two singles and a fielder's choice putting them up 3-2. Clinton responded with a run of their own to tie the game at 3-3. Corley doubled, advanced to 3rd on a passed ball, and scored on a Luke White fielder's choice.

Alabama put the game away in the 6th, scoring four runs and holding Clinton to just a Corley single to win 7-3.

"Long tough day for our guys,” said Clinton head coach Matt Stewart. “Rain definitely hurt us some this week with having to play four games in two days. Really put a stress on our pitching.”

In the first game of the day, Clinton defeated Tennessee 4-3 in a rematch of each team's 2nd round game won by Clinton 10-0.

Tennessee took a quick 3-0 lead through three innings. Luke White started for Clinton, pitching the first inning, giving up two runs and striking out one. Caleb Taylor came on to pitch the next three innings, giving up one run off two hits and striking out two. Wil Stewart pitched the final two innings, putting Tennessee down in order and striking out two.

The Clinton bats came to life in the 4th and 5th innings, scoring four. In the 4th, Clinton scored one off an Austin Copeland single and a fielder's choice from Wil Stewart. Three more runs in the 5th put Clinton up 4-3. RT Corley reached on a single and would eventually score on a Wilson Wages single. With Wages on 1st, Landen Vo belted a 2-run homerun over the left field fence plating Clinton’s final two runs.

“Absolutely great job by Wil Stewart, Zach Fortman, and Caleb Taylor pitching for us,” said Stewart. “They carried us this week and battled and competed every game even when they were a little sore and tired. Very proud of them.” 

After the final game, Stewart reflected on his team’s run and what they’ve been about to accomplish.

“Obviously we're disappointed,” said Stewart. “We felt like we could win this thing, but hats off to Alabama. They are an excellent team, very well coached, and made us pay for our mistakes. Over time, our coaches, kids, and parents will look back and greatly appreciate all they have accomplished - 6 straight district titles, 3 state titles, and a 4th, 3rd, and 2nd place finish in the World Series. As the head coach, I truly thank them for everything. I'm done and wish all of the future Clinton YMCA all-stars the best of luck in the future."  

Last modified on Saturday, 12 August 2017 23:13