Hamilton defeats Tucson Outlaws to win Babe Ruth 14U state championship


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Chandler Hamilton went undefeated in the playoffs to capture the 14U state Babe Ruth title Sunday morning over the Tucson Outlaws. Hamilton won 5-3 in a game that wasn’t decided until the final out.

Hamilton (3-0) breezed through the playoffs with a 25-0 win over the Surprise Wild on Thursday night and a 10-0 win over the Outlaws on Friday night to send the Tanque Verde based team to the Elimination Bracket.

The Outlaws (3-2) opened up with a 3-2 win over Somerton on Thursday and then followed that up with a 10-3 win over the Kino Vipers later that night. The Outlaws faced the Vipers again on Saturday night for a shot at Hamilton in the championship game.

The Outlaws defeated the Vipers 5-1 to set up the game against Hamilton. Hamilton will advance to the Pacific Southwest Regional in Riverton, Utah on July 26.

Robert Summerville took the mound for the Outlaws and held Hamilton in check until the bottom of third. Easton Erwin singled with two outs and then Trey Harrison reached on a bunt. Jose Valenzuela was walked to load the bases and Jackson Barnum stepped up to the plate.

Jackson Barnum

Jackson Barnum

At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, Barnum has already made his presence known. He just turned 15 and moved to Chandler from the Portland area where he was already on the sports radar. Barnum will be a running back/tight end for the Huskies this fall and it was his speed rather than his size that made the difference in the game.

“I thought I was toast,” Barnum said about his hard grounder with two outs. “But I knew I had give a lot off effort so I just went. That’s what you have to do in that situation.”

Barnum beat out the infield hit and scored Irwin in the process. Meanwhile, Harrison rounded third and came home on an errant throw to the plate as the play continued to give Hamilton a 2-0 lead.

That was the only earned run given up by Summerville but Hamilton added three more unearned runs in the fourth for a comfortable 5-0 lead.

Summerville will be attending Pusch Ridge this fall and he will be an obvious boost to their pitching staff. He finished with the one earned run and held the vaunted Hamilton team to minimal damage to keep his team in the game.

“I felt pretty good today,” Summerville offered. “We knew they were good and our coach told us to play our hearts out and that’s what I did.”

Dustin Bermudez singled with one out in the fourth and Shane Murphy reached on an infield hit. Summerville picked up an out but back-to-back infield errors brought in three runs with two outs.

The Outlaws started to make their move in the top of the fifth after Matt Lynn reached on an infield hit. Matt Soehl sacrificed him over and Gavi Coldiron reached on an error to move Lynn to third. Andrew Miller brought Lynn home on a fielder’s choice.

Tanner Foshay singled and stole second base to open up the sixth and Summerville scored him a couple of batters later. Down 5-2, the Outlaws threatened to tie the game up in the seventh after Lynn walked and Soehl doubled with one out.

Coldiron put down a bunt to score Lynn but he was thrown out at first for the second out. Miller reached on a catcher’s interference call to put two runners on. Miller took second base but Nick Fisher induced a fly ball for the third out.

Fisher replaced Murphy in the seventh. Murphy had limited the Outlaws to one earned run and three hits.

Babe Ruth Baseball is presented by Kino Baseball.

Robert Summerville

Robert Summerville

13U

Flowing Wells: July 10-14

TEAMS
Yuma Stars
Yuma Vipers
Surprise
Peoria Pilots
Catalina Trojans
Sierra Vista Aztecs
Flowing Wells Caballeros

14U

Kino ports Complex: July 9-12

TEAMS
Hamilton High-Chandler
Somerton
Surprise
Glendale Wild
Tucson Outlaws
Desert View Vipers
Catalina Trojans

15U

Kino Sports Complex: July 10-14

TEAMS
Somerton
Yuma Diablos
Yuma Aggies
Surprise
Surprise Stampede
Glendale Dorados
Sunnyside Crush
CDO Roadrunners
Sahuarita Rebels
Flowing Wells Caballeros

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com



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