Nix Double, Hamacher Gem Lead Astros to Victory
EMERSON, Ga. – Benjamin Hamacher tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings, and Caleb Nix drove in the game’s only run as the East Cobb Astros downed Five Star National Snyder 1-0 in the championship game of the 14u Perfect Game/East Cobb Invitational on Monday.
Hamacher, who was named the MV-Pitcher of the tournament, scattered six Five Star hits over the course of his outing. With just one strikeout and a strike percentage of 67, he relied on an Astros defense that was solid behind him all day.
“The confidence level goes up as a pitcher when your defense is doing well,” said Hamacher. “I felt like everything was working for me today.”
Both teams would strand base runners through the first six innings of play as Five Star National starter Kellon Rollings was just as dominant, holding the Astros to just one hit over five innings of work.
After the Astros had the winning run cut down at the plate earlier in the seventh, Caleb Nix came to the plate with a chance to give his team the lead. Nix drove a pitch deep to the gap in left field, plating teammate Jared Jones.
“I just wanted to find a good pitch and put a good swing on it,” said Nix. “We’ve been working all week to get our bat head and pull the ball of these good pitchers, and today it paid off.”
Averaging eight runs per game, and achieving a team earned-run average of 1.09 for the tournament, allowed this Astros team to dominate most the week. While Nix was heroic in today’s championship victory, he enjoyed success all week, batting .429 with five runs batted in, taking home the MVP honors.
2018 14u PG East Cobb Invitational champions- East Cobb Astros
2018 14u PG East Cobb Invitational MVP: Caleb Nix
2018 14u PG East Cobb Invitational MV-Pitcher: Benjamin Hamacher