The East Cobb Yankees completed an impressive run at the 18u Perfect Game Summer Showdown with an 8-5 win over the East Cobb Colt .45’s 17u. The win completes what has a great summer at LakePoint for the Yankees.
The bats were hot for much of the tournament, and the same was true for this Yankees lineup in Sunday’s championship game. Collin Price and David Burke lead the way at the plate. Price was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the championship game, and Burke was able to reach base in all four plate appearances.
While Burke had a strong 3-for-3 day on Sunday, his success was seen throughout the entire Summer Showdown. Burke was 11-for-19 with four doubles and seven RBI in this week’s event, and his performance was good enough to take home the MVP honors.
“I was trying to get set early, and I saw the ball the whole way this week,” said Burke, who was excited this Yankees team could finish the summer on such a high note. “Especially for all the people that have graduated and are moving on now, this is a special win.”
Yankees head coach James Beavers had nothing but good things to say about the tournament MVP. Burke is a big part of the lineup and coach Beavers knows the impact he has on the game.
“He has kind of been that guy for us all year long. Every time something big is happening we hope that he is the one that is up to bat. He had this kind of a tournament last weekend too, and he really has just had a great summer.”
The Yankees were able to pull ahead for good after an impressive four run fifth inning. After a ground rule double from Preston Welchel, Collin Price came up with one of his two big hits. A sacrifice fly would score the final run of the inning, and the Yankees were sitting pretty.
This championship win for a Yankees team that has plenty of 2018 graduates finishes what has been an exciting travel ball career for some. Coach Beavers knew this would be his last time coaching some of his favorite players, but a championship makes for more of a bitter sweet ending.
“I was coming to town today, and it is about an hour drive for me so I had some time to think. Some of these guys we’ve had for three years, so I am just happy for them and sad for me. I know they will go on to have great careers.”
The MV-Pitcher of this year’s 18u PG Summer Showdown was Payton MacPherson. MacPherson tossed a complete game shutout in the Yankees quarterfinal win yesterday, and allowed just two hits while striking out seven.
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