The East Cobb Astros 17u captured the 18u crown at the 2019 Perfect Game-East Cobb Invitational by defeating 643 DP Cougars 16u Sterling 8-0 in the championship.
The Astros found themselves in the position by walking off in the semifinals against TPL National. Locked in a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the seventh, Brad Grenkoski sent his team into the championship when he delivered the game-winning double to score Tiger Borom, who led off the inning with a double. Those were the only two hits of the game for the Astros.
In the championship, the East Cobb Astros and 643 DP Cougars battled through four scoreless innings. The Astros finally broke through in the fifth. Ethan Stamps laced a two-RBI double with the bases loaded to score two of the team’s three runs in the inning.
It was a huddle called together by head coach Kevin Baldwin right before the inning that triggered the outbreak.
“Their guy did a really good job of pitching backwards,” Baldwin said. “He was throwing some breaking balls in fastball counts. We got the kids together and went up there looking for off-speed. We got some good ones to hit.”
“Our coach Kevin, he pulled us together and was like, ‘Y’all need to work hard. Y’all need to fight these at-bats through,’” said second baseman John Anderson, who led off the inning with a single. “We came together and were like, ‘C’mon, let’s win this.’”
The Astros provided a cushion the next inning by tacking on five more runs, including a bases clearing double by Anderson.
“I was just waiting on the ball to get to my barrel and just staying through the plane as long as I could,” Anderson, a Georgia Tech commit, said.” I felt like I was able to drive some hits by doing that.”
For his performance over the weekend, one that included nine hits, four doubles, and eight RBIs, Anderson was named MVP of the tournament.
“That’s the reason why he’s hitting in the three-hole for us,” Baldwin said. “He comes up big all the time. He grinds out every at-bat and gives you a good one every time out.”
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