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March 6, 2014

Batmen USSSA's #2 10U major team after tournament win

TIFTON — The Georgia Batmen continued their winning ways over the past weekend by winning the USSSA March Madness event.

The Batmen, South Georgia's only 10U USSSA Class Major team, competed in the AAA/Major division that included some other strong AAA and Major teams from Albany, Warner Robins, and Phenix City, Ala. The format of the tournament consisted of a three game round-robin with the top two teams competing for the championship.

The Batmen opened up the day with a bit of revenge in a 11-1 win over a South Georgia Lightning team from Albany that had beaten the Batmen last fall.

Sam Bennett allowed just one hit, one walk, and no earned runs in four innings on the hill. Mitch Rutherford led the offense with perfect 3-for-3 game and Ryan Flint added two hits of his own.

The Batmen made some spectacular plays on defense including diving plays from the shortstop, Brady Skipper, and the first baseman, Lamonte Lindon, to get the final two outs of the game.

In the Batmen’s second game they matched up against the Warner Robins Shockers. The Batmen fell behind 6-0 early but stormed back to earn an 18-8 victory. Lindon (three RBIs), Ty Bridges (two RBIs), and Flint (two RBIs) led the offensive attack.

Bennett took the mound in relief, while the Batmen were behind, and shut the Shockers down to aid in the comeback.

In the final round robin game, the Batmen were defeated by Chattahoochee Valley (Phenix City, AL) by a 4-3 score in a great contest.

Kyler Oathout went the distance on the mound for the Batmen pitching 5 1/3 strong innings, however, the Batmen managed just 5 hits and came up a run short in the end.

Despite the loss, with the 2-1 record, the Batmen earned a spot in the Championship Game — a rematch against Chattahoochee Valley. This game, however, would not be the nail biter the first game was.

The Batmen scored five runs in the 1st inning, three more in the 2nd inning, and seven in the 3rd inning en route to 15-2 victory.

 Mitch Rutherford was dominate on the mound, but the story in this game was the Batmen offense which managed 11 hits in just three innings. The big blow was a long three run homer by Lindon that sealed the victory. Mitch Rutherford also drove in three runs in a 2-for-3 game at the plate while Skipper was likewise 2-for-3 and had two RBIs.

Bennett made one of his two diving catches on the day in right field in this game to suppress any comeback by Chattahoochee Valley.

While his numbers do not show up in the stat sheet, arguably the most valuable player on the day was Rhett Rutherford who was a wall behind the plate and also made it difficult on base stealers all day.

With the title, the Batmen are USSSA's #2 10U Major team in the State of Georgia, trailing only the FCA Sluggers out of Macon.

For more information on the Georgia Batmen, check out valdostabatmen.com.

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