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May 30, 2014

Georgia Batmen go undefeated in Sun & Surf Baseball Bash

VALDOSTA — The Georgia Batmen 13U baseball team made the most out of their trip to Walt Disney World from May 23-26 by competing in — and winning — the Sun & Surf Baseball Bash at the ESPN Wide World of Sports with a 5-0 record on the weekend en route to the tournament title.

The Batmen got their first win in pool play on Friday with an 8-2 victory over the SBA (Mississippi) Cubs.

Cade Lambert and Spencer Culp combined on the mound to shut down the Cubs’ offense. Cole Rogers led the offense with a perfect 3-3 game and Wyatt Fender added a two-run homerun.

In its second pool play game, also on Friday, the Batmen matched up with the Miami Rays in the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, Champions’ Stadium.

The Batmen offense continued to thrive in a 15-2 run-rule victory. Lambert led the offense going 3-3 with two RBIs while Austin Bennett and Nick Herndon added two hits apiece.

Bennett and Fender pitched and combined on a 3 hitter.

In the final pool play game, played on Saturday, the Batmen defeated the Panama City Beach Bashers 5-3 behind a strong effort on the mound by Cam Vickers.

Vickers scattered six hits and struck out six in 6 1/3 innings of work.

Fender paced the offense with three hits followed by two hits apiece from Vickers and Rogers.

Parker Ellis also drove in three runs in the winning effort.

With a 3-0 record, the Batmen advanced to the Gold Bracket and earned the No. 1 seed in its pool (Pool A) to set up play on Sunday in Champion’s Stadium against the Pensacola Pirates, the No. 2 seed in Pool B.

Bennett pitched five shutout innings allowing just two hits while striking out five in an 8-0 win over the Pirates. Herndon closed the game out with a perfect inning of work on the mound. Lambert (three hits, four RBIs) and Ellis (two hits) were the offensive leaders in the game.

The win set the Batmen in the championship game on Monday turned out to be a rematch with the Panama City Beach Bashers in Champions’ Stadium.

Fender pitched a complete game four-hitter striking out 10 to lead the Batmen to a 5-0 win.

Herndon and Rogers each had two hits at the plate. Jake Bennett had a key RBI single and made a great running catch in right field.

Overall, Rogers led the offense in the tournament with a .688 (11-16) batting average with Lambert close behind at .600 (9-15) to help the Batmen score 41 runs in 5 games. Jeremiah Lawrence posted a .600 on base percentage for the tournament.  However, pitching and good defense was the story as the Batmen only surrendered seven runs in the five games.

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