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Brown: Columbia County Slams Way to World Series

Posted: July 26, 2017 - 1:25am
The Columbia County 11-12 All-Stars are headed to the Dixie Youth Ozone World Series, Aug. 4, in Oxford, Ala., after winning the state tournament this past weekend. Pictured are (front row, from left): Daniel Chong, Pierce Perdue, Tim Heramb-Eckert, Landen Beale, Ty McClintock, Tyler Prosnak, and Kamron Staulcup. Back Row (from left): Mason Garnto, Emmett Perdue (Coach), Jake Brownell, Dalton May, Chip Beale (Coach), Dalton Adams, Nick Heramb-Eckert, and Scott McClintock (Coach).
The Columbia County 11-12 All-Stars are headed to the Dixie Youth Ozone World Series, Aug. 4, in Oxford, Ala., after winning the state tournament this past weekend. Pictured are (front row, from left): Daniel Chong, Pierce Perdue, Tim Heramb-Eckert, Landen Beale, Ty McClintock, Tyler Prosnak, and Kamron Staulcup. Back Row (from left): Mason Garnto, Emmett Perdue (Coach), Jake Brownell, Dalton May, Chip Beale (Coach), Dalton Adams, Nick Heramb-Eckert, and Scott McClintock (Coach).

Columbia County's 11- to 12-year-old All-Stars dug themselves a major hole at this year's state tournament. Hot bats, clutch pitching and a lot of heart, however, propelled the squad to a state title over the weekend in Perry, Ga.

After earning a spot in the Final Four of the state tournament, Columbia County faced the host team from Perry and suffered a demoralizing 17-6 loss. That meant they needed to win four consecutive games to claim the state title and earn a spot into the Dixie Youth Ozone World Series. Well, that is exactly what they did.

Their impressive run started with a 12-9 victory in a slugfest with Greene Co. Landen Beale (CF) and Nick Heramb-Eckert (SS/P) each homered and went 3 for 4, while Jake Brownell chipped in with a pair of hits to earn a rematch with Perry. Round Two with Perry was a completely different story. Ty MClintock came through with a masterful effort on the mound. He shut down Perry's bats, throwing four scoreless innings. Beale and Heramb-Eckert once again led the offense with a little help from Dalton May (Catcher) who blasted a grand slam in the 10-0 shutout.

That victory put Columbia County into the Championship Bracket where they needed to beat Jones County twice to earn the crown. In Game One, Nick Heramb-Eckert followed up McClintock's pitching gem with one of his own. He tossed complete game, allowing one run in a 3-1 Columbia County win. In Game Two, McClintock, Pierce Perdue, and Kamron Staulcup combined to handle the pitching chores and the CC All-Stars found themselves in a 9-9 deadlock as they prepared to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning (Games are 6 innings long in this age group).

Tim Heramb-Eckert led off the inning with a walk. That brought up the top of the order and his brother Nick, who promptly singled. Landen Beale also singled to load the bases with no one out. Ty McClintock hit a frozen rope that appeared to end the game, but Jones Co.'s center fielder made an excellent catch. This brought up Dalton May. He quickly fell behind in the count, 1 ball and 2 strikes. May, however, took the next pitch deep for a walk-off grand slam. May's slam made the final score 13-9, and earned Columbia County a trip to Oxford, Ala., for the 2017 Dixie Youth Ozone World Series.

Here were the Top Performers for Columbia County during the tournament:

Landen Beale: Hit .643 (9 for 14) with 2 HR

Dalton May: Hit .583 (7 for 12) with 2 Grand Slams

Pierce Perdue: Hit .455 (5 for 11)

Ty McClintock: Hit .400 (6 for 15) with a HR / Also 4 shutout innings in Game 2

Nick Heramb-Eckert: Hit .400 (6 for 15) with a HR / Complete Game win in Game 3

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Now the kids head to Oxford for the World Series, which features state champions from 11 Southeastern states and the host team from Oxford. Columbia County will square off with Mississippi at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 4.

 

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