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Joey Warner: Matthews Park Titans headed to Babe Ruth World Series

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Titans.JPGView full sizeThe Matthews Park Titans defeated the Alabama Raw Dogs 10-0 at Stanky Field to win the Alabama Babe Ruth State tournament. Front row, from left: Chance Praytor, Garrett Waters, Omar Smith, Brandon Trawick, Corey Tittle, Trey Chambers, Braxton Hamil; back row: Steven Rawlinson, Michael VanDillon, Daniel Dunnam, John Williams, Corey Lane, Dalton Rentz and manager Jeremy Glass. (Courtesy of Nicole Andrews)

MOBILE, Alabama — Dalton Rentz threw five innings to record the win and John Williams closed the final two innings as the Matthews Park Titans defeated South Orlando, Fla., 7-3 to win the Babe Ruth 16-18 Southeastern Regional baseball tournament in Alexander City on July 17. Braxton Hamil had three hits while Corey Tittle and Garrett Waters had two hits apiece to pace the offense.

The Titans cruised through the tourney undefeated and will travel to Weimar, Texas, for the Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series, July 28 through Aug. 4.

The Matthews Park Titans defeated the Alabama Raw Dogs 10-0 at Stanky Field to win the Alabama Babe Ruth State tournament last month. The State Tourney began at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia on June 22. The Raw Dogs defeated Matthews Park in the first round before the Titans battled back from the loser’s bracket to defeat the Raw Dogs twice to win the state title. The championship game was moved to Stanky Field on the University of South Alabama campus because both teams are from the Mobile area.

“I love my team; these guys make my job easy. These guys put 150 percent into every play and we pride ourselves on our defense,” coach Jeremy Glass said. “My team is full of speed with great baseball minds. All I have to do is get them to the park and everything else takes care of itself. This truly is a great group of kids and I would like to thank every player, parent and Matthews Park for making this possible.”

In the games leading to the championship, Trey Chambers had three hits, including a home run, and Omar Smith added three hits as Matthews beat Triangle, N.C., 13-6. Matt Peacock and Waters handled pitching duties. Chance Praytor belted a home run and hurled five shutout innings and Chambers had two hits as Matthews blanked South Orlando 10-0.

Chambers jacked two doubles as Matthews clobbered Columbus, Ga., 13-3 while Rentz and Steven Rawlinson handled the pitching.

In the opening game, Praytor belted a grand slam, Hamil slugged a homer and Waters had three hits as Matthews routed Marshall County, Tenn., 18-3. Peacock pitched six innings and Tittle worked the seventh inning on the mound for the Titans.

Seventeen players were chosen off of three teams that competed in the Babe Ruth League at Matthews Park. The following is the list of players, the high school and the college that each player attends: Corey Lane (Theodore High, Jeff Davis CC, Bishop State JC); Brandon Trawick (Saraland High, Jeff Davis CC); Ryan Stevens (Mobile Christian, Spring Hill College); Braxton Hamil (Davidson High, University of Mobile); Dalton Rentz (St. Paul’s Episcopal, Chattahoochee Valley CC); Garrett Waters (Theodore High, Faulkner State); Troy Andrews (Theodore High, Faulkner State); Cory Tittle (Murphy High); Omar Smith (B.C. Rain High, Faulkner State); Matthew Peacock (Saraland High, University of South Alabama); Michael VanDillon (Theodore High, Bishop State JC); Trey Chambers (Mobile Christian, Birmingham Southern, Lurleen B. Wallace CC); Daniel Dunnam (Theodore High, Jeff Davis CC); John Williams (Theodore High, Jeff Davis CC); Steven Rawlinson (Saraland High); Chance Praytor (Mobile Christian, Blue Mountain) and Deion Johnson (Theodore High). Jeremy Glass and Robby Waters are the coaches .

Major Leagues

  • Jake Peavy, former St. Paul’s Episcopal and Mobile Bay Bears righthander, gave up a season-high 12 hits, including two home runs to Alcides Escobar, in a 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals in his first start after the all-star break on July 14. He struck out five and walked one while hurling 118 pitches. Peavy gave up just three runs through six innings before Escobar launched his second homer off Peavy in the seventh inning. Trailing 4-3, Peavy attempted to work the eighth inning but was tagged for three hits and two more runs. Peavy is 7-6 with a 3.12 ERA with 113 strikeouts and 27 walks in 18 starts for the Chicago White Sox.
  • David Freese (University of South Alabama) is hitting .298 with 13 homers; 15 doubles, 92 hits, 40 runs and 51 RBIs in 309 at bats for the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Adam Lind (USA) is 16-for-39 in his last 10 games to raise his batting average to .237. He has nine doubles, eight homers and 26 RBIs in 177 at-bats for the Blue Jays.
  • Juan Pierre (USA) is 5-for-10 in a three-game stretch to raise his batting average to .315. He has 79 hits; 34 runs, six doubles, four triples, 21 stolen bases and just 13 strikeouts in 251 at-bats for the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • P.J. Walters (Faith Academy, USA) is on a rehab assignment with the Rochester Red Wings (AAA) in the International League for the Minnesota Twins. He is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 42.1 innings pitched. Before a shoulder injury last month, Walters was 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 36.2 innings pitched for the Twins.

Minor Leagues

  • Josh Donaldson (Faith Academy, Auburn University) was the opening day third baseman for the Oakland A’s and has been sent down to Triple A twice this season. He recently endured a 0-for-16 plunge at the plate that lowered his batting average to .360 for the Sacramento River Cats (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. He has 10 homers, 33 RBIs, 45 hits and 25 runs in 31 games.
  • J.C. Romero (University of Mobile) was released by the Norfolk Tides on July 10. He was 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA with two saves and 13 strikeouts in 14.1 innings pitched for the Norfolk Tides (AAA) of the International League for the Baltimore Orioles.Earlier this season, he was released by the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Ray Kruml (USA) is hitting .225 in 71 at-bats with three doubles, one homer, seven RBIs and seven stolen bases in 24 games as an outfielder for Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees (AAA) in the International League for the New York Yankees.
  • Kentrail Davis (Theodore High, University of Tennessee) is 13-for-36 in his last 10 games to raise his batting average to .265 with 79 hits and has 14 doubles, five triples, four homers 25 RBIs, 37 runs and 14 stolen bases in 81 games for the Huntsville Stars (AA) in the Southern League for the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Kyle McPherson (St. Paul’s Episcopal, Faulkner State, University of Mobile) has lost four consecutive starts for the Altoona Curve (AA) in the Eastern League for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His record has dipped to 1-4 with a 4.40 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched. He is on the Pirates’ 40-man roster and is rated the No. 11 prospect in the organization after being named the Pirates’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011.
  • Jeremy Williams (University of Mobile) was promoted to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Advanced) of the Carolina League on July 5. He is hitting .182 with 10 hits and has 11 runs, two doubles, two homers and five RBIs in 15 games. Before, he was hitting .304 with 82 hits and had 18 doubles, eight homers and 42 RBIs for the Hickory Crawdads (A) in the South Atlantic League for the Texas Rangers.
  • Steven Upchurch (Faith Academy) was moved back to the bullpen after two starts for the Winston-Salem Dash (Advanced A) of the Carolina League. He is 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA with 24 strikeouts and a 1.03 WHIP in 35 innings pitched.
  • Drew Leachman (McGill-Toolen Catholic, Birmingham-Southern College) is hitting .276 with 69 hits and has eight doubles, four triples, three homers, 26 runs and 31 RBIs in 65 games as an outfielder for the Beloit Snappers (A) in the Midwest League for the Minnesota Twins.
  • Matt Jackson (USA) is 5-4 with a 5.08 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 16 starts for the Lake Elsinore Storm (A Advanced) in the California League for the San Diego Padres. He was promoted to the Tucson Padres (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League on July 2. In his only start, he fired 88 pitches and beat the Las Vegas 51ers with five shutout innings and gave up just three hits with three strikeouts. On July 9, he was assigned back to Lake Elsinore.
  • Brandon Brown (USA) is hitting .216 with 47 hits and has 12 doubles, two triples, three homers, 35 runs, 28 RBIs and eight stolen bases as a shortstop for the Savannah Sand Knats (A) in the South Atlantic League for the New York Mets.
  • Gregory Pron (Daphne High, West Florida) is 15-for-39 to raise his batting average to .244 with 59 hits, 22 runs, 16 doubles, four triples, eight stolen bases and 25 RBIs as an outfielder for the Savannah Sand Knats (A) in the South Atlantic League for the New York Mets.
  • Destin Hood (St. Paul’s Episcopal) is hitting .223 with 50 hits and has 32 runs, 12 doubles, two homers, 30 RBIs and five stolen bases in 59 games for the Harrisburg Senators (AA) in the Eastern League for the Washington Nationals. After coming off the disabled list, he hit .176 with three hits, four RBIs and seven strikeouts in 17 at-bats on a rehabilitation assignment with the Auburn Doubledays in the New York-Penn Rookie League.
  • Adam Heisler (Baker High, Faulkner State, USA) was in Mobile last week after the death of his grandfather, Jack Heisler. Rather than flying back to Montana, Adam was promoted to the Kannapolis Intimidators (A) in the South Atlantic League in North Carolina. He was hitting .258 with 24 hits and has eight doubles, three triples, 18 runs, 11 RBIs and eight stolen bases as a centerfielder for the Great Falls Voyagers in the Advanced Rookie Pioneer League for the Chicago White Sox.
  • Brent Tanner (USA) is hitting .250 with 23 hits and has four doubles, 16 runs, three homers and 22 RBIs as a catcher for the Great Falls Voyagers in the Advanced Rookie Pioneer League for the Chicago White Sox.
  • Cory McGinnis (USA, University of Auburn at Montgomery) is 1-1 with an 8.05 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 19 innings for the Great Falls Voyagers in the Advanced Rookie Pioneer League for the Chicago White Sox.
  • Chase Patterson (Mary G. Montgomery High) is 4-or-22 (.182) with a double and four runs scored in eight games with the Arizona Angels in the Arizona Rookie League in Tempe, Arizona for the Los Angeles Angels. Patterson was drafted in the seventh round as the 237th pick by the Los Angeles Angels in June.
  • Brandon Sage (Baker High, USA) is on the disabled list for the Savannah Sand Knats (A) of the South Atlantic League for the New York Mets.
  • Nelson Curry (Murphy High, Faulkner State, University of Mobile) has a 5.79 ERA 13 strikeouts in 14 innings as a pitcher for the Rockford Riverhawks Independent club in the Frontier League in Illinois.
  • Jeffrey Lyons (McGill-Toolen Catholic, Faulkner State, University of Mobile) is 1-2 with a 5.09 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 14.1 innings as a relief pitcher for the Sonoma County Grapes of the North American Baseball Independent League in San Rafael, Calif.He spent time in the Freedom League in Arizona and the Pecos League in Colorado before joining Sonoma County.
  • Dustin Crenshaw (USA) is 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 36.1 innings pitched for the Sonoma County Grapes of the North American Baseball Independent League in San Rafael, Calif.
  • Chris Peacock (Daphne High, Faulkner State, University of Mobile) is 2-1 with a 4.98 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 34.1 innings as a starting pitcher for the Las Cruces Vaqueros in the Pecos League in New Mexico.He spent time with the Abilene Prairie Dogs and the San Angelo Colts in the North American Baseball League before joining Las Cruces.
  • Dominick Francia (St. Paul’s Episcopal, Louisiana-Lafayette University) is transferring to Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss., in the fall. After midseason surgery, he did not return to the starting lineup for Louisiana Lafayette. He is hoping to become the starting centerfielder at Belhaven in 2013. Francia is having an outstanding season for the Clarinda A’s in the MINK (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas) League for Collegiate prospects. In 56 games, Dominick is hitting .318 with 56 hits and has 42 runs, six doubles, 18 RBIs and 42 stolen bases. He has 14 multi-hit games, including four hits in a game twice. He stole three bases in a game four times and two bases six times and has been caught stealing eight times.


Email comments or local baseball information to Joey Warner at wjtaw@aol.com, or call 251-604-7387.

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