By Tony Adams
The 2016 Texas Teenage Baseball 6U T-ball District 7 Championship was played at Heritage Park last Thursday evening between the Belton Wildcats and the Belton Riverdawgs.
The Wildcats took advantage of some perfectly placed hits and steady defense to run-rule the Riverdawgs 24-9 in four innings.
Both teams will represent Belton at the 2016 Texas Teenage Baseball Association’s 6U State Tournament in Chandler starting on Monday.
The Wildcats took advantage of their first at-bat to hang the seven-run maximum on the scoreboard. The Riverdawgs ended up hitting the ball exactly where the Wildcats were positioned in the field and came up scoreless in the bottom of the first.
A five-run inning gave the Wildcats a 12-0 lead going into the bottom of the second and kept the pressure on the Riverdawgs. The Dawgs chipped away at the Cats for four-run second inning and narrow the gap to eight.
Unfazed by the quartet of Riverdawg runs, the Wildcats hit the seven-run maximum to increase their lead to 15 runs, 19-4. The Dawgs scratched back for five runs to narrow the gap back to 10 runs, 19-9.
Needing five runs to reach the 15-run rule after four innings, the Riverdawgs were able to hold off the Wildcats for two outs before the final five runs came across and closed out the game, clinching the District 7 title for the Dawgs.
The players of James Whitmire’s Wildcats are: Camdon Bartek, Lane Cabla, Colton Johnson, Blain Johnson, Keller Lee, Cian McIllaney, Joah Moore, Carlos Ruiz, Oakley Torres, Kyan Whitmire, Lyam Whitmire, Ayden Woods, Braxton Davis and Ryker Peters.
The players of Cody Randolph’s Riverdawgs are: Bexar Bias, Hunter Butler, Manuel Jesus Dominguez, Madison Dufault, Holton Hodges, Konner Imhoff, Crew Kirch, Andrew McGuire, Bryce Randolph, Pecos Smith, Garrett Stermer, Ryan Truitt, Xavier Graves and Easton Jones.