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Youth baseball: Local team wins Mustang World Series

Posted: August 7, 2010 10:10 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

They’ve done it.
The William S. Hart PONY League 10U All-Stars won the Mustang World Series on Saturday night in Irving, Texas.

Hart Mustang clinched the championship with a 10-6 victory in the title game against previously undefeated Caguas, Puerto Rico.

“My head’s spinning,” said hart Mustang coach Jerry Miller. “They’re so excited.”

Hart Mustang last won the Mustang World Series in 2007.

Hart Mustang left fielder J.T. Shrout caught the game’s final out, then raced to the mound to start the celebration.

Shrout, who started the game on the mound and went 5 1/3 innings, was name the tournament’s most outstanding pitcher.

But things did get hairy in the game as Hart Mustang went up 7-0 early, but Puerto Rico scored six times in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Hart Mustang ended the comeback bid and scored three more times in the top of the fourth.

Cole Roederer finished the game on the mound.

“I’m so proud of the boys to represent not only your organization, your city, your state, but the country by playing Puerto Rico at the end,” Miller said. “It was such an emotional thing. It showed the true character of our boys to bounce back like that. All the hard work paid off.”

Hart Mustang got into the championship game by winning a semifinal matchup on Saturday morning 6-4 over Chesterfield, Va.

The local team went 4-1 in the tournament, losing the first game 5-4 to Joliet, Ill.

On Saturday, Cody Jefferis went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Caden Miller and Shrout had two hits and an RBI. Roederer, Noah Cardenas, Brendan Henry, Timmy Josten and Nick Rogers all had hits.

Hart Mustang thought its season was over, but after the game, it was invited to play in the 2010 National Youth Baseball Championships, which will take place Aug. 26-29 in Memphis, Tenn and air on the Major league Baseball Network. Eight youth baseball organizations will compete in the event, put on by Major League Baseball, to determine a true national champion.

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