KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. – The Bryant 13-year old All Stars are World Series champions. Bryant defeated Greenville, N.C., 4-3 on Wednesday night to win the Babe Ruth World Series in Kitsap County, Wash., and finish the season undefeated. Bryant went 19-0 in this year's playoffs.
For the second game in a row, Bryant had to come from behind to pick up the victory. Down 3-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, Garrett Misenheimer singled for Bryant to start the inning and went to second on Austin Kelly’s ground out. Misenheimer went to third base when Aaron Orender reached on an error and the Bryant All Stars tied it up when Jeffrey Hastings squeeze bunted for a single to score Misenheimer and Orender scored the winning run on Logan Allen’s squeeze bunt for the 4-3 lead.
A Greenville runner reached base on an error with one out in the top of the seventh, but was tagged out trying to advance to second base. Bryant starting pitcher Alex Shurtleff got Collin Smith to ground out to end the game and give the Bryant All Stars the World Series victory.
Shurtleff picked up his third win of the World Series and pitched a complete game. He gave up three runs (two earned) on nine hits and three walks, and struck out five. For the series, he went 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA and struck out 15 in 19 innings pitched and was named MVP of the tournament.
After Greenville picked up a run in the top of the first inning, Bryant responded with a run in the bottom. Jake East singled to start Bryant’s half of the first and went to second on Dylan Hurt’s ground out. East went to third base on a passed ball and scored when Shurtleff reached on an error to tie it at 1-apiece.
Bryant would take the lead in the bottom of the second when Orender singled and went to third on Jeffery Hastings’ single. Allen sacrifice bunted Hastings to second and East reached on an error two one batter later allowing Orender to score to make it a 2-1 Bryant lead.
Greenville would take a 3-2 lead in the top of the third and would shut Bryant down until the sixth. Other than Misenheimer reaching on an error in the bottom of the third, Greenville starting pitcher Phillip Sanderson shut Bryant down retiring 10 of 11 and including eight in a row (six ground outs in a row). Sanderson got the tough-luck loss giving up four unearned runs on five hits and no walks with two strike outs in six innings.
For the game, Hastings went 2 for 3 with an RBI, and East, Misenheimer and Orender each went 1 for 3 with Orender scoring two runs.
The team left Washington early this morning and is scheduled to land in Little Rock shortly after 2 p.m. There will be a parade for the All Stars on Friday at 6 p.m. which will start at Lowe's and end at Bishop Park, where there will be a reception.
"Congratulations to the team," Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs said. "We are very proud of the boys, their coaches and their families who have supported them. We look forward to celebrating their victory with a parade and reception at Bishop Park Friday. Anyone interested in coming to the reception is welcomed to attend."
Rae Ann Fields, the executive director of the Bryant Chamber of Commerce said, "The Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce is proud of these youth and their accomplishment. We know a lot of parents and community stood in support. This just points out once again what a great community we have."