Submitted by Bill Bailey
The Piedmont Titans won a 7-Under baseball tournament in Piedmont last weekend.
By Matt Montgomery
The 7-Under little league baseball team, Piedmont Titans, won the PSA 7-U Machine Pitch Invitational held last weekend at the PSA baseball fields in Piedmont.
The tournament was a double elimination tournament consisting of three pool play games last Saturday to seed the teams for the double elimination tournament on Sunday.
The Titans won two of their three pool play games to earn a No. 2 seed on Sunday playing a No. 3 seed in the first round.
Titans won their first game on Sunday against the El Reno Rumble 8 – 1.
Titans won their second game on Sunday 21 – 9 against the OK Braves. (OK Braves – from Midwest City are ranked # 13 in the state in 7U coach pitch.)
Titans won their third game on Sunday 12 – 0 against the Moore Venom (#28 nationally ranked by USSSA in 7U machine pitch) to clinch the winners bracket and require the challenger in the championship game to beat them twice to win the tournament.
They won the championship in the last inning (fifth inning) scoring three runs and rallying from a two-run deficit (7 – 9) to win (10 – 9) and go undefeated on Sunday.
Piedmont Titans were in Pool A with the Perry Marauders, Yukon Drillers and Moore Venom (#28 in Nation in 7U MP, USSSA).
The tournament offered “Dealers Choice” which allowed coach pitch teams to pitch to their team rather than hitting off the machine.
The OK Braves came through the consolation bracket beating the Venom (third in the tournament).
The Titans are coached by Bill Bailey.
Bailey said the Titans won the tournament by playing great defense and exceptional offense (batting).
“The team’s key to success was to have fun playing baseball with their teammates and outstanding confidence at the plate and superb defense,” Bailey said.
Overall, the Titans scored 88 runs, and only gave up 37 the entire tournament. Averaging 11 runs scored per game and not allowing any opponent to score more than nine runs in any game.
Bailey said this was done playing top-level competition on both Saturday and Sunday as the Titans’ pool (Pool A) had the first, third and fourth place teams in it and then played the third place team and second place team twice on Sunday. Both teams carrying state and national rankings.
“Most of these boys have taken home trophies before,” Bailey said. “This is by far the biggest trophy these boys have taken home. It was a huge victory for us. There was some pretty stiff competition that came into the tournament.”
The Titans “Mercy Ruled” most teams they played in the tournament. The Mercy Rule is applied if the winning team has built a substantial lead, not allowing for the other team to come up with enough runs per inning to come back to win. Each game consists of five innings. And each team is only allowed to score seven runs per inning. If a team is up 15 runs after three innings or 10 runs after four innings, the Mercy Rule is applied by the umpire.
This is Bailey’s third season with the Titans. In that time, he has coached many young Piedmont baseball players.
“It’s mostly about keeping it positive and fun for the kids,” he said. “These are sever-year-old little boys out there playing a game. There’s going to be mistakes all over the place. We don’t get down on kids for mistakes. We try to highlight the things that they did good.”
The Titans are #25 Reese McManis, #10 Anderson Cofer, #11 Tate Cardwell, #9 Drake May, #1 Brent Bailey, #4 Austen Mueller, #12 Titus Boice, #7 Walker Kennedy, #5 Caden Cameron, #21 Wyatt Geissler and # 34 Jackson Payne. Coaches: Head Coach Bill Bailey, Assistant Coaches Robert McManis, Brett Payne and Jason Geissler.