Baseball

Wendell 14U All Stars win SJBA tournament

June 29, 2013 

Wendell defeated Zebulon 13-3 to win the championship game of the Southern Johnston Baseball Invitational junior (ages 13-14) division played at Smithfield Community Park. Team members are (front row, from left) Geradel Hernandez, Tyler Eckert, Peyton Creech, Justin Torres, Will Davis, (back row) coach Woody Davis, coach Sherwood Creech, Hunter Creech, Wellington Guzman, Quez Holden, Ben Tilley, Austin Vernon, coach David Creech and coach Rob Torres. Not pictured is Davis Cockrell.

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— The Wendell 14U All Stars outscored their opponents by a total of 36-6 en route to winning the Southern Johnston Baseball Association tournament, held at Smithfield Community Park June 21-24.

In the championship game, Wendell hurlers Geradel Hernandez, Quez Holden, Justin Torres and Peyton Creech combined for a three-hitter in a 13-3 win over the Zebulon All Stars.

The Wendell team finished with 12 hits in the game, and was led by Torres (2-2), Holden (2-3), Hernandez (2-3), Will Davis (2-3), Peyton Creech (1-3), Ben Tilley (1-2), Austin Vernon (1-3) and Hunter Creech (1-3).

Davis Cockrell pitched a complete, 7-inning game and allowed only one hit as Wendell won its second game of the tournament 5-0 over Johnston County.

The Wendell bats weren’t as hot as they were in other games of the tournament – the team finished the game with seven hits – but stout defense complemented Cockrell’s pitching enough for the shutout.

Leading batters were Cockrell (3-3), Wellington Guzman (2-2), Vernon (1-1) and Davis (1-2).

Wendell’s first win of the tournament came in the form of an 18-3 blowout of the West Raleigh All Stars. Davis and Vernon combined for a two-hitter from the mound and the team posted nine hits with Davis (3-3), Hernandez (2-3), Tilley (1-2), Hunter Creech (1-2), Tyler Eckert (1-1) and Guzman (1-1) leading the way.

The next stop for Wendell is the Tar Heel Leagues Inc. district tournament, slated for July 9-13.

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