Team Mizuno wins baseball championship, earns berth to World Series tournament

Top row, L-R: Head Coach Hensley, Jack Foate, Tanner Shinkle, Evan Galluzzi, Alex Steigerwald, Ryan Sanborn, Matt Caprice, Jack Behrend, Tristan Neels, Coach Roenicke. Front row: Jaren Cantorna, Charlie Miller, Jake Pearlman, Ben Berry, Liam Bailey, Joe Innis. Missing: Ryan Rhoades. Courtesy photo
Top row, L-R: Head Coach Hensley, Jack Foate, Tanner Shinkle, Evan Galluzzi, Alex Steigerwald, Ryan Sanborn, Matt Caprice, Jack Behrend, Tristan Neels, Coach Roenicke. Front row: Jaren Cantorna, Charlie Miller, Jake Pearlman, Ben Berry, Liam Bailey, Joe Innis. Missing: Ryan Rhoades. Courtesy photo

Team Mizuno won the United States Amateur Baseball Federation World Series Challenge Championship, earning a berth into the federation’s World Series Tournament.

The team lost a tough first game 5-4, to the eventual No. 2-seeded SoCal Nationals, in spite of Matt Caprice’s strong 5-inning, 1-earned-run pitching outing.

In the second game, the bats and arms came alive as Team Mizuno beat the Giants 9-0, with a 2-hit shutout pitching effort by Joe Innis.

Mizuno faced the Giants again in the elimination round, advancing into the semifinals with a 14-6 win, behind strong pitching from Jake Pearlman, Jack Foate, and Liam Baily, with 11 different players hitting the bases. In the semifinals game, Team Mizuno sought redemption as they squared off with SoCal Nationals again. Ben Berry pitched a 4-hit, 2-run complete game, which was backed up with seven Mizuno players getting on base, led by Charlie Miller’s 3-hits, putting Mizuno into the championship game with a 3-2 win.

Team Mizuno came out slinging and swinging in the championship game against The Truth, with nine different players finding the bases, and Ryan Sanborn throwing a 3-hit, complete game shut-out, to cap off the 10-0 championship victory.

All of Team Mizuno’s players contributed to the success of the weekend.


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