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After pool play on Saturday, Nov. 9, the team seeded second,among 45 teams in the tournament. Standout pitching performances on Sunday from Ramsey Petty, Matthew Kemp and lefty Trey Cooper secured the title during single elimination play. Petty, Kemp, Cooper and Conner Sterling also homered in the tourney (Kemp twice). Top of the order hitters Alex Ramirez and Dominick Poole set the table for the heart of the line-up, and gave opposing pitchers nightmares on the base paths. Outfielder Lukas Baker had the crucial hit of the tournament. Baker’s heroics came against the Virginia Mariners of Newport News, Va. in the quarterfinals early on Sunday, Nov. 10. The Mariners were coming off a runner-up finish in the 12u Nations East Coast Championship. Through the middle of the fourth inning, Randleman trailed the Mariners 3-1, when Kemp doubled off the centerfield fence. The next batter, Conner Sterling, homered to knot the game. Petty pitched a complete six inning game, but gave up a three-run blast in the top of the sixth, putting the Prep team behind 6-3 going into its final at-bat. Randleman rallied with two walks and two hits, closing the score to 6-5, and bringing Sterling to the plate with Kemp on first. With one out, Mariners skipper Jason Temple, intentionally walked Sterling (thereby committing a cardinal sin of baseball by putting the winning run on base). Speedy Brandon Vazquez replaced Sterling, and he and Kemp advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Temple then chose to intentionally walk the batter at the plate, Cooper, in hopes of producing a force play. He also changed pitchers, bringing in hard-throwing Juwan Thornton. With the count 2-2, Baker laced a line drive down the third base line, scoring Kemp and Vazquez and keeping Randleman alive in the tournament with a 7-6 victory. Petty deserved the win; his was a tough and gritty performance against a strong, hard-hitting squad.
The Mariners would prove to be the biggest challenge for Randleman in the tournament. Kemp had a terrific pitching performance against the Carolina Titans of Elizabeth City in the semi-final, and Cooper was dominant in the championship game, shutting out the Carolina Colts of Greenville before Sterling relieved him to preserve a 6-2 victory and the championship.
Coaches Dammion Poole, Paul Sterling and Steve Baker had the team prepared for the weekend, and as it goes with a team that is playing well, it seemed the coaches could make no wrong moves. These coaches will host try-outs for the Randleman Prep team in spring 2014 at the Civitan Park ball fields for interested players.
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