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Douglas County youth travel baseball team wins regional World Series
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
July 25, 2012 02:21 PM | 1774 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Zeke Gilbert and Bradley Queen catch a breather after practice prior to going to Panama City, Fla. where the Douglas County Bulls won the USSSA 10 AA World Series.
From left, Zeke Gilbert and Bradley Queen catch a breather after practice prior to going to Panama City, Fla. where the Douglas County Bulls won the USSSA 10 AA World Series.
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The Douglas County Bulls won the 2012 United States Specialty Sports Association World Series in Panama City, Fla., recently, besting teams from Florida, Alabama and Texas.

The Bulls won the World Series in the U10 boys AA division, which is a “regional program that is run by participating states and may house teams that have restricted rosters, teams that have drafted players, or teams that play at the recreational level,” according to the association’s website.

Head coach Bobby Fail noted that the team had to make a big showing to win as its schedule included the No. 1-ranked team from Alabama, the first-, third- and fourth-ranked teams from Texas and the No. 2-ranked team from Florida. The Bulls were ranked No. 1 from Georgia.

Prior to the championship, the Bulls went 6-1 in the tournament, losing on the first day to the Tallahassee Tide, No. 2 from Florida.

Fail stated that “the weather was brutally hot,” but his players still performed well.

“Our kids played consistently great baseball throughout the tournament. Each kid played every game and each kid made huge contributions to the team. From hits, to stolen bases or defensive plays, each kid did their part to win the championship. It was a complete team effort,” Fail said.

Fail gave a brief description of the championship game where the Bulls defeated the Tide 8-4.

“Arty Leger took to the mound in the top of the first for the DC Bulls and retired the side one, two, three. Hunter Murdaugh led the bottom of the first with a first pitch single and Luke Townsend drew a walk. After a double steal, Kaleb Wilson and David Hart both recorded sacrifices to score two runs. With two outs Leger recorded a single and stole third. He later scored on a wild pitch,” Fail said.

In the second inning the Bulls gave up two runs, but finished with a 4-2 lead on a home run by Brody Parkerson. In the top of the third, Leger retired three straight batters on seven pitches.

Conner Holmes started pitching the fourth inning for the Bulls and recorded three straight outs on four pitches.

The Bulls pulled ahead 8-2 in the bottom of the fourth with four straight hits from Leger, Zeke Gilbert, Holmes and Parkerson. Bradley Queen recorded a sacrifice and Ely Wood hit a double to clear the bases.

The Tide scored once in the fifth inning and again in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough.

Parkerson was named Offensive MVP while Townsend was named as the overall MVP of the World Series.

“[In the June 13 Douglas Neighbor] I mentioned that the main factor in putting this team together was to create memories for the kids.

“I don’t think that remembering their 10-year-old baseball season will be a problem,” said Fail with excitement.
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