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Elite Gamers notch two wins in Clemente World Series
by Maurice Dixon
mdixon@neighbornewspapers.com
August 01, 2013 02:12 PM | 1110 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Maddox Turner, 8, son of Chuck Turner practices his swing Monday evening in Richard Craig Park.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Maddox Turner, 8, son of Chuck Turner practices his swing Monday evening in Richard Craig Park.
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Just as head coach Chuck Turner hoped, the Elite Gamers Red, White and Blue 8-year-old team were a competitive bunch in the 2013 American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) Roberto Clemente World Series, which concluded last Sunday at Richard Craig Park.

In the double-elimination tournament, the Gamers defeated the College Point Stars from Queens, New York and the Macomb Muskies from Michigan before falling to the Arrevica Mets from Puerto Rico last Saturday.

“We competed,” Turner said. “Our pitching was good as usual and defense was, too, but [Arrevica] just made a couple of more plays than we did.”

The Gamers earned a 2-2 record in the eight-team tournament.

“The whole team competed from top to bottom,” Turner said. “We played good. We had a good year. The four pickups we had were a big help to us. Chris Gardner, the 7-and-under coach, he stepped up to help us get ready. He was awesome.”

However, the championship trophy did remain in the state, following the Georgia Yard Dogs’ 7-4 win over the Mets on Sunday.

“The Yard Dogs are an awesome team, a well-coached team,” Turner said. “They are the USAAA World Series champs. The Yard Dogs did what I expected them to do.”

The Yard Dogs were also able to avenge last year’s 8-7 shortcoming to the Mets in the title game.

Another highlight for the metro area was the Gamers’ Donnie Sandifer winning the Home Run Derby with eight homers in the final round.

“He just got a cast off his hand like a week before so he hasn’t taken any batting practice or anything really,” Turner said. “He’s just got great mechanics and he’s just strong. He was excited and he deserved it too. He’s a good kid.”

According to Turner, Sandifer hit a total of 18 home runs in the competition.

“We call him ‘Diesel’ because he’s powerful,” Turner said.

There will be a tryout for the 9-year-old Elite Gamers Red, White and Blue team Aug. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Richard Craig Park but there will not be any bats swung or pitches thrown for a while.

“We’ve been going since January,” Turner said. “We’re going to give them a break. Most of them are travel ball kids so they will be right back at it in December and January.”
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