It was a wild one in the night cap of the West Holmes Youth Baseball (WHYB) u12 tournament on June 20 at Deer Run Park in Millersburg.
The u12 tournament opened on Monday night in the winner’s bracket where Team Yoder, the tournament’s number two seed, took on the number three seed, Team Miller.
Yoder raced out to a quick 4-0 after two innings, but Miller answered in a big way in the third plating seven runs to take back the lead 7-4. Miller wouldn’t trail again.
Each team tacked on a run in the fourth, and the Miller opened it up in the fifth with four runs to take a 12-8 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
After a lead-off bunt attempt equaled an out at first. Team Yoder got runners on first and second for Jay Mast. The lefty roped a three-run homer to right that put Yoder just one run behind with only one out.
Dylan Strouse then got the final two outs of the game with runners at second and third and Team Miller held on for the 12-11 win.
Miller moves to the semi-final of the winner’s bracket where they now will face the winner of Team Felton and Team Eastep. Felton got past Team Wolfe in the earlier game on Monday night 15-3. Eastep in the tourney’s number one seed.
Yoder now moves to the loser’s bracket where they will face Wolfe on Tuesday night June 21 at 6 p.m.
For Team Yoder, they were led at the plate by shortstop Brayden Miller who had three hits and scored two runs. He also made an incredible play at at shortstop in the fourth inning. Brayden Miller dove in the hole at short then got up and fired to third base for a force out, a play that warranted oohs and ahhs from those on hand.
Also for Team Yoder, Dillon Miller added two runs and two hits and Strouse also chipped in at the dish with two hits, a walk, and drove in two with a triple.
Mast led Team Miller in the hitting department with three hits, including that three-run jack, and he had three runs scored. Matthew Weaver and Taylor Yoder also had two hits a piece for Team Yoder and both scored two runs.
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