Youth Baseball

Local All Stars win Tar Heel Leagues state tournament

From staff reportsAugust 22, 2013 

The Wendell 13-14 All-Stars are, kneeling, from left, Justin Torres, Tyler Eckert, Quez Holden, Hunter Creech, Peyton Creech and Geradiel Hernandez Davila; and standing, coach Sherwood Creech, coach David Creech, Wellington Guzman, Ben Tilley, Will Davis, Austin Vernon, Davis Cockrell, coach Woody Davis and Dawson Creech.

WENDELL PARKS AND RECREATION

— A successful summer season peaked with a Tar Heel Leagues state title for the Wendell 13-14 All-Star baseball team.

Wendell was one of eight teams in the age division that vied for the crown in the state championship, held July 25-28 in Williamston. In the field consisting of teams from Angier, Broadway, Chocowinity, Johnston County, Louisburg, Riverside and Shelby, the 11-man team scored 42 total runs to go 4-0 and earn the title of state champs.

Highlights of the state tournament were a 2-run home run by Quez Holden in the opening game against Riverside, and Austin Vernon’s 7-for-8 plate performance in the last two games, producing four doubles and seven RBIs. Wendell also got sound pitching from the five-man crew of Davis Cockrell, Geradiel Hernandez Davila, Will Davis, Justin Torres and Vernon.

Every team Wendell faced batted a nine-man line-up and Wendell batted all 11 players for every game.

The state champions, composed of players from four different Wendell Parks and Recreation teams, went 11-0 in three tournaments over the summer. They outscored their opponents 128-18 along the way.

Wendell’s journey to the throne began with a 3-0 outing in the Southern Johnston Baseball Association in Smithfield, followed by the Tar Heel Leagues District 6 tournament hosted by Rocky Mount. The team won all four of its games in that tournament and outscored its opponents by a total of 49-4.

The Wendell team is led by head coach Woody Davis and assistant coaches David Creech, Sherwood Creech and Rob Torres.

The other five members of the All-Star team are Hunter Creech, Peyton Creech, Tyler Eckert, Wellington Guzman and Ben Tilley.

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