WENDELL — 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.