The Patterson 15U All-Stars won the Babe Ruth State Title Sunday at Kemper Williams Park near Patterson. Patterson finished the tournament with a 3-1 mark, responding from an opening-round loss with three straight victories. The squad now will continue postseason play at the Babe Ruth Southwest Region Tournament in Andalusia, Alabama, July 19. Team members are, kneeling from left, Grant Hebert, Kaden Samuels, Blaz Mayon, Hayden Bailey, Dylan Fabre and Drake Dinger. Standing, are head caoch Brett Dore', Robbie Connor, Johnathan Picou, Don Diaz, Joseph Larson, Trevor Wiggins, Amarea Christopher and assistant coach Joe Larson. Not pictured are assistant coach Nate Samuels and Reid Perkins. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of Angela Larson)
Patterson 15U All-Stars win Babe Ruth State Title
The Patterson 15-year-old All-Stars rallied from an opening-round loss Friday to win three straight games and earn the Babe Ruth State Championship this weekend at Kemper Williams Park near Patterson.
After falling Friday to Madisonville 4-1, Patterson defeated Terrebonne 19-1 in four innings Saturday and topped undefeated Madisonville twice Sunday by scores of 7-1 and 13-11 to win the state title.
Patterson coach Brett Dore’, whose squad was undefeated at the district tournaments against the same teams, said he told his squad that they would have to work hard at state for the tittle, and it wouldn’t just be given to them.
His team responded accordingly and now will be headed to the Babe Ruth Southwest Region Tournament in Andalusia, Alabama. The squad reports to the tournament July 19.
After the state tournament, Robbie Connor was named the tournament MVP.
In the final game, Patterson took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first but fell behind 8-3 in the bottom of the third and 10-4 after four innings.
However, Patterson rallied with four runs in the sixth and five more in the top of the seventh for a 13-10 advantage.
Madisonville scored a run in its final at bat.
Joseph Larson led Patterson with a 4-for-5 performance with two doubles, four RBIs and a run. Other top Patterson offensive contributors were Robbie Connor, 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, a stolen base and three runs; Dylan Fabre, 1-for-4, a double, two RBIs and two runs; Blaz Mayon, 1-for-2, a double, an RBI and two runs; Don Diaz, 1-for-4, two RBIs; Grant Hebert, 1-for-5, an RBI; Hayden Bailey, 1-for-2, two runs; Amarea Christopher, 1-for-2; and Kaden Samuels, an RBI and a run.
Diaz, the fourth Patterson pitcher used, earned the win. In two innings, he surrendered one run (one earned) on one hit with one walk and fanned two.
Connor started the game for Patterson, and in 3.1 innings, he surrendered six runs (five earned) on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
In Sunday’s first game, Patterson took a 1-0 lead in the first, and after Madisonville tied the game in the top of the third, Patterson scored six unanswered runs. Of those, one came in the third, four in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Larson and Samuels combined for a two-hitter. In six innings, Larson surrendered one unearned run on two hits with one walk, three hit batters and four strikeouts.
“Joseph Larson threw an amazing game,” Dore’ said.
Samuels pitched an inning and walked one and struck out one.
Connor led Patterson’s offense with a 3-for-4 performance with an RBI, two stolen bases and two runs. Other top Patterson offensive contributors were Fabre, 2-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run; Hebert, 2-for-3, an RBI; Mayon, 1-for-3, a double and a run; Samuels, 1-for-1, a run; Christopher, 1-for-2; Diaz, two RBIs; and Larson, an RBI and a run.
Saturday against Terrebonne, Patterson scored two runs in the second, 10 in the third and seven in the top of the fourth for a 19-0 lead.
Terrebonne scored its lone run in the bottom of the fourth.
Christopher earned the win. In 2.2 innings, he surrendered two hits and fanned five. Of the 40 pitches he threw, 26 were for strikes.
Fabre led Patterson with a 3-for-4 performance with a double, four RBIs, a stolen base and three runs. Other top Patterson offensive contributors were Christopher, 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a stolen base and two runs; Larson, 1-for-2, a double, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs; Diaz, 1-for-3, two RBIs, a stolen base and two runs; Drake Dinger, 1-for-2, an RBI, two stolen bases and two runs; Connor, 1-for-2, an RBI and three runs; Bailey, 1-for-2, an RBI, a stolen base and a run; and Hebert, 1-for-2, a stolen base and a run.
Friday, Patterson took a 1-0 lead against Madisonville in the bottom of the second, but Madisonville responded with three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth for the eventual final margin.
Connor suffered the loss. In four innings, he surrendered three runs (two earned) on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Offensively, Mayon led Patterson with a 1-for-3 performance with an RBI and a stolen base. Other top Patterson offensive contributors were Christopher, 1-for-1 with a stolen base; Larson, 1-for-2, a run; Fabre, 1-for-3, a stolen base; and Hebert, 1-for-3.