The Northwest Florida (NWFL) Aces 15U traveled to Hattiesburg, Mississippi this past weekend and showed folks in Mississippi how the Florida Panhandle plays baseball, in it to win it. They picked up five straight wins in the tournament.
The Aces outscored their opponents 39 runs to just 5 runs. That included two 10-0 shutouts, one one-run game and two two-run games.
Aces run rule the Jackets
The Aces wasted no time in game one picking up a 10-0 shutout of the Jackets. Ryan Pettys threw the opening inning, giving up no runs, on no hits, one walk, and one strikeout, while Aidan Keenan went one inning two strikeouts, no hits, and one walk. Colton Mercer went two and a third innings, giving up no runs on no hits, two walks, and one strikeout with Cade Watson closing out the final two thirds of an inning, no walks, hits, and one strikeout.
Leading the Aces at the plate was Jace Hughes with a double and a run scored with two RBIs, followed by Cade Watson with two hits, two runs scored, two RBIs, and a walk. Picking up one hit, scoring two runs and walking twice was JT Andrews, with Conner Varnum cornering the market on walks with three and two runs scored. Drake Roberts had one hit, one walk, and one runs scored, with Ryan Pettys picking up one walk and two runs scored. Colton Mercer and Mac Danford both took advantage of walks to each score a run. Aidan Keenan had one hit in the game.
Aces deal 8-1 loss to Louisiana Bandits 16U
The Aces picked up Saturday morning where they left off Friday evening with an 8-1 win over the Louisiana Bandits 16U team. The one year of extra experience the Bandits had did not phase the Aces.
Rylan Pettys went one and two-thirds innings, gave up one run on one hit, two walks, while fanning four batters, before giving way to Aidan Keenan who went two-thirds of an inning, gave up no runs, walks, or hits, and struck out one batter. Colton Mercer went one and two-thirds innings, gave up no runs on two hits, two walks, and sat two down on strikes before Cade Watson closed out the final inning, allowing two hits and getting one strikeout.
Offensively, Aidan Keenan had four RBIs, one hit, and one run scored, with Cannon Murphy picking up one hit, two RBIs, and one walk. Drake Roberts recorded two hits and one RBI, with Mac Danford scoring two runs on one hit, one walk, and picking up one RBI. Michael Sharp had one hit and two runs scored, while Jace Hughes had one hit and one run scored. JT Andrews had a walk and a run scored, with Colton Mercer scoring a run to round out the scoring.
Aces hand Golden Spikes a 6-2 loss
The Aces used the pitching combo of Aidan Keenan and Cade Watson to handle the Golden Spikes and pick up a 6-2 win. Keenan went three innings, gave up two runs, one of those earned, on seven hits, one strikeout and no walks. Watson gave up no runs on one hit, no walks, and fanned seven batters.
JT Andrews had two hits, one RBI, and one run scored, with Jace Hughes with one run, one hits, and one RBI. Michael Sharp and Cade Watson were on board with one hit, one walk, and one run scored, while Colton Mercer and Parker Porter had one hit each. Mac Danford had one RBI and two free passes via walks, with Cannon Murphy picking up an RBI.
Aces shut out Team Mississippi
Prospects 16U 10-0
Four pitchers combined for the Aces two-hit, two-walk shutout over the Team Mississippi Prospects 16U squad. Parker Porter, Conner Varnum, Mac Danford, and Drake Roberts went five total innings before the game was called on the mercy rule.
Conner Varnum had three RBIs, one walk, one hit, two runs scored, and two hits, with Drake Roberts picking up two RBIs, one walk, one hit, and two runs scored. Aidan Keenan had one hit, one walk, one run scored, and one RBI, while Mac Danford had one hit, one walk, and one run scored. JT Andrews had one hit, one run scored, and one RBI, with Colton Mercer picking up one hit, one walk, and one RBI. On board with two runs scored and one walk was Cade Watson, with Ryan Pettys picking up one RBI, and Jace Hughes added one walk and one run scored.
Aces win final game 5-2
The Aces won their final game Sunday 5-2 over Deep South 16U behind the pitching of Cade Watson, Conner Varnum, Parker Porter, and Ryan Pettys. Watson allowed one run on two hits, two walks, and struck out one in one and two-thirds innings, before being relieved by Conner Varnum for two innings. Varnum had one run score on two hits and one walk. Parker Porter went three innings, giving up no runs on one hit and three walks, before Ryan Pettys closed the game allowing just one hit and no runs.
JT Andrews, Mac Danford, Michael Sharp, Cade Watson, and Conner Varnum all picked up one hit each, with Jace Hughes and Michael Sharp both drawing two walks. Andrews, Cade Watson, Drake Roberts, Conner Varnum, and Ryan Pettys all drew one walk, with Hughes, Andrews, Danford, Roberts, and Varnum picking up one RBI each.
The Aces will make the trip to Louisiana for tournament play this weekend.