PINEVILLE, La. -- The College Station Twelve 11U AAA team cruised to the USSSA World Series title on Friday at Ward 9 Pineville Sportsplex, sweeping the Texas state champions and continuing its thoroughly dominating performance of the week-long tournament.
College Station went 7-0 at the World Series, outscoring its opponents 71-16. The Twelve recorded 11-3 and 9-3 victories on Friday against the Texas Roughriders—who won the Texas state tournament in Beaumont at the end of June—to secure the title.
College Station finished the year with an overall record of 31-5 in its class and was ranked No. 6 in the nation among 802 teams in the 11 & under AAA category. College Station finished the year ranked No. 1 among all Texas teams in its class.
In the World Series, College Station used outstanding pitching performances, stellar defensive efforts and the scorching-hot bat of catcher/pitcher Ryan Johnson to dominate the field. Johnson launched five homers in seven games and produced a total of 12 extra-base hits in the World Series to earn tournament MVP honors.
Shortstop Walker Davis was named the Defensive MVP of the tournament, and he and his teammates were at their best during the final two games against the Roughriders. College Station did not make an error in its final two games.
Johnson started the championship game on Friday, allowing just four hits while striking out three. The Houston-based Roughriders jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the title game, but Payton Burson singled in a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to give the Twelve a lead it would never relinquish. Burson and Zach Oden went 2-for-3 in the championship game, and Davis broke the game wide open in the fourth-inning with a three-RBI triple.
Davis helped the Twelve reach the title game by pitching a six-hit, complete game in the morning matchup on Friday. The Roughriders grabbed a 2-0 lead in that game, as well, but Johnson blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. Luke McClure, Brett Harp and Oden were all 2-for-2 as College Station run-ruled the previously unbeaten Roughriders.
In the opening game of the World Series on Monday, the Twelve ripped Mississippi’s Hancock Hawks, 20-1. Johnson had three doubles and four RBI, while Jeramey Johnson, Jake Georgiades and Kyle Barfield had two hits apiece. The Twelve defeated the Georgia Yard Dogs in the second game on Monday, as Ryan Johnson went 3-for-3 with a triple and two homers. Davis, Barfield and Jeramey Johnson had key hits.
In the final game of pool play on Tuesday, Davis pitched five innings, scattering five hits as the Twelve rolled to a 7-2 win over the Houston-based Texas Legends. Ryan Johnson and McClure were both 3-for-3.
McClure pitched a four-inning, complete game on Wednesday, allowing just six hits and one walk while striking out seven hitters. Ryan Johnson hit a solo homer to give the Twelve the run-rule victory. Other offensive standouts for the Twelve on Wednesday included Cameron Carver (who started a six-run rally in the second inning with a base hit), Burson and Oden (both 1-for-1 with two runs scored) and Barfield and Jeramey Johnson (two RBI each).
Jeramey Johnson and Burson combined on a four-hit shutout on Thursday, as CS defeated the Jackson Diamond Dawgs, 7-0. Johnson pitched the first four innings against the Tennessee state champions while Burson came in to finish the final two. Both College Station pitchers benefitted from some tremendous defensive plays, including a sliding catch by Carver in right field to end the game. Davis, Oden, Barfield, Burson and Georgiades also turned in some stellar defensive plays.