13-hit offensive attack, Weyandt’s pitching lead Redline Nutrition to title
When Jerry Weyandt volunteered to coach the Redline Nutrition expansion team in the Altoona Area Baseball Association four years ago, he drafted a bunch of young kids, hoping they would develop and grow into a competitive club.
It turned out to be a lot more than just competitive.
After winning the AABA championship earlier this month, Redline ran off four straight wins to take the 2018 Dean Patterson Little World Series. The final two coming in impressive fashion — back-to-back, three-inning, mercy-rule shutouts.
After downing Park Home 15-0 Friday in the semifinals, Redline knocked off Dean Patterson by the identical score Saturday night in the championship game at the Logan Township Youth Baseball Association’s Joseph Fye Memorial Field.
Gavin Albright led the offensive charge for Redline with six RBIs. The 10-year-old second baseman knocked in the team’s first three runs with a triple straight down the right-field line.
“I knew it was fair when I saw it hit off the base,” Albright said. “Then I was really happy when I saw it go under the right fielder’s glove.”
After driving home another run with a sacrifice fly in the second, Albright chased home two more with a double to deep right-center in the third.
“I was hoping to hit it out because it would have been a walk-off. It was close, and I got really excited running down to first base,” he said.
The walk-off hit came two batters later on a Cam Filer roller into right field that scored Albright.
“We’re very deep. Cam’s our number nine hitter. He had two hits (Saturday). There’s not much of a break for the opposing pitcher,” Weyandt said. “That’s probably our biggest strength. One through nine we’re very strong. We have kids on the bench that could be starting for other teams.”
Connor Weyandt shut down Dean Patterson with eight strikeouts in three innings. The East End Little League champs got just two first-inning singles off the Redline right-hander.
Weyandt went 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. He was named tournament MVP.
“It’s an honor. It truly is,” Connor Weyandt said of the MVP award. “I was a little nervous at the start. It took me a little while to settle down. I was more comfortable by the time I got up to bat.”
Julian Morgan had three hits for Redline, while Noah Hillard and Braylon Williams each scored three times.
“We knew right off the bat when we drafted the 9s that they could play,” Jerry Weyandt said. “It was a little scary putting the 9s out there against 12-year-olds that first year, but they came along pretty fast. I’ve never coached a bunch of kids that are better human beings and better ball players than the group we have.”
For Dean Patterson, it was the team’s first loss of the season. The club was 28-0 heading into the championship and came up one win short of its sixth tournament title.
“We had too many errors across the board. We knew they were good, but when we can’t field, we can’t help ourselves,” DP coach Carl “Pugs” Adams said. “It was a good year. Now, we go on. It’s time to rebuild.”
In the consolation game, Park Home defeated Fiore True Value 9-4. Kolin Hite hit a fourth-inning grand slam and picked up his third pitching win of the tournament for Park.
Bryce Eberhart hit a home run as part of a 4-for-4 effort for Fiore. Jackson York homered as well in the loss.
Eberhart received the tournament’s sportsmanship award, and Park Home’s Nick Slogik hit five home runs during the tournament to win the home run king award.
Hayden Tipton from Greenwood Meadows won both the base-running competition and home run derby held Saturday afternoon.
DEAN PATTERSON (0): McGraw 1b 200, Michaels ss 201, LIndsey p 201, Nicolini 200, Stewart cf 100, Mattas 2b 100, Harvey c 000, Partner-Gore lf 000, Dean eh 100, Young rf 100. Totals — 12 0 2.
REDLINE NUTRITION (15): Treece c 311, Hillard 1b 130, Weyandt p 232, Williams 3b 331, Tobin 311, Albright 2b 222, Morgan cf 313, Ledford lf 301, Filer rf 212. Totals — 22 15 13.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Dean Patterson 000 xxx–0 2 6
Redline Nutrition 465 xxx–15 13 1
2B–Treece, Albright. 3B–Albright. HR–Weyandt. RBI–Albright 6, Weyandt 3, Williams, Tobin, Morgan, Ledford, Filer. WP–Weyandt. LP–Lindsey. SO–Lindsey 3, Weyandt 8. BB–Lindsey 4, Weyandt 2.