Corral/Easton completed an unprecedented sweep of all
three Major State Championships by winning the USSSA
State in Petersburg, VA this weekend.
GC provided just enough offense
and plenty of bigtime defensive stops to hold on at the
end and take the championship. In the opener, The
Corral met DCF Construction. GC jumped out to a
quick lead, but DCF battled back in the early innings.
GC added 6 runs in the sixth, however, to pull away by
10 and held the lead in the seventh for a 22-16 win.
Next up for Golden Corral was the same VFW 632 team that
had battled for the ASA Championship just a week ago.
Both teams were ready for the match-up as the runs
started pouring in early. The teams were matching
each other nearly run for run, but VFW would come up 1
run short, as GC moves into the undefeated game with a
25-24 win. R&S Auction was the opponent in the
winner's bracket final. There was less offense and
more defense in this one as both teams struggled to
maintain long hitting rallies. GC carried a 4-run
lead into the bottom of the seventh, only to see R&S
come out hitting and knock off 3 runs quickly. A
couple of outstanding defensive plays in the infield
preserved the win with the tying run on third. GC
wins it, 11-10. R&S would battle back to face
Golden Corral again. The Corral jumped out to an
early lead and appeared ready to cruise home with the
title, but R&S had too much fight in them.
They scored big in the middle innings and took the lead
in the sixth. After The Corral regained the lead
in the bottom of the sixth, R&S came out hitting
again and tied the game in the top of the seventh.
Golden Corral, then, pushed the game-winning run across
with two outs to win the championship.
Congratulations to all the
teams who competed this weekend. There were many
exciting games that were not decided until the end.