The 13-under North Georgia Snipers took a trip to Panama City, Fla. last week and came back both undefeated and as champions.
The Snipers, a travel team made up of players from throughout northwest Georgia, competed in the 2016 Grand Slam World Series from June 21-25against some stiff competition from all around the region and were able to overcome each challenge they faced to go 6-0 and earn the 13-under World Series title.
The team is coached by Tony Miller, Steve Moore, Shane Melton and Marc Lee and includes players from six schools in the area. Local players include Ashworth’s Sam Melton and Calhoun’s Chayson Brown and Drew Pate. Other players are Taylor Elrod (South Central), Preston Godfrey (Woodland), Carter Heath (Woodland), Blaine Ingram (Cass), Josh Jacobs (Cass), Hunter Lee (Cass), Kyle Miller (Cass), Nic Wallin (Cass) and Jayden Smith (Adairsville).
The team started off by defeated the Kennesaw Generals, 4-3, and the Northshore Pelicans (La.), 9-8, in pool play to earn a No. 3 seed for tournament play.
They continued their momentum in the championship bracket, first defeating the No. 6 seed WBA Braves (Alpharetta, Ga.), 4-3, followed by a win over the No. 2 Morgan City Red Sox (La.), 10-0. They advanced to the championship game by beating No. 1 seed Ohio Surge, 10-3.
The Surge then came back through the loser’s bracket to meet the Snipers in the championship game, and the undefeated week was finished off with a 10-2 victory to claim the World Series title. Ingram pitched four innings and gave up two runs while striking out four, and Smith pitched the final two innings of shutout relief. Melton had three hits, including a bases-loaded double to end the game.
Heath also had a big game with three hits, Godfrey, Lee and Ingram added two hits apiece and Smith and Elrod both had one hit.
Offensive leaders for the tournament included Heath (10-16), Godfrey (9-17), Ingram (9-18), Lee (8-19), Melton (6-17), Miller (6-17), Elrod (5-17) and Smith (2-5).
On the mound, Ingram pitched 10 innings and earned three wins with a 2.70 ERA and 12 strikeouts, Wallen pitched 10 innings and earned two wins with a 3.60 ERA and 15 strikeouts, Godfrey pitched eight innings and earned a win and three saves with a 2.25 ERA and 16 strikeouts and Smith pitched two shutout innings with one save.