The 12-year-old TYP Outlaws, a local travel baseball team based out of The Yard hitting facility in Calhoun, went to Cooperstown, New York last week to test themselves against some of the best competition in the country, and they came away as champions.
The Outlaws played at the Cooperstown All-Star Village against teams from all over the country, including California, New York, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, Ohio, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Georgia. They began the tournament by going 4-0-2 in pool play to earn the No. 4 seed for bracket play, and then went on to make their way to the championship game, which they won on Thursday night over the LGD-Top Tier (Illinois), 9-0.
“Last week was the best we’ve played all summer,” said Outlaws head coach Daniel McArthur. “We’ve had a little pattern this summer of having one bad inning that kind of messed up the weekend, but for the most part, playing nine games last week, we played great defense, got some really good pitching and hit the ball very well.
“I’ve been telling the guys all summer how good they are, and I think last week they started to believe in that. I knew once they did that, they could do something special, and winning a tournament like this shows that.”
The team is made up of 12-year-olds from all around the northwest Georgia area, including six from Gordon County, Lex Walraven and Cole Speer from Calhoun and Nick Beddington, Matthew Parrott, Trevor Childers and Cole Gross from Red Bud.
The other four players making up the roster are Cannon Stafford (Heritage), Skyler Cepeda (LaFayette), Dylan Hooper (Armuchee) and Dakota Cortassel (Pepperell. Head Coach McArthur is assisted by Shane Parrott and Brian Childers.
The Outlaws’ run in Cooperstown began last Sunday as they fought to a 0-0 tie with the Hard 90 Hustle (California), which featured a long rain delay. Trevor Childers, Cole Gross and Dylan Hooper each threw shutout innings to preserve the tie between the two tough teams.
On Monday, the Outlaws played three games due to Sunday’s rain and had a big day with three wins. First up was an 8-3 victory over DC Lightning (New York). They were led by Cole Gross with three hits, including two homoers and five RBIs and Cole Speer with a 2-for-3 day with a homer and two RBIs. Syklar Cepeda threw three shutout innings.
Monday’s win streak continued against the Warriors Elite Red Hawks (Colorado) with a 12-8 victory after initially falling behind 8-0 after two innings. Cole Speer and Trevor Childers each had two hits, and Matthew Parrott and Dylan Hooper both added two hits apiece, each with a crucial homer.
The Outlaws finised off the perfect 3-0 Monday with a 9-3 victory over Lisle Wolves (Illinois). Matthew Parrotta pitched four innings and Trevor Childers went two innings to lead the way. The Outlaws’ six-run thid inning changed the game and helped them earn the win.
The team’s first game on Tuesday was against the FTB GA Bomb Squad, a team consisting of players from Georgia and Florida which was the No. 1 seed going in, and the outcome was 4-4 tie.
Trevor Childers went 2-for-3 with a homer and an RBI, and Lex Walraved also added a big RBI while Dakota Corntassel threw three innings and gave up just one earned run. They then followed that up with a 12-2 win over Oletangy Thunder Select (Ohio) to clinch the No. 4 seed for bracket play.
After a day off on Wednesday due to a bye, the Outlaws finished off the championship run with a 3-0 Thursday, thanks to a 7-0 win over Sandy Springs Storm (Georgia), a 17-6 win in a rematch with the FTB GA Bomb Squad and then the 9-0 shutout of LGD-Top Tier in the finals.
Against the Sandy Springs Storm, Cole Speer went 3-for-3 with two homers, and Cannon Stafford also had a homer. Dylan Hooper pitched six shutout innings.
After getting ahead 6-1 against the Bomb Squad in the second game of the day, the opponent rallied to tie the game at 6-6, but the Outlaws responded well after a tough inning, scoring one in the third, five in the fourth and five more in the sixth. Lex Walraven had a homer and three RBIs, Cole Gross hit a homer and had four RBIs and Cole Speer added a homer and two RBIs. Speer also pitched the final 4 1-3 innings and gave up just one earned run.
Cole Gross then finished things off with a six-inning, complete-game shutout and gave up just three hits in the championship game. Matthew Parrott went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs, and Nick Beddington scored a run.
The Outlaws will play in two more tournaments this summer according to McArthur so they can be finished up in early July so the kids can focus on football.
McArthur said he hopes that the group will stay together, and he has high hopes for what they can accomplish as players in the coming years.
“Several of these kids have been together since they were eight or nine, and it would be fantastic to keep them together but you never know with travel ball,” said McArthur. “It was very exciting to see them play up to their potential last week, and this whole group continues to progress. They’ve gotten a lot better this summer, and they have the potential to be extremely good ball players. I think they can be very beneficial to their high school teams in the future and even play college baseball. Who knows from there. They just need to keep working and progressing.”