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8U and 11U BATMEN COMPETE IN THOMASVILLE TOURNAMENT

8s

The 8U Batmen played hard against some great teams and came away with a 1-2 record. The boys opened up with a 13-6 win over the Tallahassee Tomahawks. The Batmen next loss 11-10 to the eventual tournament champs the Big Stixx. The way the pool play games were set up, with the top 3 teams battling each other, elimination play as expected involved the same 3 teams on the same side of the bracket. In the quarterfinal, the Batmen lost to the Tomahawks 10-8. The offensive leaders on the day were Skyler (6-9), Ashton (6-9), Walker (5-9), and Michael (5-7). Walker hit 2 home runs on the day while Ashton and Skyler added 1 home run each. Walker made the defensive play of the day with an awesome diving catch in left field on a hard hit ball in the game versus the Big Stixx. A few breaks and a little better play and the Batmen certainly could have been 3-0 in these games, but too many mistakes against some good teams on this day!

 11s

The 11U Batmen jumped out early on the Thomasville Tomahawks and never looked back in a 21-2 win. Lamonte led the offense with a 3 for 3 effort at the plate, 4 RBIs, and a homer. Kyler pitched 2 shutout innings and Sam pitched a perfect 3rd inning. In game #2, the Batmen struggled on defense, with 9.....yes 9.....errors, and were defeated by a strong FCA Slammers team 8-4. The highlight of this game was a grand slam by Mason. The Batmen opened up elimination play with a 3-0 win over the Tallahassee Tomahawks. Sam pitched 5 shutout innings, surrendering just 3 hits. Ty pitched a scoreless bottom of the 6th to pick up the save. The Batmen only managed 5 hits, but one of those was another home run by Lamonte. The semi-final would be a rematch between the Batmen and the Sluggers. The Batmen jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the 1st and ultimately prevailed 6-0. Mitch pitched 5 outstanding innings on the hill, allowing no runs and just 2 hits. Kyler pitched a scoreless 6th inning to close it out. Matt and Skip each had 2 hit games at the plate. The Championship Game pitted the Batmen versus DKSA. Blaydon Plain took the hill for DKSA and made it tough on the Batmen. But, to their credit, the boys banged out 6 hits and scored 4 runs against a dominant pitcher. However, Plain led the offense as well and led DKSA to a 5-4 win. 

GEORGIA BATMEN 11-U KICKS OFF 2015 WITH TOURNAMENT TITLE

The bats were hot and the pitching was dominant and the 55-3 cumulative score confirmed the Batmen were the top team in Jesup this past Saturday. The road to the title included wins over the Jackets (18-2), Terrors (15-0), Southern Elite (11-1), and the Southern Tide (11-0). Mason Mikell was dominant on the mound in the semi-final versus Southern Elite striking out 9, and allowing just 1 hit in 4 innings. Sam Bennett followed that up with a no-hit, 7 strike out, performance in the Championship win versus the Southern Tide. Ty Bridges (2 innings), and Jordan Caraway (1 inning) also pitched shutout innings ealier in pool play. Lamonte Lindon was the offensive hero on the day, belting out 3 home runs, 8 total hits on the day (.800 batting average), and driving in 9 runs. Mikell batted .727 in the 4 games while Ryan Flint (.571) and Matt Pearson (.545) posted the other above .500 batting averages. Jalen Hudson hit his first career home run in win over the Jackets. Brady Skipper again locked down the left side of the infield with stellar play at shortstop.

GEORGIA BATMEN 8-U KICKS OFF 2015 WITH A KID PITCH TOURNAMENT!

With no other options, and wanting to play ball, the Batmen 8U team played up this past Saturday in a 9U kid pitch tournament. The Batmen actually won their 1st game 12-5 over the Southern Boys. The Batmen followed that up with a 16-6 loss to Southern Elite. In a semi-final rematch with Southern Elite, the Batmen played a heck of a game but came up a little short in a 4-3 loss. The Southern Boys, who the Batmen beat earlier, ended up beating Southern Elite to claim the tournament title.  Ty Moses, age 7, was tremendous on the mound and also had a couple of key hits. Skyler Howell was impressive behind the plate. It was a good day and great experience for the Batmen to get a taste of what they will be doing full-time just a few months from now.

14U BATMEN KICK OFF 2015 WITH A GREAT WEEKEND IN ST. PETERSBURG, FL

The 14U Batmen took a trip to South Florida to knock off some rust to get ready for 2015 and to enjoy the warm Florida sunshine. Competing in a highly competitive Triple Crown Winter Nationals Event, the Batmen went 3-3 and finished in 3rd place out of 10 teams. The Batmen opened up play against Vero Beach Baseball Academy. After a horrible start, which saw the Batmen fall behind 8-0 early, the Batmen righted the ship but still lost 8-4. Damon, Cam G., & Adam each led the Batmen with 2 hits apiece. Cam G. also pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings.  The Batmen next faced the FBC Wolves (aka Ostingers) and lost a great pitchers duel 2-1. Austin and Damon combined on a 7 inning 1 hitter, but 2 unearned runs cost the Batmen who were also held to 1 hit.  In the 3rd and final pool play game, the Batmen earned its first victory of 2015 with an impressive 3-2 win over the Orlando Tigers Elite. Cam G. again had 2 hits to pace the offense. Spencer was outstanding in 4 innings of work on the hill.....allowing no runs on 3 hits. The Batmen opened elimination play against Team CFL USA. Austin Bennett pitched 3 perfect innings, 9 up & 9 down, to pace the Batmen to an 8-2 win. Cam G. and Dalton led the offensive attack with 3 hits apiece.  In the quarterfinal match, the Batmen again faced the strong Vero Beach team. The Batmen bats got hot and led to an extremely impressive 16-4 win over Vero Beach. The story in this game was certainly the offense which banged out 18 hits with multi hit games from Cam G., Cam V., Wyatt, Adam, and Spencer. Jeremiah pitched a perfect final inning. The Batmen next faced the Orlando Tigers Elite in another rematch and another great game. The Batmen fell behind 6-1 early, but battled back to take a 10-6 lead while totalling 16 more hits! Damon, Cole, Cam V., and Cam G. each had a 2 hit game while Adam knocked in 3 runs. Unfortunately, the Tigers would win the game, 11-10, on a 2 out walk off 3 run double. The Tigers also went on to win the tournament title. The Batmen went from rusty to mid-season form on the weekend! After just 8 runs on 13 hits in 3 games Saturday, the Batmen returned on Sunday to bang out 34 runs on 42 hits in 3 games.

8U BUNCH FINISHES OFF AN AWESOME YEAR FOR THE BATMEN

Never before had the Batmen played into December but weather forced a late finish to the Fall VLPRA season. The Batmen 8s had a perfect 10-0 record in the regular season. After a 3 week break between games, the Batmen returned to play a semi-final game versus the Panthers. Cold bats, but great defense, won a tight 4-3 contest for the Batmen and punched their ticket to the Championship. The Panthers returned from the loser's bracket to face the Batmen in the Championship. The Championship Game was tight early but the Batmen busted it open late and cruised to a 14-6 win to the claim both the Regular Season and Post Season Championships! This completes a 29-5 Fall for this newly organized 8U team! GOOOOOOOO BATMEN!

GEORGIA BATMEN BASEBALL TAKES OVER DOTHAN!

14U WINS THE DOTHAN TITLE TO COMPLETE AN UNDEFEATED FALL SEASON!

Perfection rarely happens in baseball. But the 14-Under Georgia Batmen just completed a perfect Fall season with a 23-0 record and collected 5 tournament titles along the way in Atlanta, Valdosta (x2), Milledgeville, and this past weekend in Dothan in the USSSA Halloween Havoc Tournament hosted by Ultimate Sports Promotions. The Batmen collected pool play victories over Dothan's Wiregrass Sports Academy (15-1) and over the Troy (AL) Trojans (14-2) and defeated the Mobile (AL) Team ICON (5-4) in the semi-final, and the Auburn (AL) Stixx (9-3) in the Championship.

Cam Vickers and Austin Bennett combined on a 3 hitter in the win over Wiregrass Sports Academy. Cole Rogers, Cam Vickers, and Dalton Smith had 2 hits apiece at the plate while Brandon Walker and Josiah Miller each knocked in 4 runs.

Wyatt Fender, Spencer Culp, Walker, Cade Lambert, Dalton Smith, and JD Tease combined on a 3 hitter in the win over Troy. Fender also led the offense with 4 RBIs in this game. 

In the win over Team ICON, ease and Miller both pitched well to limit a strong offensive team. The Batmen fell behind early 4-0 in this game but battled back to win 5-4. Smith and Miller had 2 hit games while Austin Bennett and Jake Bennett had key RBI singles to lead the comeback.

The Batmen jumped ahead of the Auburn Stixx in the first inning and never trailed in this game. Fender was solid on the mound for 6 innings and Walker closed it out in the 7th with a perfect inning. Miller (2 hits, 3 RBIs), Tease (2 hits, 2 RBIs), and Culp (1 hit, 2 RBIs) led the offense in the Championship Game.

8U BATMEN FINISH 2ND IN DOTHAN!

While the defense struggled much of the weekend, the bats were hot and carried the Batmen to a 2nd place finish in Dothan in this tough, 8 team, USSSA Halloween Havoc Tournament. The Batmen opened pool play with an exciting extra inning 24-22 loss to the Columbus Copperheads Blue. This was a back and forth affair the entire game. The Batmen came to bat in the bottom of the 6th and final inning down 17-14. Four consecutive hits to begin the inning tied it at 17-17 with a runner on 2nd and no outs. Three consecutive batters hit line drives but the Copperheads made great catches on each one to maintain the tie and eventually defeat the Batmen in extra innings. The Batmen's second pool play game would be against the Troy Swat. The Batmen fell behind 11-3 early but the bats again got hot as the boys run ruled the Swat 23-13.

The Batmen earned the #5 seed after pool play and opened up against the #4 seeded Columbus Copperheads Orange in a game that would prove to be another thriller. The Batmen trailed 11-3 going into the 4th inning but scratched back in the game to tie it up in the 6th. Both teams scored 2 runs in the 7th inning. The Batmen scored 3 in the top of the 8th and held off another Cooperheads rally to preserve a 20-18 win. In the Quarterfinal, the Batmen matched up against a strong Enterprise Hitmen team. Both teams jumped out with 6 runs in the 1st inning but then the defenses of each team traded good plays to slow down the scoring the rest of the game. The Batmen held off a late Hitmen rally with a game ending double play to secure the 11-9 win and punch its tickets to the Championship Game! In the Championship, the Batmen faced the Lee Co. Big Stix. The Big Stix grabbed the momentum early and, unlike the prior games, the Batmen bats went cold and were unable to muster much offense. The Big Stix came away with an 11-1 win over the Batmen.

On the weekend, the entire lineup hit well but several batters stood out including: Walker Pruitt (14 hits, including 5 doubles, 4 triples and 16 RBIs); Skyler Howell (14 hits, including 3 doubles, 1 triple, and 9 RBIs); Ashton Bohler ( 13 hits, including 3 doubles, 2 triples, and 11 RBIs); Ty Moses (13 hits including 5 doubles and 8 RBIs); and Eli Underhill (13 hits, including 2 doubles and 6 RBIs).

11U FINISHES A VERY RESPECTABLE 3RD IN DOTHAN!

The 11U team was in a challenging position in this elite 11U bracket. 26 11U teams signed up for Dothan but the 10 Major/AAA teams were separated out as a separate bracket and all ten teams were strong top level teams. The tournament favorite had to be the West Florida Hammerheads. The Hammerheads ultimately did in fact win the tournament and handed the Batmen both of their losses (8-2 in pool play) and (3-2 in the semi final). The Batmen 11s played well versus the Hammerheads and also picked up victories over the Big Dogs (12-3 in pool play) and the Tallahassee Heat (7-3 in the quarterfinal). Sam, Blaydon, and Ryan combined for a solid pitching performance against the Big Dogs. Ryan led the offense with a home run and 4 RBIs. Ryan also pitched well in a losing effort in the pool play game versus the Hammerheads. Blaydon pitched a gem versus the Heat striking out 13 in 5 innings of work compared to just 1 walk. Blaydon also hit a 3 run homer that tied the game up in the top of the 3rd. Ryan was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate. In the Championship, Mason did a heck of a job pitching holding the high powered Hammerheads offense to just 3 runs and also drove in the only 2 Batmen runs. Again, a very good showing in a very strong field of teams.

 

 

BATMEN FACTS & FIGURES

The Batmen organization began in 2006. Since that time, thru the end of the 2014 season, Batmen teams have competed against teams from 19 different states (see below) plus Puerto Rico, Ecuador and the Virgin Islands amassing a 826-242-17 record along the way and picking up 17 league titles and 66 tournament titles in 3 different states. This has been the joint effort of some great kids, parents, and coaches through the years. We are looking forward to what the next few years holds in store for us! 

States Batmen teams have competed against: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, California, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, & North Carolina!

To check out Batmen History for the past several years, click on the tab for "Batmen News & Notes" from 2009-2014. The "My Site News" tab covers 2008.

 

BATMEN I TOURNAMENT HISTORY

6-U (2007)Warner Robins (7th) 7-U (2008)Cordele (4th)Waycross (4th)Warner Robins (4th)Bainbridge (2nd)Cordele (2nd)Leesburg (3rd) 8-U (2009):Bainbridge (1st)Dothan (2nd)Quitman (1st)Nashville (3rd)Quitman (2nd)Walt Disney World (2nd)Tallahassee (1st)Warner Robins (5th)Savannah (2nd)Valdosta (2nd) 9-U (2009/2010)Tallahassee (1st)Tifton (2nd)Tallahassee (2nd)Valdosta (5th)Dothan (3rd)Quitman (1st)Leesburg (2nd)Lake City (1st)Panama City (3rd)Leesburg (2nd) 10-U (2010/2011)Blakely (1st)Tallahassee (1st)Tifton (1st)Valdosta (1st)Atlanta (16th)Bainbridge (1st)East Cobb (3rd)Quitman (1st)Tifton (1st)Walt Disney World (1st) 11-U (2011/2012)Marianna (3rd)Dothan (5th)Lake City (1st)Marianna (3rd)Lake City (1st)Lake City (2nd)Brunswick (2nd)Lake City (5th)Bainbridge (3rd)East Cobb (5th)Valdosta (3rd)Dothan (5th)Tifton (1st)Leesburg (2nd)Panama City (3rd)Valdosta (1st)Walt Disney World (3rd)Daytona Beach (5th)Waycross (3rd)Marianna (3rd) 12-U (2012/2013)Tifton (2nd)Valdosta (1st)Bainbridge (2nd)Dothan (5th) ; Dothan (3rd) ; Valdosta (3rd); Marianna (2nd); Tifton (3rd); East Cobb (5th); Newberry (1st); Dothan (5th) Leesburg (3rd); Dublin (3rd); Tifton (3rd); Cooperstown (33rd); Valdosta (1st); Brunswick (1st); Marianna (2nd); 13-U (2013/2014) Jasper (1st); Valdosta (1st); Lake City (5th); Dothan (1st); Valdosta (5th); Newberry (3rd); Newberry (5th); Tifton (3rd) ; Madison (1st); Valdosta (2nd); Tifton (2nd); Valdosta (1st); Atlanta (3rd); Waycross (1st); Valdosta (2nd); Waycross (2nd); Valdosta (1st); Walt Disney World (1st); Lake City (1st); Valdosta (2nd); Dublin (3rd) ; 14-U (2014/2015) Milledgeville (1st); Atlanta (1st); Valdosta (1st); Valdosta (1st); Dothan (1st); Clearwater (3rd); Valdosta (1st); Waycross (1st); Atlanta (1st); Macon (1st); Valdosta (1st)

BATMEN II TOURNAMENT HISTORY 

7-U (2011)Blackshear (3rd)Tallahassee (4th)Quitman (2nd)Homerville (2nd)Brunswick (5th); Walt Disney World (8th) 8-U (2012)Lakeland (1st)Bainbridge (5th)Valdosta (5th); Leesburg (1st); Panama City (1st); Valdosta (1st); Panama City (3rd); Walt Disney World (2nd); 9-U (2012/2013) Tifton (1st); Valdosta (5th); Valdosta (1st); Dothan (3rd); Valdosta (3rd); Lake City (2nd); Tifton (1st); Newberry (1st); Atlanta (3rd); Lakeland (1st); Dothan (1st); Waycross (2nd); Tifton (3rd); Valdosta (1st); Gulf Shores (15th); 10U (2013/2014) Lake City (1st); Dothan (3rd); Valdosta (1st); St. Augustine (5th); Lake City (1st); Lake City (3rd), Newberry (5th); Tifton (1st); Valdosta (2nd); Waycross (1st); Atlanta (5th); Valdosta (5th); Waycross (2nd); Nashville (3rd); Walt Disney World (1st); Lake City (3rd); Valdosta (2nd); Dublin (2nd); 11-U (2014/2015: Tifton (1st); Waycross (2nd); Bainbridge (2nd); Jesup (1st)'; Leesburg (1st); Dothan (3rd); Jesup (1st); Thomasville (2nd); Leesburg (2nd); Newberry (3rd); Tallahassee (3rd); Valdosta (2nd); Waycross (5th); Valdosta (2nd); Jesup (3rd); Waycross (3rd)

 

BATMEN III TOURNAMENT HISTORY

8-U (2014/2015): Leesburg (1st); Dothan (2nd); Jesup (3rd); Thomasville (5th); Newberry (5th); Leesburg, (2nd); Tallahassee (2nd); Blackshear (1st); Blackshear (2nd); Valdosta (1st) ; Jesup (1st)



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