East Coast Clippers Win Gold at 2017 14U Cup
East Coast Clippers take down FTB Tucci 9-3
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|Win: Caleb Cross Loss: Steven Paul|
Cary, N.C.- FTB Tucci got out to an early lead but was not able to hold on to it as the East Coast Clippers won the gold medal at the 2017 USA Baseball 14U Cup with a 9-3 victory on Coleman Field at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Aries Samek started things off for FTB Tucci (3-2) when hit an RBI double to centerfield to score Triston Horst in the first inning for the early 1-0 lead. But the East Coast Clippers (5-0) took control of the game from there both offensively and defensively.
The Clippers scored nine runs over the next three innings, including three in the second and five in the fourth, while their pitching and defense held FTB Tucci's batters at bay. Ryan McCrystal, Casey Cook and Patrick Raczka all finished 2-for-3 at the plate for the Clippers. McCrystal, Jackson West and Joey Bouck each added two RBIs.
The Clippers were led on the mound by Caleb Cross and Ethan Velazquez. Cross started the game, throwing 4.2 innings, striking out four and allowing only two earned runs to earn the win. Velazquez finished the game on the hill, striking out two, including one to end the game.
FTB Tucci scored two more runs in the fifth inning but it would get no closer. Samek and Horst led FTB at the plate in the gold medal game. Horst went 3-for-4 and scored two of the team's three runs, while Samek tallied all three RBIs.
The final medal recipients for the 2017 14U Cup are as follows:
Gold: East Coast Clippers
Silver: FTB Tucci
Bronze: Baltimore Redbirds