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Wolverines Hold Off Revenge For July C 16U Crown

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A relentless offensive attack helped lead the Wolverines 16U all the way to the championship game in the HSBN Boys of Summer July C Tournament. Sunday afternoon that same high-powered offense slugged away to lead the Wolverines to a 12-11 victory over the Florida Revenge to earn the 16U championship title.

The Wolverines tallied the deciding runs in the fourth. Alejandro Torres walked and gave way to pinch-runner Michael Rodriguez, and Jose Gonzalez singled to put runners on the corners. A throwing error allowed Rodriguez to come home, and Matt Magrann plated the winning run with an RBI single.

A five-run first inning set the tone for the day, as the Wolverines scored in each of the first four frames. After being held off the scoreboard in the first, the Revenge responded with runs in each of the next four innings. The two squads combined for 23 hits and plenty of big hits in big moments.

Both teams also earned a berth in the invitational Boys of Summer Champions tournament at the end of July, which features the finalists from each of HSBN’s four summer tournaments.

The top of the order did the majority of the damage for the Wolverines (4-0). Leadoff hitter Armando Albert reached base all four plate appearances, with a single to start the game and three walks in his next three trips to the plate. The second baseman also scored twice.

The Wolverines batted through the order in the first. After Albert singled to left field to start the contest, Joshua Salandy collected the first of his three hits with a single to right field. Gabe Dezendegui reached on a fielder’s choice that loaded the bases, and Dorian Gonzalez worked an RBI walk to put his club on the scoreboard. Alejandro Torres broke it open with a double that plated two runners, and Jose Gonzalez and Matt Magrann also delivered RBI singles.

Albert walked and Salandy bounced a ground-rule double over the left field fence to start the second. Dezendegui and Dorian Gonzalez supplied RBI’s that pushed it to a 7-0 lead.

The Revenge (3-1) showed its mettle and tenacity all day long by continually answering back to stay in the game. Five runs in the bottom of the second put the team right back in the game. Max Wank singled to start it off, and Josh Dubinsky and Ben Steinberg both walked to load the bases. Carl Lassale plated his team’s first run with an RBI single, and then Chase McBean bounced a two-RBI double over the shortstop’s head. Two batters later Logan Clyatt connected for another double that also drove in a pair to pull the Revenge within two runs.

Refusing to give in, the Revenge continued to battle for more runs each inning. Nick Steinberg added another run with an RBI single that drove in Diovanni Mateo in the third. Eros Nunez chipped in an RBI single and Mateo followed with an RBI groundout as part of a three-run fourth inning, and McBean and Caleb Dubinsky provided RBI singles in the fifth to pull the Revenge within a run.

Torres came on in relief and recorded a strikeout to quell the final threat in the fifth, preserving the win while earning himself the save in the process.

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