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Paladins Prime Earn June B 18U Championship

The 2018 HSBN Boys of Summer June B 18U champion Paladins Prime.

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The Paladins Prime have been long regulars in the Boys of Summer tournaments, and in this year’s June B Tournament they turned it on and stormed to their first tournament title. After dropping the first game in Pool Play, the Paladins rebounded and never looked back. Tuesday night the team won 7-1 over The Dawgs to claim the June B 18U tournament championship.

Both clubs also earned an invitation into the Champions Tournament at the end of July. The tournament pitches all of the finalists of the four Boys of Summer tournaments together for one ultimate summer champion.

Prime (3-1) tallied the deciding runs during a big second inning in which it batted around the order. The Paladins scored five runs to erase a 1-0 deficit and climb into the driver’s seat, then tacked on two more insurance runs over the next two innings.

The pitching also did its part for the Paladins. Tyler Goff picked up the victory after allowing one earned run over the first four innings on four hits and three walks, while striking out five. Matt Torres followed, but was removed with an injury after facing two batters, which brought in Brandon Holifield to close things out. The right-hander finished off a long and enjoyable HSBN tournament career by tossing two scoreless frames to close things out. Holifield allowed two hits and two walks and struck out three.

The 2018 HSBN Boys of Summer June B 18U Runners-Up The Dawgs.

Sebastian Lavan delivered a workhorse performance for The Dawgs (2-2), going the distance in the loss. The right-hander piled up 13 strikeouts and surrendered three earned runs on five hits and five walks.

The Paladins got things going right away to take control in the second. Zachary Koehler walked, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball, and Ethan Schaefer was then hit by a pitch for another base runner. Sebastian Rodriguez got the scoring started with an RBI single to right field that evened things up at 1-1. Gianni Romanello walked and Cameron Josemond broke things open with a two-RBI single. Walks to Austin Koehler and Holifield filled the bases, before wild pitches allowed two more runs to score.

A run over each of the next two frames helped add more separation. Zachary Koehler led off again the following inning, and again he walked and scored. After drawing the free pass a pair of ground outs advanced the runner, before a passed ball brought Zachary in. Another inning brought another run, as Austin Koehler singled, advanced on an error and then scored on an RBI single to center from Goff.

The Dawgs took the early 1-0 advantage with a run in the opening inning. Jacob Laroque doubled to right field with two outs and then scored on a throwing error. But despite putting runners on base in every inning, The Dawgs were unable to scratch any more runs across the rest of the way.

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