WHARTON — The Nederland 13-U Babe Ruth all-stars beat Brazoswood on Sunday to claim the East Texas state championship. Nederland lost to Brazoswood in the first game Sunday, but beat them 11-2 in seven innings of game two as part of the double-elimination championship.
Nederland will advance to the Southwest Regional championships, held in Hugo, Okla. on July 25-28.
Blake Laughlin was 2 for 4 in the game with a run scored and two RBIs while Case Babino was 1 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Brandon Cluck picked up the victory, striking out three in five innings of work while allowing four hits and two runs.
The Nederland 15U Babe Ruth all-stars won a pair of games last weekend in Wharton, beating West Brazos 7-4 Friday and Bay City 11-0 on Saturday. But, Nederland lost 7-3 to Bay City in the teams’ first meeting and was eliminated from the state tournament by Brazoswood in a 23-7 loss.