PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

August 22, 2013

Sanderson pitches Mid-County to Babe Ruth title game

Andrew Garner
The Port Arthur News

COVINGTON COVE, Ala. — COVINGTON COVE, Ala. — Mitchell Sanderson of the Mid-County Babe Ruth 16-18 All-Stars added to his stout pitching resume Wednesday by throwing a one-hitter to help lead his team to a 1-0 victory over the Alabama Bombers at Red Level's Hammett Holley Sports Complex.

    Sanderson, a recent graduate of Nederland High School,  pitched in his second outing of the 2013 Babe Ruth Baseball 16-18 World Series against a streaking Alabama team. He had seven strikeouts and a great defense behind him that also contributed to the win.

    With the semifinals victory, Mid County advanced to play the Alabama Rawdogs in the World Series championship Thursday at noon. Weather permitting, the championship is slated to be played at LBWCC's Crum Foshee Field.

    Mid County manager Jimmy Collins said Sanderson's performance was "wonderful."

    "He's done that all year," Collins said. "He had a perfect game and a no-hitter in the state tournament. Then, he had two or three hitters at regionals. Last Wednesday, he pitched the first game of the tournament here and won that game, 5-3," Collins said.

    Throughout the entire contest, Mid County dominated on the infield and outfield with Sanderson having a good handle of his command.

    The Alabama Bombers got an impressive two-hit pitching performance in a losing effort from Jo Jo Taylor.  Taylor didn't allow any earned runs and struck out two.

    Mid County's only run came in a two-play series during the bottom of the third inning.

Ryan Carline reached first base on a hit. Carline was safe at second on a ground ball to short, then came all the way around on to second when the relay to first was got away and landed in a dead ball area.

    Based on Babe Ruth rules, since the ball landed in a dead ball area on the second play, the runner — Carline — is granted two bases. Carline then took third base and trotted easily home for the game’s only score.

    The Bombers had a great opportunity turned back in the top of the sixth when they had two runners on with one out.

    However, Mid County's defense stepped up again behind Sanderson to get out of the jam.

    "We can throw it around a little bit and play defense," Collins said. "We've got some good enough arms out there, too, that can make plays."

    Carline was one of only two Mid-County players who got a hit off of Taylor.