Gatorade Mets sweep Majors championship
McCOOK, Neb. -- Facing elimination, the Gatorade Mets won three consecutive games on the final day of the Majors Division tournament to win the championship.
Tournament Game #9 (elimination game)
#3 Gatorade Mets....6
#2 First Central Bank Cardinals................3
Facing elimination the First Central Bank Cardinals held a 2-1 lead over the Gatorade Mets after one inning of play as Carter Van Pelt, Cole Thomas and Andrew Hawke connected on hits that kick started the Cards into the lead. With an Alex Anthony run in the 3rd inning the Cardinals built their lead to a 3-1 advantage. The Cardinal pitchers were in control through the first three frames only allowing one run on two Met hits. However, the Mets batting order seemed to look more comfortable as they approached the plate in the fourth inning and solid swings by Eli Kehler (single) and Jarret Walter (double) resulted in two runs tying the score at 3-3. The Cardinals threatened to break the tie in the bottom of the fourth as Nate Renner stepped in with two outs and a runner on second base. Renner hit a fly ball to right field that Mets defender Ashler Long was able to snag while stretching to his left to end the Cardinals hopes of a rally. The momentum of the catch by Long seemed to carry over to the Mets bats in the fifth inning as they scored three runs on hits from Gavin Losey, Keynan Gaston, and Kehler. The 6-3 deficit was to much for the Cardinals to overcome in the bottom of the fifth as Mets pitchers Keynan Gaston and Ian Brown teamed up to retire three straight Cardinal batters to end the game, eliminating the Cardinals from the tournament and propelling the Mets into the Championship round.
#10 (Championship Round)
#1 Stevens Farm Rockies....................1
Just minutes after staving off elimination against the Cardinals, the Gatorade Mets stepped back onto the field against the #1 seed Stevens Farm Rockies. Despite a different opponent the Mets bats continued to stay on fire as they opened up the first inning with a two run rally sparked by an RBI double by Keynan Gaston. The Mets lead continued to grow as Eli Kehler hit a drive that rattled the left field fence for a double in the fourth inning. Kehler would come around to score on a single by Lane Cheney extending the Mets lead to 4-0. The Mets pitching staff kept the potent Rockies lineup in check through the first three innings of play allowing only one hit. The Rockies did find home plate in the bottom of the fourth when Isaac Hinze and Adam Dugger coupled together a walk and single to score the first Rockies run of the night putting the score at 4-1. The Mets quickly countered in the top of the fifth inning scoring three more runs including an electrifying two run home run over the left field wall by Keynan Gaston to give his team a 7-1 lead. Keynan Gaston finished the game 2-3 with a homer, a double and three RBI's. The Mets win forced one more winner take all, championship round contest against the Rockies.
#11 (Winner Takes All, Championship Game)
#1 Stevens Farm
#3 Gatorade Mets...11
The Rockies were the visiting team in this championship contest and lit up the scoreboard early as lead off hitter James Neel walked, stole a base and scored on an Adam Dugger ground out to give the Rockies an early 1-0 lead. It turns out that this would be the only lead the Rockies would have all night. The Mets continued to swing hot bats as the first three hitters in their line up, Kolyn Gaston, Gavin Losey and Keynan Gaston, all recorded singles in the bottom of the first inning leading to a Mets 2-1 advantage. With the lead, the Mets pitching would take over the contest retiring nine consecutive batters and only giving up a total of two hits in the game. Meanwhile, the Mets hitters continued to tally up runs with the biggest inning being in the fourth when a total of five runs crossed the plate. Eli Kehler stepped in the box with two runners on and his team only needing to score one run to end the game by mercy rule. His lined single to right field was enough to enable Keynan Gaston to cross the plate resulting in a championship celebration for the Mets as they won the contest 11-2.