The METx 14U-Lucas team recently ended their Spring/Summer season with a very strong showing at the Perfect Game Super 25 National Championships in Fort Myers, FL. After a somewhat slow start to the season, METx 14U-Lucas found its stride in late May, reeling off 15 consecutive wins, including the State Championship, and earning a berth to the PG Super 25 National Championships!
METx arrived in Florida prepared and anxious, to compete against some of the best teams in the country. They would open pool play by defeating Rebels (MS) 5-1 and East Coast Royals (MD) 14-3 to run the winning streak to 17 games. The third game of pool play saw the streak come to an end, as METx fell to Team Halo (GA) by a score of 11-6. The final pool play game was a must-win, and after a 5-3 victory over BTL Hornets-Jones (KS), METx secured a spot in the playoff round as the #4 seed.
Their first-round playoff game pitted METx against powerhouse IBAHS out of Puerto Rico. IBAHS would jump out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but METx would answer with a run of its own in the second inning. After exchanging runs in the third and fourth innings, the game went to the bottom of the sixth inning tied at 2, and METx coming to bat with a chance to win the game.
A lead-off single, followed by a lineout and an intentional walk, put the winning run on second base and brought DD Pineda to the plate. In a peculiar move, IBAHS attempted to intentionally walk Pineda to load the bases, but after a wild pitch, the trail runner was thrown out trying to advance to second base, for the second out of the inning. After the walk to Pineda, a strikeout would end the scoring threat and move the game into extra innings, and the Texas Tiebreaker format.
Each team would begin extra innings with the bases loaded and out. Pineda induced a fielder’s choice groundball to third base for the force out at home, and the second out of the inning. One the very next pitch, Pineda hit the batter, forcing in a run, and giving IBAHS the lead, that wouldn’t relinquish. Final score, IBAHS 6 METx 3.
The next day, METx would end their incredible season on a high note, defeating MVP Banditos North (FL) 5-2.
Congratulations to all players, coaches, and parents on a great season!