The Edmond Sandlot bounced back from an 11-run loss Saturday afternoon to win three straight games and claim the championship of the American Legion Majors State Baseball Tournament on Sunday.
Edmond fell 20-9 to the Oklahoma Outlaws Saturday afternoon at Oklahoma City University’s Jim Wade Stadium, before beating Three Rivers, 9-8, on Saturday night. The Sandlot then beat the Outlaws twice on Sunday, 11-9 and 1-0, to win the double elimination tournament.
Edmond now advances to the American Legion Mid-South Regional Aug. 8-12 in New Orleans. The American Legion World Series is Aug. 17-21 in Shelby, N.C.
The Oklahoma Outlaws’ Reggie Wright was named tournament MVP. Wright piled up a .500 batting average, .778 slugging percentage, 9 hits, 5 RBI, 4 stolen bases, two doubles and a triple.
Edmond Sandlot 9, Oklahoma Outlaws 20
Saturday’s winners bracket semifinal started promising for Edmond, as the Sandlot put up two runs in the opening inning against the Outlaws. The Outlaws got that back and more with a five-run second inning, then put up 11 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to put the game out of reach. The Outlaws would go on to take the win, 20-9, and advance to the finals.
Zac Cobble went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs, Quin Walbergh went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs and Isaac Hellbusch had three RBIs in the loss.
Edmond Sandlot 9, Three Rivers 8
In the losers bracket semifinal on Saturday night, the runs came late for Edmond, as they entered the sixth inning down 6-1 to Three Rivers.
Edmond got three runs in the sixth when Hellbusch’s home run drove in David Parrett and George Haaland. After giving up a run in the top of the seventh, the Sandlot put up another three runs when Cobble stole third base and scored on a throwing error, Hellbusch doubled home Walbergh and Daniel Costello tripled in Hellbusch to make it 7-7 entering the eight inning.
Edmond gave up one more in the eighth and were shut down in their half of the inning, and went into the ninth down by a run.
With one out in the ninth, Haaland doubled and Tyler Hampton entered as a pinch runner. After a pop-up put the Sandlot down to their last out, Costello singled to left and advanced to second on the throw, scoring Hampton to tie the game at 9. Drew Umbro then laced a single to left, scoring Costello to give Edmond the 9-8 win and advance them to the championship game.
Parrett was 2-for-4 with 1 RBI and 2 runs, Hellbusch was 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs and Costello was 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs and 1 run.
Ben Heigle, Brad Altdoerffer and Hellbusch pitched for the Sandlot.