Playing in the third bracket, Edmond’s eight-and-under tournament baseball team MOJO Blue finished runner-up for their age group in the USSSA’s Global World Series Tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Edmond athletes on the team include Paden Carroll, Carsten Spitler, Easton Chelf, Deacon Hawley, Landon Phillips, Caleb Niver and Parker Files. Also on the team are Deer Creek athletes Evan Lockridge and Tyson Stubenhofer. Bryce Wilson of Moore, and Choctaw’s Preston Frye rounded out the runner-up team.
The team finished 3-1 in the tournament’s initial pool play. Their only pool-play loss came to the eventual tournament champions NTX Generals. In their other games they beat the NTX Bulls, LA Empire and G-1 White by a combined 29-13 run differential. The standout pool play performance saw the team place in the tournament’s third bracket.
There the team opened with a loss to eventual bracket-champions Hartselle Speed. Falling 7-4, MOJO then ran off three consecutive victories through the loser’s side of the bracket. With a loss meaning elimination from the tournament, MOJO dropped the Blindriver Bullfrogs (9-6), the Texas Avengers (8-6), and the McCleskey Bulls (8-0).
The streak meant they again drew the Speed in the bracket championship, before falling on another 7-4 decision to the bracket champions.
Paden Carrol led the team with hits during the tournament. He tallied 17 hits — four for doubles, three for triples — on the way to nine runs and 14 RBIs. Carsten Spitler produced 16 hits and seven RBIs, and Deacon Hawley had 14 hits, two extra-base knocks, and six RBIs. Caleb Niver added another 11 hits, seven runs, and seven RBIs.
“The MOJO organization, coaches and parents are very proud of how the boys competed all year long,” the organization said.
The runner-up finish marks the end of the team’s season. The team finished 51-15-1.