North Shore City Wins United Airlines U13 Baseball Crown
- Published on Monday, 10 April 2017 13:19
- Written by Ian McDonald
North Shore City Baseball Club have won the United Airlines U13 Ripken National title for the third year in a row after seeing off a determined Orewa Sharks in the final at Rosedale Park in Albany.
The final score of 11-1 was not a true reflection of a game that in the middle of the fifth inning, saw North Shore leading by just one run after starting pitchers Nathan Howarth (Orewa) and Mincharn Kim (North Shore) battled in a pitchers duel.
With two outs during the bottom of the fifth, North shore extended the lead by two, but a combination of errors in the field and a determined Shore lineup, extended the lead to ten to end the game on the mercy rule at the bottom of the inning.
In front of a live television audience on SKY Sport 1 and a noisy Rosedale Park crowd, North Shore finished the tournament as the only unbeaten team, winning all seven games on the way to the title and picking up the championship trophy.
In the play off for 3rd and 4th, Nelson Heat scored 7 runs in the 4th inning to beat Howick-Pakuranga 7-0, while West City took home the United Airlines Shield for winning the Diamond Bracket.
Best Hitter: Nathan Howarth (Orewa) - .750 ave
Best Pitcher: William Keil (Howick-Pakuranga) - 8.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 15 SO
MVP: Bunji Nakao - .647 BA, 12 RBI 6.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 15 SO
United Airlines Ripken U13 All Tournament Team
Nathan Howarth (Orewa)
Maia Tamehana (Orewa)
Zac Dawson (Orewa)
Bunji Nakao (North Shore)
Mincharn Kim (North Shore)
Jack Blackman (North Shore)
Nikau Pouaka-Grego (Nelson)
William Keil (Howick-Pakuranga)
Arene Landon-Lane (Porirua Bombers)
Oliver Reeves (West City)