True to form for this 12U Black team that turned over 50+ double plays this year in 72 games; they turned one big one down the stretch with back to back World Series Championships. They won in dominating fashion while playing Dodger Ball at it's finest. This team had a combined World Series Record of 15-1 while outscoring the competition 121-26. Not bad for a 1st year Majors team that started out the season with a 12-12 record and finished 51-19-2!!!! For those keeping score at home, that's 39-7-2 winning nearly 85% of their final 2/3 of their season. They also had the 1st and 3rd place teams in the around the horn skills competition winning the double-play challenge with a perfect 8 for 8 out of 72 teams. Also, you should note that it was nearly impossible to steal a base on them all while the catcher/pitcher combination called their own games and pick-off plays throughout the season.
This team got after it from day one with full participation in all the programs we offer with virtually perfect attendance for INF Specialty, OF Specialty, Pitching Specialty, Catching Specialty, Hitting and S.T.E.A.M. practices. The Dodger Nation is really proud of these young men for their accomplishments and they seem to be just at the beginning of what is to come. This is a special group and play the game the Dodger way
Cole, Ethan, Jake & Jack
Turned 8/8 Double Plays
(Only team of 70+ to complete the challenge with perfection)
Season Record 43-19
World Series Tournament Record 7-1
Outscored Opponents 34-18 in WS Tournament
Pitchers pitched (3) shutouts (including championship) & (1) 1-run game in WS
Josh C. threw-out 10 in WS Tourney with no pass-balls and the defense turned 8 double-plays
Combined 1-hitter by Brandon U. & Jake M. in Championship Game
World Series Tournament Top Pitcher: Jake M.
World Series Tournament MVP: Josh C.
*Has played most of top 25 Nationally-ranked teams*
Only run of the game...
Last out of the game!
This was the 12U Black's only 2nd tournament playing together as a team and their 8th game ever which turned out to be the championship game sporting the new Black Championship Jerseys. The 12U Black team took care of business earlier in the day with convincing wins of 11-1 & 8-1 before the championship game. The visiting team quickly jumped out with a 1-0 lead, but the Dodgers bounced back with a 5 spot in the bottom of the 2nd. Going into the top of the 3rd inning of the Championship game up 5-1, they somehow found themselves down 5-14 going into the 4th after one bad inning. There was a lot of baseball left and quickly began to rally. In the bottom of the 5th, with the team batting around, they stole bases, had beautifully executed bunts, doubles, triples, timely hits, productive outs and the score was 13-14 ending with a bang-bang play at 2nd base just before the potential tying run crossed the plate. Unfortunately, 13-14 is where is stayed and the Dodgers 12U Black took Runner-Up. After 3 hours of baseball, this match-up was everything that it was supposed to be and more. There was a tremendous amount of heart and effort on the field that day and this is the first of many more to come. Over the course of the entire weekend they had only 2 bad innings of baseball and as soon as those situations are buttoned up, the sky is the limit for this team.
North Texas Season Opener
12U D1 Silver Championship
Oklahoma/Texas Shoot-out / Ardmore, OK
"The 12U Black Dodgers re-named Ardmore, Dodgerville"
Ardmore couldn't completely dodge these Dodgers...The Dodgers 12U Black went up to Ardmore, OK for the Oklahoma/Texas Shootout and what a shootout it was. With them playing nationally-ranked competition, they scored 41 runs to the opponents 3 over 5 games and made it to the championship game in a field of 48 teams. In the championship game, the Dodgers found themselves up against the Oklahoma Elite, a top 5 nationally ranked 12U Major team coming in just a little short of there competition. A total team effort during the tournament found everyone on the roster pitching, hitting, bunting and playing phenominal defense. These boys played their heart out, with a fully balanced stat sheet from small ball to line-drives in the gap and even an inside the park homeruns. This group left everything they had on the field and came away commanding respect and raising some eyebrows. This team is not done yet and is starting to come into their own.