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Southern Nevada Well-Represented in National Youth Baseball Championship
Published on Fri, Sep 27, 2013 (3:48 p.m.)(Las Vegas, Nevada September 25, 2013) The Las Vegas Pumas 18U (18 years and under) baseball team made a strong showing at the Perfect Game/Evoshield National Championship tournament in the upper class division September 20-23 in Goodyear, Arizona. The team, comprised of players from Henderson’s Coronado High School Cougars, squared off against all-star teams from California and Arizona, winning three games, losing one and tying one.
The Pumas were unique to the tournament in being the only team that was made up of players from one high school. The other teams in this tournament consisted of all-star players collected from cities, states or regions stretching as far east as Maryland and as far west as Hawaii. Some 74 teams participated in the tournament.
Led by head coach Tyler Houston and assistant coach Rich Ebarb, the Pumas tied MVP baseball (Central and Southern California) 2-2 in game one. They beat the Tucson Bobcats (Tucson, AZ) 3-0 in game two. The Pumas only loss came in game three—5-2—to the CBA Rookies (San Diego, CA). In game four, the Pumas once again defeated the Tucson Bobcats by a score of 3-2. In their fifth and final game, the Pumas beat the P2 Pirates (Phoenix, AZ) by a score of 3-1.
The Pumas had outstanding pitching performances from Jacob Klein in game one, Adam Garcia in game two and Daniel Witoslawski in game five. Other key pitchers were Zack Dunham, Nate Ruiz, Austin Garcia, Dakota Humphries and Donte Glover.
Jordan Dalrymple led the Pumas in hitting. He had 7 hits in 13 at bats, giving him a tournament batting average of .538. Nicco Festa was 6 for 12 with a .500 average. Sterling Saltz went 6 for 15 with a tournament average of .400.
Coach Houston was pleased with his team’s effort. “We came down here not knowing what to expect,” Houston said. “There were a lot of really good teams in this tournament. Our boys stayed focused, played hard and competed well. I think we surprised some people.”
Looking forward, Houston sees good things ahead for the Pumas. “We need to keep working hard. If we do, I think we’ll be able to compete with any team…and these boys will be able to take their game to the next level.”