Team DeMarini 17U - Hayes Jake Esp, Shane Mosiello and Christan Thomas made a combined effort on the mound to hold the Midwest Nationals at bay. With help from Blake Chisolm sparking Team DeMarini - Hayes offence to a 5-2 victory in seven innings over the Midwest Nationals on Thursday at Vanderbilt University.
The top of the second saw Team DeMarini - Hayes take an early lead, 1-0. The Team DeMarini 17U - Hayes attack began with a single from Tyler Halas. A groundout by Charlie Harrigan then moved Tyler from first to second. Zachary Shirey singled, bringing home Tyler.
The Midwest Nationals scored one run of their own in the second. The Midwest Nationals scored on a solo home run by Turner.
The game's last lead went to Team DeMarini 17U - Hayes thanks to a third inning rally that saw one run cross the plate on an RBI single by Esteban Martinez.
Team DeMarini 17U - Hayes built upon its lead with three runs in the fourth. A bases loaded walk scored Mitch Boe to get Team DeMarini 17U - Hayes on the board in the inning.
One run in the bottom of the fourth helped the Midwest Nationals close their deficit to 5-2. A passed ball triggered the Midwest Nationals' comeback. But, Jake Esp got Martin to strike out to end the inning. "We got some good pitching tonight from Jake, Shane and Christian jumped on them early" said coach Hayes.