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  • The Dodgers captured the Pasadena Baseball Club World Series 8U title with playoff wins over the Pirates and Orioles and an amazing 42 hits and 21 runs.
    The Dodgers captured the Pasadena Baseball Club World Series 8U title with playoff wins over the Pirates and Orioles and an amazing 42 hits and 21 runs.

Dodgers Win PBC 8U World Series

Colin Murphy
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July 12, 2017

The Pasadena Baseball Club 8U Dodgers finished the season with a pair of playoff victories to capture the PBC World Series 8U championship.

Wins over the Pirates and Orioles gave the Dodgers a 2-0 playoff sweep en route to the title.

The team of Bradyn Baker, Brandyn Thomas, Carter Moody, Derek Sweeney, Drew Vasquez, Elijah Friend, Ethan Hartford, Luke Carreker, Mason McCourt, Michael Carpenter, Nate Lowe and Zachary Langford produced strong play in the playoffs.

The Dodgers pounded out 21 hits in an 11-4 semifinal win over the Pirates, with Lowe, Friend and Baker each connecting for three hits.

Amazingly, the team equaled its hit total with another 21 base knocks in a wild 10-9 win over the Orioles in the championship game at Havenwood Park on June 17. In that contest, Moody came up with the big hit that sealed the win for the Dodgers, smacking a two-RBI single in the fifth inning that gave the Dodgers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish at 10-9. McCourt closed the game in the bottom of the sixth with a game-ending snare of a line drive to record the third Orioles out and seal the championship. Lowe, Moody, Hartford, Baker and Langford all had three hits in the victory.

Friend posted a team-leading .796 batting average with a team-high 43 hits, while McCourt slugged an incredible team-high 1.381 with a team-high three home runs, 12 doubles and 27 RBIs. Baker had two home runs on the season, while Carpenter and Sweeney each had a home run. Langford, McCourt, Hartford and Friend all had three triples on the year.

Head coach Rick Friend coached the team with assistants Kenny Baker, Yancy Lowe and Brian Langford and said his team of youngsters made tremendous strides over the course of the season.

“We had a really young team including two first-time players,” said Friend. “The entire team made great improvements in batting averages and fielding abilities. In the semifinal game for the AAC co-op they had two double plays and one triple play, which is incredible for 7- and 8-year olds. Bradyn, Elijah, Mason and Ethan had batting averages over .700. Carter, one of our rookies, raised his average from .143 to .568, with nine hits and four RBIs in the playoffs. Nate started the season with a .067 batting average and ended with a .385, with nine hits and one RBI in the playoffs. Luke was one of our most improved batters as well, with five hits and one RBI in the playoffs. This team was the finest group of young men I have ever coached. The season was fantastic, we had great participation from parents, and it really made it fun.”

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